While WCPW has been getting a lot of attention thanks to a stacked roster of big names and a number of must-see matches, there are many who are trying to establish themselves and stand out amongst the sea of talent.
Young tag-team Prospect – Lucas Archer & Alex Gracie – have been trying to do so under the watchful eye of their manager, James R. Kennedy. The duo look to have formed an alliance with another hungry competitor in Drake and are quickly gathering momentum.
I caught up with ever-talkative Kennedy to discuss Prospect, their newest addition Drake and their issues with Joe Hendry and Joseph Conners.
Q: James, who are Prospect and what do you make of their success in WCPW thus far?
A: Prospect is named out of spite, spite towards how WCPW have effectively brushed off these fine young athletes. Alex Gracie and Lucas Archer were not afforded the same attention that men like Joe Hendry were coming in, and thus were branded ‘prospects’ by management.
Their loss is my gain, because I see something in these men. Similarly, I could see the same ruthless desire to succeed in Drake. That’s why, even though we may come up short from time to time, I will always show patience.
This is a long-term project, because I firmly believe Gracie, Archer and Drake are big money players.
Q: You mention Drake, who is a recent addition to the group. What do you see in Drake and were you impressed by his continued efforts to make a name for himself, such as when he attacked ROH World Champion Jay Lethal?
A: Management is more than simply seeing the best in people, it’s the art of motivation and pulling those skills from a wrestler. Drake was another who was thrown to the wolves by management in WCPW, almost like he was there to make up the numbers. Well, here are some numbers for you, 10/10. That’s what Drake’s assault on the ROH World Champion meant to me.
Jay Lethal is one of the finest wrestlers on this planet, and Drake floored him with one move. He stalked him like a praying mantis from the top rope, before bursting his lungs in one fell swoop. It was impressive, Drake is by far one of the most dangerous individuals I’ve ever met. He doesn’t mix well with others, but that’s alright since he’s one of us now.
Q: Is Drake a member of Prospect now?
Anyone who can single-handedly make that kind of impact deserves an opportunity. If those calling the shots in WCPW won’t embrace his talent, James R. Kennedy most certainly will. Prospect is all about hitting back at management, not necessarily out of unwarranted rebellion, but because they fired the first shot. They want to bring Jay Lethal over here to make themselves look good? Be my guest, just don’t be surprised when a caged talent like Drake lashes out.
It was management who deemed guys like Archer, Gracie and Drake mere ‘prospects’ to begin with. How can they expect harmony with that kind of judgement? Drake has been welcomed into Prospect, because it’s the best place for him right now. I’m going to watch that man fly, literally and figuratively, then WCPW will realise the error of their ways.
Q: He may have gotten the better of Lethal, but one man who has been a thorn in your group’s side is the aforementioned Joe Hendry. How do you plan to respond to the Local Hero embarrassing your clients?
As for ’embarrassing’ my clients? Prospect isn’t embarrassed by losing to Joe Hendry, we’re simply appalled at the level of favouritism that is rife in this company already. Hendry is talented, he has all the talent in the world, but he’s not the only wrestler out there. Men like Archer, Gracie and Drake detest guys like the ‘Local Hero’, because they understand that he is the apple of everyone’s eye.
We may have lost the battle, but the war is just beginning. Cliches are cliches because they’re true. Joe Hendry, it will never be over until you share that spotlight.
Q: It would appear as though Prospect are headed for a showdown with Hendry and Conners…
[INTERRUPTING] Joe Hendry and Joseph Conners can’t get along, that’s the major difference. Tag-team wrestling is a lost art in many respects, but that’s what makes Alex Gracie and Lucas Archer so good, they’re a genuine unit. They like one another, they respect one another, they work hard to improve their craft, and they’re not bogged down with petty nonsense like trying to outshine one another.
As a team, when they’ve been wrestling together, Gracie and Archer haven’t been beaten. By contrast, Hendry and Conners can’t even agree on which music to come out to, or what kind of ring attire they should be wearing. It’s pathetic, and makes them easy pickings for a well-oiled machine.
Again, we may lose from time to time, but Prospect will never quit. Defeats along there way don’t greatly concern me, it’s winning in the end. That is exactly what we plan on doing, something made easier by the fact that Joseph Conners – if he was being honest with you – can’t stand Joe Hendry. That’s not a team, it’s a liability.