Jack Sexsmith is a NOW RETIRED British pro wrestler. Mostly known from Progress Wrestling in the UK.
How long have you been in pro wrestling and why did you want to become a professional wrestler?
I never "grew out of it" as my Dad hoped. Had a bit of an epiphany when at uni about being truer to myself in a bid to make me happier. So I decided to be active in the areas I was passionate and began training. On top of that I allowed myself to explore my sexuality without fear. I've probably been working shows on and off for about 4 years or so.
What would you consider the hardest part about being a professional athlete?
Regime and time management. So many of us are balancing day jobs with wrestling so there's very little down time. Marry that up with training, gym, self promotion, branding and so on, it can leave for very little else. I think you really have to be organised and prioritise well to make a real living from the game.
Where would you like to see yourself in the next 5 years in this industry?
As a champion in a major company, promoting the notion that one's sexuality has no relevance on there ability.
Could you tell us some of your career highlights?
Loved the tables match Roy Johnson and so had with The South Pacific Power Trip: felt that spring-boarded all parties to where they are now. Plus being a part of Super Strong Style 16 and defeating Zack Gibson was very special for me.
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
Rockstar Spud, Jimmy Havoc and Goldust
Who would you put on the Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling?
The guys who defined the eras of who mainstream wrestling has become;
Who would you say is the next breakthrough star in the British Indy scene?
There's so much talent out there. I'd say keep your eye on Spike Trivet. He's a spectacular character and one of the best promos around today... 'tis a pity he's a dick is all 🙈🙊
With the sudden growth of Indy wrestling, is WWE really the final place to be?
Not by any means. I'd love to work there as I grew up watching it but that is in no way to say it's the only way to earn from the game or be comfortable or even happy in this business. It really is down to the wants of the talent but when you look at someone like Marty Scurll and the success he's had and the pleasure he takes from marketing himself, it's hard to suggest the Big E is the be all and end all of yesteryear.
Who do you think is the most underrated wrestler on the British Indy circuit?
Sha Samuels, Nathan Cruz, Darrell Allen to name a few but probably Paul Robinson. He gets recognised for the best part but I genuinely think he's one of the best I've ever seen.
You’re an icon in the LGBTQ community. How does it make you feel that discrimination is still happening from fans and talent in today’s wrestling industry?
Thank you kindly but I wouldn't say I'm an icon at all. I literally do me and try and to be a good example to others.
I'm not shocked that is still happens, in fact I'm more shocked at how little it happens. I can safely say I have endured nothing but welcoming locker rooms wherever I've been and that the overwhelming majority of crowds have been more than hospitable. I would rather focus on the improvements made than the negative few.
One area I really would like to commend is the amount of promotions who take policing their fan base into their own hands. So many make it very clear to their audience what is acceptable and what is not, and are strong enough to follow through and eject those who should be.
At Progress Chapter 53 in July, you went toe to toe battling then Progress and WWE UK champion, Pete Dunne. That must have been a huge match for your career, can you tell us how you felt about it?
I was excited and anxious. It was a very similar feeling as to when I faced off against Travis Banks, in that it was not only a test to see how far the character had come but also how capable I was as a performer. I'm very aware of how new I am to the scene and love to be tested and see how good I can be. I can say it was a spectacular experience and the reactions we got were as good as I can remember getting.
Do you plan on trading your uggs for wrestling boots?
Hahhhaaaa! Not if you keep talking about them 😉💜
Who would win in a fight between Mr Cocko and Joey Ryan’s lollipop?
This is a stupid question!
Mr Cocko is his own man whereas Ryan's lollipop doesn't have sentience. Duh!!!!
Would you ever want to turn heel in Progress and if so what would/could you change?
I'd be happy to, provided my sexuality had nothing to do with the reasons I was garnering a negative reaction.
Who would be your dream opponent for Progress:Wembley?
John Cena #PayMe 😂
Finally, what are your thoughts on Chief Deputy Dunne and Zack Gibson? I see they’ve been pricks to people, including yourself, lately.
Truly despise the pair of them. Both have real issues with me. I mean, Gibson can't handle the fact I hold two pinfall victories over him, in spite of "having no place in a wrestling ring".
Dunne... well he's... he's just.. an odd thing! He has an agenda, a weird anti-fun agenda and has tried to rub his mantra in everyone's faces and at my expense. It's one thing to have a problem with a person but it's another to try and halt an up and comers momentum when he's already working with a torn bicep.
Are there any people or organisations you’d like to give a special thank you / shout out to?
I'd like to thank Jim, Jon and Glen of Progress for giving me the confidence to embrace being myself in a wrestling ring and for having the foresight to see the potential in a LGBTQ+ protagonist.
Above all I'd want to say thank you to the fans, however tired and cliche it sounds. You have allowed a guy who has been told he does not belong his whole life, and implicitly stated he is welcome here. I am truly humbled and will be forever grateful