Anna May - Pro Wrestling Interview
Ring Name: Anna May
Date of birth: 01-20-1994
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Trained by: Arizona Pro Wrestling Training Center
Finishers/Signature Moves: Roundhouse Kick/DDT
Homepage: (Facebook,Instagram, Twitter,Website) Facebook: Anna May
Instagram & Twitter: @annamay_94
- When and how did you get into Pro wrestling?
I always grew up watching professional wrestling on and off but it wasn't until I was in the 3rd grade that I decided that it was something that I genuinely wanted to dedicate my life to and pursue. Something inside of my little brain clicked and I knew that wrestling was something that was going to change my life forever. I became obsessed with wrestling and with the idea of becoming a professional wrestler. I remember telling classmates that I was going to be the a WWE Diva and that they'd see me on tv in a ring one day. I've made small strides and steps in wrestling but my ultimate goals have not been accomplished. I still have so much of the world to see and so many people I'd love to meet and wrestle for!
- When you start in wrestling did you family and friends support your decission or were they rather sceptic?
All of my family and friends were supportive of my decision to be a professional wrestler. My sister had initially wanted to be a tag team with me all throughout our childhood but actually tried training and realized that it was much more physically demanding than she had anticipated it being and opted out of it being her true passion. My dad never played sports and never really watched sports but was not surprised when I finally told him I wanted to pursue being a wrestler and was supportive of it and always has been. And my friends just think it's plain awesome and support me 100% so I couldn't ask for a better bunch of personal cheerleaders.
- Can you still recall your first training sessions?
My first training sessions were actually in a guy's wrestling ring in the back of his house in the middle of an Arizona summer in 2014. There were no accredited training schools in Arizona at the time and I trained in a dusty backyard in 110 degree weather for a few months before some personal issues caused me not to be able to train. By the time that I picked training back up again in 2018, there were actual indoor facilities to train in thankfully!
- And what was it like to wrestle in front of an live crowd for the first time? Were you nervous?
I was put out incredibly early, as many female wrestlers are, so I felt very uncomfortable and you could physically see it in my body language, mannerisms, and on my face. I was also put in the main event of the show and felt very pressured to do well with little wrestling experience. I remember being so anxious and just wanting it to be over with. After my match, one of my trainers actually told me that in almost 20 years of wrestling, he'd never seen anybody as nervous as I was to wrestle that night. Years later, I still get nervous and any wrestler who says that they don't get nervous is lying to you or in my opinion, probably stopped caring about wrestling a long time ago. Being in front of a live crowd is always nerve-racking!
- Do you have a "dream opponent" you want to fight above all others?
I wouldn't say that I necessarily have a dream opponent, no. There are a multitude of wonderful wrestlers worldwide and I would like the opportunity to safely wrestle as many of them as possible. There are a variety of wrestling styles and techniques worldwide that I would love to grapple with!
- Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhoodheroes?
Growing up, I watched mostly WWE so they had their Raw and SmackDown women's divisions. On the Raw side, I idolized Trish Stratus. She was my definite idol growing up and I wanted to be just like her. When I started training, I actually learned most of Trish's moveset because I guess I'm still a bit low-key obsessed with her. My finisher is also her finisher so the Trish influence runs pretty deep. On the SmackDown side, Torrie Wilson was someone that even now as an adult I look up to. She's always held her own and has been a genuine and positive person both personally and professionally. I don't think I've ever talked to somebody who has watched wrestling and didn't like Torrie. She's been a blessing to the wrestling world.
- Wrestling Fans loves funny or thrilling road stories. Do you have one for us you can share?
I'm not too exciting to have on the road quite honestly. In my personal life, I drive a mini van and I drive like a grandma. On road trips, I bring a blanket, snacks and drinks for everyone and I use the bathroom lots. Pretty much any road trip that you need a safe driver to get you from point A to point B, as long as I have Google maps, I can get you there. (My sense of direction is terrible so I need navigation systems or I get lost.) I have to make a restroom stop literally like every hour and I like to be warm, full and caffinated but besides that I'm pretty low maintenance and try to sleep lots.
- When a booker or company from your Country or around the world will book you , where can they contact you?
You can contact me via my Facebook Anna May or direct message me on my Instagram @annamay_94.
- Thank you very much for your time, do you have some words for your fans?
Please feel free to contact me and come up to me and talk to me whenever you see me! I do my best to always take pictures and sign autographs and love to interact with people who love wrestling. My goal in wrestling has always been to make people fall in love with wrestling as much as I've fallen in love with it from the people before me so it's the least that I can do. Thank you so much for having me!