Welcome to Starter For 10. We ask professional wrestlers 10 questions so that you can find out a bit more about your favourite real life superheroes.
On this edition, Mikkey Vago answers our questions.
What drew you into professional wrestling?
I’ve been a wrestling fan from as far back as I can remember, if I wasn’t watching it or playing with wrestling figures I was throwing my brother about and putting him in Figure 4’s and Sharpshooters. The first thing I vividly recall watching was WrestleMania 5 on VHS (yes I am that old!!). I remember my Granny recording the WWF PPV’s for me and having to pester my Mum to go and see her as soon as possible after an event to get the tape. My Granny is a massive wrestling fan so I probably inherited the bug from her.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
As a kid I was a massive fan of guys like Hogan, The British Bulldog, Big Boss Man, Roddy Piper and The Legion of Doom. The biggest one was and still is The Undertaker though. Even though he first came in as a heel there was something about him that drew me to him. As a teenager I discovered ECW by chance one night flicking through channels and was instantly hooked. Raven became my new favourite overnight, although you might have already guessed this looking at my ring gear. As well as Undertaker and Raven the guy that stands out to me today is AJ Styles. I enjoy everything he does. And I think Gallows and Anderson are criminally underused.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler and where did you start?
I watched the ICW documentary on BBC in early 2014 and thought to myself ‘hang on, these are just average, everyday guys just like me. If they can do it why not me?’ I looked into training schools and found WrestleZone had a school only 5 minutes from where I lived at the time so sent off an application. I was in the crowd as a fan for their Aberdeen Anarchy show that May and the week after I was in training with them and have never looked back.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a wrestler?
I’ve been influenced by so many, taking bits and pieces from a lot of different wrestlers and adjusting them and adapting to fit my own style but as someone who has a big brawling element to their style I’m influenced a lot by guys who loved a bit of a scrap, so guys like Austin, the APA, the Dudley Boyz and Undertaker. And although we wrestle completely differently, being put into a team with Chris Archer when I first broke in was a great help and even now is a great sounding board for bouncing ideas off of.
Who has been your favourite opponent(s) and do you have a favourite match?
It’s tough to choose just one favourite opponent, I try to enjoy every match no matter who I’m in the ring with. To narrow it down a little, Andy Wild has always been super easy to work with any time I’ve faced him, the knowledge he brings is second to none. Although our paths don’t cross very often I’ve always enjoyed being in the ring with Crusher Craib. The Outfit have always brought a fight anytime we’ve faced off against them. Recently I’ve had a few matches against Zach Dynamite and he always pushes me to the limit. As far as favourite matches are concerned, being a big fan of ECW I’m always delighted at a chance to get a bit wild so the No DQ matches, table matches and Halloween/Christmas Brawls I’ve been involved in will always be the ones that stand out for me.
What has been your career highlight(s) so far?
Having been doing this for just over 5 years there are so many already. My first Aberdeen Anarchy will always be special to me, being only a handful of matches into my career and facing off against a team including D-Von Dudley in front of a crowd of over 1000. Then being back there the following year against the team of The Hurricane, Carlito and Bull James was amazing. Any one of the fpur times we’ve won the WrestleZone Tag Team Titles have all been memorable but the first time stands out, winning the belts at Christmas Chaos only to find Mick Foley had been sitting behind the curtain watching the whole match was very surreal.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Raven or The Undertaker. Or why not both in a triple threat.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I’ll be hitting 40 so hopefully I’ll still be fit and doing what I’m doing but if not I hope to still be involved at least in some capacity. Maybe an appearance or two in other promotions? Although I’m not actively chasing bookings outwith WrestleZone if the opportunity arose it’s something I’d seriously consider.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
Who doesn’t want to live out a childhood fantasy?
Thank you to Mikkey for answering our questions.
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