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I recently caught up with Anthony Bowens, a young but very talented prospect in the future of professional wrestling.
Can you start by stating your name, age, how long have you been in PWS and lastly a bit about yourself.
My name is Anthony Bowens, I’m 24 years old and I’ve been at Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS) for about 2 ½ years now. Outside of that I’m a former Division 1 Collegian athlete (baseball) and currently a signed fitness model for Silver Models based in New York City.
What inspired you to want to become a professional wrestler?
Not to be cliché, but I’ve been a wrestling fan since I was 5 years old. It didn’t really consume me until about a year later when I was flipping through channels and saw a promo promoting the Sting vs Hulk Hogan match at Starcade 97. From then on I was hooked. Skipping ahead, I honestly didn’t know I could be a wrestler until towards the end of college when I stop playing baseball. I played baseball for 11 years and when it was over I wasn’t use to having so much free time on my hands, so I started looking into wrestling schools. After researching for what seemed like months, I happened to be at my gym when Raw was town and Santino Marellla walked in. I had a brief conversation with him that resulted in him suggesting that I should look into professional wrestling…I told him that’s actually what I wanted to do but I had no idea where to go. He pulled out his phone and gave me the number to Pat Buck, Co-Owner and head trainer of PWS, and a week later I was there to start my training!
I see on the 12/04/2014 you won the IWF Junior Heavyweight Title, what was the feeling after you won it?
Actually, I believe that was earlier on in the year but I honestly wasn’t really concerned about the title. My focus was putting on a great performance because that particular show was held in my hometown of Nutley, New Jersey and it was the first time my grandmother got to watch me perform. Not only that, but I was representing the town against one half of the Heavenly Bodies Marc Corino aka Desirable Dustin. Corino coincidently hails from the town over, which happens to be our arch rivals. Marc and I knew we would tear the house down and in the end I think we did. As far as the title, I’ve never been one to go crazy about them. At the moment, I’m more concerned about putting on quality matches and proving that I have the ability to hang with just about anyone in the ring. But, I do look forward to the day that I get to hold a title that actually does mean something. By the way, you can catch Desirable Dustin and his brother Justin, The Heavenly Bodies, at the recently announced Global Force Wrestling Grandslam Ballpark Tour starting June 12th.
You were trained by Pat Buck, what was his training methods like to then have to face him in the ring?
Pat is literally an encyclopedia of wrestling knowledge. I can’t ever remember a time where I had a question go unanswered. Training wise, Pat spent a lot of time down in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and eventually some time in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) which were developmental territories for WWE, so our training is very reflective of that. It can be very challenging and there’s always something I pick up or learn that helps me improve. When the PWS Dojo first opened up in June 2012 there were 12 kids, now we are close 60. People are really starting to see the quality of training that Pat provides and are coming down to start their careers off the right way. Mario Bokara, Dan Maff, and special guests also supplement Pat’s training from time to time, so there is a wealth of knowledge around the PWS dojo. As far as being in the ring with Pat, that’s always a time where I need to step up my game. I think the teacher versus student dynamic is pretty cool and it’s always fun for me to accept the challenge of performing at his level and trying to ultimately earn his respect.
I know this site is UK based but oh well… if you’re interested in training to become a pro wrestler the right way, come on over to Rahway, NJ and join the PWS Dojo! Or, if you’re in the New York/Long Island area you can also find Pat at the Create-A-Pro Academy in Hicksville, NY with Brian Myers formerly known as Curt Hawkins.
What are we expected to see now that you’re not in the Television Title picture?
Right now I have a little bit of a bone to pick with Bobby Wayward, who seems to keep getting in my way even though he supposedly calls me his teammate….really not sure what his deal is but before I move onto to anything else this is a problem I have to solve and maybe it will be solved this Saturday June 6th at PWS Supercard in Rahway, NJ.
As a member of the Alpha Males are we expecting to see a push for the tag titles or are you more focused on singles action, and why?
The Alpha Males unfortunately haven’t been around much lately due to circumstances out of our control…for now though Damian Gibbs and I are focused on singles action. I do know that there has been demand from some fans up at Chaotic Wrestling in Massachusetts for an Alpha Males return so that all could change soon though…
What was it like being one of the rosebuds for Adam Rose?
Being a rosebud was a very good time where we all were able to just go out, let loose, and have fun. Just being there though in that atmosphere as whole was one big learning experience, and I couldn’t be any more grateful for everything I learned that entire weekend.
What do we expect to see from yourself in the year 2015?
Well 2015 so far has been a fun year for me and it’s only half way through. I had the honour back in March to be invited to WWE/NXT’s first ever live tryout at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH, which was a very rewarding experience and I also have a few very cool opportunities coming up soon that I unfortunately can’t talk about at the moment. So for now you’ll just have to wait and see!
Where do you see your Wrestling Career in the next 5-10 years?
My goal from day 1 has always been either Japan or WWE…ultimately though WWE. Whomever I’m with, I see myself completely branched out and traveling the world. This is the only thing I want to do with life and I have confidence in myself and my ability, that I’ll be able to achieve every goal I create. So basically in 5 to 10 years, I see myself in a very positive place in the wrestling business. Where? I don’t know, but I’m going to take it one step at a time.
I’d just like thank Anthony for this opportunity, he can be found on twitter by searching @BowensPWS
Adam AJ Cain @adamJamescain92