Name: HT Drake
Nicknames/Aliases: The Gimmick Killer, Drake
From: Newcastle, England
Started training: 2001
Companies worked for:
All Star Wrestling
British Wrestling Entertainment
Dynamic Over-The-Top Action Wrestling
Empire Professional Wrestling
EPW American Wrestling
Five Star Wrestling
Genesis Championship Wrestling
Independent Wrestling Federation
Main Event Wrestling
Monkey Madness Wrestling
New Generation Wrestling
Northumbria Wrestling Society
NORTH Wrestling NCL
Pro Wrestling Chaos
Reckless Intent Wrestling
Radical Innovation of Sports Entertainment (RISE) England
Royal Imperial Wrestling
Three Count Wrestling
Tidal Championship Wrestling
TNT Extreme Wrestling
UK Wrestling Experience
Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Up Brawl Championship Wrestling
WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
World War Wrestling
BWE Tag Team Championship
Calling Spots Championship
MEW British Heavyweight Championship
MEW Tag Team Championship
TCW Open Championship
UKWE Tag Team Championship
2015 – MEW Tag Team of the Year (with Micky the Dragon)
2016 – Absolute King of the North Tournament winner
2017 – Calling Spots Championship Tournament winner
2018 – MEW Match of the Year
Spring Board Coast to Coast
Full German Suplex
Floatover Northern Lights Suplex
Top Rope Lungblower
I believe HT Drake is one of the most underrated wrestlers on the UK scene. I have seen him wrestle dozens of times and yet I am constantly seeing new, more impressive things. The first thing that you will likely notice if you take in a Drake match is the crispness of everything he does, every single move he makes, every manoeuvre he attempts appears as if it was lifted from some wrestling textbook. What makes this even more impressive is the sheer variety of things that Drake is capable of performing. He can fly around the ring like a cruiserweight, he can brawl like a hardcore wrestler and he can go hold for hold with the most technical of performers. Quite simply I am yet to see him involved in a match where he didn’t look at home.
As well as being able to wrestle any number of different styles Drake is also capable of performing different roles in the ring. I have seen firsthand him more than adequately play the face or heel in a match as well as play ‘tweener when he is wrestling another popular wrestler. It is because of all these traits that when it came to selecting participants for the Calling Spots Championship Tournament he was the very first person that came to mind and I was ecstatic that he accepted the invitation. He went on to win all three of his matches in the tournament (defeating Martin Kirby in our final) and became the first ever Calling Spots champion thus repaying the faith we had shown in him when we invited him.
As always I spoke to Drake about what got him into wrestling. He told me he grew up watching wrestling during the Attitude Era and from there went onto watch ECW and Pro Wrestling NOAH. His love of wrestling drove Drake into wrestling at the relatively young age of 15. He has trained under many prominent names in British wrestling including the legendary grappler Marty Jones, current AllStar trainer Dean Allmark and most recently under Rampage Brown. Unfortunately real life commitments and other factors meant that Drake took a brief hiatus from wrestling while he attended university and qualified as a Mechanical Engineer.
Thankfully this hiatus ended and Drake returned to the ring and started to become the performed that we see today. Drake credits part a large part of his transformation as a wrestler (see below for an earlier version of HT Drake) to his real life friend Rampage Brown, who’s training school Drake now attends and helps instruct at. It is his current ‘Kill All Gimmicks’ persona that fits HT Drake perfectly as he is definitely a man who prefers to avoid some of the nonsense that creeps into to wrestling at times.
One of the things that I would like to mention about Drake is something that the average fan may not be aware of and that is how much he does for wrestling when the fans aren’t there. Not only is he a in ring performer but he also designs, builds and sets up rings for many promotions around the country and are often described by wrestlers as some the best they have wrestled in. Quite frankly there are wrestling shows that simply could not happen without Drake.
I’d like to thank HT Drake for taking the time to answer my questions and I’d like to wish him all the best for the future. Hopefully his Calling Spots Championship run is a long and memorable one.
Facebook – HT Drake
Instagram – how_e_d
Twitter – Drake_Wrestler
YouTube – Howard Drake
Drake’s dream opponent would be ECW and WWE legend Rob Van Dam.
HT Drake not only likes to jump around wrestling rings he is also a fully qualified skydiver and likes to jump out of planes as well. He also used to work a mechanical design engineer before becoming a full time wrestler and is responsible for making some of the wrestling you see all over the country.
HT Drakes favourite wrestler when he became a fan of wrestling was Ken Shamrock
* as of October 2017
Credit to Portrait of a Wrestler for the featured photograph