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, Dean Ford answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
The first time I can be remember being properly drawn into wrestling was when I turned on SmackDown!, must have been 98/99 and Undertaker was cutting a promo during the Ministry of Darkness time and it was like in the dark kind of temple or such and he done the eye roll, and I was like, what the hell is this, I need to watch this!
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
To be honest, through the years I’ve had several different favourites since starting watching in ’98 till now. Obviously, The Rock & Stone Cold were massive as I grew up through the Attitude era but I changed my mind several times to guys like ‘Taker, RVD, Benoit, Mysterio, Edge, Punk etc. Although weirdly, my favourite of all time is Shane O’Mac.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I competed in kickboxing since I was 11 years old so that was always my priority. Around 2014/2015 I was no longer enjoying competing in kickboxing and was looking for a new release. For me it could only be MMA or wrestling. While I was debating, my mate had started training at PBW and asked me to give it a go. So I went along to the Airdrie School to train with TJ Rage and 3 years later I’m still here and love every bit of it!
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
Influences as a fan, I’d say RVD as a massive influence. Especially growing up doing kickboxing and Martial arts, he was the closest to a real life martial artist in wrestling. When I started training I took a lot of influence from Aliester Black. Just the way he puts striking sequences together is unreal. Then the more stuff I started to watch I started looking at guys like Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Kota Ibushi. However, although these guys influenced my style, massive influences on my career have been my coaches Kid Fite & TJ Rage and a training partner and friend Krieger. To see the level these guys compete at and all the help and training they have put into my progression and giving me advice and feedback, I wouldn’t be at the stage I am without them.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
Oh, that’s a hard one! My favourite opponent is probably a guy called Scott Valentine. He trains alongside me at Airdrie and in my opinion, is criminally underrated. He’s a 6’3, 230lb machine who moves like a cruiser weight. We always seem to have great chemistry when we work together. Working with TJ is always great fun, and I always learn so much from it. My favourite match is probably getting the chance to work Davey Blaze at Rock N Wrestle. It was one of my first singles matches against a big name on the scene in front of a packed crowd. I really enjoyed that one!
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
I wouldn’t say I have any highlights at the minute. I’m still pretty new to this, and I just intend to keep learning all the time. Every time I get in the ring is a highlight because it’s all I want to do.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Aliester Black or Kota Ibushi. Or for personal reasons, test myself against Kid Fite
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I do have goals, but to be honest, I like to just take things one step at a time. I’ve had a pretty good year this year so far and have some things happening soon, so for me it’s all about progression. I mean I’d love to be able to wrestle full time and live comfortably. That’s the whole reason I do it. But as long as I’m constantly improving and breaking into new companies and getting more eyes on myself, that’s all you can ask for!
Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me on both Twitter and Instagram
@feandord and I will have a Facebook page up pretty soon so look out for that!
And finally, why do you do what you do?
I just love wrestling. Nothing gives me the joy and happiness that wrestling does. And to be honest, I’m not one of the guys that wants to work in a factory for the rest of his life, I want to wrestle full time and make a comfortable living doing something that I love!
Thank you to Dean for answering our ‘Starter For 10’.
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