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, Deacon Awesome answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
It was what we watched with my dad on a Saturday afternoon. I was a fan of WOS as a child and then a casual fan as I got older through the Attitude Era (very limited access to the American stuff). The larger than life characters and the physiques that I wanted got me hooked.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
I can’t really remember from WOS, probably Big Daddy. The first American wrestler I remember liking was Flyin’ Brian Pillman, then the usual Undertaker and Bret Hart, then Goldust, then Triple H after the DX phase and Mick Foley. Now my favourites are still Goldust/Dustin and Mick Foley, but also Adrian Street. I seem to be drawn to the more unusual.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I started training very late age wise. I had no idea there was any wrestling in Scotland at all, but was googling D’Lo Brown for some reason, and came across a local school and decided that I had nothing to lose. It turned out that it really wasn’t the best place to learn anything beyond being safe with an opponent for basic moves. For a number of reasons, including overwhelming nerves and injury, I quit in early 2015.
I then met (the now sadly retired) Michael Chase in a gym in 2017 and he got me back interested again. I started training again at Recklesss Intent (now Lothian Academy of Pro Wrestling) in 2018 really learning the craft from the various coaches.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
As a fan, Triple H pre-Evolution sticks in my mind the most – evil dominance.
As a wrestler – definitely Foley for bringing out very different sides believably and Goldust for both one of the best gimmicks and wrestler of all time and for showing that age is just a number.
Finally, I wouldn’t be back doing this if it wasn’t for Michael Chase and Jam O’Malley.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
Michael Chase and Theo Doros are both phenomenal and brought the best out of me.
In terms of pure enjoyment match wise, probably the hardcore match I had with Michael Chase last summer, good clean, violent fun.
I also have to mention my Z-List family ‘The Very Good’ Mr Euan G Mackie and Jam O’Malley for pure shenanigans in matches.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Facing Theo Doros for the RI Heavyweight title earlier this year was special – my first main event.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Tagging with Adrian Street against Goldust and Mick Foley – three heros in one.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Honestly? I don’t know. I started very late age wise so not sure if I’ll definitely still be regularly active in the ring – I’d rather burn bright. However, before then I want to have the opportunity to work for all the major promotions in Scotland and hopefully beyond.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
I love it. I spend the week before a show not able to sleep, my nerves get so bad. Then I get out there and it’s the best feeling in the world. I get to be all aspects of me dialed up to 11 and thanks to the guys at Reckless Intent and LAPW I’ve been given a second opportunity to do that.
Thank you to Deacon for answering our questions.
Photo credit David J Wilson