Tyrus is on the prime of the mountain of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and can look to remain that manner Friday when he squares off towards Chris Adonis for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at NWA 312.
The occasion is ready to happen in Highland Park, Illinois, at Studio One, and the wrestlers shall be performing with heavy hearts by way of the weekend. The NWA and Madame Zuzu’s partnered to lift cash for these effected by the July 4 mass taking pictures that befell within the suburb final 12 months that left seven lifeless and dozens of others injured.
Tyrus, who can also be a Fox Information character and is repeatedly seen with Greg Gutfeld and Kat Timpf on “Gutfeld!,” could have a guide signing for his New York Occasions bestseller autobiography, “Simply Tyrus,” at Madame Zuzu’s on Thursday at 7 p.m. native time. He shall be featured with legendary girls’s professional wrestler “Madusa” along with her guide, “The Girl Who Would Be King: The MADUSA Story.”
“Giving again to only not my neighborhood the place I stay, being an lively participant, being neighbor and citizen, I feel in case you have the flexibility to provide again, you must,” Tyrus instructed Fox Information Digital in a current interview. “One of many stuff you’re lots attuned to be in leisure and to be on TV each week is that you simply make a pleasant dwelling. So, you most likely ought to humble your self at occasions and provides again. One thing that’s at all times been essential to me is to remain grounded and bear in mind the place you got here from.”
A portion of the method from the VIP packages that had been bought for the profit occasion and tickets to the guide signing will go to the Highland Park Basis. The charity has a particular fund for victims and households effected by final 12 months’s taking pictures.
“We’re going to signal plenty of autographs, take footage, construct consciousness, after which Friday would be the massive match between me and Chris Adonis,” Tyrus stated. “He’s attempting to proper his ship and get his redemption, however sadly, it simply can’t be on my watch.”
“I like Chris. I’ve recognized him for years. That is the primary time we’ve ever competed towards one another within the ring. He’s fairly hyped about his Grasp Lock. I simply don’t assume he’s going to actually get that on my shoulders. However that’s why we exit and have the match, and we’ll see who’s standing when it’s over, however I really feel fairly good about my positioning and the place I’m at proper now.”
Tyrus has been with NWA since 2021. He gained the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at Arduous Occasions 3 when he pinned Trevor Murdoch, and later, he defended the belt towards Matt Cardona at Nuff Mentioned in February.
Being the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion means his identify is up there with among the legends in professional wrestling, together with Ric Aptitude, Harley Race, Lou Thesz, Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes.
“To even be thought of into that to me is humbling and a reasonably phenomenal factor,” Tyrus stated. “However I’ve simply been capable of dominate, and I’ve actually been capable of do it my manner within the NWA, and I feel the success, the sold-out reveals, the most-seen championship on the planet proper now … I’m simply using an incredible wave, and I’m simply going to journey it till it goes down after which I’ll regroup.
“However at this level, if all of it ends tomorrow, I’ve nothing however fond reminiscences, and I’m actually enthusiastic about how the final two years of my wrestling profession has gone.”
Earlier than NWA, Tyrus labored for WWE and Affect Wrestling. He instructed Fox Information Digital he might prefer to have yet another match with the corporate however is blissful the place he’s at with NWA.
“It’s a kind of issues the place, like, I feel as a result of I began there, it might be good to return and say goodbye,” he stated. “However so far as like a long-term run or something like that, no, I’m not focused on that anymore. I’ll most likely end my profession within the NWA, however it might be good to return again and have a one-off or simply say goodbye to the followers.”
“The place I began within the WWE is an enormous a part of my success and, once more, like I stated, plenty of it has to do with scheduling. I’m fairly busy with Fox and there are not any part-time jobs within the WWE. I’ll cross that bridge after I get there. I used to be with WWE on two completely different events, and on the second event, I did plenty of nice issues and actually proud [about] that. So, if I by no means went again, no sweat. If I did, it’d be a pleasant near a chapter and to maneuver on. However my future is with the NWA in the interim, and I can’t actually see that altering.”
Tyrus stated he’s proud of how his time with NWA has panned out.
“All [of the last few years] have been lots higher than my expectations had been,” he instructed Fox Information Digital. “I used to be excited simply to sort of do my factor, and I didn’t understand that it might take off to the purpose which it did, however I couldn’t be extra blissful about it.”
NWA 312 will happen Friday with a pre-show occasion starting at 8 p.m. CT and the primary card beginning at 9 p.m. Wrestling followers who cannot make it out to Highland Park will be capable to watch the occasion on FITE TV for $24.99. There shall be tapings of NWA Powerrr and NWA USA on Saturday.