Respecting the booker man: A look at Brian Pillman Jr’s mentor

Rivalries and competition can often lead to respect. But the story of Brian Pillman Jr. and “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan is one most fans probably never saw coming.

Of course, many fans remember Pillman Jr.’s father “Flyin’” Brian Pillman, who later became more well-known as a “Loose Cannon.” That loose cannon persona really blossomed during a feud with Sullivan. The duo was facing off in a leather strap match that had to end with one of them declaring their “respect” for the other.

After about a minute of absolute brawling – and the strap never being attached to either man – Pillman grabbed the microphone and shouted “I respect you, bookerman!” Pillman proceeded to walk out of WCW and went to ECW and thus, the Loose Cannon chapter of Pillman’s career began.  The incident is pure wrestling lore and legend.

Fast forward more than 20 years and the late Pillman’s son Brian Pillman Jr. is a 23-year-old prospect in professional wrestling, who makes his national television debut on MLW: FUSION tonight.

Here’s where it gets even more interesting. Over the past 2 decades, Sullivan has become an uncle of sorts to the younger Pillman going as far as taking his former rival under his wing and serving as a mentor. has obtained exclusive comments from both Pillman Jr. and Sullivan from tonight’s episode of MLW: FUSION.

“I don’t know if the people watching TV now how great this guy is,” Sullivan said. “His Dad was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Brian, remember this … when you’re going up and down the road, there’s pitfalls. I’ll be there for you.”

Some of Pillman’s comments were a clear reference to the Bookerman Incident, as it’s come to be known.

“I appreciate the praise, Kevin. But, personally, I have a lot of work to do,” Pillman Jr. stated. “My father respected you and that respect runs in the family.”

See the entire interview between one of the legends in professional wrestling and one of the hottest young stars in the sport on tonight’s episode of MLW: FUSION, which airs at 8 p.m. ET every Friday on beIN Sports.

The show is also available on YouTube ( beginning every Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. ET.


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