The M Word – Episode II: Interview With “Safety D”
On this week’s episode, I’d a sitdown interview with “Safety D”. The Co-Creator of our very own “Wrestle-Hero Rebelz” brand!! Guest interviews like this will be a portion of what “The M Word” will be producing over the next couple of weeks and beyond. We get an insight into the mind of “Safety D” and discuss his opinions on such topics like Wrestling, Superheroes and embarrassing moments in his life. Check it out below!!
Q. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be and why?
Safety D: The first word would have to be ‘weird’. I feel like that’s the primary word to describe me, which is actually a bit tough to explain. I don’t think I sound weird saying that I respond with the most random sentences/questions in a conversation where those sentences have little to do with it, or that I come up with my own phrases/word combinations for some stuff. You’d just have to know me to get the best idea of how I’m weird.
Word No. 2: ‘sarcastic’. I don’t know anyone who isn’t sarcastic in this day and age to be fair. It’s certainly a word to describe me, nonetheless. I don’t take much seriously, I’ll overthink and know when to be serious when I feel the need to be, but I don’t care enough about plenty of aspects of the world to be able to take it seriously. This place is harsh, but it should be fun, so let the sarcasm loose!
Final word: ‘creative’. I’ve been writing and improving my writing for the better part of 5 years now. When it comes to coming up with stories, how to continue them with a divine flow, keeping everything compelling, you’ve got to have a high level of creativity to accomplish all of that in different ways each time. Fiction keeps me on my toes and this creative process has become a big part of who I am.
Q. So where did the name/nickname “Safety” come from, tell us a bit more in detail about how all that came about and your opinions on it?
Safety D: How this came up was quite arbitrary. During a wrestling training session 6 years ago, ideas for gimmicks for the trainees at the time were being playfully thrown around, it was a fun process to witness. I didn’t have the first clue as to what I wanted my gimmick to be, I had no ideas. I was blank.
As far as I can recall, now Phoenix Wrestling’s Marion Armstrong was the one who first blurted out the name, everyone liked it, I found it to be amusing myself and it was a gimmick for me, so I agreed with it and went with it and everyone had fun with it. A theme song was even produced for me by Marion as well, fucking hell was it hilarious! I still feel pretty bad that a crowd never got to hear it and that my path in life veered away from it. The potential I think it had and still has is crazy!
Q. Favourite band or music artist and why?
Safety D: It’s a toss-up between Avril Lavigne and Nickelback. Their music just stuck with me upon first listening to them. I first heard ‘Girlfriend’ on a music channel and ‘Rockstar’ on the radio and unlike plenty of other music, I’m still not sick of them to this day. I’ve definitely listened to Avril and Nickelback longer than anything I’m currently listening to. I’ll never get bored of them.
Q. If you could pick one character from Marvel or DC to be for a day, whom would you choose and why?
Safety D: The Flash. Not only could I do so much in that one day being a Speedster, but I could also fuck with the timeline and keep going back to the start of the day I began being The Flash until I get bored of it. There’s much to be done!
Q. What is your favourite and least favourite part about Professional Wrestling?
Safety D: My favorite part about wrestling is the character presentation. It’s great that there are so many talented wrestlers around, it’s just not always easy to connect with them when that ability is all they carry. If they can wrestle but you find other aspects of them boring, chances are you won’t be able to appreciate their abilities and you’ll get tired of seeing them regularly.
It may be that something else is needed – a hook, and there’s no better hook than exceptional character presentation. The best example WWE currently has going for them in that regard is The Fiend. Chris Jericho has also always been a terrific illustration of this. It makes all the difference.
My least favorite part is probably the least favorite part for everyone – the backstage politics. The amount of shit that happens is unbelievable. At this point, you’re not surprised what happens as much as how and why it happened. The expectations of that subject are rather low, the reasons behind that stuff haven’t been more ridiculous, or shocking in some cases. I’m amazed at how some things go to shit the way they do.
Q. If you had 2 hours left to live, what would you choose to do and why?
Safety D: I have no idea what I’d do with the next 2 hours, let alone the last 2 hours of my life! That’s very little time to plan with but if I had to give an answer, I’d go somewhere peaceful with a few drinks, relax and let that be that. Sounds like a fine plan to me.
Q. What is your favourite Era in the history books of Professional Wrestling?
Safety D: I have to go with the Ruthless Aggression Era. That’s what I grew up watching. It birthed the ‘Doctor of Thuganomics’, ‘The Legend Killer’, Brock Lesnar, it was great watching Edge start in the main-event scene, I can recall much more from then than I can from The Attitude Era. Everything I know from The Attitude Era I know from WWE’s highlights, video games, and a few DVDs. I never truly sat down and got to know that era of wrestling. I was drawn in entirely by the Ruthless Aggression Era.
Q. What’s the best gift you’ve received in your lifetime thus far?
Safety D: Best gift you’ve received in your lifetime thus far? That is the most unfair question I’ve ever been asked. It’s a tough one to narrow down, I would have to say my laptop if I had to choose.
No more uncomfortably sitting in the environment of the kitchen just so I can use the PC. If I have blog posts or stories to write and want to type as soon as possible, I no longer have to wait who knows how long until the PC’s free to use! I can get right down to it on my own accord. It’s a little thing, but it matters a lot.
Q. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Safety D: About 8 years in Transition Year of Secondary School, the class was forced to do a play at the end of the year. This was personally the most embarrassing for me. I’ve plenty of embarrassing moments when it came to trying to tell girls I liked them throughout my tenure in that school, but this one was all-around horrible. Nothing about it felt good. I wish I had the attitude at the time to shred that script in front of the teacher. What made it worse was that I overacted a bunch of lines to a fuck-all reaction from the crowd. Embarrassing myself solely in front of my friends is nothing compared to doing it in front of them as well as teachers and parents… and whoever else was there. It was a shitshow.
Q. As Co-creator of Wrestlehero Rebelz, what are your own aspirations for the brand over the next year?
Safety D: For all I know, WrestleHero Rebelz could end up becoming a business of sorts and that prospect sounds pretty cool. By this time next year, we’ll have our podcast up and running, our YouTube channel active, we’re likely keeping certain content on the blog and it’s not unrealistic on any end of the spectrum to think that a brand with all that going for it won’t end up being a business at some point.
If it happens, cool. If not, grand. It’s interesting to think about such a possibility though. This next year will certainly be the creation of the foundation of WrestleHero Rebelz. We’ll go from there.
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