Facebook: Old Timer Jeff King
Jeff King: I started watching wrestling in the early 90s, around 1992 or 1993. I knew of pro wrestling before that, but had never watched it. One Sunday morning I was channel surfing, and for some reason stopped on WWF Superstars. I was hooked right away.
Particle Don: Who was your favorite wrestler growing up?
Jeff King: It's hard to pick just one. I loved Yokozuna. I really liked the big, larger then life "bad guys". I think that is missing from wrestling now. I was also big fan of Bret and Owen Hart.
Particle Don: When did you decide to become a professional wrestler?
Jeff King: It actually just kind of came to me. I was 16 years old and still a huge fan. A friend of mine, Adam Renolds, called me up one day and told me he ran into a guy at gas station who said he had a pro wrestling school in town. He asked if I wanted to check it out. I showed up and started training at age 16. This was in August of 2000.
Particle Don: Where did you train for wrestling?
Jeff King: In the back of a Mexican flea market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Particle Don: Describe your gimmick. Where did you draw inspiration from?
Jeff King: I do a character out of 1970s. For my first 5 years or so in wrestling, I was your generic 130 pound cruiserweight, doing generic cruiserweight stuff. I just blended in with with all the other guys. No one noticed me. I came up with the idea to do an old timer character. I would talk and wrestle like a guy out of the 1970s. It got over right away, and I never looked back. I drew inspiration from Bobby Heenan and Terry Funk.
Particle Don: Why do you choose not to use entrance music?
Jeff King: Guys back in the early days didn't have music.
Particle Don: Your first deathmatch was at Prince of the Deathmatches 2016 against Amazing Maria. It was also her first match of this nature. What made you decide to start doing deathmatches? Did Ian somehow convince you?
Jeff King: That's not really true. I have done many hardcore matches during my 16 years of being a pro wrestler. Prince was my first official deathmatch tournament, but I was no stranger to hardcore matches. There was no convincing necessary. It was an opportunity to do something different in a new environment.
Particle Don: Did you have any apprehension about the match? Were you unsure whether or not you should do a deathmatch?
Jeff King: Not at all.
Particle Don: How did it feel to have Ian Rotten put you and Maria over after the match?
Jeff King: It was cool, because we were the dark horses of the tournament. I was told many fans initially voiced their opinions against me and Maria being in Prince of the Deathmatches. We proved a lot of people wrong that day.
Particle Don: Due to your superb performance at POTDM, you were entered into this year's King of the Deathmatches. You fought against Conor Claxton, Deadly Dale and John Wayne Murdoch. Again, you had an outstanding showing. What was it like getting in the ring with a few experienced deathmatch wrestlers?
Jeff King: I thought they were good. I went into it like I go into any match, though. Wrestling is wrestling to me, no matter what style. However, they were good guys to get in the ring with. I would like to have singles matches with all three of them.
Particle Don: Do you have any specific memories from your KOTDM match you'd like to share?
Jeff King: Fuck wooden skewers in a bat. Whoever invented that, you suck. However, I thought the fans were great. Deathmatches have a cult following, and the fans are very enthusiastic about it. I enjoyed performing in front of the fans.
Particle Don: In both of your IWA Mid-South deathmatches, you were thrown from the ring back first into a shopping cart. This had to have hurt like hell. What would you say the pain factor of this move was, 1 being the least painful and 10 being the most?
Jeff King: Well, I'll call a 10 equal to having a kidney stone, because that is easily the most painful thing I have ever experienced. If a 1 is just taking a bump, then the shopping cart was a 5 or 6. Wooden skewers were a 7 or 8. :)
Here he is at King of the Deathmatches, just before his back hit the shopping cart.
Particle Don: How long was your back sore after the shopping cart bump?
Jeff King: At least a few days.
Particle Don: Did you wear the same singlet at King that you wore at Prince? If so, how did you get out all the bloodstains?
Jeff King: Yes, I wore the same one. I used bleach. Lots of bleach.
Particle Don: Do you see yourself doing more deathmatches in the future?
Jeff King: Yeah, if the opportunity is right.
Particle Don: Other than IWA Mid-South, what other promotions do you wrestle for?
Jeff King: I live in Michigan, so I have wrestled a lot in the Detroit area. Mostly Midwest Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. I would like to travel more, though.
Particle Don: What's your finishing move? Why did you select it?
Jeff King: The Bear Hug. I chose it because it breaks backs, mangles spines and collapses lungs.
Particle Don: Do you have any non-wrestling hobbies? If so, what are they?
Jeff King: I enjoy woodworking with hand tools from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite bands?
Jeff King: Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas and MC Paul Barman. Barman is an unknown genius of rap.
Particle Don: Had you ever heard of Particle Don before this interview? If so, what's your favorite song?
Jeff King: I got the CD after King of the Deathmatches and listened to it twice during my 6 hour drive home. The Randi West and Matt Tremont tracks were my favorites. I enjoyed the original tracks the most.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite classic WWF entrance theme?
Jeff King: Beverly Brothers had a sweet theme. Dean Douglas also had great entrance music.
Particle Don: Do you watch current WWE? If so, who are your favorite current wrestlers?
Jeff King: I watch as much as I can and try to keep up to date. I really don't have a favorite, though.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite 90s cartoon?
Jeff King: Rescue Rangers.
Particle Don: What's your favorite food?
Jeff King: Steak.
Particle Don: What's your favorite candy?
Jeff King: Watermelon Sour Patch Kids.
Particle Don: What's your favorite TV show?
Jeff King: Ancient Aliens.
Particle Don: Do you watch the show Ancient Aliens? What is your opinion on the Ancient Astronaut theory?
Jeff King: Haha, I answered that last question before I even read this next one. The guys and theories on that show make a lot of sense to me. I do a good David Childress impersonation. I could talk about that stuff all day.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is a prominent figure on the show Ancient Aliens.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite movie?
Jeff King: Babe.
Particle Don: Is there anywhere can fans buy your merchandise online?
Jeff King: No. In 16 years of being a wrestler, I have never had a shirt or any merchandise for sale. I love pro wrestling, but I don't make my living from it. Fans pay their 10 or 20 dollars to get into a show, and I am thankful for that. I don't have any desire to sell things to them so I can make a few more bucks. However, there is nothing wrong with wrestlers selling merchandise. I am just saying that it's not for me. Buy a ticket; that's enough for me. I really appreciate it a lot. Some guys depend on selling that merch though, so keep supporting them.
Particle Don: Is there anything you'd like to shout out or plug?
Jeff King: Yes. I want to plug your local wrestling promotions. Keep supporting independent wrestling, and know that it means a lot to us.
Particle Don: Thanks for the interview, Jeff! It was great to learn a little more about you.
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