When did you start watching wrestling and was there a moment that got you hooked?
I first glimpsed watching wrestling several times from about 2000 onwards throughout my childhood when my dad had it on all the time. It was the WWE that was on as I seen these colours and characters like never before, just like real life super heroes. But it was 2007 that I started watching it regularly with my Dad and brother Kurt (who is also training to become a pro-wrestler), after watching all of WrestleMania 23 from there on it was like a drug, and I was catching as much as I could whether it was WWE, TNA or very old tapes.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I always said to my family, friends and even my teachers in 2007 onward constantly, that I am going to become a wrestler and as you would assume some believed, some didn’t. It was my Dad who got us to a few independent wrestling shows through his radio show called ‘Fresh Alternative’ and I started meeting a lot of people, one of which was W3L promoter/wrestler Mike Musso, that I spoke to, who gave me a flyer and said when you are 16 years old to come along to the W3L training facility.
The years past in which I eventually became old enough to start training hard in the ring, gym, and also ‘pay my dues’. After about 2 years I started out wrestling under a mask as a gimmicked ‘Morado’ in which the rest is history, now the mask is off and it’s “my time to shine”!
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling?
I have several people who influence me in both the the big leagues and independent leagues. My biggest influence though who got me hooked was Jeff Hardy as he was this crazy guy with multi-coloured hair who did a lot of crazy and out of this world stuff to entertain his fans, and stand out….I also have my hair a different colour to pattern after my idol (it’s currently blue, that’s my favourite). Daniel Bryan is another because he was this small town wrestler who wrestled all around the independents, then WWE created a “Cinderella story” and worldwide ‘buzz’ that even I had to follow.
From the independents I have several guys who influence me because of their hard work and dedication both in and out of the ring. Guys like Joe Coffey, BT Gunn and Danny ‘Boy’ Rodgers to name a few.
Do you have any favourite matches or opponents that you have worked with?
I have had a lot of matches and opponents that I have worked with for several companies now over the short few years I’ve been around, so I’ll pick an answer for each category here if you don’t mind.
Favourite match of mine for a certain reason would have to be a triple threat earlier this year in April at Stirling Town Hall for W3L against “a very green” Jason Reed and Danny Flynn. The reason I choose this is because it was one of the first times I wrestled “unmasked” as ‘The Original’ Craig Stephens in which I was a ‘Heel’. I was victorious in this match with all my effort put in to prove that I didn’t need the mask and it actually was “my time to shine”. Which made this event even better is I got a great reaction in which I aimed for and I had a few groups of fans who came over to tell me they personally thought my match was the best on the card (which had a lot of great talent, including Grado vs Joe E Legend as the main event), they thought I had the look and talent to be in a big league such as WWE some day, and that they wanted to come along to future shows I get featured on.
As far as my favourite wrestler to work with there is a lot of great talent, but hands down it would have to be Danny ‘Boy’ Rodgers. That guy works harder than a lot of the guys out there and is very underrated, I mean it didn’t matter if you have 50 fans or 500 fans on a show this wrestler worked his ass off to entertain everyone as well as being one of the best wrestlers in Scotland in my opinion (if you haven’t heard of him, then check him out).
And finally, who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
My dream opponent would probably have to be Shawn Michaels. He was the guys who got this ‘buzz’ in his early days and in my opinion never had any bad matches. He was said to be one of the greatest wrestlers in the world and watching a lot of his work I would have to agree, but would love to step in the ring with him to see that for myself!
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