Jasmine Hawkes - Pro Wrestling Interview

Ring name: Jasmine Hawkes
Date of birth: March 14th, 2002
Height: 5’11 
Weight: 210 lbs
Birth place: Moncton, New Brunswick
Debut: July 2nd, 2017
Trained by: Titus and Julien Young of the Maritime Wrestling Academy
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Spear, World’s Strongest Slam, Sidewalk Slam
Homepage: Jasmine Hawkes - Professional Wrestler

 

- When and how did you get into Pro wrestling?

- Growing up, I honestly didn’t have much in terms of a father figure seeing as my biological dad was absent for most of my life. With that being said, I spent quite a lot of time with my grandfather who was a huge wrestling fan. In fact, a lot of my childhood home videos have wrestling playing in the background! Even though I didn’t really know what it was, seeing as I was so young, it still interested me. As I grew up, I fell away from wrestling for a short period of time until I discovered a poster advertising an IHW show while out walking with my friend. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to go check it out, so I brought my stepdad to go watch. Just sitting in the crowd, everything felt electric. The vibration of the floor each time something happened in the ring lit a fire in my heart and I knew immediately I wanted to be in that ring no matter what. After much pestering of the previous IHW owner, I soon started training on February 4th, 2017. It was quite a struggle to get into the school because I was so young (I was 14 at the time, just about to turn 15) and I believe the age limit was either 16 or 18 to start training. 

 

 

- Did you family and friends support your decission or were they rather sceptic?

- My family was nervous at first, as most are when their loved one gets involved into a contact sport especially at such a young age. As time progressed, they started to understanding just how much love I have for the wrestling business and made sure I had a great support system backing me. My friends were a little weird about it, though! Of course, my best friends were always very supportive but it was as if some almost grew doubtful. Sometimes I’ll even tell them outright that I wrestle professionally now and they won’t believe me! 

 

- Can you still recall your first training sessions?

- YES. My first training sessions were absolute hell. In wrestling, I find that the physical aspect is often stressed far more than the mental aspect is. Most people don’t recognize that if you look like a professional wrestler but are not mentally strong enough to handle some of the stuff we get thrown at us, you’re going to have a difficult time. Of course, my first few training sessions I was just learning the ropes both metaphorically and literally lol. It was tons and tons of frustration and self-doubt at first, coupled with fear of doing certain moves and routinely slamming the back of my head off the ring accidentally. 

 

 

- And what was it like to wrestle in front of an live crowd for the first time?Were you nervous?

- I was terrified! My very first match was against Kaitlin Diemond and a girl I had trained with, Lilah Dare. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kaitlin to death, but I was 100% terrified that if I messed up in the match, she would kill me. She can be fairly intimidating at times! Even now, though, I still get very nervous before my matches. It’s definitely the main thing that drives me to do what I do! Every match feels like I’m facing my fears. Unfortunately, the crowd wasn’t super great so they weren’t at all responsive and that just doubled my pre-existing awkwardness in the ring, but I survived regardless lol.


-  Do you have a ‚dream opponent‘ you want to fight above all others?

-  Oh, I have so many dream opponents! Truthfully, I would love to wrestle Jessicka Havok or even Scotty O’Shea from Smash Wrestling. I’m sure there are others, but those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

 

- Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhoodheroes?

- When I was a kid, I was super invested in the Undertaker’s character. Just the way he presented himself was astonishing to me. Of course, I also adored Chyna and Awesome Kong. Funny enough, though, I think the people I actually looked up to the most were a few deathmatch guys. I absolutely loved watching Danny Havoc, Nick Mondo and Jon Moxley. Just something about the sheer unfiltered violence that was involved in some of their matches absolutely amazed me.  


- Wrestling Fans loves funny or thrilling road stories. Do you have one for us you can share?

- At the risk of making myself sound like an absolute monster, I’ll tell this one because it’s one of my least controversial stories lol. So I was working a bar show and somehow, we were out a referee. This absolutely random guy with no previous training is put into the referee role which, as most know, isn’t a position for just anyone. I go over the finish of my match with this guy a three to four times, and each time he confirms that he knows that’s the finish. Sure enough, we get out there and Lilah and I go through the match while trying not to slip on this sketchy tarp canvas. We get to the finish, I’m pinning her while my feet are on the ropes. The referee gets absolutely furious at me for my feet being on the ropes even though I SPECIFICALLY told him not to realize they were there. Keep in mind, at this time I was fairly new (still am) and had no idea how to recover from the referee fucking up my match. And so I sat there with Lilah under me, both of us trying to discreetly tell this new referee to count. At some point, I started to grow so infuriated with this man that I screamed at him to count the pin. He did. Of course, I was heel so it was quite genuinely my job to be a dick so I decided to shove him after I stood up and scream about how he didn’t know how to do his job. 
I get backstage, I’m destroyed. I’m not really at a point mentally where I’m okay with bad matches. The man runs up to apologize and I’m very open and polite, from what I can remember. Despite this, he was soon told to get the fuck out of the locker-room and disappeared in tears, apparently. 
Later a friend pulled me aside and told my that, apparently, this man “really wanted to ref” my friend’s match but was too intimidated by me. Can you imagine being a grown man afraid of a 16-year-old girl? Hilarious.

 

 

- When a booker or company from your Country or arround the world will book you where can they contact you?

- You can reach me on my Facebook page “ Jasmine Hawkes - Professional Wrestler” or from my business email: booking.jasminehawkes@gmail.com 

 

- Thank you ver much for your time, do you have some words for your fans?

-For my fans... hm. I’ll give some quick life advice that I’ve learned during my short time in wrestling. Never let your weaknesses overcome you and don’t let anyone think they can take advantage of you, whether it be physically or mentally. You are more than you perceive. Act as such. Much love. 🖤