|"Kick Ass" Kyle Storm|
|Title History: NEWA Tag-Team Champions  - Freedom Force (1994), NEWF Tag-Team Champions - Storm Brothers (1995), YPWA Tag-Team Champions  - Storm Brothers (1996-1997), MIW Tag-Team Champions - Dogs of War (1998), PWI Top 500 (under Iron Fist Gimmick) (1994), IIW Heavyweight Champ (2000), PCW Heavyweight Champ (2000), PWI Top 500 (2000), USPW Heavyweight Champ (2000), CW Tag Team Champs with Spike Dudley (2001), PWI Top 500 (2001), PWF-NE Tag Champions - Storm Brothers (2003), PWF-NE Heavyweight Champion (2004)|
Q&A with "Kick Ass" Kyle Storm
NEI: How did you first come to be involved in Pro Wrestling?
Storm: I first got into Wrestling when my friend from high school discovered the NEWA from a guy his father worked with.
NEI: With whom did you train and what was the earliest organization that you worked for?
Storm: Well, at first Matt (Storm) and I trained ourselves by watching tape and slowmowing moves to learn how they were done. The Company was the NEWA back in 1992. None of the guys were trained back then, so I guess you could call it backyard wrestling but we had a ring.
Storm: To understand that, we would have to get into a great deal of history before the Damned. I would have to begin in NEWA with the Freedom Force. That was Matt and I (Kid Liberty and Iron Fist.) Now, Draven was in a tag in NEWA called the Nightmare (Dream Lord and Dream Keeper.) We probably had some of the best matches with them. In fact, NEWA still shows those matches on TV today, 10 years later. So Matt and I left NEWA in 1995 to go to Yankee Pro. Now, walking into there was huge for us. We got trained, or should I say, untrained then retrained. I mean, if we would have done what we should have done and went to Killer's (Kowalski) school in 1992, we would have been in the same class as HHH, so who knows, huh? Now, with Matt and I leaving NEWA, Vinny (Draven) started working singles as Draven and had a good run as a singles wrestler I think. Matt and I started the tag team of the Storm Brothers and won the Yankee Pro tag titles on our first show as a tag with that company. Now, at this time I was 21 and Matt was 20 and we were finally trained right. So everything is going along well and Matt and I make the worst decision that I think we could have ever made. We were wrestling for Big City Mike (RIP) and he brought in a new booker for the night. His name was Tony Rumble. Matt knew of him more than I did at this point. After the show, he came up to us and said that he liked us and wanted to start using us for his CWA. Now, I had no idea what that was. I mean, I was dumb to indy wrestling then. Now we had Yankee's tag titles at the time so we talked to Joe about us working for Tony. He said that he couldn't stop us but didn't have to keep booking us either. So, we took that as a no and called Tony to tell him. Lets just say that he wasn't happy and told us when we figured out what we wanted, then call him and he hung up. We learned and left YPW in 1997 as the Dogs of War. We traveled around the East Coast for about a year before we decided to open Mayhem with a few friends. Now, that story can be found on the net at www.pwfnortheast.com so I am not getting into that. I left Mayhem in 1999 and was out of the business for a year before coming back. Matt started working with Draven in 2000 I think, I don't really know exact dates on that one. Matt and I weren't talking at the time and really weren't getting along. I went back to wrestling singles and won my first heavyweight title in 2000 in IIW against Ebony Blade. After that, I won the PCW title and the USA Pro title (USA pro was a company run by Phil Apollo). After that, I was contracted by Chaotic Wrestling. Matt and Vinny were the Tag champs of Chaotic so that was a fun locker room for me to be in (laughing). But we were professional. I mean, everyone knew that Matt and I hated each other, but you would never had known it. The Ddamned went on to be one of the best if not the best tag team in NE for a good few years. I take my hat off to them for what they did. So that is my opinion of the Damned.
NEI: What has been your proudest moment in your wrestling career to date?
Storm: Probably proving everyone wrong and making a longer run at this then anyone thought I would. Actually, I would have to say talking to Harley Race about, well, everything, and learning his views and opinions of myself was a big thing in my life.
Storm: Evan Siks, Toxic Tommy Knoxville, Dirk the Package Johnson, Big Tim Towers, Andy Jaxx. I mean, I have had a hand in training so many people, it is hard to single out any, but if I had to those would be the ones.
NEI: You were one of the early workers to be approach by the then controversial Chaotic Wrestling organization to be one of their contracted wrestlers. How do you remember being approached for this opportunity and how do you reflect on the overall experience?
Storm: It is kind of funny. I was contacted to work Lokobazoka (Spelling) and my only thought on Chaotic wrestling was BACKYARD so I no showed. I had an injury so I didn't show to work. After that show, I was contacted again to work and I worked my first show for CW and I knocked out Tony Atlas. So not doing too well as of yet. But I stayed with it. Randy Miller and myself got along well so we worked together on a lot of things. I had a great time in CW for almost a year until he decided to team up with Mike Hollow. You see, Mike Hollow and I don't get along and probably never will. See, I speak my mind, sometimes to my detriment. Mike didn't like the fact that I thought his ways were too old school and stale and if you look at the current CW product, you will see what I mean. No offense to any of the workers, but the booking is stale.
NEI: The idea of exclusivity with wrestlers and a working roster seems like a common sense move. As a promoter, how did you view this contract philosophy and what is your own promoting philosophy?
Storm: As a worker, I loved it. I always knew where I was working and with who, and I got paid whether I worked or not. It was like a job. But we worked our asses off. As a promoter, the only thing you need to do to keep a roster is to treat them well and make them happy to work with you. PWF-NE does not contract workers, but we have storylines with guys that are always there no matter who books them. That is respect, respect they give us and respect we give them.
NEI: You have been an active owner for several promotions in the New England region. After running Mayhem Independent Wrestling (MIW), you later took on ownership of IIW, the joint venture of Unified (UCW), Power League (PLW), and Independent (IWA). How do you look back on this project and your co-owners Mike Biggs, Anthony Ruffo, Tommy D., & Butch Petrillio?
Storm: Ant Ruffo is one of the great guys in the business. His only problem is that he can't separate business from friendship. He books people that have no business in a ring, safety-wise or any. Mike Biggs is your typical promoter scum bag. He can't be trusted and is one of the major reasons why this region is in trouble. Butch isn't even worth me talking about. He doesn't belong anywhere in this industry. Tommy D is and will always be a good friend of mine. He is the ring announcer for PWF-NE and his shows (not always the best) but always a homecoming to a lot of the boys to see each other.
NEI: The ICCW promotion changed ownership and eventually evolved into the current PWF-NE. How did you come into ownership once again and how did you relate with the now former owners?
Storm: To be honest, I was never around during the ICCW days. That was about the time that Matt and I first started to talk again. I would say, around Genesis II, I was helping out with PWF quite a bit. Between them using my ring for shows and so on. To be honest, I really did it for Matt and I saw a great thing in PWF but he had no one doing anything to make it great. Everyone was treating it like a hobby and a business can't run like that. He was doing all the work and getting tired of doing it. I think with me coming in, it gave him more possibilities with video, editing his own shows to sell without going through TC Tapes. Plus, we were able to start doing entrances videos for our boys at the show. They have really added to PWF with telling story lines to new people watching us for the first time and so on. I will still be a part of PWF when I move so everyone can rest assured PWF-NE is not going anywhere.
NEI: As you prepare to depart the New England region where you established yourself, do you have any parting words and do you anticipate being involved with Indy Wrestling in the Florida area?
Storm: To be honest, not too many. To all the vets in the area, do your part and your jobs. Show these young guys what the business is really about. Push the future and stop trying to put yourselves over. I know a lot of the promotions in FL and it may happen, but a lot has to happen before I will take that avenue.
The Final Word
|One of the true veterans of the modern
Independent Wrestling era of New England, Kyle Storm has worn many hats in his 12 year
career. Starting out as a rookie backyarder with best friend Matt, they teamed together as
partners and friends to establish themselves as the Storm Brothers. The Storms, after
breaking into the local Wrestling scene, began getting trained and later went on to run
Mayhem Independent Wrestling. Once Mayhem closed, the Storm brothers split as a team and
Kyle went on to run IIW and later was a contracted Wrestler with Chaotic Wrestling where
he went toe-to-toe with many New England icons such as Luis Ortiz and Tony Atlas. In
recent years, Kyle Storm took over part ownership of the PWF-NE company, but when he lost
that ownership, he and Matt reunited at the Storm Brothers and resurrected the Mayhem
Wrestling group within PWF-NE to destroy the company once and for all. Although the battle
between PWF-NE and Mayhem continues, it will be without one of Mayhem's founding fathers
as Kyle Storm has officially announced his retirement from New England Independent
Wrestling and his departure from the region.
Click HERE for a retirement tribute to Kyle Storm (courtasy of PWF-NE. 26MBs)
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