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, Rosie Nyte answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
When I was younger, me and my little brother (Logan Smith) would always watch it, then “play wrestler”. I had a massive love for AJ Lee and Eddie Guerrero, they became somewhat role models to me and I guess that’s what I wanted to be. Someone the future generation looked up to and went “I want to be like that”. The interaction and relationship you form with fans is amazing, it’s one of the only forms of entertainment that you form that kind of bond with an audience. You can be who you want to be while making someone’s day a whole lot better or meeting someone and making them smile. I just love those feelings.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
As I said before, definitely Eddie Gurrero and AJ Lee. To me, everything they did inside the ring was exceptional. They had the love of the fans, the talent. Both of them are exceptional. Not going to lie, I drew away a bit from the WWE scene and so on but right now, I’ve got to say my favourites in Scotland have got to be Angel Hayze; she is one of the most talented females in the business right now and at a young age I can say I look up to her. Secondly, I’ve got to say Krieger. His character work right down to his ability is just phenomenal, he’s one of my favourites to watch and learn from.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
It must have been in 2017, I went to go and see PBW Academy Attack to see my little brother perform as a fan. It was at the end of the night I spoke to Kid Fite and said to him I thought the show was amazing, ect and then said that I wished I had got into something like this when I was younger (I was only 20 acting like I was 50). He told me it’s never too late to start and in the end, I went down on the Sunday that week to the PBW Academy where I spent the day getting trained by Lucy Cole and Angel Hayze and it was within that 4 hour session I fell in love with it and have never looked back.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
As a wrestler my biggest influence has got to be my little brother who is also a wrestler Logan Smith. When I first started out, I didn’t believe I had what it took. I had a lot of confidence issues and anxiety but he always put me back down that positive mindset that I could do it and I would do it. He never let me quit or give up. He pushed me to do the best I could and to this date he still does. He is definitely my rock in wrestling and is always someone who will be there. My parents also, the pride they show and dedication to come and see just about every show I have performed in just drives me to keep going and chase it. They support both me and my brother through everything. As a fan, I look up to Kay Lee Ray. I mean, as a PBW girl she started where I was and look at her now – NXT UK Women’s Champion. Now if that isn’t an influence, I don’t know what else is.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
My favourite opponent has got to be, once again, Angel Hayze. Any time I step in the ring with her she alway has new ideas, creative ideas that just come out of nowhere. Wrestling one of your closest friends who is basically family makes it all the better. My favourite match to date has got to be the Disco Derby, I had only debuted a year and I got to step in the ring with some of the absolute best in female wrestling to date. I got to work a spot with Kasey Owens who knew I was nervous and made me feel so at ease when I got in with her, as well as Jayla Dark. Lana Austin also… it’s still touchy subject what she did! But 3 of the absolute big names in the scene was a deal breaker for me.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
To be honest; it’s got to be the day I debuted was the highlight. I had been doubting myself in ability for a while and when Kid Fite told me one training session that I would be making my in-ring debut it made me believe in myself. The fact he believed I was ready made me realise how hard in the first place I had been working for this and it didn’t go unnoticed and to this day Fite doesn’t let it go unnoticed. Thanks Fito! Then on top of this it’s got to be getting to step in the ring with people I looked up to when I was training from Kasey and Angel to Sammii Jayne. On the 1st of September I made my debut for Fierce Females and it was one of my goals this year. To be apart of the all women’s wrestling show run by Miley Whiplash and hearing from him he had noticed hard work and given me the opportunity/believing in me made me more determined than ever to work hard and keep working harder every day when I train.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Present on the Scottish scene I would love to get the opportunity to step in the ring with for a singles with Sammii Jayne. Watching her matches you can see the amount of work and drive she puts into making every match she does a meaningful and impactful memory for who she is wrestling but also the fans. Would love to come up to her level and be pushed in the right direction. I know I could learn a lot from her in the ring. WWE is Becky Lynch. She’s the man.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
5 years is a long time, I can barely think about what I’m having for my dinner tonight. But, I would like to be able see myself further grow and develop as a wrestler and entertainer. I can’t wait to see what happens in 5 years.
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 it, I have a passion. From my family to my friends. To the PBW family. It all drives me to do it, grow and develop every time I step in the ring or show up to training on a Sunday.
Thank you to Rosie for answering our questions.
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