Dan Lambert is having a good time being the bad guy.
For several weeks now, Dan Lambert has appeared on AEW television only to bad-mouth their wrestlers and their philosophy. This is not new for Dan, he has played a similar character in both MLW and IMPACT.
Currently, he continues to appear alongside his legitimate fighters from American Top Team such as Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski but he is also backing AEW wrestlers, Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky as they look to take on Chris Jericho and Jake Hager on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam on Friday, September 24.
Speaking with Cageside Seats' Shakiel Mahjouri, Lambert referred to his time AEW thus far as “fun as shit.”
“It’s fun as s—t. What am I going to say? It’s a blast. You got 45 years of practicing in front of your mirror as a wrestling fan, yelling at everybody. I was always playing the heel my whole life. I always liked the bad guys. When you get a chance to do it and it reflects some of your own real feelings anyway, it’s even better,” Lambert says with a cheeky grin. “I know as much about pro-wrestling as I ever will about MMA. I’ve been following this s—t since I was 6-years-old. It’s what I wanted to be when I wanted to grow up for all those years. So it’s super cool. I would take any personality that they wanted me to do and run with any angle they wanted me to run. It’s just fun having a good time.”
Regarding his influences on the microphone, Lambert names some of the more traditional wrestlers in the Mount Rushmore discussion but also names present-day AEW coach, Arn Anderson.
“Oh God, there are so many. It’s really hard to limit it,” he begins. “There are so many good guys. ‘The Rock’ and ‘Stone Cold’ going back-and-forth. Ric Flair. Just go back and watch an Arn Anderson promo. Really short, really simple, really concise. But, come on. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but toot-toot.”
Dan likes to stir the pot on the microphone, but there is nobody better at that in AEW than Maxwell Jacob Friedman, MJF. When commenting on MJF’s ability on the microphone, Lambert, mirroring his television character, had some choice words for those who think that Maxwell Jacob Friedman takes it too far on the mic.
“Yeah, it’s pushing the line in everybody’s minds,” says Lambert. “But then you go home and turn on a TV and the bad guy is sex trafficking 12-year-old girls and this guy is a murderer and this guy is a serial killer and everything is great and fun and these Hollywood actresses are the coolest people in the world. But then MJF gets up and says something mean and he’s an assh—e. People are stupid. And by people, I mean you people.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Dan Lambert said that Junior dos Santos has shown legitimate interest in professional wrestling. Learn more here.
Fightful will have coverage of Men of the Year vs. Jake and Jericho on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam when it begins on Friday at 10 p.m. eastern time.