Taking place only a day away, Death Before Dishonor looks to be a stacked card with many big names and matches, including the biggest match on the card; figuratively and literally, the Anything Goes Barroom Brawl pitting the team of Silas Young and Vinny Marseglia against the Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian “Kingpin” Milonas).
Milonas made his debut for Ring Of Honor back in 2017 as part of the Top Prospect Tournament and recently this year in February was signed to a full time contract with the company. Milonas is an 18 year veteran of the business and is well known for his wars with the Briscoes alongside tag team partner, the Beer City Bruiser.
Talking with Rebel Report, Milonas was kind enough to share his insight on tag team wrestling, his career as a wrestler, and what it means to be a big man wrestling in 2019.
Ethan Schneider: For those who don’t know, who is Brian Milonas?
Brian Milonas: On TV I am a beer drinking guy having a good time and behind the scenes I’m a family man. I started wrestling in 2001 and was trained by the great Killer Kowalski; been wrestling now for about 18 years.
ES: So how did you and Bruiser meet and what sparked you guys to team up?
BM: It really started when we were competing for the 6-man title with Silas. Once Silas did his thing, it really kicked off between me and Bruiser.
Bruiser is my best friend. We are a couple of fun loving guys who want aren’t afraid to fight; drink beer and have fun.
ES: At Death Before Dishonor you’ll be facing off against Silas Young and Vinny Mareglia in an Anything Goes Barroom Brawl. What physical/mental preparation goes into wrestling a match like that?
BM: Knowing you’ll be putting your body on the line. Knowing that it’ll be a war and taking what you get and dishing it out just as hard to your opponent.
ES: What are some of the misconceptions you think people have when they think of tag team wrestling?
BM: Ring Of Honor has the best tag team division in the world. Fans don’t really know, chemistry between partners really matter. What is lost is how on point everyone has to be for a good tag team match.
ES: Taking the titles and championships out of it. What motivates you now to keep wrestling and to keep evolving?
BM: Personal fulfillment. To show kids no matter how crazy your dreams are, you can do it. To also tell my kids to go and get it.
I am lucky to have had strong support from my family coming up. Especially from my father who was extremely proud of me for following my dream.