OSWtv Meets… Emily Hayden

When did you start watching wrestling and was there a moment that got you hooked?

Like a lot of others, I watched wrestling growing up. My Dad and brother would watch WWF so it was inevitable that I would end up watching it too. The moment I became hooked was when I watched Chris Jericho debut on RAW, having a back and forth with The Rock but the moment that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in wrestling was the first time I ever saw Lita and Trish in the ring.

What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?

Back in 2012 I started my second year of college and while I was talking about the Summerslam PPV of that year, a friend of mine overheard and asked if I’d ever considered wrestling training. He told me how his sister was part of a wrestling academy then proceeded to show me photos of a recent show they had done. So, after finding out the details of my nearest school, I started my first day in Airdrie and it’s honestly the best decision I’ve ever made.

Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling?

There are a lot of people I take influence in. As mentioned before, the typical answer for any girl growing up wanting to be a wrestler would be Lita and Trish Stratus. Chris Jericho is also a huge influence of mine. Within the Scottish scene right now I would definitely say the likes of Kay Lee Ray and Carmel Jacob as they’ve set a bar for all of us aspiring female wrestlers and have put women’s wrestling back on the map. The two of them have done brilliant over the last few years, I hope to be at their level one day.

Do you have any favourite matches or opponents that you have worked with?

There are two matches I’ve really enjoyed, both from this year. The first is my official debut match in Maybole in a mixed tag match where I got the opportunity to work with Stevie Xavier against Kasey Owens and Switch. To be able to say I debuted with Stevie Xavier as a partner and having an opponent in Kasey Owens and Switch is one of my highlights for this year. Another favourite match of mine is the singles match I had on Pro Wrestling Scotland’s debut show against Carmel Jacob. Was one of my dream matches to have as she is one of the top females in the UK right now. I learned so much from Stevie, Kasey, Switch and Carmel and felt both matches really helped me to up my game.

And finally, who would be your dream opponent, past or present?

A dream opponent would have to be Kay Lee Ray. I’d love the chance to work with her at some point down the line as I feel it would really test my ability and I would definitely learn so much from her. She’s at the level I aspire to be someday and a match like that would definitely be a dream come true.

You can follow Emily on Twitter @_EmilyHayden_

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