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APRIL, 2003
Dr. Heresy
Height: 6' 1"

Weight: 210 lbs.

Age: 26

Finishing Maneuver: Couch Trip

Entrance Music: "Hooked on Swing" by the Larry Elgart Orchestra

 

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Promotions Worked for:
N.E.- Assault Championship Wrestling (ACW), Atlantic Wrestling Federation (AWF), Atlas' All-Star Wrestling (ASW), Big East Wrestling (BEW), Coastal Championship Wrestling (CCW), Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA), Green Mountain Wrestling (GMW), Hardcore Wrestling Federation (HWF), Independent Connecticut Championship Wrestling (ICCW), Premier Wrestling Federation New England (PWF-NE), Independent Wrestling Alliance (IWA), International Independent Wrestling (IIW), Maple State Wrestling (MSW), Mayhem Independent Wrestling (MIW), Northeast Championship Wrestling (NCW), Paper City Championship Wrestling (PCCW), Phoenix Pro Wrestling (PPW), Power League Wrestling (PLW), South Coast Championship Wrestling (SCCW), Superstar Wrestling Federation (SWF), Tri-State Wrestling (TSW), Unified Championship Wrestling (UCW), World Class Wrestling Alliance (WCWA), World Wrestling Alliance (WWA), Wrestling Alliance of Mayhem (WAM), Wrestling Star Wars (WSW), Yankee Pro Wrestling (YPW)
U.S.- In Your Face Pro Wrestling (IYFPW) WV, Independent Professional Wrestling-Hardcore (IPW) FL, Jersey All-Pro Wrestling (JAPW) NJ, NWA-TNA TN, Madmar Entertainment PA, National Wrestling League (NWL) MD/WV, New Era Pro Wrestling (NEPW) OH, Nittany Valley Wrestling (NVW) PA, NWA Wildside GA, NWA-FL, NWA-NY, Phoenix Championship Wrestling (PCW) NJ, United Wrestling Federation (UWF) NJ, United Wrestling Federation (UWF) NJ, United Wrestling Council (UWC) NJ
Title History:
EWA Heavyweight Champion & Tag Team Champion
SCCW Heavyweight Champion
Power League Wrestling Heavyweight & New England Champion
International Independent Wrestling TV Champion & Tag Team Champion
Nittany Valley Wrestling (NVW) Tag Team Champion -PA

Q&A with Dr. Heresy

NEI: If anyone takes time to look at some of the older promotions in New England, your name seems to pop up in every one. How long have you been working the region and what was some of your earliest opportunities?

Dr. Heresy: My earliest opportunities came through Power League Wrestling, to this day a promotion which exists entirely to benefit worthy charities. The promoter runs all shows as losses, as each and every penny generated by the show goes directly to the charity. They still run sporadically to this day, and I encourage any fans reading this, if there are any (laughing) to support those shows if for no other reason than to support the charity that is being benefited. Also, the quality of shows and roster has improved to the point that I wouldn't have been able to get my foot in the door if I tried to get in today. Which, in hindsight, probably would have been a good thing, but hindsight is of course 20-20.

NEI: Having wrestled for seemingly every promotion in the region at one time or another, we now find you only booked for the EWA. Why such an exclusive working arrangement for one of New England's staples?

Dr. Heresy: Well, it kind of worked out that way, not entirely by my choice, but that's the way it is. I believe very strongly in the EWA product, obviously, and those shows became my top priority in the area a couple of years ago. Around the middle of 2001, I decided that I wanted to try to get as much work as possible in other areas both for experience and in hopes of getting my name "out there" more. I was able to be brought on as a regular for the top promotion in FL (where my long-time girlfriend at the time lived, conveniently), IPW, and was making trips down there up to three times a month. Starting in April, I picked up a regular deal with NEPW, which is a fed that is on course to run 80 shows this year in Eastern Ohio, and I have been a regular with them ever since. Keeping these out-of-region commitments has caused me to miss some opportunities in this area, which I regret, but hope to be able to secure some more regular work in this area by the end of this year. Being a "traveling willbury" is fun, but can be tiring when you factor in a full-time job and an active life in addition to that.

NEI: In traveling to Florida and Ohio and seeing how things are done, what do you think of New England wrestling today?

Dr. Heresy: Hmmmmm, interesting question. There is a lot more solidarity in the promotions I work for in FL and OH, because both are unquestionably the tops in their region. IPW is undisputed down there, as the only competition, who they were very friendly with and co-promoted shows with, FOW, just went under, leaving IPW with state-wide clearance on UPN, running-shows statewide, numerous sponsors, and top talent. NEPW is also pretty dominant in Eastern Ohio. Their only competition is Cleveland All-Pro, run by JT Lightning, but the two companies are ultra-friendly, book around each other, and split costs of bringing guys in. So basically, everyone I encounter at IPW or NEPW is very much a team player, happy to have a slot at the respective top promotions in their area. Up here in New England, there are several promotions, which can lay claim to being tops, given different criteria. The EWA, NECW, Chaotic, and WWA can all lay claim to being tops for different reasons. Consequently, there is a lot more dissension amongst the promotions, and the top workers for each company tend to bury each other a lot more. There's a lot more "smile face-to-face, bury behind the back" stuff around here than I've experienced in other areas.

Particularly great are the guys who post anonymously or under pseudonyms on message forums like yours, and echo things they've bitched about in "real life." It takes a genius to figure out who's posting in those cases (laughing). I hope this area can get to the point where we start working together to get the area as a whole more well-known, and leave the petty bickering aside. This should happen roughly thirty seconds after I hit my first moonsault...ok...any highspot (laughing). On a positive note, I am very pleased with the informal working agreement that the EWA and Chaotic have developed, sharing a lot of talent and trying not to book opposite each other whenever possible. It ends up meaning more work for the boys who work for both, and not forcing fans to choose between either promotion, as well as the requisite decrease in online slandering (laughing).

NEI: Who is Dr. Heresy in Ohio and Florida?

Dr. Heresy: Dr. Heresy in Ohio is the Dr. Heresy of the EWA in Maine, while in Florida is usually the Dr. Heresy of the EWA in Southbridge. Actually, in FL they now, after a run all last year as a face, tend to put me as whatever they need me to be that night, and have me cut a quick promo to either turn heel or face, depending on my opponent and what I was doing last time. It's probably tempting the fine Barry Windham line at this point, but as long as it works and gets over.

NEI: The gimmick was once the standard and the most critical part of a workers career in Wrestling. Today, the traditional gimmick of Cowboys, Vikings, Soldiers, Clowns, and Russians have all but gone by the way side. Besides Mike Osbourne, you are one of the only "gimmick workers" around. Do you think that it is a fad that has passed or can a gimmick still play to today's fans?

Dr. Heresy: Well, in all honesty, outside of my attire and name, I don't really incorporate much of a doctor gimmick into my work. I think that primarily a gimmick can draw a little attention at first glance, but inevitably, it's the work itself that will maintain fan interest throughout the course of a match. A few years ago, I considered dropping the Doctor deal and just going as Heresy, but I had been doing it for a little while at that point, and didn't want to lose any fame/notoriety/indifference by changing the name.

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The good doctor taking a break

NEI: When someone talks about who the best Wrestlers are, they focus on the in ring work. Often times, it is forgotten that Wrestling is character and charisma, relating to fans, creativity, and the ability to work the stick (microphone). Who do you think are some of the best Wrestlers in New England and for what reasons? What traits has made Dr. Heresy a regular in New England promotions for so many years?

Dr. Heresy: Historically, the top money drawers in the industry haven't been the best pure athletes or technical workers, but rather posses a combination of charisma, mic' skills, athletic ability, crowd work, getting the most out of the least, ring presence, psychology, stamina, selling, look, and many other intangibles. Ric Flair, for example, may not have been the best pure athlete, nor the biggest, but he possessed such a perfect combination of the aforementioned attributes that people always CARED about what he did, and bought tickets to see him get his ass kicked, or conversely to kick ass. Getting people to care about YOU as a performer, rather than to care about your specific spots (i.e. to pop for your comeback, rather than for a specific highspot) is quickly becoming a casualty of the modern-day style, but the modern-day money drawers still have mastered this art. In New England, there are many who stand out for various reasons. I'll limit my discussion here to current members of the EWA roster. John Walters is tops in terms of in-ring work, and his mic' skills and understated charisma are starting to come around as well. Adam Booker has that elusive "it," the size, and is so fluid in most everything he does in the ring. If Kid Crazy was six inches taller and fifty pounds heavier, he'd be the talk of this region. He gets it, can talk, gets more out of less (by choice), and makes people care, particularly as a heel. Aaron Stevens has the look, charisma, and good old-school psychology. Antonio Thomas has really come a long way in a short time, as he has the look, the ability, and was able to bring a diverse crowd to attention at two shows in a row in Southbridge, headlining with Walters. Johnny Heartbreaker has a tremendous look, GREAT heel charisma and promos that went untapped for a long time, all the right connections, a very good understanding of how to effectively structure a match, and some of the meanest forearms EVER (laughing). Frankie Armadillo, like Crazy, is often overlooked because of his size, but is a tremendous worker who eschews highspots that he could do with ease in favor of getting the crowd to respond to a punch (and his punches are probably tops in New England on a good night...never underestimate the power of a punch). There are so many guys with a ton of talent in the EWA, I could go on all day. Johnny Curtis, Brian Black, Steve Ramsey, Kenn Phoenix (big kudos to him for getting a look at only 16 years old, incredible), Rick Fuller, Mikazie, Vince Vicallo...everyone brings a LOT to the table. As for me, I'll never be the most athletic or look the best, which ultimately limits me, but I'll always have my mouth (laughing), and that's done alright for me so far. I've been lucky to establish some very good contacts, and I enjoy what I do, so I'll keep doing it for as long as I can, while getting as many of the guys opportunities with decent promotions in other areas as I can.

NEI: In the last year, the EWA has expanded to Southbridge, MA and has developed one of the most impressive fan bases in the region. What do you think this is attributed to?

Dr. Heresy: A good team on the ground there, consistent booking which makes sense month-to-month, and a very good product which promotes positive word-of-mouth. The team there can draw as many people as they want for the first few shows, but if the product didn't live up to the expectations of the paying public, they wouldn't come back. Luckily, it has, and now the EWA is able to have two regular venues to run monthly.

NEI: You are a heel who taunts and riles the fans of Portland, ME but play a babyface that the fans can't get enough of in Southbridge, MA. How important is crowd work to your persona and which role are you more comfortable in?

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The Master of the Microphone at work

Dr. Heresy: Imminently important. Making people care about you as a performer, as an individual, instead of caring about and popping for just your spots, is something of a lost art. It is one I have tried to focus on, because Lord knows my spots alone wouldn't get many people popping (laughing). I try to project as much emotion and charisma as possible whenever I perform, to make people respond to me, and to try to get them invested in me as a performer. I'm more comfortable as a heel, since that's how I work 75-80% of the time, but between having a full-time babyface run in FL last year, and now Southbridge, I'm fine with either.

NEI: How long have you been in Wrestling and what were your early days?

Dr. Heresy: I began managing in November of 1996, and in-ring one year later. The early days were very dark days. And by early days, I mean everyday up until ummmmmmm...yesterday. Seriously, at least until the middle of 2000 or so, if I could hire a hitman to "erase" all the years before then, consider it done. The less said, the better.

NEI: Thus far in your career, who has your best match been with? You're worst?

Dr. Heresy: That's very tough to say. I've consistently had my "best" matches with Kid Crazy and Adam Booker, with the recent seven-month program in Southbridge with Crazy being a personal highlight from both a creative and in-ring perspective. I had a good run in FL with Don Juan DeSanto before he retired, as well as up here before he left. One of my favorite matches from 2002 was teaming with Chi Chi Cruz against Chris Hamrick and Jerry Lynn in PA. That was a great match that had 500 people rocking. Teaming with Chi Chi was a regular thing in Ohio, and always a blast. My teaming with Maverick Wild in the EWA was short, but the TLC match we had was a very fun match. In my "Top Rope" (I know, I know) days, I always enjoyed working Johnny Angel. For nostalgia's sake, I really enjoyed the EWA six-man match at the "Headlocks for Humanity" show, where myself, Frankie Armadillo and Steve Ramsey went in with Brian Black, Damian Houston and Booker, and had a very good match in front of a crowd who didn't know us from a hole in the wall when we started, but gave a decent ovation at the end. That was a good time. As for worst? Everything else (laughing). There have been plenty of dark moments. I try not to reflect on them and instead focus on the positives that keep us motivated to continue with this.

NEI: Many workers from New England have traveled to TNA for dark matches where they worked one another; Adam Booker & Johnny Curtis, Slyk Wagner Brown & John Walters. When you traveled to TNA with Kid Crazy you worked Jose Estrada and Crazy worked AJ Styles. How did this come about?

Dr. Heresy: Ahhhh...the infamous TNA appearance. Well, from the beginning, when Chris Hamrick was offered a dark match, he was told to bring an opponent. He couldn't get hold of Chi Chi Cruz, so he told Bill Behrens (who schedules the dark matches for TNA) he'd bring me. Before telling me, he got ahold of Chi Chi, and they squared everything away, so he never brought it up to me. No one told Behrens, however, so at the first night of the Wildside Fright Night Tag Tourney, Behrens brought up that he'd see me again that Wednesday, for TNA. Thoroughly perplexed, a few phone calls later we pieced everything back together. Behrens then offered me my own match (and, despite the "many" dissenting views on your board, who would evidently turn down a tryout for a regular paid weekly gig, I accepted in short order), and told me to bring an opponent. I chose Kid Crazy. We arrived there to find our names paired on the sheet with Estrada and Styles, which I assumed was a rib. It just happened that they had decided to switch Xplosion over to matches featuring TNA guys instead of pure dark match talent, and Behrens chose Crazy and I out of the dark match guys there that night to do the Xplosion matches. Finding a tape of that is like searching for the Holy Grail, though.

NEI: In the EWA documentary "Don't Stop Believing," that many fans may not have seen, you discussed some of the sacrifices that you have made because of your passion for Wrestling. What is your greatest sacrifice and is your involvement in Wrestling worth those sacrifices?

Dr. Heresy: If people want specifics, they can shell out $10, the price of my innermost secrets, (laughing) for the video, I don't want to be a sad sack here. In the end, without a doubt, my involvement was worth every sacrifice.

NEI: Have you or do you loose your passion?

Dr. Heresy: It comes and goes. Luckily, it's here 95% of the time. Every once in a while, I know I'm starting to look at it as a responsibility, rather than as a fun and gratifying (although typically not terribly so financially), and I take a short break to recharge my batteries. I did that last summer in the end of July-mid-August. That's worked so far, I still value all of my experiences and couldn't imagine my life without them.

NEI: What Phobias haunt the mind of Dr. Heresy?

Dr. Heresy: Highspotophobia, because my highspots are knee-high at best, relatively (laughing).

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A compromising position
The Final Word
In a sport where what an athlete can physically do in the ring stands out above all else, Dr. Heresy is a true classic of the game. A self admitted traditional worker, he won't dazzle the crowd with top rope maneuvers or a blinding chain exchange. However, from the moment he steps through the curtain, you will either love him or hate him and he will hold your attention in the palm of his hand. Few posses his in ring psychology and ability to work a crowd with the microphone. In a business where everyone thinks they have the next formula for success, Heresy has proven in and out of the ring to have the creative mindset for a winning product, just ask the fans of Southbridge, MA.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 5, 2003 New Era Pro Wrestling (NEPW) Norwalk, OH
  • April 6, 2003 New Era Pro Wrestling (NEPW) Geneva, OH
  • April 12, 2003 Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA) South Portland, ME
  • April 18, 2003 Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA) Southbridge, MA
  • April 19, 2003 NWA Wildside Cornelia, GA
  • April 26, 2003 ACE Promotions Bristol, RI
  • May 10, 2003 New Era Pro Wrestling (NEPW) Painesville, OH
  • May 17, 2003 Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA) South Portland, ME
  • May 18, 2003 Power League Wrestling (PLW) RI
  • May 30, 2003 Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA) Southbridge, MA

Photo Credits: www.ipw-hardcore.com & www.doctorheresy.com

Created By
J-Winger & J-Guru

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