GCW was back in the headlines last weekend for their recent announcement of their WrestleMania week plans. From April 8th-10th, the promotion will host a series of events as part of “The Collective: Remix” series.
The events mark a semblance of the ‘return to normalcy’ that many have been hoping for since, well, right around this time last year. Unfortunately, last year’s series of Collective events were unable to take place throughout WrestleMania week as they’ve traditionally done. However, rather than outright cancel the event, the promotion chose to host the shows in the fall with the shows finally taking place from October 9th-11th.
One of the prominent independent stars on the show was Laynie Luck, who I had the opportunity to chat with shortly after the event’s conclusion. “You mentioned the Collective [earlier],” I commented near the start of our conversation. “Just take me through the entire experience of it, because even as a fan sitting and getting to watch that much wrestling back-to-back-to-back for the first time in a while was great. Actually being there in wrestling as a part of it, what was that like for you?”
“It was a very long day, that’s for sure, but it was really good,” Luck laughed. “Our locker room was like this whole huge building that was attached to where we were wrestling at. It was literally huge. Everyone had so much space to spread out. So that was really comforting to where I’m not like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be packed in like sardines with these people for 16 hours. Like, weak, there’s plenty of room to go outside and lots of fresh air going in and out – all the big doors were open and all that. So it was great, very comforting, and relaxing to have a huge locker room.”
“All the fans were, you know, doing their part as well,” Luck was quick to note. “If I looked around – if I was in the building, watching some of the wrestling when I looked around, people had their masks on and weren’t just sitting in these huge groups. That was really cool. As for that much wrestling, I genuinely can’t believe how much good wrestling happened in such a short amount of time. Like not just wrestling, but good wrestling.”
“I’m gonna put you on the spot,” I informed her. “You don’t need to give me [just] one, but maybe a couple of your personal highlight matches [at the Collective] outside of your own.”
“Oh my gosh, for sure it was [Jonathan] Gresham and [Lee] Moriarty,” she replied almost instantaneously. “Gresham is one of my favourite wrestlers right now. (He) has been for a minute, but he’s just so smooth, and I wish I could move like that. And then, obviously, Moriarty coming up out of nowhere and just being so good for no reason. That was definitely the highlight of the night for me, probably.”
Of course, like many wrestling fans, Luck had to give a shout-out to one of the most entertaining individuals in the business today.
“Also, Juice, Orange Cassidy coming in, just being in the stands for that pop, I literally had goosebumps. I was tearing up. I was like, wow, this is like, this is what I want to be like. That’s the pop of my dreams.”
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