After an action packed debut against Ligero, at NXT London in the Royal Albert Hall last month, the ‘Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman is ready to go again at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in July – But who is the man behind this fierce persona, and what can we expect to see from him in the future? We caught up with the ‘Wild Boar’ to find out.
Hailing from Blaina, South Wales, the battle hardened brawler, Hitchman, has been a stand out figure on the British wrestling scene for some time now, and with his solid technical ability and exciting match ups, it’s not difficult to see why he’s so popular with fans. Love him or hate him you’ll want to see him in that ring. Now, having made waves right across the country, the question seems to be, is the world ready for a Wild Boar?
Full interview with ‘Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman conducted by Power Punch MMA.
Hi Mike, you’ve worked very hard in your career so far, but could you talk to us a bit about your journey from wrestling in the backyards of Blaina to reaching the top of your field?
WB: When myself and Morgan Webster started there wasn’t anywhere we knew of to wrestle. So we took it upon ourselves to start something up. We along with friends would make rings in fields out of tyres, wood, and carpets. Carrying each thing miles at times. It wasn’t an easy hobby to be into, but that drive of starting it ourselves definitely helped us when we turned professional. That same drive kept us wanting to improve, travel, and work in as many places as possible. Doing this we gained experience and had constant matches, which is what it’s all about, especially when first starting out.
And how did it feel to make your first appearance with the WWE?
WB: The feeling was incredible. It’s really hard to describe the satisfaction of the achievement of something you’ve wanted since you can remember remembering ANYTHING. The buzz still hasn’t gone and it’s something I’ll never forget. I cannot wait until the first NXT UK taping at Cambridge Corn Exchange.
You’re currently a coach at Dragon pro Wrestling. How much do you enjoy that aspect of wrestling, and does coaching help you when you wrestle?
WB: Coaching is something I kind of fell into after the previous coach left the school. I was originally meant to ‘look after things’ but it all snowballed and here I am 2 years later, still running things at Dragon Pro. It’s very rewarding to see people come in with no experience and graduate to having a match. Seeing their progression is quite a thing.
Coaching definitely helps in my wrestling. When I first started helping out, I was under the illusions that I wasn’t experienced enough to be doing so, but my mind set was that if I can at least get them to my level, that’s a positive. Bearing that in mind I had to find new ways of explaining things they need to know in order to be a pro wrestler. I’d parrot things I’d learnt off seminars I’d attended and people who taught me, but I would also break things down in order to explain them. Doing this helped me understand things better myself.
How good does it feel to climb from the very bottom of the ladder to where you are now?
WB: To be in the position I am in now is a dream come true. For me, now I’m here, I want to prove why I should be here. In a way it’s a whole new ladder to climb and I can’t wait to get going.
What are your goals for the next few years?
WB: As I say my main goal is to prove my worth. I want to be one of THE guys in NXT UK and help make it the hottest thing in wrestling, along with the other incredible talents who are on the roster.
‘NXT UK begins tapings at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 28 & 29 July, with tickets still available on: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/wwe-nxt-uk-tickets ‘
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