10 Questions With …. Chris Ridgeway (@CCwareing) By Craig Jarrett

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1. When did you first become a wrestling fan?

I’ve loved wrestling ever since I was a wee lad, I was about 3 or 4. My mum introduced it to me which is probably bad parenting as it was during the attitude era but I’m not complaining! I was just hooked on the atmosphere provided by the crowd. I absolutely loved the ovation different wrestlers got. I used to power-bomb this massive teddy bear I had and pin it (counted to 3 myself of course, that’s how you win matches when you’re 4/5 years old) and do my best Jim Ross impression. I was a lonely child.

2. What made you want to become involved in wrestling?

A few things really, I didn’t think it was something I could actually do. I really did look up to the guys as role models. As soon as it became possible to be a part of wrestling I ‘seized the moment’ so to speak.

3. What wrestlers did you watch that inspired you?

I really liked the work of guys like Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle, really technical wrestlers that put on consistently fantastic matches. It wasn’t until I began training that there was so much more talent in the world. I ten became addicted to watching guys like Zack Sabre Jr and Prince Devitt, I was just amazed at how fluently they move around the ring, no wasted motion. I stayed up watching match after match most nights. It really helped to motivate me, especially before training.

4. Has the road been tough for you so far?

In many ways it has. It’s a struggle to really break out and get some valuable exposure. I train as much as possible, pretty much every day and through injury which works fine for me but I do it so I can stay in as good shape as I can. I like to fight to achieve things though, don’t want things just handed to me, you get more pride when you put the hours in and earn your way.

5. Have you had a lot of support in your quest?

I’ve had a fairly decent amount of support along the way from family and my peers. You tend to get people who just don’t want you to succeed and that’s probably common if you live in a ‘dead end town’ where people become narrow minded and insecure about their own aspirations. It took me a while to figure that out but I’m past all that now. I like to block negativity and focus on what’s good!

6. Is wrestling a long term goal or do you have something to fall back on?

Wrestling is definitely a long term goal, yes. I work in a gym at the moment and do bits and bobs on the side too. Doing all of that and wrestling is keeping money in my back pocket. I would like to reach the point where I can make a comfortable living from wrestling though, that would be more than ideal.

7. Who have you enjoyed working with so far?

I really enjoyed working with the Hunter Bros for Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Alongside Corey Johnson). They’re awesome. Probably my favourite match I’ve ever been a part of although I haven’t seen it back yet. My actual official debut was against Kris Travis which was a learning curve in itself and brought out a lot of confidence in me. He’s been like a mentor to me since that match and I’ve learned a lot from him along the way. I’ve also enjoyed working Craig Kollins, he’ll be a name everyone knows in a few years time.

8. Who would you love to work with in the future?

Woah, what a question. I have a list of guys that I would like to work with, as long as my arm! I’d like to work with those I’ve mentioned again, of course. The British circuit is currently rammed with talent ad it just going to continue to get better and better. I’ll name a few names that I’d like to work with though, instead of rambling on. Guys like Martin Kirby, Joey Hayes, Bubblegum, Robbie X, Dylan Roberts, anyone that’s currently working for Attack! Pro Wrestling too. I like working the style of matches they often put on.

9. What has been you biggest achievement so far?

I haven’t achieved a lot yet, not just anyway. Working in front of a PCW crowd is probably my biggest achievement to date. That was a fantastic opportunity. Every time I get booked for a show I feel that as in achievement in itself, I must sound pretty sad, right? I feel that its pretty cool that somebody specifically wants me to wrestle for their company and represent the product they are selling to the fans.

10. Realistically where would you love to wrestle in 2014?

I’d like to be continuously working for KOW (Knockout Wrestling) throughout the year and pushing the boundaries like I’m often doing. It’s my local promotion and for a company without too much exposure on the internet or around the country, they’re doing very well for themselves. The fact they sell out nearly every time just shows that. As I mentioned earlier on, I’d love to work with Attack! Pro Wrestling, who doesn’t?! Possibly doing something for PCW again at some point in the year would be brilliant. I’d also love a return to Pro Wrestling Kingdom, I feel they have a brilliant and unique product and it’s full of excellent talent. I’m currently talking to various different promotions about possible work this year, which is something I’m excited about. I’d just like to wrestle as often as possible and to the best of my ability against all styles of wrestlers from around the UK.

Thanks for having me, Craig, all the best to yourself and those that are reading.

Thank you too Chris for your time today, I and The Indy Corner wish you all the best in 2014.

You can follow Chris over on Twitter @CCwareing

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