PHOENIX - 2004
Name: Beth Phoenix
Ring Name: The Fabulous Firebird Phoenix
Home: Buffalo, NY
Years in Wrestling: 3
Current Affiliations: NeoSpirit Pro (Canada) World Xtreme Wrestling (PA) Far
North Wrestling (PA)
Past Affiliates: Apocalypse Wrestling Federation (Canada) New England
Championship Wrestling (Mass)
Ultimate Goals: I hope to make it to WWE as well as become one of the best
female wrestlers around.
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite music group: Metallica or Limp Bizkit
Favorite Movie: X Men and X Men II
We are here today with one the bright and rising stars on the Indy scene, she went from Amateur to Pro, she hails from Buffalo, NY, she is the "Fabulous Firebird Phoenix" , Phoenix thank you for taking time out for us this month.
BP: You are more than welcome, it's my pleasure
Louis Velazquez: Well we are glad to have you here, now Phoenix what got you interested in Pro Wrestling?
BP: I came up with my own name. It
wasnít so much an influence of Marvelís popular comic character from
the X-Men as it was the symbolism of me leaving my "normal"
life behind to start my own journey towards my dreams. The
BP: Iíve been Phoenix since the
Louis Velazquez: Consistency, that's the only
thing that allows you to gain a following. What promotions did you work
for and who are you affiliated with currently?
BP: Iím affiliated with many
promotions, however, I have put a focus lately on WXW, run by Afa the
Wild Samoan because I believe that they put out a great product. In
addition, they have a tremendous ladies roster. I havenít found
another promotion yet with that many solid lady wrestlers.
BP: I have to spend a lot of time in
the gym not only for the physical benefits but for my mental health as
well. Nothing can relieve stress better than lifting weights. My other
hobbies include piano and painting. I grew up a very bored little kid
and as a result spent a lot of time practicing piano and painting
BP: I donít know many Indy wrestlers
that would put their bodies through such incredible abuse without a hope
of someday making a living out of it. I love wrestling at every level
and I think that indy wrestling has a lot to
BP: I think that wrestling
incorporates acting into its product quite a bit now. In order to
succeed in modern wrestling, you have to be able to act. Acting away
from wrestling? I wouldnít pursue it, but if I was offered something,
I would certainly try it. In wrestling the more mainstream notoriety you
gain, the better for your wrestling career. If it would help me get
farther in wrestling, Iíd definitely do it.
BP: I donít think todayís workers
are being "forced" to do anything. I think that more
cruiserweights are in wrestling now and a "cruiserweight
style" has definitely saturated the wrestling world. Smaller guys
feel the pressure to do these moves because they canít always make
themselves seen (make a name for themselves) by their builds. They have
to do something to attract attention to themselves, and high-risk
definitely does that. There is a great audience for this new style of
wrestling which has a tremendous Mexican and Japanese influence. I think
that itís wonderful because itís
BP: Absolutely. The Indy scene is
becoming more popular because, simply, it provides an alternative to WWE
which has a monopoly on wrestling. I donít think that Indy wrestling
will ever draw fans AWAY from WWE, but I think it
BP: I would like to see wrestlers, at
least on the Indy level, treated better by some promoters. I had a bad
experience with a promotion where I ended up being hurt badly after a
hardcore match. I needed to go to the emergency room badly and this
nameless promoter did not offer to even show me where the hospital was.
To make a long story short, Iím lucky that I had a couple of friends
to help me get fixed up otherwise I wouldíve been bleeding my way all
around town looking for a hospital. Stuff like that shouldnít go on.
Weíre all in this together. ButÖfor every bad egg promoter, there
are many professional, caring guys running wrestling shows out there. It
would be nice for others to not have to go through bad experiences like
BP: My ultimate goal in life, which
really hasnít changed much at all, is to never have any "What Ifís"
in my life. I want to taste everything, try different things, see
different places and never wonder why I didnít just give something a
try. I donít rate my success in life on a money scale. I rate my
success on the wealth that Iíve acquired by keeping an open mind.
BP: I train 5 days a week on a 4 day
split. Iíve always been a fan of lifting weights. Itís helped me
keep a lot of weight on my upper body to give me a strength edge over
most other girls. My split goes: Day 1: Chest & Triceps, Day 2: Back
& Biceps, Day 3: Legs Day 4: Shoulders with 40 minutes of cardio and
abs on each day. Day 5 is usually a cardio session in the ring or
running. I get in the ring at least twice a week for some mat wrestling
and learning. Luckily I live near my trainers, the All Knighters so I
really got my moneyís worth with their training. Theyíve been
BP: Iíve probably patterned myself after Owen Hart to start with because he was the guy I watched intently growing up. However, Iíve tried very hard to develop a style all my own. I liked Owenís style and grace. He was really a natural and I work very hard to achieve that "look of effortlessness".
BP: Someone once said something to me
that I carry around everywhere I go, and Iíd love to pass this along
So true, good guide to live by,
Phoenix, that you again, this has been a great interview and we will
follow up with you in the coming months and recap on your bright future
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