Name: Mikey Van Riot
Hometown: Rotherham, UK
1. When did you first become a fan of professional wrestling?
Probably when I was about 8, I had a school friend called who was a huge fan of the British Bulldog and he was telling me about how the bulldog could lift you above his head, I visited his house later that day and he showed be a video of WWF and that was it I was hooked.
2. Who was your favourite wrestler that inspired you to want to become one?
Probably Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart I was just such a fan of Bret Hart and I still am to this day, the whole look with the jackets, the sunglasses and the ring gear and then there was his wrestling, I grew up a huge fan of technical wrestling and who better to watch then The Hitman.
3. Can you remember you first match and were you nervous?
I can indeed It was at HEW’s first ever show and I was against Tony Sefton I was in a locker room full of vets Like Ricky Knight, The UK Pitbulls, RJ Singh and some of the up and comers from Futureshock so I was beyond nervous and it showed big time. Looking back at it I was so not ready to be doing a match and was probably best suited to maybe a rumble at best but I was offered the opportunity and who’s going to say no to that.
4. Who have you most enjoyed working with?
I enjoy working with pretty much everyone, minus a few idiots along the way but if I was to chose a few favourites I’d say Mark Sanders, Andy Hogg, Kris Travis, Bubblegum and The Models.
5. Who on the UK scene that you haven’t worked with would you love to?
There is loads of guys I’d love to work with like Noam Dar, Mad Man Manson, Dave Rayne and also Bubblegum and Joey Hayes in singles as my previous matches with them were tag matches.
There are also lots of guys on the local scene I’d love to work with like Joey D, Venom and JG Nash.
6. What has been your proudest achievement in your career so far?
Cant really nail it down to one as there is so many but the most recent ones are winning the EBW Catchweight belt on two occasions and the EBW Tag Team Titles with Mark Sanders, winning the belts with Mark was extra special as Mark was one of the guys who helped with my training when I first started wrestling and while we was polite to each over and got on in a training sense but we wasn’t friends, but since EBW Started he’s become of my best friends and someone I always seek advise from be that in life or wrestling.
7. What match stands out as being your favourite?
Again I can’t nail it down to one, I have two. My first match I did with Kris Travis, Trav as everyone knows is one of the UK’s best and he brought out the best in me plus it was in my hometown of Rotherham, with a intimate crowd in a Working Mens Club and it made for a great environment and a great match.
The other one is ‘The Real Deal’ Kriss Ace at EBW Winter Wars 2012, Ace in my option is one of the best kept secrets in the local scene, a total natural and a fantastic addition to anyone’s roster (promoters get him booked!!!!) and on that night we had one of my favourite matches, he’s one of those guys I just click with and I think it shows when ever we have a match.
8. What do you think is missing from the UK scene for it to be as big as the American and Asian scenes?
I think in some ways the UK Scene is more then level and in some cases over taken some of the American scene in terms of the indys, the reason I think this is the case is because of the strong products that a lot of fantastic promotions have like PCW, ICW, Southside. Progress, Rev Pro, FCP, WAW and so many more, while I don’t think it will ever be as big as back in the World Of Sport days or as big as WWE or NJPW I think if all these promotions continue to produce the quality shows that they do then things can only get better and bigger then they are right now.
9. Who on the UK scene do you think deserves to be better known?
‘The Mean Machine’ Mark Sanders and ‘The Real Deal’ Kriss Ace.
10. Where do you see your wrestling career in 5 years?
Touch wood I’ll be injury free and working on a lot of shows.
Thank you to Mikey.
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