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In dieser Rubrik findet ihr 565 Interviews mit Wrestlern und Offiziellen, die im Laufe der Jahre auf Genickbruch veröffentlicht wurden. 72 der hier gelisteten Befragungen wurden exklusiv von Genickbruch-Mitarbeitern durchgeführt.
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Exklusivinterview mit Shark Boy
When did you decide to become a pro-wrestler?
I knew at around age 12 that it was what I really wanted to do.

The Shark Boy character is one of the most spectacular characters in wrestling, how did you come up with your gimmick and your trademark moves?
The original gimmick was inspired by the Toadies song "I Come from the Water." It made me think of a comic book-type character who rises from the water to fight wrestling bad guys on land. What began as a piranah evolved into a shark when I went to work for Ian Rotten in Louisville, KY. I would later add the fin and the teeth to the mask to make the look truly unique. The trademark moves have just been developed over time. In keeping with the "shark" theme, many of them involve biting my opponent.

What do you think is the reason that the Shark Boy gimmick has so many fans?
I'm not really sure, but I'm really happy that so many people feel a connection to it right now.

You worked in WCW briefly, how did you get involved with WCW and why did you leave WCW some weeks later?
Based largely on the reputation that I gained from the 1999 Brian Pillman Memorial show in Cincinnati, WCW contacted me for a try-out match and later signed me to a contract. However, financial trouble led to company cutbacks and I was released six months later.

Do you keep contact with any of the WCW guys?
Yes, I've managed to stay in touch with lots of people who I made friends with in WCW.

Now you compete in NWA-TNA, how did you get into the promotion?
I met Jeremy Borash when he was looking for talent for the WWA "Revolution" pay-per-view in February, 2002. Jeremy then started working for NWA-TNA a couple of months later and basically helped me get a dark match with the company. From there, it was all up to me to land a spot with TNA.

Do you think that you´ll succeed in NWA:TNA?
I sure hope so. Keep an eye on www.SharkBoy.net to see how the story unfolds!

What do you think, could NWA-TNA be a serious competitor for WWE?
It's possible. I certainly think it would be good for the wrestling industry if there were some type of competitor for WWE.

How did you get in contact with XPW? What was the backstage atmosphere like?
XPW started emailing me while I was on a tour of England. They said they liked the character and had plenty of ideas for storylines that would involve me. I made my XPW debut a couple of months ago and the response from the Philadelphia crowd was unbelievable. I really enjoyed the backstage atmosphere. It's a really good group of hard-working guys.

You wrestled in Zurich, Switzerland last month. Please tell us something about it and how did the fans react when they saw the "mighty" Shark Boy?
Fans weren't too sure what to think about "Shark Boy" in Zurich. I could be wrong, but I don't think wrestling has been on TV in Switzerland for years. You could kind of tell by the reaction of the crowd at certain times in the show. It was fun winning them over throughout the night and I think they'll come back next time wrestling comes to town.

Compare your Shark Boy character with your alter ego Dean Baldwin, what are the differences between the two characters and which character do you like more?
Dean Baldwin is a pompous, arrogant ass who thinks he's better than everybody else because his last name happens to be "Baldwin" and he comes from a rich Hollywood family. While Shark Boy cares about the fans and always fights on the side of good, Dean Baldwin could care less what anybody thinks and only fights when he thinks there's no way he can lose. I have a special place in my heart for Shark Boy, but sometimes it's just more fun playing the bad guy.

What do you as a cruiserweight think about the old school mentality which says that big wrestlers draw more money?
That's a matter of opinion, I suppose. One thing that can't be disputed is that there are a hell of a lot more cruiserweights in the business today than there ever have been before. All it will take is for one cruiserweight to get the right push and really become a draw for some people to think twice about that assertion.

How did IWA Mid-South change since 1997?
It really hasn't changed too much. It's still a company full of hungry, young workers willing to sacrifice their bodies in an attempt to make a name for themselves in the wrestling business. There just seem to be a new set of faces from the ones I broke in with in 1997.

Please tell us how the whole independent scene changed in the last years.
There seem to be a lot more wrestlers now and probably fewer places for them to work. Sometimes that's how it is. The business is cyclical and goes through periods of highs and lows.

What are your long-term goals in the business?
I'd love to main event a Wrestlemania some day. :-)

Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans in Germany?
I just want to say thanks for following the fin and I hope to get the chance to wrestle in your country very soon!

What are the first words that come to your mind when hearing the keywords...
Vince McMahon: promotional genius and the ruler of the wrestling world
Rob Black: owner of one of the hottest indies in the US right now and one of my current employers
Eric Bischoff: a controversial wrestling figure who headed WCW when I was signed and who now is making the most of his on-air position with WWE
Jeff Jarrett: a super talent and a real fun guy to hang out with overseas
Mick Foley: true legend in the wrestling business and an inspiration to generations of wrestling fans past and present
Sabu: busts his ass like nobody else on the indy scene and also a fun guy to hang out with overseas
Kevin Nash: a funny guy and a popular entertainer who always seems to be in the thick of the controversy
Rob Van Dam: my favorite babyface character on WWE right now and a top-notch, innovative athlete in the ring
Ian Rotten: gave me my first booking outside the HWA in this business and a good friend
Ron Killings: one of the future stars of wrestling and a guy who is commanding respect in the wrestling world
XPW: one of the hottest indies in the US today
fans: the inspiration for me to do what I do and the reason why I always give my best performance possible
MTV: where more people say they've seen "Shark Boy" than on WCW or pay-per-view combined
genickbruch.com: my new friends!
 
 
 
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