Huskie: Wrestling fans welcome back to Wrestle Fix. Today my guest is CZW star Dezmond Xavier. Dezmond how are you doing? Thanks for joining us here at Wrestle Fix.
Xavier: I’m doing great. Thank you for having me.
Huskie: First thing I want to talk about is training. You trained at Maryland Championship Wrestling. Why did you choose to train there?
Xavier: I was stationed out in Maryland at the time and I was informed of the school opening while on deployment. I did some research and once I returned I immediately enrolled. The school was taught by guys that have actually done things with their careers. (Ramblin’ Rich Myers, Earl “The Pearl”, and Gillberg). That’s one thing that means something to me. I wanted to be taught by people that know what it takes to make it places.
Huskie: How important is it to train with a reputable trainer?
Xavier: It’s very important to have a reputable trainer. If the person that you are giving your money to has only wrestled locally, you’re wasting your money. You should be trained by someone that was sought after by major companies and has traveled, not just out of state, but internationally as well.
Huskie: Who are some trainers that you would recommend?
Xavier: I’ve trained at 3 schools (Gillberg’s Pro Wrestling Academy; now known as Maryland Wrestling Academy (MD), Rockstar Pro (OH), and Team Vision Dojo (FL) and have been blessed to have great trainers. My trainers at Gillberg’s laid an awesome foundation for me. And my further training with Dave Crist at Rockstar and Sami Callihan while in FL has really helped me evolve. It’s hard to say trainer’s names outside of theirs because I have experiences with them. I’m an advocate for learning from multiple people to learn different styles.
Huskie: Several months ago you starting working for CZW. How did that opportunity come about? And what has it been like working there?
Xavier: I received an opportunity to wrestle CZW at their 2015 Cerebral iPPV. It was a pre-show match with my then tag partner, Matt Taylor against The Dub Boys. Dave and Jake Crist opened that door for me and I can’t thank them enough. CZW has been awesome. The fans, the exposure, the matches have all been great. I look forward to what the future holds.
Huskie: You recently competed in CZW’s Best of the Best. That is one of the more well-known tournaments out on the Indy scene. What was that experience like?
Xavier: It was an honor. When I first found out about CZW way back in the day, outside of the death matches, they had the Best of the Best Tournament. Top talent from across the country and even the world and for me to be a part of it, is amazing.
Huskie: CZW is a place that is known for some violent matches. Do you think you will ever compete in death matches?
Xavier: It is on my bucket list. I do want to do one. JUST ONE! And it’s with one person. AR Fox.
Huskie: You had moved to Florida awhile back. What was the Indy scene like down there?
Xavier: The Indy scene down in Florida was scarce, sadly. But there is a lot of potential. You already have a great company in FIP. Now you have up and coming ones like Ignite and Ronin breathing new life to the independent scene in FL.
Huskie: While in Florida you wrestled former Chikara star Lince Dorado. What was it like working with him?
Xavier: It was great to work with Lince. We became friends before our matches through a mutual friend, Jay Rios, but we always knew of each other. Lince is not human. His motor is insane. He never gets tired (laughs). For him to be like that WHILE wearing a mask is unreal.
Huskie: Now you are back in Ohio. Do you think Ohio has the better Indy scene than Florida?
Xavier: I feel that it is stronger. Not because of talent, but because Ohio doesn’t have the shade of WWE.
Huskie: Do you feel that working the Ohio Indy scene can help further your career more than working in Florida?
Xavier: I feel that being back in Ohio is better for me. It’s a better launching pad to get to most of the companies that I’m sought out by. My family is here, blood and wrestling and they keep me motivated and inspired.
Huskie: Let’s talk about your goals in the wrestling business. What are your goals for 2016?
Xavier: I’ve been told that 2016 will be my breakout year and I plan on living up to and exceeding that. My confidence is rising in my abilities, but I refuse to lose my humility. I know that this is a blessing to be able to do the things I do and I won’t take them for granted. I WILL work for the major companies in the US and travel internationally at least once.
Huskie: Now let’s talk long term goals. What do you want to accomplish in your career?
Xavier: I want to hold a title at every major company, main event every major company, work for Lucha Underground, Dragon Gate and New Japan.
Huskie: Who are some Independent wrestlers that you would like to work with?
Xavier: Sami Callihan, Ricochet (in a singles match), Kota Ibushi, Shane Strickland, Tommy End, Zack Sabre Jr, Will Ospreay, AR Fox, Fred Yehi, Travis Gordon, Lio Rush (Round 2), Fenix Fury, ACH, Cedric Alexander, Amasis. Those are just a few (laughs).
Huskie: Where all can your fans watch you wrestle?
Xavier: I’m starting to get more requests so seeing me live will be a bit easier. But for now; Ohio, PA, IL, and NJ. But that list will soon be growing. I also have matches on YouTube for those that miss iPPV’s and live shows.
Huskie: Do you have any advice for the young, up and comers in the business?
Xavier: Never stop learning. Just because you have “graduated” training, it never stops. Study tape, practice new moves, and keep your fundamentals strong. You’re not above paying your dues. Putting out chairs, setting up the ring AND tearing down the ring, are all ways that you show dedication to this beautiful beast known as wrestling. Travel, travel as much as you can. If you have friends that are booked out of state, hop in the car and ride to make face with promoters and PAY YOUR DUES to show you want to be there. Keep your ears and eyes open and your mouth shut. Be a sponge, soak up as much as you possibly can.
Huskie: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans?
Xavier: Yes, THANK YOU! Without you, this would mean nothing. Your love and support for me has been tremendous and you all have blessed my life in ways that you can’t imagine. From the bottom, middle and top of my heart, thank you.
Huskie: How can your fans follow you online?
Huskie: Dezmond, it’s been great talking to you but unfortunately our time has run out. I want to thank you again for joining us here at Wrestle Fix.
Xavier: Thank you again for having me. It’s always a pleasure. Look forward to the next time. God Bless!
Huskie: Alright wrestling fans be sure to catch this amazing wrestler in action. Until next time you have been Hanging with Huskie.
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