A wrestler’s entrance is one of the most important parts of their character. It’s the first chance a star can make an impression, and it gives fans an idea of who you are. It’s something that requires lots of work, and it’s something that one of the most unique names in Ring of Honor, “The Party Peacock” Dalton Castle, worked on a lot. With his extravagant entrance, over-the-top persona, and legitimate collegiate wrestling background, Castle is an all-around performer and one that is unique in modern wrestling.
Taking notes from rock icons like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, Castle’s entire character is different from anything fans have seen before. One aspect of his character that is particularly unique is his use of “The Boys”—oily masked men that escort him to the ring, act as furniture and on occasion, undress him. For many, this bit of showmanship separates him from the crowd, and it’s part of his character he’s worked on quite a bit.
“The first time I did it was in Toronto and I had three girls with me, like showgirls. And I didn’t choreograph it properly and when I came back… I knew I needed to change it from girls to boys,” said Castle in a phone interview.
While Castle admits there’s more to his character than The Boys, they do a lot to get him noticed. Aside from a snazzy presentation, they add a level of comfort for the star, allowing him to play off of multiple characters instead of just himself. But it does add an extra bit of work to his plate—especially when it comes to his entrance.
“The entrances are very calculated,” says Castle. “That’s my Broadway production. Once I get into the ring, that’s a little looser, you can’t plan everything when the music goes off.”
He admits more planning goes into his entrance than his actual matches. Fans can see through a choreographed bout and it hurts the quality of the viewing experience. But even as a performer, Castle says he gets just as much from a strong performance as the audience does. But the entrance is where a large portion of his focus goes, and he’ll even re-watch prior bouts to see how that aspect is shot so he can tweak it.
Castle will be taking The Boys to New York as he faces Cody Rhodes for the ROH championship at Final Battle on Dec. 15, 2017. This will be the second time he will compete for a major singles title for the promotion, and it could be the first time he captures singles gold in ROH. With so much on the line, we’d have to assume he’ll have an entrance full of pomp, circumstance, and boys—it will be can’t-miss.