Scotty Essex is a wrestler whose ‘Mr.Reem’ personality makes him a great guy to love and hate. Starting out at the tender age of 14, he’s gone on to become a name to look out for.
For those of us out there who don’t know who you are, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Scotty, I am 24 years old and I have been on and off the scene since 2004, I started training when I was 14 years old.
How did you get into the business and where did you train?
I got into wrestling because I happened to be living in Canvey Island, Essex and was best friends with Paul Robinson. Paul started training and I joined him two years later at Dropkixx Wrestling Academy in Purfleet, Essex. It was very different to what I expected. I was first trained under Frank Rimer, the school was based on the shoot/catch as catch can style. Watching guys like Stu Sanders (WWEs Wade Barrett) and Nick Aldis (TNAs Magnus) tie people in knots was incredible and it opened my eyes. Dropkixx back then produced a lot of fantastic talent, I could be here giving you a huge list of names but that would take all day! Jon Richie was the guy who took over from Frank Rimer. I learnt so much from Jon, I was often seen annoying him and picking his brain! Jon’s father, John Hall (Yes, John really is the Stu Hart of British wrestling) either had me in some kind of hold, making me squeal like a pig or I was also annoying him or picking his brain for information. I was also very lucky to receive training from the late, great Mick McManus who taught me a lot of old school ways of playing heel and would also tie me in knots.
Paul Robinson trained you, how was that experience for you?
Paul was a tough trainer, he didn’t take any shit and he would make me go over and over things just to make sure I got it right. He took a lot of time and patience on his behalf and for that, I am very grateful. He would beat the shit out of me at times but it worked and got me to the level I am today. Trainees these days have it way too easy.
Who was your first match against and looking back, how do you think it looked?
My first match was in 2005 for Dropkixx Promotions at the Fondu Club against Mark Hendry. At the time, I thought it was good but looking back, neither of us knew how to work and we were just using moves as seen on TV.
You’ve worked for Dragon Pro, TWX, ATTACK Pro and others, out of the matches you’ve had so far, has there been one that sticks in your mind?
All the places I’ve worked have been super cool and fun to be a part of. The match I had at Pro Wrestling Chaos against Mike Bird, was a big learning curve as it was one of the first times I had ever played face. Any matches I have had with Paul Robinson or Richard Parliament have always pushed me to my limits. Honourable mention goes to ‘Mean’ Tommy Dean from Welsh Wrestling; he is hugely underrated and certainly knows how to work.
In your career, you’ve held the Dragon Pro Tag team belts and Celtic Wrestling Tag Team Championship belts with Steve Griffiths, is that something you’re quite proud of?
I am proud of the fact that I am the undisputed Tag Team Champion of Wales. Celtic was great place to work and it had a fun atmosphere and I also enjoyed my time there. It opened up a lot of doors for me in Wales. It’s great to hold a title with Steve Griffiths, I have seen him excel over the years from trainee to worker and I couldn’t be more proud of him. The Dragon Pro titles are something I want to add prestige to and make them more known, to hold both at the same time is great fun as I get to defend them under the ‘Freebird Rule’.
Your gimmick is being ‘Mr. Reem’, how did that come about and is it something you’ll continue to do or will you change to another?
I moved to Wales in 2011, everywhere I went, the locals would take the piss out of my accent, I’m also known in my area by the name Essex. As soon as people knew where I was from, there was often a ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ reference. My father also works with the cast of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and I had the pleasure of flying over to Marbella while they were filming and I got to see all their mannerisms and characteristics and utilise that to my advantage. I have thought about dropping my gimmick but it’s my selling point and what makes me unique, I also enjoy playing my character when I’m in front of a crowd.
Is your ultimate goal to make it to the big leagues, or is making a living on the UK scene more your thing?
I take life as it comes, if something big comes along then I will jump on it. Otherwise, I’m just enjoying myself and helping those around me.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
This year I’m hitting the gym harder, getting stronger and getting them gains!
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
I am a trainer at the Dragon Pro Wrestling Academy in Newport, South Wales. I can honestly say, It’s one of the best places to train in the UK for any aspiring wrestler at any level. Feel free to contact me at on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MrReemScottyEssex, on Twitter @MrReemEssex or contact the very talented head trainer Mike Bird and we will guide you in the right direction.
Thanks to Scotty for taking the time to participate in the interview.