Welcome to a new interview on the Scottish Wrestling Network. This takes place outside our ‘Starter For 10’ series as we delve a little bit deeper into the world of these real life superheroes. In this edition we meet one of the new faces in Scottish wrestling, Anastasia Hawthorne, who has made a big impact in her first month. The beauty from the borders was kind enough to allow us to send over some questions and we hope you enjoy her answers.
Hi Anastasia, thank you for allowing us to interview you. You’ve made quite the impact in short order, but let’s go back to the beginning. What got you into professional wrestling?
Hi Billy, I first started watching wrestling in my early teens – so I guess I can’t say I grew up watching. A lot of my friends in high school loved watching WWE. One day we were all together and they put on an episode of RAW from that week – I loved it! So after that I bought the WWE Network and binged as much as I could.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Two wrestlers I have loved ever since I started watching wrestling are Charlotte Flair and Cody Rhodes. I would say they’re still my favourites today.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I decided to start training in professional wrestling because I wanted a challenge. During high school I used to do Ballet and gymnastics – as challenging as they were I wanted something different so when I moved away from home it was an opportunity to try things I had never done before. Then after I found out about WrestleZone and their training academy being so close to where I was I went for it and I’ve never looked back.
In the last few years there has been a renewed focus on women’s wrestling by WWE and across the world, did that impact your decision to try wrestling or was it just something you always wanted to do?
Yes it did impact my decision as I grew up doing stereotypically “girly” sports like Ballet and I thought wrestling was mainly a male sport so seeing more focus on women’s wrestling definitely encouraged me to try something out of my comfort zone.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
The hardest thing about training is adapting and preparing your body for the incredible amount of strain you put on it every time you wrestle. I’ve been going to the gym more and eating healthier to help strengthen my body.
Did you find there to be any additional challenges being one of the few female trainees at your training school?
The biggest challenge was getting more experience working with other female wrestlers but Sammii Jayne took me under her wing and has supported me and even brought people to the training school for me to work with and get more experience.
You made your main show debut just a few weeks ago at WrestleZone Battle of the Nations in a tag team match, teaming with Nathan North. What was your initial thoughts about working with Nathan?
How did you feel the match went?
After the match you, received high praise from fans and wrestlers. Do you feel there’s added pressure on you now to keep at that level and is pressure something you thrive on?
The praise from fans and wrestlers boosted my confidence rather than making me worried. I don’t mind the pressure as it pushes me to do better knowing that I have a lot counting on me and that I can only get better.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
My biggest influence as a fan is definitely Charlotte as I love her strong persona and she is a massive inspiration on why I started wrestling. As a wrestler is has to be Sammii Jayne – she is such a talented wrestler and amazing trainer and is a credit to British wrestling. Also I would have to say Cody Rhodes to an extent, I’ve even started using the Cross Rhodes myself!
You made a surprise appearance at Fierce Females recently, in your first singles match no less, which was against Emily Hayden. How was having your first singles match in front of a totally new audience?
It was hard as I knew I had to adapt slightly to what I would normally do but it was great to see how the crowd reacted and I received some great feedback so I know next time what I should do differently and what I should do the same.
Who would be your dream opponent, past and/or present?
My dream opponent would have to be Charlotte . Though I would love to work a match with Sammii Jayne and Viper too so someone make that happen please!
Do you have any short term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
My current short term goal is to try and wrestle for as many promotions as I can. I would love to work for Discovery – I have been to a few of their shows and there is just a fantastic atmosphere and everyone there is friendly.
Are there any countries that you’d want to wrestle in or tour?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I would like to have worked for more promotions and have worked in a few other countries.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
I wrestle because it is something I love doing and I want to entertain people watching like it entertains me when I watch.
Our thanks to Anastasia for taking the time to answer our questions, she is certainly one to watch for the remaining half of the year into 2019. It’s always a joy seeing someone start and steadily gain more confidence and experience, before long she’ll be taking on the world and you can sit back and think, I remember when I saw her debut at The Northern Hotel in Aberdeen or, I was there when she had her first singles match and look at her now. Very rarely do you find someone that instantly oozes so much potential like Anastasia does.
You can certainly see the influence from Sammii Jayne in her style with the hard forearms and attitude.
*Cover photo credit David J Wilson (background) and Brianbat Photography (promo pic)