Sami Callihan has become one of the biggest names on the Independent scene thanks to his loose cannon persona and antics.
Prior to becoming the Sami Callihan fans have grown to hate, yet still admire, today; he was hacker Solomon Crowe in NXT from 2013 to 2015. The gimmick never really took off in NXT and Callihan was released on November 24, 2015.
Speaking to Mirror Sport, Callihan looked back at his time in NXT.
"I don't hate on my time there, I just wasn't who I am today. For lack of a better term, I became a b***h. I walked on eggshells, I became someone I wasn't. I will never allow that to happen again."
Callihan is currently enjoying his run in Impact Wrestling, where he rose to prominence after a stunt gone wrong with Eddie Edwards. Callihan, attempting to smash a chair into Edwards face using a baseball bat, missed the chair and caught Edwards in the face with the bat.
"I want people to truly believe that I might attack a fan in the crowd because I might actually do that," said Callihan. "You don't know what I'm gonna do. I might attack a fan, I might superkick a child.I might attack someone with a baseball bat. You really don't know what Sami Callihan is going to do at any time, and I think that's what draws people to watch me."
Callihan continued, talking about the mystique of his character and relating it to magic. “People are more worried about selling merchandise, more worried about not offending somebody that they neuter themselves and give away their magic trick of professional wrestling to anyone that wants to hear about it.
“Professional wrestling is the only thing in the world that's like that. If I don't apologise for hitting Eddie Edwards in the face with a baseball bat, I'm a d**k because I want to keep some sort of mystique to my character.”
Callihan is still involved in a bloody feud with Pentagon Jr in Impact Wrestling. The two had a violent affair at Slammiversary in July and engaged in a Mexican Death Match on Aug. 23.
While the leader of oVe continues to draw blood with Pentagon Jr., that hasn't stopped Callihan from angling for another big match with the self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. of professional wrestling.
"(Chris) Jericho, if you're listening to this, I'm calling your ass out. Whenever you're ready to do it, let's f***ing do this. Sami Callihan versus Jericho, one on one. I know I wanna see it, I know the people wanna see it, and I know you wanna see it."
Callihan is scheduled to take part of Chris Jericho's Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea at the end of October. He called a match with Jericho "one of the last dream matches" for him as a professional wrestler.