Dani Luna - Interview - I would have Dean Malenko in my Fatal Four Way
Ring name: Dani Luna
Date of birth: 02/03/1999
Birth place: Camden, London
Debut: December 2016
Trained by: ‘The Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman, Danny Jones, and Mark Andrews
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Deadlift stalling suplex, Bicycle kick, White Noise
Thank you Dani Luna so much for your time, we are always delighted to be able to introduce talents for the „Pro Wrestling Global Talents Tour 2018“
When and why did you decide that you wanted to be a wrestler yourself?
I started watching wrestling when I was about 10 years old. My older brother had been a lifelong fan so it had always been on the TV during my childhood. Living in the UK in times before proper streaming services, this meant staying up until 4AM to watch a Pay-Per-View and having to be up for school that same morning. Growing up an avid fan meant a lot of sleepless nights and tired Mondays!
Dani, do you remember your first training session and who trained you so far?
My very first training session was in the summer of 2015, in a small unit on an Industrial Estate in Gloucester. It was the closest one to my home at the time and I assumed all wrestling schools were of the same quality (This is not true). There really is nothing quite like wrestling training and it is never what you expect it to be like. I remember waking up the next morning and not being able to lift my head off of the pillow, I was aching so much!
At the beginning of my career I was trained by lots of slightly more experienced trainees, although Justin Sysum did train me for a period during my first year. I owe a lot of my initial skills and knowledge of the business to him.
In 2017 I made the move to Dragon Pro Wrestling in Cardiff, South Wales. I believe that it is there I really found my home and was able to build up my confidence and flourish into the wrestler and woman that I am today. I have to thank ‘The Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman, Danny Jones, Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster for the hours of training and encouragement I have received and continue to receive at Dragon Pro.
How do you recall your first match? And what was it like to wrestle in front of a live crowd for the first time?
My first match took place in Gloucester, in a Secondary School’s theatre in December 2016. I wrestled Lana Austin in front of a crowd of about 30 people. As far as first matches go, I was extremely happy with the result. Most people are embarrassed to ever watch back their debut match, but this one hold a special place in my heart. Wrestling in front of a live crowd truly is one of the most unique experiences ever; the rush of adrenaline you get when an audience cheer or boo you is really irreplaceable.
Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhood heroes?
My favourite wrestler to watch is Dean Malenko. I have always been infatuated by the style he wrestled, and how he could have technical classics with main event guys, or open the show going toe to toe with cruiserweights such as Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. I am constantly watching and re-watching his matches studying elements of his work that I could incorporate into my own matches. Some people just have such a natural athleticism and smoothness to their work that simply cannot be taught.
Did you have matches that will always stay a highlight for you?
One of my favourite matches was working alongside Sierra Loxton, as one of my closest friends she is one of my favourite people to wrestle, as you can always hit your friends harder than you can a stranger!
I also recently got to work alongside Sid Oakley against ‘The Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman and Flash Morgan Webster in a tag team match. Working against my two trainers alongside my best friend was an invaluable learning experience, and a big check on my bucket list.
Dani, what can you tell us about SID OAKLEY?
Sid Oakley is my tag team partner and ‘wrestling husband’ as I like to refer to him! We came up in the wrestling world together and have found ourselves at a point where we work best together. Taking inspiration from pop culture, I like to think of our gimmick as a modern day Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love or Sid Vicious/Nancy Spungen. A toxic couple that can’t live with, or without each other. Sid himself is a fantastic athlete that I look up to as a wrestler too.
Let´s say you can pick any 3 opponents (male and female) for a Fatal Four Way Match who would that is and why?
I’m guessing this can mean anyone of anytime, so here comes a dream match!
I would have to have Dean Malenko in my Fatal Four Way, as my favourite wrestler it would be a pleasure to work with him. I would also have Meiko Satomura in there, I personally think she is the best women’s wrestler since Manami Toyota and it is one of my goals to step into the ring with her. My last pick for a Fatal Four Way would be Razor Ramon, another one of my favourites! I think his charisma and talent in the ring would mix perfectly with the battling styles of all others involved.
What a random match eh?
Can you tell us an interesting funny or thrilling road story?
My most bizarre road story comes from November 2017 while wrestling for PCW in Preston. I’d travelled 5 hours to the show, worked twice, and stopped for food on the drive home only to be held hostage by a drunken stranger in a Fish and Chips shop! It took about 30 minutes of me and the employees reasoning with him before he unlocked the door and let us leave. Still got my food though haha.
When a booker or company from your Country or around the world will book you where can they contact you?
I can be found on twitter and Instagram @Daniluna_pro
For booking enquiries I can be emailed at Oakleyandluna@gmail.com
Is there anything else you would like to let the World Wrestling Fans and your fans know?
I would just like to note how important it is to support your local wrestling companies. It’s people like me who get their start on these small shows, but some of those shows have the most dedicated fans in the world! It’s for people like those, who come to shows, who buy your merch, who tweet about you; it’s those people that help us succeed in making a living off of doing what we love. And I cannot thank everyone enough for that! Onwards and Upwards!