Shark Boy, Wrestler: 6th July 2003
Just when you thought it was safe to visit Media Man
Australia, on the world wide web, Greg Tingle interviews
pro wrestling sensation, Shark Boy.
I'm from 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea originally,
but now I spend most of my time wrestling on land
all over the world.
did you get your "break"?
first big break came when Chris
Kanyon discovered me at a wrestling show and hooked
me up with a WCW contract.
I was originally trained by Les Thatcher in Cincinnati
and later at the WCW Power Plant in Atlanta under
Orndorff and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker.
and why did you come up with your character name?
original name was "El Piranha", which was
a character inspired by the Toadies song "I Come
from the Water" and the lucha libre influence
that was featured on WCW Monday Nitro at the time.
However, when I went to work for Ian
Rotten's IWA Mid-South, he wasn't too fond
of the name so we changed it to "Shark Boy".
your real name?
can just call me Shark Boy for now.
do your describe your style?
combination of solid mat wrestling mixed with high-risk
aerial tactics and plenty of biting people on the
DSD (Dead Sea Drop), more commonly known as Diamonddust.
have been the highlights of your career?
many to name, but plenty of them are listed on my
are the most serious injuries you have had?
on wood, no super serious injuries, but I did get
a pretty scary concussion once.
media exposure have you received?
wrestling on pay-per-view and cable TV, I've been
featured on MTV,
Discovery Channel, and various other forms of
TV and print media.
life on the road like?
trip is different. Rarely a dull moment.
are some funny stories from the road or the locker
truly funny stories aren't printable in order to protect
the not so innocent.
you surf? : ) I just had to ask that - I live at Maroubra
Beach, and there have been shark sightings over the
surfed, but I do enjoy swimming and fishing.
is the largest and smallest crowd you have ever performed
would have been between 10-15 thousand at a WWE
or WCW show. Smallest was 9 at a bar in Dayton, OH.
WWE owner, Vince McMahon like the idea of your teaming
up or feuding against The Hurricane?
he did, I'd probably already have been hired.
did you get your awesome marketing off the ground?
shirts, masks etc) I've developed a pretty keen business
sense over the years. It's just something I do to
supplement my wrestling income and help put my little
fish through college someday.
promotions have you worked for?
WWA, XPW, and countless
independent companies in the US and England.
parts of the US / the world have you travelled?
All over the US and Europe. I've wrestled in England,
Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, and I'll debut in
have been your influences?
I first started learning the ropes, I watched a lot
of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels tapes. I've been influenced
by plenty of wrestlers over the years.
it's safe... Think again! Shark Boy is waiting to
you best promo?
that you cut Any of the recent skits involving myself
and New Jack. They've been too much fun.
What's the biggest misconception
in pro wrestling?
it doesn't hurt.
else should your Australian fans, and indeed fans
around the world, know about you?
couldn't do this without them. I'd just like to say
thanks for following the fin! Hope to make my Australian
note: Shark Boy is going somewhere, and it aint under!
A sure thing future superstar in pro wrestling.
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