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, former DPW Light Heavyweight Champion, ‘Mr Universe’ Pete Phoenix answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
The Undertaker was my favourite and still is to this day. Others have grown on me during my years as a fan and a wrestler. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, the list goes on. But also a lot of the newer talents from NXT have really caught my attention like Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream and Tommaso Ciampa.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
Such a tough question. A lot of wrestlers did. I think The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels did most as a fan. As a wrestler I would say Triple H did. I use a lot of his knee stuff in my own arsenal.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
One of my best matches have to be the four way elimination match to crown the first CCW Champion (watch here).
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Winning belts is always fun but for me it’s about the moments. One of the best ones was the ending of the four way championship match. But also standing in front of 400+ people in DK and wrestling was big for me. Oh yeah and getting my hair cut in the ring (watch here).
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
I mean to face off against The Undertaker would be a dream. But to be more realistic, Randy Orton or Triple H would be amazing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Five years time, still wrestling still trying to make it if I have not already. Also hopefully also being more out wrestling in other countries.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
Why do I do what I do? Because I f*cking love it.
Thank you to Pete for answering our questions.
Photo credit Pete Phoenix on Facebook.