A little background on Eric Ryan, he is the current World Champion in the Ohio based Absolute Intense Wrestling. AIW is one of the top up n coming independent wrestling companies in the United States. By the look of the roster AIW like some other promotions has been providing a home for ex- Chikara talent & other major names on the indy circuit. Without further delay enjoy my interview with AIW World Champion Eric Ryan:
For the readers who may not know who you are why not give a little background of who you are & how you got into the Wrestling business?
ER: My name is Eric Ryan. Grew up close to Cleveland Ohio. Lived a normal life, with the exception of being brutally obsessed with wrestling!
When you were growing up were you a wrestling fan or no and if not where you aware of it?
ER: I loved it more than anything. Wrestling was one of those things if i had a bad day, it was there to comfort me. If i got made fun of in school for being small, or not being the most popular or best at anything, wrestling was there. It never criticized or ridiculed me. It was the only thing that really brought me comfort and happiness.
If you were a fan growing up was there any wrestlers specifically who made you say I am going to do this and be like them
ER: I had an odd pairing of favorites. First was Rick Martel. Something about him just drew me to him instantly. As a kid, i knew he was a bad guy, but liked him anyways. Secondly was the tag team duo, The Bushwhackers. I loved their out of control, no care attitude. They did what they wanted, when they wanted. There were multiple others, but these were the main. Oh, and Ultimate Warrior. WHO DIDN'T love him!
Who is the best opponent you have been in the ring with, & who did you enjoy feuding with the most?
ER: There are a few ive had great chemistry with. Bobby Beverly, Rickey Shane Page, and the Irish Airborne have been some favorites. Id love to wrestle Obarion of the Batiri again. He was a pleasure to be in there with.
If you could have a dream match with anyone in the wrestling active or retired who would you pick and why.
ER: It would be so hard to pinpoint that. There are so many amazing talents. But if it were to be just one person, id go with Kaz Hayashi. Pound for pound hes one of the best in the world. He was very underutilized when he was in the WWF, but when hes in japan, hes an unstoppable machine. Great athlete.
Also what type of match would it be Singles, Tag Team, Multi Man, Gimmick match, etc and if there was any specific reason to pick the stipulation?
ER: Singles. BUT, if i ever had dream multi-man.... Abismo Negro, Taka Michinoku, James Gibson, Jushin Liger. It would be bananas!
Out of all the companies you have worked for which company have you liked working for the most?
ER: AIW is a company i consistently have great matches and great opponents. They're doing bigger and better things and have the chance to be a huge break out independent force in wrestling.