T. J. Perkins quotes and sayings
I'd really like to go back to New Japan because it feels like home, and I love that place so much.
At the Cruiserweight Classic finale, I said... I don't know if people had looked it up, or if they had heard it before, but it was an old Zen proverb. 'Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, you chop wood, carry water.' It can be interpreted a lot of ways, but for the most part it's about staying in the moment.
I grew up kind of self-supported, that kind of environment, because my parents both worked for airlines.
I grew up on WWE. Eddie Guerrero is my everything. He's my hero, as are Shawn Michaels and Tiger Mask. I tried to model myself after them.
I try to take each moment at a time.
Gran Metalik was a student in CMLL when I was there as a teenager, and I was in main events and big time matches, so I used to see him in the gym all the time.
I got to do a lot of good things at a young age. I really kind of knocked out my bucket list when I was really young.
So much of what I do has been based off of my heroes and guys I've watched come up.
I could program the VCR when I was really young.
I've been hit in the head a lot, but I don't think I have any problems, but I can't, for the life of me, remember a lot of my road stories and good times. When times are bad enough, that's all you can ever think about.
A lot of the ups and downs for me, especially the downs, I feel like it came in a lot of indirect ways because I didn't appreciate what I had.
When I was maybe 22, 23 years old or so, I was sort of floating in between New Japan, Ring of Honor, TNA - not really committed to one place.
I've done stuff in the past and followed in the footsteps of my heroes, and each time, it felt a little bit surreal.
Lucha libre culture was part of my wrestling upbringing. I'm Filipino, so it wasn't a part of my normal upbringing, but it's what gave me my start. I get a lot of my technical and high-flying wrestling from that.
Rich Swann is probably the only guy who's more charismatic among this whole bunch than me, and I think it showed in our match.
I was an all-sport athlete growing up. My dad, I think, hoped I would go to college on a scholarship.
Things will come and go, and your life will go on, but you don't want to get too ahead of yourself.
It's really exciting to be able to represent the cruiserweights and go to Monday Night Raw. I grew up watching Monday Night Raw, and it's really a big dream of mine to perform on that stage.
I didn't want wrestling anymore; I wanted to not want it. But I couldn't get a job anywhere, which was part of the reason I was homeless. I couldn't get a job pumping gas. I couldn't get a job working at a warehouse, I couldn't get a job at Baskin Robbins, I couldn't get a job anywhere.
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