Flyin' Brian Pillman's son hopes to follow in his father's footsteps
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - Former Cincinnati Bengals player and professional wrestler Brian Pillman passed away in 1997, when his son, who bears the same name, was just four years old.
"Growing up, I thought, he's going to be forgotten by the time I'm 24, before I get settled in and can even consider this as a career."
He was wrong, and now, that's exactly what he's doing.
Pillman announced two weeks ago his intentions to become a professional wrestler. It's the same path that led his late father to fame in the 1990s.
"Somebody told me it was their dream to see me go out and become a wrestler, because they couldn't wait to see how I would develop." Pillman says. "It is a huge legacy. It is very big shoes to fill."
Pillman says he's found strength from an unlikely source.
"What really changed my confidence, and gave me confidence in my athleticism was discovering yoga."
The original "Flyin' Brian" was known for his gravity-defying acrobatics, and his brash, in-your-face persona.
The 22-year-old Pillman says he won't be a carbon copy of his father, but fans will definitely see plenty that resembles the WWE legend.
"The plan is to follow in his footsteps for sure and maintain that high flying style." adding, "His love is scattered all throughout the world, and I just want to go to each and every one of those places and pick that up and connect with those fans, because, I'm a product of them. I'm a product of those fans, and I'm going to fulfill the fans dreams of becoming a star. Just to see that I've come full circle, and I'm back to pursuing his dream, I think he would be very proud."