Sofia Castillo Interview
Ring name: Sofía Castillo
Date of birth: December 28th, 1998
Birth place: San José, Costa Rica
Debut: August 6th, 2017
Finishers/ Signature Moves: Spinning Heel Kick, Yakuza Split Kick, Split Code Red.
Homepage: Sofia Castillo Pro Wrestler
- Thank you so much for your time, we are always delighted to be able to introduce
talents for the "Pro Wrestling Interview Series Tour 2020".
- When and how did you get into Pro wrestling?
My fascination with it began as a little kid, like most of the people around this business, but the motivation to be someone that could serve as a role model to younger kids and follow a passion despite all of the negative opinions surrounding me, specially by people that were close to me, was definitely what gave me that push to go after it.
- Did you family and friends support your decission or were they rather sceptic?
At first they were most definitely against it, and they made sure to voice their opinions until I had all of their speeches memorized. My dad was the first one to encourage me to follow my gut and shortly after that (after some convincing) my mom hopped on board with it. However, they were the only two people showing me their support. We had to hide the fact that I began training for a year before we could tell the rest of the family. We certainly had to learn to maneuver around it.
- Can you still recall your first training sessions?
I certainly do. The feeling of the mat underneath me, the bounce of the ring, the sound of the body as it slammed against the canvas with each bump. The adrenaline, the bruises, the stress, the emotion, the overwhelming anxiety, the gratefulness I felt just being there, the pain, the joy, the doubt, the perseverance, and most importantly, the passion. I felt happy. I felt like I was where I was supposed to be. Like I was playing the part in the play I’d always dream of portraying.
- And what was it like to wrestle in front of an live crowd for the first time?Were you nervous?
I was a nervous wreck. It was in Florida, about 95 degrees, and we had to change and wait to come out in the back of a comercial truck. It was hot, sticky, dense, and it felt like the oxygen wasn’t available for us there. I was so stressed, I felt woozy. It’s funny, because I have been a performer for literally more than half my life, and even though I always feel a little nervous before coming out on stage or whatever platform is being used, I has never experienced this level of distress before. Once I came out I understood that it had to do with the achievement of a dream, and since then I’ve learned to control those emotions and save them for the match itself.
- Do you have a ‚dream opponent‘ you want to fight above all others?
I used to always say Becky Lynch when I was asked this question. But now that she’s going to be a mom and she’s going to be out for some time, I can only wish her the best and hope to face somebody as good as her in the future. Girls like Charlotte, Io, or even some of the guys. I love to wrestle men as well because it gives it a different dynamic to the match. And it’s always fun to explore new avenues to tell a story in the ring.
- Do you have Pro Wrestling idols, maybe people who have influenced your in-ring style? Or Childhoodheroes?
I’d be lying if I said that John Cena wasn’t the one who first attracted me to this business. From then on I have been able to witness many incredible wrestler‘s form their path, and I tried to learn a little bit about each of them that have shared any advice or their personal experience with me. I have noticed that I incorporate a little bit more of lucha in my style as far as the ring goes, but I also know that I use a lot of my flexibility to put a special variation or a unique touch to certain moves, and even though I’m not sure if that’s considered a style, it is definitely something that distinguishes me.
- On Instagram i see you with some championshipbelt, which one is it?
I have been able to hold quite a few titles during my career so far. The first one I was able to hold was the Go Wrestle Championship (where I was the first ever champion), and after that I have held others such as WXW’s Women’s Championship, FXE’s Woman’s Title, among others.
- Wrestling Fans loves funny or thrilling road stories. Do you have one for us you can share?
One time I went with three of my friends to Alabama for a show. It was supposed to be a seven hour car ride. We were riding my friend Kaci’s car, and four hours into the trip, her car broke down. Smoke started coming out of the car and then pieces of her engine started to melt off. We called the promoter who agreed to pick us up at the nearest gas station. We got a lift from the tow truck to the gas station, and three hours later he picked us up. We drove three hours back to the show, only to find out it had been too late and the show was over. We called Kaci’s mom to pick us up in Alabama, and seven hours later when she showed up, there were only three seats available in the back. Since I was the smallest one, I had to lay horizontally on their laps for the ride back to Orlando. It was so uncomfortable that within 30 minutes I took some sleeping pills and knocked out. Seven hours later I woke up when we were at her place. It was one of the most terrifyingly amusing experiences I’ve been through. I wouldn’t want to experience it again though.
- When a booker or company from your Country or arround the world will book you where can they contact you?
They can reach me in three places:
Facebook Messenger: Sofia Ramirez Castillo
Instagram DM: sofi_ramirezcastillo39
My personal website: Sofia Castillo Pro Wrestler (I have a “Contact Me” box at the bottom of the page.)
- Thank you ver much for your time, do you have some words for your fans?
Thank you! I actually have a few. These are some lessons I’ve picked up along the way and I hope they help get you where you need to be:
Be fierce and unapologetic. Be authentic and outspoken. Don’t let outside opinions affect or influence your own.
Everything happens for a reason.
Just like history, lessons will repeat themselves until you learn them. Pay attention, learn from your first mistake to get ahead of the game.
Everything in life, both good and bad, will pass.
Chase your definition of happiness, you will be the one living with the consequences, so don’t let yourself get distracted by other’s perception of what happiness should be.
Seek adventures, they are the best teachers.
Welcome change, don’t be afraid of it, you won’t grow if you’re stationary, you need to be made uncomfortable to grow into what will be confortable and yours. It defines your identity, it defines you.
Always follow your gut, it’s usually right.
Just be, and let people be. Many people will try to voice their negative opinions about you. Just turn the other cheek. Remember: don’t ask, don’t say. You shouldn’t really care. Mind your own business, you’re the one that will make things happen.
Be kind to one another, you never know which shoes they’re walking on. Be empathetic, don’t judge their story, try to be on the same page.
Where you want to be may not be where you
need to be. Trust the process.
Thank you ️