Erin “Steel” Toughill Interview

2641-toughillcase126.jpgFemale mixed martial artist and one fo the stars of NBC’s “American Gladiators,” Erin “Steel” Toughill, was the special guest on the mid-week edition of Monday Night Myhe, histed by The Big Mosh, Blade, and DFL. The show can be hard live and in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Erin is honored to part of the return of the Atlasphere event in American Gladiators and describes the adrenaline rush as “pretty freakin’ crazy.” Erin is proud of how American Gladiators is doing, not just season 1, but the progression of season 2 and credits both the athlestes and great competitors who have tried out, as well as the new Gladiators for “kicking butt and taking names.”

Erin describes Matt Morgan, who wrestled for TNA and now is a gladiator known as “The Beast”, as “a bad ass and larger than life” and says that Matt has done a a great job acclimating himself to being a Gladiator.

Regarding rumors of a potential MMA fight between Erin and her fellow Gladator, Gina “Crush” Carano, Erin says that she would love to see that happen at some point in time. Erin feels her experience would give her an advantage, as she has had nearly 24 professional fights, while Gina has had only 6. “This has been my life. I was doing this before it was popular or cool. With all respect to Gina, I would kick her ass.”

Erin believes that many wrestling fans are jumping ship from being fans of sports entertainment to that of the MMA world. Erin by no means discredits the wrestling world, as she gives all of the credit to those who comete within the WWE, TNA, and the independent promotions around the globe. “It takes an extremely athletically-gifted person to pull a lot of that stuff off.” Erin went on record to say that wrestling is something she might even be interested in competing in sometime in the future, because of the soap-opera and storyline perspectives. Erin states though, the MMA “is as real as it gets.”

Mosh, Blade and DFL asked Erin if she gets more credit for competing in a “real” sport versus that of a predetermined nature. Erin replies that she has been around the world of MMA for a long time. Erin has seen people she has sparred with try to cross over to professional wrestling. The fans will stick to their guns and believe what they want to believe, but as for her, she sholehearedly feels that despite the “predetermined” nature of wrestling, both the men and women involved take some serisous beatings and punishment. Erin then reinforced that she has never turned down the opportunites to get into the squared circle. Right now, Erin’s heart and soul is into the MMA.

When asked about the subject of WWE Divas versus TNA Knockouts, Erin has had more opportunity to watch the TNA product, mainly following Matt’s career and loves what the knockouts can do in the ring. What she likes about TNA vs. WWE is that “their girls are real athlestes,” and that they tend to actually perform, whereas in most capacities the WWE Divas are Playboy models ripping their clothes off.

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