Below is an interview with another very talented wrestler from Northern Ireland who unquestionably has the ability to follow in the footsteps of some of the best in the world today who also hail from that country.
UWR: What is your earliest memory of Pro Wrestling ?
Baxter: The first time I had ever seen pro wrestling, I was sitting on my uncles living room floor and he just happened to be watching Raw is War. It was around the time of the Austin / Vince feud. I just remember thinking to myself ‘hold on, what is this?! This is amazing!’ It was 1998, I was 10, been hooked ever since.
UWR: Where did you train to become a Wrestler and who trained you ?
Baxter: I started training initially at NWA Hammerlock UK in Purfleet Essex when I was 15 and did so for about a year under ‘The Notorious’ John Richie & Frank Rimmer. I had to stop training and let wrestling take a back seat due to needing to find work, having a family, moving to Belfast etc, which all happened in the 13 years following. I regret the break massively, However, changes in my life again presented an opportunity to re-enter my wrestling training and career in 2017, and that has led to training with both Pro Wrestling Ulster & The School of Pro Wrestling NI under WWE UK star Tucker, ex WWE developmental star Tron, OTT Star Curtis Murray, & PWU stars JDP & Rocky Starr.
UWR: Are your family and friends supportive of your Pro Wrestling Career ?
Baxter: yes my family are very accepting and supportive and have always pushed me to do what makes me happy. My friends also come to shows and support my passion regularly.
UWR: I’m sure like every Wrestler you remember your first match. So who was in the match ? Did it go well ? And what do you remember most about it ?
Baxter: My first match was a standard tag match, with 3 guys i’d never trained or worked with before so it was a learning curve for sure. It was myself & Dmitri Krakovic vs Owen Richards & Ste O’G – the Supernintenbro’s all 3 of whom are out of Fight Factory in dublin. The match went really well I think for my first go, got some pretty good feedback from my trainers on the day, but the 2 things I remember most about it was – the show was in an old B&Q warehouse where there was no heating so it was absolutely freezing, and It was my first wear of my first wrestling gear, which was a pair of biker shorts that were way too small, and my stomach kept popping out all over the shop… i never wore those again!
UWR: What is the best match you have ever seen ?
Baxter: The best match I have ever seen without a doubt, HHH vs Undertaker – end of an era Hell in a cell match at Wrestlemania 28, when Shawn Michaels was the guest referee, the story telling in the match was an absolute art form and I was gripped beyond belief from start to end.
UWR: What in your opinion is your best match or opponent you have ever had ?
Baxter: The best match opponent I have ever faced to date would have to be Nathan Byrne.
UWR:What is your proudest moment from your time in Pro Wrestling ?
Baxter: So far in my career my proudest moment would have to be when I debuted, I was proud as punch that day, I was the first of a new crop of trainees to get the nod for a show and it meant a-lot to me that the promoter saw the worth in my hard work to give me that opportunity. But it’s on level par with working my first main event, there’s nothing like the pride you feel to be on the top of the bill, closing the show – nothing else like it that I’ve felt so far.
UWR: If you could choose any wrestler in history to have a match with who would it be ?
Baxter: For me there’s only one wrestler I could choose for this, that would be HHH. The guy is just an incredible in Ring performer, for me there’s none better. He is one of the many reasons I sought to begin training in the first place.
UWR. Are there any goals you have set for yourself that you have not yet achieved ?
Baxter: Yes I have many:
– I want to branch out from Ireland & work shows on the mainland UK scene as soon as possible.
– I recently had my overseas debut for SIW wrestling in Italy, and it was an incredible experience. It was however in a rumble match – so I would love to work in Europe and America in a match where I can show my skills further.
– The biggest one for me is to lift championship gold; to be able to turn around to my kids and say your daddy is a champion, would be a life goal complete for me.
UWR: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Wrestling ?
Baxter: Work hard, work harder than you’ve ever worked, and then work harder again. Wrestling is not easy; if it was everyone would do it. It takes a special kind of person to endure the physical, as-well as the mental pain we go through. But if you want it and you want to be great & you want to be remembered, then live it, breath it and own it. I try to live by those principles in wrestling because there is no greater feeling than being under those bright lights. I hope that for me, those lights get bigger and brighter as the journey rolls on, but its also important, to keep your feet on the ground, stay hungry, stay humble & enjoy every moment. At the end of the day, this path is as much about enjoying the journey, as it is to where you want to eventually be.
UWR: We understand Wrestling takes up a lot of your time but what do you enjoy doing when you are not working.
Baxter: I’m not wrestling I run my own company so it can be pretty busy at times. But for fun, I just love spending time with my 2 little kids & making memories with them as much as I can. They are the most important people in my life and without them, I don’t think I would be as happy, or as determined to be a dream chaser, I want to prove to them by example, that they too can chase their dreams.