David Russell Interview (Early June 2015)

David with Nick Gage.

I met David online. The first time I saw him in person was when I was pulling up into the Tournament of Death 14 parking lot. He recognized and said what's up to me before I even found a parking spot! He is from New Jersey and has met countless wrestlers over the years.

Particle Don: What initially got you into wrestling?

David: I'd watch WWF wrestling on Saturday mornings as a kid! I was 9 years old when I really got into it. I was in attendance at WrestleMania 5. I was five seats away from Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura doing commentary! My dad took me. He was a big fan of wrestling back in the 80's. I grew up with wrestling. I was always aware of it because Iron Mike Sharpe ran a wrestling school in my hometown, in New Jersey.

Particle Don: Who was your favorite wrestler while growing up?

David: I always liked Hulk Hogan and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. As far as bad guys, I was a big fan of Rick Rude.

Here he is with Jake Roberts at an independent show.

Particle Don: What got you into deathmatch wrestling?

David: FMW. That stuff was brutal. I found it through YouTube.

Atsushi Onita in a FMW deathmatch.

Particle Don: Who is your favorite deathmatch wrestler?

David: "Mr. Danger" Mitsuhiro Matsunaga.

Mr. Danger

Particle Don: How long have you been ging to CZW shows?

David: For a while. I've been to a few of them so far.

Particle Don: What was your first deathmatch show?

David: This year's Tournament of Death will be my first deathmatch show.

Particle Don: What federation would you like to see live that you haven't already?

David: IWA Mid-South. My friend Jeremy Nickerson goes to a lot of their shows. It would be a far drive for me though, living in New Jersey. I might be able to catch one of their shows next summer.

David with wrestling announcer and Price is Right contestant Larry Legend!

Particle Don: What's your dream match?

David: Dusty Rhodes vs. Nick Gage.

Particle Don: Where did you hear about Particle Don?

David: Twitter.

Particle Don: What's your favorite Particle Don song?

David: Drake Younger's theme.

Particle Don: Throughout wrestling history, what has been your favorite entrance theme?

David: Dusty Rhodes. He would bleed buckets back in the day.

David has a picture with Mr. Rhodes. R.I.P. Dusty.

Particle Don: What is your favorite band?

David: Dave Matthews.

Particle Don: What's your favorite wrestling promotion?

David: Combat Zone Wrestling. I also follow Ring of Honor. The first time I saw Jamie Noble and CM Punk was in ROH. It's cool to see a lot of these former Indy guys in WWE these days. I like to read a lot of wrestling news and results online. Beyond Wrestling is another good federation out of Rhode Island.

Particle Don: What are you looking forward to with deathmatch wrestling in 2015?

David: On Point Wrestling is putting on a deathmatch tournament sometime in 2015, maybe in August. I think a few guys from IWA Mid-South are going to be there. On Point also has a show coming up in June with Nate Hatred. I think Scot Summers is coming back in July or August to fight Nick Gage.

Scot Summers is from the Texas promotion ACW, but he wrestles everywhere, including On Point Wrestling.
Photo courtesy of TexasAnarchy.com.

My girl and I are going to camp in Delaware for a few days when we go to Tournament of Death, so that will be fun too!

Particle Don: Who is your pick to win TOD?

David: I predict that Nick Gage is going to go through everybody in TOD. Hopefully. It could be Matt Tremont, though. He's a tough guy and a pretty good wrestler. He's got "it"! I think Conor Claxton will have a breakout performance this year. He has come a long way. Even though he's not in the actual tournament, Devon Moore will have an outstanding showing as well.

Particle Don: Any closing comments?

David: Check out Jersey All-Pro Wrestling. They're another great local promotion that I follow. Also, I'm friends with Chris Candito's family!

David with Tim Donst.

Here he is with Rickey Shane Page.

Thanks for the interview. It was nice meeting you at Tournament of Death!

David took this picture during TOD 14!


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