Welcome to a brand new interview on the Scottish Wrestling Network. Today, we had the chance to talk to Andy Wild ahead of his huge Y Division Championship match with Joe Coffey on January 18th. Andy has been making a huge impact on the Scottish wrestling scene for a while now, winning championships up and down the country. The leader of The Wild Boys was kind enough to answer some questions so sit back, grab a bowl of stovies, and read on!
Hi Andy, thank you for allowing us to interview you ahead of what is quite possibly your biggest Discovery Wrestling match to date. Let’s go back a bit in time though – what initially brought you into professional wrestling in the first place?
Thanks for having me. Like a lot of professional wrestlers, I started as a fan. I loved watching larger than life characters interact but most of all, I enjoyed the physical/sport aspect of wrestling.
Who were your favourite wrestlers to watch growing up, and who are your favourites to watch now?
I grew up mesmerised by the cruiserweight/lucha libre style of wrestling. After years of studying, I slowly started to realise my real passion was for the wrestlers keeping these guys on the ground – William Regal, Dean Malenko, Dave Taylor, Fit Finlay to name a few. My dream opponent would be Rey Mysterio, it was him that captured my imagination as a child, and led me on to the path of becoming a wrestler myself.
Why did you decide to start training and where did you begin?
I started my training at NWA-UK Hammerlock under the guidance of Andre Baker, Zack Sabre Jr., Jon Ryan, and Johnny Moss. I also trained on a few occasions with NWA-UK Wales and NWA-UK Ireland under Paul Tracey and Finn Bálor. After that, I spent a short time training with W3L then moved to SPWA (now the PBW Academy) coached by Kid Fite, which is where I trained for 5-6 years.
What have been some of your favourite matches and moments from throughout your career?
I enjoy every second of being in the ring, regardless of the company or opponent. Real standouts for me from the past, however, were some of the matches I had against guys like Noam Dar and Liam Thomson. In recent times, I’ve really enjoyed bouts I’ve had with Mikey Whiplash, Mark Coffey, Jackie Polo, and Joe Hendry as all four guys have pushed me outside my comfort zone in different ways.
The last few years have seen you rejuvenate your career with more and more matches up and down the country. How hard did you have to work during this time to make promoters take notice of you?
I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years not only to re-establish myself within the British wrestling scene but to reinvent myself too. I’m not the Andy Wild I used to be, I’m 5 stone heavier and have a completely new set of goals I want to achieve. Most of all, I feel like I have found who I am and I am very comfortable in my own skin. I feel blessed that people are taking notice and I’m getting to wrestle as regularly as I am.
One of the promotions you’ve had major success in has been WrestleZone, having been a former Undisputed and Tri-Counties Champion. How have you enjoyed your time working in front of a family-friendly audience as opposed to the more dedicated fans in the likes of ICW and Discovery?
WrestleZone are my home promotion, they have always stayed very loyal to me and used me at times when no-one else would. Without them, I wouldn’t be wrestling at all. Working for a ‘family’ audience is what it’s all about for me, you can’t beat having a crowd of children so wound up that they want to fight you themselves.
2018 saw you flourish as a member of the Discovery Wrestling roster. Who would you say has been your toughest task to overcome since rejoining the roster in January?
Without a shadow of a doubt – Zack Gibson. This was my only loss in Discovery this year. Although I trained vigorously leading up to the match, I was left feeling outclassed and outwrestled. Gibson is at the top of this game right now and was fresh off the back of winning the WWE UK Championship Tournament. That being said, it gave me a massive wakeup call as to where I needed to be if I had any chance of getting noticed by the WWE.
You were victorious in the second Hotter Than Hell Edinburgh Invitational Tournament this past November, earning a Y Division Championship match in the process. What’s your thought process going into this match with Joe Coffey?
I’m very, very focused going into the match with Joe. Joe Coffey is possibly the best heavyweight wrestler to come out of Scotland in recent years. Not to mention, he’s one of the very few wrestlers in the UK that is strong enough to throw me about, meaning I can’t rely on my strength alone. I plan to use every bit of skill I’ve picked up over the last 12 years, my technical ability, my speed, and my strength to try and leave as Y Division Champion.
In regards to 2019, NXT UK is kicking it into high gear with the first UK TakeOver. What would it mean to you to be signed to an NXT UK contract at this point in your career?
It would mean the world, it’s what we’re all working towards. Who knows, if I can take Joe Coffey to the limit of January 18th for the Y Division Championship or even if I beat him, you’ve got to think heads will start to turn in my direction.
Are there any goals you’d like to achieve in 2019, be it places you’d like to wrestle, opponents you’d like to face, etc?
Number 1 goal as to be earning a full-time living from professional wrestling. I really want to wrestle for PROGRESS in 2019, I feel I could bring something different to the Atlas division. I would love to work for Defiant and OTT also. Opponents wise – Rampage Brown, WALTER, Mark Davis, Will Ospreay, PAC, Martin Kirby, and Mark Andrews to name a few.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
No idea, 5 years is a long time. Jacob will be 11 by then so probably down the park attempting to play football.
Where can fans find you on social media?
You can find me on all social media outlets under the handle ‘AndyTheWildman’.
Last question to end things with a laugh – what’s your recipe for making stovies?
Well, now you’re asking! Be careful with this boys and girls, it will add 10kg to all your lifts in the gym.
- 1kg of potatoes
- 2 tins of corned beef
- 1 large onion
- 2 oxo cubes
- Chop up potatoes and onion, and add to a pot
- Crush up oxo cubes, and add to the pot
- Add just enough water to cover the contents of the pot
- Boil until potatoes soften and water halfs
- Add corned beef and roughly mash
- Add whatever you want now, I’m currently liking the chicken sausages from Aldi
Our thanks to Andy Wild for taking the time to answer our questions.
If you’re hoping to see Andy win the Y Division Championship from Joe Coffey, get yourself along to the Jam House in Edinburgh on January 18th. Limited second row and general admission tickets are available from shop.discoverywrestling.com.