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David Starr Interview: “I’m just trying to be a better wrestler and a better person”

David Starr is a name that has risen to prominence over the last few years. It is fair to say he has made a home for himself at CZW but can be found wrestling all over the world. Last month he competed in the PROGRESS SSS16 and is also the focus of a Kenny Johnson short documentary (which can be viewed below).

We were lucky to grab some time with David to talk about a wide variety of wrestling topics including the travelling lifestyle, how PROGRESS is perceived amongst the US wrestlers and his take on the ‘…Dive vs …Headlock’ debate.

On the lifestyle of travelling as a Professional Wrestler:

There’s different ways to approach it. Some people go out and explore things, some people try new foods or do whatever, and there are some people who just hermit themselves in their hotel room and refuse to try out new things. They still have a good time that way. I’m the type that tries to go out and try things – I try to go and see wherever I’m at. I want to take advantage of the travel. Travel is a part of the business. If I didn’t like travelling, I wouldn’t do it.

On being a part of the PROGRESS Super Strong Style 16 tournament:

It was awesome. It was definitely a place I’d wanted to be for a little bit. I’ve been coming to Europe since the beginning of 2016 and PROGRESS has always been a place on my list. I met Glen in Dallas, he was down there in Dallas. He had Marty[Scurll] and Will [Ospreay] defend the PROGRESS title in Dallas. That was cool and I’ve just been waiting to get the call. I was really happy to do it for Super Strong Style. It was a big weekend and a great time. I loved it.

On the perception of PROGRESS in the United States:

It’s huge. It’s a great environment and a great locker room with amazing talent that goes out there and puts on shows in front of the best fans in the world. They’re very positive and just a joy to wrestle for. Everything, from top to bottom, it’s really awesome. And it translates – everybody gets into the show, there’s no BS.

On the ‘…Dive vs …Headlock’ debate:

Whatever people want to do in their match – I have my own tastes and everyone has their own thing. And that’s what’s great about wrestling. You’re the artist and you can paint whatever picture you want. That is what it is. At PROGRESS, you saw Pastor William Eaver use some kind of special force that he was drawing from his religion to control people. Come on, man. Who cares? As long as it makes sense with whatever reality you’ve created, sure. And then obviously that translates to doing dives, or headlocks, or cool moves. As long as it makes sense in the context of whatever you put out there, and the crowd likes it – that’s all that matters. Is there a right way to do wrestling and a wrong way to do wrestling? No. There’s all sorts of flavours of ice cream.

On Ryback’s comments about “Indie wrestling ruining wrestling”:

I rode in a car with him for about an hour and a half. We really talked a lot and I really enjoyed being around him. I think his perspective was more that the matches are getting more physically demanding and independent wrestling is the driving force behind it. That’s what I’d guess he was saying, if he wasn’t then I apologize to him for misinterpreting his words. But I disagree with the phrasing, I wouldn’t say that it is ruining wrestling. It is making wrestling harder and you have to work harder. I think it’s a good quality to have, you have to be able to perform. It’s getting harder to be a top guy and that means the cream is going to rise to the top and you have to up your game.

On his future plans:

I’m just trying to be a better wrestler, a better person, whatever it is. As far as bookings, I’ve been very fortunate that Pro Wrestling has been very nice to me. Not everybody is that fortunate. I’ve been blessed by circumstance and have been around a lot of good people. I’ve worked hard. Put all that together and things happen. Who knows what the next big step is, but I’m happy where I’m at now ad happy to keep on doing it.

On the possibility of going to the WWE:

I don’t know. I’m really happy with where I’m at. WWE would be cool. I don’t want to set my sights on that as the end-all and be-all, because you never know – they might not come knocking. Does that mean you’re not a good wrestler – no – but I want to make an impact obviously. I want to be respected by my peers. If they come calling, of course, you have to take their call. But moving forward, I don’t know. I’m really happy with what I’m doing now.

On CZW being taken more seriously:

CZW was always taken seriously, but there’s a group of people that just hate on it because they do deathmatches. Yeah – there used to be more deathmatches than there are now, but it was never consistently entire shows of deathmatches. It’s always had good wrestling, it’s always in the forefront of independent wrestling, it’s always been a place to see your favourite upcoming superstars first. Most of the independent stars came through CZW at least once on their way up. A lot of WWE guys came through CZW at some point or another. Now, even more so, it has some of the best wrestlers on the planet, every single show.

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