My name is Soldato. I am a Glasgow based Luchador, trained by GPWA. I have worked for GPWA obviously, and I have also wrestled for ICW, PWE, BCW, SSW, Reckless Intent and Exposure Wrestling Entertainment down in Wales, with some more debuts planned for 2018.
How long have you been in the business and what made you want to become a professional wrestler?
I began training in September 2014 and was in the very first GPWA intake. Wrestling is something I have always loved as a fan, and when the chance to train came up on my Facebook, I jumped at the chance. I started very late, being 29 at the time but I thought I’d give it a go before I turned 30. As it turned out, it was something I took to quite naturally, and here we are today.
What would you consider the hardest part about being professional athlete?
The discipline. For me, I spend a lot of time on the gym, after a gruelling 12 hour shift in my “day job” it can be quite difficult to motivate myself. I’m always fine once I’m there though. I also try to eat as healthy as I can, which isn’t always easy when you have a child and a schedule as busy as mine.
What are some of your career highlights?
I was the 1st GPWA trainee to feature in the ICW Square Go, in 2016. That was definitely a highlight. I also really enjoyed facing Lionheart for the ICW Zero G Championship at a GPWA Night at the Asylum show, and my recent match with Joe Coffey [at the GPWA Asylum 3rd anniversary show, Soldato took on Joe Coffey, who was ICW World Heavyweight Champion], stands out too.
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
I’d have to go with BT Gunn, Rey Mysterio and maybe Kalisto? I have so many influences, and I don’t really categorise myself into 1 style.
What promotions do you currently work for, or where have you worked this year, and do you hold/have you held any championships this year?
I have worked for GPWA obviously, and I have also wrestled for ICW, PWE, BCW, SSW, Reckless Intent and Exposure Wrestling Entertainment down in Wales. I don’t hold any titles at the moment, but I would love to win some in 2018.
Jordan asks: Who would you put on the Mount Rushmore of 1.) Pro wrestling in general and 2.) Lucha wrestling?
Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, HHH, Undertaker and HBK. The Lucha Libre one would have to be Rey Mysterio, Mil Mascaras, Blue Demon, El Santos and Jushin Thunder Liger.
Who directed you to GPWA / why did you choose GPWA to train and wrestle?
It was BT Gunn that directed me, as I spoke to him a little before the school opened. I didn’t look into any of the other schools in the area as I didn’t have a car at the time, so juggling public transport and being a parent meant GPWA was a great location. Also having five coaches was a big plus, as between them they have years of experience at a high level. Now we have the 2 rings as well, but it was only one to start with.
If you were to face any 2 luchadors in a tag team match, who would it be, and who would be your ideal tag team partner?
That’s a hard one! I would team with Rey, and I would face Sin Cara and Alberto Del Rio I guess
Jordan asks: If you could choose any 3 luchador wrestlers to face in a fatal 4 way match, who would that be?
[Jushin Thunder] Liger, Tiger Mask and Mysterio
What was it like wrestling the (now former) ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Joe Coffey? And any update if you’ll ever challenge for the title at all? Or any champions in British wrestling you want to take on in a title match?
That was an amazing experience. There are a lot of eyes on Joe at the moment, so that match was great exposure for me. I think me wrestling for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship is a fair bit away at the moment, but never say never! I would like a match for the Discovery Y Division title, and also the ICW Zero G title. I would love a shot at any title!
Who would you say is/are the next breakthrough star(s) in GPWA?
Ravie-Davie is the obvious answer here and his tag stuff with Zander is class, but there is so much talent coming through. Leyton Buzzard is amazing, as is SBX, Jack Dillon, Kez Evans and the Purge. You also have guys like Thatcher Wright, who gets heat everywhere he goes and Irving Garrett, who is such a throwback.
Who are your favourite and dream opponents to face?
I don’t have any favourite opponents as such. Dream opponents... I would love to have wrestled HBK in his prime. Active wrestlers, I would love a match with Dolph Ziggler.
Being from GPWA, what’s it like training under some of the greatest British stars to date?
They all have such a depth of knowledge. Every coach has different strengths, so it is amazing to train under them and cherry pick the knowledge you can adapt to your style.
Which coach in GPWA has influenced you the most in your training?
Wrestling wise, again I’d have to say BT Gunn
What was it like wrestling Lionheart? He’s been named one of the best in British wrestling today.
Lionheart was a huge match for me. Not only was it massive because of who he is, but also because the ICW Zero G Title was on the line. He is amazing at what he does, and 2017 was a massive year for him.
Is there anyone on the ICW roster you’ve not faced but would like a shot at?
Apart from guys I’ve previously mentioned, I’d like a match with Stevie Boy. He is so versatile and has developed into one of the best in the country.
We recently interviewed Zander McGuire and he claims you’re a jobber so he wouldn’t want to have a match with you, what do you have to say about that?
Fear makes guys say things they don’t mean. Lol Zander and I have messed about in training for a while, we would have a 5 star spectacle of a match.
Jordan asks: Would you rather have a mask versus mask match with El Ligero or a Scottish Rules match with Chris Renfrew?
I don’t think a mask would work in a Scottish rules match really, so Ligero in mask v mask.
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?
The Asylum Invitational 2 has been announced, look on the Facebook page for updates. It’s shaping up to be even bigger than last year. I would love to take on last years winner Aaron Echo, or big Krieger.
One last question. What’s next for you? (Where are you going / what are your plans?)
I have a debut or 2 lined up so look out for that, and also hope to make my name in other companies UK wide.
Are there any people or organisations you’d like to give a special thank you / shout out to?
Obviously the GPWA coaches for pushing me as much as they have, and every promoter who has taken a chance on me. I’m still learning as I go and I love entertaining the crowds.
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