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Jay Freddie is a veteran of the US indy scene and has tussled with some of the big names in ROH.
Along with Brute VanSlyke he is soon off to Japan to compete in Wrestle-1.
For those in the UK who don’t know who you are, could you describe yourself?
I can describe my style of wrestling; it’s very similar to the likes of the Dynamite Kid, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. A lot of technical wrestling, mixed in with a lot of hard hitting and some aerial moves. I’ve been compared to those guys and being mentioned in the same sentence as them is truly an honour.
Could you tell us where you trained and who trained you?
I was trained in Syracuse NY by ‘Strangler’ Steve King, a Walter ‘Killer’ Kowalski Institute of Wrestling graduate. Steve trained in the same class as Triple h and Perry Saturn. He was a standout in the New England wrestling scene and worked for the WWF in the 90’s, he definitely has a great mind for wrestling.
Your debut was for 2CW in 2008, where you took part in a tag match, on the other team was ECW star Spike Dudley. Were you nervous going in to the match?
2CW is my home company and I started from the ground up, from being a student, setting up and tearing down the ring, to being the time keeper and being the camera man! Spike Dudley is another guy I looked up to, with being an underdog as well and wrestling all the big guys in ECW. Him picking me to be his partner, it was a moment I will never forget. Yes, being my first match, I was nervous but the crowd roared and started chanting Freddie and I just soaked it in and went for it!
The following year you competed for 2CW and Top Rope Promotions, facing the likes of Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and Eddie Edwards. What are your memories of that time and those matches?
Eddie Edwards was my first true test match, I was only 6 months into wrestling and I wasn’t originally supposed to face him. I was scheduled for a 6 man tag and Eddie’s opponent got injured the night before, so the promoter asked around and the guys said “give Freddie a shot” and I was like “Oh man this is it!” and I remember just telling myself hang, with him step for step and we went out and had a good 20 min match. Eddie had a lot of good things to say and I guy I can call a friend to this day. Working the New England scene meant getting to work Mike Bennett and Matt Taven, which was awesome. I knew as soon as those guys were signed, they were gonna be big and look at them now, they are at the top of the heap and travelling the world. A lot of great wrestlers have come out of New England like Mike Bennet, Matt Taven, Biff Busick, Sasha Banks and Brian Fury. It’s awesome to see the wrestlers who I sort of came up with doing big things.
You’ve also competed for ROH, how did that opportunity come about?
The ROH opportunity came right after I wrestled Davey Richards in 2CW. I wrestled him and afterwards he said come to TV next week in Philly, which was at the ECW arena where they taped the HDNet show, which was awesome! In my first match there, I was put against Eddie Edwards who was TV champ at the time and was in his “10 Minute Hunt” phase. Then I took part some dark matches at the arena and also some pre shows in Plymouth Massachusetts. Then ROH lost their deal with HDNet. I definitely had a great experience there and maybe one day I could go back!
The legend Terry Funk was a special enforcer in your match with Jason Axe, was that a big moment for you?
Getting a chance to work with the living legend Terry Funk was definitely was a once in a lifetime opportunity! He was so cool; I mean the guy was NWA world champion, ECW world champion, a legend in Japan and in the States, which definitely made it a surreal experience! And getting to do a promo with him afterwards involving the 2CW title; it was a soak it all in moment! Terry will always be the man and I am humbled to have had that experience.
OVW was another port of call for you, how was that experience?
OVW was awesome. Obviously, with OVW being the old developmental for WWE and produced a lot of the top talent, it was a big deal. It was also cool to see how TV production really worked and getting the chance to talk and pick some of the guy’s brains there was awesome. I attending Rip Rogers’ class on Saturday, which was an experience, we learnt a lot in the span of 3 hours and with Rip working all the territories in the NWA, he had a lot of knowledge to share. Definitely a cool experience in the South.
Along with Brute VanSlyke, you will be going to Japan to compete in Wrestle-1, is that something you’ve been working towards?
Japan has been my dream! Since I got into wrestling I was always a huge fan of the Super Juniors like Jushin Liger, Jado, Gedo, Tiger Mask, Dynamite Kid, Pegasus and Sasuke. I was also a fan of heavyweight legends like Misawa, Kawada, Kobashi, Inoki, Baba, Tsuruta and Muta to name but a few. Seeing the success the Bulldogs, the Funks, Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody, Doctor Death and Terry Gordy made me a big fan of the Japanese promotions and now the fact I’m getting the opportunity to compete over there and learn, makes it a dream come true!
Wrestle-1 has some top talent, is there anyone in particular you’re looking forward to facing?
Wrestle-1 is loaded with talent! I wrestled Rionne Fujiwara and Yusuke Kodama here in the States, so those are rematches I’d like to have. Also guys like Kaz Hayashi who I’m a big fan of and Koji Doi Sanada come to mind. If there was an opportunity to work with Tajiri or Muta, that would be an unbelievable experience.
Is there anything else you’d like to add or plug?
Yes, my twitter is @jay_freddie, my Instagram is @jay_freddie, I’m on Facebook as Jay Freddie and check out 2CW online! 2CW has been going 10 years and still going strong, this year it’s getting big!
Thanks to Jay for taking time out to answer the questions.