Slyck Wagner Brown recently took part in an exclusive interview with PWMania.com. Brown began his career as a wrestler training with his mentor and legendary WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski. Among his career highlights, he’s defeated Christopher Daniels for the 3PW Championship. He has competed for several Northeastern independent promotions, including Ring of Honor, Squared Circle Wrestling, and Big Time Wrestling. Brown would also have a longtime association with former nWo Girls April Hunter, who would manage and tag with him for several years even holding tag team titles together in several promotions. SWB also has experience wrestling in Japan, England, Ireland, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Check out the complete interview below.
First of all thank you for taking the time to sit down with PWMania.com. What was it that first inspired you to become a professional wrestler and who are some of your idols?
Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts with your fans. Guys like Warrior, Savage, Hogan, HBK, Mr Perfect, Rick Rude, Ron Simmons, and others inspired me to dream & someday become a pro wrestler. I’ve played sports since I was six years old and nothing brings it all together like pro wrestling (action, character and live audience).
You were trained by WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski, the same trainer as Triple H, Chyna, Eddie Edwards, Kofi Kingston and Damien Sandow. What are your memories from being taught by Kowalski and what was the best advice he gave you?
It was an honor to learn my craft from the man known to wrestling fans globally as Killer Kowalski; however to me he was simply Walt and was nothing like his evil character on TV. He loved to laugh and tell jokes as well as inspire and help people grow; moreover, he would always say things like shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll hit a star. In other words he would encourage us to set our goals high that way you can never lose. Also, he would often say make the people notice you; for instance, leave such an impression on them that they walk away saying I saw seven matches tonight but only the one with sWb was real.
What has been the most satisfying moment of your career thus far and what do you aspire to do in the future to top it?
Having the opportunity to travel the world doing something that I love and getting paid to do it; for instance, wrestling in Japan, England, Ireland, Scotland, Puerto Rico, and Canada. I started out by watching WWE in my living room as a young-in with my family to wrestling for the company on multiple occasions; however, I’ve never done so as a contracted guy so that’s my next goal.
In your opinion, what are the best worst things about the wrestling business?
The best part for me is having the opportunity to put smiles on faces doing something you love to do. However, on the flip side I’m not a big fan of the open door policy especially in the United States. I believe that everyone who desires to become a pro wrestler should have the opportunity, but first you must both prove yourself and earn it.
How much of your matches you do like to plan in advance?
As little as possible, I think it’s more challenging, fun, and keeps everyone on their toes that way; additionally, it presents a unique opportunity for both athletes to learn or read their audience. I believe that is critical because for me a great match or moment cannot truly take place without a great response from the crowd.
What are your thoughts on indy wrestling today and what could make the indy scene better?
I love independent wrestling man because every time an independent talent steps through the curtain they have something to prove and 9/10 times it shows; moreover, they’re getting paid peanuts and that doesn’t deter them from putting their bodies on the line in front of small crowds. However, I believe when it comes to collaboration between companies and stronger advertising methods the independent scene could improve in both areas.
Additionally, with more exposure it could become the alternative wrestling fans of today and yesterday need right now because there’s so much talent currently on this level it’s unbelievable.
What are your thoughts on WWE and TNA? Is signing with one of the companies a goal of yours?
WWE is the major league in our business every wrestler wants to go there and if not it’s because they have already been there. TNA has an opportunity to provide the alternative on a national level by offering something national wrestling fans are not currently getting enough of and that’s: tag team, X division and knockout wrestling. Absolutely, it’s currently the only two ways for a pro wrestler to mobilize by getting more TV exposure, experience, and financial security.
How was your experience in Ring of Honor?
Good, I got so much opportunity from just being a ROH guy it was insane. However, I waited for those same opportunities from ROH and they never came so I decided to walk. I didn’t see myself as a bench guy because in my heart I knew that I had so much more to offer and badly wanted to contribute. Therefore, I would love to return to the company today to work with guys like AJ Styles, Jay Lethal, Kevin Steen, Adam Cole and Michael Elgin.
Who in your opinion are the best and most underrated stars in the business today?
If I were to list em all here and now this interview would be just this one question haha so here are my top five in no particular order: The Briscoes, the Wolves, AR Fox, Rich Swann and Gail Kim.
When you are not wrestling, what do you like to do?
Chillax, eat sushi, workout, download music, and watch movies on Netflix which is damn near free.
What’s next for Wagner Brown?
Graduate college in two years, continue to work hard and hopefully get an opportunity to do my thing on the next level.
Thank you all for reading and I hope some of you were inspired as well as become new fans of sWb. Please go to swb4real.com and follow sWb on twitter @ThisIsSWB and thank you Andy and PWMania for sharing my thoughts; Nuff Respect.