Welcome Wrestling News World and WWENews.Net readers to another exclusive interview with another star of the wrestling world. Today I bring you my exclusive interview with a star of the second season of TNA British Bootcamp, a man who is becoming a bigger star across the British Wrestling scene, and a man who is perhaps one of the most unique characters in professional wrestling today. Please let me introduce you to, and welcome, Richard Parliament.
For those who may not be familiar with you can you tell our readers a little about yourself and character?
I am a UK's only Wrestling Politician. I tour nationwide across various promotions, spreading my political policies on my quest to become Prime-minister. Some of my policies include giving children a better Education, Education, Education by sending them to school 7 days a week, banning school holidays and increasing home work. I am also looking to combat obesity issues so I am looking to implement a nation ban on junk food. Lastly as I feel this country is failing on the global stage so I would like us all in Europe to give up our national sovereignty and be governed by one European Superstate. I have been wrestling on the UK circuit for a few years now and have also wrestled in the United States and Germany. I was also one of the 16 Finalists on TNA Impact Wrestling's TV series British Bootcamp 2.
What was your first experience of wrestling?
I remember knowing about it from a young age, I remember hearing people talking about WWF and WCW in school play grounds, however it never caught my attention, however when the attitude era came around in my early teens my brother began watching it religiously, so I was constantly in the background catching bits and pieces subconsciously here and there. It wasn't long until I became glued to the TV screen too.
Who were your inspirations (both in and out of the ring) growing up?
I have drawn on a number on inspirations. I remember in 2004 a couple of years before I started wrestling I loved the JBL character and how he was just completely disliked and unrelatable. I do not remember seeing many fans wearing JBL merchandise, he was everything a bad guy should be. I started training to be a wrestler when I was in University, and I was never a fan of half the people my age, I use to see walking around town and see people with Long scraggy hair, baggy jeans, tattoos etc, and I remember saying to my friends 'look at them, they all look disgusting, who is going to employ them in the future and the usual response from my pals would be that I am acting like a politician. So in wrestling I was always taught to invent a character that draws inspiration from ones self. As a fan of JBL he always reminded me of President Bush, so I thought to myself what would be the English equivalent of Bush? Tony Blair! So I started studying his mannerisms and stealing some of his quotes such as 'Education, Education, Education.'
What made you first realize you wanted to get into the world of wrestling as a job?
I remember seeing an Indy show when I was 15 and they mentioned they had a training school, but the training school was about a 2 hour drive to get too, which would not of been possible for a London School boy. A few years later when I was living in Essex, I saw an FWA show which rekindled the idea to do wrestling. Lucky for myself a couple of months later a wrestling school opened up in my area.
Where did you begin your training? Who trained you? And what was the experience like?
I done my first years training in Colchester with Best of British Wrestling, a promotion that mainly ran holiday camp shows, after that I headed down to further my training with Dropkixx in Purfleet and had a brief stint training with the XWA at there Ipswich school. Training was a difficult process, especially for someone extremely left handed such as myself and to tell you the truth hardly any of my class mates I trained alongside lasted.
What has been your favorite moment of your career so far and why?
I suppose my appearances on British Bootcamp Season 2. The show gave me the platform I needed to get noticed outside of the shows I was already regularly working on, I finally got some recognition for the years work I had put in, to be selected to compete on a global brand like Impact Wrestling.
Which promotions in the UK do you enjoy working for the most? And are there any you haven't worked for that you would like to work with?
I enjoy working for various promotions for various reasons, variety is the spice of life and the more promotions your working for, the more you are going to learn. Id still quite like to work for some of the what I call 'internet promotions', as they have very hardcore niche followings. Promotions such as Southside, Preston City, Progress, RPW and ICW.
If there is still something in your wrestling career you want to achieve what would it be and why?
The real goal is to be signed by a big global brand. The simple reasons to get maximum exposure and maximize profits.
What would be your best advice to anyone who is looking to break into the wrestling business?
From looking at modern British Wrestling there are so many schools now, so looking at other successful newcomers, Id say train with the schools connected to the most successful promotions, train around with as many as possible, and network, network, network to build up as high a knowledge base and contact list as possible.
What are some of the best things about working in the independent wrestling business?
A unique experience, a unique life style and fantastic to be paid for what you love doing.
You were a contestant in the latest series of TNA British Bootcamp. Can you tell us a little about the process you went through to get onto the show?
I saw them advertising online for contestants, I shot them an email, received my audition, turned up, impressed the judges and got put through to the final 16.
What was the experience of British Bootcamp like as a whole?
The experience was fantastic, the whole thing was very professionally done and it was a humbling experience working for one of the biggest wrestling promotions in the world.
Would you have done anything differently if you could do it all again?
To be honest retrospectively nothing, I used my entire knowledge base I had at the time to push myself into the spotlight. However due to that experience it has now opened a vast amount of new doors, new bookings and new learning opportunities for myself to continue to perfect my craft.
Will you be trying again to get into TNA?
If the opportunity arises of course. I feel a made an impression before and with all the extra work I am currently putting in, I am sure I can impress them more so in the future.
Are you a subscriber to the WWE Network?
I am indeed, it is a great learning tool.
Do you have any favorite shows on the Network you enjoy watching?
I tend to watch all the PPV's when I can and watch individual matches when I want to study something specific.
What are you opinions on the current WWE product?
It's the biggest promotion In the world, they draw insane money, so when it comes to wrestling the closest thing to perfection.
Would you ever like to work for WWE?
Again of course I would like to work for the WWE, the whole goal as a wrestler long term is to make money and there is no where you can make more money than there?
If you had the chance, who on the WWE roster would you like to work with in the future?
John Cena, he is the big money opponent, who would bring the most attention to myself.
What is you favorite WWE match of all time?
The Rock vs Hulk Hogan. What a fight, pure electricity, the two biggest money makers in the businesses history.
Do you think British Wrestling can ever realistically get back on prime time TV?
Well I would like it too and I believe the talent is here and fan base. However I believe our TV industry is too arrogant and stuck up to ever give British Wrestling a chance. A lot of work would need to be put in to make good money off of it, when they can make money in easier ways such as sticking a bunch of idiots in a room together like on Gogglebox or redecorating someones house. They cannot be bothered to gamble on men in pants.
What are your thoughts on the rise of British wrestling and it's popularity?
I do not believe there really ever has been a rise, as its never lost popularity, its pretty much always stayed the same. It got taken off the television in the 1980's, but people continued to watch the American promotions on television and to this very day we have continued to have some decent houses at British Indy shows.
What do you want your contribution and legacy be in the wrestling industry?
I would like to have made a good living from it and I would like to be remembered. I suppose really that's what most people want from life.
Do you have any upcoming shows, appearances, social media pages, etc you would like to plug so people can get more of you in their daily routine?
Follow myself on twitter @richparliament and find my Richard Parliament Facebook page and give it a like. Over the next couple of months I have appearances coming up at Falling Starr Wrestling, DOA, FPW, Wrestleforce, XWA, EWW, EPW and WWW.
And if there are any promoters reading this how can they get you booked on their show?
I would like to say thank you to Richard Parliament for taking the time to answer my questions today and would like to state that should he ever run from Prime Minister of this country, I will vote for him.
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