Welcome to our new Q&A series called ‘The 9 Count’ where we pose nine questions to the new faces of Scottish professional wrestling. Whether they are trainees or just making their way out in the big world of professional wrestling, we give you the chance to find out more about the future of Scottish wrestling.
In this edition, Fife Pro Wrestling Aslyum’s resident devil’s advocate Johnny Reaves answers our questions.
What is your first memory of professional wrestling and what got you hooked?
My first memory of pro wrestling was The Blue Blazer believe it or not and all these cool things he was doing that no one else was.
Along with Mr Perfect it was the smaller guys that did it for me being a smaller guy myself it was them that made me go “Hmmm maybe just maybe I could do that” but this was in the 80’s I grew up in so doubt be easy breaking in then in Scotland haha!
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Always was an Owen Hart guy before I was a Bret Hart guy, I’ll always watch Bret’s matches to study storytelling and such don’t know if can mention him but from 2000 when he came to WWE I was facilitated by Chris Benoit too.
My favourites now I see a lot of negative things about him but you cannot fault John Cena that mans dedication to the business is unparalleled.
What are your top three matches of all time and why?
Bret Hart vs Owen Hart – WWF WrestleMania X. Back when I was starting to learn about wrestling not being real and actually thinking two brothers were fighting it “was real to me” haha.
Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Micheals – WWE WrestleMania XX. Again the style Benoit wrestled, he relied on his technique and his ability to get to that point.
Bret Hart vs 1-2-3 Kid – WWF RAW. Also another match that sticks out in my mind was Bret Hart vs 1-2-3 Kid from Raw a good few years back. It was a classic match that stood out to me for again the technical side of things and it showed Bret as a fighting champion up and down the card and it also showed that The Kid could hang with the big guys…. can’t help but wonder what the landscape would have been like if The Kid had become WWF Champion…
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler?
I’ve been in and around wrestling for a while and while I’ve not done anything notable, I took time off for family etc, and when I saw Andy was opening FPWA it was a no brainer.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
The hardest part about training for me is fitting everything in again. I’m a full time college student working towards my degree, I’m a single parent, I work the weekends and trainee wrestler I was just starting to get into the groove when this lockdown happened
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day of training?
Repetition! Repetition! Repetition!
Also I got an amazing piece of advice from someone years ago that’s stuck with me… “work a match, only wrestle if you have too!” I think looking back at some of the old school workers that are still around that bit of advice doesn’t seem all that stupid… so I guess I would pass that on to not only myself but to ANY trainee.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
My dream opponent wouldn’t actually be anyone from WWE or any of them across the pond… my dream opponent would be Roy Knight. I know the family, have done for years, I have a lot of love for them all and Roy is one of the guys in wrestling that I can go to and get advice and it won’t be ego driven.
Do you have any short/long term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
My goal in wrestling is to get to where my body will take me. I have an 8 year old daughter who likes wrestling so I’d love for her to see me perform. As for companies there is one that is out there that I worked as a referee for but want to swap the stripes for an opponent and that’s Discovery… don’t they have a Derby to do?
And finally, where can we find you on social media?
Thank you to Johnny for taking the time to answer The 9 Count.
Photo credit Sandy Smith Photography