WRESTLER INTERVIEWS

What got me interested in wrestling? When I was 11 my dad was finishing football practice and some of his teammates invite us to the AWA wrestling show next door at the Winnipeg Arena. I thought it was great and have been a fan ever since.

Starting off it was Baron Von Raschke and Jesse Ventura Then when I moved over to Calgary I loved the British Bulldogs Bad News Allen and King Kong Bundy. Macho Man Randy Savage is my all-time favorite though

I started wrestling 2 weeks after I finished high school in July 1989. I trained at the Hart House in Calgary

When I started my influences were the Bulldogs but the people who helped me learn the business were Gerry Morrow and The US express Ken Johnson and Steve Rivers

My favorite opponents were the three people above Bret Como and Dr Luther. When I came to Australia Billy Cole Rob Matrix and Lobo were my favorite guys to wrestle

I think just for the sheer fun of screwing up the name Glouchester is my favorite place to wrestle but I got to go back and perform in the Winnipeg Arena 12 years after I saw my first match there and I thought that was pretty cool

In my spare time I just like hanging out with the family   I do my yoga and walk the dog. I live a pretty easy going life trying to spread the love

In 5 years I imagine I'll be doing about the same thing I’m doing now just a bit older and better looking

IWA Best Fun

WWE A little stale

TNA missed chances

Aussie Wrestling TNA just more so

Fans forever grateful

The North Coast tours were always fantastic so many good memories. With all the stupidity jealousy and ridiculous attempts at politicking in other places in Australia the North Cost tours you can kick back be one of the guys and have fun. My favorite memories of the road probably shouldn't be told here as they aren't PC but Oh Look TV International Orange and creamy goodness will be phrases that makes me laugh for many years to come. It's hard to tell a good road story as I had settled down by the time I got to Australia. I just enjoyed spending time with the boys.

I think Aussie wrestling missed the boat a bit by the sniping and the whining and the nepotism. There are many great talents in Oz as evidenced by Buddy Murphy holding a WWE title. He was a great asset while he was here but the people who just want to consider it a hobby jumped on his back called him socially inept and wasted his time here. The Eagles Family Hartley Jackson Buddy Murphy and others are going well overseas and work extremely hard to improve their skills. They are international superstars but when they are in Australia little people with little talent and little minds sabotage them and ruin the jar work they put in. There are too many people in Australian wrestling who talk a big game but are too lazy to do the things required to be successful and the hurt the business in general

Final Thought

After 20 years of wrestling I've moved away from the ring but I'm grateful every day for the opportunities wrestling brought me. I met some wonderful people who I will be friends with the rest of my life and I’m so glad I got to share my time on earth with them. There were some other people I didn't quite get along with but now I work with children with intellectual disabilities and those guys helped me be prepared my new career so I’m glad to have had them in my life as well. Aussie wrestling has been a blast and I’m so glad some of the guys and gals are making strides overseas and I hope the local promoters use some quality control and weed out the shonks shysters and lazybones and finally capitalize on the talent in Australia and make Australian wrestling prosper

JASON HELTON

Today we interview IWA former super star & main eventer Jason Helton, after moving from Canada Jason became a main name in Australian Wrestling in the early 2000's. Today we sit down with Jason and look back at his time in wrestling and being on the road with the IWA.

 

 

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So what got you interested in wrestling? My aunty used to take me and my cousin to the RSL clubs to watch Aussie wrestling, I loved the gimmicks the stories and the atmosphere from the crowd.

Who were your favourite Wrestlers?

The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango,

Hulk Hogan, George the Animal Steele, Flyin Bryan Pillman, The Road Warriors, The British Bulldogs.

When and where did you start?

 I Started training in '99 with AWF at The Mount Druitt training center.

Favourite Opponents?

Mike Vandal, Tyson Gibbs, Reggie Watson, Ethan Hugh’s, Mikey Lord, Mr. Saturday Night, The Captain, and Randel.

Favourite road story?

To many to name just one

Favourite town performed in?

It's hard to name just one

There's Dubbo, Goulburn, Forster

Thoughts on Australian Wrestling and what could improve it?

Fewer chiefs and more Indians

Word association:

IWA: my second family

WWE: my weekly soap opera

TNA: stale not as good as it used to be

Aussie wrestling: still has a pulse

Fans: without them there is no show

DEMENTOR / TONY THUG SLATER

Today we interview the veteran wild man of the IWA Dementor/Tony Thug Slater 

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MIKEY LORD

Today we interview IWA super star, high flyer & fan favourite Mikey Lord. With his hi energy and in ring skills, Mikey has become a main event performer.

What got you interested in wrestling?

I was about twelve years old when my cousins introduced me to WCW.

I was instantly hooked into the WCW/nWo storyline. Craving more wrestling, I started watching WWF whenever I could.

Growing up, who were your favourite wrestlers?

Rob Van Dam, AJ Styles, CM Punk and KENTA.

When and where did you start your pro-wrestling career?

I started training in Bankstown and Cabramatta in 2004, and then debuted in July 2005 in Canberra at CPW's Clash of the Capital IV.

I had my first singles match at the end of 2005, then started travelling to Canberra, Melbourne and Queensland honing my craft, getting all the experience I could.

Who were your influences during your early years?

C.J. Irwin, Kyle Semenoff and former WWWF wrestler Tony Kontellis.

Favourite opponents?

Kyle Semenoff, Mason Childs, Shadow Pheonix and Tyson Gibbs.

Favourite road story? Any road trip with The Birdman and Ethan Hughz is always entertaining. Beer n Birdseed all the way!

Favourite town performed in?

There is nothing like wrestling in my Hometown of Sydney, but I have to say my wrestling experience in Nagoya, Japan was the best time of my career

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Skate. Surf. VideoGames, Party.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would like to be wrestling overseas part time and be known locally as one of the top Australian High Flyers

Thoughts on Australian wrestling and what could improve it? There is a lot of hit and miss in Aussie wrestling. I think it comes down to Budget and

The amount of effort put into promoting the show, the difference between a "Hobby fed"and an established company (Like IWA) shows the difference.

WWE come down and do 3 untelevised shows a year in Aus, Near selling 60,000 tickets across 3 states. The fans are here,

They just need to be shown that there is a lot of home grown talent in our own backyard

Word association:

IWA: Home

WWE: Leaders

TNA: Fun

Aussie Wrestling: Dreamers

Fans: Thankyou

Any final words? I'd like to thank all the fans who have come out and supported me for nearly a decade now. It's been a killer run, but that's just the entree.

Stay tuned and follow Mikey Lord in 2015 as I raise the bar once again.. After all, we're only just getting started.

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So what got you interested in wrestling? Loved it since I was a kid & once I was old enough thought I'd give it a go, turned out I'm not too shabby at it

Who were your favourite wrestlers? When I was little it was Ric Flair, in my teens it was Triple H & Shawn Michaels and now it'd be Ziggler.

When and where did you start? I started training in 2004 @ the AWF School

Who were your influences during your early years? Bearcat Watson

Favourite opponents? Jack Bonza, Esteban Molina, Harley Wonderland

Favourite road story? All the good stories aren't PG but one thing I can say is that "I aint Ballina"

Favourite town performed in? My hometown Newy is always good.... Ballina was quite fun too wink emoticon

What do you like to do in your spare time? I'm a massive NRL fan so watching footy or having a kick around. I also play basketball

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully living like Mark Mercedes

Thoughts on Australian wrestling and what could improve it? We have a great pool of talent. There are a lot of guys who people love to watch who have the look, skill & professionalism as anyone overseas, all we need is some quality exposure. Something to showcase just how good some of us really are.

Word association:

IWA: Good times

WWE: Dreamin'

TNA: Bridesmaid

AussieWrestling: Life

Fans: Odd

ADAM " THE HOFF" HOFFMAN

Today we interview IWA super star & main eventer Adam The Hoff Hoffman, since joining the IWA Hoffman has become a IWA main player! today we have a short chat about all things wrestling...

 

 

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So what got you interested in wrestling?

Rock and Roll Wrestling! Thursday night’s growing up we use to sneak into the lounge room to watch and that’s when the wrestling bug bit.

Who were your favourite wrestlers?

Bret Hart and Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect) were my absolute favorites as a child

When and where did you start?

I started training in 1999 at Paddington PCYC; First match I think was 2000 at Central Coast Leagues Club in a tag match

Who were your influences during your early years?

I use to watch so much wrestling at this stage of my career. But mainly it was the guys I use to watch through the curtain when I was coming up.  Mark Mercedes, AJ Freely, Billy Cole and the likes. 

Favourite opponents?

Billy Cole, Rob Matrix, Brett Brady and Mark Mercedes. These were the guys that were the easiest to work with and no matter what would have a great match with yours truly.

Favourite road story?

It’s not really PG rated… But it involved a goose, West Coast Coolers, chicken and hard “lemonade”

Favourite town performed in?

So many but you couldn’t beat a country show. Where ever we went in Country NSW the crowds were great and very vocal..

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play cricket in the summer and spend a lot of time with my family

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Building my business and driving my family insane!

Thoughts on Australian wrestling and what could improve it?

I love Aussie wrestling and was a part of it for the better part of a decade. It will always be special to me but I think the days of paying dues and respect for those who came before you are on the wane, paying your dues you learn how to work and that ability to work seems to be lacking today. There are still really good workers floating around today that should impart their knowledge to the guys coming through. That’s how you improve

Word association:

IWA: Family

WWE: Pinnacle

TNA: Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, Didn’t 

Aussie Wrestling: A blast

Fans:  Tops

Final words?

Had a blast.. Won some belts and met people who I consider family. It was a wild ride and well worth the arthritis I have in both knees! So much so I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!

BUD CADE 

Today we interview a former tag team champion and wrestling veteran  Bud Cade

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LEIF JEFFERIES

Today we interview Bud Cades tag Team Partner  former multi time Trans tasman Champion Leif Jefferies

So what got you interested in wrestling?  Video Ezy, haunted the wrestling section all my childhood.

 Who were your favourite wrestlers?  Undertaker, Mr Perfect, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Legion of Doom, later years, Christian, Steve Austin, Chris Jericho

When and where did you start? I started hanging around Awf when i was young about 1998 when Billy Cole was in Canada. When he came back I started training with IWA at Paddington PCYC and performing about a year later 2000-2008

Who were your influences during your early years? Mark Mercedes, Billy Cole, Stephen Swan, and the new generation of wrestling product, Hardy's, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Edge & Christian

Favourite opponents? When tagging, The Dark Carnies. Singles, Billy Cole (smooth, fun to work) Rob Matrix (pro, energetic, try anything) Buckwild (even though he was green, he was physical and ambitious in his work, good to work with) Brad Pheonix ( I was one of few who could work a good match with him) ..and Phil Picasso ( had a long run with Phil for a while, at first he's frustrating to work, but when you realise you have to go with him, it can be really fun working with him)

Favourite road story?  Haha so many good times! Mark Mercedes hitting a wombat on the freeway back from the south coast, felt like running over a boulder! All those occasions working and finding a gem of a town around Australia and finding something interesting to explore in that place, Murwillimbah comes to mind, my occasional ride with Big Phil is something I’d like to forget! Lol Mooning battles along the freeway. Bringing a pair of white pants I planned to paint and dry before a show, they weren’t drying so like a smart boy I tied them to the back of Michaels ute and drove them in the wind, of course they came off somewhere, I wore Alex's white tights for the nights match and was heckled 'ya ballerina!' All night! Mentally torturing Brad was a constant, hiding his bike, fireworks in his bed, drinking gooses special lemonade, the clearest memory is the feeling of youth, comradely, pops, gratification, fun!

Favourite town performed in? The summer north coast tours were always a favourite. Over 18's were fun, old Bankstown days were awesome! Although I was just 16 pulling down the ring, being part of those shows is a good memory. Bathurst uni, Port Maquarie, Coffs Harbour

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Love a good time with pals, playing guitar, yoga, movies

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Making a huge comeback in the IWA!

Australian wrestling ? to me needs to consolidate good talent and make the product the best it can be.

Thoughts on Australian wrestling and what could improve it? Have a fortnightly/monthly venue to build a following, the product must be good.

Word association:

IWA:  Best promotion in Australia

WWE- Colour, product

TNA- potential, interesting

Aussie Wrestling- potential, under-rated, lacks professionalism

Fans- Even ppl that aren’t wrestling fans have fun at our shows, fans were great, loyal, cared and admired performance the weirdest, most interesting, unique most wonderfully talented people are pro wrestlers

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