Teck Tonik

In which city do you live?
I live in Vancouver WA.

How long have you been in the business?
2 years

What inspired you want to get into the business?
Loving that I can entertain mass amounts of people on varying scales

Where did you learn to wrestle?
My trainer Cameron Star. Before that I wrestled in middle school

What are your signature moves and/or your finishers?
A vicious lariat and signature is a lot of suplexes

What promotions have you wrestled for?
Mainly ones surrounding Portland and down to Salem. But I’ve also ventured up to Bremerton WA, Seattle one time, and Las Vegas once.

What injuries have you sustained?
Broken nose, black eyes, heel compression injuries, and dislocations.

Are you a face or a heel?
Able to work both ??

What style(s) do you do?
Old school work, mixed with the fast paced modern day style. If that makes sense. I’ve studied a lot of Portland Wrestling since that’s my home-base.

What’s your entrance music? Why did you choose it?
My entrance music my friend and I made. We’ve been making beats for years now and this is THE PERFECT place to stand out as an individual in. No YouTube links or anything like that. It’s all me and all mine. I wanted a sound that was commanding, but still hype. I believed we pulled it off perfectly.

If you could change anything about indy wrestling or how people perceive pro wrestling, what would you change and why?
Honestly I would get rid of the term Smark, and most of social media surrounding pro wrestling. The term smark has a negative connotation and comes off the wrong way, even if the intention is good. With social media comes even more exposure to a business that was suppose to be kept in the dark. It’s about surprises, being surprised, being angry, being overjoyed, crying, feeling motivated or inspired, screaming and yelling…….what do we have today? People pay to watch wrestling to bury themselves in their phones. Honestly that drives me to do better than most wrestlers today. I don’t NEED to go out there and do all the stuff that makes me popular. I want to pull you away from your phone. Unless you’re taking dog filter selfies with me in the back, or creating a gif of something awesome we are doing; I survey every butt in a seat the second I step through the curtain. There could 10 people, 75 people, 500 people or even thousands- my job is to them. I owe them that. As a wrestler, we all do.

What do your friends and family think of you wrestling?
That’s a good question. They are all extremely supportive….and terrified at the same time. No doubt wrestling can be very lucrative and exciting. The flip side is how dangerous and unpredictable it can be. I may have 100 matches behind me already, but the risk of injury and/permanent damage always looms over me. So, while everyone is all for it, very onboard with everything I’m doing, coming to shows, following me to shows, helping me get to shows by buying merch; I owe it to myself, my friends and family, and this business to always train to keep myself safe, have good health, and to wake up each day ready to go.

What’s the best advice anyone in the business has given you?
“You’re gonna fail”, “You’re too Old School”, “Your style won’t get you anywhere in today’s wrestling”, “I hate that you can’t acknowledge how much natural talent you have”, and my favorite- “Keep doing everything you’re doing and you’ll go places. I’m not kidding you. You’re different. You hold yourself differently, you have charisma, and I guarantee someone with the right connections is going to see you and tell you that you have ‘IT’!” I readily and willingly accept feedback. I’m the first one to say, hey I messed up. I take the good AND the bad, and I grow. I refuse to dwell. Everything I’ve been told has brought me to where I am now. And Ill always be thankful for it.

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