Weight: 230 lbs.
Years Experience: 1 & half years
Current Promotions: NWA Smoky Mountain, Traditional Championship Wrestling, Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, and Tennessee Wrestling Alliance. As well as numerous promotions elsewhere in the South. (Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Mississippi.)
Interview conducted on 12/1/13
Why did you want to become a professional wrestler?
ER: I saw Undertaker vs Mankind on tv as a kid and a few months later saw Booker T vs Meng when I was probably 6 or 7, from then on I was hooked. Something about the mystique of it and the excitement made me know I had to do this. The trampoline instantly turned into a wrestling ring!
ER: It changes every day! Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Brad Armstrong, Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, William Regal, Arn Anderson, the list goes on and on. Basically if they have technical talent, they are one of my favorites!
Biggest thrill you have had in pro wrestling so far and why?
ER: Working against one of my mentors and best friends Matt Sigmon for TCW in Merdian, Mississippi and the series of matches we had this past summer with the teacher vs student angle. He brings out the best in me.
Biggest name you have wrestled?
ER: Dr. Tom Prichard, who also trained me.
Describe who you are as a wrestler?
ER: Old School southern rassler with a good touch of technical skill.
How is it to be considered for PWI rookie of the year?
ER: It’s a huge honor! The names of previous ROTY winners is just incredible; Flair, Steamboat, Armstrong, O. Hart, M. Von Erich, Angle, Orton, the list goes on and on of just great wrestlers. It’s a great humbling experience.
Biggest Rival and why?
ER: Definitely against Matt Sigmon. He trained me starting out, took me under his wing and let me travel with him but we have this kind of brotherly rivalry with each other. Every time we work it’s my favorite match. If you wanna see me at my best, match me with Matt Sigmon. Teacher vs Student!
What makes you standout?
ER: I don’t go out there and do a ton of high spots. I’m not so unbelievable that I’m non believable. I perform an old school style that too many fans and wrestlers forget about. It’s not about doing 10 backflips and 15 superkicks in a match, it’s about telling a great story. I tell stories with my work.