Picture Credit: Cory Lockwood
Niki Nitro is an Australian wrestler, who is also a model, actress and stuntwoman.
For those of us in the UK who aren’t familiar with you, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Nicole Sharrock, probably best known as the wrestler Niki Nitro & actress Hayley from the Australian TV shows Housos & Bogan Hunters.
You were trained by Australian wrestling legend Andy Harpas, Daniel Harpas and Sonny Siaki (one third of The Flying Elvises in TNA), what was it like being trained by these guys and what specific skills did you gain?
I gained self respect, gratitude and respect for my fellow wrestlers. Andy Harpas always taught me about respect and professionalism in the wrestling world and to treat it like a professional business and not just a hobby. I learnt correct technique and character performance, being trained by the mentioned vets in the biz. It was very beneficial and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Apart from being a pro wrestler, you’re a stunt woman, model, DJ and actor. How does this all fit in with the wrestling side of your career?
Yes, I am a professional actress; I have been acting since I was a child in theatre and then gaining my big break in 2012 on film. I am on the TV shows Housos, Bogan Hunters & movies Housos vs Authority, FatPizza vs Housos.
I am currently filming my 3rd movie. I am a stunt woman on all the shows I am in. I’ve also been a model since 2010 and have featured in catalogues, runway, sports magazines and promotions. I used to DJ but haven’t got the time for it right now.
have you ever turned up at a modelling job with any injuries from wrestling or stunts?
I have turned up to gigs with bruises lol, I’m forever being told off for it.
Not much of the scene in Oz is known in the UK, could you tell us a bit about it?
The scene in Australia has slowly started to grow again. Back in the 70s and 80s it was huge. I made my debut in 1999; in front of five and a half thousand people, it was great. But unfortunately, over the years, more companies started to form and becoming a wrestler was way too easy, the crowds started to die off and Australian wrestling started struggling due to unprofessional companies popping up all over the place.
However, the Australian scene is slowly coming back and some of our talent is giving the Aussies a good name overseas.
One of your opponents in the past has been Toni Storm, who is a known talent in the UK. Is achieving her success in the UK something you’d like to emulate?
Yes, Toni and I have worked many matches together and I am very proud of her success in the UK.
Is touring the UK something that interests you at all?
I would love to come to the UK and wrestle. I’ve toured America, Canada for wrestling and I loved every moment of it. So yes, the UK is definitely on the cards for me in the near future. Besides, I have a British passport, so I could end up there for good if I liked it!
In your wrestling career so far, you’ve won titles such as the PWAQ Women’s Championship, ICW Women’s Championship, Women’s CWA Championship and the WXA Women’s Championship. Out of them all, which means the most to you?
All my titles I’ve held mean a lot to me. I can’t choose, as all of them have a special meaning. So I love them all the same.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
My plans for the rest of the year are to finish filming my latest movie, then another series of Housos. Saving up all my money and touring the world again. More wrestling and I’m hoping to get a few acting gigs in Hollywood.
Skys the limit!!!
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey with me for the past 16 years.
Much hugs and respect,
Thanks to Niki for taking part in this interview.