Exclusive Interview Flip Gordon – “Every kid dreams of wrestling at Wrestlemania, and that’s a goal of mine”
Having only been a professional wrestler for two years, Flip Gordon has made a name for himself as one of the most promising talents on the Indie scene. His athletic style has very quickly made an impact on fans with April seeing his debut in Ring of Honor.
We spoke to Flip about his journey in to the business, the Randy Orton Twitter rant, and his love of British fans.
How did you become a wrestler?
I was living in Idaho going to college and it just came to the time where there was nothing left in Idaho for me. I came to the realization that I shouldn’t just keep telling people I wanted to be a wrestler and I should chase the dream. So I packed up my truck and everything I could fit in it and moved to the other side of the states. It took me about 4 days and the first place I went to was the Pro Wrestling Academy in New England. After 6 months of training I had my first match and then every started blowing up. After my first match I had made enough friends with other companies, plus my style and flashiness, helped me get more bookings. It all happened out of nowhere. I have only been wrestling for two years.
You have come at a time in which the indie scene is growing. What’s it like to be a part of?
People want to see something different and they love how hungry we are. WWE is picking up so many people right now so it makes the Indies hungrier. Not only that it allows more people to have top spots that might not have had that opportunity in the past. All the top guys are being picked up by WWE so it is opening up that void.
Every kid dreams of wrestling at Wrestlemania, and that’s a goal of mine. I don’t want to do it straight away as I have set goals I want to accomplish in the Indies before I go up a level.
What have you made of the Twitter battle between the Indies and Randy Orton?
I actually just laughed at it. It makes a lot of sense but at the same time it doesn’t. The whole rant pretty much says he makes more money doing less and he’s right. He has a big platform, he has never wrestled on the Indies, and he’s a third generation superstar. He didn’t have to go through the Indies to get where he is. When you’re on the independent circuit it’s a lot harder to make a name for yourself. You aren’t on national television every week. On the Indies you have to show everything you have to get that fan base. I have to show people that this is Flip Gordon – this is what I can do – that way people want to come and see me and book me. It is getting easier as I am getting a huge following and my name is getting out there. I did a lot in the beginning to make a highlight video and that really helped get my name out there.
Why do you think the fans have connected with you so quickly?
I’m an energetic guy and I go out there and have fun. This usually means that crowd has a lot of fun too. I find that creates a really good bond between the audience and me.
If you don’t have something you have to work way harder than someone who connects with the fans. If you don’t have a character, a look, or if you aren’t a good talker it’s going to be really hard in this business. If you have something that can connect with the fans you will be in a good position to succeed.
It could be my style, my look or that I am young and hungry. I all I know is that I am going to give it my best and every promoter knows they can count on me. I will put on the best show that I can. I love this business. Wrestling is my only job. I love every aspect of it even the traveling and all the stuff that comes with being a wrestler. I love being in the ring putting on a show. I could be worse off, I could still be in a desk job, but I’m a professional wrestler.
Who did you grow up watching in wrestling?
Eddie Guererro and John Cena. I also loved Paul London, Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam. There were so many that inspired me to be a wrestler. Eddie had something you can’t teach and that was a connection with the fans.
I think John Cena had the perfect gimmick at the perfect time. As a kid the rapper gimmick drew me to him because hip-hop was huge at the time. He did it so perfectly; he would make you laugh but you knew he would go out there and kick ass. He is also one of the hardest workers in the business.
Are you excited about coming to work in the UK?
The first time I was over there was a total learning experience. In many ways the UK loves wrestling more than Americans because you can go to England and you will never have a dead crowd out there. They call you out if you mess up but at the same time they cheer you because you’re putting your life on the line for them. I remember doing a cartwheel and the crowd went nuts as they could tell I was having fun.
Flip will be in the UK wrestling with Southside Wrestling on the 1st July.