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, Source Wrestling’s Colton Davis answers our questions.
What is your first memory of professional wrestling and what got you hooked?
I think the first full match I ever watched was the 2008 Royal Rumble. I had seen small parts of matches and was familiar with the main superstars but this was the first time I sat down in front of the TV and watched a whole match. Seeing these larger than live guys like The Undertaker, Triple H and Batista had me glued to the screen from start to finish. Then when Cena entered at number 30 I just about lost it. The whole match was incredible.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Growing up, my favourites were always Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy. My love for them started when I seen Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb off the stage onto Orton 25 feet below on Raw at some point in 2008, I was completely blown away. Orton’s aggression and confidence in the ring always impressed me, even as a child. Jeff Hardy was just the coolest guy around so it was impossible not to love him. I was lucky enough to be in attendance when Matt and Jeff returned at WrestleMania 33 as surprise entrants in the ladder match, it was pretty much the happiest moment of my life. Nowadays I look up to guys like Dominik Dijakovic and Chris Brookes. Similar to myself they’re both pretty tall guys but they don’t wrestle as “typical big men” which is something I admire and try to replicate. Some of the things Dijakovic comes out with is unbelievable for a guy of his size and stature.
What are your top three matches of all time and why?
Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania 26 – Everything about this match to me was perfect. The build up, the story and in ring performance were all flawless. And the embrace at the end of the match left a tear in my eye.
CM Punk vs John Cena – MITB 2011 – I was never a big CM Punk fan but after I seen that infamous pipebomb promo I was backing him in every match. The unpredictability of it was great, the fate of the WWE was in CM Punk’s hands. Seeing Punk take the belt, kiss the WWE goodbye before leaving through the crowd was the coolest thing I had ever seen.
Edge & Christian vs The Dudley’s vs The Hardy Boyz – WrestleMania 17 – It was chaotic. There wasn’t a moment of that match that I wasn’t sat on the edge of my seat. There were so many memorable moments from that match but the one that sticks out is the spear off the top of the ladder.
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler?
Growing up I had no idea that professional wrestling was something that actually existed in Scotland until my uncle started training. His career was short lived only having one match but it was what made me decide that I would give it a go myself. And when I discovered that the Source Wrestling School was basically on my doorstep I had no excuse for not trying it.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
It’s no secret that Whippy likes to keep us all on our toes with regards to conditioning and cardio, which is definitely a good thing as it leaves us well prepared for what we will face in the ring. It can be very challenging at times and is probably the hardest part about training but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day of training?
Expect the unexpected. Over the years I’ve taken part in just about every sport there is, from the common ones like football and boxing to things like darts so I thought wrestling would be a walk in the park… it wasn’t.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
I can’t narrow it down to one, so here’s two. Firstly, Randy Orton. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from him and try to implement some of his stuff into what I do in the ring, so to be able to have a match with him would be a dream come true. Secondly, Mikey Whiplash. He has helped me with every aspect of my game and to be honest I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Add this to the fact that he’s undoubtedly one of the best wrestlers in Europe today. I’ve been lucky enough to tag with him already but a one on one match would be a great learning experience for me.
Do you have any short/long term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
When normality resumes, my goal is to wrestle for as many different promotions, against as many different people. I’ve definitely got to focus on gaining experience over the next few years and wrestling as much as possible. As for the long term, the dream is to make a full-time living from professional wrestling. Thankfully the pro wrestling scene is thriving currently, with a number of large companies on the go so hopefully it’s something that I’ll be able to achieve in the future.
And finally, where can we find you on social media?
Thank you to Colton for taking the time to answer The 9 Count.