For Reynolds, this will be his first time competing in the state of Maryland, a state that has hosted some of the very elite in the independent wrestling scene. The man simply known as "America's Most Hated" does not take that opportunity lightly, and has openly stated that he will do anything it takes to make sure he is champion by the end of the night. "I do not care what I have to do, who I have to go through, or how I have to win. I will do what ever it takes to make sure my hand is the last one raised at the end of the night," Reynolds proclaimed when contacted by fightprowrestling.com in a phone interview over the weekend. A statement like that could be misinterpreted as a statement from an overconfident athlete. However, in the case of Tanner Reynolds, this isn't the case.
That statement made by Tanner Reynolds is a warning. Its a warning to every competitor in the tournament. Its a warning to every fan in attendance. Its a warning to every official involved with F.I.G.H.T. "Tanner Reynolds is willing to do anything to win. That doesn't just mean breaking the rules or running off at the mouth on the internet to get under an opponents skin. That means what ever it takes, period. If that means injuring some indy darling, and putting him on the shelf for a few months, so be it. Oh, what was that? He has a day job that he won't be able to do if he's injured? Tough sh*t. When you're starving for a month or two, think about that time you stepped up to the Steel City's surviving son and remember not to be so stupid next time," he said. "I didn't agree to travel 3 1/2 hours to play by the rules and be nice. If you're in my way, either lay down or prepare to spend an evening in the ER. Simple as that."
Always outspoken, Reynolds has spent the last month, calling out other tournament participants on Twitter, most notably his first round opponent Jake Manning and Ring of Honor star "Brutal" Bob Evans, which has drawn the ire of both competitors. What will happen when these individuals meet face to face at the tournament? Will someone send Reynolds home early with a loss? Or will Reynolds make good on his promise to do what ever it takes to become champion?
The only way to find out is to be at GBoone's Event Center on Friday, July 8th when F.I.G.H.T makes its return. Tickets are available here at www.fightprowrestling.com, www.brownpapertickets.com or at GBoone's box office. F.I.G.H.T: Premium Pro Wrestling from Western Maryland.