Professional wrestler Caprice Coleman is not your average sports entertainment star. When this Ring of Honor superstar isn’t body slamming some 200-plus pound grappler or flying high off the top rope of a wrestling ring, he’s sharing the good news of God as an ordained minister.
While many professional wrestlers create characters, Coleman’s wrestling persona is no gimmick, but a true reflection of his real life.
The 37-year-old wrestler works in the teen ministry at World Worship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and still gets back to his home church, First Missionary Baptist Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina to preach almost monthly. His dedication to ministry is likely why his signature wrestling moves have names like A Call to Repentance, Leap of Faith, The Thief in the Night and the Trinity.
Coleman, who began wrestling for Ring of Honor after brief stints in both WWE and TNA, has released a music video to accompany his new ROH theme song, ‘More Than a Conqueror.’ The track was performed by Christian rapper Omega Sparx, who also appears in the video.
Your new Ring of Honor theme song is a Christian hip hop song ‘More Than a Conqueror’ performed by Omega Sparx. Why this song and why Omega Sparx?
I am one that can say that my wrestling character isn’t a gimmick, it’s who I am. So I wanted a song that embodied who I am. I always want to be able to spread the gospel any chance I get. And Sparx and I had great chemistry! It was a collaboration that was truly meant to be. I co-wrote the track with him.
Are there challenges to balancing your life as a man of the cloth and your career as a professional wrestler?
Most of it has to do with maintaining your integrity. Of course there’s a lot of temptation out there on the road. However, facing the same things that everybody else faces gives me an opportunity to show them that there is a way to stand respectfully.
Would you like your chance at becoming Ring of Honor World Champion?
I definitely would. Anything is possible!
Ideally, who would you like to work with in a feud for the world title?
I respect everyone on the ROH roster. However, I would enjoy feuds with Jay Lethal, Adam Cole, Jimmy Jacobs and Jay Briscoe because I know the promos leading up to something like that would be monumental.
You mentioned some of your favorite Ring of Honor wrestlers, who are some of your favorite preachers?
I definitely enjoy Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen. I also enjoy Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church; Pastor Lloyd Bustard of World Worship Church; and my mentor, Pastor Joshua J. Haire, Jr. of First Missionary Baptist Church. I have to say, I’m really starting to enjoy Minister Steve Harvey as well. Don’t sleep on Steve, he be preaching on the radio.
Outside of Ring of Honor, would you ever consider working for any international wrestling promotions?
I really enjoy ROH and how they allow me to be me. But if other doors open for me internationally I am definitely open to that. I’ll just see it as another level and a chance to advance the Kingdom. I would love to do something in Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling where Shelton Benjamin is or All Japan Pro Wrestling where D’Lo Brown was working. And I like what AAA is doing in Mexico as well. Definitely open to international work.
In WWE, Goldust is 45-years-old and has had this career resurgence and is wrestling better than ever. You’re 37, the age when some wrestlers’ body starts to break down; though I’m told you’re in the best shape of your career. Does seeing someone like Goldust motivate you to keep striving for greater success?
What’s happening with Goldust now is definitely inspiring. Even seeing how his success is benefiting his brother, Cody Rhodes. You know their father Dusty Rhodes made me want to be a professional wrestler. On ‘More Than a Conqueror,’ I said: “the sky is no limit!” I truly believe that. As long as I’m doing my part, things will fall in place. I’ve been given a second breath in life and I plan on using it to make an impact for the Kingdom.
Do you watch the reality show “Preachers of LA” and would you ever do a show like that if they did a spin-off in a city near you?
I do watch it and I would love to. There are so many avenues, but only one way. I know the avenue I’ve been given and I accept the responsibilities that come with it.
VIDEO: Watch Caprice Coleman’s music video for his theme song ‘More Than a Conqueror.’