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AUGUST, 2004
Johnny Heartbreaker
Height: 6' 1"

Weight: 221 lbs.

Age: 22

Entrance Music: "Dirty" by Christina Aguilera

Finishing Maneuvers: Blockbuster from the top rope

Promotions Worked for: WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling - KY), ECWA (East Coast Wrestling Association - DE), NEW (Northeast Wrestling - CT, NJ), EWA (Eastern Wrestling Alliance - MA, ME), PCW (Phoenix Championship Wrestling - NJ), MEW (Maine Event Wrestling - ME), NEPW (New Era Pro Wrestling - OH),

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ACW (Atlas Championship Wrestling - ME), ACW (Assault Championship Wrestling - CT), WoHW (World of Hurt Wrestling - NY), JWA Wrestling Alliance (NJ), WWA New England (World Wrestling Alliance - MA), EWF (Elite Wrestling Federation - TX), Madmar Entertainment (PA), UWF (United Wrestling Federation - MA), PCCW (Paper City Championship Wrestling - MA), NAWF (New Age Wrestling Federation - CT), MWA (Millenium Wrestling Association - CT, RI), BCW (Boxing Connection Wrestling - NY), NYSWF (New York State Wrestling Federation - NY), NAWA (North American Wrestling Association - NY), ECPW (East Coast Pro Wrestling - NJ, CT), APW (Acid Pro Wrestling - CT), YPW (Yankee Pro Wrestling - MA, RI), SCCW (South Coast Championship Wrestling - MA, CT), BANG Wrestling (FL), NWA Tri-State (PA), IWC (International Wrestling Cartel - PA), NHW (New Horizons Wrestling - ME), WFA (Wrestling Federation of America - New Hampshire), JAPW (Jersey All Pro Wrestling: New Jersey), ASWA (All Star Wrestling Association - ME)

Title History: EWA Tag Team Champion, NEW Intercontinental Champion, NEW Tag Team Champion, NEPW Tag Team Champion, ASWA Heavyweight Champion


Q&A with Johnny Heartbreaker

NEI: What was your motivation to get into Professional Wrestling?

JHB: I was a HUGE fan as a kid. I went to every event I could, every autograph session I could, got all the magazines, and all that stuff. It was when Shawn Michaels was doing his WrestleMania 12 boyhood dream gimmick, that lit a spark in me and since I loved wrestling so much, actually doing it was the next progressive step. I actually used to take pictures for various wrestling magazines and get them printed regularly before I began my actual training.

NEI: How did you first seek training and where did you go?

JHB: I began training with "Hippie Freak" Nick Barberi then when he shut down his promotion, MWA, I continued by training with Kevin Landry. This took place in Springfield, Massachusetts. See my answer to question 3 for the rest of that story.

NEI: As a New England Wrestler, many fans might not know that you are actually from and reside in NY state. How did you come to be more of a regular in the New England region than the highly recognized NY/NJ region?

JHB: I went to college at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, which was only about 45 minutes from my home in New York. It was there in my school gym where I saw Alex Roma working out, cousin of Paul Roma. Once I found out he was a wrestler, I told him I wanted to get into it. He was real cool about everything and offered to take me up to the ring in Springfield, MA, which was where I met Nick Barberi. It is because I got my training up in Massachusetts that I became more of a regular because I got to know many of the New England workers and promoters. Although I have done and am doing more shows in the New York, New Jersey area as of late.

NEI: Great teammates often make great rivals and vice versa. How do you reflect on your matches with and against long time friend, partner, and often times rival Antonio Thomas?

JHB: I can't say enough of Antonio. He has it all, no doubt about it. When he called me and told me the news he got signed by the WWE, I was not surprised one bit. I think everyone knew it was just a matter of time and getting an opportunity. I am proud to call him one of the best friends that I have. I'm glad we met and got to know each other. We are very similar individuals with mirror work ethics; we push each other in the gym, in the ring, and get along great on the road and outside the ring, we've had a lot of laughs. We're always there to talk to each other and encourage one another and just to show you the type of guy he is, I cant count how many times he's let me crash at his house instead of having me drive home back to New York in the middle of the night. There will be a lot more fun to come since we are both in OVW. Looking back on our previous matches, we are like, hmmm, those weren't too good, although at the time they were good given our ability and experience. As we continue to move on, progress, and learn, our matches will continue to get better, and that's all we can ask for.
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"JHB with The Promise"

NEI: In late 2003 the EWA (Eastern Wrestling Alliance) moved from its home base of Portland, ME to Western MA and fans saw the departure of long time commissioner Alexander Worthington III, which set you up to fill his shoes. How do you look back on this angle and your role as the EWA Commissioner?

JHB: At first I didn't think much of it, and just like many others, I thought Worthington would be back in a few months. It was a good experience because being the Commissioner is a lot bigger responsibility. I knew I would be having to do live promos every month, and be involved in some type of angles and/or vignettes. Before I became commish, I had never done a promo before. I was one of those people who had a hard time in school doing speeches and presentations in front of the class. Looking back, this was an excellent learning experience and good practice forum. I had a blast and a lot of fun, and am grateful to be given the opportunity.

NEI: After suffering a nagging shoulder injury in early 2003 you spent nearly a years time out of the ring. How did you feel facing a possible career ending injury?

JHB: There is nothing worse than not being able to do something you desperately want to do so bad. It was a tough and challenging time. However, the true measure of a man is when he is faced with an obstacle and challenge. You have two choices, and I'll compare it to when a dog gets hurt. It can roll over and die, or it can jump out and bite ya. When something like that happens, its easy to roll over and die, but it comes down to how bad you want it and what are you willing to do get it. Not too many people know this but I moved for 5 months to Birmingham, Alabama to get my operation done by world renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and do physical therapy with his top physician. I figured if I'm going to do this, I might as well go to the absolute best. I did physical therapy 6 days a week, twice a day, 9 hours per day, and that's legit. I'm not saying this to try to put myself over, but I doubt a lot of guys could have gone through what I've gone through, and come back. But not only come back, but return at a higher level and in better shape then I was before, and I'm extremely proud of that. I refused to let this injury stop me, and I'd like to think this is all behind me now. Guys get hurt all the time, and have long careers after these injuries.

NEI: Do you feel you are at 100%?

JHB: I will add that no one will realize how hard the road back is, unless they have been through something similar. As far as being 100%, I'm as close to 100% as possible given the circumstances of my past.

NEI: In early 2004 you, along with many other New England Wrestlers, attended a weeklong training camp/try out with OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling). How was this experience and what affect has it had on you style of wrestling?

JHB: It was great experience. Just listening to guys like Jim Cornette, Dr. Tom Pritchard, Danny Davis, and all the great OVW talent was worth the trip. There is so much knowledge down there for the taking, and I learned a lot in just that one week. As far as my style of wrestling, it truly opened my eyes, and I did take many things from it.

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"A dominant JHB"

NEI: You have recently made the announcement that you are going to be moving to OVW to work as part of their developmental program. Leaving the New England Wrestling is there anyone you wish you had the opportunity to Wrestle that you have not?

JHB: I pretty much worked with everyone in New England that I wanted to, at least once in one form or another, whether it be practice or actual shows. The only thing I would have liked to do is work with all of them more. But I'm pretty satisfied with who I've gotten to work, and I want to thank every single one of them for making me better, for teaching me, and helping me, and most importantly, putting up with me (laughing).

NEI: Still out of action rehabbing an injury in June of 2003 you acted as the Color Commentator for the first ever New England Independent Invitational Tournament. Was it a difficult transition to go from an in ring athlete to a commentator?

 

JHB: I'll tell ya, it was a lot more difficult then I thought. That was the first time I ever did anything of that sort, although I did have one practice run the night before at an EWA show. Poor Bobby Cruise (laughing) but I did the best I could and it was a good learning experience and practice in case I ever have to do anything like that again. I hope that I added a little something to an excellent night of wrestling.

NEI: As you prepare to depart for OVW is there anything you would like to say to the fans and talent of New England Wrestling?

JHB: Well like I said before I want to thank every single person I've ever worked with and for putting up with me. I would love to see more promotions working together, but I know that will never happen, that's just the nature of the beast. As far as the fans go, I'll give the usual support the Indy's spiel and thank all the regulars for their continued enthusiasm and support.

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"JHB showing off YJ Stinger with some chic"

NEI: What is your favorite moment in wrestling thus far?

JHB: Hmmm, I don't know if I can point out just one. Being a druid at WrestleMania 20 was pretty amazing, as was doing the Cosmopolitan shoot with Stacy Keibler. I would also consider one of my favorite moments was when I had the opportunity to wrestle in front of my hometown college crowd, one month before I graduated, in front of all my friends and family, and look each one of them in eye and tell them, "I told you so, I told you I'd do it." For all those people who thought I was joking around, or wasn't going to take it seriously, or wasn't going through with it, or telling me I had no chance.... That was an awesome feeling!

 

The Final Word

The wrestling industry is often times as diverse as the athletes it is made up of. Amongst that diversity it is rare to find an individual who possesses all of the qualities that make up a true star in the business, charisma, physical presence, and talent. Johnny Heartbreaker is one of those rare individuals. Overcoming a career threatening injury Heartbreaker has fought his way back to re-establish himself as one of the top talents in the Northeast. As the EWA's (Eastern Wrestling Alliance) Commissioner Heartbreaker returned to action with his long term partner, and sometimes nemesis, Antonio Thomas to run wild over the promotion. As a dominant team they quickly won the EWA Tag Team Titles and became engrossed in feuds with "Clinically Inclined" (Dr. Heresy & Andre Lyonz) and Heavyweight Champion Cueball. Committed to becoming the biggest star that he can Heartbreaker has recently left the New England region and moved to OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) where he trains with the WWE developmental promotion.
Upcoming Dates:
Johnny Heartbreaker is currently training in OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling)

Photo Credits: http://www.johnnyheartbreaker.com


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