Ring name: AC Mack
Date of birth: September 27, 1992
Birth place: In the “SWATs of Atlanta, GA,” USA
Debut: June 2, 2016
Trained by: AR FOX
Finishers/ Signature Moves:
Mack 10 (Cross-Armed Pedigree)
Top Shelf (Standing Meteora)
927 (Snap Flatliner)
Dance-Under, Tornado DDT
When and why did you decide that you wanted to be a wrestler yourself?
It was the night of WrestleMania 22 in 2006. I had always been a fan of wrestling & other forms of combat for as long as I could remember, but it was this night where I would consciously make the decision to pursue my dream of professional wrestling. A friend of mine was hosting the PPV at his place & another one of my friends joined. The three of us were all there hours before the show started and were bored out of our minds! We decided to go to the park in the subdivision & we acted out our own wrestling show inside of the jungle gym. We pretended to be our favorite wrestlers. Over time, the more noise we made, the more people from the subdivision would come out see what we were doing. At one point, we got up to about 30 spectators who were cheering us on and were enjoying what we were doing. Soon, it came time for the PPV to start, and I remember just not wanting to stop what we were doing. The feeling of performing in front of them, that energy & their response all played a role in me wanting to become a professional wrestler.
Do you remember your first training session and who trained you so far?
Yes, I remember my first training session. I joined the WWA4 on February 8th, 2016, the very same night Daniel Bryan retired from in-ring action. AR Fox was, and still is, my trainer. Since then, I’ve done seminars and have learned from people like DJ Hyde, Jimmy Rave. Cody Rhodes and Sami Callihan.
How do you recall your first match? And what was it like to wrestle in front of an live crowd for the first time?
I debuted at the WWA4, as we put on free shows every Thursday night. I was so nervous because I was put in the main event on my 1st night. I was in a tag team with David Ali, somebody who started training on the same night I did, & we competed against Kevin Zander and Austin Theory, a student from WWA4 as well who is now signed to EVOLVE. So many things were going through my mind in that match, but once that bell ring, all the nervousness went away. It was like the fans were fueling my adrenaline. The match ended up being very good and can be found on Youtube as well. It’s a moment that I will cherish forever.
You are more time Champion, how does it feel for the first time being a Champion for yourself?
The very 1st time I won a championship was in the WWA4 as their Tag Team Champion with my partner, David Ali. It felt extremely liberating knowing that Fox and the rest of management trusted me & Ali to carry the tag team division. It was a symbol of hard work paying off and the transition of becoming one of the role models for the rest of the locker room. David & I went on to hold tag team championships on 2 occasions before disbanding in April of 2017.
Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhood heroes?
Yes, as far as in-ring styles, I would say it’s a blend between the agility of Randy Orton and the striker mentality of Brian Kendrick. A childhood hero of mine is The Rock, and he’s definitely one of the biggest influences on my current gimmick. His charisma and ability to move the crowd with the power of his voice was something I wanted to emulate and offer to the wrestling fans as well. I would watch him give a promo & just really hone in on how the people were reacting to him. I wanted to have that same power and skill as well.
Did you have matches that will always stay a highlight for you?
Ohhhhhh yess!! I have quite a few matches that will remain a highlight for me and I’m so grateful and appreciative that I have so many this early in my career. Any match I’ve ever had with the likes of Austin Theory and Alan Angels are special one’s for me. Also my FIP debut against the tag team Roscoe Eats Lisa, and my Style Battle Fray debut where I lasted to the final 4. Some other one’s that come to mind are my singles matches with “The Gladiator” Jeremiah & Kyle Matthews and most recently, my Last Man Standing Match with David Ali.
Let´s say you can pick any 3 opponents (male and female) for an Fatal Four Way Match who would that be and why?
Oh wow, ok. You damn near stumped me here. I’ll assume they could be from any promotion as well. First, I’m choosing, from the indies, I’d say probably Shane Strickland. Strickland is probably my favorite wrestler on the indies right now and I see a lot of myself in him. I like his character and most importantly, how he interacts with the fans. I’d want him in this match because I feel he can bring a lot out of myself as our styles are very similar, only his is on a whole ‘nother level. My 2nd pick would be my favorite wrestler to watch in the WWE right now – Bray Wyatt. Wyatt might not be pushed appropriately on television, but I feel like his character is the most interesting thing on WWE programing right now. I love dissecting his promos and I think the eerie blend of creepiness & urban mannerisms that he possesses is a breath of fresh air as I don’t think it’s ever been done before. I think his gimmick would work well with mine as it is the complete opposite of me. The duality between us, I feel, would make for great opportunity for a beautiful story to be told in the ring. My last pick is actually a female & she’s one of my favorite female wrestlers of all time – Asuka!! Asuka is so dominant. I’m almost praying for her to be moved to the male division if that could ever be possible! I think it’d be interesting to see. Those are my 3 picks. I know it’s a bit unorthodox & random, but I’m confident that match’d be great!!
Can you tell us an interesting funny or thrilling road story?
I do have a thrilling story, but it involves a bit of personal information that includes a very bad run-in with the law. I would prefer to keep that private. I won’t go into much detail, but just know I feared for my life that evening & I appreciate every day now more than ever. I almost didn’t make it.
When a booker or company from your Country or around the world will book you where can they contact you?
I’m open to any & all bookings. You can contact at email@example.com or you can look me up on Facebook (Amen-Ra Mackey) and we discuss there. Whichever way is easier for the booker.
Is there anything else you would like to let the World Wrestling Fans and your fans know?
Well, for starters, I’d like to thank you guys for having me. This will be my 1st type of exposure in Germany and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes about from it. I’m just now really getting into the swing of things in my career and I’m so excited for what’s next. One thing I’d like to note is that I’m not just here for myself. I’m here for the youth, especially the African-American youth, who feel insecure about their dreams. Growing up, it wasn’t easy to say you wanted to become a professional wrestler, & I want to show them, through chasing my own dream, that they should chase theirs as well, no matter what!