El Excentrico is a Finnish grappler who has re-located to the UK to better himself and move his career to the next level.
For the people in the UK who aren’t aware of who you are, could you introduce yourself?
My name is El Excentrico, nowadays also known as “The Flying Finn” Nouseva Kotka. I’m a tattooed guy in a mask, who has moved to England from Finland; generally I’m a nice guy, I like to collect comic books, I believe in hard work, I don’t drink or smoke but most importantly, I am a professional wrestler.
To describe myself in the ring, I’d say I’m a 190lbs energetic package of old school British grappling techniques and high flying manoeuvres, tied together with a personal twist. I put in 100%, so that when I walk through the curtains and into the ring, the audience will get a great wrestling experience.
How did you get into the world of professional wrestling?
To make a short story long and a generic story original, when I was a kid, I wanted to be Spiderman. But when I reached the age of proper comprehension, I realized that spider bites don’t give you powers or responsibilities. Heartbroken, I sought comfort in the land of TV and I happened to come across a wrestling show that was on and immediately I was mesmerized by the colourful personalities and the incredible excitement this physical sport made me feel and I just fell in love with it.
I wanted to become a wrestler ever since I first saw it, to this day, I don’t know why I want to do this, I just do. When I was 18 years old living in Finland wanting to become a wrestler, I turned to the internet for help and I found out about the Fight Club Finland (FCF) wrestling school, signed up and started my journey of getting slammed on the mat.
You were trained by Starbuck (who has extensive knowledge of the Japanese scene) and Stark Adder. What were the differences in their training methods and what did you learn from each of them?
Starbuck is very physical and he brought that to the school; whether it was doing vigorous condition exercises, slamming you to the ground or plain old punching you in the face, under his training you learn quickly that wrestling is a physically and mentally demanding contact sport that is not for everyone.
Stark Adder is completely different; the best way to describe him is like one of those wise sensei’s you see in kung fu movies. I’d call him Splinter but I have too much respect for him to do that. He taught me how to manipulate the body and how to use my body as a weapon. He has studied the British style so he is to thank for the appreciation I have for the British technical style.
Could you tell us about your first match and what your opinion on it now is?
It was a blast. I’m pretty sure there were more wrestlers working on the show than people in the audience that night but that didn’t stop me from getting really nervous and really excited at the same time. I don’t remember much from the actual match, too bad I don’t have any footage of it.
As someone who has spent the majority of their career on the Finnish scene, could you describe to us what the scene is like there?
The scene is still in its early stages, there’s only one promotion and the shows don’t get huge audiences. Wrestling has never been well known amongst the general public in Finland and getting the word out can be tough. But I do think Finnish wrestling has potential in it and I wish all the best to the guys and girls in FCF.
Last year, you had a few dates with ASW in the UK and AWO in Israel. What was it like wrestling in the UK and Israel?
I’ve wrestled in a few countries and I don’t want to insult anybody but from what I’ve experienced, wrestling in the UK is in a league of its own. It might have something to do with the fact that wrestling has been around here longer than in most places or that there are more shows here than in other European countries, never the less, to me, the best wrestlers in Europe are British. That’s the reason I moved here; to work and train with the best and I feel privileged, I get to do so on a weekly basis. You can only get better by wrestling people who are better than you and ever since I moved to England in November 2014, I’ve learned so much. I love English wrestling, simple as that.
Going to wrestle in Israel was a surprising experience; honestly, I would’ve never guessed that being one the countries on my list. To my knowledge, wrestling is quite a new thing in Israel but the people there are nice and they work hard and wrestling keeps getting bigger.
Dean Allmark is the head trainer for ASW, did you get the chance to work with him?
I’ve wrestled with Deano a few times and I have nothing but nice things to say about him. He is one of the top guys in ASW and every time you get to wrestle one of those guys, it’s a pleasure and a privilege.
There are a number of talents from FCF who have spent time in Japan, who is involved in that and is touring Japan something in your future?
FCF had a working relationship with SMASH promotions when it was still around and guys like Starbuck, Jessica Love and Heimo the Wildman went over there a few times. Starbuck was the leader in FCF in Japan and dealt with business side of things, I think he’s the only one who has been there lately.
I’d love to go to Japan, it’s another great wrestling country with long standing wrestling traditions and I want to learn and experience as many different wrestling styles as possible. Japan is definitely on my list of goals and I’m working hard to make that happen sooner rather than later. I’m hoping a 6 foot; tattooed masked wrestler might stick out pretty well there, so yes, hopefully wrestling in Japan is in my future.
Obviously, the ‘Lucha’ style has its roots in Mexico, do you see yourself going there and competing for the likes of CMLL, AAA and IWRG?
As somebody who wears a mask to the ring, obviously I have interest in Mexican wrestling. I’d love to go there or any other country with a good wrestling scene. If given the chance, I’d definitely work for the top companies, such as CMLL and AAA.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
My plan for the rest of the year is the same as the one for the start of the year; keep training hard and wrestle as often as possible. I took a big chance when I left Finland to pursue a better career in professional wrestling in England, so I plan on making the most of it. Whether it’s spending time in the gym, training at schools or being on the road, wrestling is my life and I plan on enjoying it.
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
I want to thank you for this interview and I hope I get to meet as many of you wrestling people out there as possible. You can find me on Facebook as well as Twitter and Instagram under @ExcentricoLucha. I also have a YouTube channel-http://www.youtube.com/user/ExcentricoLuchaLibre where I have some older stuff, I’d like to put more stuff there but unfortunately getting footage is not always up to me.
Thanks to Nouseva for taking the time to take part in the interview.