Sluggin’ with Steven O’Neil featuring Anthony Kingdom James

The following interview is the first in an exclusive interview series courtesy of CWN Contributor Steven O’Neil. Steven has been a fan of Pro-Wrestling for the past 30+ years and on top of his love for the business, he has also lent his voice to several podcasts over the past year.

What do you do in your spare time when you aren’t wrestling, or training?
Wrestling is my spare time activity now. I write comic books, draw cartoons, host a podcast and, when the world isn’t burning itself to the ground, I’m a night club DJ.

What is your favourite wrestling themed podcast or YouTube channel?
Honestly, there are too many of my wrestling pals with podcasts, YouTube or Twitch channels, and other creative endeavours for me to narrow it down without leaving someone cool off the list. Find me on Twitter and check out who I’m retweeting.

What was the moment that made you decide to pursue wrestling as a career?
You’re asking me to remember something that happened LITERALLY almost 35 years ago? That’s just cruel. I’m not sure there was one particular moment. Maybe it was the episode of UWF’s tv show where Eddie Gilbert broke Dr. Death Steve Williams’ arm. Who knows?

How do your friends/family feel about your wrestling?
My family have never been fans of wrestling. Most of my friends fall into two categories: 1) wrestlers/wrestling fans and 2) people who learn just a little about wrestling by osmosis by being around me.

How do you balance family/relationships while pursuing your wrestling career?
Wrestling is usually an all-consuming passion in its early stages. The better question would be to ask everyone AROUND a wrestler how THEY deal with it.

What does a typical training day look like for you?
I’ll defer this question to Josh Alexander or Tyson Dux. Asking ME for training advice is not really what anyone needs. Ha!

What does the diet of a pro-wrestler look like?
And I’ll defer THIS question to “Night Train” Justin Sane or Seleziya Sparx.

What do you think is a common misconception about wrestling that people have?
That it’s “fake”. Whatever else you think about wrestling, there ain’t nothing fake about it.

If you had to wear a WARNING label, what would it say?
“Whatever dumbass thing you’re about to say to me… DON’T.”

In an alternate universe where wrestling doesn’t exist – what are you doing instead?
Inventing wresting. Or writing more comic books.

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