For South Africa’s wrestler, Kyle Ripley wrestling was his dream since childhood. He was inspired to become a professional wrestler after watching wrestling on TV every day.
In 2010, he left amateur boxing to pursue his dream to be a wrestler and debut at APWA as the fighting machine named K.O. On 2014, he started to call himself as Kyle K.O Ripley the playful people’s person where the people mattered to him because that is the main reason why he started wrestling, wanting to entertain fans across the world is his passion.
I recently had an opportunity to interview him. You can read it below.
Q. Currently which promotion are you wrestling for?
I am an Independent Wrestler but I wrestle for Slamforce Africa, CPW, RSW and SAPW if they book me for shows.
Q. One of my questions was going to ask if you watched wrestling as a kid and what was your first wrestling memory?
I loved watching Pro Wrestling as a kid man I have so many memories but my one that stands out is when Hulk Hogan faced The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6.
Q. Who trained you?
I started training 10 years ago and was trained by Ananzi he was my head trainer but Thierry Middoux and Tornado was two of my Mentor’s who helped me to become the wrestler I am today and I’ve learned a lot over the years being on shows with ex WWE Stars and other talents too.
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?
Man on a scale the ring is about 8/10 hard but your body learns to take the punishment and the ropes are hard but once you practice every day you get used to them and your body will become tougher than nails.
Q. How is it wrestling for a smaller crowd than an average wrestling event?
Well, a smaller crowd and an average event are basically the same if they love it then we as a wrestler will love it too and we preform same on both small, big or average.
Q. Have you ever travelled to other countries to wrestle?
No, basically all over South Africa but working hard on travelling overseas or getting bookings on an international scale.
Q. Where’s the weirdest place or what’s the strangest events you have wrestled at?
Well, I can’t really say for 10 years of wrestling but there was a lot of strange events to name.
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?
Yes, definitely and if I can get into WWE, AEW, New Japan or ROH my dream will have been achieved.
Q. What’re your favourite matches of all times, if you could pick one or two?
I have so many favourites it’s hard to choose two but will say that my best matches against Thierry Middoux and his Son Zizou Middoux and my Slamforce Africa debut against Andro Perseus were few of my favourites.
Q. What your finisher?
My finisher name is basically The Fist from Mountain Olympus it is a Superman Punch from the top rope.
Q. To wrap things up is there anything that you would want to say to your fans, or anyone thinking about becoming a wrestler?
I would say to kids stay in school and to everyone if you have a dream work hard and make your dream your reality anything is possible if you believe in yourself because there is only one you in the whole universe.