Daniel Warren is a Canadian professional wrestler who works independent promotions all over Canada and the United States under the name “Hotshot” Danny Duggan. He has worked for such promotions as High Impact Wrestling, Canadian Wrestling’s Elite, Steel Domain Wrestling, NWA Wildside, among others. He has been worked matches and been a prospect for Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Q. Currently which promotion are you wrestling for?
I am a free agent and an independent contractor so I work for countless independent organizations across Canada and the United States. Canadian Wrestling’s Elite would be considered my “home promotion”.
Q. One of my questions was going to ask if you watched wrestling as a kid and what was your first wrestling memory?
My earliest memory as a human is a vague and blurry memory at this point of the Hulk Hogan/Sgt Slaughter feud. My parents would tell me I watching wrestling as early as I was able to sit upright as a child and watch TV and I never stopped.
Q. Who trained you?
I was trained by “Hotshot” Johhny Devine and “Tomahawk” Gene Swan.
Q. On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard the wrestling mat is, and then how hard are the ropes when you are running off them?
I would say it isn’t like landing on concrete but I have wrestled in the ring that made me prefer we were wrestling on concrete! It varies from ring to ring. Regardless they all hurt to be slammed on regardless.
Q. How is it wrestling for a smaller crowd than an average wrestling event?
It can either be one of the most memorable and fun nights or one of the quietest and awkward. It depends on how much fun that audience wants to make up for everyone else not there and how much energy those wrestlers give them to feed off!
Q. Have you ever travelled to other countries to wrestle?
I have wrestled in Canada, the United States, and Japan.
Q. Where’s the weirdest place or what’s the strangest events you have wrestled at?
Independent wrestling will bring you everywhere and anywhere. I have wrestled downtown in the middle of the street of a major city centre to the food court of a shopping mall and everything in between.
Q. Do you want to wrestle on a big show like Wrestlemania? Is that something you can imagine or is that not where you want to go with your career aspirations?
I don’t think there is a wrestler alive who would not wrestle at WrestleMania. It is the biggest wrestling event of the year and of all time.
Q. What’re your favourite matches of all times, if you could pick one or two?
The ones I didn’t get hurt in!
Q. What your finisher?
The Crueler Crossface.
Q. To wrap things up is there anything that you would want to say to your fans, or anyone thinking about becoming a wrestler?
To my fans, thank you for supporting me for 17 years and let a young boy with a dream live in that dream world daily!
For those thinking of becoming a wrestler? Don’t. Unless you want it more than anything else in your life. It destroys your body, your long term health, effects personal relationships, and you miss a lot of real milestone moments in the real world. If you love it there is no second-guessing any of what I mentioned as it the greatest job in the world.
If you aren’t willing to make that commitment, save your money and most importantly save your body. Even doing it for a short period because it looks fun or cool is likely going to leave you with concussions that will stick with you the rest of your life as well as wear and tear you may not notice right away if you are one of the few to avoid injury but even then your body isn’t designed to get the shit kicked out of it the way we do and you will pay the price at some point or another.