Q & A with Big Daddy D Roy

I was able to catch up with pro wrestler Big Daddy D Roy at his Westboro condo in Ottawa before the Royal Rumble to talk about his journey to Payback. 

PaybackQ: October 17th, 2015, Greely Legion, it’s your first match. Friends and family are amongst those in the crowd chanting D Roy! D Roy! As you walk out through the curtain, what’s going through your mind?

A: A lot of excitement, really, I didn’t fully realize what to expect. And I’ve been fortunate to compete and perform in front of large audiences in both sports and music, but knowing the commitment I’ve made to wrestling and to myself, the sacrifices to get to that point, I wanted to properly represent the wrestling business and all those who had come before me who I have very high respect for. It was about applying what I had learned and ultimately embracing that moment.

Q: The journey to becoming a pro wrestler is long, varied and difficult. Growing up who inspired you to put your body on the line? Also, which wrestlers helped train and prepare you for the main stage?

A: I remember my dad taking my brother and I  to the Ottawa Civic Center for a live show. I must have only been 4 or 5 years old.  I vividly remember being in the corridors, looking down a flight of stairs and seeing the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase through a small opening. Surreal. He was larger than life. My other memory from that day was seeing The Undertaker in the ring with Paul Bearer raising the urn and screaming at the fans in that iconic, villainous voice. There was lots of smoke. I think he may even have put his opponent in a body bag after the match. I was in awe. Seeing what ‘Taker has accomplished throughout his legendary career, it’s really no wonder why that memory is ingrained in my head all these years later. Among other events, we also attended Wrestlemania 18 (2002) at the Skydome in Toronto, witnessing the epic dream match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan come to life. That whole atmosphere, that magic, that spectacle is what wrestling is all about. It can emit so many different emotions. This was during the ‘Attitude Era’ when me and all my friends were obsessed with WWE, WCW, the characters and the ‘Monday Night Wars’ between the companies for ratings and survival.

I had the privilege of training under Wayne Cryderman and Dean Danis at BodySlammers in Ottawa, Ontario. The school was founded by Al Snow (WWE, ECW and international superstar) in Lima, Ohio. This is where Wayne trained wrestlers for many years in the late 90’s, becoming head trainer. He moved back to Canada while amidst his successful in-ring career and re-established BodySlammers in his hometown. Speaking of debuts, his first match was in front of 5000 people in Japan! Each journey is unique! It’s what you make of your opportunities.

Q: You got over with the crowd, you dominated ‘Tobias’ and Wayne spoke very highly of your rookie class. As your walking back towards the curtain you turn around the salute your supporters, Thunder jumps you, drags you into the ring and manhandles you. Thunder is a seasoned vet and you are a rookie, what did you do to get under Thunder’s skin to warrant such a beat down?

A: Only Thunder really knows but as I was lying on the mat, staring up at those lights, he stood over me and mentioned something along the lines of “there’s only room for one Big Daddy in BTPW!” Message received. I’m not sure if he felt threatened buy a new comer, another heavyweight maybe. It’s not the first time I’ve been suckered punched from behind and it probably won’t be the last. But obviously, for him to single me out, I must have done something right to catch his eye.

Q: You were able to get in the ring with Thunder for the main event of Gatineau Pro Wrestling’s (GPWE) inaugural event in January in his hometown with his fans, how difficult is to wrestle with the crowd against you?

A: The main thing is to stay focused. Whether the fans want to boo or cheer that’s their prerogative. They pay their hard-earned money to walk through those doors and get a seat. It’s also important to stay focused when you’re in the ring with a competitor like Thunder – he’s big, he’s strong, he’s nasty – one wrong move and you’re done.

It was an honour to compete on GPWE’s first show, by the way. Based on that night, they have a promising future. I would be thrilled to return if the opportunity was presented!

Q: March 5th will be your second match with Big Time Pro Wrestling what can we expect from the night and from you?

A: What can you expect?  You can expect me to be fired up. You can expect that I will have been preparing and training to the brink of my body’s capabilities. You can expect that I will have a gameplan ready and you can expect that I’m going to make the most of my opportunity in the ring with the beast, Thunder. This will be the biggest fight of my life.

At Payback, fans can expect to be entertained from bell to bell and when it’s all said and done they will surely be leaving the Greely Legion with a smile on their face. I can’t say the same for Thunder.”

You can catch Big Daddy D Roy in Big Time Pro Wrestings’ Payback event: 7pm at the Greely Legion 8021 Mitch Owens Rd, Greely, On.
All Tickets $20.00, email wrestlingottawa@gmail.com, or contact Derek at 613-222-9559 for pre-sale.

 

Matthieu Foreman

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