I had the opportunity to speak with indy wrestler Sage Ramsey on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Central Illinois Pro Wrestling’s “Aftermath” show in Kincaid, Illinois, to talk about his career, big performers, WrestleMania 31, and much more. Below is an entire recap of the interview:
How did you get your start in wrestling?
Ramsey: I got my start in wrestling back in 1999-2000 with Windy City Pro Wrestling. I was trained up there by James Kleckner, Willy Bob Richardson, they had quite a few up there. Then after that, I went to OVW in 2004.
What has been your favorite match of your career so far?
Ramsey: That's a tough one. Anytime I got to work with Guy Smith, Jason Wells, Darien Frost, or Tom Arson. Tom Arson, we've had some great matches. But to call just one that is my favorite, I can't do that.
Is there anyone is particular that you have modeled your in-ring character or style after?
Ramsey: One in particular, no. I've been a fan for years, so I've been able to see a lot of people do a lot of different things. I was always a bigger guy, so being able to learn from The Undertaker doing bigger moves, or Kane with the big chokeslams, bigger than Taker sometimes. Really, just any big guy that has ever worked and had talent.
Was there anyone that you watched as a fan that interested you in pursuing a wrestling career?
Ramsey: Shawn Michaels is a definite, he was always a favorite. I would also say Sting. Macho Man, Mr. Perfect, all those guys. I love all those guys.
What were your thoughts on WrestleMania 31?
Ramsey: I would say my favorite match of the night would've been the match between Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker. They told a great story, and the match was great from start to finish with the psychology. My least favorite match would probably be Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns because I really don't like Brock Lesnar.
Do you prefer to work as a babyface or a heel?
Ramsey: I think the term babyface refers to me, because I tried to go heel and it never works. I always end up breaking. I've always got a little cheesy smile kind of going on in the ring. A tweener would be a better place for me, but I'm mostly babyface.
What's your favorite type of music?
Ramsey: Rock. Some of this newer stuff. I love Fall Out Boy. I cannot stand country western.
(Which is telling, as Ramsey's theme song is "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy.)
How are you preparing for your opponents tonight?
Ramsey: Well, luckily, I've actually been able to see a lot of these guys' work before, so going in to the match, I already know what I'm going against. I know for fact that I'm a bigger guy and they are two smaller guys, so I have to find a way to slow them down and make them work my pace. And if I can do that, I can control the match.
Do you have any advice for others like you that are trying to break in to the business?
Ramsey: Absolutely. If you are going to break in to this business, one, don't expect to be in the WWE. Two, take time, learn the craft right. We have one of the best trainers right there in Springfield at PWA, Pinfall Wrestling Academy, and that's Guy Smith. He can teach anybody how to wrestle. I've seen it!
What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to accomplish next?
Ramsey: I don't know about the future, because I'm getting old. I've been doing this for fifteen years, and I just hope I have another good couple of years left in me to where I can help some of the younger guys, so they can get a start and an idea of what's in the future for them.
Ramsey went on to win his triple threat match against Nelson 6 and Ray Rogers. Below is a photo of Ramsey in the ring:
Ramsey also interfered during Jason Allen vs. Robby McCann, leading to a disqualification. Sage Ramsey vs. Jason Allen vs. Robby McCann will take place at "Survival" on May 16th.
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