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, Taylor Bryden answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I started watching wrestling in late 1999, I had seen a few RAW and Smackdowns but the first thing I remember watching that stuck in my mind was Survivor Series that year. I remember hating Triple H and feeling elated when Big Show beat him for the WWF Title. The larger than life moves and characters had me hooked.
In later years I discovered wrestling outside of WWE due to The Wrestling Channel being on Sky TV. Watching Pro Wrestling NOAH and ROH really opened my eyes to how different wrestling was outside of WWE and my love of the art form has just grown from there.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
As a kid I really liked guys like Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit. Their match at WrestleMania 2000 was one of my favourite early wrestling memories. As I grew up Eddie Guerrero would stand out to me as my favourite wrestler because of his mix of charisma, technical ability and comedy. His rise from mid carder to tag team guy to main eventer was great to follow.
I don’t really have a current favourite wrestler, but I do really enjoy watching guys from all over the world and were lucky to live in an age when so much great wrestling content is available on tap.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I wanted to learn to wrestle when I was younger but didn’t think I’d get the opportunity. I lived in Fife and had no clues about any schools in Scotland so had no idea where to go or how to even start training. I had heard of a school in Manchester, but since I was only 14 at the time I was in no way mature enough to even contemplate making the journey down myself. I luckily came across an advert in the Fife Free Press about a Wrestling school opening in Kirkcaldy and I knew I had to try it. The W3L training school opened March 13th 2005 and I was there from day one, three days after my own 16th birthday.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
I’ve been lucky enough to have been trained by a wide variety of coaches through seminars or training at other schools. Guys like Mike Musso, Kid Fite, Damien O’Conner, Doug Williams, Robbie Brookside have all taught me different aspects of professional wrestling and it’s all knowledge I value to this day.
As a fan I’m often influenced by guys who were a similar size to myself, guys like Eddie Guerrero, Davey Richards, Shawn Michaels, AJ Styles. Watching them really gave me a view on how to be a shorter guy in what is mostly considered a big man’s game.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
I loved working with Danny Boy Rogers/El Technico, we always bounced really well off each other in matches. Dickie Divers is another guy that I always have fun working with. I can’t really think of one favourite match, but one that definitely stands out was when I wrestled Martin Kirby at W3L/SWA Clash of Titans. It was my first chance getting to wrestle a guy who had been having great matches all over the UK and a real challenge to step up to his level, a challenge I relished.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
The aforementioned match with Martin Kirby was definitely a highlight for the above reasons, other than that I was lucky enough to be part of a successful tag team in the early parts of my career with Euan G Mackie as the Disco Biscuits. We managed to hold both the W3L and SWA Tag Team Titles simultaneously which at the time was pretty cool.
I’ve also been lucky enough to work with guys like Drew McDonald, Johnny Kidd, Robbie Brookside and Johnny Storm with each time being a learning experience and a pleasure.
Hopefully the real highlights are yet to come.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
I’d love to work against Eddie Guerrero, one of the greatest wrestlers I ever watched as a kid and I’d love to have had the opportunity to learn from him in the ring.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully in five years time I’ll still be wrestling. Working more places and attempting to keep learning and getting better.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
For the thrill of the show, stepping out in front of any crowd is an electric feeling. Getting to turn me up to 100% and go out there and do my best to make sure everyone watching has a great time and wants to come back next time the promotion visits that town is what drives me.
Thank you to Taylor for answering our questions.
Photo credit Taylor Bryden on Facebook