Kez Evans is a British pro wrestler. Mostly known from GPWA and ICW, Scotland.
My name is Kez Evans. Weighing in at 205 lbs. I’m from Easterhouse, Glasgow, Scotland. I train out of the Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum, and I have proclaimed myself as the Top Tier Talent of the Asylum, and I prove that every time I’m in the ring, whether it’d be against fellow trainees or 15+ year veterans of the sport. The only direction my career is going is up, but please try and prove me wrong, cause I’ll just break you in half....preferably in front one of your friends or loved ones....makes it more satisfying.
Promotions I’ve worked for so far have been; GPWA, ICW, Source and Pro Wrestling Elite.
How long have you been in professional wrestling and what made you decide you want to be a wrestler?
I wouldn’t really classify myself as “being in the business” just yet, I’m still a trainee. I’ve still got a bit to go to be classified as a full on wrestler in the business. But to answer your question, I’ve been training for just over 2 and a half years, which isn’t long at all. My story of how I became a wrestling fan is a weird one. Usually people become through flicking through the channels and seeing it then falling in love with it. I had my first experience with it when I was at hospital, my Dad has suffered from a heart attack (don’t worry he’s fine now, this isn’t a sad story) and a young 10 year old me was waiting to go visit him so I went to pick up a magazine, and I noticed a SmackDown magazine, I think JBL was on the cover, so I skimmed through and I got interested. My legit first time watching wrestling was Wrestlemania 21 and I was hooked from then on and I honestly believed this is something I’d love to do and now I am. I still have the magazine in the house somewhere....
What would you consider the hardest part about being professional athlete?
Hardest part for me isn’t really the physical stuff. Don’t get me wrong, the training is immensely tough and coming back from doing just a 10 minute match is agony, but for me it’s more the mental stuff, it’s difficult to explain really, like waiting for an opportunity or seeing someone else get somewhere or achieve something and being like “I can’t wait to get an opportunity like that in the future!” but I’m still a trainee, I’ve only been doing this 2 and a half years, patience is key.
What are some of your career highlights?
I have a few career highlights I’m very thankful for, first one being my first every singles match....in the main event of an ICW show against Wolfgang, first singles match! I’ve only had 2 tag matches at this point and been doing it 6 month then gets thrown into the deep end like that! Was so nerve racking, still proud of that moment, even if I wasn’t good at the time....
Second highlight I’d say was taking on Liam Thompson, now he’s had way better matches with even better wrestlers, but I still say that was one of my best matches I’ve had and it’ll be hard to top if I’m being honest.
And obviously my main highlight is facing Mr. Anderson (....Anderson) at Night At The Asylum 9. The school was buzzing when we heard he was going to be on the show, we were all wondering who he’d face? Was it going to be against one of the coaches or maybe a student? Then I found out if was myself who was going to be facing him....
Crazy, 2 years into this and I get trusted to have a match with someone who me and my friends watched take on The Undertaker and also win Money In The Bank at Wrestlemania, it's surreal.
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
I’m honestly thrown off by this one, as I’ve not really thought about it. I’d say I base my current style on Eddie Guerrero (more for certain tactics I use.....) Ric Flair (Again for certain tactics I use.....) and New Japan's Tetsuya Naito, if other trainees read they will laugh when they read that bit. I love Naito, he has this no care attitude that I have where he does what he likes to do and if you like it, cool. If you don’t like it, cool. I don’t care.....
Who would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling?
Again this has thrown me off, ‘cause I love so many.
In terms of importance to the business, I wouldn’t know.
In terms of how much I love watching then – Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker.
Who would you say is/are the next breakthrough star(s) in Wrestling?
He’s already rising but Stevie Boy/Xavier has been amazing recently and he’s a joy to watch every time. It’s crazy that he’s around the same age as me too....
Next guy is already a big star in the UK and I’m obviously biased but Wolfgang, as I said he’s already a big star over here but he’s already signed with WWE and I won’t be surprised if he’s the next big thing over there.....the guy can go, plus he’s marketable....he can make stupid money on merch (you better be reading this Vince.)
In terms of trainees, obviously I’d like to put my boys over on this, but even if I wasn’t in GPWA I would say The Purge will go far. SBX’s got that gimmick down, crowds love him, and he’ll go far too. Austin Osiris has that stupid accent so he can get a crowd going. Even though I hate him, Leighton Buzzard gets the crowd behind him all the way. There are too many people in the school I could put over to be honest....
Outside of GPWA, I think Kieran McColm/Kelly will be a big name.....
Aaron Echo is also becoming a well-known name too.
I think it’s safe to say regardless who I say, I think Scottish Wrestling’s in good hands.
Who are your favourite and dream opponents to face?
Dream opponents that are very unlikely to happen would be Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair, Naito, Taker, Kane, Goldust....god, too many.
Over here, I’d honestly love to face Mark Coffey, Mikey Whiplash, Stevie Boy/Xavier, Bram (yes, I have a deathwish) and I would really like to face Kieran McColm/Kelly, was disappointed I never got to face him in the Asylum Invitational.
Being from GPWA, what’s it like training under some of the greatest British stars to date?
Honestly, we are so spoiled. Like, I don’t know if the other trainees realise just how good we’ve got it training at GPWA, we get drills directly from the WWE PC (thanks to Wolfgang) each coach has their own way of working and they all have certain skills that honestly spoil the trainees for choice on learning how to work and wrestle a certain way. We get seminars from the likes of Rhyno, Samoa Joe, Mr. Anderson just to name a few....
I’m so grateful for being a part of this school and gladly wear it on my sleeve!
You’re facing Kenny Williams at the 3rd GPWA anniversary show. Have you ever faced him before and what are your expectations on the match?
I’ve never faced Kenny before and I doubt it’ll be the last time either....
I expect a good hard hitting match and a victory from yours truly (obviously...)
Some people have said that you’re a bit of cock. What do you have to say to those people?
Suck mine. Next question!
When you make the transaction to ICW - who would you want your first opponent to be?
I’d take any opponent to be honest; it’ll be just to get my name out there to the ICW crowd. I know everyone’s looking to have the 5 star classic every night and that’s why ICW is so huge cause of content like that. But starting out, I just want to get my name out there and show the crowd what I’m like.....also to see how much I can wind them up. But yeah honestly any opponent.
If you could pick one guy from GPWA to face any tag team in ICW who would it be and who would the team be?
Pick one guy to face a tag team in ICW??? Not sure what that means, but if I had to choose, Big Ross Hauser, cause he’s a fucking unit. If you meant who would I pick to be in a tag team with for ICW? Probably Irvin Garrett, he stretches em, I break em....good combo that.
What was the inspiration behind your theme song in GPWA?
I got my theme song by watching the best movie ever made....Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
I’m sitting trying to think of a good song to come out to, and then I watch that Oscar Worthy movie and the character Smoke comes on and that song plays in the background, I thought “that’s pretty cool, I’ll look that up.” I look it up and then I heard the “FIYA!” at the start and that was that. Still my theme to this day. It’s Scooter- Fire, by the way. Listen and you’ll agree it’s great.
If you’re not in the Square Go next year, who would you choose to win it, other than yourself?
Well hopefully I AM in the Square Go next year, but if not, I’d like to see Stevie Boy/Xavier win it. He’s earned it.
Would you rather have a tash versus tash match with Trent Severn or a Scottish Rules match with Chris Renfrew?
Trent’s a tough bastard and I could lose my tash.
Renfrew’s a fucking psycho and I can’t handle hangovers well.
It’s a lose-lose situation so neither.
Do you think there will be another tournament like the GPWA Asylum Invitational earlier this year? And who would you like to face if it happens?
I would like to think there will be another tournament, maybe even one of the other schools hold the invitational.
I’m a broken record at this point but I’d like to face Kieran McColm/Kelly, I’d be happy with that.
And in regards to this year's prize being the winner faced Wolfgang, I’d like the prize to face either Whiplash at Source or Kid Fite at PBW.
One last question – What’s next for you? Where you going / what are your plans?
What’s next for me? Keep my head down, working hard; keep earning spots on GPWA Shows and Pro Wrestling Elite shows as well, and hopefully getting to showcase myself on ICW shows and even on Source, PBW, BCW and SWA shows too. Getting myself known to the Scottish Wrestling scene and getting to that next level, also winding up crowds and breaking people in half whilst I’m doing it of course....
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