Updated: May 17
A week ago, Game of Honor Show aired their season three-episode eight film on their official YouTube channel. The match-ups consisted of Princeton vs Kelly Oxley in SoulCalibur VI where Kelly walked away the victor of that match. Then, Tamara made her official debut and took on Nathan Teach in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Unlike Kelly, Tamara walked away the loser. Then came the episode’s main event that featured Mason King defending the GOH World Championship against both Toxic and Kunai in a Tri-Honor match. They played the wrestling game title, WWE 2K19. The outcome shocked many as the match ended with Toxic claiming victory over Mason King and Kunai. He also walked away the new GOH World Champion after the former GOH World Champion, Mason King, handed him the belt.
I recently caught up with the new #GOH Heavyweight Champion and asked him a variety of questions. These questions are in regard to his thoughts about winning the championship, his training regime for the tri-honor match, his opinion about a future rematch with Mason King, and his thoughts about his future opponent at Final Stage—per the #HonorCup’s outcome? Click here to watch the episode where Toxic claimed victory, before reading the interview below.
Diego: How does it feel being Game of Honor’s 3RD World Heavyweight Champion?
Toxic: It feels surreal, and incredible at the same time. When GM invited me into this company I was skeptical at first, but from my esports history, I was intrigued more than anything. I knew when I came to GOH I was aiming for the top immediately. It took a little longer than I would have liked, but I made it, and it feels so good.
How did you train for this tri-honor match between Mason King, Kunai, and yourself?
Training for me is very important, I try to train my mind and body as well as my playing skill. For the Tri-Honor match specifically, I played about 4 hours of WWE 2k19 a day, learning the techniques of each player and memorizing move sets. I also did my daily workouts and gave myself time to relax and rest. I do all this while always keeping my goals in mind. I also want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to achieve those goals.
How did you feel during the tri-honor match and what made you feel that way?
Thank you, during the match I felt quite confident (…), something inside me just kept a reassurance in my head. There were some moments that made me a little nervous, but I just continued to tell myself there was no time to hesitate and that I had to keep pushing forward.
If Mason King receives a rematch for your title, are you worried that he’ll reclaim the GOH Heavyweight Championship from you?
Coming into GOH, my eyes were going to be on whoever was at the top. Of course, at the time it was Mason King. Granted, I didn’t really know who he was, but he showed his true colors to me very early. Which led me to not like him as a person. Now I don’t like not being friends with people but I’m not the person to turn down a good rivalry either. So, I took the opportunity and ran with it. Now for Mason getting a rematch, I hope he does because I want to show him that this is reality now and that he’s no longer the top dog in GOH. And no, I’m really not worried about him reclaiming the title because I won’t let that happen.
Do you have anything to say about the competitors who are part of the #HonorCup? The participants are Manny, Kunai, and Princeton, if you’ve forgotten.
I’m very familiar with what will come from the Honor Cup. I’m actually looking forward to watching it and the outcome. Manny is honestly a good friend of mine. He is very easy to talk to and a joy to be around, though he does have a difficult time with his mother. At times he is an awesome person. He is a true friend. Kunai to me, is a mentor and someone I looked up to since the beginning of this journey. I appreciate everything he taught me. He helped guide me to where I am today, and I will always be thankful to him in that regard. Now Princeton is something else. He is very prominent in GOH and for good reason. He has been here since season one and has held many of the Championships. But, at the same time, I often find myself questioning some of his decisions on things he’s doing in the company and how he treats people. I try my best to be friends with him or at least civil with him in a sense. However, he doesn’t seem to reciprocate the same feeling most of the time.
But I am looking forward to the Honor Cup and will happily accept the challenge of whoever comes out victorious.
Are there any players that you believe the Game of Honor viewers around the world should pay attention to more as the show continues?
In my opinion, I think many people count Manny out to early. He may seem a bit oblivious sometimes, but I think he can really be a powerhouse if he puts his mind to something. Same goes for CAS. I think he has gotten the short end of the stick on a lot of opportunities and hasn’t been given the best chances to show what he is made of. And I believe Kawaii Britt is going to make a big name for herself soon. She has a ton of untapped potential, and I can’t wait to see her grow in this business.
After you won the GOH Heavyweight Championship, how did you celebrate the moment?
After I won the Heavyweight title, I immediately went to the back with the other competitors and hugged my friends. I thanked them for being by my side and helping me get to this point in my journey. Then, I got a call from GM. He congratulated me and shared some encouraging words with me. He also gave me a surprise gift which allowed me to go out and celebrate with my friends. It was a mixture of my personal and GOH friends who celebrated with me. It was nothing major, but I was able to just enjoy a night to celebrate the accomplishment.
For fans who may want to know about you personally, what are your favorite hobbies outside of competing in matches here at the Game of Honor Show?
Personally, I enjoy photography. It’s something I use to do with my grandfather before he passed on. It’s very relaxing to me, either being out in nature taking landscapes or finding some flowers or animals while taking macro shots. Sometimes taking a friend to some hidden gem locations I’ve found through my travels and doing small photo shoots are things I do. I also really enjoy hockey, it’s my favorite sport and I love to sit back and watch the games. Going to the ice rink, and skating with some friends and usually myself are other activities I enjoy doing. I play a lot of different sports and activities like baseball, ultimate frisbee, football, or whatever my friends and I feel like playing on nice days when we all have off and can get together.
Do you have anyone/anything out there in the world today that motivates you in any/all your matches at the Game of Honor Show? What are those specifically?
Honestly the thing that motivates me the most is showing the people who’ve supported me in the past that their time and efforts were not wasted. I want to show people that helping someone you may or may not know can have a positive outcome. I want to be an example for people, to show them that if you keep fighting your own battle and take steps to that goal, you’ll be able to accomplish anything you put your mind to. They’ll also learn how to never give up on yourself or to never give up on someone you care about.
What advice would you give to the other players on the show who haven't won a championship belt, or at the very least, a belt as mighty as the World Heavyweight Championship?
The best advice I have for fellow players or anyone for that matter is don’t expect something to come easily. You have to work hard for what you want whether that be a belt, a promotion, or something in your personal life. Just keep working at it, it’ll pay off in the end.
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