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Steve McLean talks about preparing for the Impact Barbed Wire Massacre match

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While Steve McLean is no stranger to violence in the ring, he will experience something similar at Impact’s Victory Road on Friday, September 23, when he faces Sami Callihan and Moose in a barbed wire massacre match—only the fifth in company history.

Former Steve Cutler and Forgotten Sons member in WWE and NXT has been trading in Impact since June 2021, just months after WWE released it. Fans see a new side of Mr Mayhem that has never been seen before as the previous US Marines brought a darker, more menacing presence to the hype.

Along with character development there is the opportunity to work with top talent such as Tomohiro Ishii, Alex Shelley, Jonathan Gresham, PCO, Trey Miguel, Eric Young and others.

I recently spoke with McLean about Victory Road, his character development, and more.

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“I’m going to be cut, I’m bleeding, I’m probably going to fall from something, I don’t know,” he joked. “I have a plan knowing that the next day my body is going to hurt and it’s going to take time off from our careers, probably. But, it will be one of those matches where I think the three of us will go out there and show But also tell the story we’re telling.”

McLean said he went back to watch previous BWM matches including Sabu vs Abyss from 2005’s Turning Point.

“Obviously Sami has had experience with this, I went and watched some of his matches, I know Moose hasn’t been in one of these matches, so that’s an advantage of mine. He is the sample that he is” Wrestling God is for “It’s an advantage that I have because I know he probably doesn’t like to hit or bleed because he was a former NFL player.”

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I asked about his character development and the freedom to show this version of himself in front of the audience.

“It’s funny that everyone keeps saying, ‘Oh, that’s a completely different person,’ but no, it’s the same person. I’ve never had the stage or opportunity that I’m about and that’s one Opportunities are what I love. About IMPACT. They give people like me and in general all IMPACT talent a platform to show off and whether you can run on the field or not.”

McLean said that when he was fired from WWE, his now-fiancée Deona Purrazzo was there as a support system for him. His reaction to his firing was that it was his opportunity to show the world what he could do. McLean immediately began working on vignettes to prepare for any venue debut, and was immediately thinking of ways to book on independents and get his name out there. When Impact came along, he ended up loving the work he had already done with his vignettes.

“So, it was one of those moments where I knew the work I had done and the vision I had of Steve Macklin was going to be on display.”

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