Interview with Johnny "Victory" Evers
Ring name: Johnny "Victory" Evers
Date of birth: 25-03-1991
Height: 191 cm
Birth place: Uden, The Netherlands
Trained by: Sheik Al-Aziz, Brian Kendrick, Walter
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Thunderbuster (finisher), Running elbow, Big boot, Exploder suplex, Top Rope Crossbody
Thank you so much for your time, we are always delighted to be able to introduce
talents for the „Global Pro Wrestling Talents Tour 2018“
What made you become a pro wrestler?
Seeing WWE on television as a kid and then finding out there were shows in the Netherlands made me very interested in the pro wrestling business. After following a seminar and finding out I did good made me want to train on regular basis and become a pro wrestler.
Do you remember your first training session and who trained you so far?
My first training session was in Eindhoven at a show called HPW. This was a seminar and it was held by the Champion of the organisation Vito Toscani. It was me, a friend of my brother, some rookies and other guys I have known and become friends with since that day.
The training was very basic but back then it was all new and Vito said I did well and should train on regular basis. One of the people attending the seminar told me they train every week in Eindhoven and that's when it all started rolling.
How do you recall your first match? And what was it like to wrestle in front of an
live crowd for the first time?
It was on a training weekend with PWH in Amsterdam. We trained all day Friday and then hardly slept. Then on Saturday I was very tired, felt a bit sick and had a small injury and then Gabriel Anglefyre approached me to tell me I was making my debut that evening against my trainer Sheik Al-Aziz.
I was very nervous and scared but also knew I was ready. So I prepared and got ready and then the show started and I had to run up to the music guy to get me a random song, as I forgot that you needed an entrance theme and I didn't have any.
Then I sat down in the locker room and I remember it was a big struggle to get back up from that because of the nerves. My trainer got me up eventually and we did a small warm up. Then it was match time and the moment I walked through the curtain I didn't feel sick, tired or injured anymore. Also all the nerves were gone.
Everything went super smooth and I realised at the end of the match that is was a good one. So when I walked back into the locker room everyone started clapping and I bursted out in tears and hugged my trainer.
A moment I will never forget!
John, you are like a Duracell Bunny inside the ring. Which other technic Wrestler would you love to fight?
There are a bunch of wrestlers out there that I would love to face in the ring. I don't have one guy in particular in my head but I can name a few:
Jurn Simmons (never faced him in a regular 1 on 1 match on a regular show)
Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhoodheroes?
Yes a have a few. Altough I don't know how much they influenced my in-ring style.
I love Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Triple H. Everytime I watch their matches they look like superstars and are very interesting to watch.
Then you have also guys who can do amazing things and got me hooked the first time I saw them on tv. Guys like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle. They are so creative and have amazing matches with anyone, anyplace, anywhere.
There are probably way more wrestlers out there I love, these are just the ones that come top of mind.
Did you have matches that will always stay a highlight for you?
My first match with Brian Kendrick was special because I found out I was supposed to wrestle him and then the match nearly didn't happen, but then it still did, so that was really cool.
I also did a TV match with Brian Kendrick, so much went wrong, from the second rope breaking, to the tv presenter messing up the match, but working with Brian is always fun.
Then my first match in my hometown was interesting, a four way with Tristan Archer, Joe Legend and Jurn Simmons, where me and Jurn were brawling the shit out of each other.
Of course my debut match was special and I have very fond memories of tons of other matches but I think these are the ones that are special to me.
What do you do when you are not a wrestler?
At the moment I am travelling around the world. Supporting my fiancee with her business while we are travelling around. At the moment we are in Los Angeles and I am training nearly every day at Santino Bros Wrestling Academy.
So I am being a tourist but also train a lot.
Can you tell us an interesting funny or thrilling road story?
There are a few. I think one of the more interesting stories was over in France before I made my debut. I was travelling with my trainer to a show just across the border of Belgium. One or two weeks before we did the same thing and that was a beautiful day. But this time the weather was a bit grey.
We arrived at the place where the show would be, a parking lot of a supermarket. The whole town seemed to show up to this show, with hundreds of people in attendance. The show went well and then after the show it was picture and autograph time. Some of the fans started to try and take off the mask of one of the wrestlers and he pushed the fan away (which was a teenager). They left and came back with some friends/brothers who were definitely older. And every 15 minutes more and more "friends" came to the parking lot, some with knives or other weapons.
The wrestler went into the locker room and the promoter called the cops. The cops didn't show up until 2 hours later, at this point the locker room (a small tent) was surrounded by at least 50 people all wanting to beat up the masked wrestler.
In the meantime someone threw a stone on my car which I didn't like at all, but then again I wasn't going to fight 50 people with weapons at hand.
So the cops show up and we are brought to the police station and they explain that we were in some kind of small community where criminality is kinda second nature, so we could file complaints but then we need to leave our personal details and none of us were willing to do that.
So we wanted to go back home and the cops told us to go as fast a possible across the border as there we would be safe. We did this and at the first McDonald's we all stopped at the parking lot and everyone was so tense, that just stopping and taking a breath was such a relief for everyone as we realised that this day could have went a whole other direction.
When a booker or company from your Country or around the world will book you where can they contact you?
You can hook me up on my social media pages on facebook, twitter or instagram. Or you can send me an email at email@example.com
Thank you ver much for your time, do you have some words for your fans?
I hope you love my work and the passion I put in my matches. Without fans pro wrestling wouldn't be possible so I would love to thank them for their time, effort and passion for pro wrestling!