What have you
been up to?
Writing a couple of film scripts for a competition, one on Bridge.
The other about faking your own death. Training down gym as usual,
running 800s an all for something special planned.
Where are you
Staplehurst, a small village 9 miles south of Maidstone, Kent. The
Garden of England.
Do you have
a ring name?
You don't get names until you've really trained and worked on a gimmick.
I always used to like Hanuman. He was the hardest guy in the Buddhist
religion but people refused to call me it 'cause I looked like a monkey.
How heavy and
tall are you?
Somewhere around 13 stone 8 lbs. Six foot one.
What made you
want to become wrestler?
I was always thin and kinda weedy. I feel in love with the sport first
time I saw it and my interest never declined. I couldn't handle a
normal job and want to prove you can achieve your dreams if you really
want to. I love attention and think the mix of athleticism and charisma
would suit me well.
What have you
done about trying to become a wrestler?
For the past three years I've trained heavy weights 4 or 5 times a
week. I've adapted my diet and taken safe supplements. I've visited
a wrestling school in Cincinnati and taken a few bumps in the ring
to see how it feels. I've been spending ages trying to sort out a
job/visa over there.
Who have you
A guy called Les Thatcher, an ex-pro wrestler who's been in the business
most of his life. He's a real exponent of the sport and a great personality.
How far do
you hope to get?
What I achieve is of secondary importance really. I've gained some
weight but I'm still small for a wrestler. My body type means there
is very little chance I'd ever be a "name" but some smaller guys have
done well. What's important is that I don't chuck it in. Even if I
only end up working behind the scenes it'll be enough 'cause I love
are the biggest risk?
Joints. Taking big bumps, knees, ankles, lower back and neck can all
get serious injuries. A pro at the end of his career will generally
have some form of replacement/modified joints.
Do you fancy
They're an easy way to get a pop, that's a good reaction from the
crowd. But they tend to get away from actual wrestling plus risk injuries
a bit more. I'd do one for the crack, no pun intended.
What do you
think is the best gimmick match?
I love ladder matches because of the thrill they usually give. Sable
and Luna's Ballgown Match was quite a good one too. Generally though
stipulations only work for one off shock value.
WWF or WCW?
To chose one or other is really a pointless thing to do, since most
wrestlers work for both at some point in their career. From a fan's
perspective I prefer WWF probably because I grew up with the gimmicky
side of wrestling. I think WWF has made better use of its talent in
most cases. Terry Taylor (Red Rooster) and Matt Borne (Doink) notable
Do you think
ECW has an undeserved bad reputation?
If bad means unnecessarily violent then maybe. Wrestling is a violent
sport and some people go to see it for that reason. If bad means not
good wrestling then possibly. While most of the guys there are very
talented wrestlers, excess of violence can take away from this.
Ric Flair or
95% of fans would say Flair 'cause they think they're being a knowledgeable
fan. He is undoubtedly a better wrestler technically and has a charisma
you couldn't teach but you cannot argue about what Hogan has done
for the sport, along with Vince McMahon. They're the yin and yang
of the great sport.
Bret Hart or
On a par probably. While Bret is more professional, outside the ring
Michaels is one of the best workers in the sport.
Is Sting overrated?
A little I'd say, although I admit I haven't seen a lot of his matches.
Plus I'm still on the outside looking in.
all time favourite match/incident/event?
Match: Flair-Savage Wrestlemania VII. Incident/Event: Impossible to
pick one but when things don't go to plan and when the wall of silence
WWF vs WCW was broken.
All time favourite
Pay Per View event (if different to above)?
Royal Rumble 92
all time favourite wrestler?
Ric Flair, 'cause you can learn so much watching him.
all time favourite manager?
All time favourite
Bobby Heenan/Jerry Lawler
What were the
circumstances whereby you came very close to Sunny?
The guy who runs the school in Cincinnati had dinner with her and
her husband the week before I first visited. Les is an advisor to
training Chris Candido (Skip), Sunny's husband.
all time favourite ring music?
Demolition's is pretty good.
If your life
could be something fictional, what would it be?
Somekind of superhero but one that actually got loads of action with
birds. Maybe to have a superbird to fight crime with then go home
to the superkids.
What were you
like at school?
Until puberty a bit of a monster. I craved attention and the classes
were too easy for the most part, so I just irritated teachers. During
those dark years I became a bit of a recluse, stuck at an all boys
school. Then when I came out of my coccoon I reverted to my previous
personality but more annoying as it was no longer accepted to act
like a 10 year old.
Why do people
Most people don't see the art behind the brashness. They don't appreciate
how tough the King Of Sports really is. They can't get beyond the
showmanship aspect and assert the views on a very limited knowledge.
Who make up
the majority of the wrestling audience?
In the US its largely young male adults although the family aspect
is still important. In the UK its generally an older, working class
audience but the British game is a world apart. Talking US wrestling,
most fans in Europe are teenagers.
is wrestling in in the 90's?
The 90s is far too long a period to assign one definition. Early 90s
wrestling had a push world-wide but like the push a few years earlier,
it slowed considerably a few years later. The Steroids scandal amongst
others (Barry Orton's sexual harassment case) affected wrestling badly
plus the ratings war has made much more competitive markets. In 1998
it has a mid card placing, better than before Wrestlemania but not
close to it's recent hey day. If it can flourish again it will so
by sound wrestling rather than gimmicks.
Is Vince McMahon
good or bad?
Good and bad too vague. Good in that he made wrestling more commercially
acceptable and available. Bad in that he ran a lot of smaller promotions
out of business and even today jips major stars. But its still a close
doors business environment. You have to have the right personality
to get things done.
What's your favourite band?
Mamas & Papas probably.
The Next Life by Suede. Or Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
Blur - Parklife.
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