Name: Eric Ryan
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
1. When did you become a fan of wrestling?
I’ve always been a HUGE fan as long as I can remember. My earliest memories aren’t as vivid as others, but what I do remember is getting to go to the live shows as a kid when I got good grades in school. I don’t remember who was on the card, who beat who, or even what year it was, but I remember the excitement and love I felt from wrestling. If I ever had a bad day, got yelled at, beat up by my brothers or just needed something to do, wrestling was always there to lend its tender love!
2. Who do you watch that inspired you to want to become a wrestler?
Thats hard to pin to one person. Even as just a fan, I loved everyone. Of course I had my favorites, but everyone brought something different to the table and made the whole thing work. Guys like HBK to Little Guido to Super Crazy to ROH’s CM Punk, every person had a different thing I liked.
3. Where did you go to learn to be a wrestler?
I went to a school that was roughly 20 minutes from where I lived. This school was also the home of guys like
Marion Fontaine and Rickey Shane Page
4. Who helped you a lot when you were training to be a wrestler?
Chris Kole was the person I considered my trainer. He was the one that first took me around to places, showed me the ropes and what to do and not do. and guys that came in and out of the school helped a lot. Luis Diamonte, RSP, The Hawaiian Lion John Lion and Mark Wolf were huge in helping form who I am.
5. When did you make your in ring debut?
I don’t remember the date, but it was a battle royal for MCW (where I trained) for a shot at the light heavyweight title (which was held by Marion Fontaine) I managed to win the battle royal and the next day was a Tag match with Hobo Joe. He was my first official match, and I was his last match years later. Things went full circle!
6. What promotions have you managed to work for so far?
AIW, JAPW, AAW, CZW, EVOLVE, DGUSA, MCW (training one, not Maryland) PRIME, Cleveland All Pro and tons of smaller places. Its been a wild ride and would like to continue adding to my resume. Hopefully a trip to Europe in the summer! I’d like to add Fight Club Pro and WXW to that list!!!
7. Who has been your most favourite person to work with in the ring?
I have great chemistry with Bobby Beverly and Rickey Shane Page. When I’m in there with those guys, I never question anything and always have things I can do.
8. Who would you love to work with on the independent scene in the future?
Ethan Page, Josh Alexander, Michael Elgin, BJ Whitmer, Colin Delaney, Irish Airborne, JT Dunn, Chris Dickenson., just a whole mess of people I’ve wrestled before and would love to for the first time.
9. What are your thoughts on the independent scene right now?
Its getting better. Recently there have been a lot more eyes on AIW in Cleveland and I see huge things from them in the future. If this momentum keeps up, you’ll hear their name in the same ranks with EVOLVE, DGUSA, CZW and ROH.
10. Are you at all familiar with the UK wrestling scene and/or its wrestlers?
Kind of. I spent some time with Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne when they were over here for their 10 week stay. Got to wrestle them and was happy to do so. They’re amazing talents and have youth on their side. I’ve seen some Fight Club Pro shows and love the atmosphere of the building and the way its set up.
Thank you to Eric for taking time out to do this interview, you can visit http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/ericryan to purchase his latest shirts and you can also keep up to date with his booking schedule by following him over on Twitter @ericryanpro
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