In which city do you live?
I now live near a seaside town in the United Kingdom called Folkestone, Kent but was born and raised in Swindon, Wiltshire.
How long have you been in the business?
I started out in 2001, but took three year out between 2007 and 2010 to study Wildlife Conservation at Nottingham Trent University as a part of my pursuit to become a zoo keeper.
What inspired you want to get into the business?
My Dad, who sadly passed away in August of this year following a long and brave battle with prostate cancer, he introduced me to tapes of WCW in the early 90’s. From the day I saw larger than life characters such as Cactus Jack, ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin and Abdullah The Butcher I was completely hooked. That was the day my love affair with professional wrestling began.
Where did you learn to wrestle?
In 2001 I started training at a now defunct British company known as Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire with one of my best friends from secondary school, James Dunn, now known as JD Knight on the British Indy scene. We were taught the very basics and we figured out the rest ourselves as we went along. I received more structured training later with 4 Front Wrestling (4FW).
What are your signature moves and/or your finishers?
Top rope elbow (Air Vanada)
TKO into stunner (Vandal Handle)
What promotions have you wrestled for?
South East Professional Wrestling (SEPW), Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW), 4 Front Wrestling (4FW),
Combat Sport Federation (CSF), WIN Wrestling (Dublin, Ireland)
What injuries have you sustained?
I’ve been fortunate enough to maintain good reasonably good health and have only sustain the odd niggling injury.
Are you a face or a heel?
I’m currently playing the evil owner gimmick for my promotion based in Kent, UK called South East Professional Wrestling.
What style(s) do you do?
I’m fairly well versed in most styles but as a face I wrestle a more high flying/technical style. As a heel I’m more of a brawler & striker.
What’s your entrance music? Why did you choose it?
I’ve had a variety of musical tastes over the years, but most recently I have returned to my very first entrance music – Clubbed to Death by Rob Dougan or more commonly known as ‘the theme from the Matrix films’. For me now it’s nostalgic, but in 2001 it was very of the now.
Tell us about your first and/or your most memorable match.
I wrestled Sabu in 2004 in a Hardcore match for UCW. We did the whole thing, he put me through tables, collared me with a steel chair, triple jump moonsault etc. He didn’t say a word to me before we went out and he called the whole thing in the ring and I’m proud to say that I didn’t miss a beat. His first words to me that evening were, ‘thank you’ as we raised each others hands in the ring after the match. It was an amazing experience and a moment I’ll always be very proud of.
What’s the best advice anyone in the business has given you?
Invest in yourself and others will invest in you. I’ll never forget it and I still live by this advice to this day.
What do you want to be known for in the business?
Firstly, it would be nice to be remembered at all. However, in 2016 I opened my own wrestling school in Folkestone, Kent called the SEPW Academy. This is a project that I am very passionate about and would ultimately like to be known as someone who has given their time to enable lots of talented guys and girls to get started in professional wrestling in a well structured and supportive environment. I aim to help shape talented individuals who can not only wrestle but tell a great story in the ring, I want to showcase what great home grown talent we have at SEPW. It’s early days but I would love for some of my students to eventually make it to the big time. I’m destined to be a footnote in someones autobiography.
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