Sluggin’ with Steven O’Neil featuring Iseah Bronson

The following interview is part of 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?
Watch all kinds of wrestling, kick it with the boys, kick it with my girl. Watch Knicks Basketball… Write promos, edit promos. I also like to paint.

What is your favourite wrestling themed podcast or YouTube channel?
Chicago Film Archives presents ‘Wrestling from Chicago’.

What was the moment that made you decide to pursue wrestling as a career?
I don’t remember truthfully… That was a very long time ago.

How do your friends/family feel about your wrestling?
You’d have to ask them. But I would imagine that they think it’s dope.

How do you balance family/relationships while pursuing your wrestling career?
No clue, I take it one day at a time. I just try to let the people that I love, know that I love them… Let things play out. People that matter will stick around.

What does a typical training day look like for you?
Get in the ring blow myself (up) a bunch… If I can’t get in the ring, I just make sure I do 30-45 minutes of cardio (skip rope, wind sprints, whatever). Then I hit the weights. Legs twice a week, then whatever area I feel needs attention. Maybe take one or two days off here and there.

What does the diet of a pro-wrestler look like?
For me personally it looks like… Lot’s of eggs, sweet potatoes & chicken. I like to indulge in fast food here and there… Popeyes, Churches Chicken, Pizza… I love Tacos. That food is tasty but it doesn’t really help a MF out.

What do you think is a common misconception about wrestling that people have?
I guess that it’s ‘fake’. That notion is still going strong somehow.

If you had to wear a WARNING label, what would it say?
WARNING: Still believes in Kayfabe. But I guess participating in this (interview) is contradictory. So… WARNING: Still believes in Kayfabe… For the most part.

In an alternate universe where wrestling doesn’t exist – what are you doing instead?
Hooping for the Knicks or Acting. At some point I’ll probably turn my attention back to Acting.

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