Interview - Jimmy Rave

Interview: Jimmy Rave, Wrestler: 13th July 2003

Media Man Australia interviews one of wrestlings brightest new stars, Jimmy Rave (James Smith), as we explore the world of pro wrestling.

What's your background?

I grew up in Marietta, GA and went to Sprayberry High School (same school as Buff Bagwell). I played football for two years and amateur wrestled for a year. But my mine focus was baseball. I played baseball since I was 5 years old until the I started training to be a Pro Wrestler. After that point I focused all my attention to this sport.

How, why and when did you get involved in wrestling?

I have always loved wrestling, I've watched it since I can remember. One day, I was 15, I was looking on the internet for wrestling schools. I came across a ref name John Johnson, he introduced me to Murder One. After that I was on the track to making a dream of mine come true.

What did your folks and friends say?

To simply put it everyone thought it was a dumb idea. But this is my life, my career and most of all my decision.

What has been the most memorable experiences of the wrestling business for you?

There have been so many it would take for every to tell you. Wrestling on NWA TNA's PPV has been huge accomplishment for me. I always have fun wrestling in Viking Hall or anywhere in Philly for that matter. It's a great city for wrestling and the fans make you feel welcomed and appreciated. And winning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title was a great experience. In this sport everyday is a memorable experience for me.

Where have your wrestled?

Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, Philly and many more...

What promotions have you wrestled for?

NWA Wildside, NWA Florida, NWA TNA, NWA Main Event, NWA Battlezone, USA Championship Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid South, IPW, NAWA ... just to name a few.

What's a few funny stories from the road or the locker rooms?

Going along with Dan "The Dragon" Wilson's interview, Sal Rinauro is the funniest guy in the world. Jason Cross, Sal, Tank and Myself were coming back from Philly after the CZW "Best of the Best" show. We stop at this Wendy's because Cross keeps whinning about a milk shake. We order it and pull up to the window and no one is in sight. So Sal hides under the drive through window and when the girl finally comes to give us the milk shake .... Sal screams "HEEEEEYYYYYYYYY"!!!! The girl freaks and runs, it was classic.

What injuries have your suffered?

Broken ankle, Broken wrist, dislocated thumb and a concussion.

How do you work out a match?

Depends on who I'm wrestling and where we are at. I love mat wrestling and technical wrestling.

What is the largest and smallest crowd you have performed to?

Smallest I think 15 people and the largest between 1500-2000 at TNA .

What's your finisher?

Northern Lights Bomb or a Spinning Head Scissors to a Crossface submission.

What have been your favorite feuds and why?

Todd Sexton because it was a pure wrestling feud and he's my best friend so we didn't hold back much. I also loved my feud with JC Dazz we did some good stuff. He ran me over with a car, he had a killer ladder match and we just have a chemistry in the ring that I haven't found with anyone else.

What do you do to relax?

Watch wrestling tapes!

What's your motto and promo?

I let my wrestling do the talking!

What else should we know about you?

You can keep up Jimmy Rave on ... Thanks for all your time!


Editors note: There you go. That was Jimmy Rave. You will be hearing more about this bright, young and talented wrestler.


Jimmy Rave official website


NWA Wildside

Ring Of Honor

Combat Zone Wrestling

IPW Hardcore Wrestling

NWA Tribute (Greg Tingle's)

Independent Wrestling (Greg Tingle's)