Welcome to our 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 Craig Berry answers our questions.
What is your first memory of professional wrestling and what got you hooked?
I think my first memory of professional wrestling was sitting with my cousins watching the 2005 Royal Rumble and wondering what the hell was going on. I hadn’t been introduced to wrestling at this point and was mesmerised by what I was seeing. What got me hooked was the ending to the rumble when both Cena and Batista were eliminated at the same time resulting in a lot of confusion and restarting the match to determine a winner. It was just entertaining and 8 year old me couldn’t get enough of it. I would later on be slightly disappointed finding out that not every event was like the Royal Rumble.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Undertaker, Edge and Rey Mysterio. Undertaker because I just loved the dark side and style he brought to the ring, Edge was the coolest wrestler I had ever saw and Mysterio because he was quick and do so many cool moves. Favourite wrestlers now would have to be Jimmy Havoc, Chris Jericho and Tommaso Ciampa. Havoc because I love his style in the ring and although he’s probably better known for death matches he’s a brilliant technical wrestler. Jericho because he stands the test of time when it comes to reinventing himself and getting over. Ciampa because I’m always on the edge of my seat when he’s on TV.
What are your top three matches of all time and why?
Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa from Takeover New Orleans. This match had a bit of everything for me. Great story telling, some brutality and a great pay off! If you haven’t seen it I recommend watching it.
Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 21. Absolute solid match from two of the very best in the industry. Great technical wrestling and story telling from two icons. Very entertaining.
Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart Iron Man WrestleMania 12. If we’re talking about a match of ours athletic ability and endurance then this is the match. 1 hour of two of the best technical wrestlers of all time giving it their all on the grandest stage of them all. Doesn’t get much better than that.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler?
Around about a year ago I broke/dislocated my kneecap and tore cartilage while training for a charity fight for MMA and fell into a bit of depression. Nothing went right after that. Fear of losing my job, relationship problems, and other things started to worry me because of the injury. After I had surgery and was convinced I wouldn’t be able to do anything that active ever again I had heard FPWA was opening with Andy Wild as the head coach. I always wanted to follow that dream of being a wrestler but lacked a reliable and professional school in my area but now I had no excuse. I decided then that I was going to do it and while I have lost that job I worried about losing last year and I’m not no longer with the same people I was then, wrestling has always stayed with me.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
Patience. I think a lot of people think that they will be match ready within a few weeks of starting but this is definitely not the case. For others it’s not getting things right on the first try and beating yourself up about it. I’m the latter half. I get so worked up when I forget a certain hold or where to go from a certain point but it all takes time and patience.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day of training?
Have patience and bring a lot more water.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
Would have to say Jimmy Havoc would be my dream opponent and not for a death match. Havoc always leaves me entertained and I think he’s a gifted technical wrestler. I think we would have a good match. More likely he would drag me through a match at this point in time but who knows. Maybe we will cross paths at some point. I hope so anyway.
Do you have any short/long term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
Short term goal would be to debut this year although given current circumstances who knows. Long term I would say wrestling for ICW. Love everything they have been doing and would love to be a part of it someday.
And finally, where can we find you on social media?
Thank you to Craig for taking the time to answer The 9 Count.
Photo credit Sandy Smith Photography