So, you wanna' be a pro wrestler...
So, you wanna' be a pro wrestler...

Those of us on a steady diet of the WWF and WCW think wrestling is the good life. Limosuines, first class travel, beautiful women. A small price to pay to get the crap kicked out of you or, if you are lucky, kick the crap out of someone else for 20 or 30 minutes a couple times a week.
The reality; however, is very different. Unless you are an ex-pro football player or a relative of a big name wrestler, it's very hard to break into the big leagues. If you want to be a professional wrestler, it takes many years of wrestling for smaller promotions honing your craft before you can even think of getting a tryout in the big leagues. And, even if you make it, you're in for a thorough beating your first few years in the 'majors' (just look at Devon Storm and Ace Darling). In some ways, it's like the life of a minor league baseball player. Some guys make the big leagues right away. Others spend their career in the minors. The difference with wrestling is that in minor league baseball, no one tries to piledrive you into a cement floor. The odds of your career ending on a given night playing baseball are very slim. With pro wrestling, it's a lot higher.
This is not to say making a life in pro wrestling isn't rewarding. "Dangerous" Dallas Garvin, a wrestler in training for World Class / CWA, has graciously agreed to an exclusive interview for DDT Digest and give us insight into the life of up and coming wrestlers who aren't riding in limos. The interview follows. Whenever his busy schedule permits, he will send us updates and insights into the sport and maybe even tell a few stories. Of course, as soon as he gets out there, you are all encouraged to go and see Dallas wrestle and give him a cheer, or a boo, on his way to the ring as a thank you for him taking his time to keep us filled in.

The Statistics

Ring name: "Dangerous" Dallas Garvin
Name of organization(s): World Class (second generation), Continental Wrestling Alliance {C.W.A.}
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170
Birthdate: March 23
Astrological sign: Aries
Favorite wrestler: Dean Malenko

The Interview

At what point in your life did you change from a kid who wanted to be a pro wrestler to an adult who was going to seriously pursue a career in the sport?
I've been a fan of pro wrestling since I can remember. A lot of the guys who I work out with now, are the same guys I've watched on Saturday night television growing up. I'd had a lot of trouble finding myself in the past couple of years...what I wanted to do with my life, which direction to take.
I quit high school so I could begin training full time last year around August or so...I was 17 at the time. That realization came to me after months of consideration, if I was going to do it...I was going to practically dedicate my life to it. I'm praying now that of the 200,000 athletes striving for the 200 or so top positions in this sport...I can be one of the lucky ones.
What's your long term goal in wrestling?
Getting my name out there, proving my critics wrong, establishing the fact that lighter-weight competitors are some of the best in the world, and being able to make a comfortable living in the sport.
What's your long term goal outside of wrestling?
Spread the word of God, encouraging others to aim in my philosophy, we need not all follow the type of -9 to 5- life that is scripted for us by society.
What are your family's views on your career decision?
At 18 years of age, what my parents think of my decisions means a lot...and they're behind me all the way.
Did you have any athletic career background before training as a pro wrestler?
I've worked odd and end type jobs to help work myself through the the moment I get by on savings, and whatever cash I can pick up in competition. I was into the bullriding scene for 2 years or so before I focused on pro wrestling...a lot of fun, very little just doesn't compare to this sport.
Where do you train?
Ha, well it's usually one of two places...the Sportatorium in downtown Dallas, or at a warehouse in the back of a "gentleman's bar" titled "Club Legacy" in Arlington.
How often do you train, and how do you train?
James Beard, the Ced-Man, a few students of Beard's school and I work out up to 3 days a week...I'm currently side-lined with a broken wrist, but I still do whatever I can so as not to fall behind. Most of my time is spent in the ring, I'm a big fan of the Japanese style and I'm constantly attempting new holds and maneuvers. Most of the competitors in Texas are heavy-weight brawlers with little or no technical skill, I believe the fans around these parts miss the style of Sean Waltman (Syxx) and Jerry Lynn (Mr. J.L.)...I hope to bring that style back to TX wrestling.
Are you more comfortable wrestling as a heel or a face?
At my size, and with my look...most of my work should come as a face...not that I agree with it. I have a gimmick idea in mind that I'm working on right now...I believe it would go over really well...but it all depends on the booker's willingness to let me work as a heel, as opposed to a babyface job-boy.
Do you have a finishing hold or manuever that you're fond of?
There has been recent talk of working me into some lucha matches, so I've been perfecting several aerial of which is the top rope guillotine leg drop. Practicing that manuever is what landed me with a broken wrist. I'm also a fan of the DDT, and have perfected several different versions of it. The Texas Cloverleaf is my favorite submission hold...Malenko is one of the greatest of our time.
Could you describe the gimmick idea that you spoke of earlier?
It's hard to describe. For those of you familiar with the movie "The Clockwork Orange" concept is somewhat similar to 'Alex', the lead character in the film...a deep, dark, Pulp Fiction type gimmick.
Are you any relation to the infamous Garvin wrestling family (Jimmy, Ronnie, Terry)?
Nope. No relation athough Ronnie Garvin is an idol of mine.
What injuries have you had?
Aside from the wrist, I've broken the fore-finger on my right hand, and sustained a back injury via a bad bump on a high back body drop. I couldn't breathe for near 5 minutes afterwards, and I was unable to compete for weeks. Hell, in less than a year...I've already had my share of injuries.
What is your ring attire?
I normally wear your basic royal blue, all-in-one kneepads and forearm bands...and tall black patent leather boots. That may all change however, if my gimmick idea has a shot.
Where do you get your attire?
All of my gear was mail ordered from Adrian Street's "Bizarre Bazaar" in Clearwater, Florida.
I understand that you've already got a valet. Who is she and how'd you find her?
The name's Sugar. She's a pretty little auburn-haired devil from around these parts. We met up shortly after I moved here to Red Oak...had a lot in common, she's a smart young lady...and she'll be running things from behind the scenes as well as accompanying me to ringside.
Who do you think is the most underrated wrestler out there today?
I'd have to say Al Snow (Leif Cassidy). This guy is an amazing athlete, by far one of the best workers in the World Wrestling Federation, and though I'm sure he's paid well, I believe his signing with the WWF may have been a mistake. The thing with Jannetty, it just didn't fly, and it has severely dented his reputation.
What percentage of the guys you work with hope to "make it in the big leagues"?
That seems to be a major priority with most of us younger guys, but a few of the veterans have the old "can't do it, why try?" attitude. Some have been there and didn't last long, some of the headliners around these parts just see pro wrestling as a part time job...I could never understand that way of thinking.
If you had your choice between going to WCW, WWF, or ECW, which would you take, if any?
I see that every major organization in this sport has its share of drawbacks. The WWF with their often ridiculous gimmicks, WCW with their enormous shuffle and lack of attention to the younger stars, and ECW...hell, I'm a fan of Heyman's group and all, but what type of major status will they ever achieve if they don't tone down on the tables and forks and get back to true professional wrestling? I should talk...shoot, man...I'm just a squirrel trying to get a nut in the independent scene. I'm sure the good outweighs the bad in the "majors", and Dallas Garvin will take what he can get...even if I end up with gold paint on my face and a wig on my head.
Who are some of the wrestlers you have worked out with or competed against that some of our readers outside the great state of Texas may know?
I met up with Johnny Hawk {Blackjack Bradshaw} in November of last year...really cool guy and truly a tough competitor. I've also worked with Rod Price, "Awesome Kong" Dwayne McCullough and his partner, and ex WWF'er, Sam Houston...who is quite fond of complaining about his gold record, which he recieved no substantial cash for from Titan Sports.
What's the worst thing about being a pro wrestler?
So far, getting started is a real pain. The higher-ups in World Class II and the CWA are blind when it comes to true talent. I hope they read this and can hear me out when I say that a light-weight or cruiser-weight division should be established in north Texas.
What's the best thing about being a pro wrestler?
Being able to display your athletic skills in front of an attentive crowd is one hell of a rush. I see pro wrestling fans as some of the more dedicated and critical sports fans in the world, and we all appreciate their support.
Any final words for other aspiring wrestlers out there?
Find an independent group or an unsanctioned school, and be ready to give it all you've got. Making it in this sport requires that you dedicate 90% of your life to it, be willing to make sacrifices. For those of you in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, I will dish out information on James Beard's school as soon as possible. Best of luck to all of you.
Any final words for the fans out there?
I need not tell you that this is one of the most entertaining sports in the world, and one that greatly depends on fan support. A wrestler's advancement in pro wrestling relies on what the crowd thinks of him/ be damn careful that you don't give the wrong guy a push. There are a lot of us young athletes out here waiting for a chance, so be consistent in who you applaud, boo, throw beer at, all counts, and remember...lighter-weight wrestlers are the future of this great sport.
Many thanks to "Dangerous" Dallas Garvin for taking this time with us. Look for future updates from Dallas on his training and matches as his schedule permits...
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