Wrestling can be one of the greatest spectacles that the human race has created. It can be dramatic, comedic, and even tragic. But it doesn’t get any better than watching what happens when you enter the UK independent wrestling scene, Particularly with one of the newest UK promotions FrontLine Wrestling. Here at SteelChair, we’ll be making more of an effort to get into what makes British Wrestling so engaging in 2018. The best way to do this? By hearing from these wrestlers themselves and what they have to say about their environment.
Fortunately, we had the pleasure of talking to OTT and MSW mainstay, Scotty Davis, on what makes him tick and his approach to working in the UK.
Do you feel there is pressure to succeed thanks to your reputation as MSW’s top prospect?
“More so than pressure, I feel there’s a certain privilege that comes with having such reputation. I’m with Main Stage over almost 5 years and when I first started I really appreciated when the more experienced wrestlers would come to beginner classes and share their knowledge and help out so with having such reputation I take pride in doing all I can to help those starting and guide them in the right direction as best I can.”
Who do you look up to and who’s helped you the most along the way?
“In Ireland, the main 4 people who have I look up to would be the 4 people who I’ve had the privilege of being trained by which would be primarily Joe Cabray as well as Paul Tracey, Jordan Devlin and Sean Guinness. Joe has been everywhere with wrestling and has endless amounts of knowledge which he’s more than generous to share. Paul Tracey has been around since the Hammerlock UK days and has picked up training techniques all over the world since being there mainly in Japan so the conditioning aspect of his training is amazing as well as the martial arts factor of his training. Jordan and Sean, in my opinion, are the best talents Ireland has ever produced as well as great coaches and I’m extremely lucky to have their guidance and support throughout my career.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Joe has always been telling me to play to my strengths and initially I wasn’t sure what that meant. When I started in OTT I thought it was a great idea to be a high flyer and wow people with high flying offence that I could pull off 80% of the time that I knew the likes of Ricochet and Will Osprey could do a million times better plus I was ignoring my 10 years of freestyle wrestling experience. As time passed I realised that it wasn’t working and there are thousands of high flyers but no one in Europe could incorporate freestyle wrestling into Pro Wrestling quite like I can so I put all my focus into that which transitioned me from ‘The Spectacular’ into being ‘The Supreme Suplex Machine’.”
“It’s evident in the match I had with Joe on OTT Contenders 2 that the majority of my offence had changed but hadn’t quite gotten there yet but I’ve been building on it since. I’ve started Kick Boxing a while back which has been going very well and I’ve a keen interest in it so I’ve been incorporating more kickboxing into my move set and playing to that strength to become a better, more exciting, well-rounded professional wrestler”
What’s your approach to taking UK bookings?
“I’ve never been keen on just texting promoters about my interest in being on their shows because it would rarely work and most promoters get probably at least 20 similar messages a day, for the same reason I feel they’d have no time to watch any footage sent on so for me the UK Bookings I’ve achieved has been through going over to England and participating in seminars with the intentions of learning all I can and through those seminars promoters have gathered an interest in me. The more matches I have results in there being more eyes on me so I feel any bookings I’ve received has been through hard work and I feel people recognise the hard work and dedication I put in especially over the past few weeks”
With an impressive moustache, how do you achieve that look and keep it pristine during a match?
“A little wax and a lot of patience. I always wanted to have my own look and I’m still experimenting on what that is but I think I’ve found something with my moustache goatee combo, even when some days it doesn’t want to cooperate and I’ve to spend a silly amount of time in my bathroom adjusting it and re-waxing it. I never really set out with intentions to make a moustache part of my look I just grew it and thought ‘this is pretty cool’ and when I grew it first it wasn’t great but when I shaved it that time I knew that a clean shaved Scotty Davis was a no go and so did everyone else apparently. In terms of keeping it pristine, I’ve various scented tins of fisticuffs moustache, there’s nothing like having a 20 odd minute match and being flat out on your back but the whole time you’re smelling lavender from your moustache. It’s a pleasure that not much people get to experience.”