Emily Hayden - Interview - The Best, The Beautiful, The Only!
Ring name: Emily Hayden
Date of birth: 02/12/1993
Weight: 140 pounds
Birth place: Scotland
Debut: May 2014
Trained by: TJ Rage & Kid Fite
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Oathkeeper & Oblivion (Firemans Carry Slam followed into a Standing Frog Splash)
Skull Noise (Cutter)
Ever After (Lifted Flatliner)
Homepage: Facebook: Emily Hayden
- Thank you so much for your time, we are always delighted to be able to introduce
talents for the "Pro Wrestling Interview Series Tour 2019".
Thanks for having me!
- When and how did you get into Pro wrestling?
I don't ever remember a time where I wasn't watching wrestling. I started watching wrestling at the age of four. andd grew up watching WWF at a really young age with my Dad and my older brother. I was always a bit of a tomboy growing up fortunately for my dad and brother! One of my biggest memories of watching wrestling was watching Chris Jericho debut on RAW and having his back and forth with The Rock which was one of the moments that properly hooked me into the whole entertainment aspect of the sport. The first time that I saw Lita with The Hardyz in Team Xtreme and when she hit a top rope moonsault, I remember thinking, “Girls can do this too?” after seeing that. From then on I rarely missed a show.
- Did you family and friends support your decission or were they rather sceptic?
I was very fortunate (and still am) where my family and friends have been supportive of my choice to venture into giving wrestling a try. Whenever there's a local show, you can always count on Team Hayden being there! In particular, I have to say my biggest supporters are my dad, of course. I mean, he was the one who got me into watching it in the first place haha! My mum is a big supporter too along with my older brother, I get to be the cool wee sister that batters people!
Massive shoutout to my step mum here. She actually dislikes wrestling but because of how passionate I am about it, she always makes it a point to come along with my dad whenever I'm on a local show nearby. That's love!
- Can you still recall your first training sessions?
Yes, vividly! I started training in September 2012 at the PBW Academy. I went to their school in Airdrie which is ran by head trainer, TJ Rage. I actually watched for my first session as I was too shy to take part. After watching the training session, I was bit by the wrestling bug. I remember TJ walking up to me after the session and asking, "So, is this something you're interested in doing?" I nodded and never looked back. Best decision I have ever made.
When I first started in wrestling, I was extremely shy and had no confidence which didn't help by being the only girl at training when I first started. Honestly, it was intimidating at first but I have to say, there's a massive family mentality at the PBW Academy. TJ and the boys were quick to take me under their wing and help build up not only my wrestling skills but my confidence as well. In particular, I wanna mention here the lads, Matt and Krieger. Those lads are like my older brothers, they were always up for helping me practice stuff or for giving me ideas on things to try. Definitely helped my confidence.
- And what was it like to wrestle in front of an live crowd for the first time?Were you nervous?
Extremely! The first time that I wrestled in front of a live crowd was at the second PBW Academy Attacks show which is a training show in front of your friends and family to give you experience in front of a crowd. That didn't help my nerves in the slightest! I still to this day get nervous before a match. TJ always says to me that it means that I care. I must care a hellova lot then!
- Do you have a ‚dream opponent‘ you want to fight above all others?
My dream would be to wrestle Victoria as she was quite possibly my favourite growing up, Meiko Satomura or Io Shirai.
- Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhoodheroes?
Growing up, I always loved watching Chris Jericho, Eddie and Chavo Guerrero, Edge, Lita, Trish Stratus and Victoria. They were my favourites as a kid.
In terms of in-ring style I would say, Jordynne Grace, Tessa Blanchard, Bray Wyatt and Jessika Havoc at the moment.
- Wrestling Fans loves funny or thrilling road stories. Do you have one for us you can share?
Oh I have a few! First one would have to be when myself and another PBW trainee/friend of mine, Ewan and I were doing flyers and posters for an upcoming PBW show a couple of years ago. Ewan had only started training and we had only spoken a few times at this point. So, we were driving home and it was pitch black at this point. I always joke to Ewan that whenever I tell this story I'm gonna pretend that there was an eery silence in the car (there wasn't) but we were making silly wee bits of small talk since we hardly knew each other. Next thing you know, BANG! Two of us jump. The car window had been attacked by an egg! Turns out a couple of kids were hiding in the bushes near the road and were egging cars that were going past. We were both confused then Ewan was mad then suddenly we burst into a fit of laughter. And that, ladies and gents, is how Ewan and I became besties. Because of an egg.
Another funny story that I have is, once again, on the drive back from a show. One of my other friends, who is also a PBW trainee, Stone Malone, kept asking for that Rita Ora song "Black Widow" to get played on spotify. Eventually, we all caved and put the song on. I've never seen a lad so happy. Belted out the song and clapping full force. I actually have the video on my social media (think it's my Instagram) if anyone actually wants to see that. Also, go check out Stone's twitter (StoneMalonePBW), greatest video in the world exists. That boy does a full entrance with no crowd and it's amazing. Honestly, just go onto his twitter if anybody wants to see the hilarity that is Stone Malone!
Lastly, my other top story has to include the time that I broke my good friend, Chris Saynt, during a match. We were tagging on a show and at one point my opponent made a joke about me being unable to tell the difference from the place we were in from another area. I turned to Saynt, face deadpan as can be and said, "It's not my fault that I'm dyslexic." He thought that was bad? He wasn't ready for the next thing that I had planned. I then started to kick my leg up into the air, yelling, "HWWWAAAAAA!" and "HIIIIIIIIIYAAAAAAAAA!" like a deranged Power Ranger. The conversation then went as follows,
Chris, "What you doing? tries not to laugh"
Me, "I'm doing Karate!"
Me, "I know allllllll the kicks!"
Chris, "No you don't. You don't know Karate."
Me, "I went to a few classes."
Chris, "No you didn't."
Me, "Okay, maybe one."
Me, "Alright, I watched the Karate Kid. Same thing!"
Chris, "....*bursts into fit of laughter, proceeds to jump off apron to try and get his bearings*".
I have many, many more but I'll save those for another day.
- When a booker or company from your Country or arround the world will book you where can they contact you?
They can contact me through my Facebook which is Emily Hayden, Twitter which is EmilyHayden_UK or they can email me at email@example.com
- Thank you ver much for your time, do you have some words for your fans?
Erm, hi! Thanks for supporting this weirdo! Much love from The Best, The Beautiful, The Only! I'm away to play Kingdom Hearts 3!