Name: Sean Midnight
Weight: 13 st
Hometown: Sandwell, UK
1. When did you first become a fan of professional wrestling?
It was one Saturday morning, my eldest brother put wrestling on, He had these action figures which he let me play with, I thought it was fun and I’ve became a fan of professional wrestling that day!
2. Who was your favorite wrestler that inspired you to want to become one?
Actually, there are two. Firstly, Alan Kilby from Sheffield, like me, he’s Deaf he wrestled in the same era as Big Daddy, He actually used sign language in the ring that was unheard of back then! Basically he’s proved that deafness itself shouldn’t be an issue. Wrestling is all about telling a story.
Secondly, The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. He’s just amazing. I find watching his matches inspiring; he just knew what to do in the ring.
3. Can you remember you first match and were you nervous?
I sure remember my first match, it was against Lightening Lewis at Ultimate Championship Wrestling, UCW. That must be 10, 11 years ago. I remember being nervous but excited at the same time! I remember telling myself “Finally!” I’ve always wanted to be a professional wrestler. The match itself was fun, not without pain! Looking back, I’ve improved and I’d like to think I could continue to achieve much more.
4. Who have you most enjoyed working with?
I’ve worked with number of workers throughout my time, they’re all different. Who stood out in my recent memory is that ever so humble Mexican I’ve had the pleasure of working with, he goes by the name of Cruz Del Silencio. We worked the show in California last year, he’s pretty good! He was using Mexican Sign Language (LSM) and I don’t know a sign of Mexican nor a word of Spanish, but we clicked and we did great. I have a lot of respect for him, and I consider it an honour to wrestle him.
5. Who on the UK scene that you haven’t worked with would you love to?
Immediate names come to mind; each of the talented Hunter brothers and Dave Mistaff. Lee, Jim and Dave trained me at Dudley. They prepared me for my trip to USA, Japan and Philippines. I’d love to be booked with them in some events, I want to repay for all they have done for me. I can’t thank them enough.
6. What has been your proudest achievement in your career so far?
I’m now sitting at departure longue at London’s Heathrow airport, and I’m waiting for the call to board a plane heading to Japan. I’m scheduled to wrestles in Tokyo, Japan. This has got to be my proudest moment, I hope the trip will turn out well. I’ve never predicted that I would be working internationally. I’ve been offered a place at Hart Brothers University in Canada, perhaps this equals the trip to Japan as my proudest achievement. Let’s see what future bring!
7. What match stands out as being your favourite?
It would have to be against Davey ‘Dragon Heart’ Hones in a no hold barred in Bridgend, Wales. The main reason for this, the audience got so into it, the fans threatened to end me and they’ve even burnt the England flag! Davey Jones gave it everything, he superplex me onto a table and he hurled ringsteps at me and all sorts. It was fun!
8. What do you think is missing from the UK scene for it to be as big as the American and Asian scenes?
Good question. I’ve had a think about that question, and I THINK, that in UK we don’t have giant promotions on the same level as WWE, TNA, ROH in USA, and NJPW in Japan, and of course CMLL and AAA in Mexico. Having big promotions in our country on that level would do wonder for our fans and workers. I hate to admit, whilst we have the nosiest fan in the world, probably, the way we are trained in here is so different abroad, and that could be the factor here. When I trained with Jesse Hernandez, Awesome Kong emphasised the significant of keeping in character, I thought that was strange at first but having seen it all, it makes sense. I mean, if the only time you are in character is when you’re in the ring performing; it restricts your time to hone your mannerism. From what I’ve heard from Cruz, it’s the same in Mexico and Japan, these countries defend pro wrestling like religion! I still feel strange about it, keeping in character whilst training, but I have not decided against it. Yet!
9. Who on the UK scene do you think deserves to be better known?
One name came to the mind, Lee Hunter, the trainer I mentioned earlier. He has tons of talent and he’s a great person, he’s been great to me and other trainers. I’ve seen him wrestle, I hope he get to work for big name promotions in the UK, and it would be great if he gets called to work internationally, I’d like to see that happen.
10. Where do you see your wrestling career in 5 years?
I can’t see that far. I’ve got Japan to focus on, and then Canada, taking it one step at a time. I’ve got a documentary on me and fellow Deaf wrestlers, hopefully that’ll help with our profiles, and hopefully land me some bookings (Documentary teaser link: vimeo.com/80574720). I’d love to work in California for some big promotions. I attend few sessions at Jesse Hernandez’s School Of Hard Knocks, he runs a promotion, Empire Wrestling Federation. I would love to work for him one day.