Sid Scala Interview – “He is just a man trying to accomplish his dream and that’s what Sid Scala is all about”
Savvy Sid Scala was given the opportunity to showcase his skills both in and out of the ring with the WWE as part of their UK tryouts. You wont find a more quintessentially British character on the UK Indie scene today, complete with flat cap, sheepskin coat and array of moody goods. Sid is wrestling’s answer to Del Boy Trotter, the iconic Only Fools and Horses comedy character.
Sid opened up about his recent WWE tryouts and how the overseas wrestlers love to play around with his character. He also spoke about his wrestling inspirations and how he tapped in the British culture to convey his character’s working class values.
You can listen to the full interview below:
On his Del Boy character:
I always watched the show as a young man with my father and fell in love with the slapstick elements. It always stuck with me growing up, you know some of those classic British TV moments that you never forget. I do quite liken myself to Del as I’m always looking for the best deal possible or for a bargain. I thought to myself – what better way to connect with the British people than to tap into something that is a complete staple for UK culture.
For the international fans who may not know about that show, effectively it’s about a man just trying to get by. I guess you could liken it to the ‘American Dream’, it’s about a working class individual who wants to make it big. He is always looking for a shortcut and maybe he is making a few decisions that aren’t quite the most long-term thinking, but he is just a man trying to accomplish his dream and that’s what Sid Scala is all about.
On WWE tryouts:
To be honest they were the best two days of my life. When the buses rolled out after the second day, and they started leaving the O2, I wanted to grab on the end of them and go on tour with them – it was amazing. 48 hours in that community and part of that machine, seeing how much goes in to it and the amazing work the team do, just how many people are involved. It was amazing to watch and to be involved. It was a massive achievement for myself, probably the biggest achievement of my life so far.
On his wrestling inspirations:
I think seeing the explosion of the popularity around the late 90’s in to the 2000’s. Seeing Stone Cold Steve Austin beating up 20 people at a time and having a beer afterwards. What a guy, what an absolute comic book-esque personality that can be that much a bad-ass. I’ll be honest, when I first started getting into it and showing glimmers of interest, and being fixated on the TV, my mum had someone at work that had all the VHS’s from Wrestlemania 1 all the way up to Wrestlemania 7, as well as all the shows in-between. He was getting rid of them and so she said “I’ll take those off your hands” so I must have watched that entire run about 100 times over and over again, until I’m wearing out my favorite tape. It was Roddy Piper for me, watching him, watching the way he spoke and watching him in the ring was completely mesmerizing for me as a young man. He is someone I massively credit as a major influence.