Huskie: Wrestling fans welcome back to Wrestle Fix. Today my guest is none other than CZW World Champion “The Bulldozer” Matt Tremont. Matt, how are you doing today? Thanks for joining us here at Wrestle Fix.
Tremont: I’m doing great, I’m Currently at my store and getting some work done here and finally have some time to do this interview. All is been well, can’t complain what so ever.
Huskie: Let’s jump right into things, not only are you a professional wrestler you also own your own wrestling store. Can you tell us when you opened the store and what made you decide to open your own store?
Tremont: I have become extremely business minded the last year and a half. I started to look at Matt Tremont & “The Bulldozer” as a brand. Because of wrestling it’s given me a name and platform to jump into multiple ventures. Opening a Wrestling Collectible store has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was 17. Things fell into place this year and I was able to open and it’s been a lot of fun thus far.
Huskie: How is the store doing?
Tremont: The store itself is far exceeding early expectations as far as the business overall. We have had a great response thus far and are keeping busy the 4 days a week we are open.
Huskie: You recently had Nikolai Volkoff at the store for an autograph session as well as CZW stars Danny Havoc and Devon Moore. How did the autograph sessions go?
Tremont: One of our early goals was to do in-store signing’s. Nikolai was a great talent to start with, he was a pleasure to have in the store and he had a great turn out. Danny and Devon have been opponents inside the ring and outside we’re best friends. They did very well for their signing as well. It brought a lot of new faces in that weekend and everyone did good business, it was a win win.
Huskie: Are there any plans to bring in more wrestling stars for appearances in the future? If so can we get a hint as to who?
Tremont: 100%, I would love to keep doing signing’s with wrestling legends and Indy talent every few months. I would like to keep bringing in legends like Nikolai from the 80’s.
Huskie: Let’s move on and discuss training. Where did you train?
Tremont: I broke in and started training in late 2006 with a group called AWFR (America’s Wrestling Fundraisers) they were based out of Pa/NJ. They were a throwback to the carny days as the ring and school always moved. Myself and a High School friend Dave aka Xavier Cross in On Point Wrestling broke in the business together and made our Professional Wrestling debuts on January 27th, 2007 at a small spot show in Mays Landing, NJ.
Huskie: A big topic in wrestling today is training the right way. So many people try to find short cuts to get into the wrestling business. How important is it to train with a reputable trainer?
Tremont: Very important! There are a lot of trainers and dojo’s out there that just want your money & then there are some that are really good and train you the right way. In ring and out of ring as far as etiquette etc. it’s really a lost art now as this latest generation coming up, are not humble, and think the business owes them something, along with a lack of respect for those who came before them. I think that the biggest gripe I have now with wrestling.
Huskie: If someone were to ask you where to go train. Who are some trainers you would suggest?
Tremont: CZW Academy in Blackwood, NJ, Old Time Wrestling in Williamstown, NJ, Monster Factory in Paulsboro, NJ and Chikara in Philadelphia are some of the better schools in the area that teach you the right way in and out of the ring.
Huskie: What motivates you to get in the ring?
Tremont: It’s a different motivation now compared to when I first broke in. What keeps me going now is to continue to put forth a good body of work and being able to enjoy and make a living at something I enjoy which I’m able to do now. Whether it’s in ring, promoting events, running the store etc.
Huskie: People prepare for matches in many different ways. How do you prepare for a match?
Tremont: Never been much of a preparation guy. It’s my job and that’s how I approach it now. I go in do my job to the best of my ability, always give 110% and give the paying patrons they’re money’s worth.
Huskie: Who are your influences in wrestling?
Tremont: Three of my biggest influences breaking in and still today are Kevin Sullivan, Terry Funk and Mick Foley.
Huskie: Let’s move on and talk about wrestling matches. What match made you say “This is what I want to do?”?
Tremont: I don’t think for myself it was a specific match per say where I said this is what I want to do. It was just a continuous passion and love for it , where wrestling consumed me 24/7 growing up, watching TV, tapes, reading mag’s , playing with wresting figures etc. I just knew this was what I was into every day and what I wanted to do when I got older.
Huskie: You have been involved in and seen a lot of crazy matches. What is the craziest match you have ever seen? Also, what is the craziest match you have been involved in?
Tremont: Early on one match I always thought was crazy and caught my eye was Sabu and Funk NRBW at ECW in 1997. Probably the craziest match I’ve been in would have been the Tangled Web Match and or Cage of Death vs DJ Hyde, both in 2012.
Huskie: How did you get into doing death matches?
Tremont: Hardcore Wrestling, Deathmatch Wrestling whatever genre you wanted to call it was what gained my interest early on. I knew it’s what I wanted to do. 2007 to 2010 I didn’t do any hardcore stuff, 2011 however when I finally got an opportunity to do so I was all over it.
Huskie: Has there ever been a point in your career where you have said “Why do I do these violent matches?”?
Tremont: Not at all, it’s what I always wanted to do, no regrets what so ever and never thought twice about it. I knew what I was getting myself into when I ventured into it and was aware of the physical and mental toll it would take.
Huskie: You are a well decorated death match wrestler. You have won many death match tournaments. Which tournament meant the most to you to win and why?
Tremont: Very humbling to have been able to win every major death match tournament in the United States which no one else has ever done. 6X Tourney winner over all. 2012 Masters of Pain, 2013 Carnage Cup, 2014 King of the Death matches and last year one 3 in one year. 2015 King of the Death matches (first to win back to back KOTDM’s) CZW TOD and VOW’s Lord of Anarchy. My first tourney win will always be special to me as it was the first one and IWA EC was the first promotion to give me an opportunity to do so.
Huskie: What kind of toll does these crazy matches have you the body?
Tremont: The take a great toll. 9 years in the business now. 6 years consistently doing death matches all over the US and the world. I’ve learned over time to adapt and work smarter so I can have a long career. I’m pretty beat up that is no lie. Knee, hip and lower back problems I deal with daily. Goes back to I knew this would happen going in to this genre of wrestling. Pain is just something I deal with no regrets.
Huskie: Is doing death matches worth putting your body through all the pain and torture?
Tremont: 100% I enjoy doing them as crazy as it sounds. I’m scarred for life because of them but again it’s what I always wanted to do. Next year or so I’m definitely slowing down as far as the crazy matches go as I wind down, my future in the business is behind the scenes, promoting and building multiple brands.
Huskie: I see you promote On Point Wrestling a lot on social media. Can you tell us more about that promotion? And what it’s like working there?
Tremont: Myself and Jeffrey Kane started the promotion in January 2013. He is the Booker and I’m the promoter. I handle all the social media, logistics and more for OPW. It’s something I really enjoy doing.
We have slowly built a brand from the ground up and just celebrated out 3 year anniversary and have about 20 live events promoted under the banner under our belt now. Our locker room and promotion overall has been great and everyone enjoys themselves. We strive on keeping a no BS, no drama in our locker room and it’s been that way since day one.
Huskie: You are currently the CZW World Champion. What went through your mind when you won the title? And what did that mean to you?
Tremont: If you watch the footage I had a smile from ear to ear. I grew up a CZW fan and I was like a kid in a candy store. Being the CZW World Champion is my biggest accomplishment in my career and I take great pride in representing Combat Zone Wrestling everywhere I go as their World Champion.
Huskie: Do you have any advice for those who are looking to get into the wrestling business?
Tremont: Find a good reputable school. Train as much as possible. Mouth Shut and ears open early on. Respect the business and those in it. Be humble and stay out of trouble, hard work and patience will pay off in the end.
Huskie: What is the best advice you have received in your career?
Tremont: HUMBLENESS.Talent will only take you so far. If I was an asshole I don’t think I would have gotten the opportunities I have gotten thus far. I always look at wrestling and life like this. I’m able to do something I enjoy, you never know when it could end, because it could end tomorrow, so I’m happy to be here and to be able to perform and more. So be humble and appreciative for what you have.
Huskie: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans?
Tremont: I’ve been fortune enough to have had the crowd support since day one. Which has helped tremendously in and out of the ring. I can’t thank the fan’s enough for their support.
Huskie: How can fans follow you online?
Huskie: Before our time is up, do you have any good stories that you would like to share with us?
Tremont: One of the better stories I heard was when I shared a locker room with Mikey Whipwreck at NYWC this past fall. I was working Stockade in a Last Man Standing match and Mikey was the guest ref. He was telling stories in the locker room talking about when he and Cactus Jack were tagging in ECW. They were at the gimmick table at a show in Pa, Jim Thorpe it may have been and he said they ran out of 8×10’s and Mick said he would be right back. He got a stack of blank white paper and would then sign the 8×10’s by wiping the paper on his face to but his blood on it then sell it. That story always sticks out to me.
Huskie: Matt, it’s been awesome talking to you but unfortunately our time has run out. I want to thank you again for joining me here at Wrestle Fix.
Tremont: Thank you I really appreciate your time and having me back for an interview, thank you sir, take care.
Huskie: Wrestling fans be sure to go watch The Bulldozer in action at a show near you. Until next time you have been Hanging with Huskie.