Sonny Kiss is a famous AEW Wrestler and He spoke about the origins of His character recently, including his nickname. He performed at the AEW Fight for the Fallen PPV. He fought the current AEW TNT Champion, Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes is one of AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents.
He is also an AEW performer and does very well in the ring along with his fellow The Elite Members. Cody Rhodes won the TNT Title a few months ago. Before the match and the PPV event, Kiss spoke to Sports Illustrated. He spoke about the ‘Concrete Rose’ nickname that he is known for.
Kiss stated that he got his name from a music album.
Sonny Kiss on His Character and Nickname Origins
"'The Concrete Rose' sums up me as a person," Kiss said. "Ashanti's version of that was infusing her soulful vocals over a hip-hop beat.
With me, it's very similar. I'm a very unconventional, avant-garde person, so it's a mantra I came up with as a teenager. It's when two things that aren't necessarily similar come together to make one awesome product.
"It's not exuding a masculine or feminine quality exclusively. I'm a little rough around the edges, but I'm also bubbly. I'm a fan of a lot of things, and that comes together like different qualities in concrete and a rose.
It's basically two opposites coming together." Kiss then spoke about his gimmick and how it is different from other gimmicks. Rose stated that he wanted to be relatable. "When I first started wrestling, people didn't know what to make of me," Kiss recalled.
"They wanted to make me like Adrian Adonis or even Goldust. But I wouldn't have thrived doing that. It wouldn't have been real, and people can see through fakeness. For me, I was either going to the top as myself or I wasn't.
I'm not a gimmick, I'm myself. I don't want to do anything that isn't real." Sonny Kiss said, "LGBTQ+ people are more than what you've seen in the past as 'gimmicks.' People need authenticity, and I'm that for them.
If you're not authentic, how can people relate to you? I won't change, I'll always be me." AEW has shown tremendous support for the LGBTQ+ community in the past. They are extremely well-known for that, and many people like the promotion for helping that community find a permanent place in the world of professional wrestling.