Welcome to Starter For 10. We ask professional wrestlers 10 questions so that you can find out a bit more about your favourite real life superheroes.
On this edition, we pose our 10 questions to, GPWA’s technical wizard, Irving Garrett.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I guess a mixture of the personalities and the action! It was the talk of the playground when I was in school. From 1998 onwards it was a real phenomenon. I never really got to watch much of it though, never had Sky in the house. I relied on the video games to keep me informed of who was who. WWF Warzone was the first one I got my hands on, not great to play but it had tons of character. The original Smackdown and Smackdown 2 is when I was fully pulled in. It was around then we got dial up and I could read the results of that week. I have been hooked ever since.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
My all time favourite growing up was The Rock. He had such charisma and the crowds were so in love with him when I started watching. I have also loved Chris Jericho since I started watching, I think my love for submission moves comes from all the ways he could get into the Walls of Jericho. Right now my favourites to watch are Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. They are just the masters of submission wrestling and mat work.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
My best friend growing up Tam McGill (PBW trainee Tam The Ram) had started training the year prior and told me about how good it was to finally do it for real. When the first reveals came out about who was going to be coaching at GPWA I decided that that was where I wanted to train and signed up. I actually signed up while in London at a RevPro show swing some of the stars of NJPW and it just inspired me to give it a shot.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
As a fan I pretty much watch everything I can. I learn from almost everything I watch so I try to watch a varied diet of wrestling from around the world. I love watching Minoru Suzuki matches. He knows how to be a killer, his submissions are brutal, his piledriver is lethal and yet he can also be very goofy and bring laughs when he wants to.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
In my first year of Asylum matches I was able to work directly with the coaches either teaming with them (Lionheart, Jack Jester) or facing them (BT Gunn, Wolfgang). Anytime I step into the ring with them is always memorable. I have also faced some established names like Andy Wild and Lewis Girvan.
I have had some really fun encounters with Kez Evans, The Sam Barbour Experience and Leyton Buzzard too. I can’t choose which is my best!
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Being chosen for both the 2017 Asylum Invitational and then into this years Drew Galloway Invitational. It is an honour to have been picked as one of the best up and coming wrestlers in Scotland. Being able to wrestle in both of Ayr’s wrestling venues (The Town Hall and the Citadel) meant a lot to me as I grew up only 10 miles from there.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
This is a tough one as there are hundreds of wrestlers I would love to be in the ring with. Hiroshi Tanahashi as the Ace of New Japan around 2012 would be probably the match I would dream about. I have never seen a connection to his fans like he has. I would love to tie him in knots in front of them!
Hopefully with a title or two around my waist and working regularly around the UK. I love the look of the PWE Heavyweight Title and would love to win that in the main event of a show. That is one of my goals.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
For the love of the #Holds!
Thank you to Stevie for answering our ‘Starter For 10’.
Photo by Steve Mckinnon