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By Ciaran James @TheCiaranJames
Scott Gibson has been working his way up the independent ladder over the last few years, earning the respect of promoters and he fellow peers the young wrestlers has built up a great resume. I recently spoke to him about why hey got into wrestling, his career so far and what he wants to achieve in the future.
How and why did you get involved in the wresting business, what was the attraction? I started training around four and a half years, it was the week after Wrestlemania 28. I remember watching the show and thinking “I’m going to become a pro wrestler”, so I googled where to train and saw there was a highly recommended wrestling school in Leicester run by Robbie Brookside at the time. I always loved wrestling as a kid. I would stay up and watch WCW Nitro. The thing which got me hooked was the entertainment aspect and storylines which would ultimately culminate in the ring.
Why the ‘Gold Standard’ gimmick, have you taken inspiration from anyone/anything? This idea came about from me wanting to be a more sincere and relatable character. The whole idea of this character is that he genuinely believes he is some sort of wrestling god but there is an irony there is no substance to support the idea.
When did you make your debut, who was it against? My debut about three years ago against none other than Father Christmas at the London School of Lucha Libre, my name at the time was Flex Homme.
Since debuting has the business lived up to expectations? I under estimated how difficult and competitive the business was going to be. But the feeling of a job well done in the ring outweighs the late nights and hours of driving.
Name some of the promotions you have worked for and some of the highlights of your career so far? To me, my biggest highlights have been when I have worked with the guys who I trained with when I originally started. It’s great to be alongside the same guys who are working towards the same goal.
As a heel you’ve used today’s social media movement as a launchpad to get yourself over, has gloating about followers etc. made it easier to be disliked and overall do you prefer working as a heel? I feel like it’s been a great platform for me to engage with people in an entertaining way as well as giving me further material to expand on. The character that I portray in the ring would definitely be a keyboard warrior, so it would make perfect sense for him gloat and embellish how good he is. I never set out to be a villain but I seem to of naturally gravitated that way. But the most important thing to me is going out there and entertaining audience, whatever way that may be.
At Kamikaze Pro you’ve built up a great resume of matches, do you feel your work is always improving? Definitely, I feel like this has been a great year so far and I have finally found myself as a performer/character. I am constantly refining and improving my repertoire in the ring to see how far I can push the boundaries of entertainment.
You also team as part of “Already Famous”, how have you taken to tag team wrestling and is it something you could see yourself pursuing? I have really enjoyed forming the “Already Famous” tag team with Toby; we have trained together practically our whole careers. So it’s great to be alongside someone you have an organic chemistry with. We both would like to keep the tag team alive as it offers something different to what is already out there.
What are the negatives and positives to being an independent wrestler? There are some negatives, the biggest negative to me aside from injuries is having to juggle around my schedule to make sure I can gym, train, travel, and eat. The positive is that I can say I am following my dream and entertaining people along the way.
How do you feel 2017 has gone for you so far, did you set yourself goals? My goal of 2017 was to become a better performer and embrace the character I am working as. But I am hoping next year I will become an established name on the independent scene.
With the UK Indy scene thriving, do you think the UK & Ireland is the best place to be wrestling right now? Definitely, for such a small area we have so many promotions and a long line of talent. But future talent has to keep stepping up to the bar to ensure the UK scene doesn’t fade away.
With a lot of talent focusing on highflying, flippy (dives) moves, your ring work is very mat/strike based, is it difficult pleasing all of the fans? I try to make sure that the stuff I do fits my character in the ring and gives the audience something different. I have always felt the way the move is presented is more important than the actual move itself.
What is the long-time goal for you in the wrestling business? My goal is to just to go as far as I can go in wrestling; it would be great to work for one of the big companies. But the most important thing for me is just to have fun and entertain.
Is there wrestlers you’ve yet to face that really want a match with? Here’s your chance to call them out? The list of people I would like to wrestle it getting longer all the time. But if I had to pick it would be between Chris Tyler and Kip Sabin.
Who is the best wrester(s) you’ve worked with? I recently had a match with David Starr which was very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed; also Adam Maxted would be up there.
And finally, have you any advice for new prospects wanting to wrestle, and where can we find you on social media? My advice would be to join a reputable training school that has produced good talent, go to the gym, and don’t underestimate the importance of the basics. Follow me on Instagram: @IAmScottGibson and Twitter: @ImScottGibson
A huge thank you to Scott for his time and patience, to keep up with the UK independent wrestling scene check out @kayfabeToday & @Wrestleropes
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