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 Man of Glam” Zack Leon answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
It was just the coolest thing in the world to me as a kid! These huge larger than life charismatic guys, battling it out in these unbelievable fights! The stories that kept me on the edge of my seat! It all just left me in awe of wrestling. I loved it as a kid and used to watch it all the time, until it got put into Sky or whatever it was that I didn’t have so couldn’t watch it anymore!
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Well as a kid I think there’s gonna be a few that have been seen before but, Jericho, Edge, The Rock, Stone Cold, Mankind, Eddie Guerrero, Kane, Undertaker… the list goes on! Now? Well the previous names but also the likes of Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, The New Day, Cody Rhodes, Okada, AJ Styles, Finn Balor… you know what this is gonna go on for awhile so I’ll leave it there!
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I had always wanted to be a wrestler but all I ever saw of it was WWE (WWF as it was known back then) and that was in America so I thought it was a bit of a pipe dream and I pushed it to the back of my mind. Then I met Nathan Reynolds and after a few years and my slow ass brain finally clicks “hey he wrestles, he’ll be able to get you started somewhere!” I’ll be honest, not my proudest moment how long that took to happen! So I went to W3L to start my training but I choose the worst time to start, expecting my first kid! I trained for about 3-6 months on and off and thought “I can’t do this and raise a family” but it was too late for me! It was in my blood! I had to keep doing it so I then found out about SWE which was closer to home started training about 3 months after I stopped initially and haven’t looked back.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
I have to go with Jericho and Edge. Edge really caught my attention as a kid from when he started in The Brood to Edge and Christian and all the crazy tag stuff, to the Rated R Super Star, I just couldn’t get enough! Jericho is much the same, his constant to this day reinvention and the way they could both capture and hold a crowds attention.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
Oh man my favourite opponents. Well The Alex Webb is up there, always enjoyed wrestling with him. Jay the Jackal was always great to work against, I learnt a lot working with him. Had feuds with both of them. As guys I’ve worked here and there, Luke Aldridge, Ken Kaiden and The Very Good Mr Euan G Mackie are ones I always look forward to.
My favourite match? I’m gonna cheat cuz I have two so far.
The No DQ match with Alex Webb.
The Fatal 4 way at Hell for Lycra which was myself vs Jackal vs Felix Fortune vs Grado for the SWE Heavyweight Championship. There were some great moments in that match!
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
The first time I wrestled at Hell for Lycra at the Caird Hall in Dundee in front of about 1000ish people. The previously mentioned fatal 4 way match at the Caird Hall again with about as many people. Finally, first time I got asked to work outside my home promotion, that felt, I dunno it just felt good haha. Though I am looking to add more to this list in the future.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
This one’s an easy one darlin’! That would be Jericho or Edge or both of them! Maybe not “dream” matches but I’ve also got a few guys on the Scottish scene I wanna wrestle but I’m gonna keep that to myself just now. (It’s a decent sized list!)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still wrestling, being seen in more promotions across Scotland and the UK in general. You never know really what can happen but that’s the aim at least for now, I might be aiming bigger this time next year!
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
The physicality, the crowd, the stories, the thrill! There is nothing like this for me, it’s given me purpose in the gym and let me tap into a part of myself and bring it to the front like I’ve never felt able to before! Like I said earlier, it’s in my blood now and I can’t stop.
Thank you to Zack for answering our questions.
Photo credit Neil Malone.