These days, focus is shifted on doing what society expects of you when it comes to a career.
What many fail to realize, however, is that when there are countless others trying to reach this expected goal, an individual’s result can be nothing more than mediocre (as individuality is pretty much non-existent.)
Therefore, the success stories out there are more likely to be found within those who desire to achieve the unrealistic, the unconventional, and the abnormal.
Here, I interview Brian Johnson; a Philadelphia resident with a uniquely brave spirit who is currently living and building his dream as one of the least sought-after careers I’ve seen in my lifetime: professional wrestling.
How did you first become interested in professional wrestling? At what age? Was there a moment when you just knew that wrestling was your calling?
I watched it ever since I was a kid because my older brother watched it. I just happened to get hooked. Ever since I saw a live show I knew I wanted to be involved in wrestling.
What attracted you to wrestling vs. other sports?
It is like watching a real life superhero battle…The constant fight of Good vs. Bad.
Indeed! Who were some of your idols growing up as well as today?
My dad is and always will be my idol. He is proof of how important hard work is and how much it can pay off. As for wrestling, The Undertaker will always be my favorite.
What appealed to you about professional wrestling vs. the wrestling used in high school? Can you explain to those who don’t know what the key differences are between the two? Did you wrestle in high school?
Well, high school wrestling is a sport where two men compete for a win. Professional wrestling is a show with ups and downs for both wrestlers hoping to entertain the crowd. I never wrestled in high school, but I have a great deal of respect for anyone who competes in that sport.
What are some common myths/preconceptions about wrestling that society may have but that you believe are false or wrongly represented?
I would say a lot of people feel it’s fake and doesn’t hurt, but trust me, every slam or suplex or fall or hit hurts very, very much.
What comes easiest, the acting/show aspect or the physical aspect?
It depends on the person. Some people are great athletes so it’s easy to pick up the physical stuff, but these same people could suffer from stage fright. So again, it all depends on the person.
How did you start/advance your career over the years?
Old Time Wrestling is and always will get credit as being the place I learned everything in my career. It is by far the greatest training ground in America, and I personally think they do things there that no where else in the nation does. I wrestled other places too, but I don’t want to give any credit to any other place then the Monster Factory (who runs Old Time Wrestling) and their trainer Ed Atlas.
What’s your stage name and how was it created?
“Pretty Boy” Brian Johnson. About a week before my first match, my trainer Ed Atlas told me that’s what I was going to be called.
Why do you like being the good guy? Any defining moments in your career so far? (wins, special matches, etc.)
Well, everyone wants to be the good guy. It feels a lot better having 50 people cheering you on rather than booing you. My defining moment will be if I ever officially “make it big.” Till then, I consider everything else small achievements.
What are some bruises you have collected over the years as a result of wrestling?
As for injuries, I ruptured my ear drum and suffered a concussion. Outside of that I’ve collected my fair share of nicks and bruises.
What advice would you give any one that is looking to break into the field of professional wrestling?
First off, make sure you have the dedication, and get to a gym as much as possible. Next, find a good, true-to-their-word training place, and just work your ass off.
For more information or to contact Brian check out his Facebook or click here for more info on the Monster Factory.