After being part of the GFW roster for just over 2 years, Trevor Lee has quickly established himself as one of the main stars, capturing the Tag Team Championship with Brian Myers (WWE’s Curt Hawkins) before winning the X-Division Championship on three occasions. Hailing from Cameron, North Carolina, Lee was trained by Jeff and Matt Hardy and quickly made a name for himself on the independent scene. His work on the independent scene along with the Titles he had captured was enough to impress the GFW Impact Wrestling staff and give him a spot in the company, making his debut in August 2015. Steel Chair Magazine recently had the opportunity to speak to Trevor Lee about GFW Impact Wrestling, his experience of the UK wrestling scene, and much more.
You’re a 2-time X-Division Champion. What does this title mean to you ?
I think it’s great. I always love when I can be the champion of the division because it kind of makes me the face of the division so therefore I mean at least I always have a spot. It’s great to be the X-Division Champion because there’s some interesting people involved in stuff. And just having the opportunity to walk on the footsteps of great wrestlers who held it before is pretty cool.
GFW Impact Wrestling is currently said to be in full rebuilding process. What do you think you can bring to this process?
The same thing I’ve been trying to bring since I first got here. I’ve been through a couple of rebranding stages here but each time I’m still the top guy of the division. So I’m still bringing the same thing that I brought in that I’m going to bring now. I just want to have a good work, I just want people to enjoy the product and I just want people to watch the product.
What is your point of view about all these talents that are coming back or arriving on GFW, like Petey Williams, Texano, Pagano?
I think it’s awesome that we’re bringing in on these different people from Pro Wrestling NOAH, Crash in Mexico and AAA. Why wouldn’t we want to use more talents from around the world that are good at something we do? And not also from 4 countries but from independent scenes in America, like Dezmond Xavier, Ohio Versus Everything (oVe). These are guys coming from the independent scenes and we’re just bringing in fresh talents, something people can’t see everywhere so we’re just trying to give them that avenue to see it here.
You just took part of PWG Battle of Los Angeles. It’s something that seems to be important for you. You participated in the last 4 editions, you even reached the finals in 2016. What does this tournament bring you and allow you to do?
PWG was the first place who gave me an opportunity in America to really like showcase myself on the independent scene. So PWG has always had a soft spot in my heart. The Battle of Los Angeles, like I said for Global Force Wrestling, it’s the best guys, the best free agents around the world, people from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England, Mexico, Japan, all in a tournament. It’s a huge deal, there’s always a big buzz around this, 3 nights in California and every night sold out in the hottest building in the world, 110°F outside, and everybody loves it. It’s the best wrestling that you can see live, without a banner on it.
I’ve worked with Marty Scurll in BOLA, I absolutely enjoyed working with Zack Sabre Jr. in Virginia and in PWG. I enjoy working with all those guys there because we’re all coming from the same point, we’re all just trying to make a living out of the thing we love and we all have an extreme passion for it so everybody that I got to work with this year and every time in PWG was a great time.
Most of the wrestlers who came to work in the United Kingdom are always saying the crowd is great. What was your experience of it?
I wrestled in England for Southside Wrestling Entertainment, RevPro, Fight Club: Pro, Kamikaze Pro. I think I’ve done 2 or 3 tours of England now with GFW and I’ve loved it. I love the scene there, a great scene, there are rabid fans, every show is a sold-out show. I think we wrestled on Tuesday in Portsmouth one time and it was sold-out. It’s a great time because the fans are great. I also wrestled in Germany for one tour and those fans were also great, for wXw 16 Carat Gold. It’s a great scene everywhere right now. I’m going to Mexico soon for Crash and I’m excited for that. I’ve heard they’re doing good stuff right now. Everywhere it seems to be good for pro wrestling right now.
You took part last year in an incredible no disqualification, no count-out, 105 minute match against Roy Wilkins for the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. What do you learn of this unique experience?
CWF is a home company in North Carolina. I was wrestling for the Heavyweight title and at that time I hadn’t been the champion. It’s been something we’ve been kind of building to at this time. I had already working with TNA and in other places at this point so the crowd was really behind me and respects me. They were ready to see me win the Championship. It wasn’t something that we planned, that we were going to an hour and 45 minutes but we just kind of started to tell a story and at the end of it, that’s how long it took I guess to tell that story and it was incredible. Is it something I would do again? Maybe, I don’t know, but I really enjoyed working those long matches like that just because nobody really does it anymore. Back in the day it was nothing for the champion to wrestle 60 minutes every night. It was like a slower style but at the same time I feel like in some places in the world it can be done now. It can’t be done on a TV product now but in a little building in North Carolina where there’s a bunch of fans that are die-hard fans and that are going to love every second of it. It still can’t be done but I enjoyed it a lot (you can watch it below). I appreciate you bring it up so anybody that can read this can go on YouTube and see that for free and hopefully they’ll enjoy it as well.
The independent scene is something you seem wanting to keep being a part of. If you were wrestling for WWE, you wouldn’t be able to be on events like BOLA or on CWF. But with GWF Impact Wrestling, you can. Is it important for you to keep being a part of the independent scene?
It’s very important for me to still be a part of the independent scene because practice makes perfect. The more practice, the more time that I can wrestle, the more different crowds I can be in front of, the more that I can learn the better I can be at doing this. So I think it’s so important for me to still be doing the independent scene. I’m young, I’m 23 years old so I still have time. Ultimately I want longevity, I want to be able to wrestle as long as possible but right now I still want to be able to help as well. On the independent, I can help a little bit, I can also see people who may help GFW. That’s why I think it’s so important, yes.
You can follow Trevor Lee on Twitter @TLee910