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, “The Party Animal” Charlie Vyce answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine when I was a kid so that was never off my TV and when someone else was watching something else, I didn’t care and I would go away and play with a toy train.
But one day I didn’t go away and what was on the TV; Judgment Day 1998. Goldust was the first wrestler I saw on TV and I just had to keep watching to see what was going on and now, after all these years, wrestling has never been off my TV.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
I had some obscure favourites when I first got into wrestling like the previously mentioned Goldust. Other personal favourites of mine included; Crash Holly, Steve Blackman, Grandmaster Sexay, Raven, Kane and Rob Van Dam.
Some of my favourites now include, but not limited to; Mustafa Ali, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Trevor Lee, Jonathon Gresham, AJ Styles, Jeff Cobb and Adam Page.
Favourite of all time will always be Shawn Michaels though.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
The main reason I started training was because I needed to know if I could do it. I didn’t want to be old and regret not trying to follow my passion. I’ve never had a lot of money, whether that be as a kid or recently so that always hindered my decision to start training but I woke up one day and realised “I’d rather have no money and wrestle than have money and not wrestle” and that was my decision made.
I started with Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum (GPWA) back in early 2016 and I have not looked back since.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
My biggest influences are always my coaches and my fellow trainees. Everyone pushes each other to be better and constantly improve themselves. Seeing people like The Purge, Kez Evans and many others making names for themselves only pushes me to be better.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
My favourite opponent so far has been Stevie Boy Xavier. It was my first singles match on a show and I was nervous as all hell. Stevie’s that good though, he could have a great match with a wet carpet rug. As it was my first singles match, looking back on it now, I know my performance needed improvement and I feel if we ever get the chance to face each other again, it’ll blow the first effort out the water.
Another favourite opponent (and possibly my favourite match) is Kez Evans. Kez is great at what he does and I really feel we brought the best out of each other. This is also the match that opened up opportunities for me so will always be a personal favourite.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
My career highlight so far is definitely my debut. It’s something I thought I would never do and sometimes I still can’t believe I finally did it.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
5 years time… Travelling, wrestling constantly, making a name for myself, who knows. Watch this space!
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
Wrestling’s always been my dream. Nothing else I want to do.
Thank you to Charlie for answering our questions.
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