In January 2012 I had the pleasure of interviewing an Indy star on the UK with a very bright future – Noam Dar – for an article we have in Issue 1 of the Calling Spots Fanzine. For the first time ever, I have published the actual interview in its entirety here:
Hi Noam. So, what struck me when I saw my first Noam Dar match was your look and your gimmick. From the outset this came across as a Manchester music scene influenced ‘mod’ style. How would you describe your look and what were your influences for this?
I think one of the most important factors in making a specific “look” or “style” convincing, is the natural confidence it needs to embolden. I have a lot of passion for that era of music and the trends attached to it, so I try to exemplify that through my “look”. I hope it gives me a unique flare as I try to take my passions from music and style, and portray that through my performances.
You are only 18 years old, and started training at 14, tell us a little bit about how your broke into the business?
Like anyone else, my fascination for wrestling exploded after the first time I watched it. However it never occurred to me that it could be pursued as anything else other than teenage fantasy. I had a friend who was a bit older and discovered the Scottish Professional Wrestling Academy (www.pbwwrestling.com). I decided to tag along out of interest and it seemed a novel way to get fitter at a young age. From that point it became more than an interest and as training progressed I became more attached, my friend dropped out, i debuted several weeks before my 15th birthday and the rest is as they say, history.
Being so young, who are the guys you grew up looking up too and is there any British/Scottish wrestlers whose footsteps you wish to follow in?
I have a great appreciation and admiration for a specific group of people within the British circuit, I guess that is the youthfulness in me idolising people who have helped and/or influenced me a lot, much like children have for their favourite primary teacher. That being said I’m not easily influenced by anyone, it’s not a person’s level of “success” that I admire, its more their attitude towards wrestling, their peers and if i can connect or relate to them. I have a close circle of friends and each of them have characteristics that I idolise and in a sense wish to ‘follow’.
You have wrestled for Dragon Gate, both in 2009 and 2011. How did you feel going into those shows for a global promotion?
In 2009, I was still very ‘new’ and the show came about by chance rather than my dedication to achieving a spot, as was my goal at the start of 2011, so looking back now I realise that I didn’t fully grasp the surroundings and was very naive to it all. However the aspect that remained constant and the thing I find most beautiful about the Dragon Gate promotion is the overwhelming professionalism oozed by all its produce. It’s a tight knit team that display the utmost respect to their business and everything they do is first class from how they carry their self to how they orchestrate a show. I hope to be in those surroundings again soon.
If our readers are to watch one Noam Dar match, on the web, which would you recommend?
For recent viewing, it would be my DragonGate:UK match, as well as recent, the editing and entire set up is both professional and elegant. It shows the hard work that A-Merchandise put in to delivering top rate products.
There are a few other full matches online that vary from my first year until now if anyone has chronological arousals.
With so many UK guys making a name for themselves on television in America, how do you feel this impacts the UK wrestling scene?
The best thing about the majority of UK guys overseas is that they are true ambassadors of the British style and they show what the UK has produced. Many non-British wrestlers often try to replicate aspects of the British style, and while they often master it, it is never as good as the original. I hope that UK guys continue getting greater levels of exposure overseas as it opens up a greater market for the UK scene.
Who would be your dream opponent?
My dream opponents will always be the people i admired when i first started watching wrestling. So to name drop a couple it would be Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Bryan Danielson and Eddy Guererro. There are many other names that are currently operating on the independents and Japan that I would love to work and with time hopefully some will come around.
What techniques do you use to get over in a time where most fans are smarter to the business compared to 15 years ago?
I try to keep my product unique in a sense that I mix my youth with realism. I don’t try to do things that seem unnatural to me or unrealistic. I try to stand out by mixing my passions from different styles, musical icons and other interests into one wrestling “product”. I hope this will keep me fresh and people won’t be able to categorise me under a specific “banner”.
What are your plans for the next 3 years and what are your long term goals?
I want to reach a certain level and maintain that. I have specific goals that I want to achieve, and I have goals that are continuous.
If fans want to contacts you or book you where can they do that? Any plugs?
The most plugged thing on the planet! Twitter! If anyone wants to follow me it’s @NoamDar
Thanks for doing this article on me and I’m very excited to see its response.