By Louise Westie
Here I am with FPWA’s very own Callum MacLean aka Ross Hunter from FPWA, as we discuss his life as a professional wrestler, training at FPWA and plans for the future, thank you so much for reaching out and asking for this interview.
How did you get into wrestling?
I got into wrestling when I was around maybe 5 years old I was watching an episode of Smackdown and was absolutely loving it. I was just mesmerised by all the action I was seeing as you would at 5 years old and then just got further into it from there
You’ve started training at FPWA in Glenrothes, which is Andy Wild’s training school, how is that going and what’s Andy like as a trainer?
Loving training, it’s great to come in and just set yourself into wrestling and train if your after a rough day and Andy is brilliant as a trainer he totally makes you feel at home full of respect and has a lot of knowledge about the business which is great.
Can you tell us in more detail about your first day of wrestling training and what people can expect?
Well I originally started at W3L training and then moved to FPWA both have given me great training, I feel like they gave me chance to learn I style which I love which is striking and high flying. I was able to adapt to this because before I began wrestling I was also an MMA fighter, so that was a help.
You train with a lot of folk, who personally stands out for you?
That’s a tough one all of the guys and girls are great but If I had to pick one it would probably have to be Umar Mohammed who I’m sure many people have seen and heard of, he’s outstanding in the ring and a down to earth nice lad I’ve trained with him since W3L when I started he was already there, he’s always got great ideas for matches and gives great advice after them. I feel like he is going somewhere.
There’s been a lot of training seminars, who’s been your favourite superstar to learn from?
All of them were great we’ve had Noam Dar come in, Kenny Williams and Wolfgang, but the one that stands out for me has to be Wolfgang I took a lot away from that seminar and its helped adapt my move set along with the way I move in the ring all kinds of things.
You’ve got a wrestling gimmick; can you tell us about your character in more detail?
My gimmick name is Ross Hunter obviously, and he is a sort of cheeky young guy who gives 100% in the ring and is able to “talk the talk and walk the walk”. Although having said that it is still very early stages in my career and things can change.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully in 5 years I see myself possibly In ICW or around the NXT mark maybe, here’s hoping anyway.
How often do you train?
I train twice a week which is on a Tuesday and a Thursday which I think is good as there is a day recovery in between.
Who would you most like to wrestle past or present?
Well I have always admired the work of CM Punk and grew up watching all of his stuff so it would have to be him if anyone.
Is there any promotions that you have your eye on or would like to wrestle for?
Honestly it would be amazing to work for any places that were willing to book me and I don’t just say that for the sake of it, I honestly am happy to work for any promotion and wrestle some of the best in the world.
Can you describe your first day in wrestling training?
Well as I say I began at W3L which is Mike Musso’s school and I began there maybe three years ago now, and when I walked in I was really nervous as you would be for the first day and as I went in I thought it was amazing because I was still young I had just turned 13. I quickly felt at home at W3L as I met Johnny Lions, who was my coach along with Mike Musso. Johnny taught me a lot of the stuff I use today in the ring he also moved to FPWA to coach the wee wrestlers and juniors.
When you are a wrestling trainee and you have to help dismantle/set up the ring, unload/load the van etc, what has been your favourite venue to set up in?
We do have to help build and dismantle the ring and it is tough. My favourite venue probably has to be the Jam House in Edinburgh when some of us helped with Discovery Wrestling.
When can we expect to see you make your wrestling debut in the future?
My debut will be the FPWA student showcase but due to the circumstances the date has to be played by ear until this pandemic is over
Finally, where can we find you on social media?
Thanks to Ross Hunter so much for the one on one interview.