Q&A with Kid Krazy
NEI: Where did you get your start in New England Wrestling and who did you train with?
Krazy: Somehow I got talking to the Storm Bros. out of Providence, RI. They used to set up the ring in Kyle's back driveway and bounce around. I convinced them to teach me some stuff, and started bumping my ass off everyday after school. After a few months, I had my first match at the age of 13 in North Providence. I blended in with the locker room real quick and guys would always bring me in the ring before shows to work on shit. At the Mayhem Independent Wrestling shows, I remember working a lot with the Hit Squad and the Haas Bros. After awhile, shit fell apart there and I was out a place to train. Somehow, we started going to this place in New Bedford, MA where Matt and Vinny, of The Damned fame, would train and I would work with them and a guy named Mike Edwards. Mike had been around forever, and everything the guy did looked good. He had too much shit going on with his family so I don't think he's around anymore, but I learned a lot from him. After all that, I started training with a ton of other people and picked up stuff from everywhere, and 5 or so years later here we are.
NEI: Who is "El Tornado" and how do you feel about him?
Krazy: Yeah, that was my punk ass when I first started. Basically, they didn't want to have a 13 year old kid getting his ass kicked by some 30 year old guy on their shows. More importantly, they didn't want any of their guys to be selling anything from a kid either. Mask or no mask, I looked like a 13 year old kid either way.
NEI: Who exactly does a 13 year old kid wrestle and what is the quality of the matches?
Krazy: I had some pretty shitty matches. I worked this guy, Al-T-Tude in my first match and oh god was that the shits. There was this guy named Russell who the Storms knew, and he had this gimmick 'Darkstar'. He was a hell of a nice guy, but when he got into the ring, the whole place would stink up. He would start to powerbomb me and tombstone me and chokeslam me for 10 min right when the bell rang. It was ridiculous and I hope never to see any of those matches, EVER.
NEI: Were there fears coming to the ring and performing in front of a crowd at such a young age?
Krazy: I'm sure I was nervous for a little while, but it went away quick. I remember the first time I cut a promo' I was scared shitless. I also had a hood on at the time to conceal my age, so I guess that may have been a little bit of a help.
NEI: What have been some of your worse experiences in Wrestling, entering the sport at such a young age?
Krazy: Well, I got stuck working with allot of the wrong people when I was coming in, and that's not exactly good for a person who is supposed to be learning. Unfortunately, this wrestling shit isn't exactly an organized institution. You meet a lot of guys out there that think having wrestling boots (or shoes in some cases) makes you a worker. When I first started, I worked places that 50% of the guys were trained (or sort of trained, or knew someone who was sort of trained), and the rest were guys who had never once had anything taught to them. They just practiced what they thought was right. I'm fortunate now that most the bookers that know me well don't put me with any of these guys, but every once in a while you get stuck with somebody that doesn't know what their doing and you know going into it that your not going to have a good time. I just kind of wish that I had learned a lot more in my earlier years then I did when I went out and learned it myself.
NEI: Do you prefer to work as a heel or a face and why?
Krazy: Heel always. I can work babyface, but I'm too lazy. Heel works well for me anyway so why change it.
NEI: A common mentality in Wrestling is the bigger the better, how do you feel your size affects you in the ring? Is it an obstacle in getting over with the crowd in your opinion?
Krazy: Personally, I think that my heel gimmick works well for me. Most of the smaller guys work as babyfaces just because that's the way it goes. Big fat bully heel, and a smaller, likable, underdog babyface. I use my size well with cheap cutoffs and such, nothing powerful. I'm a cocky little punk that makes too much noise and people don't like it. I see what annoys them and I work with that the whole match. I like being in control of the crowd. Most heels my size don't catch on too well with the people due to the lack of intimidation. I do a good enough job of pissing them off so that they want to see me get my ass beat regardless of how easy it may look for my opponent.
NEI: You were recently crowned PWF-NE Heavyweight Champion with a victory over Chris Venom and then two successful title defenses against Luis Ortiz and Vince Vicallo. Who would you like to work a match with that you have yet to, and what do you think is the best match you have had?
Krazy: I have no clue what my best match has been. I think the better matches that I have are with the people I consider my boys, meaning that we really don't have to talk out a match at all. Just go out there and do it. That's the way I like it. Unfortunately today, you can't go out and call it in the ring with many people and turn in a satisfying performance. Guys either don't get it or just want to get their shit in, or in most cases both. Somebody that I would like to work in a singles would be Maverick Wild. I've worked him in a couple tags, but I think we would tear it up in a singles. The guy could have a good match with a broomstick. Another guy would be Mini. Mostly I'm always working bigger guys so its pretty much the 'same old same old', and when I have worked smaller guys, it just goes back to what I said a few sentences ago, they don't get it. They just want to run around and do all these flips. Mini seems to get it and I think we would really put something good together.
NEI: How would you comment on your time spent in YPW/SCCW with Joe Eugineo? I have heard rumors that you suffer nagging injuries (knee pain specifically) from excessive stunts performed while working for these promotions, true or false?
Krazy: I have always had problems with my knees ever since I started. The fact that my first night at the PAL, they had me jump off the balcony didn't make matters much better. But I used to be a little highspot mark when I was younger (as are most people that size and age). Thankfully, I hung around a lot of the vets that actually knew what they were talking about (which is pretty few and far between over there) and started to absorb the concept of getting more out of less. So I slowly cut out all that stupid flippy shit and replaced it with work. Once in a while you may see me pull some highspot out of my ass, but not often at all.
NEI: Who would you call your Wrestling idol?
Krazy: Everybody has the same answers for this question I'm sure. Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and all that. I'm huge on guys like Bobby Eaton and Tully Blanchard. If you ever get a chance to watch some Bill Watts from back in the day, like Watts vs. Jack Brisco or Bockwinkel, I suggest you do. It's all about taking that kind of pace and psychology and applying it to today's shit. Wrestling today is pretty much.... different. I like the guys that grabbed onto people's minds and emotions. But if I had to narrow it down to just one, it would be Bobby Eaton. He could do it all and never made a wrong move. The man could get a reaction out of a corpse.
NEI: Who in New England are you a fan of and why?
Krazy: I don't really know. There's a lot of good workers around. Somebody I worked a lot with a few years ago for WWA was Tre The Smooth Operating Gangsta. He is one of the most entertaining guys I've ever had the pleasure of working with. His promos were absolutely hilarious, and there was NEVER a dull moment when he was in the ring. It sucks that I don't get to see that guy at all anymore. If anybody reading this knows and speaks with Tre at all, tell em Kid Krazy was asking about him. There are a lot of guys around here that are topnotch. The guys I would say are my boys are up there in my opinion. Not just because they're my friends, but because I know that they know what they're doing, and they always have good matches. Someone that needs to be mentioned is my boy Cueball. That guy is pretty talented, very finely tuned, and it is true: "People love Cueball!"
NEI: At the age of 19, you are a 6 year veteran. What changes have you experienced in New England Wrestling in that time?
Krazy: Everybody in the world runs shows. When I started, there was a share of pretty shitty shows being run, but not nearly as many as there are today. Most of the shows that I am on aren't bad at all. But sometimes, if the price is right, I end up in a locker room looking around saying to myself 'What the fuck am I doing here?' Mostly, I can't really say that there have been many significant changes around here, just bad things gone worse I guess. It's sucks that lots of people see there's a wrestling show coming to town, and lots of the time they leave never wanting to watch wrestling again because of the quality of the show. Attitude is a pretty funny thing too. Lots of guys walk around acting like there the shit when really they have no clue about what they're doing. I find entertainment in the guys that talk like they've been around for years and have packed in a ton of experience. Anybody can talk the talk, and most of them do, but only a select few can go out there and walk the walk. If you fall under this category, next time you start going off on your big league tangent, really think to yourself if you even know what the hell you are talking about. I bet if someone quizzed you about it, you'd fail miserably.
Krazy: I had been working the 'no-gear' deal for long enough. I was planning on getting something made, but then when I heard about the TNA gimmick, I got the ball rolling a little faster. I ordered them and told them about it and that I would like it in time for the trip. We were supposed to leave for TNA at like 10 PM or something like that, and Fed EX arrived at my house at like 6. So I got them just in time I'd say.
NEI: If you were participating in a WWE tryout match who would you hand-pick as your opponent and why?
Krazy: I really don't know to tell you the truth. I have so many people that would come to mind immediately, just I wouldn't know who or how to chose. I would first think of the people that I know well and could have a good match with without discussion: Booker, Armadillo, Heresy, Chi Chi Cruz, and many others. I would probably call them back and tell them that I couldn't find anybody so I wouldn't have to make that decision. I would never come up with an answer.
NEI: How do you reflect on your feud earlier this year with Dr. Heresy in the EWA, a feud that featured some of your best matches in my opinion.
Krazy: Well, I guess I know that prick like the back of my hand, so it wasn't hard at all to work matches with him. I don't know how many matches exactly that it lasted but I don't think it ever took more then 3 min to talk over any of those matches, and that's cool with me. We had some pretty good matches, just kind of took it slow. But the people of Southbridge (God I hate Southbridge) ate it up. I do remember taking a pretty sick bump taking a slam off the top of a bar they had there that I wish I hadn't taken. All in all though, I liked those matches, and so did the crowd so you can't go wrong there I guess.
The Final Word
|"Good things come in small packages"
is a statement that applies to nobody better than Kid Krazy. A veritable veteran at the
age of 19, Krazy has had a prolific career in New England Wrestling, working Power League
summer shows, to Yankee Pro house shows at the PAL, to EWA and PWF-NE main event title
matches. Formerly working under a hood as El Tornado to shield his age from both fans and
particular Athletic Commissions, the young worker no longer hides his face or anything
else as he is often times the most boisterous member of a card. As a heel, the young punk
taunts the fans as much as his opponents, drawing heat and many an off-color comment from
the crowd. On August 16 of this year in Plainfield, CT, Krazy defeated "The
Revolution" Chris Venom for the PWF-NE Heavyweight title and has since had successful
title defenses against Vince Vicallo and Luis Ortiz. With years of experience and a true
taste for creating crowd drama, the small yet versatile Krazy has become a regional name
and recognized personality.
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