When did you start watching wrestling and was there a moment that got you hooked?
I started watched wrestling around the early nineties with my Dad, the rest of my family would watch it as well but Dad and me where the only ones really into it. I remember watching matches like Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund at Survivor Series 1994 and being hooked on the actual wrestling going on. On the other hand I remember matches like Undertaker vs Undertaker and loving that at the time as well. Sometimes I really miss that feeling of when you knew nothing about wrestling!
I didn’t have Sky shortly after that until early 1999 and I remember the first Friday night and just happening upon Raw and watching Austin give Vince McMahon a beer bath and that was it for me hooked again only this time no one else was interested except me and my Dad.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I’d always wanted to do this ever since I can remember but the biggest factor in me starting training was losing my Dad. He passed away in 2004 and I started training not long after that. Wrestling was one of the few things that was just ours to enjoy and it kills me sometimes that he will never see me wrestle. I had attended a class at BCW (pre-management change) and then heard about W3L and Mike Musso’s school. I was hooked the second I took my first very painful bump. Training at W3L was great, I am a part of a select few that are the first products of that school and what I got the most out of that school was a great handle on the psychology used in wrestling.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling?
Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. Obviously Benoit is a touchy subject but his in ring history is flawless, one of my favourite matches is Benoit vs Regal at the Brian Pillman memorial. Such an exhibition and showcase of how WRESTLING can be exciting and not just spot for spot or move for move. And then there’s Jericho, I love everything about him, his mind set for the business, the way he works as a heel and a face, his books and even Fozzy!
Do you have any favourite matches or opponents that you have worked with?
I’m at that stage where a lot of my matches are a blur now, I have had a few to say the least. I have worked with some great guys like Red Lightning, Liam Thompson and Kid Fight. More recently I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Glen Dunbar. One of my favourite matches has to be winning the SWE tag titles at Hell 4 Lycra 8 though, it was a great moment for me and my tag team partner Luke Xavier (now Maynard Smythe)
You’ve spent a lot of time in tag teams with Project Revolution and The Syndicate. Do you prefer working in a tag team or working on your own?
As I just stated, winning those tag titles was a great moment for me. I started in tag team wrestling and it’s always stuck with me and is very close to my heart. Tag team wrestling is really important for any card as it is something different for the crowd to get into and gives them something to sink their teeth into if there is a great tag team story told. I would say I’m 50/50 on which I prefer as tag team wrestling is really fun but singles wrestling as a heel or face is just as fun for different reasons.
You are currently a trainer at the Hart & Soul School of Wrestling. What would your advice be to someone planning to attend the school and training to become a professional wrestler?
Coaching at Hart & Soul is something I take great pride in. I love coaching and showing someone that never thought they could wrestle do exactly that! I have had a hand in training most of the stand outs in the SWE and its great seeing them achieve new things. What’s great about Hart & Soul is the range of coaches there, Ian Ambrose, Charles Riddell, David Low and I all offer very different training styles and techniques which is really good as trainees can cherry pick their own likes and dislikes for all aspects of pro-wrestling. I always tell people that come through the doors that I will give them the best foundations for starting out in wrestling and encourage then to branch out and learn from other trainers as it’s a big wrestling world out there! My advice for someone planning to attend the school is to come prepared to learn the basics and make sure those are perfected before anything else!
You can find more about Kevin Williams HERE
Also check out the Hart & Soul School of Wrestling HERE