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Viper is making waves on the UK scene right now, recently she was featured on TNA’s Bootcamp and has already wrestled for some of the best promotions around the country
How did you get you start in wrestling and what was being trained by Damian O’Connor and Mikey Whiplash like?
I started my wrestling training back in 2008 with Scottish Wrestling Alliance, the weekend before I started training, I went along to one of their shows in the Tweedy Hall in Linwood and from there on I decided that wrestling was definitely for me. Being trained by Damian O’Connor and Mikey Whiplash at the Source Wrestling School is nothing short of a blessing, I’m extremely lucky to be able to call them my mentors! They push me to be the best I can be and although it has been very hard at times, I am very grateful to them and I always try my best to be a testament of their teachings.
You’re currently making waves across the UK scene, did you expect your career to go as well as it has so far?
Honestly? No, I never expected to wrestle outside of my own county at first! I am loving travelling the UK though, hopefully at some point I’ll be able to get across the water and do some more international work but there’s still a few milestones I want to hit here in the UK!
You wrestle for ICW (among others), what’s it been like with ICW becoming quite the big deal in the UK?
It’s been great to see ICW going from strength to strength and a true testament that hard work pays off, I consider myself very lucky to be a part of it!
Did you have any dealings with Drew McDonald?
I did yes, I attended a seminar at Source Wrestling School with Drew; I remember being absolutely terrified at first, as myself and Bete Noire were the first to arrive and he took one look at us and said “right, you two, in the ring, GO!”. He was very encouraging though, he gave me my first insight into what might be expected of me if I were to try out for a major league but he also gave me confidence that I could do it. After the seminar he regaled us with stories backstage before a show and he had the entire locker room in the palm of his hand.
You were a participant on TNA’s British Boot Camp, what was that experience like and has it helped you at all?
Certainly! I think it definitely gave me a lot more exposure but I also gained a great amount of experience that day, it was a very high pressure situation but I learned a lot from it and would do it again in a heartbeat.
How do you think you’d fare if you went to Japan to compete?
I’ve been told by a lot of people to get myself to Japan and it’s something I would definitely love to do. It’s a completely different style over there and I think it would be a shock to the system, I think it would be tough but things that are worth it are seldom easy, and it’s definitely one of my goals.
You’ve tagged on numerous occasions with Bete Noire, what makes your pairing special?
Bête Noire and I have been great friends for almost four years now and have spent a lot of time together whether it be wrestling, training, going out or just hanging out. We’ve got to a stage where I can look at her and she’ll know exactly what I’m thinking without having to say a word. We just operate on the same wavelength which turned out to be very handy when it comes to tag wrestling, if I need her to be somewhere she’s already there, I know what she’s setting up for before she’s even started. It’s the best fun teaming with her and I really hope we get to have more matches this year.
The Scottish have produced some very talented grapplers, why do you think that is?
A huge amount of the credit goes to the schools and trainers, I can only really speak for my school which is Source Wrestling School; the facilities and tuition that are available there have been hugely beneficial for the wrestlers and trainees that attend, with the standard of training being raised, so is the standard of wrestling. With promotions growing bigger and better too, the bar is always being set higher and higher to get the opportunities. Ultimately, I think it’s down to the hard work that the wrestlers invest in themselves and their product but hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and the cream of the crop always rises to the top.
What’s in store for you this year and what do you want to achieve?
Erm, I’m not sure, hopefully lots more wrestling! This year I’d like to continue getting my name out there in the UK and maybe overseas. I’d love to travel some more with my wrestling so here’s hoping I get to do a little bit more of that.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
A big thanks to everyone who’s supported and helped me so far! And to keep up to date with me/where I’m wrestling you can like my Facebook www.facebook/vipersmash and follow me on Twitter @missviper91.
Thanks to Viper for taking the time out to participate in this interview.