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 Brent Carter answers our questions.
What is your first memory of professional wrestling and what got you hooked?
I remember being 4 years old when I first saw wrestling and I immediately HATED it. It was a Saturday night, one of my Mum’s friends was babysitting me, and her kids were watching WWF but I really wanted to watch Gladiators. So their Mum had to call my Mum, and my Mum had to set the video player to record Gladiators for me before she went on her night out. So eventually I stopped crying and watched the wrestling. I remember I ended up enjoying it, but we only had four channels in our house so I never got much of a chance to watch it since it was on Sky. I got given a few video tapes of some old WrestleManias and SummerSlams but I ended up forgetting about it for years. I didn’t get properly hooked until I was about 9 or 10. This was in 99/2000, so peak Attitude Era, and all the kids in my school were constantly talking about wrestling and what was happening on Raw or Smackdown. We had only just gotten cable installed and we didn’t have Sky Sports but one night I was scrolling through the channels and somehow found WCW on TNT and ECW on Bravo. I fell in love with it and started watching that every week when it was on, and managed to convince my uncle to tape WWF whenever he could for me so I could watch that too. WCW got sold to WWF, and ECW ended up folding so I just had my videotapes again for a while but we eventually got Sky and I could watch SmackDown on Saturday mornings.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
My all-time favourite has always been Dusty Rhodes. I tend to credit him with getting me into wrestling. I remember seeing him as a child, and I remember seeing him again in ECW when I was 10 and recognising him straight away. There was always something about him that I was mesmerised by. The way he spoke was totally captivating. I think Dusty will always be my favourite wrestler.
Now? It’s hard to look past Kevin Owens. I’d say he’s my top guy at the moment.
What is your top match of all time and why?
Dusty Rhodes vs Steve Corino – Texas Bullrope Match – (ECW Living Dangerously 2000) – I saw most of the build up to this match on TV, and then I saw the aftermath of the match on TV, but I had to wait for over a year to actually see the match because we didn’t get the PPVs in the UK. I eventually managed to get a copy of Living Dangerously (along with Guilty As Charged and Hardcore Heaven from that year) on some VHS through a tape trader advertised in the back of a wrestling magazine in 2001. It was the first match on the show and it blew me away. To this day, nearly 20 years later and it is still my favourite match of all time. I still have the videotape somewhere!
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler?
Becoming a wrestler has been my dream ever since I was 10, but I had always been told from that it wasn’t realistic. I had some pretty rough and unpredictable years that prevented me from getting into training when I was old enough to sign up to a school, but I moved to Fife in 2018 and less than a year later FPWA was announced. Everything just seemed to line up perfectly.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
That hardest part has been not training! The COVID-19 situation has been very difficult. We were getting ready to have our first student showcase event and had lots of exciting things lined up then everything just came to a halt. I know it’s had an effect on a lot of the trainees and I wasn’t in a great place mentally for a while when we postponed our training until we’re told its safe to return. Luckily Andy, Hannah and all the other trainees have been a fantastic support system for me and each other and now we’re all doing as much as we can without attending the Asylum. Stuff like promo competitions or fitness challenges. But I’m absolutely aching to be back in the ring.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day of training?
I really don’t need to know how to do everything. I went into training thinking that I would put absolutely everything I’m taught into practice when I have a match. It took me a while to figure out that there are some moves and actions that honestly it just wouldn’t make sense for me to do. Whether that be because it’s not something that realistically my character would do in the ring, or it’s something I don’t need to add to my move set because of my size. Andy has been great at helping me and everyone else figure out what moves are fundamental, and what other moves would make sense for each individual wrestler. You’re not going to see Brent Carter bust out any back flips or standing 450 splashes anytime soon!
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
My dream opponent right now is without a doubt Gene Munny. I’ve been following his work for a few years now and he is just so exceptionally good at everything he does. I think that the best wrestling shows should have a variety of styles of matches in order to put on the best possible event, and a match where someone serious has to try and maintain their composure whilst facing someone like Gene who specialises in a comedic style is a fun challenge and a great way to get a reaction from the fans.
Do you have any short/long term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
I have a few. I actually have a list written down that has some long term goals I’ve set myself. It includes a few opponents I would like to face at some point and companies I’d like to wrestle for. To wrestle in my home city of Perth is probably at the top of my list. I’ve been following Discovery Wrestling from their first show and would love to someday be a part of one of their events. I also think it would be pretty cool if The Scrandalorians to got the chance to properly tag together at a show somewhere down the line, since the online stuff we’ve been doing for these SWN tournaments have been such a blast so far, and Bennie has been a good laugh to team with.
And finally, where can we find you on social media?
- Facebook: BrentCarterFCH
- Twitter: @BrentCarterFCH
- Instagram: BrentCarterFCH
- Snapchat: BrentCarterFCH
- and lastly, my Twitch is twitch.tv/FairCityHoolig, where I’ll be hosting a wrestling themed Pub Quiz called “Brent Carter’s Social Quiztancing” on Saturday the 6th of June, where we have some guests who will be taking part and playing for the chance to win some prizes. If all goes well there will be some special guests (their schedules permitting) and hopefully we’ll raise a decent amount of money for Capability Scotland’s Covid-19 Fund. All the information for that is at justgiving.com/fundraising/so
Thank you to Brent for taking the time to answer The 9 Count.
Photo credit Sandy Smith Photography