The Juggernaut Interview
Ninjapimp.com likes to profile up and coming wrestling stars, but you have already had your fair share of success. What are some of the championships you have held? Oh man... I can't even remember most of the titles I've held over the years. I'll try to think of a few of them... I am the current and six time ECCW / NWA Pacific Northwest Champion.... Steve Corino used to run a wrestling company called PWF out of PA, I was the first ever PWF Extreme Champion.... ummm... I've had a few tag titles along the way with guys like Dr. Luther and Apocalypse (The Shadow from New Japan)... I think the total is somewhere around 20 titles in just under 10 years.... something like that.
Didn't you also work with WCW? Did you have a tag team partner back then? I did a little work with WCW back in the day, basically appeared on TV once and got paid to sit around and eat in catering a couple other times. The TV appearance was an opening match on WCW Thunder in 2000 where myself and a couple other guys took on the STELLAR (I hope you can sense my sarcasm) tag team of Kronic in a 2 minute super squash match. That was the day that I truely found out that it didn't matter how good you are to make good money and get a good push in a major wrestling company.
What else can you tell us about your WCW experience? WCW was a sinking ship when I worked for them. They were pretty much dead and buried and were just waiting for the dirt to get thrown on the casket. The locker room was a little bit tense because everyone knew they would soon be unemployed. Some of the guys obviously had gained enough recognition to move on to the WWE or get consistant bookings internationally, but alot of the guys came out of the WCW power plant and had no chance of making it anywhere else. I just consider myself lucky to have met a few great guys that happened to be working for WCW at the time. I recieved alot of really good feedback from the guys in charge at the time, and in fact I was told that I would have been offered some kind of developmental deal if the company was not going under... that was a nice confidence booster.
Where did you get the name Juggernaut. We originally know then name from the Marvel comics character. Though I think the Marvel character Juggernaut is about the most badass villain of all time, my use of the name actually has nothing to do with comics at all. Before I received my black belt in Judo, I was undefeated in every Judo tournament I had ever entered. My sensei said that he though I was the unstoppable force, and that I should be called Juggernaut. When I finally did get my black belt in 1996, my sensei got the name Juggernaut embroidered onto my Judo gi. Irony bit me in the ass when I lost my first fight as a black belt... but the name stuck, and I just couldn't think of anything else when it was time to break into the wrestling business.
This year's PWI 500 lists you at 292. That puts you ahead of Zach Gowan, Axl Rotten, Bob Sapp, and a bunch of other big names. What do you think of the list? I hold a special place in my heart for the PWI 500. Since I was a young Juggernaut I used to buy the magazine every year, and read all the bios in it from 500 all the way to #1. The magazine takes alot of abuse every year from the self proclaimed "Smart" marks of the world, but you have to take it for what it is. Alot of the guys on that list would never get any press at all if it wasn't for the 500. It's always interesting to see where I end up every year... I don't put alot of stock into being rated ahead of the guys you named. It's kinda cool seing myself move up a little every year... I'm on the right track, if I keep it up, I should be in the top 10 by the time I am 80 years old!
We think you should have been listed higher. Who else do you think are some of the underrated guys that should be higher up on that list? I appreciate people thinking I should be higher on the list, I know that I give people their moneys worth every time I step in the ring, and that's all I can do... Do I think I am better than some of the guys ahead of me?.... there is no doubt I am, but being in Canada, and being in the west is never good for getting too much press or exposure in a magazine that is based oout of the east coast of the USA. As for guys that being rated higher.... I think I can probably name at least 20 guys that never even made the list that I would easily consider them some of the top wrestlers on earth. But like I said, you have to take the list for what it is, and as mad as some people get about it, you really need to respect the fact that a major Pro Wrestling magazine is giving some press to some guys that would normally not ever see their names in print.
Some people underestimate your marital arts skills. Don't you hold 2 black belts? I don't think anyone underestimates my martial arts skills, but it's normally not something I walk around talking about all the time. Every once in a while I throw some Judo stuff into my matches to keep people thinking. I am very proud of what I achieved in the world of Martial Arts. I earned a First degree black belt in Judo in 1996 and a first degree black belt in a traditional form of Japanese Jujitsu in 1997. Unfortunately, as my wrestling schedule got busier and busier, my oportunities to train in Judo and Jujitsu became less. Once I am done with the wrestling business, I'm sure I will at least return to Judo which I absolutely love.
It sounds like you are a regular ninja. You also have some pimping skills. Can you tell us about your juggernaut chicks? Also, didn't you have an manager? Who is she? I'm no Ninja, but I am seen quite often wandering wearing Tabi shoes (Ninja shoes), they are the most comfortable shoes on earth. I do ok when it comes to the ladies, I have no complaints... I love the Juggerchicks... I love them all in their own special ways. I'll admit that I've been dropping the ball getting some new pictures up there for everyone though, I'll work on it..... A couple of them are good friends of mine that just like seeing themselves on the internet.... A couple are ex girlfriends... and a couple are just flat out dirty tramps.... but they are good for the business. I've had a couple managers / valets in my time.... but nothing really worth talking about.... Except Princess Lily.... she's the best!
Can you tell us about your website, Juggernaut t-shirts, and shocker clothes? I've had a website since about 1997, but juggernaut-wrestling.com has been online since about 1999. A website is the absolute best way for people to keep up to date with what their favorite wrestlers are up to. With so many guys and so little mainstream press, the internet is absolutely essential in keeping your name in the mix. The Juggernaut merchandise on my website right now is pretty much crap, nothing to write home about, but if someone really wants to have a shirt it gives a couple options. The Shocker clothing is absolutely brilliant... Shocker is a company that started up here in Calgary a couple years ago, and when I saw it I need to find out more... so I worked out a small advertising deal with the owner of the company... funny stuff.... Two in the pink.... one in the stink!
Back to the ring.
What are some of your more painful ring experiences?
One of my most painful I
remember is actually one of my most recent... I was recently in
a match down in Idaho with Maniac Matt Borne (AKA the Original
Doink the Clown) with Mick Foley as a special guest referee.
At one point I turned around in the ring to see Matt in full
swing with the ring bell, by the time I saw it, it was WAY too
late to try and bring a hand up and block it... I could have
sworn someone shut the lights out for a quick second and I found
out when I got home that I was the proud owner of another
concussion, and a very minor nerve pinch in my neck from the
lovely ring bell. The neck still hurts now over a month
after it happened. Other than that I have had too many
painful things happen in the ring to really pinpoint any in
particular... most of the time I am more dangerous to myself
than anyone else is to me.
What was your most triumphant moment in the ring? I'm not sure what I would consider a triumphant moment in the ring... I set some goals for myself when I first started wrestling, and topping that list was wrestling in Japan, which I have done now many times. I enjoy wrestling and the people I know through wrestling so much, that every time I go to a building for a show it's triumphant. No matter when I decide to hang up the boots, I am confident that I can look back and be proud with what I have done. I appreciate everything from my first match ever, to this interview. I have been extremely fortunate to make a career out of what I love (and sometimes hate) for almost ten years..... I can't think of anything bertter than that.
With that, I thank you for your time. Fans, please check out Juggernaut Wrestling