Leyton Buzzard is a British pro wrestler, residing in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and is most notably known in GPWA and ICW in Glasgow, Scotland.
How long have you been wrestling and what made you want to become a pro wrestler?
I've been wrestling for just over 2 years now. Hard to pinpoint an exact moment, it's just something I always wanted to do, but it was only as I got older and started to learn about the British scene that I realised this is actually something I could do.
What are some of your career highlights?
I've had a few in a short amount of time, but definitely coming out at the [SSE] Hydro with Joe [Hendry] has to be right up there.
It's too hard to say 1 at the moment, so I'm gonna go with my top 3 in no particular order. One was last year on tour when I got to wrestle for ICW in my home town of Bristol with Joe [Hendry] and we were wrestling the Kinky Party, so one of my coaches as well, there's nothing like seeing your friends and family in the front row supporting you, especially in your home town.
The next is the concert segment! I really had no idea whether people would find it funny or not, Joe was in Australia and I wrote this song as a joke for Joe's live show a few weeks prior, and next thing I know I'm out there in front of a sold out Garage [Garage club, ICW's home venue], sitting in the middle of the ring with a mic and a ukulele. I could never have guessed the reaction it was going to get, it was a very special night for me and one I'll never forget.
Last of all is coming out at the SSE Hydro with Joe, coming out the entrance way seeing all the people in this huge arena is a feeling you can't really explain, and seeing some of my best friends involved in the match as well was amazing. One of the best nights of my life.
I'd like to discuss your GPWA and ICW career.
Who directed you to GPWA and what is it like training under some of the best British stars?
I found out about GPWA through ICW. I had been watching the ICW product for a few months after seeing "The British Wrestler" and the "Insane Fight Club" documentaries, then I believe I saw an advert for GPWA on the ICW website. I knew I wanted to wrestle for ICW, and training at GPWA was the best option to make that happen.
It's been amazing training with all the coaches, they all offer a different insight into the business. They've all been or are at the top of the scene and they know what it takes to get there.
Is there anyone on the ICW Roster you'd like to face, but haven't?
I'd love to wrestle Bram. I think he's incredible at what he does and feel like when he works with people they get elevated to the next level. No ones better at being bad.
Why did you want to audition (and obviously you were successful) to become Joe Hendry's intern?
It was a no brainer. Joe's at the top of his game and the top guy in numerous promotions, I knew working alongside him would be what I needed to grow as a performer. I believe Joe is the best in the UK today, and I want to align myself with the best.
You recently performed a live concert in front of the ICW crowd about Joe Hendry. Some people say you stole the gimmick from WWE Superstar, Elias. Did you copy Elias' "Walk with Elias" gimmick or did he somehow get the idea from you from "Stroll With Leyton"?
He stole it from me.
Who would win in a music battle, "Walk With Elias" or "Stroll With Leyton" and why?
I have no doubts I would defeat Elias in any sort of musical or physical battle. He wouldn't last a minute in ICW.
Joe Hendry treats you like shit. Why do you put up with him and not just leave?
Joe doesn't treat me like the "s word". Yes he's hard on me, but that's because he want's me to do well, would I learn anything if Joe was just nice to me all the time and never told me anything I did wrong?
How did it feel to be part of the best ongoing story-lines with Joe Hendry and Chris Renfrew?
The whole match with Joe and Renfrew has been crazy. We all had so much fun doing it, which is why I think the fans had fun as well. I won't lie, I'm sad it's now over as I'm sure the fans are as well, but all good things must come to an end.
We interviewed Kez Evans [GPWA/ICW], and we asked who he thinks the next break-out star from GPWA will be and he said "Even though I hate him, Leyton Buzzard. He get's the crowd going every time". Can I get your thoughts on this?
Kez was my first feud I had as a wrestler, we wrestled 4 times at GPWA shows in the first half of 2017 and I loved every minute of it. We've had our differences in the past but I think we both have a mutual respect for each other. Even though it's been a while since we've faced off, I would love to wrestle him again in the future, hopefully on a bigger stage. I think me and him have a lot more to offer now than we did in those first few encounters.
Who do you think the next breakout star in GPWA will be?
I've got to go with Kez Evans. Even though he's already got a name for himself and he's wrestled a lot of the top guys from the British scene I believe this is his year. Truly incredible the level he's at after wrestling for only 3 years, I believe his in ring work is second to none at GPWA.
What was it like filming the "Smack My Leyton Up" music video with Chris Renfrew and Joe Hendry?
Well they stole my hat and chucked me down a muddy hill... WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WAS LIKE DAMNIT!
Are there any people or organisations that you'd like to give a special thank you / shout out to?
All of my coaches at GPWA to start of with, I wouldn't be where I am today with out each one of them, they've all individually helped with me with so many things in and out of wrestling and I will always be thankful for that. i'd also to thank all the management from ICW for believing in a daft kid from Bristol.
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