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, Ted O’Keefe answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I have always loved performing. I have been in stage since I was 3 years old. Believe it or not, I’m a big fan of musicals. So when I discovered wrestling, I loved that you could combine performing/storytelling alongside the physical side that is wrestling. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked!
Who were your favourite wrestlers going up and who are your favourites now?
It’s hard to really pick one wrestler. People do say that they are a “Bert Hart guy” or a “Shawn Michaels guy” but for me I just loved wrestling. I never truly had a favourite. I loved guys like Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, and The Rock cause they entertained me. With current wrestlers, I like the likes of Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe because it just proves no matter your size or what you look like, you can still do incredible offence.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I was going hard at the gym and I found myself lacking motivation as months went by. I needed to work towards something and since every other sporting activity I’ve tried over the years I have failed in, I thought why not give it a go. I love wrestling so why not try and do something you love. I didn’t want to think back in a couple of years and say I wish I gave it a shot. So I applied with WrestleZone and I’ve been there ever since.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
Even though I never had a favourite I was drawn to Roddy Piper. The kilt, the way he carried himself, the way he talked and he wasn’t the biggest guy out there but that didn’t matter. Now as a wrestler, I’m influenced by a wide range of wrestlers. Mainly Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
That’s a tough one cause not one opponent stands out because each person I’ve wrestled, I have enjoyed for different reasons. I just love to put on entertaining matches with everyone. Kaden Garrick was my first opponent I faced in competitive singles competition so he does stand out for me. My favourite match would be against The Rejected (man, I hate those guys) in Inverurie for the belts. First time getting a title shot and me plus my tag partner Dino Del Monte went out swinging. No one gave us any hope but we proved we could go with the champs. Of course, we came up short but next time The Outfit will be standing tall.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Apart from challenging for the WrestleZone Tag Team Titles, I would say wrestling in the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. To be told you are wrestling on the biggest show of the year for WrestleZone, that’s not something you take lightly. Since WrestleZone has their training academy, a lot more people are coming through so you have to prove you have earned your place on the biggest show. Even though people will say it was the pre-show, it doesn’t take away the fact of how huge it was for us considering we hadn’t been on the main roster for even a year at that point. For me, I am still grateful to this day for that opportunity.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
I would of loved to stand across the ring from Roddy Piper or Ric Flair. Sadly that will never happen. More realistic, I would like to face Grado (singles or tag match) as I believe we would give the fans a very entertaining show. More close to home, I would have to give a shout out to Bryan Tucker. I’ve faced all the men who trained me (and beaten them) but never faced Tucker. Let’s make it happen sir!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Enjoying wrestling. Plain and simple. I had a goal when I first started and that was to wrestle a match. Just to say I had done it. I was, for 10 minutes, a wrestler. Of course I’ve went well beyond that now. In 5 years, continue wrestling for WrestleZone and The Outfit to be still going strong.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
The love of wrestling and the joy you get when you see every kids face light up. Whether you are getting booed or cheered, once you experience that you just keep going back for more.
Thank you to Ted for answering our questions.
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