By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead Editor
Welcome back wrestling fans to yet another stupendous interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this brand new interview I had the pleasure to speak with current Combat Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Drew Gulak.
In the short time Drew has been in the professional wrestling business, he's made a tremendous impact and is one of the few true technical wrestlers in the world.
He has faced some of professional wrestling's toughest in the business and has always given 110% from bell to bell.
Drew has reached the top of the mountain in CZW, capturing the CZW World Heavyweight Championship in October against MASADA, which was one of the top matches thus far in 2013. Drew has another hurdle to overcome in December, as he faces former WWE NXT Superstar Chris Hero at CZW's 'Cage of Death XV' and the CZW World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line.
I spoke with Drew on his thoughts on ECW during its heyday, on his opponent Chris Hero, technical wrestling in 2013 and more!
Richard: To start off Drew I wanted to ask, how do you feel working for a promotion like Combat Zone Wrestling, that centers around extreme wrestling not often spotlighted in 2013? Drew:
CZW tends to be criminally undervalued for that stigma. I blame the marketing team. CZW is, however, the most well networked wrestling promotion in the world next to WWE, as well as one of the most exciting live experiences a fan could have. I love it.
Richard: On December 14th at CZW's Cage of Death XV, you defend the CZW World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Hero, what are your thought on Hero as an in ring worker? Drew:
There is a reason Chris is considered one of the best wrestlers in the world. He has the ability to incite change like no one else and I respect him greatly for that. Richard: I wanted to get your thoughts on the WWE and its view on smaller wrestlers like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, who overall haven't been spotlighted as highly as larger wrestlers like John Cena and Hulk Hogan? Drew:
I would argue that guys like Rey Mysterio have been just as successful in some ways. Everything is relative. However you can't stop talent. It always shines through. Richard: You've been in the business less than a decade and have made quite a mark in such a short time, do you feel that you have reached the pinnacle of your career or do you think there is much more to come? Drew:
I do not believe in reaching a pinnacle. Perhaps when I exit. Richard: What are your thoughts on ECW when it was at the height of its success during the Attitude Era? Drew:
Dwindling? They inspired the attitude movement. In turn this time played large role in what CZW became with our initial ties to Big Japan in the early part of our company. Richard: You held the CZW Wired Championship for an impressive 427 days, which do you think is more important, number of championship reigns or overall length of a title reign? Drew:
Neither is important. The impact a man makes while champion, that is what counts.
Richard: Do you think technical wrestling can still survive in today's overall landscape of professional wrestling?
- Technical wrestling is a term created by people who feel a need to classify a person’s ability. Again, I blame marketing. Richard: Over the past few years a long list of Indy wrestlers such as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan have finally reached the grand stage of the WWE, do you envision yourself wrestling alongside them in the most successful promotion in the world?Drew:
I would like to work there one day and will be working hard to accomplish that goal. Right now my path has lead me to being the CZW World Champion. If I were working alongside those people in that environment I would do my best to relish in it. Richard: You had the opportunity to wrestle Colt Cabana recently, what are your thoughts on what it was like to work in the ring with him? Drew:
It was an honor. He is an amazing wrestler with more experience than 99.9% of everyone in our business. It was a wonderful test.
Richard: I'd like to get your thoughts on the Wrestling Cares Association Promotion, which is run by Les Thatcher? Drew:
A wonderfully conducted promotion in California featuring some of the best wrestlers on the world. Richard: Do you think Hardcore Wrestling can still thrive in 2013, as it did during its heyday in the mid to late 1990's? Drew:
Again, it’s all relative. Blame the marketing.
- Fans can follow Drew Gulak on Twitter @DrewGulak, and on his Official Website.
I want to personally thank CZW World Heavyweight Champion Drew Gulak for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorHello again wrestling fans and welcome back to another stupendous interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the tremendous pleasure to speak with the sexiest woman in professional wrestling bar none, Trina Michaels. Trina is no stranger to controversy, as she is one of the biggest stars in the adult film industry, where she has starred in over 40 films, and has won numerous awards for her work in the industry. The past few years Trina has become more engrossed in the world of professional wrestling as a valet and as a manager, appearing for numerous independent promotions, specifically for major Indy promotions such as Dragon Gate USA and Full Impact Pro.
Trina intends to make a mark in pro wrestling, as she does in the adult film industry.I spoke with Trina about meeting hardcore legend Mick Foley, her thoughts on working for the WWE, why she got into pro wrestling and more.
Richard: For some wrestling fans who may not be familiar with your career in professional wrestling, can you give us an update on what's going on in the busy schedule of Trina Michaels?Trina:
RIGHT NOW? I'M TAKING OVER FLORIDA ONE PROMOTION AT A TIME. LOL! I'VE BEEN THE SEXY ADDITION ALONG SIDE LARRY DALLAS ON FULL IMPACT PRO AND DRAGON GATE USA. AND OF COURSE, WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH LUKE HAWX. Richard: What was the main reason why you decided that you wanted to get into the business of professional wrestling?Trina:
WELL I ALREADY COME FROM THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT. WRESTLING JUST SEEMED LIKE THE LOGICAL NEXT STEP. LOL! BUT SERIOUSLY, AS A FAN, I CAN NEVER FORGET THAT FEELING I HAD GOING TO MY FIRST LIVE WWE SHOW. WHEN WRESTLING WAS NEW TO ME AND HAD ME HOOKED. IT WAS SO EXCITING & LARGER THAN LIFE. I WANT PEOPLE TO WALK AWAY FROM ANY SHOW I'M ON, FEELING LIKE THAT. Richard: Along with your career in professional wrestling, you have a very successful career in the adult film industry. Did you ever come across people in pro wrestling who didn't take your seriously because of your involvement in adult films?Trina:
EVERY DAY! Richard: Do you have aspirations about working for either the WWE or TNA?Trina:
OF COURSE. IF YOU'RE GONNA DREAM, DO IT BIG.
Richard: Because you are an adult film star was there ever a situation, or situations where fans tried to get a little too friendly with you?Trina:
NONE THAT COME TO MIND. Richard: You've worked for a lot of independent promotions since getting involved in pro wrestling, including Dragon Gate USA. What was it like working for one of the top Indy promotions in DGUSA?Trina:
A TRUE HONOR. THERE IS ALWAYS GREAT TALENT ON THE ROSTER. Richard: What do your colleagues in the adult film industry think about your career in professional wrestling, are they supportive?Trina:
MY GOOD FRIENDS ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE. I DON'T THINK THE REST OF MY "COLLEAGUES" REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED IN PRO WRESTLING. Richard: Do you envision yourself becoming a full time female wrestler or personality and leaving the adult film industry?Trina:
I HAVEN'T MADE FILMS IN SEVERAL YEARS. THE INDUSTRY HAS NOTHING TO OFFER ME RIGHT NOW. Richard: Do you think the WWE in 2013 would ever hire you, knowing of your career in the adult film industry?Trina:
IF THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR RATINGS, THEY WOULD HIRE ME. "PG" IS SO LAST YEAR. LOL!
Richard: Recently you met hardcore legend and former multiple time World Champion Mick Foley, were you a fan of Foley's work in the ring?Trina:
HELL YEAH! ANYONE CRAZY ENOUGH TO DO THOSE THINGS GETS MY RESPECT. Richard: Do you have any wacky or strange wrestling fan stories you'd like to share?Trina:
HAHA! NEXT QUESTION!Richard: What are your thoughts on the major independent women's promotions like SHIMMER, Shine, etc.? Trina:
KEEP DOING YOUR THING LADIES!
Richard: Which industry in your opinion has the stranger fans; professional wrestling or the adult film industry? Trina:
OH, THEY ARE ONE & THE SAME. LOL!Richard: Do you think professional wrestling in 2013 could benefit from having more managers and valets?Trina:
DEFINITELY. IT ADDS A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC TO THE MATCH AND HELPS TELL THE WRESTLER'S STORY.- Fans can follow Trina Michaels on Twitter @TrinaMania, and on Facebook.
I want to personally thank Trina Michaels for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorWelcome back wrestling fans to another fantastic interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the immense pleasure to speak with Bruce Mitchell, Senior Columnist for PWTorch.com. Few individuals in the world of professional wrestling journalism can match Bruce's expertise and knowledge, and passion for the business of pro wrestling. Bruce has been in the professional wrestling journalism game for over two decades,
and has written thousands of informative articles on the subject of pro wrestling.There isn't one single topic of professional wrestling
, whether it's the WWE, TNA, or promotions of yesteryear, that Bruce doesn't have insight on, and his views on the subject of professional wrestling are refreshing to say the least.I spoke with Bruce on who he thinks is the biggest star ever in professional wrestling,
what was the one factor that killed WCW, where TNA will be in one year and so much more.
Richard: For some wrestling fans who may not be familiar with your work with PWTorch.com how did you get your start as a professional wrestling journalist? Bruce:
Back in the pre-internet day, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Wrestling Observer newsletter had a popular letters page to which I contributed long, long letters. At about the same time, around 1990, I started subscribing to the Torch. He had a columnist named Bill Kunkel who wrote something way too WWF friendly, for me -a southern NWA guy's taste. A buddy of mine, John Hitchcock, and I worked up a parody of Kunkel's piece (trolling pre-internet), sent it in and Wade published it. I wrote it and Hitch drew the cartoons. Kunkel wasn't too happy. Wade hired me to write for him anyway. That was 23 years ago. I still watch wrestling shows with Hitch.
Richard: Who in your opinion is the bigger professional wrestling superstar; Hulk Hogan or John Cena? Bruce:
In the Eighties? Hulk Hogan - of course John Cena was only six years old. Now? John Cena - of course Hulk Hogan is sixty years old. That's a tough question. Hulk Hogan dominated a time where there many more wrestling fans and built the foundation John Cena stands on. That said, I'll go with Cena because Hogan was a major factor in WCW going out of business, something that the industry has yet to recover from. Richard: Do you think the big promotions like the WWE and TNA should be more receptive to the idea of speaking to wrestling news media sites like PWTorch.com? Bruce:
I do think it would do them good to understand they are a business like any other and should be covered professionally by people who have proven they know their business. Should WWE and TNA speak on the record to the top wrestling news media sites (they already do OTR)? It depends on how much they have to hide. Richard: What are your thoughts on TNA using mainstream MMA Stars like Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson? Bruce:
If they won't participate in worked matches you can't use them to build to anything on pay-per-view that will draw money. If they help draw a rating and Spike TV is paying for most of it, I guess it's OK. TNA is clearly evolving into pretty much a TV show. Richard: There are many mixed opinions on the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars, do you think this era hindered professional wrestling or helped it? Bruce:
They led to the biggest financial boom period in wrestling history, so clearly they helped. That said, the key was that the right stars were in place. Richard: Do you get a lot of flak from your friends and family because of your job as a professional wrestling journalist? Bruce:
My family has no interest at all in what I do in pro wrestling. My non-wrestling friends vaguely know I do something with it, and will say supportive, if patronizing, things to me about it if I bring it up. My wrestling friends, the ones I go to and watch shows with, are completely unimpressed, but they like to hear the gossip. That all may sound bad, but it's actually pretty cool. Richard: Getting back to TNA, with the recent roster cutbacks and other major financial issues with the company where do you see the promotion in one year? Bruce:
Maybe at the same place it is right now, drawing the same TV rating on Spike. I've always thought TNA would survive until some accountant no one has ever heard tells Panda Energy that enough is enough. That said, the fate of Bellator could impact TNA too. Richard: Do you think the advent of the internet has destroyed professional wrestling in terms of keeping Kayfabe alive? Bruce:
Nah, I think the internet's influence of pro wrestling's business is completely over-rated. The vast majority of wrestling fans just watch TV when they want their wrestling fix.
Richard: What do you think was the one major factor that destroyed WCW, if one factor can be pinpointed? Bruce:
The selfish short-sightedness of the top talent and management's lack of knowledge and discipline (OK, that's two) Richard: I'd like to get your thoughts on blood in pro wrestling, do you think it's essential to tell a good story in the ring, or is it just window dressing? Bruce:
Essential? No. I've seen too many good big money matches on successful shows that didn't have any blood to think that. Wrestlemania, anyone? Most people think blood in pro wrestling is gross and advertisers and TV networks (Spike TV excluded) want nothing to do with it. The money is the mainstream of American culture, and that's where WWE wants to be.- Fans can check out Bruce's columns and audio on PWTorch.com, as well as their free live and podcast shows Monday through Friday (Monday 7-8 Est before Raw, Tuesday through Friday 5:30 - 6:30 with Live Interview Fridays) on pwtorchlivecast.com and blogtalkradio.com. Also on their new youtube.com/pwtorch channel with interviews with Scott Hall, Bob Holly, J.J. Dillon, and a host of more.I want to personally thank PWTorch.com Senior Columnist Bruce Mitchell for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com
By Anthony Cox, Kayfabe Kickout Featured Columnist
Alright wrestling fans, this is your boy Anthony Cox, featured columnist here at KayfabeKickout.com. Instead of a column, I have a special treat for everyone. I will actually be doing a KayfabeKickout.com Interview. In the World of professional wrestling, you hear of all sorts of inspirational stories. Well this story is the story of a young man who learned to overcome his cerebral palsy in order to make his mark in professional wrestling.
I have with me Pete Sanctions who is a bit of a jack of all trades in the wrestling independent scene out in the Midwest where he wrestles, referees, and even does ring announcing. When I heard his story, I know that he would be an excellent interview. And he truly didn’t disappoint. Anthony: How did you get started in the world of professional wrestling? Pete Sanctions:
In 2000 I had made a few visits to the training school of the Omaha Wrestling Association, a promotion that started in the Omaha,NE area around that time. This was particularly exciting for me always having been a fan, and I was ecstatic about some local wrestling finally returning to the area after a long
dry spell. Other than the WWF once a year and a few spot shows, wrestling in the Omaha Metro area was scarce compared to the 1970's. My sister knew one of the wrestlers by the name of Austin Storm, who invited me up to the school to tryout as a ring announcer. I wiped my feet, got in that old OWA ring and read some intros in front of OWA owner Morey Swanger and a few of the boys, and received a round of applause from everybody there. I was too focused on my format sheet, but my Dad was there and told me they all nodded in approval as I belted out the introductions. I've been involved with wrestling around the Midwest off and on ever sinceAnthony: Who was your favorite wrestler growing up? Pete Sanctions:
Too many to name. Honestly, I was never a Hulkamaniac, I never watched the old NWA or AWA, but I was addicted to the WWF . From a performance aspect always enjoyed watching guys like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. As the Attitude Era and Monday Night War took shape I became captivated by stables like The Brood, The Ministry of Darkness and always tuned in to see what "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was going to do next.
Anthony: I understand that you were born with cerebral palsy, but still have the desire to contribute to wrestling. What motivated you to overcome your disability? Pete Sanctions:
There have been times in my life where I've been told "This is too important, difficult or hazardous so I'll do it for you" or flat out "I don't think you can do this". Ever since the OWA came around and I expressed my desire to become a wrestler, my parents insisted that my body chemistry was not built for it, the probability of injury or death was high and that I should focus on other aspirations. I've been mesmerized and consumed by the professional wrestling business ever since I saw the words "All American Wrestling" flash across a TV screen in my grandmother’s living room in Brooklyn, NY in June 1993. No matter what role I perform in want to show people that anything
is possible and you can achieve your dreams no matter what your disability or limitations are.
Anthony: What companies do you do your ring announcing and officiating for? Pete Sanctions:
I am the official ring announcer for MAGNUM Pro out of Council Bluffs, IA with offices in Southern California. I'm also a referee for Adrenaline Pro Wrestling based in Milo, IA . I also perform for Central Empire Wrestling based in Oskaloosa, IA and 3XWrestling out of the Des Moines area on occasionAnthony: What do you feel are the most important aspects of being a good ring announcer? Pete Sanctions:
Presentation: You have to look the part; you can't just buy some Dollar General dress clothes and call it good. A nice outfit all around helps you look professional and helps the shows presentation as well. I started ring announcing in the promotion's t-shirt and jeans before I came to my senses and bought a suit nearly 5 years later, a wise investment for any announcer in any business really. Projection: Whether it's for a bar of 15,a high school gym of fifty or an Armory of 500,you need to ensure they can hear you from the front row all the way back to the concession stand. Especially, if the entrance music plays over your ring introductions, put a little bass in your voice. Have fun
! If the crowd notices your into it and happy to be there, they'll pick up on it and enjoy the action even more. In his WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Speech, Howard Finkel emphasized that no matter if the match was preliminary or the main event, he always announced like it was the most important match in the world.Anthony: What are you long term goals in the world of pro wrestling? Pete Sanctions:
To one day perform in some capacity for the WWE. That's where 95% of guys in the business want to go to live their dream and become a success, and I'd love to be part of that at some point. Although the possibilities are slim for someone in my position, I would also love to perform internationally (Europe specifically). I've always wanted to travel and see other parts of the world, so I figure what better way to do that while doing something I love?Anthony: You strive to have fun in wrestling regardless of how you are contributing to the show, what makes the wrestling business fun for you?
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be going around to all these different towns with the most accepting, fun-loving, like minded individuals putting on a good show for the fans and having fun doing so. The ability to go out there and see the crowd go wild for the action, to see their range of emotions and to make sure everyone has a good time; that’s what does it for me. I love to contribute to that release, that suspension of disbelief, and to help someone live vicariously through these larger-than-life personalities. If I can make kids (especially those with disabilities) say to themselves "You know, I had a great time tonight wanna come back next time and someday I want to be as good a person as him", my job is done.Anthony: What's been your favorite moment being involved in professional wrestling?
I can't pick just one, I have so many. Most recently, all the stuff I'm doing with MAGNUM Pro has been exciting times for me. The company's been doing GREAT this year, we're packing the Eagles Club in Iowa every month, making all kinds of noise in the SoCal scene, and putting on solid shows that are turning heads all over the place. Personally, the last MAGNUM Pro show on 6/29 in which I made my MAGNUM In-Ring debut was unbelievably wonderful for me. The place was Standing Room Only, my parents were there (and they don't usually come to shows), and they were pulling for me the entire match When the ref counted 3 after the Acid Drop on Joey Anderson, the place EXPLODED and it was truly a special night for me
Anthony: On July 27th, you compete for Magnum Pro Wrestling at their "Red, White, and Bruised" Event against Shawn Nautilus where you career will be on the line against his hair. How big of a moment is this for you with all of the doubters out there who said you couldn't compete in the ring due to your cerebral palsy? Peter Sanctions:
This is huge. Everything is on the line for me. Last month was a tag team batch had backup in the form of my friend and trainer. This month I'm left to my own devices, and I'm gonna prove that I can hang with one of the biggest guys in the area. After the 27th, his name will be Shawn Baldilus!
Anthony: If you win this match, will you take the same route as indie wrestling star Gregory Iron who is also has Cerebral Palsy and wrestle on a consistent basis or would you say that this is more of a one off thing? Pete Sanctions:
I have the utmost respect for Greg and hope to meet him some day, but time will tell for me. Because of the CP, the action takes more of a toll on my body than most people. I spent a year and half training at the MAGNUM Pro Dojo but had to withdraw after the 1st Semester due to injury (learn to bump right, kids!), so if my body permits me to do so I might make a go of it. It's an aspect of the business I've always wanted to take part in, but I need to look out for my health in the long term, and if nothing else want to be remembered for giving my all to professional wrestling, whatever way I can!
- Alright wrestling fans there you have it! Be sure to support Sanctions in his match on July 27th against Shawn Nautilus! Taking place at the Eagles Club in Council Bluffs, Iowa! For ticket information, it’s as easy as going to their website www.magnumwrestling.com, you can also follow them on Twitter @MAGNUMWRESTLING, and you can check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/magnumwrestling! You can also follow Adrenaline Pro Wrestling @APWRUSH! I hope you enjoyed the interview, and please be sure to share this interview with others!
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @whosantcox, and I can be reached by email at email@example.com
. See you next time, wrestling fans!
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorWelcome back wrestling fans to another stupendous interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the pleasure to speak with former TCW International Heavyweight Champion "Mr. Saturday Night" Michael Barry. MSN has been in the wrestling business for over a decade and has competed for many promotions in his short career such as; The NWA, TCW, AAA, Metro Pro Wrestling and many more.MSN has made a home for TCW (Traditional Championship Wrestling), which is based out of Russellville, Arkansas, and is headed by former WWE Head of Creative Jamie Morris. In the short time MSN has competed for TCW he has made waves, winning the TCW International Heavyweight Championship on several occasions.I spoke with Michael on who his toughest opponent was thus far in his career, wrestling for the NWA, stepping in the ring with Blue Demon Jr. and more.
Richard: For wrestling fans who may not be aware with your career in professional wrestling, can you give us an update on the busy schedule of "Mr. Saturday Night" Michael Barry? Michael:
What wrestling fans aren't aware of me? Your funny! Am I not the complete center of the wrestling universe?…Kidding, man i wish i could buy into my hype that much. To answer your question though, the company I mainly work for is Traditional Championship Wrestling (TCW) based in Arkansas. The thing is when you work for a really good wrestling company and YOU are smart then you will stay busy with a lot of promotional stuff for the company. We just signed with Cox Sports Television and other affiliates so when i am not doing shows for TCW I try and round up a personal minimum of 2-3 appearances or interview during the week and travel on the weekends. This opens up a whole other world though for other bookings so on off weekends I try and catch shows near or wherever to stay fresh and keep the ring rust off. The simple answer, if your smart and business savvy there NEVER is a day off. There is always something to promote or some way to get your name out there. One more person reached is a potential new viewer or "Mr. Saturday Night" Fan.
Richard: On several occasions you've wrestled for the NWA, can you share your thoughts on what it was like to wrestle for a promotion as prestigious as the National Wrestling Alliance?
Wow, this will get me heat but anyone who is truly honest with themselves and has worked with several NWA promotions know that most people that run an NWA affiliate should NEVER, EVER have the word "prestigious" associated with them…obviously there are exclusions to the rule and I had a lot of fun and was able to network with some great people but for the most part…(insert farting noise here)Richard: You've made quite a name for yourself wrestling for TCW (Traditional Championship Wrestling) Can you comment on what it's like wrestling for TCW?
It's work, it's not playtime, it's not weekend warrior, show up at the local armory in podunk, where ever and "Play" wrestler. The core group has done enough of that over the years and have had enough. So when we show up we are ready to get the job done and put on something truly spectacular. Those that don't have the same work ethic or desire to be the best in the world and bring back W-R-E-S-T-L-I-N-G, then hit the door. A lot of guys have and some know that this just isn't for them. Either we are going to change the world or go down in a blaze of glory. Either way it is going to be one hell of a ride and definitely worth all the effort. Richard: Many wrestling fans have commented positively on TCW's high quality production values, do you think it's important for any promotion to have good production value in addition to a strong roster and great matches? Michael:
It is of the utmost importance. When you watch a movie that is low quality, no matter how good the story you will notice things that break the fourth wall. To me its the same as watching a sitcom and seeing a boom mike in the shot if you go to a show and the ring announcer running music, hitting the bell and a thousand other jobs. A video camera from 1980 filming the damn thing and rope as guard rails. Top that in the fact that the setting is an armory or a barn and it esthetically is a train wreck. Fans today are spoiled by the high quality, HD, 108i world that WWE has produced. So when a fan comes to an Indy show and they get what they get most day now, it is no wonder wrestling today is hemorrhaging fans. We want fans to come and experience something special, a moment they will remember and tell their friends about and we strive to provide that from top to bottom. A goal is to try and create no distraction from that moment the fans are having. We take great pride in that and will continue to do so.
Richard: In 2008 you stepped in the ring with Blue Demon Jr. the adopted son of the legendary Mexican Wrestler Blue Demon, what was it like to wrestle Demon Jr. and was it a transition for you to wrestle someone who has a different mat style than yours?
Que? Kidding. That was certainly an adventure. Blue Demon is such the consummate professional that he shows up to the building in a mask, never takes it off. Right before ring time he puts on his show mask and never speaks a word of English to me the entire time. Which is such a work, but I went along with it. Most wrestling moves are the same in any language so i just listened and had a pretty good match.
Richard: How did you get your start in professional wrestling? Michael:
I was always a fan, a HUGE fan. I decided this was something i had to do. So at college i got on the internet in one of the labs in between classes and did some homework. I discovered a guy who agreed to train me so i got started in a storage building in 105 degree weather. Fast forward to the point where i think i know it all. I mean everything about everything in wrestling, then i met and worked out with one of former NWA Champion Sonny Myers (God rest his soul) and learned quickly that i didn't know f*$#@-all. So i knew what i had to do. It was back to the drawing board with Sonny having us bump on concrete for for six weeks in a shoddy ring. The rest is history. Richard: Who was the number one pro wrestler who inspired you to get into the business, if you had one that is?Michael:
I feel so cliche about saying Flair…but, Ric Flair. The pageantry, the feather robes, the limos the women, it was the one man traveling show to me and i knew that's what i wanted to be. Richard: Who was your toughest opponent thus far in your career? Michael:
Father time, When i was 20 I thought i was invincible, no bump i wouldn't take, nothing i wouldn't do. In fact i looked down at others for wanting to wrestle smarter and considered them "lazy". Man, O' man I wish 30 year old me could go back and smack the taste right out of my mouth. But hindsight is 20/20. As far as actual opponents, i couldn't just pick one.
Richard: You've had several title reigns in TCW, do you think you will vie for the TCW Heavyweight Championship in the future? Michael:
Your damn right. It's only a matter of time. I believe in myself and i will continue to work hard to achieve that goal. In fact anyone in the TCW locker room who does not have the goal of being the man, the guy that carries the ball and runs with it should get out and get the hell out of my way. You can't put enough on my plate and love pressure so it's not a matter of if but when for me. I have Faith. Richard: What are you long term goals, when it comes to your career in professional wrestling?Michael:
I said this in another interview but i have never found a better way to put this in the same perspective. Pinky: "Gee Brain, what are we gonna do tonight?" Brain: "The same thing we do every night, try to take over the world!" That is from the old "Animaniacs" WB cartoon but it holds very true. Everyday is another opportunity to get a little closer at taking over the world of professional wrestling and i refuse to let even the smallest opportunity slip through my fingers. Because every small opportunity, every single fan ads up to bigger opportunities and more fans. The longest journey begins with the smallest of single step and i am a VERY patient man. - Fans can follow "Mr. Saturday Night" Michael Barry on Twitter @MSN_Barry, on his Official Facebook Page, and fans can check out the fabulous action from TCW Wrestling as well.
I want to personally thank "Mr. Saturday Night" Michael Barry for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorHello again wrestling fans and welcome back to another stupendous interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the immense pleasure to speak with a legend in women's professional wrestling and former SHIMMER Champion; Sweet Saraya Knight.Saraya is a seasoned veteran of the ring and has been destroying her opponents for over two decades. Her family are no strangers to professional wrestling, as her daughter Britani is currently
part of the WWE NXT Roster (Paige), her husband is well known UK wrestler Ricky Knight, and as well her sons have entered the business of professional wrestling.Saraya has an impressive list of championships in her resume, but no question the most impressive is the SHIMMER Championship, which she held for an impressive 383 days.This year Saraya created Bellatrix Female Warriors, an all women's promotion that has an extremely impressive roster of some of the top female wrestlers from North America and Europe. In March, 2013 Saraya successfully defended the SHIMMER Championship for the very first time on British soil, when she defeated Destiny at Bellatrix 5, in a fantastic match of the year contender.Saraya is known for her brutal style in the ring, and when her opponents step in the ring to lock
with Sweet Saraya, they remember her for quite some time after, because the pain and brutality of her matches stay with them. I spoke with Saraya on her reign as SHIMMER Champion, the state of women's wrestling, her thoughts on The Dynamite Kid and so much more.
Richard: For wrestling fans who might not know what you are involved with in the world of professional wrestling, can you just give us an update on what's going on in the busy schedule of Sweet Saraya Knight?Saraya:
I have a really busy work schedule atm, In July alone I am in UK, Canada, USA and Australia with more coming in thick and fast. I love traveling and I have managed most of the world. I also run Bellatrix female Wrestlers which takes up alot of my time, I want to showcase the girls as I feel the UK and Europe don't really get enough exposure on the international circuit.Richard: Over the last 25 years or so Women's Professional Wrestling has changed dramatically in terms of how it's presented, in your opinion do you think it's better today, or has the change hurt the product overall?
I think a change is as good as a rest :) The girls nowadays are all dominant in their field, I have been in the job now 23 years and I have seen it go from the old school style of large women dominating the scene to a more fresh approach of girls being more adaptable and knowing more about the job. Believe me there are many out there that are not worth the boots they are wearing. I think, to be honest, it has more to do with the promotion of female wrestling that has catapulted a more acceptable style in the field. Shimmer led the way, bringing in top talents from all over the world, helping the girls to get notoriety. I for one have seen a significant rise in female workers that excel in their work, they are on par with the men now, not there for T + A, given 5 minutes and told to wear string as outfits. There is also a wider scope of females to choose from that can actually work in the ring, confident and athletic, they dominate the scene, I remember years ago there was only a few girls about on the circuit and in the UK it was just me and Klondyke Kate, nowadays there is so much talent it is outstanding. The product is definitely in safe hands.Richard: Can you tell us how you received your start in the world of professional wrestling?
I was a cook at a holiday complex and met my now husband Ricky Knight who was wrestling as part of the Superflys tag team, he and I fell in love and I wanted to be with him, the only way of doing that was to learn the job :)Richard: Your daughter Britani was called up with the WWE, can you share your thoughts on what was going through your mind when you found out she was going to work in the biggest professional wrestling company in the world?Saraya:
You can appreciate I really cannot comment on this other than saying I am extremely proud of my baby girl, and I know she will give it her all to succeed.
Richard: You held the SHIMMER Championship, with an impressive year reign of 383 days, in your opinion which do you think is the bigger accolade, number of championships or length or reigns?Saraya:
Being Shimmer Champion was, to me, a huge show of faith from Dave Prazak as well as One of the biggest belts I have ever held, It doesn't matter the length of time the belt is held, as I feel if its too long its gets predictable and boring, I was just very proud of the belt, I took it everywhere. At 41 years old I never thought it was possible to hold such a prestigious title. I have held numerous titles, so in answer to your question I would say it is all an accolade to be made a champion, for the promoter to feel your worthy of a title match should be a big deal in itself, the length and reign go hand in hand.
Richard: Do you think Women's Professional Wrestlers in North America can benefit to be schooled in the aspects of British Pro Wrestling?Saraya:
Wherever I go, I am asked to do seminars. I think its because Saraya is such an angry, explosive and real character. But I was trained by the best in the UK, in all aspects of the job, and even though I am predominantly tech submission, I am also an actress and I feel this part is lost in various parts of the world. People forget wrestling is as much entertainment as it is sport. So yes, I would love to spend some time teaching in North America, especially locker room etiquette and how to deliver yourself to the public.
Richard: A lot of wrestling fans have mixed opinions on pro wrestlers, both male and female who wrestle well past their forties, do you think older pro wrestlers still have something to offer in the ring?Saraya:
Definitely, I understand that I am in the twilight of my career, but whilst I can still rile the crowd and my entrance music is feared I will keep going. Age is just a number, anyone that knows me personally will vouch that I act about 12 years old lol. I also think that my age adds presence to my character as I have had 23 years to perfect her. Remember with age comes knowledge.Richard: What female wrestler either past or present would you most love to work with in the ring?Saraya:
I created Saraya from Sherri, Luna and Elizabeth. All 3 women to me were dominant in the chosen field. I have worked Luna but my biggest dream was to wrestle Sherri, but that will never happen. I would have had a damn good scrap with her :)Richard: When was the exact moment when you decided you wanted to be a professional wrestler? Saraya:
When I met my husband he was touring everywhere, I couldn't spend any time with him, so I decided to join him wrestling, and learn't the trade on the road. Richard: In addition to your daughter, your sons are also involved in professional wrestling. Did you expect them to follow in your footsteps, or were you against it?Saraya:
I loved the fact that my family were on the road together, we spent so much time together we were also best friends, which is not usual with families. I would encourage my grand children if they showed an interest. It has done well for me and my kids, and I owe wrestling so much, its more than a way of life and I'm glad to be sharing it with my family.Richard: Who was the number one women's pro wrestler who inspired you to get into the business, if you had one that is?Saraya:
I never had one, my husband was my inspiration, Jimmy Ocean, Johnny Saint etc I found Sensational Sherri later on, thought she was amazing and was hooked :)Richard: Which of any of the big three pro wrestling promotions would be your number one choice to work for, if given the opportunity; WWE, TNA, or ROH? Saraya:
Bloody hell lol, well 2 of them I would work for, ROH is more in my sights as I have been chatting with the right people and all looks promising, as for the other 2 I cannot comment, which sucks, but I have to be careful what I say :)
Richard: What are your thoughts on an individual who is from your home country of England, who is arguably the greatest technical wrestler in the past 30 years; the "Dynamite Kid" Tom Billington?Saraya:
He is an absolutely legend, I only know him through my husband who was great friends with him, Rick speaks really highly of him and always states he was an amazing talent. I have watched him, learn't from him and respect him. He has chiseled his way into the alumni of world wrestling. I wish he was treated better now, he is wheel chair bound because of what he gave to wrestling, and now no-one wants to know. Its a shame as I feel he has the legendary status, a term that is loosely used nowadays.Richard: In your illustrious career you have held numerous titles, in your opinion which title are you the most proud of?Saraya:
The SHIMMER Championship I think, it was a huge shock and especially at my age :) I really loved being the Champion, and will chase the belt till I retire. I also did win the Austrian Ladies Title in the middle of a thunderstorm, outside in a ring with 2 ropes and a vinyl canvass, 7 months after returning from my knee injury. It was against Wesna, it meant the world to me as I thought the knee was career ending. But every title means something to me, I'm proud to represent any company as their Champion.- Fans can follow Saraya Knight on Twitter @SarayaKnight on her Official Facebook Page, and you can check out Bellatrix Female Warriors as Saraya takes on Carmel Jacobs at Bellatrix 6 on June 23rd on iPPV.
I want to personally thank Sweet Saraya Knight for talking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorHello again wrestling fans and welcome back to another fantastic interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the honor to speak with a superstar who has seen it all and experienced it all in professional wrestling; Kid Kash.Kash has been involved in the professional wrestling business for over 25 years, and has an extremely impressive wrestling resume. Kash started out as a professional fighter in Japan, when he caught the attention of a well known tag team wrestler by the name of Ricky Morton, who was half of one of the greatest tag teams in pro wrestling history; The Rock 'n' Roll Express. Morton brought Kash on the road with him to help him with his training as a professional wrestler, and Kash started his career in pro wrestling working the independent scene, while working as a welder during the day.Kash finally received his big break in the business when he debuted for Paul Heyman's ECW in 1996,
and had great success with the promotion, capturing the ECW World Television Championship, and wrestled with the promotion until it folded in 2001. Kash debuted for TNA, after a brief stint in World Championship Wrestling, and became part of the newly formed X-Division. It wasn't long before Kash attained championship gold in TNA, capturing his first X-Division Championship in 2003 and tag team gold, the NWA World Tag Team Championship.In 2005 Kash entered the big leagues of professional wrestling when he was hired by the WWE
, and was a major part of the WWE's Cruiserweight Division, and once again he captured gold, by winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Kash switched gears after leaving the WWE in 2006 and worked on the independent scene for several years, until returning to TNA in 2010. Kash made a home in TNA and was an important part of the X-Division, working with the young up-and-comers such as; Austin Aries, Zema Ion, Brian Kendrick and many more. While with TNA, Kash wrestled some of the top stars in the promotion from the likes of; Samoa Joe, Hernandez and Rob Van Dam.In February 2013 Kash and TNA parted ways, but Kash is not shaken in the slightest. He is currently wrestling in the United Kingdom, and has set up a training school for would be pro wrestlers called 'House of Grind,' so this is the next chapter in Kash's impressive career in professional wrestling.I spoke with Kash on the overall state of TNA, smaller wrestlers and how they are perceived in the business, Paul Heyman and so much more.Richard: For wrestling fans who may not be aware with what you've been up to since leaving TNA, can you give us an update on the busy schedule of Kid Kash?
I just finished up a month long tour of the UK and will be going back in September for House of Grind. This isn't your average training school. We're doing a two day try out session on September 7th and 8th. If you survive that, which trust me a lot won't, you'll then be invited to join the school for 6 more months. Intensity doesn't even begin to describe this training. The ones who complete the program will be putting on a live show. This mix of wrestling and MMA training isn't being offered anywhere else in the UK.
Richard: During your time with the WWE you held the now defunct Cruiserweight Championship, do you think there's a need for another Cruiserweight Championship and Division in the WWE? Kash:
I think there's always a need for a Cruiserweight or Lightweight Division in any company. Richard: You had several stints in ECW under Paul Heyman and there have been several documented stories of Heyman's financial problems with regard to paying his talent, did you have problems receiving payment from him? Kash:
Never, Paul paid me everything he owed me right up to the last day. Richard: You've commented in past interviews that titles in pro wrestling are props and do not pay your bills, have you always thought this or were there specific situations that changed your overall views on titles in pro wrestling?
I've always known that they weren't truly earned other than being a good entertainer. In MMA you truly earn that title physically. In wrestling your contract dictates what you make, so basically your pay is the same whether you hold a title or not. Richard: With your new training facility starting up in the UK I'd like to get your thoughts on pro wrestling in Europe, do you think pro wrestlers in North America could benefit from learning the old school techniques and storytelling aspects of the UK? Kash:
Old school is telling a story in the ring. That sort of got lost somewhere. Yeah, there's a lot of folks who could learn a few old school tricks and be a hell of a lot better because of it....
Richard: You've worked for TNA in several occasions, do you agree with most wrestling fans when they compare TNA with WCW in terms of the lack of leadership and older stars still in top positions? Kash:
I do. They just keep recycling the same people over and over and and don't push the ones who have actual talent in the locker room. And unless they drastically raise their budget they'll continue on the same path. They don't pay like any other "it" company. ECW paid me twice the amount as TNA ever did and that's the truth. Richard: Staying on the topic of TNA, who was your favorite wrestler to work with in the ring, and who was your least favorite? Kash:
I'd say my favorite would be Hernandez. He's extremely talented for a man of his size. Austin Aries would be my least. His arrogance with calling a simple 5 to 10 minute match was ridiculous. Like pulling fucking teeth. Richard: Shift back to your time in ECW, you've partnered and wrestled against Rob Van Dam on several occasions, what are you overall thoughts on RVD as an in-ring competitor?
Extremely athletic and talented. What else can you say about him? Richard: Do you think smaller wrestler's like yourself have received a bad rap with regards to not being as over with fans as larger wrestlers? Kash:
I think that in the beginning TNA showed the true talent the smaller guys had which made the show, then somewhere in that 10 years that shifted. As far as talent we have it. With bigger guys there will be one out of 100 who have actual working ability. The thing I do know in this business is if the promoter wants you over to sell seats you will be. That's up to the promoter. Politics is so crazy that if one person in the booking committee doesn't agree, they don't waste time and shit can it. There's no hashing it out or working on it, it's just done. They may bring it up again, but until that one pushes it you'll be that shelf wrestler.
Richard: During your time in the WWE were you ever involved in any personal dealings with Vince McMahon? A couple times. Kash:
He was very professional, cordial, nice.Richard: Staying on the topic of the WWE you worked with Jamie Noble extensively, what are your overall thoughts on Jamie?
He's my boy. I'm super happy for him that he's kept a career going and his ideas can go far in the company as an agent. Richard: Who's the number one pro wrestler, either past or present who you would want to wrestle? Kash:
Always has been and always will be Dynamite Kid. That will never change.- Fans can follow Kash on Twitter @DavidKidKash and on his Official Facebook Page as well.
I want to personally thank Kid Kash for talking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorWelcome back wrestling fans to a brand new and fresh interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this stupendous interview I had the immense pleasure to speak with a fellow countryman, Columnist for the Baltimore Sun and award winning TV personality Arda Ocal, formerly of The Score Television Network.Arda has amassed an extremely impressive resume, not only as a writer and TV personality but as a commentator for
numerous sports such as Boxing, Baseball, Hockey, MMA and Soccer. In 2009 while working with The Score Television Network, Arda created "Aftermath TV,"
a weekly show that followed WWE RAW on Tuesday Afternoons, providing in-depth analysis of RAW. In addition to Aftermath TV, Arda co-hosted "Aftermath Radio" with former WWE Referee Jimmy Korderas, both the show and Arda received Wrestling Radio Awards for "Show of the Year" and "Host of the Year" respectively for 2011 and 2012
. Arda has interviewed some of the greatest professional wrestlers in history such as; Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho and so many more, and he will no doubt continue to bring wrestling fans phenomenal interviews with wrestling legends, both past and present. In 2012 Arda had the esteemed honor of serving as Master of Ceremonies for the George Tragos - Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, and he will continue that prestigious duty in 2013.
On April 1st, 2013 Arda announced via. his Official Twitter Account that he and The Score Television Network parted ways, Arda he will be sorely missed as a staple of not only The Score but the WWE as well.I spoke with Arda on comparisons wrestling fans make between The Shield and the nWo, his departure from The Score, his opinion on the greatest WrestleMania Match of all time and much more.
Richard: For wrestling fans who might not know what you are involved with in the world of professional wrestling and sports broadcasting, can you just give us an update on what's going on in the busy schedule of Arda Ocal? Arda:
After the Score and I parted ways I took time to travel, enjoy life. I still write for the Baltimore Sun and work as a manager at Layfield Report - having JBL and Michael Cole as bosses is great! The website is really taking off and there is terrific content every day, as for my future in broadcasting, I still do work with Rogers TV - I finished up with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and this summer I'll be doing commentary on boxing, cricket and even table tennis - you can call me Mr. Frinige :)
Richard: On April 1st you announced via. Twitter that you and The Score Television Network had parted ways, was this a mutual decision or did you aspire to move on to new horizons in your career as a sports personality? Arda:
When Rogers bought the Score, many of us were certainly concerned about our jobs, as with any takeover you never know what will happen. I'm proud of the fact that I thought of, created, produced and hosted a nationally televised WWE post game show that is still the highest rated in house produced program ever in the Score Television Network's history. As well, people today still ask about the podcast Jimmy (Korderas) and I did. We just had a natural chemistry. I feel like I will take this opportunity to explore sports and lifestyle TV, we will see where my career takes me. Maybe I'll follow in my old colleague Renee (Young)'s footsteps and knock on WWE's door, who knows :) Richard: I'd like to get your thoughts on the WWE with respect to The Shield, do you think the comparisons between them and the nWo made by wrestling fans are warranted, or are The Shield a different faction all together? Arda:
The big hook initially with the nWo was that they were invading WCW from another company. The Shield aren't necessarily invading, in my opinion - they are carving their turf within WWE, and doing a great job. I'm interested in what they do on TV because not only are they fresh, but they have terrific long matches on TV that keep people's interest. All three of them can be future champions - it's a great core group and I hope it doesn't grow too big, too fast.
Richard: What are your thoughts on superstars like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair still wanting to be in the spotlight in 2013, even though they are well past the twilight of their respective careers? Arda:
As a guy who was on national TV almost every day and isn't currently, I can understand how the lack of attention and adrenaline can get to you - I think that's what they are experiencing. They are big names, who made it huge on such a grand stage, and it's hard to let that go. They say the biggest drug is the rush of the crowd, and for a performer who have fed off of that for years, they will always want to. Richard: Do you get flak from your family and friends because you are a pro wrestling fan?Arda:
No - because if anybody gives me flak, I don't talk to them. My parents are supportive, my friends don't really care (maybe they gave me flak when I was much younger but not anymore), and anybody I meet that isn't cool with it usually doesn't stay high on my list of people I want to see. I don't judge nor does it matter to me what your interests are, so mine shouldn't either. Richard: Do you think the Attitude Era of the WWE has ruined the landscape of professional wrestling in 2013 with regard to wrestling fans constant negativity toward the overall product of the WWE? Arda:
I think wrestling fans are just generally negative - maybe it's not just wrestling. Maybe you hear critics louder than the ones who are positive. I can be critical but my initial thoughts are optimistic - I'm the kind of guy who will give something time because I give it my full opinion - Curtis Axel is a perfect example. How can people jump on the debut so quickly without seeing how it will play out? It's not like he was wearing a glittery storm trooper mask and tripped through a hole in a wall... come on, people!
Richard: You have interviewed the who's who of professional wrestling, who was your absolute favorite to interview and why?
Arda: Tough to pick one - the "Terrific Trio" I always go to are Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, and Chris Jericho - Bret is such a great story teller that you just wanna hear stories of his for hours. Piper gives you his heart and the passion is unparalleled. And Jericho is just entertaining, he is quick witted and has a response to everything.
Richard: With regard to the above question who was your least favorite professional wrestler to interview and why?Arda:
My fist ever one with Harley Race was very "in character", same with Sheamus. Luckily I've gotten better ones since. I caught Brutus Beefcake an hour after his bedtime, he wasn't too pleased. You definitely learn to consider more than just landing the interview when you're in the business - when you talk to people matters a lot. Richard: In addition to your career as a sports writer and commentator you have an extensive background in radio and television, based on your experiences do you think that the current three man broadcast teams on both RAW and SmackDown are needed, or should the WWE revert back to the traditional two man broadcast teams? Arda:
I'm fine with three man - two color commentators add value. JBL and Lawler are adding different tidbits and anecdotes and styles, so I'm fine with it. Michael Cole doesn't get enough credit for his work - he's a terrific on air traffic cop and meshes the conversation seamlessly. Richard: Many wrestling fans, including myself agree that Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III is the greatest match in WrestleMania History, in your opinion what WrestleMania Match do you think is the all time greatest and why? Arda:
Hard to pick against Hogan and Andre because it's the biggest match of all time (pardon the pun). The greatest match in the ring, bell to bell has to be Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker 1 at WrestleMania 25. Many call it the greatest wrestling match ever. It's poetry inside the squared circle. Shawn Michaels told me in an interview once that driving home from Houston, he told his wife, "it will be hard to top that.. if my career ended after this one I'd be OK with it". The rematch at 26 wasn't too shabby either!
Richard: Do you think there will ever be another Attitude Era or Monday Night War in the WWE?Arda:
The first Monday Night War spawned from Ted Turner throwing a lot of money at "rasslin" with TV behind him and making it a viable alternative. TNA is trying hard but they aren't at that level yet, but they do have the TV and the money. Truthfully, I could see a scenario in the future where a bored billionaire decides he/she wants to get into the wrestling business and just pays to create an alternative. That's the lifeblood off the independents, on a much much much smaller scale. Richard: I'd like to get your thoughts on blood in pro wrestling matches, do you think it's a necessary part of telling a story inside the ring? Arda:
Nigel Mcguinness is championing a great cause about this subject - the need to remove "blading" from pro wrestling. Personally, I don't miss it, and I'm fine with WWE not having any intentional blood in matches. It's one of the parts of wrestling that's the silliest to an outsider... "wait.. they take out a razor blade and cut themselves?" to many people that's embarrassing. Richard: Do you think WWE should rely on superstars like The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Triple H and The Undertaker to quote "put asses in the seats" or do you think the current roster of WWE Superstars can bring success to the company on their own? Arda:
I want to see more crossover - more full time guys facing part time guys. That way, the full time guys get a benefit from the exposure of facing the big name part time guy. Those names mentioned above are absolutely necessary and welcome, but it's the full time guys that are in the trenches, at live events, week in and week out - they need to elevate their game and their name. - Fans can follow Arda on Twitter @arda_ocal, on his Official Facebook Page and you can check out Arda's Blog on the Baltimore Sun.
I want to personally thank Arda Ocal for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorHello again wrestling fans and welcome back to another spectacular interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. For this interview I had the pleasure to speak with "The Crazy Mo Fo Himself" Cam!!ikaze, Canadian Indy & Next Generation Wrestling Superstar.Kaze has been in the pro wrestling business since 2005, and in that short time he has wrestled for some fantastic promotions not only in Canada, but in the US as well, including Ring of Honor. Kaze is eager to learn the professional wrestling game, and has studied under some of the greatest legends in the business such as; Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes and many others.
In Januray 2013, Kaze competed in the tournament to crown a new Next Generation Wrestling Champion in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and although he did not win the championship, his determination as well as his tremendous wrestling skills will carry him to a long and successful career in professional wrestling.I spoke with Kaze on who were his wrestling idols growing up, his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Next Generation Wrestling and Hart Legacy Wrestling, how he received his start in pro wrestling and more.
Richard: For wrestling fans who might not know what you are involved with in the world of professional wrestling, can you just give us an update on what's going on in the busy schedule of Cam!!ikaze?
Basically I've been going all in with Professional Wrestling, I have dedicated my Life to this, This is my job, this is how I am making my Living, I train Hard in the Gym, I train Hard in the ring, I am constantly studying tapes and DVDs and my own Matches, always trying to improve and get better, Always traveling to seminars and tryouts all over North America, I'm staying as busy as possible working where ever I can, whether it be Locally or out of town doesn't matter, if there's a show, I'm trying to get my face out there and provide my services as a Professional Wrestler.Richard: In your career you've had the opportunity to wrestle for the NWA via. ECCW (Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling) on several occasions, what was it like to work for a promotion as historic and legendary as the National Wrestling Alliance?
Its really cool when you think about it, with the great Legacy the NWA has and to be apart of that is pretty neat, I also worked for a big super-show they put on out in BC in 2008, great show great crowd over 1000 people here's a link to the match I wrestled Sid Sylum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNS_jgqVJz0
as for ECCW I have only been out there twice now I do believe and both times was an absolute blast, I love there Locker room and they have a ton of great talent. I hope I can get back out there this year.Richard: Over the past few months there has been some controversy regarding the problems of both Hart Legacy Wrestling and Next Generation Wrestling, what are your thoughts on what's been happening with both promotions as of late?
Well Hart Legacy Wrestling was really cool to be apart of, to be given the opportunity to perform at the Legendary Stampede Pavilion in front of over 1700 Fans it was just unreal! Great Experience for sure! the biggest thing I noticed with Hart Legacy Wrestling and this is just my opinion was that there were too many cooks in the kitchen, and nobody seemed to be on the same page with almost anything when it came to management and the higher ups who were basically running or putting the show together. Lack of communication, and I also got the impression that all the higher ups involved had there own secret agendas, hence so much lack of communication with one another. It was real sad the way everything happened in the end cause that Promotion had the potential to seriously bring back Professional Wrestling in Western Canada, there is so much Talent here that doesn't get a chance to shine because Geographically where we are located and it could have showcased that talent the Local talent....still bothers me thinking about it.
Now with Next Generation Wrestling biggest problem i seen with that was none of the local talent got to work with the names and stars or was even featured on the main show for that matter, all the stars and names worked each other, and the local guys were thrown in dark matches. Local talent is key, they are still gonna be there at the next show, when maybe your star or name is not going to be, Local Talent needs a bit of the rub too. NGW seemed to not get that. Regardless I'm thankful for the opportunity it was an awesome experience and of course Id do it again, but a lot of the local boys we just kinda shook our heads at how things were booked.
Richard: You've had the privilege of training under some of the most legendary and well known wrestlers in the business such as Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and so many others, who was your absolute favorite to train under?
I learned and picked up something from everyone and im very thankful I had the chance to train with so many legends within the industry, Roddy Piper really helped me and opened my eyes with Promos.
And as for in ring work id have to say Lance Storm really broke a lot of bad habits and polished me up good, he showed me all the little things and details in a match that make things mean so much more. Richard: Canada has a deep and rich history in terms of professional wrestling, do you think other countries can benefit to learn from the training regimens and discipline of Canadian Professional Wrestling?
I think everyone can learn and take something away from every style of wrestling around the world, its a beautiful art form in which you can never stop learning and improving, Like I was saying earlier with the Hart Legacy Wrestling thing, I personally feel Western Canada has a lot of top talent here that has yet to be seen, and its been proven in the past with the caliber of talent that has come threw here, Dynamite Kid, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Chris Benoit, Davey Boy Smith, Brian Pillman, Jim Neidhart, most recently Tyson Kidd, Nattie Neidhart, and Harry Smith. There needs to be another Wave to hit the Wrestling World Soon coming from Western Canada, and I wanna be apart of it!
Richard: So far in your career you've worked for various high profile promotions including Ring of Honor, out of all the promotions which was your absolute favorite to work for and why?Kaze:
Ring Of Honor was really cool In Toronto, the fans were awesome and genuine appreciated good wrestling, I remember doing my Lil' Headstand gimmick on the top turnbuckle and the crowd threw streamers in at me. something i will never forget really really cool experience.
Richard: Can you share your thoughts on what it was like to participate in "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's "World of Hurt" Series?Kaze:
World Of Hurt was a Gong show simple as that, Just a roller-coaster of emotion. Learned a ton from Piper, I think it is unheard of anyone has had the chance to train and learn from him for 2 full weeks, but we did, it was just an amazing experience!
Richard: How did you get your start in professional wrestling?Kaze:
I fell in Love with it at the age of 11, my parents were divorced and every Monday my sister and I would go to my dads and have supper and watch wrestling, WWF Raw, my dad is a huge fan and he is the one that really got me into it, but from that point on that's all I really wanted to do. I was looking into schools and how to get trained but found out I was to young, so I took matters into my own hands and started doing the whole Yard Tard thing haha, I did it from the age of 12 to 18, putting on shows and performing in front of people. My dad transformed our trampoline into a wrestling ring with real legit steel cable ropes, the thing was genius, that's how I learned a lot of the high-flying stuff that I still do today. I have over 25 tapes of shows, and you can literally watch me grow up on all those tapes, that was my child hood, wrestling, Best childhood a kid could ask for, I'm very thankful for that.
Then I found a school in Edmonton Alberta Canada, and the owner Sean Dunster who wrestles as Massive Damage agreed to have me come live with him and train, so a week before my 19th birthday i hopped on a grey hound bus with 500bucks in my pocket some blankets and a box of wrestling tapes and headed to Edmonton. I owe Sean a lot for taking the chance with me, putting a roof over my head, teaching me how to workout and train properly, teaching me some of the basics in the ring, and giving me my 1st break working shows. But I was in the right place at the right time when I moved there because Chi Chi Cruz was Living with Sean at the time, and Cheech had been wrestling all over the world and had been in the business for 20yrs at that point in 2005, so when Cheech got his hands on me, I couldn't help but learn and soak it all in, it was awesome to learn from somebody so old school. Thankful for that.Richard: Who was the number one pro wrestler who inspired you to get into the business, if you had one that is?
So hard to just pick one, I went threw phases, as a young young kid, it was Hulk Hogan, then I fell out of it and didn't get back into wrestling until i was 11 in 1998, from there it was Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley. Then I fell in Love with Jeff Hardy for a short while, but when I seen ECW in 2000 and saw Rob Van Dam perform for the 1st time, I was blown away, I wanted to be just like him, then as I got more smart into the business the final turning point for me was watching Tiger Mask and Dynamite Kid. from there I was blown away just amazing work. they are both my Top Favorites I'd have to say.
Richard: Who was your toughest opponent thus far in your career?Kaze:
Thus far? id have to say I had a big feud with my old tag team Partner Eclipse which ended in a No DQ No Count Out Match: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g84g8CodI-E
that was the first feud I'd ever been in, another epic battle was with Alex Plexis we had a 6month long feud where he stole my mask, then I stole his Cruiserweight Title, and it just went on both of us playing mind games with each other, really good story, he eventually unmasked me and that's how I lost my mask, and the feud ended after 6months in a No DQ match for his title http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IeWAtwl9A8
I was hurting so bad after that one haha Good Times!
- Fans can check out Cam!!ikaze on Twitter @KazeCMF4Life, On Facebook , On YouTube and you can check out his Official Highlight Reel.
I want to personally thank Cam!!ikaze for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com.
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kicout Lead EditorWelcome back wrestling fans to another spectacular interview here on KayfabeKickout.com. Today I had the pleasure to speak with "Crazy" Mary Dobson
, who has been involved in the pro wrestling business since November 2011. But in that short time she has wrestled for a plethora of promotions including the very well known JCW (Juggalo Championship Wrestling)
which is headed by the veteran rap group Insane Clown Posse.In addition to wrestling all over the United States, Mary has wrestled overseas in Japan for the well known and respected Japanese Joshi Women's Promotion REINA, and to be able to wrestle in a country so steeped in wrestling history such as Japan was no doubt a huge honor for Mary.I spoke with Mary on when she wanted to be a professional wrestler, her thoughts on JCW Wrestling, women's wrestling in general and more.Richard: For wrestling fans who might not know what you are involved with in the world of professional wrestling, can you just give us an update on what's going on in the busy schedule of "Crazy" Mary Dobson?Mary:
I have been traveling all over the US and I'll be going to Scotland soon, everything has been going great!
Richard: How did you get your start in professional wrestling? Mary:
I have always been a fan of it and i looked into getting trained and Mad Man Pondo helped me out. Haven't looked back since.Richard: Over the last 25 years or so Women's Professional Wrestling has changed dramatically in terms of how it's presented, in your opinion do you think it's better today, or has the change hurt the product overall?Mary:
In some areas it has changed for the better, but in some its really sad. Richard: You co-hosted an internet radio show with Mad Man Pondo, for fans who may not be familiar with it can you talk about what it was all about? Mary:
We dont do it anymore but it was all about horror movies!Richard: When was the exact moment you decided you wanted to become a professional wrestler?
When i went to my first JCW show.Richard: In your opinion what do you think of promotions like the WWE and TNA making women's wrestling more sex appeal rather than actual pro wrestling?Mary:
It gives us girls who actually wrestle a bad name, and the sad thing is that some of those girls can wrestle but those promotions wont let them.Richard: You have wrestled for JCW (Juggalo Championshp Wrestling) on several occasions, can you share your thoughts on what it's like working for a promotion that's more of an edgier one compared to most promotions? Mary:
I love working for them, before i got into wrestling and maybe still now they are my favorite company. I love extreme wrestling.
Richard: I'm going to take a shot in the dark and assume that you are a horror fan, based on your persona, what horror franchises are you a fan of?Mary:
I love Troma films, my favorite movie is a Troma film called Mothers Day if you haven't seen it you should check it out!Richard: Who was the number one women's pro wrestler who inspired you to get into the business, if you had one that is? Mary:
LuFisto was the one that made me think damn i would really love to be a kick-ass girl like that one day.Richard: What are your long term goals in professional wrestling? Mary:
To travel the world and yo be the first female American to do the balcony dive at Koraken hall in Japan.- Fans can check out "Crazy" Mary Dobson on Twitter @CrazyMaryDobson and on her Official Facebook Page.
I want to personally thank "Crazy" Mary Dobson for taking the time to speak with me here on KayfabeKickout.com