Interview with Viper, 14th April 2016

Credit to Warrior Photography for the photo

When describing “Scotland’s Finest Export” it is tempting to throw around superlatives as like you would confetti at a wedding. Undoubtedly one of the most dominant forces in women’s wrestling, Viper has also shown that she is more than capable of mixing it up with the men as well. As tough and powerful as she is beautiful Viper has every attribute needed to get to the top of the wrestling world and it’s all wrapped up in a tartan clad, arse kicking package.

Fresh from her recent spell in Japan one of our contributors was able to catch up with “The Vixen of Violence” and discuss Japanese culture, Mick Foley and Joe Hendry’s balls amongst other things.

Neil – How long have you been wrestling for?
Viper – Eight years I think it is now.
N – Is that from when you first had a match or from when you started training?
V – Oooh good question, it was 2008 when I debuted so it must have been about 2007 when I started training. It was just over a year till I made my debut.
N – How old were you when you first started training?
V – 15 or 16
N – So where did you learn? Was there somewhere near where you lived?
V – Not really it was closer than most, it was not really that far apart miles wise but it’s like a really awkward place to get to, you had to get a couple buses and when I was 15/16 and didn’t drive it was really awkward.
N – So it took some dedication to get there you couldn’t just get out of bed.
V – No it wasn’t just a walk it was a bus and a train effort
N – That would have been enough to put me off even bothering *laughs*. What inspired you to start wrestling?
V – I always really liked watching it then I was at a local show and my sister was helping out so I thought it was really cool, then a few weeks later one of my friends was talking about the being a training school just down the road from where the show has been and that I should go give it a try. I went to go try it for one day and absolutely fell in love with it.
N – What sort of stuff do you cover on day one of wrestling training?
V – Bumps, strikes and lock ups mainly.
N – And that was enough to make you fall in love with it was it?
V – Yeah I’m a bit strange like that!
N – *Laughs* I couldn’t do it, I have total respect for anyone who does it…
V – You wake up the next day and actually feel like you have been run over, the day after my first season I remember going to get up out of bed and my body was just nope! I had to hold onto the banister going down stairs
N – So you enjoyed watching it to begin with what would that have been WWF at the time? What stuff were you watching?
V – I noticed a lot on Smackdown and Nitro was on as well when the cable changed after cartoon network at night. I think I first found it when I was sick in my bed, I had the flu and couldn’t even get up and Cartoon Network switched to TNT and all of a sudden this amazing show was on, these big dudes and these ladies knocking lumps out of each other and it was the most fantastic thing I had ever seen.
N – Did you have any heroes from when you first started watching it?
V – I absolutely loved the Undertaker, he just the da’. Another was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin he was someone who stuck out as a favourite whether I was appreciating it as a fan or as a wrestler and I still love him now and appreciate him more now as a wrestler.
N – When you started wrestling and had your first match 8 years ago what were you doing through the day? Were you still at school or were you going to college or working?
V – I think I was still in school
N – What was that like then being in school and training?
V – It was a bit weird. My Twitter handle is “That Viper Lassie” because where I’m from everyone knows me as that wee mad wrestling lassie and that’s my name in the town and the surrounding towns. People would talk about me to the point where my sister nearly ended up in a fight.
N – Wow. How big a town were you living in at the time
V – Around 5000 people supposedly but it felt like a goldfish bowl everyone knew everyone else’s business.
N – Were you the only person from your town who travelled like you did to your training?
V – From my town yes but the has been quite a collection of wrestlers who have come from Ayrshire but that’s a really broad term.
N – Grado and Noam Dar are from Ayrshire aren’t they?
V – Uh huh I’m not that far away from Grado. He lives the next town over.
N – I’ve met Grado a few times he seems like a genuinely lovely guy
V – Yes he is there are some people you are happy for their success and he’s one of them.
N – I spoke to Kid Fite recently and we were talking about Grado and he was tellig me how hard he has worked for everything and how he deserves every ounce of credit he gets. I’ve never spoken to anyone who had a bad word to say about him.
V – He’s got a heart of gold really.
N – Had wrestling always been your job or have you worked alongside?
V – I’ve been quite lucky really I’ve always worked alongside wrestling in my family business but I got to a real fortunate stage where I could cut work back to work around wrestling and being a family business wrestling is looked at as a priority if I need to go off on an adventure it’s not really questioned.
N – How do you cope with balancing wrestling and a job? Are you not just tired all the time?
V – You kind of get used to it, you accept you are going to be really tired, getting days off are few and far between but luckily I’ve got a great mother who can see when I’m really tired and needing a break.
N – Yeah, mams are good at that aren’t they. Annoyingly they always seem to know what they are talking about *laughs*. So how much do you wrestle on average?
V – Shortly after TNA Bootcamp, for a year almost solidly it was three times a week which isn’t that much compared to people doing summer camps but it was a lot for me.
N – I don’t know how some of you cope with your schedules. I’m sure I saw somewhere that El Ligero wrestled over 300 matches last year
V – Yeah I dunno how he manages that, fair play to him but I couldn’t manage that.
N – If you are doing a show at the weekend how many hours would you work roughly through the week
V – I don’t really have a number because it’s a family business you just work till it’s all done
N – Fair enough. How often do you train?
V – I try to go to my school at least once a week but when I was wrestling three times a week that didn’t happen because I was really sore and broken and you can’t always afford to give up the extra bumps at training
N – Do you have to make time to go to the gym for other types of training as well?
V – Yeah I go to the gym, I’ve had to take a wee break, coming back from Japan I’ve got few wee bumps and niggles so I have to be cleared by my physio before I can lift again.
N – How many times were you wrestling in Japan?
V – We did one show a week except my last week there I did three in a week but we also had to train three times a week and this really is not like normal training
N – What are they like? I have read Chris Jericho’s book where he talks about the stuff in the dojos being tough.
V – Aye like the way they would train is the way you would perform on a show, but you are not just doing it for 10/15/20 mins, you are doing it for three hours and they expected you to do everything the same way that you would do on a show which I do totally understand it’s like muscle memory, you do it that way now then you are going to do that on the show but oh my god and the girls are so crazy with their bumps they just don’t hold anything back at all.
N – Generally it’s a stiffer style in Japan, did that take some getting used too?
V – Yes and no, I was kinda fortunate, this is going to sound really bad but Scottish girls in particular have a kind of, what’s the word? Not a stigma…
N – A mentality, I know Kay Lee Ray gets put through tables on a fairly regular basis?
V – Not just that but we are kinda of like, when we got to England and the English girls see there are Scottish girls on the card they are a bit like ahhhh Scottish girls but not that we are meaning to be stiff it’s just that we are all taught to make sure everything connects and lands and everything is really making an impact. So already having that drilled into me especially at my school where we are taught to hit like boys and be one of the boys and the lads are taught to hit us just as hard or we would beat them up.
N – Was there many women or girls in your training class when you were learning?
V – There was me and Nikki Storm, we started at the same place around the same time, I think there were two other girls but we never saw that much of them, so mostly lads yeah.
N – So when it came to training or practicing moves did you end up paired up with the lads sometimes?
V – Oh yeah, that wasn’t unheard of to be training just one of the girls with the rest of the lads, it wasn’t an issue, it didn’t ever feel weird or anything like that it just wasn’t made a deal of.
N – I’ve seen Kay Lee Ray wrestle at a show for Tidal in Newcastle, where I am, she was in an intergender match and it was just like any other match on the show. So if it was mostly lads in your training does that mean most of your training matches you would be having would be intergender?
V – Yeah.
N – So do you ever wrestle intergender matches in your bookings?
V – Not really but I’ve done a few intergender, especially you got used to do all your intergender in training. On actual shows I’ve wrestled T Bone. It’s not quite intergender but I had some fun matches with Martina Kirby as well *laughs*.
N – Where would you have wrestled them? Was it down in Manchester?
V – Yeah, I’ve wrestled T Bone twice and once was for Preston City Wrestling and the other was Hope. Hope was actually the first time we wrestled each other then Preston.
N – Did you win or lose? Do you remember?
V – I’m fairly certain I lost both times.
N – Boo, that’s no good. So how did you end up in Japan? How did you hear that they were looking to book people? How did the opportunity come up?
V – I was actually on holiday with my family in Malaga. We were all sitting around the table talking about my wrestling career because we had seen family we hadn’t seen in years and they were asking me how it was going and I was like really really good and just like that I got a Facebook message from one of their English journalists asking if I wanted to come over and work for them. They had been looking to get me to come over and wondered if I was interested so I said yes.

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N – When you went over was it you and Kay Lee Ray originally? I know she went over and had to come back because of a family emergency. When you went over were you with her a lot because you had known each other?
V – We decided to travel together and we decided to live together in the one apartment. It wasn’t an us versus them thing it’s just…
N – That you were just more familiar with her?
V – Aye and it was a lot easier for me because I’m a real big home body. To be honest, if I didn’t think that Kay Lee was coming, I can’t say 100% if I would have went or not.
N – So did it make, was it, with Kay Lee coming back over did it make anything difficult for you?
V – Yeah it made it really really hard like there had been nights I was on Skype to my fiancé and my mam and dad crying saying I wanted to come home because that’s straight up how hard it is over there. You don’t take into account just how different everything is and how hard the training is and how crap you feel when you are missing everybody.
N – What’s the time difference with Japan? Did that make it difficult?
V – It would mostly be when you are going to bed they are getting up, so it’s like a nine hour difference it’s not too bad. It was bad as well, depending on if you would notice it or not you don’t have to speak the same language as people to know they are talking about you. It was really, I was very different to everyone, I am a literal giant compared to all the other girls and they made me very aware of it. I was kind of, I am not self-conscious about my look for a very long time but they made me feel ridiculed but at the end of the day I had to suck it up because that’s what got me there in the first place, that’s what was getting me championship matches because I was different and I had such a different style compared to anybody.
N – So by the time you had left Japan did you feel you had got over that?
V – Yeah, really absolutely I totally did, it kind of all came to a head and I thought no I’m here for a reason
N – They had flown you around the world to be there…
V – Yeah so I was like fuck you bitches I’m going to beat the crap out of all of you in a wrestling ring and that’s what I went on to do.
N – So what’s Japan like in comparison to Scotland, I know you have said there is no green in Japan, is there anything else that’s massively different?
V – Everybody is like really, I am glad I went because it made me a better wrestler and a better person and it’s kind of sad, it’s an amazing place to visit but not to live.
N – How so?
V – There’s no such thing as violence or crime, it just doesn’t exist erm which was lovely when you had to walk home from a train station at 12 at night you just never felt threatened or like you were in any sort of danger which was great. Everything was so lovely and clean and neat and tidy but there was a distinct lack of wildlife which I didn’t like unless you go to the temples where they have koi fish or turtles or cranes or stuff like that which was really nice. There is a lot of stuff like that which I loved about it, there’s about as many things that I loved about it and as many things I didn’t love about it.
N – What did you miss the most?
V – My fiancé and my family, I’m never far away from family even wrestling wise there’s some people who don’t even register as friends with me, they are family to me. You make a habit of being there, like nipping into see my mum and dad after a show or nipping up to see my mates and tell them about the show and it was not being able to do that all the time. It was kinda sad to come back from a show and not excitedly come in and tell them all about it, I missed that, telling mum all the stuff I did today and her helping my lumps and bumps. It was like I did my show today and now I’m alone and that was hard.
N – You said you and the foreign people lived together, who was living where you were?
V – At the start it was me and Kay Lee Ray and these two Canadian girls called Chelsea Green who was on Tough Enough and a girl called Kaitlyn Diemond. Me and Kaitlyn were actually tag partners out in Japan. We all got on like a wee house on fire, we bonded together well and became like sisters and stuck up for each other. We did everything together we went to training together, we went shopping and made dinner together and was like our own little family.
N – So were you kinda able to replace the home stuff and go to them and talk about your matches and other things?
V – Yeah you could like, it didn’t replace but it filled a void.
N – So it was a good thing that you stayed with them?
V – Yes I don’t think I could have stayed on my own, I really don’t think I could have done it on my own, I know there’s other girls that have done it and there’s a girl out there at the minute, my friend Bete Noire and she stays at the Dojo and she’s the only foreigner and I can’t really imagine what that feels like.
N – Would you go back?
V – Yes.
N – Would you travel anywhere else or rather is there anywhere else you would like to travel? Did you have a list when you started saying I want to go to Japan and do this or anything?
V – I would like to see the world, I want to go to all the places that wrestling can take me. I definitely want to check America off my list but hopefully/fingers crossed/might be happening soon.
N – Cool.
V – Not count my chickens before they have hatched though.
N – So you have done the UK and Japan, have you done any wrestling around the rest of Europe?
V – Yeah, I’ve done a bit in France and I would like to go to Spain and wrestle there and in Germany.
N – Did you learn anything in Japan about wrestling, the difference in style or Japanese?
V – Basically you got a better understanding of the Japanese psychology. When a lot of people watch it it just looks like they are dropping each other on their heads and there doesn’t seem to be a real rhyme or reason to it. After going through it I definitely understand it a lot more now, it’s more about, it’s, one thing that happened a lot and took me a little while to get and some of the other foreigners a lot longer to get you know like when you are the UK wrestling shows and somebody hits a massive wrestling move…
N – Yeah…
V – And all the fans go AHHHHHHHHHHHHH that doesn’t happen in Japan, what happens is that reaction comes if a wrestler manages to kick out of it.
N – OK. I read ages ago that the crowd in Japan is much quieter and there isn’t as much chanting and stuff is that right?
V – Definitely but it’s not because they’re not drawn in or not impressed its that they are paying attention to what you are doing and they are being respectful.
N – It sounds like being at the cinema, you wouldn’t clap and cheer at the cinema would you.
V – Aye yeah, if you are enjoying the film that’s exactly what it’s like the big roars and cheers will come if you manage to kick out of a massive move and that’s where the kinda respect comes for the two wrestlers there that although you have just killed someone with a big massive move that they have the heart and fighting spirit to kick out of it.
N – So did you get that reaction a couple of times?
V – A few times, I remember once it was either when I hit my electric chair facebuster or my Michinoku Driver they didn’t even make a single noise but then when they kicked out of it and then all the roars came and I was like oh I totally understand it now.
N – So that took some getting used too I imagine
V – Oh yes, yeah absolutely, it was really funny though the first time I came out these chairs were next to the stage where we came out and this wee man was on his phone and clearly wasn’t expecting anything like me to walk out and I stood next to him and he looked up from his phone and actually fell off his chair.
N – I love the cultural differences in wrestling, I went to an NXT show in Newcastle when they toured last and the ring announcer would do the “this match is set for one fall” and the crowd now probably mainly because of Simon Cassidy go “ONE FALL” but he would just continue talking it wasn’t until midway through the card that he would say “this match is set for one fall” and pause to let the crowd react. Another one was from one of the promoters in Australia, from Melbourne City Wrestling sent us something to review and they have a thing where, when the referee is counting to 10 if you are on the outside of the ring and the referee goes 1 and the crowd go “ah ha ha ha”, like the count from Sesame street.
V – That’s fantastic, I think we need to adopt it over here. One of the other wee things I noticed in the company I worked for they count for 20 not 10.
N – Did it take the same amount of time or does it take twice as long?
V – It’s roughly the same and only half way though did I realise they are counting in English.
N – Would you do anything different if you were to travel again, is there anything that you would take from what you have learned already?
V – Erm I don’t think I would do anything different, the whole experience made me much stronger, I’ve always been pretty determined to see things through if I set my mind to it no matter what ill see it through. I’m one of these people who never have any regrets about things because if you learn a lesson then it’s a blessing and you have ended up here now from everything that has happened to you and you should be grateful for it. I think the whole experience taught me an awful lot and taught me to be grateful for what I have, it’s something more people should get an experience of because it will just open their eyes to so many things and they will come back and be so grateful for everything they have and realise how good we have it.

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N – I know you are wrestling at the end of the month, when you got back from Japan did you take a breather or were you straight back into it?
V – I had about a week off and then I went back to training today, just back into the swing of it, you never want to get complacent.
N – So when is your next booking?
V – My first match back is on the 23rd for Triple M Promotions against Toni Storm and I’m really looking forward to that. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen her, looking forward to showing her all the rad stuff I have learned since I’ve been away.
N – You mentioned TNA bootcamp earlier on, that was the first time I was aware of you did it make that much of a difference to you in terms of getting booked?
V – I had always done really good with my bookings before but I think when that came up it made me more relatable. I think I appealed to more people and they saw a different side to me than they had previously seen. My calendar was at about 60-70% booked already but then the show boosted it to 100%.
N – What level are you on at the min?
V – When you have been a way you have to go through the reminding people you are there phase, I have never really been a one to reach out to people I always wait and see what comes.
N – What was it like being involved in the biggest UK show of the last 30-40 years at Fear and Lothian last November? It must have been great performing in front of that many people.
V – Oh it was really really nerve wracking because in that situation people are either going to love this idea or hate it, they were never going to be indifferent about me being added to this match. It was really daunting standing there waiting for the reaction, it’s probably been one of the most nervous I have ever been.
N – My wife and I were in the crowd that night and it seemed like a fairly positive reaction from where we were standing.
V – Yeah I’m really glad it was and that kind of nervousness turned into adrenaline.
N – You got the win as well, what was that like?
Hearing all the crowd go nuts was lovely, it was really unexpected for everybody considering they never thought I was going to be in the match in the first place. You get that big lump in your throat and pure joy moment when you have your win and the crowd is behind you.
N – Where would that rank in your career highlights?
V – That’s definitely one of them you can’t really get bigger than that, there was all the fans from ICW that I had performed regularly in front of and it goes past a fanbase thing these are like people I know now. I could maybe call some of them friends, they came to see us every week so it feels like a bit more.
N – Your ICW crowd isn’t your average wrestling crowd is it?
V – No, not in the slightest.
N – I was at their show in Newcastle recently and it was BT Gunn’s birthday so they were throwing Hobnobs into the crowd and pouring rum into the mouths of people in the crowd. It was a bit nuts. There was even a Hobnob chant at one point.
V – Exactly, they are just mental but they are mental in the best way possible.
N – So some of the fans you would count as friends, what about Mick Foley? You got to meet Mick Foley, would you class him as a friend?
V – I guess so, he is….
N – A legend.
V – Aye a legend but nobody felt uncomfortable talking to him or that they weren’t worthy of his time or anything like that he had time for everybody. He was such a lovely gentleman, he talked to everyone before and after their match and gave us a little bit of feedback and never made anyone feel, he never rubbed it in anyone’s face how much of a legend he is, he knows quite clearly but he’s not unapproachable in any way.
N – Feedback from him must have meant something since it coming from him given the wealth of experience he has.
V – Oh it was it really was I felt like a kid sitting talking to Santa Claus
N – It was funny that he was there, we were booked up to see Billy Kirkwood, “Have I Got Chair Shots For You” the next night and we knew that had been cancelled because Mick was there and we were going to see him instead. So we were fully aware that he was meant to be there but for some reason we both forgot and then when we were in the crowd and his music played we both went crazy. It was the most exciting thing ever. And at the show the next night he talked about how much he had enjoyed it. Other than your match, did you have any other highlights from the back or have you watched the full show back?
V – Absolutely watching Grado win his title was just a lovely moment for everybody, when the underdog wins everyone just goes nuts.
N – That’s the obvious answer though, what about Joe Hendry in his Hendryball?
V – *Laughs* I just cracked up when he brought that thing upstairs, I was like Joe, what are you doing and he was like, it’s a sphere ball and I’m like have you had your head checked recently have you had a concussion? He was like, nah trust me it’s going to be amazing! He’s just always got another trick up his sleeve I don’t know where he gets them from?
N – Have you got a favourite Joe Hendry entrance or it is that one?
-I definitely don’t think we have seen his best yet because I know of a couple of things that were meant to be but haven’t happened yet. I absolutely loved when he was against Sha Samuels.
N – Ah when he was in Asda or Tesco or something and he is singing about buying meat…
V – YES with the mask on, I got to see that before and I was crying with laughter I thought it was hilarious
N – When you watch it on Youtube you randomly get Billy Kirkwood shouting “thunderc*nt” in the build up. It’s brilliant. I’ve talked to Billy quite a few times and he’s so funny. His commentary takes everything to the next level. Now you are back are there any UK promotions you are looking to work for? Anything UK wise that you want to tick off that list of yours?
V – Oooh definitely, absolutely, I’ve wanted to work for PROGRESS for a wee while because they have a really good woman’s team down there and it would be interesting to see what would happen if I went down there. Another promotion I really want to work for is Rev Pro.
N – Is there anyone at those promotions you particularly want to work for or is it what you have seen of the company in general?
V – It’s a bit of both to be honest, one mega stand out for me is Jinny to me she is a triple threat because her wrestling is spot on, she’s beautiful and she is such a good talker and she is so pretty and lovely looking and then opens her mouth cuts you to pieces and kicks your ass in the ring. It’s like wow I was not expecting that, she’s just so vicious, I really love watching her and I would like to wrestle her even more.
N – Recently I noticed on social media you recently said you would like to be known as a wrestler rather than a female wrestler and a little while later I saw Chris Renfrew post about Kay Lee Ray being known as a wrestler too what do you think is the difference between the two? The negative connotations with it from the attitude era with its bra and panties matches?
V – I definitely don’t think anything like that helped, there was a time and this is going to sound so contradictory but bra and panties matches can be done really well and cleverly, its not to say that they can’t be done and they can’t be entertainment. I think everything has a place and all that didn’t help but the problem was there was a lot of beautiful women out there who knew how to wrestle, that’s the thing I didn’t understand rather than the beautiful ones who couldn’t wrestle but it’s going back to the way we want it. There’s not such a thing as Diva’s anymore and that’s how it should be, I can’t pinpoint a difference for me, I don’t want to be known as a female wrestler I want to be known as a wrestler. I don’t necessarily see lots of difference between what I do and what some guys do, maybe there are some that are different calibre and I’m not going to say I am as high up as all the lads but definitely doing well for myself.

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N – I can understand grouping women together for matches in the same way you group together cruiserweights so that they are wrestling someone with a similar style or with a similar build but with the bigger guys the styles vary so much that they just get grouped together as “wrestlers”. Take Grado and Renfrew for example, they don’t get put into separate categories despite both wrestling very different styles. I think getting rid of the Divas and changing the name of the title is a good thing. I also think the give the divas a chance thing was good thing but really they should be giving everyone a chance. The more time they allot for wrestling match is always going to help them, no one can show what they are capable off if they are only given a minute or so. Do you think WWE having women on screen for longer makes you want to watch more?
V – Definitely as much as the 30 second matches pissed off a lot of people in a sense it did some good because it made you want to work harder to show you were worth more than that. It put that wee fire into you to say bullshit we are worth so much more, it definitely did make me want to be more. There was something we talked about today in training and my trainer said a lot of girls have this self-detrimental attitude and it was as I was worrying about my flip bumps looking really rubbish, I was complaining that I have to work on them more and get them better and the girl I was training with was thinking the same about her moves then we both did it and the trainer said there was absolutely nothing wrong with them and I kinda thought we ended up programmed to think like that because of the stigma that surrounded women’s wrestling where if everything wasn’t spot on perfect it would be berated and critiqued and if we didn’t get it spot on perfect all the time we would be adding to the stigma of the 30 second matches.
N – I’m hoping I don’t put my foot in it here, is that just a wrestling thing or is that in society in general? Sometimes I think women in general can be overly critical of themselves yet defensive of their friends whereas men are the opposite. For example I have female friends who come out and then talk about how they look awful and I’m like, you really don’t!
V – I think it’s a bit of both because there are a lot of guys who watch their matches back and will never be happy with it and everyone is their own worst enemy which is a blessing and a curse because one you are never happy and content and two because you are never happy and content you are always striving to be better.
N – So you use that as a drive to get better rather than just focus on the negative…
V – Yeah absolutely you should never be 100% happy, it’s a blessing or a lesson, wrestling evolves and if you don’t you are going to get left behind.
N – From the current women who are currently contracted to WWE/NXT is there anyone you would most like to face?
V – Let me have a think about that, that’s a really interesting question. I really like Emma, I liked her from the beginning when she was coming out and doing her Emma dance, and I really like Heel Emma.
N – Angry Emma *laughs*
V – I really like it when people have a good amount of sass about them.
N – Last time I spoke with our editor at Calling Spots, his favourite wrestler is Sasha Banks. You talk about sass that’s pretty much her.
V – Yeah, she’s amazing, she’s absolutely phenomenal.
N – Pretty much every poll I saw last year was her and Bayley up there for match of the year. Not women’s match of the year but MATCH of the year.
V – Yeah, definitely every time I watch Sasha Banks and Bayley I think I have to get myself to training because I can’t hold myself to that.
N – There’s you being overly critical again *laughs*. So Emma, Sasha Banks, Bayley? Anyone else?
V – All of them, Asuka she gives me the fear.
N – What about Becky Lynch with her being from over here, did you know her before she went over?
V – Not really, she had a little break as I was coming through it was always in my aspirations to wrestle her at the time we thought she was keeping quiet before she was going to pack it in but turns out they were taking her over. I have a lot of respect and admiration for her especially with her work with Charlotte.
N – She’s gone over, you missed her unfortunately, but you must have wrestled Nikki Storm a lot and trained with her, she’s just signed for NXT did you see that coming, was it apparent early on?
V – Something that was always really admirable about Nikki is that when she wanted something come hell or high water she was getting it. She would work day and night until she got what she wanted, I always knew, knowing her that she wanted to travel to America and Japan and get signed. All she ever did was work her balls off until she got it and she did, it wasn’t an if it was a when.
N – Is there any other talented UK wrestlers that you could see making the move to the states?
V – There’s probably like loads but when you are put on the spot it’s tough.
It’s not like a slight on people if someone else comes to mind first.
It’s sometimes not as apparent in some people as others; it took me like a good four years before I really “got” wrestling.
N – Before you really got the mentality?
V – Kinda, there’s a lot of things you do because you are meant to do it that way but you don’t quite get why and it took me the longest time to get that and then suddenly it fell into place and I understood things so much better. I’m kinda like proud of myself for sticking it out, some things come really natural to people and not to others
N – And you have to work at it?
V – Yeah Joe Hendry, put him on that list.
N – He’s been on RAW a couple times, he was next to Lana a couple of years ago with Lionheart. I would love to see a Joe Hendry entrance at WrestleMania.
V – He is another one of those people who once they have a goal they are dead set on it and nothing will hold them back.
N – Noam Dar is going over in the near future, he has the cruiserweight tournament so hopefully that might lead to him being over their more long term. I would like to see Noam Dar do well, before I was involved in the magazine he was the first person to ever do an interview with Calling Spots and he is absolutely brilliant.
V – Yeah he is stupidly talented.
N – Is there anyone from wrestling past that you would like to wrestle?
V – Mae Young!
N – So if you were to wrestle anyone at all who would you pick? I asked Grado and he picked Chris Benoit which I have I have to say would have been brilliant.
V – Does it have to be a lady does it?
N – No could be anyone, with any kind of stipulation.
V – I really like Cesaro, I’ve always really liked him, everything he does is pristine and perfect so some sort of match with him and it would make sense I would do that, you don’t need a stipulation.
N – I’ve seen some of his earlier stuff on Youtube, he is definitely up there when it comes to being the best in the world.
V – Yeah I don’t know how he manages it.
N – Thanks a lot for your time Viper. I’ve really enjoyed chatting away to you.
V – Me too. Bye.

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