CM PunkPhillip Jack Brooks
- Birthdate: 10/26/1978 (age 38)
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 218 Ib
He was titled in the WWE as "the longest-reigni...
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So far as wrestling experience goes, Colt Cabana may have one of the most impressive CVs in the wrestling world. He is the undisputed king of the independent wrestling scene, not just in the UK but the world over. He was a podcast master before Stone Cold or JR picked up the mic. Meanwhile, his comedic offerings pre-date Mick Foley's solo efforts and have secured him a well-regarded slot at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Fringe festival. It is whilst at the Fringe that Colt Cabana kindly agreed to sit down with us for the interview that follows. If that doesn't sate your appetite, you can hear him weekly on his Art of Wrestling podcast via coltcabana.com. He is in Edinburgh until late August and will be doing two shows for ICW, tickets for which can be purchased here and 'Commentary on Bad Wrestling' shows which are available here.
You've had a series of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival including your 'commentary on bad wrestling' show with Brendon Burns which is in a theatre three times the size of last years. What's the draw of the fringe festival for you?
Well, I'd obviously heard of the fringe. I've been wrestling for so long but at heart, I'm a huge, huge comedy fan. I love comedy, I like the idea of alternative comedy, I love the idea of obscure comedy and if you watch my wrestling the last - I've been wrestling 15 years - but probably the last 7-10 years, it's almost turned into obscure comedy. I'd always heard about the Edinburgh Fringe festival and know it's the largest comedy fest in the world. I used to think to myself that when wrestling was done for me and I was a little older, that maybe I could go and take in some shows. Then when I got the opportunity with Brendon, who invited me over, I couldn't say no to it. The show that Brendon and I do is one that myself and my partner Marty DeRosa originated. When we get home, Marty and I our doing our first Mid-West tour. We've done it sporadically but never really taken it on the road, so we're excited for that at the end of August. For me though, last year was a once in a lifetime bucket-list thing last year and then when I found we could do it every year afterwards it was amazing. This is now a part of my life and so I'm hoping and I assume that I'm a lifer now.
More broadly, you appear to be on or have been on every independent wrestling roster in the UK..
I'm on every indie roster in the world, man!
Right! So what's the love affair with the UK and how do you rate the wrestling scene here?
The first time I ever wrestled in the UK was a one-off in London. I was a teaching assistant at the time and Alex Shane asked me if I'd like to come over and wrestle. I couldn't believe that somebody wanted to bring me from America to England, especially as I wasn't even a TV star or anything. I suppose I had a kind of cult tape trading reputation - it was VHS tapes at that point! But Alex brought myself and CM Punk over and we wrestled at York Hall in front of about 1000 people. I remember at the time a lot of people in London wrote us off and thought we'd look at it as a vacation but especially at that point in our career, we both thought of it as a huge opportunity and we made the most of it. So, I formed a relationship with Alex Shane and in 2004 I decided to quit my full-time job and make wrestling my profession and the first thing I did was come over to England because there's a lot of work. The UK is the first place I was ever really allowed to be a full time wrestler and so it's always been in my heart. Also, it's not like I came over once and then left, I got to know all the wrestlers. I wrestled maybe 80 shows in 80 days at that point and so I became one of them for a point in time. I think the fans know that and saw me grow from there there's been a mutual relationship ever since.