Welcome to SWN Meets, on this edition we find out more about WrestleZone’s resident play-by-play commentator Rhys Dawkins.
A basic question to start us off, what drew you into professional wrestling?
Smackdown! Just Bring It. Believe it or not my niece was the one who was into wrestling first. We got the game for us to play together and my interest grew from there.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
The usual suspects. Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and Batista.
Nowadays, Bray Wyatt, Aleister Black and AJ Styles.
Who are your biggest influences in professional wrestling, as a fan and as a commentator?
As a fan, I always loved watching Rey Mysterio. I love an underdog and when he won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2006, I was over the moon.
As a commentator, Tazz and Michael Cole. I was a Smackdown kid, so those were the guys I heard most often, and the excitement radiated off those guys every Friday night.
What made you decide to become a wrestling commentator and where did you start?
The role was given to me when Chris McDonald decided to take the fight to Sterling Oil himself at Aberdeen Anarchy X. WrestleZone management asked if I would be willing to take over, and I’ve sat behind the desk ever since.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given in the wrestling business and who gave it to you?
Scotty Swift always has great advice, but I feel like the most relevant is also the simplest. ‘Take your time and enjoy it.’
What is the most challenging aspect of being a pro wrestling commentator?
Making sure all the information is right. I always try and do my research on past accomplishments and history between competitors, but I’m always worried I’ll miss something or forget something vital, and sometimes do!
What are your top three matches of all time and why?
Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle from Wrestlemania 22. Just two of the best in the business doing what they do best.
The Firefly Funhouse Match from this year’s Wrestlemania. It’s something so unique and I enjoyed every second.
Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 32. After I fell out of wrestling for a long time, that was the match that won me back, and it’s the reason I’m where I am today.
What is your favorite match to have called in WrestleZone?
Either PAC vs Zack Dynamite, because it’s one of the most talented individuals in our company going up against one of the most recognisable stars in the world, or the fall of Sterling Oil from Anarchy X, because it was such a cathartic moment for WrestleZone.
Where can we find you on social media?
And finally, why do you do what you do?
To entertain. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do is make people smile and forget the troubles the real world brings. Entertainment.
Thank you to Rhys for answering our questions.