Ring Name: Krieg
Date of birth: 23/11/81
Birth place: Derbyshire England
Trained by: Mark Sanderson / Andrew Hogg & Marty Jones
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Chokeslam - Finisher, Suicide Dive, Big leg drop, Worlds strongest slam with a swagger bomb.
I would mix things up depending on who I was working.
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- Let me thank you for doing this interview for the "Pro Wrestling Interview Series Tour 2021".
Not a problem at all, actually an honour to be asked.
- When and how did you get into Pro wrestling?
Like most wrestlers, I’ve always been a wrestling fan from childhood. My grandfather first introduced me to wrestling. World of Sport on ITV. I was very young but he’d tell me all about it. Sadly he had passed away many years before I stepped into the ring.
Growing up with the likes of the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan on tv just kept wrestling in my head.
- Do you have any previous experience with martial arts from before you became a wrestler or other sports you did?
I have experience in Jiu Jitsu, with a little boxing and MMA thrown in.
- Can you still recall your first training sessions?
Yes I can. I was used to a good physical warm up and training. Martial arts in the past had also taught me something of how to be thrown and how to fall. However the first time I got the ropes I recall thinking ‘Bloody hell that digs in a bit’ oh and the first real bump. It was a back bump and yes I felt it.
The ring I trained in was ok, pretty small, not the softest nor is it the hardest I’ve bumped in. Believe me my technique quickly developed.
- How do you remember your first match, what was the feedback and what experience did you take from it?
My first match on a show was against Solid John Green. A great guy who I’ve worked with many times over the year. I’d just bought my first pair of wrestling boots. They were great but had a little plastic grip on the sole. Well this didn’t go well with the ring canvas. First lock up and I had to tell my opponent “I’ve got no grip, I’m sliding”
You can see on the video I’m struggling for grip. We made it through the match ok with just one or two sloppy moments.
Straight after the match I went out on the car park to scuff off the soles for more grip. That worked fine to rumble match later that night.
The feedback I got from that match invaluable
- Do you have a ``dream opponent‘ you want to fight above all others?
I’ve had great matches with guys who have gone on to bigger things. If I’m talking about fantasy matches then there’s 2.
1. Undertaker but as American Badass.
2. Jack Jester, I love his work in ICW. I was in the crowd when he had his match with Drew and it ended up on the streets of Sheffield.
- Do you have/ had any Wrestling idols Or Childhood Heroes?
This ones easy. Undertaker - Everything has been said about him already. Watching his feud with Hogan and wanting him to beat the life out of him. Then how he adapted and changed but still kept what made the gimmick special.
- Is there a story behind your Inring Name Krieg?
When I first started I was a bodyguard for David Deville. I was just a bigger guy all in black and sunglasses, yes we pulled the Shawn Michaels Diesel angle. It was a nice way to be in front of a crowd. I remember I had no name, no back story, I was just a body that got up to no good when the ref wasn’t looking.
That first night I was just about to exit the ring and I could hear the commentary guys talking. They were asking who this guy was. One of the guys was asking if I was English and I ignored him, so he asked in french if I was french, I ignored him. When he asked in German I accidentally looked in his direction. So he just went with it saying “Oh so he’s German then”. I just thought why not. No one else was using German as a gimmick around my area. So then finding a name. Big guy, silent aggressive with a vengeful side. Something that sounded tough and nasty. So I googled words in German and eventually tried war. Krieg, yeah that sounds good.
- What are you doing when you are not standing inside the ring?
When I’m not in the ring I’m in the gym. Away from anything wrestling I like motorbikes and Motogp.
Walking and my dogs.
- When a booker or company from your Country or around the world will book you , where can they contact you?
Well now after a serious back injury I’m retired from in ring competition. This was a hard decision and certainly not the way I wanted to leave my career. Not knowing my last match was my last is a bitter pill but what turned out to be the last was a good one and an honour. I was dropping a title to a great friend and awesome worker. Jason Jacobs, 21 stone with an incredible agility for his size. An amazing worker. We pulled off hitting him with a tombstone piledriver.
Now I’m available as a ref, ring announcer or commentary.
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- Thank you very much for your time- I wish you much success at your next events .Thank you for your time! Stay well! Stay safe!And do you have some words for your fans at the end?
Thank you, it’s been my pleasure to talk with you about wrestling and my journey.
Even though I’ll not be choke slamming many people in the future. I’ll leave you with the words Krieg would leave his opponents with.
KRIEG SMASH ! !