Nathan Cruz

Credit to Leo Francis for the photograph

Name: Nathan Cruz

Nickname(s)/Aliases: The Professional, Showstealer, Prima Donna, Nathan Irwin

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 202lbs

Age*: 28

From: Hull, England

Started training: 2006

Trained by:
El Ligero
Rampage Brown
Marty Jones

Companies worked for:
Absolute Wrestling
All Star Wrestling
Alternative Wrestling World
Athletic Club Wrestling
Combat Zone Wrestling
Dansk Pro Wrestling
Defiant Wrestling
Dynamic Pro Wrestling
Empire Professional Wrestling
European Pro Wrestling
EVOLVE Wrestling
Five Star Wrestling
Four Front Wrestling
Frontier Wrestling Alliance
Frontline Wrestling
Full Impact Pro Wrestling
Gerry Norton Promotions
Global Force Wrestling
House Of Pain Wrestling
House Of Pain: Evolution
Infinite Promotions
Insane Championship Wrestling
International Pro Wrestling:UK
International Wrestling Alliance
Ironfist Wrestling
Kamikaze Pro Wrestling
Kingston Pro Wrestling
Leicester Championship Wrestling
Main Event Wrestling
Mansfield Championship Wrestling
Maximum Wrestling
Megaslam Wrestling
Monkey Madness Wrestling
New Generation Wrestling
New Wave Wrestling Alliance
North East Wrestling Society
NORTH Wrestling NCL
Northern Wrestling League
Power Trip Wrestling
Premier British Wrestling
Premier Wrestling Xperience
Premiere Wrestling Experience
Preston City Wrestling
Pro Evolution Wrestling
Premiere Wrestling Xperience Wrestling
PROGRESS Wrestling
Pure Wrestling Alliance
Real Deal Wrestling
Rockstar Pro Wrestling
Shooting Star Wrestling
Slammin Ladies
Solo Wrestling
Superstars Of Wrestling
Three Count Wrestling
Tidal Championship Wrestling
True Grit Wrestling
Underground Wrestling Revolution
United European Wrestling Alliance
World Association Of Wrestling
WOS Wrestling
Wrestling Stars
X Wrestling Alliance

EPW Heavyweight Championship
NGW Undisputed Championship
PROGRESS Tag Team Championship
PROGRESS World Championship
RDW Tag Team Championship

2012 – PROGRESS Title Tournament Winner

Signature moves:
(Samoan Driver)
Thanks Tully
(Belly to Back Superplex)
Exit Stage Right
(Running Punt)
Cruz Control
(Inverted Cloverleaf)

American author Mark Twain once said “the only two certainties in life are death and taxes”. Today, over a century after his death, those two thing remain certainties but depending on your walk of life there there are a few more things that can be added to the list. In real life, if you are in a restaurant and can’t decide what you want to order what ever you don’t choose will look delicious when you see it being served to someone else. In cinema if you watch a Marvel or a DC movie there will ALWAYS be a large portion of the other companies fan that will refuse to admit they enjoyed it. In TV if you are watching a crime drama and recognise one of the actors playing one of the characters that actor is definitely the person do committed the crime. And, finally, in wrestling if Nathan Cruz is set to appear on a card he is going to steal the show. You can’t argue against it, it’s science.

I like to try to avoid overusing hyperbole and superlatives but Nathan Cruz is absolutely one of the very best wrestling currently working in this country or any other. Not “only” is his work amongst the best around but if you were to ask a group of people what they think a professional wrestler looks like you’d end up with someone that looks a hell of a lot like Nathan Cruz. He’s tall, well built, handsome with a smile that can either be cheeky or downright arrogant. The guy is essentially the perfect wrestler.

As well as possessing fantastic wrestling ability and the look of a wrestler Cruz also has probably the most important attribute anyone can have in any industry, the determination to constantly improve and not rest on his laurels. Cruz told me this was something he picked up while he was a student of El Ligero, who is probably the hardest working man in Professional wrestling (he wrestled more matches in 2015 that anyone else).

As always I asked Cruz what got him into professional wrestling and he informed me that he cannot remember a time when he was not a fan of wrestling and remembers switching channels between WWF and WCW during the fabled Monday Night Wars (which took place on a Friday for those living in the UK). The first match he remembers watching was The forgotten classic between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels from In Your House: Ground Zero, 1997. It was then another ‘Taker match, this time against HBK’s Degeneration-X cohort Triple H from WrestleMania XVII that made him want to become a wrestler. Given that Cruz had already decribed The Undertaker as “his guy” and Triple H as probably his favourite wrestler it didn’t surprise me that it was this match that held a special place in his heart.

I asked ‘The Showstealer’ what drew him to the current WWE COO and he stated “Triple H is one of the best story tellers in wrestling history… and is the most diverse professional wrestlers of all time. He can wrestle any kind of match and he can wrestle them very well.”

Cruz also described Triple H as “selfless” and told me that he has modelled his career off ‘The Game’s’. Along with his willingness to wrestle anybody in any style of match, Cruz also makes sure that he arrives on time to every show he is booked on and introduces himself to everyone there (which is something I have experienced first hand). This professionalism and adherence to wrestling etiquette is probably another in the long list of factors that makes Cruz one of the highest regarded wrestlers in the UK today.

Along with being a wrestler (which he has done fulltime for the last six years) Nathan Cruz is also head trainer for the NGW Academy in Hull and is helping mould the next crop of British talent. Not to undersell Cruz’s ability but I found this surprising since he is only 26 years old (albeit with a decades experience) and I had not expected someone as that young to hold such a potentially influential position for one of the UK’s biggest promotions. I probably should have expected the unexpected from him given his apparent maturity and level-headedness.

September 2016 will be an important month in Cruz’s career as he is travelling to the United States for the first time as a performer and he will undoubtedly create some new fans for himself as well as further promote British wrestling and show that Cruiserweight division competitors Noam Dar and Jack Gallagher are only the tip of an incredibly talented UK wrestling iceberg. On behalf of the Calling Spots team and myself I would like to wish Nathan Cruz the best of luck for his time in America and wish him well in whatever he decides to do next in his career.

Social Media:
Instagram – nathan_cruz90
Twitter – Nathan_Cruz90

Dream opponent:
As soon as I asked Cruz this question he stated there was no way he could choose just one (which in hindsight shoul have been obvious given how much of a wrestling historian he is). He did rattle off a list that included:
(Preferably 1980’s) Ric Flair
(Any era) Shawn Michaels
Chris Jericho (again any era)
Dean Malenko
Triple H

Cruz did specify that if he was given the chance to work with anyone currently in the WWE today HHH would be at the top of his list.

Random fact(s):
Cruz eats at least one tub of cottage cheese a day and does not think this is weird.

Cruz is a self described “massive geek” and has a room in his house fill with 90s toys and memorabilia from things like Batman, Superman and Power Rangers

*as of October 2018

Written by Neil Rogers