Dahlia is a New Zealand professional wrestler and is one half of the South Pacific Power Couple with TK Cooper mainly known in Progress Wrestling and Lucha Forever in the UK.
How long have you been in the business and why did you want to become a professional wrestler?
I Started training as a wrestler back in 2011 when I was 17 and in my last year of High School in New Zealand. My big brother was wrestling with a company we used to go watch once a month which was the only wrestling company running in Auckland at the time, and he invited me to come to a training session. I have a Musical Theatre background and was always quite athletic so I picked it up quite fast and really looked forward to my debut as a wrestler, which was a year later.
What would you consider the hardest part about being a professional athlete?
The Hardest part would be the tole it takes on your body. Because I wrestle frequently, I don't have a lot of time to rest my body and it can take a while to heal the smallest of injuries due to the constant stress you're putting your body through.
Could you tell us some of your career highlights?
I've had some incredible experiences and opportunities as a wrestler, especially one from such a small country. The first biggest highlight would be Debuting for Progress on Chapter 25 at the start of 2016 which was an absolute dream come true. Since then, I've travelled overseas with them to America, had a WWE tryout and have met the most amazing people who I'd consider to be my family.
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
Travis Banks has had a huge influence on my style due to him training me for 3-4 years.
I've always loved Tajiri and I would say my move-set is most similar to his.
And my Partner TK Cooper who is always teaching me and suggesting things that would suit me when he comes across them.
Who would you put on the Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling?
William Regal, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Triple H.
Who would you say is the next breakthrough FEMALE star in British / Indy Wrestling?
I am so certain Toni Storm is going to be the most influential Female wrestler from our generation of Indy Wrestling.
Who are your favourite and dream opponents to face?
My Dream match which I'm still yet to have is the South Pacific Power Couple vs The Worlds Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan, Candice LeRae).
With the uprising and popularity of independent wrestling, is WWE really the place to be?
Everyone has different opinions and desires so I can't speak on behalf of everyone, but personally I think to be considered by the WWE is still an incredible achievement.
As a female athlete, what do you think of the current state of Women’s wrestling, and would you say you are proud to be part of the evolution of Women’s Wrestling?
I believe Women's wrestling is the best it's ever been and I'm incredibly lucky to be living in the UK along side some of the best female wrestlers in the world and been given the opportunities to be in the ring with them.
What are the differences in fans from the UK compared to different countries?
The United Kingdom is very much a hot spot for Indy wrestling currently and a lot of overseas wrestlers like myself have made the move to be apart of it. It has a lot of eyes on it as well as an incredibly strong fanbase of passionate fans who come from all over the country (and sometimes all over the world) to be apart British Wrestling. I can only compare it with New Zealand which has only a population four million and therefore less opportunities to become a hub for a strong wrestling scene.
What’s the New Zealand pro wrestling scene like?
Like I said before, the population of New Zealand is very small in comparison to the UK, so there is less of everything, few companies, wrestlers and shows are put on because the demand for wrestling isn't massively high nor is the market. In saying that, there are some spectacular companies back home which are putting on a amazing local shows and churning out some incredible talent who will no doubt make a name for themselves in the next few years to come.
What’s it like being one third of the South Pacific Power Trip and what’s it like working so close to TK (people always say don’t work with your partner)?
I've known Travis for a very long time, I trained under him and even lived with him at one point and I very much consider him a brother, wrestling alongside him and TK (who I've been with for 6 years) feels incredibly natural and there is nothing more satisfying than watching your loved ones thrive. We all moved here around the same time and it's really nice to come back together every once in a while for a match and remember where we came from and where we are now and how grateful we are to still be in each others lives.
You guys had to return to New Zealand after Progress Chapter 47, I’d like to know how it made you feel having to leave Progress behind and how it felt coming back to of the loudest pops ever witnessed in Progress upon your return?
The week we left the UK due to our visas finishing was one of the hardest weeks of my life. I spent two years creating a new life in London and having to leave all my friends behind was very heartbreaking, especially not knowing when we were going to be back. I had to say goodbye to a lot of people I loved and I felt as if I left a huge part of myself in London when I left. As soon as we got home we went through the process of re-applying and we had new visas sorted in just under three months. We bought our plane tickets home 20 minutes after finding out our visas had been accepted and left that week. It felt like we had come home, and the welcome we received was the most gratifying and amazing moment I've ever had in my life. Because no one knew we were coming back we got to surprise a lot of people and I'll forever remember that day as one of the best days of my life so far.
Where does Jinny buy her clothes, Tesco or Asda? And when are you going to kick the shit out of her for attacking you at Ally Pally?
She buys them at the Poundshop and hopefully this Sunday at Progress in Manchester!!
On a personal level, how did it feel knowing over 1,000 people signed a petition to want to keep you in the UK?
It was the loveliest gesture and both of us were so blown away with the support.
You suffered a leg injury before being able to join WWE’s Wrestlemania Axxess show. That must have been heartbreaking that you weren’t able to attend.
The night of the show I broke my leg on, I avoided going to the Hospital because I was already very sure that I had broken my leg, but I knew I had a huge week coming up and was in denial about not being able to wrestle or being unable to go. I went in the early hours of the morning after a lot of self convincing but it didn't make hearing the news from the doctor any easier. I was so heart broken but I am a strong believer of everything happens for a reason and have come to peace with the lost opportunities and I'm so glad I was able to still attended Axxess and the Progress shows as well as Wrestlemania.
One last question. What’s next for Dahlia Black? What are your ambitions for the next year or so?
For now I'm just trying to make the most of being back in the UK and will hopefully debut at a few more places in the next year or so. I'd love to go back to America and maybe a few more countries in Europe.
Thanks guys :)
Sadly, Dahlia has now retired from wrestling.