Jason ‘The Gift’ Kincaid is a various multiple NWA title holder and a winner of the prestigious ECWA Super 8 Tournament
For those of us in the UK who aren’t aware of you, could you please describe yourself?
I’m a professional wrestler from humble beginnings. I grew up in an impoverished, rural area in the hills of West Virginia. I believe that the hardships and isolation that I endured during my upbringing helped me develop a unique look, manner of speech and wrestling style. A sort of eclectic mash-up of my Scots-Irish-Scandinavian ancestry, mountain mysticism, Lucha/Puroresu/World Of Sport/Catch influence and a hint of surrealism.
You trained with the Batten Twins, what that experience like?
Bart and Brad Batten were trained by Randy Savages’ father, Angelo Poffo and came up during the “Territory Days”, pre-WWF-national expansion. So, they were very traditional in their approach to training. Which turned out to be good for me as I believe, having that foundation to build upon, as I’m such an untraditional athlete otherwise.
In the beginning of your career, you wrestled around West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina etc. What are your memories of those days?
Those were days of wonder and novelty. Everything was still new to me. During those days, I was just a teenage high school student, riding from state to state with crazy, wild veteran wrestlers. I was having adventures in the ring and on the road that was far beyond my years.
You’ve faced the likes of Chase Owens, AJ Styles, Sonjay Dutt, Ricky Morton, Shane Helms, Davey Richards,Takaaki Watanabe and many more. Out off all the opponents you’ve tussled with, are there any matches that stick out in your mind?
My second match with Chris Hero, from CWE in Winnipeg, Canada, is one of my favourites. I had wrestled Hero previously, in my home state of West Virginia and after the match he got on the mic and complimented my in-ring ability but refused to shake my hand. After the all-out war that I brought to the second encounter, he went out of his way to shake my hand. I had earned his respect, and that was very cool to me.
The match with AJ sticks out, as well because it was the first high-profile match that I had received and I’m not sure everyone thought I was ready for it. Until the match came in which I was able to stay toe-to-toe with him the whole time. That was one of the first moments that I made my peers stop and take notice.
You tussled with Chase Owens in TNA, is TNA somewhere you would like to return to?
If we were able to work out a mutually beneficial deal, I would definitely be open to working with TNA, again. I really enjoyed my experience there, the timing wasn’t right, at that point.
So far in your career, you’ve won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight belt, the prestigious ECWA Super 8 Tournament, the Smoky Mountain Cup and are currently the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion. Which of these are you most proud of?
That’s a tough one. I’m tremendously proud of all three of those accomplishments. To follow in the footsteps of all the great NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champions and Super 8 champions/competitors before me is a big deal. When I defend the NWA Southeastern Championship against John Morrison on May, 9, in Kingsport, TN, I will have been the champion for 3 and ½ years. So, I believe that if I keep it going with that reign, it may end up being my proudest accomplishment so far because it’s less about following in other’s footsteps and more about carving out my own path. But for right now, let’s call it a 3-way tie.
In the UK, the only exposure we would have to you, would be the NWA Smoky Mountain show that is broadcast on YouTube. Fight Nation in the UK have just become an NWA affiliate, is touring the UK something you would consider?
Absolutely. I’m heavily influenced by the European style and more specifically by Mark Rocco. I believe that his matches with Marty Jones were the vanguard of the Junior Heavyweight movement that I fell in love with as an aspiring wrestler. So, for me, to travel to the UK, where some of the best technical wrestlers of all-time mastered their craft, would be a great honour.
With the National Wrestling Alliance clawing back some respectability these days, how far do you think Bruce Tharpe can take it?
I think he can continue to take it into bigger and broader horizons. I believe Mr. Tharpe’s international business acumen can take the NWA in a completely new and fruitful direction, carving out a future as rich as its past, without trying to relive it.
The NWA is still holds a lot of cache in Japan, where titles are held in New Japan, is that somewhere you’d like to compete?
100%. My reverence for Japanese wrestling is on par with my reverence for European wrestling. Some of the best pure wrestlers in the world have made a name for themselves, and a living, grappling in the Land Of The Rising Sun. I would be happy to join that elite group.
In the past you’ve travelled to Mexico and competed, how was that experience?
It was fantastic, Lucha Libre is such a beautiful art form and the Mexican people mirror that beauty with their kindness and hospitality. There is great food, gorgeous women, camaraderie, rabid fans and awesome wrestling. I absolutely adore Mexico, so much so, that I may end up moving there one day.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To keep the momentum rolling from my ECWA Super 8 win, to pin John Morrison, to win the NWA Smokey Mountain Cup, to win the Canadian Wrestling’s Elite 8 tournament. To travel, live, learn, love and continue to hone my craft.
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
Shout out to the best family, friends and fans in the world, without which I wouldn’t be able to continue to live my dream. Follow me on Twitter @GiftKincaid. Thanks, everyone. Much love!
Thanks to Jason for taking time out to take part in the interview.