Kyle O’Reilly Explains How MMA Training Has Helped His Wrestling Style

Before his fatal five-way NXT Championship match at this weekend’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Kyle O’Reilly spoke to DAZN, and discussed his Mixed Martial Arts training.

During the conversation, the site asked O’Reilly how the training has helped his in-ring style. The former NXT Tag Team Champion explained:

“It started as just a way for me to supplement my training as a way to help me become a better pro wrestler. Back when I first started trying to do a submission transition or kicks from kickboxing, it just didn’t look right until I started actually training and getting the footwork down and the timing down. Now when I do something like an armbar or roundhouse (kick), you can see that it’s a legitimate technique. I think that’s helped me tremendously in progressing my style. I didn’t start training until I’d already been a pro wrestler. I had those pro wrestler instincts with selling and timing. But now you add in the training, and I think that’s where my style really took off.”

(H/T and transcribed by WrestleZone)

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