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, Lad Chapman answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
Considering I was born at the peak of the Hogan era, it was always a significant presence in pop culture and life in general! As I went through school, it ebbed from my thoughts as it did from mainstream society’s, and it wasn’t until maybe 2012-ish that I chose to take a peek and see what was new. It was discovering then how much the athletic aspect had changed, and finding out about promotions outside WWE, that the hooks went in proper, by my own choice rather than it simply being ‘around’.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
As a very little lad, I remember Jake Roberts being the greatest man alive, so let’s go with that. As a medium lad, it was a mish-mash of ‘this guy is cool’ and ‘their music is good’. Think Steve Blackman, Ken Shamrock, and similar man-battering chaps. These days, you have so many people and so many reasons to appreciate them. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are fantastic value. The Sky Pirates have been wonderful for ages and I’m glad to see them exposed to a wide western audience. I’ll seek out any Tomohiro Ishii match I can find. I can’t wait to see Brennan Williams on TV. So much goodness to be had everywhere you look.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
Initially, it was a case of convenience! David Hobbs had returned to Caithness after his travels and opened the CPW Academy just minutes from our front doors. A close friend went along regularly and convinced me to go for a taster. That was it, mate. Hooked. Passion suddenly and inexorably burning. Since then, we’ve had a humpy bumpy road of working our knackers off, complaining about being tired, and bringing pro wrestling to a sleepy county that many people don’t even know exists. It’s fantastic.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
As a fan? I suppose anyone who makes money wisely. It’s difficult to view anything about the business with such a pure perspective anymore, whenever anything happens your multiple cogs and gears are ticking in a worker’s mercenary way. As a wrestler, it’s most definitely the people who’ve made the trip to see us up here in Caithness and lent guidance in seminars, or took the time to watch me work and offer advice/critique. Of those, Glen Dunbar has had the greatest sway on my actions. A fine sort.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
Absolutely Connor Rose. We’ve known each other since we were 4, so to be together in assisting CPW in its operations, and regularly knocking the root out of each other, is an absolute trip. This translates to an oddly telepathic time in the ring, with each of us taking absolute liberties with the other for the sake of entertainment. My favourite match was facing Glen Dunbar in my hometown, Kirkwall, in Orkney. My fourth match that night, and knocked half-demented from the evening’s earlier strife, it went fairly well. To be able to cross the water with the company and show family/friends who’d never seen such a side of me was an incredible feeling that’ll stick with me until I’m cold and planted.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Without a doubt, winning the CPW Undisputed Title this past November. On my birthday, in fact! Certainly made the years of graft feel worth my time. Onwards from here!
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Oof, ehhhhhhhh…..someone who’ll fool everyone into thinking I’m good? It’s honestly not something I think about very often, the focus is on what’s next and where we’re going!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Slightly larger, just as hungry, plowing away at what needs done.
Where can we find you on social media?
Grab me on Facebook! I’m good at spelling and talking shash at cameras, go and click it.
And finally, why do you do what you do?
If boredom must be murdered, it may as well serve the community and give the bairns something to get excited about. If I get to batter my friends while doing so, all the better!
Our thanks to Lad for answering our questions.
Photo credit Marion McGinn