Five Questions with PWR talent

Black Sheep     “The Black Sheep” Benett Cole

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. I like a lot of music but I find that I train best when I’m angry, so the artists that show up most often on my training playlist are Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, and Life of Agony.

Q. What is your favorite movie, the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. That’s a tough question. I love movies. If I have to pick just one I’m going with Big Fish.

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A. For me it’s all about the emotion, and the one wrestler who has elicited more emotional response from me than any other is hands down Mick Foley. I was at the King of the Ring in Pittsburgh when he faced the Undertaker in Hell in a Cell and it literally changed the course of my life.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. Either would be incredible, but bottom line; anyone who has ever laced up a pair of wrestling boots has dreamed of being in the WWE. If they say they haven’t they’re lying.

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A.
1. Keep your ears open and your mouth shut.
2. No one is too good to help set up and tear down.
3. Never stop learning and trying to improve.
4. If you want to get better, you have to work with people better than you.
5. Don’t work for free.

                         “Omega” Aaron Draven

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. Eminem. He uses a lot of anger in his lyrics. Helps me tap into my anger and get better workouts in.

Q. What is your favorite movie, the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. Just when I think you can’t be any dumber, you ask me this question…and TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF! (lol Dumb and Dumber. Love it. Know pretty much every line of dialog.)

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A. Shawn Michaels (Honorable mention to Bret Hart & Sean Waltman also).

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. WWE. Anyone with the goal of making money wold have the same answer. TNA would be great as far as creative freedom in matches and that stuff. But WWE is where the money is.

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A. Don’t do it! Ha. I always try and make sure everyone knows this business is not easy. And it can kill your love of wresting by being in it. You have to have a goal and a game plan, and be willing to work through political hurdles along the way.

         “The Spotlight” Marcus Knight

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. While Training/Gym Time the artist I listen to most is T.I.

Q. What is your favorite movie, the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. Movie I could never get sick of would be Demolition Man.

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A.Wrestler(s) that inspired me to become a Pro are “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Owen Hart.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A.If given the opportunity I wouldn’t mind either, considering I’ll have the dream matches I wanted with the likes of Kurt Angle, CM Punk, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, etc.

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A. what I would say is this business isn’t easy. People will doubt you along the way but that’s what helped me achieve my goal even more. Always fight, never quit. If your heart and passion is in it you can sore to heights you didn’t know you had.

                Lumberjack LeRoux

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. I listen to many different people…I enjoy bands from the ’70s and ’80s…..but I’m getting into many new or newer to me artists…..I like Kiss, Van Halen, Metallica, Motorhead, Limp Bizkit, but would say I listen to Disturbed while I train these days…

Q. What is your favorite movie,
the one you can watch a million times
and never get bored of?

A. Jaws…I can almost say every-line…Just love it.

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A.That would be Dusty Rhodes…He was the man…His style on the mic…His moves for a big-man…and his look… I enjoyed Dusty due to the fact that he was just a common man…LOL.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. Neither…But the WWE would be my choice if I had the chance…..I don’t like the fact that any wrestling show , IE…Raw/Smackdown etc…is just an ad for the next PPV…And there are too many of them as well…I used to love watching wrestling and aloud my kids to do the same…but not now. The history of the WWE/WWF in my life is some cool memories…I remember turning-on the TV on a Saturday morning in 1983 and watching the Iron Sheik beat Bob Backland in Madison Square Garden. The very next week came the man that changed wrestling. Backland was to come-out, Arnold Scoland came out instead and announced he was too hurt from the week prior and would not be wrestling…Many BOOOOOOOOS filled the stands and the song “the Eye of the Tiger” hit and they all went nuts…including Monsoon. Hulk Hogan came through the curtain…It was a squash of the Sheik….He hit the ring….a few punches, the big-boot and leg drop…then the 1.2.3…WWE changed wrestling…That is my choice…

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A. I would tell everyone to develop themselves into the being they want to become and to strive for that dream…Everyone wants to come through the curtain at Wrestlemania and have 100,000 yelling for you but…I’m a realist…you need to work your ass off for that and exclude everything, including your personal life,  for that type of job…It is what you make of it…if you want to work and can remember to entertain others…then your are a good person…if you can do the moves and you’re are all jacked up with have a great look but zero connection with the people …then forget it…Have an open-mind….Keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut

           “Luscious” Rocky Reynolds

Q. Who is the artist you most listen to when training?

A. I listen to a large range of artists when I train. But if I had to pick the most listened to…, Nirvana. I’m a huge Nirvana and Kurt Cobain fan. I even have a huge tattoo of Kurt on my left leg.

Q. What is your favorite movie,
the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. That’s a wide range of choices too. Usually after I watch a movie so many times, I get bored with it. But as of right now, I have always been a huge fan of Joe Dirt and seem to never get bored with that movie no matter how many times I watch it.

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A. Without a doubt, growing up I was a huge fan of Demolition Ax and Smash. When watching wrestling, I have always admired the characters being played more than the wrestling. Take for example, Dean Malenko and the Ultimate Warrior. Malenko was one of the best technical wrestlers of all time but was boring as hell to watch cause he had charisma. Then take the Ultimate Warrior. He sucked at wrestling. He may have known four moves, that was it! But due to the character, he was a huge star.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. Between the WWE and TNA, definitely WWE. Reason why is because they can adapt with the times. Characters and entertainment are huge there. I think I’d be a better fit there because of that

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring  wrestler?

A. Best advice for wanting to become a wrestler…, get a college education first!!! Reason why is because you need to have a fall-back. There’s no great money to be made in wrestling unless you are a huge star in WWE. Also.., HIT THE GYM!!! There are way too many guys on the indy circuit who look like they came right out of the crowd. To be treated credible and professional you must look credible and professional.

shane     “The Notorious” Shane Taylor

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. My favorite artist to listen to when I’m training or just trying to get amped up is DMX..one of the legendary rappers in the game that doesn’t get the recognition that a Tupac or Biggie has, but better than both in my opinion.

Q. What is your favorite movie,the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. My favorite movie to watch goes back to when I was a kid..it’s called Major Payne w/ Damon Wayans, I’m an ARMY brat so I’ve lived all over the country/world and it just reminds me of growing up with my dad who was a drill seargent in the ARMY.

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A. Two men that have inspired me to wrestle are The Undertaker and Vader…Taker is one of the most agile men ever to compete and continuously embodies changing with the times and evolving your character and performance..and watching Vader matches from japan is a big part of my style and performance..showed that you can just be a strong big guy not a body builder and still have success and dominate this business.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. While I would sign with either company, if I had both contracts sitting in front of me..I’d have to go with the WWE..they have the bigger audience, bigger market..and financially the more secure future..WWE is the goal of every wrestler..even if they wanna be too cool to admit it.

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A. My advice to anyone getting into wrestling..is listen, learn, absorb all you can..and be careful, this is a BUSINESS first and foremost..so don’t take things personal.

thurston       Brandon Thurston

Q. Who is the artist you listen to most while training?

A. John Prine

Q. What is your favorite movie, the one you can watch a million times and never get bored of?

A. Dr. Strangelove

Q. What wrestler inspired you the most to lace up your own boots?

A. As a kid, my favorites were probably the same as everybody’s: Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart. As a teenager, I found out about wrestling from other parts of the world. All Japan in the 90s is probably my favorite era for a promotion, Jim Crockett Promotions in the mid-80s is another great era.

Q. Given the opportunity to work for WWE or TNA, which company would you prefer?

A. WWE is obviously the king. Given my size, TNA might allow me to have more fun if somehow I got there. Being in the WWE even for a short time though would give anybody the name recognition to comeback to the indies as a much bigger star though.

Q. What advice would you give an aspiring wrestler?

A. There are too many wrestlers, but if you absolutely must…You’re probably better to ask somebody who’s made it to the big time or to whatever level you want to make it to. But there are some things I wish somebody had told me when I was 18.Figure out what your ultimate goals are. As far as I can tell the guys who have made it to TV have a special look and/or have made wrestling the number-one priority in their lives. It’s probably impossible to have a family or even be a good significant other if you devote the time to pro wrestling that it requires to move upward. If don’t already have them, don’t have children or significant others.If you want to get beyond the indy promotions in your region, relocate. Don’t settle for the wrestling school that’s closest to you. Research schools and pick one that has a reputation for getting wrestlers to the places where you would like to end up and then move there and devote your life to achieving your goal. If you hope to make it to the WWE or TNA, you should probably go to OVW or the NXT school, or at the very least, a school that has trained guys who have gotten people there. If you aspire to be in ROH, go to the ROH school, etc. Obviously having incredible work outs and dieting like a lumberjack have to become an everyday part of your life. Learn about bulking and cutting.

If you do start wrestling, shoot yourself out of a canon as much as possible. Wrestle in as many different places, states, countries as possible. The hardest part is probably having the intelligence to realize what’s good and bad in your work and whose opinions to trust. When in doubt, trust those who have achieved goals most similar to your own. Study video all the time, both of the greats and yourself. Be very critical of yourself, ask other well-respected/accomplished wrestlers what they think. Always be thinking of ways to better yourself. Watch your peers work too; notice what works and doesn’t work for them. Be prepared for massive disappointments and take them as important lessons on how to improve yourself. Always hesitate to blame others, as tempting as it might be. Blaming others often passes up an opportunity to learn how to improve.