I recently caught up to Reckless Youth and conducted this interview with him. So sit back and enjoy this special interview with Reckless Youth.
MR: How did you get involved in wrestling originally and who trained you?
RY: I was a "backyard" wrestler with a group of guys that included D-Lo Brown. We then found out about renting a ring from Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory and our group starting doing that instead of backyarding. A few years later, Larry Sharpe said that if we sold so many tickets and joined the school, we could wrestle on his professional shows. During my first year of pro training, I was able to train at Al Snow's Bodyslammers gym as well. I've also had the benefit of attending the WWF Dojo in Connecticut under Dr. Tom Pritchard and the Dojo in Memphis under Steve "William" Regal. They were all great experiences that have made me the wrestler that I am today.
MR: And I understand you are considering opening your own school?
RY: Myself and Mike Quackenbush opened a school back in January and have just launched a promotion at the end of May. Any and all information about the school and promotion can be obtained by logging onto http://www.chikarapro.com.
MR: Do you consider the risks of working a shoot style on the independent scene worth the rewards (so far in your career?)?
RY: I don't believe that I incorporate shoot style into my work but I am versed on quite a few shoot style holds that I use in matches from time to time. Shoot "style" is very different from actual "shoot" as well. I don't have a problem with shoot style in wrestling but I don't believe that shoot should be in professional wrestling. Shoot is a whole other category that is seen in Pride and UFC.
MR: True. Now speaking about your background, you are actually an accountant. What attracted you to pro wrestling?
RY: I always dreamed of being a professional wrestler when I was a kid. I just was brave enough to pursue my dream.
MR: What advice could you give to our many readers who want to work in the wrestling business?
RY: Don't become a professional wrestler if you want to be on TV, have an action figure, or be in a video game. Get into it if you love it because that other stuff happens to very few no matter how good you may be.
MR: Speaking of love of the business. Working on an independent show is much different then working on a WWE show. Give us your opinion of the differences between the independent scene and WWE?
RY: There were things that I like about both but they are polar opposites. I like to think that the independents are much more personal and critical than a WWE show. The interaction with the people is so much different.
MR: And why exactly did you decide to leave the WWE system?
RY: I was under a developmental deal with the WWE. They wanted me to renew but I chose not to stay with them. I felt like I was caught in the developmental rut and, while they did like me, I didn't feel they were going to use me anytime in the near future. I felt that I was better off breaking from them to build my name more so they would want to use me on tv instead of disappearing in the developmental crowd of faces.
MR: And after you made the decision to leave the WWE system both of the organizations in competition with WWE went out of business (WCW and ECW). How has the business changed since that period and do you think the changes in the business were good or bad?
RY: With the WWE the only game in town, I think it has hurt wrestling and it has hurt the WWE as well. Their tv numbers are terrible and they have more people than they know what to do with. Unfortunately, a business thrives on competition just the same as professional athletes or teams do. Being the only game in town, it's not healthy for anyone involved.
MR: Does any one match in your career stick out as being the best?
RY: I couldn't point out one particular match. I think I've been lucky that I've had many great matches with several different people in many different styles of matches.
MR: Where can our readers get more information about your school, promotion and career?
RY: Log onto http://www.reckless-youth.com or http://www.chikarapro.com for a list of upcoming dates.
MR: Do you think there are any lines which pro wrestling shouldn't cross (socially, sexually or through the use of violence)?
RY: I look at it like this, if people tune into it to watch it then that's what they want or like. If they don't prefer it, then don't watch it. If enough people stop watching it, then that dictates to the promoters that they have to change the product or go out of business. It's that simple.
MR: And finally our readers want to know what the status of your wrestling career is currently. There were quite a few rumors that the injury you suffered had ended your career?
RY: I'm back in the ring after some time off due to injury. While there were rumors that I retired, they weren't true. I tore a disc in my lower back which created a great deal of problems for some time. I'm back working shows now with some good days and some bad but I love wrestling too much to quit.