Kris Wolf is a former teacher who now wrestles for Stardom in Japan.
For those out there who aren’t familiar with you, could you please introduce yourself?
Howdy! I’m Kris Wolf! I’m a newbie wrestler for Stardom in Japan.
You were an English teacher in Japan before you became a wrestler, what prompted that change?
There was just something missing in my life. I was teaching kids and a lot of my energy would be gone by the end of the day. I was unhappy and distracting myself by going out and drinking a lot. Eventually, I started to assess my life and decided I needed to make a change and do something that stimulated me and made me happy. That set me on the path towards wrestling and Stardom.
Your training began at the Stardom Dojo, how tough is life in the dojo and what are Fuka Kakimoto and Kyoko Kimura like as trainers?
Training is hard. There were times when I thought I would pass out or vomit from the intensity of the drills. Both Kimura-san and Fuka-san, are great teachers. They have very different styles but they both have an MMA background, so they utilize that when training. Both of them give a lot, so they expect a lot in return.
Do you remember your first match for Stardom?
My first match was a 3-way vs Hazuki Reo and Koguma at Korakuen. I remember everything about it. The nervous energy I felt as I stepped out of the curtain and the way my vision focused in on only the two girls in the ring after the bell rang. That was the day I joined Kimura too!
Stardom has a lot of Western talent that come to do tours, such as Nikki Storm, Thunder Rosa, Alpha Female, Hudson Envy and Heidi Lovelace. What’s the appeal of Stardom for Western talent?
From what they’ve told me, to come to Japan is an amazing opportunity for Western talent. The style and training is different. And they’re forced to do and try things that they don’t normally do. I’m curious to experience what it’s like in other countries as well.
Shimmer, Shine, WSU and Bellatrix are the biggest all female promotions in the West, are they places you’d like to compete for in the future?
Of course! I would love to! I want to wrestle everyone and everywhere! I want to learn everything I can! And of course, I can bite more people from all over the world!
Recently, there was an incident between Act Yasukawa and Yoshiko, what’s your take on what happened?
I still can’t really wrap my head around it…and I was there. I don’t understand why it happened, I can only speculate on the aftermath. I really don’t like thinking about it to be honest. My friend was hurting and was trying so hard…to just wrestle. Sorry, I don’t really know what else to say about that.
Stardom is home to many Joshi greats, such as Io Shirai, Act Yasukawa, Koguma and many more. What’s it like working with these people that are held in such high regard?
I feel lucky, excited and many times, terrified. I remember when I was still a renshusei (trainee? sorry some words I only know in Japanese) and I would watch them from the side of the ring. I would feel so much energy from them and then wonder if I could ever get to that level. I still have that feeling but I just have to shake it off and not think…just do. Train, train, train. And maybe one day I can be like them.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The rest of this year is the last year of my visa in Japan. I have no idea what I’m gonna do after that. I want to stay in Japan but it’s hard for foreigners to stay. They’re not very lax with Americans. But I will wrestle and learn as much as I can and go from there.
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
Keep moving. You can rest when you’re dead. At least that’s how I feel.
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And of course, itsumo arigatou.
Check out Kris on Twitter @wolfinjapan.
Thanks to Kris for taking the time to participate in this interview.