How is Riptide doing as a new (ish) promotion on the scene? Riptide is the best promotion in the UK for looking after talent and staff. They have a respect for those who put their bodies on the line and a devoted passion to marketing professional wrestling as the art form it is. Visually, there is nothing like Riptide anywhere in the world and I genuinely believe they have the best production values in the whole of independent wrestling. Whether you like comedy wrestling, fast-paced exhibitions or heartfelt emotional drama, you will inevitably be treated to all here.
The July Point Break match will see you fight longtime enemy, posh boy Spike Trivet. Why do you hate him so? Spike vs I, was the very first match in Riptide’s existence. It has always been clear that we are two very different people, from two very different backgrounds, of two very different mindsets and we were never destined to get on.
He has hired my friends as his hit men. He has hired my idols as his hit men. He has paid off officials to stop me from being victorious… but he has never beaten me one-on-one.
When we first clashed in June of 2017, my stock was sky-high and he was a developing talent. Since then Spike has used his wealth to conspire against me, usurping my status in the process: he is a politician in every sense.
There was a flurry of national media coverage in 2017 regarding you being the ‘pansexual star of UK wrestling’. How has that affected your career? It was everything I wanted and nothing I was prepared for. With so many people knowing my name, pressure intensified to not only put on better and better shows, but also I became scrutinised for how I would represent the LGBT community even more intensely. The wrestling was never an issue but sometimes the challenge of being an allegory instead of a human weighed heavy.
I released a video on New Year’s Day highlighting how I was not going to allow myself to be victimised or used as a marketing tool any more. The ‘Pansexual Phenomenon’ was a name given to me to make that sweet pink pound. Jack Sexsmith is a person, not an act, not a device and no longer will I allow him to be exploited.
What made you get into wrestling? I had an epiphany moment at university where I decided to stop denying who I am to myself. Being active in areas that I am passionate about became a clear goal of mine. So I started to explore my sexuality and began training as a professional wrestler.
What do you enjoy most about wrestling? Generating a visceral reaction from an audience of people. Being able to make people cry with sadness or joy for a performance, literally overwhelm them with emotion. That sensation’s hard to describe.
July 5, Brighthelm Centre, 6pm
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