With Aberdeen Anarchy X coming up on Saturday night, we’ll have a few interviews up on the site with some of the stars featured on the show.
Our last special interview focuses on the challenger for the Undisputed Championship in the main event, Damien!
First of all, congratulations on overcoming all the obstacles put in front of you and main eventing Aberdeen Anarchy. How have the last 12 months been for you?
Thanks very much! The last 12 months have been huge for me, from wrestling Tyler Bate and winning the WrestleZone Undisputed Championship to then losing that belt and getting to the final two in the Regal Rumble after entering at number one and being outsmarted by Richard R. Russell, the last 12 months have definetly taught me a lot and helped me grow a lot as a person.
You’re one of a few guys to stick with WrestleZone since the very first show. What have been your favourite opponents and matches so far?
I always enjoy wrestling Johnny Lions, considering he’s nearing his 60’s I believe, he can still put on a great show! Had the chance to wrestle Aspen Faith twice recently too and look forward to more, also have to give a mention to Jack Dillon and Irving Garrett, everyone in the Drew Galloway Invitational Tournament really impressed me but those two really pushed me to my limit! Favourite match is still versus Tyler Batehowever, as feel he really brought the best out in me.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up, and who are your favourites today? Have any of them influenced how you wrestle?
Growing up I was more into Macho Man than Hulk Hogan but never fully got into wrestling till the Attitude Era, faves then were Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, smaller guys that weren’t huge flyers but could really work a ring… and… umm, for some reason… Test…. always thought he was on the verge of being WWE’s next huge star…. current influences are Sami Callahan, Pete Dunne, Eric Young, again smaller, intense guys that can really go!
Aside from WrestleZone shows, this year has also seen you compete for Discovery Wrestling and in the Drew Galloway Invitational Tournament. How do you feel these matches went, and are there any other promotions you’d like to wrestle for?
I feel they went well, certainly don’t feel I embarrassed myself in either and the higher ups in both were happy with me and keen to have me back at some point. The UK is such a hotbed of great talent just now the owners have more than their fair share of great matches and individuals to fill their cards. Would consider wrestling for most companies in Scotland but if I don’t then that’s fine too, happy enough in my life and what I’m doing not to be chasing companies bugging them for bookings.
Obviously the reason we’re here right now is Aberdeen Anarchy. Out of your previous Aberdeen Anarchy matches, which has been your favourite so far and why?
Favourite overall would either be the six man Ladder Match or last year’s match with Johnny Lions. The six man because it came off so well and was such a unique (although painful) experience. And Johnny because again, I enjoy working against him, it was a fun experience opening the show and being the first thing the crowd saw, and me losing that match was a big step in me becoming the person I am today.
It’s been just under a year since you superkicked Shawn Johnson at last year’s Battle of the Nations, receiving one of the biggest pops I’ve heard live. This is a moment that had been building for a while, so how did it feel when it finally happened?
Definitely one of the favourite moments that I’ve been part of in WrestleZone so far and one of my personal favourite nights. It was that night I fully realised that I will never ever get tired of hitting Shawn in the face! Losing streak or not I’ve always had confidence in my ability.
That night also saw you face the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion, Tyler Bate. How did you react when finding out you’d be the one to face Tyler, especially considering your losing streak at that time?
Knowing WrestleZone were trusting me to hang with an exceptional talent like Tyler Bate was more of a motivator than anything else. It helped me push through the negativity surrounding my losing streak and focus on giving Tyler Bate my all!
The story that’s played out between yourself and the rest of Sterling Oil has been superb, specifically in the match with Richard R. Russell in June. How much have you enjoyed working against Sterling Oil, having always been on their side in the past?
It’s been a very strange yet fulfilling path I’ve went down since turning my back on Sterling Oil. Not having Oil beside me has really helped me concentrate on pushing my own abilities instead of needing to rely on anyone else and I think I’m a much better person and better wrestler for it.
This Steel Cage Match will be the first of its kind in WrestleZone. What can we expect to see from yourself in this environment?
Who knows. It’s the one thing that neither me or Shawn can really prepare or train for as it’s a complete first for us. One thing I can promise you’ll see is me willing to put it all on the line to take that championship back where I feel it belongs. Is Shawn?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Ask me in 5 years. I spent so long trying to pre-plan my future, what I believed to be my ‘destiny’ so to speak, and it got me nowhere. Right now I’m very happy taking everything one day at a time, and I really can’t ask for more.
And finally, how can fans follow The Revolutionary on social media?
Our thanks go to Damien for answering our questions.
For anyone wanting to see Damien attempt to break history and become a three-time Undisputed Champion, Aberdeen Anarchy tickets are still available;
- ONLINE – www.ringsideworld.co.uk
- IN-PERSON – His Majesty’s Theatre (located on Rosemount Viaduct) or The Lemon Tree (located on West North Street)
- TELEPHONE – 01224 641122