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‘King of Performance’ Kelly Sixx is one of the rising stars on the UK independent scene. He recently took the time to talk to us about his approach to wrestling, where he is at in his career and what the future has in store for him.
For people who haven’t seen you wrestle before, how would you sum up who you are and what you’re about?
I think the moniker ‘King of Performance’ sums it up perfectly. I’ve always had a fascination with production on stage shows, boxing/MMA hype videos, wrestling entrances etc. I’m aiming to bring that same ‘wow’ factor to everything from the moment I walk out, to the moment I leave. I’ve got so much stuff lined up that it’ll blow people’s minds.
What’s one match from your career people should definitely seek out?
Kelly Sixx vs Kip Sabian from RCWA’s God vs Assassin show in December 2016. It was the blow-off from a year-long journey for both of us, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They have the DVD of that show available for just £10 from the RCWA website and Facebook page!
What kind of matches and/or opponents really get your creative juices flowing?
Anything where my opponent(s) are open to ideas and don’t just want to phone it in. I’m a strong believer in giving 100% every match, and having someone who wants the same is such a great feeling. Creating moments is a big thing for me in 2017, so people who are willing to go outside their comfort zone are great here.
You’re making the move to wrestling full time at the end of the month, what prompted this change?
I set a goal this year to move down to part time work, as I was in a position where this was possible due to how many shows I was working. Over the last few months that idea changed to full time work, due to extra opportunities I had received. Wrestling is the dream, and the amount of extra work I can put in with 10 hours a day back in my pocket… It’s insane! I’m very much looking forward to giving it everything I have, nobody will stop what I’m about to do…
There have been a lot of changes to the UK wrestling scene in the past few months with the relaunch of World of Sport & introduction of WWE UK. How do these changes affect your outlook on wrestling and your future?
These developments have played a big part in my decision to pursue full-time wrestling work. The scene has never been as strong as it is right now, and I’d be crazy to pass up these opportunities by wasting my time at work.
A big part of being an independent wrestler is marketing yourself, what’s your approach/philosophy to this?
I’ve invested a lot of time this year into researching corporate marketing techniques, along with many other philosophies on branding and marketing a product. I want to stay as human and relatable as possible while making all these changes, as that’s why people have followed me so far. I’ll never be one of those people who’s fan page reads ‘Kelly Sixx told us this today’… It’s me writing about me, I’m not a company, I want people to feel involved.
You’ve been appearing as part of Revolution Pro’s Contender’s division. How do you approach these matches differently?
We’re limited, but that’s not a bad thing. So the concept was to bring in the top Rev Pro trainees as a form of New Japan Young Boys, where we help out the wrestlers on the show and sometimes we get a short match to show what we can do. These matches are to be kept short and basic, designed to show how crisp, clean and professional we can be. I’m excited for us getting the chance to move these matches forward, as I really want to show the Rev Pro fans what I can do.
You recently debuted for WCPW and tore the house down in a show stealing match, what was that experience like?
Unreal, like nothing I’ve felt in a long, long time. It was 4 of us that go back almost a decade now, so we were perfectly comfortable and got to wrestle a match we all wanted. The crowd were so loud the whole way through, the company was super professional and honestly I can’t wait to be back.
What are your goals for 2017 and beyond?
I’ve posted these on my Instagram but will post them again for anyone who wants to check them out over at @KellySixxUK. The main ones for me are to graduate from the Contenders division and make a success of my full time wrestling work.
What’s on your wrestling bucket list?
Working for WWE is a huge goal, obviously having a WrestleMania moment is the top of the list. Aside from that, I just want to live a happy and safe life wrestling for a living, without having to think about getting up for a job I don’t want or to work for someone else I have no connection to.
If you could wrestle any fictional character who would it be and why?
Eddy Gordo from Tekken, the stuff we could do with his moveset would be crazy!
What are some upcoming shows people can check you out on?
I’m at Pride this Saturday (22nd April), in a 4 way with Hardflyer, Joel Redman and Lucha Underground’s Jack Evans. Apex have a Saturday and Sunday combo of shows on 29th and 30th April. May is crazy with Rev Pro at the Cockpit on 7th, RCWA on 13th, Lucha Forever on 18th and so many more shows!
Finally, where can people find you on social media?
Facebook – Kelly Sixx
Thank you for taking the time to read this, drop me a message if you did as it’s great to hear from people who are genuinely interested in the up-and-comers of the UK scene!