Jeremy Nickerson Interview (April 2015)

My brother stood next to Jeremy at King of the Deathmatches 2014. I met him that day as well, but Kenny got to know him better than me. After finding Jeremy on Twitter and seeing his collection of wrestling photos, I knew he would be a good subject for a interview.

Jeremy with Insane Lane at Carnage Cup 10!
Particle Don: I'd like to thank you for taking the time for this interview. Please, tell the readers a little bit about yourself. What are some of your non-wrestling hobbies? What is your job occupation?

Jeremy: I'm a 37-year-old wrestling mark from Buffalo, NY (residing in NJ since 2006). In terms of non-wrestling hobbies, I love being a dad. I live for moments where I can bond with my children. I love the gym, although that hobby has admittedly taken a backseat after children.

Movies are a huge interest of mine, and I love a wide range of films from Oscar Nominees to mindless comedies (the last movie I saw was "Get Hard" with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart). As far as a job goes, I am proud to be a college professor. I love to teach, and that's what landed me in NJ (I took a teaching position at Middlesex County College).

Particle Don: What initially got you into wrestling?

Jeremy: My grandmother got me into wrestling initially. When I was 5 years old, I remember watching my grandmother get really invested in wrestling. She fully believed it was a shoot. But the genuine excitement she had for it made me interested. At that time, she was watching WWF. I remember learning about guys like Hillbilly Jim, King Kong Bundy, "Big" John Studd, and of course Hulk Hogan. In fact, one of the first matches I ever sat down and fully watched was when Hulk Hogan pinned The Iron Sheik to win the WWF World Title. I was a full-blown Hulkamaniac from there.

Particle Don: You've been to many historic wrestling shows. What are some of the more significant shows you've seen?

Jeremy: When I was a kid, my father took me to the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium every time Hulk Hogan came to defend the belt. The first live event he took me to was in 1985. The main event was Hulk Hogan and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. "Big" John Studd, King Kong Bundy, & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

I saw everyone who was a WWF wrestler in the 80's, but I can't really say I went to many historic shows back then (just tons of house shows). In the early 90's, I began to lose interest some. Vince's product was awful (for teens and adults, anyway), and so was WCW. But, here came ECW and it completely reignited me and made me a rabid, passionate fan again.

I started attending ECW shows in 1997, and I'd say I've been to some historic ECW shows. My first one at the ECW Arena was "Born To Be Wired," headlined by the no-rope barbed-wire match with Sabu and Funk. I was in attendance at the Arena for both Cyberslam '98 & '99, as well as The Dudleys last night in the Arena. I attended my first Pay Per View in November 1999, when ECW brought November to Remember to Buffalo.

Jeremy in front of The Arena!

Jeremy with Paul Heyman, back in the day.

Old school ECW era photo with Axl Rotten.

Particle Don: Who are some of the most famous wrestlers you have met?

Jeremy: I've met tons of wrestlers over the years, but some of my favorites are Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer, Shane Douglas and Abdullah the Butcher. It's a great time meeting them all!

Abdullah the Butcher enjoying a cigar.

"Franchise" Shane Douglas and Jeremy pose at a wrestling event.

Jeremy with Tommy Dreamer in the original ECW.

Particle Don: What initially got you into deathmatch wrestling? Who are some of your favorite deathmatch wrestlers, and why?

Jeremy: I initially got into deathmatch Wrestling several years ago when I attended a show in July 2011 for the Death Match Tournament promotion (DMT). I was in awe. ECW certainly had plenty of violent matches, but this took it to a new level for me. I had never seen mousetraps and light tubes in wrestling before.

From there, I started looking for deathmatch wrestling everywhere I could find it. Some of my favorites are Necro Butcher (who really made me a rabid deathmatch fan), JC Bailey (RIP), Ian Rotten, John Zandig, Nick Gage and Insane Lane, to name just a few. My ultimate favorite, however, is the man who once again gives me a passion for wrestling: "The Bulldozer" Matt Tremont.

Jeremy with Matt Tremont at IWA-Mid South's King of the Deathmatches 2014.

Particle Don: What was the first deathmatch tournament you saw on film? How did you come across the footage?

Jeremy: The first tournament I ever saw on film was King of the Deathmatches 2002. I came across the footage on an 8-disc Best of Necro Butcher DVD that I have.

Particle Don: What was the first deathmatch tournament you attended live? What compelled you to attend?

Jeremy: My first live tournament was King/Queen of the Deathmatches 2014. There is tons of wrestling here in the North East, but not much in the way of deathmatch stuff. But, in 2014 I decided to make the trip. I was compelled to go mainly by my love of IWA Mid-South. I've become so familiar with the product, and passionate about it, that I just decided to go.

Particle Don: What was your favorite live deathmatch event? Why?

Jeremy: My favorite live deathmatch event was King/Queen of the Deathmatches 2014. I will always have great memories of it, since it was my first.

Particle Don: If possible, give us a list or semi-list of all the deathmatch shows you've been to!

Jeremy: It's easy to give a quick list of deathmatch tournaments I've been to, since it's only been two: IWA-MS King/Queen (2014), and IWA-DS Carnage Cup 10 (2015).

Particle Don: Where did you first hear of Particle Don?

Jeremy: I met Particle Don at Royal Day of Death 2014 in Southern Indiana. Don performed during the intermission of the show, and he gave me a CD to check out after the show.

Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite Particle Don songs?

Jeremy: Drake Younger's theme is surely my favorite Particle Don track. But I had a great time listening to all of the tracks on the CD he gave me; it made me very nostalgic listening to him rap about Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, and many of my childhood favorites.

"Bulldozer" Matt Tremont is someone I'd love for Particle Don to write about (if he hasn't already).

Particle Don: Throughout wrestling history, what is your favorite entrance theme? Why?

Jeremy: My favorite theme has to be "Real American". I think it's just because Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania meant so much to me growing up. Still to this day, that theme takes me way back.

Particle Don: What would be your dream match?

Jeremy: It is very hard to narrow down a dream match, but I guess I would say Necro Butcher vs. Bruiser Brody. That would have been great if we could have seen it.

Particle Don: What are some of your favorite bands?

Jeremy: Oasis. Motley Crue. KISS. ANTiSEEN.

Particle Don: What are some of your favorite movies?

Jeremy: Just a few of my favorites are The Big Lebowski, Dumb and Dumber, Fargo and The Wrestler.

Particle Don: Any recommendations of specific wrestling shows or promotions we should check out? Where can we find it?

Jeremy: I definitely think you should check out On Point Wrestling. You can get their library of DVDs from Smart Mark Video. On Point recently had their 2 year anniversary show, highlighted by a match pitting Joe Gacy vs. Joey Janela that tore the house down.

Particle Don: Any unique experiences or fan interactions you've had while attending independent wrestling live that you could never get at a mainstream show?

Jeremy: Indy wrestling is a unique experience for fans. I've experienced so many amazing things attending Indy shows, but the best is definitely hanging with the band of brothers that are regularly at deathmatch tourneys. We're a dysfunctional family of bloodthirsty vampires!

Particle Don: What are you looking forward to with deathmatch wrestling in 2015? Do you plan on attending any shows?

Jeremy: As far as 2015, I already went to Carnage Cup 10 in Jasper, Tennessee. In June, I'm excited to be attending my first Tournament of Death, and then heading down to King of the Deathmatches later that month.

Thanks for the interview, Don! I hope to see you soon!

Jeremy with ECW's Masato Tanaka.

Here he is with Tommy Dreamer at a House of Hardcore show.

Jeremy at Jersey All Pro Wrestling with Monsta Mack and Homicide.

Jeremy witnessed Funk and Sabu's "Born to be Wired" match live at the ECW arena!

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