I caught up with Weird Body EA to talk about his upcoming match in AIW, what it's like training to become a professional wrestler, and who he looks up to in the wrestling business.
Weird Body EA: I've been a wrestling fan as long I've been conscious of the world around me. My dad watched, and would have it on TV, so I associate the sport with some of my earliest memories. I've always just been around it. For me, there wasn't a life before wrestling.
Particle Don: What made you decide to train?
Weird Body EA: Before making the decision to be a wrestler, I would tell people that I wanted to be homeless. Obviously, that wasn't a response most people were expecting, so the explanation I gave them was that I wanted to completely remove myself from the rat race. I could feasibly do so through things like dumpster diving, Food Not Bombs and human hospitality.
One summer I started following CHIKARA on a consistent basis. I looked at the heights and weights of the guys on the roster and thought to myself, "I could grow to that size and withstand the punishment." Ever since then, I've been on the path to becoming a pro wrestler.
Particle Don: How long have you been training? Have you been learning a lot?
Weird Body EA: I've been training since June of 2014. I've definitely learned a ton more than a thought I would have in just over a year. With wrestling, learning is kind of a series of epiphanies on pretty basic things. A lot of the time it's like "Oh, I should be doing that this way, instead of the way I was before." It's not like the way you were doing it was "wrong" per say, it's just the new way is a lot more efficient.
Particle Don: What is your favorite aspect of the AIW wrestling school?
Weird Body EA: It would have to be the closeness between the students that has developed since the school opened. On day one, most people had signed up with a friend, so there were only 2 or 3 pre-existing relationships. As time went on, the divisions faded, and now we're all one close-knit group.
Particle Don: Who is the head trainer at the school?
Weird Body EA: Johnny Gargano has been the head trainer since the school opened. In September of 2014, Candice LeRae joined, and they both share responsibilities as co-head trainers.
Particle Don: Why is your name Weird Body EA?
Weird Body EA: My name is Evan Adams, so my initials are EA.
Weird Body, on the other hand, has some more substance to it. It dates back to the first month of AIW school. I was running the ropes. While running, I would put one of my feet up. Gargano noticed, and asked me why I was doing this. My response was "I've got a weird body."
Everyone laughed at the absurdity of my response, and it stuck as my nickname.
Particle Don: Is there a particular wrestler that inspires you to train?
Weird Body EA: Ultramantis Black, no doubt about it. The first time I saw him and found out he was a vegan, I knew I found a new favorite wrestler. I've got his version of Baphomet tattooed onto my right hand. Anytime I'm feeling doubtful and uneasy about my path, I look down at it and am comforted knowing that my chosen path has been traveled before.
Particle Don: Tell us a little bit about your tag team partner.
Weird Body EA: Alex "WORDLWIDE" Kellar! Think old school Southern brawler meets punk rocker and you're halfway there!
Weird Body with his tag team partner, Alex "WORLDWIDE" Kellar!
Physically, the dude's a larger oddball than I. However, the size of our goofiness is too close to declare a victor. He's a bit more rambunctious and mischievous than myself, and he's also far more vicious. I've seen him get into bar fights and leave with nothing but a scratch on his nose. He's someone who I want to have my back, both in and out of the ring. Luckily, he does!
Particle Don: Fresh Meat will be your first match in AIW. What are you looking forward to going into this contest? Are you nervous?
Weird Body EA: I'm definitely looking forward to wrestling in front of the AIW crowd. I've done ring crew since joining the school, so I have seen first-hand just how ABSOLUTELY INTENSE (pun intended) they are! I'm not so much nervous, as I am worried that I'm going to go out there and disappoint the fans by not performing at a high enough caliber.
Particle Don: What's your finishing move? Why?
Weird Body EA: That information is top secret, but I will say "Worldwide"...and I have been experimenting with some unique tag moves that I think will surprise the fans. These are maneuvers they have never seen before.
Particle Don: What are a few more of your favorite moves to use?
Weird Body EA: I'm partial to a high cross body, step-up roundhouse kick in the corner and the small package.
Particle Don: Who are a few people you'd like to eventually wrestle?
Weird Body EA: Eddie Kingston, Alex Daniels, Ophidian, Zack Sabre Jr. and Candice LeRae. The list goes on and on, but those are the top five competitors I'd want to wrestle!
Particle Don: What's your favorite movie?
Weird Body EA: I'm not a big movie guy, but if I had to pick just one, it'd be Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. It had an excellent (once again, no pun intended) plot with lots of historical figures. Also, it featured George Carlin and Keanu Reeves! In a movie, there's really nothing else I can ask for.
Particle Don: Who is your favorite wrestler to watch?
Weird Body EA: Ophidian, hands down. With him, it's like Rob Van Dam and a snake had a baby. He is extremely mesmerizing and illegally hypnotizing.
Particle Don: What's your favorite video game?
Weird Body EA: Extreme Warfare Revenge. I literally couldn't count how much time I've spent playing it in the past 7 years. Probably too much. Definitely too much.
Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite bands?
Weird Body EA: Andrew Jackson Jihad, Eyedea and Abilities, Japanther, Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass and Saint Pepsi.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite Particle don song?
Weird Body EA: Steve Had a Cheese Hat (Can You Believe That?)
Particle Don: Who should Particle Don write a song about?
Weird Body EA: I'll avoid saying me, and instead go with Little Guido. The dude deserves a whole album dedicated to him!
Particle Don: Evan, thank you for the interview! It's interesting getting to know someone who is training at the AIW school. I remember when I heard they were going to open. I knew that I would like to train there, but it just wasn't possible due to a number of reasons. I'm glad to see that you're enjoying the experience, and am looking forward to your match with Alex "WORDLWIDE" Kellar against Hot Sauce Entertainment on Saturday, October 3rd!
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