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, “Inspirational” Ryan Riley answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I was drawn into wrestling a few years ago when I heard my friends at school talking about it. It was the time where Daniel Bryan was feuding with The Authority, and it kept me coming back for more.
Who were your favourite wrestlers going up and who are your favourites now?
Didn’t really grow up watching wrestling, so my favourite would have to be Daniel Bryan. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins are up there too, but watching older stuff involving the likes of Shawn Michaels and The Rock makes me appreciate just how good they were.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
The crowd reaction when Daniel Bryan won the gold at WrestleMania 30 was one of the reasons I wanted to start training. I just thought it would be a really interesting and cool thing to try so I did! I started training at the WrestleZone Training Academy in Aberdeen.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
As a fan, my biggest influences in wrestling would definitely start with Daniel Bryan. As a wrestler, it would have to be Johnny Gargano and Andrade Cien Almas.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
I haven’t wrestled too many opponents yet, but Crusher Craib and Damien have been my favourites so far. I’ve had some solid matches with the likes of Scotty Swift, Dino Del Monte and Ted O’Keefe, but my favourite match was with Craib in Arbroath, even if I did get a little ahead of myself…
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Definitely challenging Jackie Polo for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship in Aberdeen.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
My dream opponent would hands down be Daniel Bryan.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I see myself still working as hard as ever, and hopefully inspiring others to follow my lead.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love wrestling, and I’m #HereToInspire.
Thank you to Ryan for answering our questions.
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