Ethan H. Diaz was born on June 16, 1986 and is an American professional wrestler who works under the ring name Ethan HD. He is known mostly on the independent circuit where he regularly works for promotions in the northwestern United States regions. The overall charisma and in ring ability that he possess has catapulted him to the top of the Indy Circuit in a very short time.
Ethan was originally trained by a local guy named Havoc. However, his passion for the business led him to take classes and seminars from guys like Lance Storm, Fit Finlay, Dr. Tom Pritchard, Nick Dinsmore, and Tyson Kidd to name a few. He builds himself up with a repertoire of moves that includes the Roundhouse Kick, Flash Kick (Springboard Enzuigiri), Bernie Mack (Springboard Double Knee Drop), and the Chi-Town Stomp.
His strong work and attention to detail has his future in a constant mode of progression. There are many Indy wrestlers that possess an intense training regimen, but very few can develop the same amount of charisma to go along with the ability. Ethan HD is that guy!
By following the Independent Circuit and reading about the wrestlers and their storied careers, I am able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview from time to time, which allows them to share with us their story. Recently I was able to catch up with Ethan and he was gracious enough to put a halt to his busy schedule to discuss his career, future, and accomplishments. This is what he had to say.
When did your pro wrestling career begin?
I started out training in 2005 under a local wrestler in Washington named Havoc. At the same time I was learning the art of Lucha Libre from a wrestler named Astro Imperial. I was lucky later on to be able to train a bit under Davey Richards and local veteran Buddy Wayne.
What federations have you worked for along the way?
Just about every wrestling promotion in the Northwest over the last ten years. Some of the ones that made the biggest impact on my career would be DOA and WCWC, both based out of Portland, Oregon. DOA really gave me an opportunity to really express myself creatively and push my boundaries as a performer. WCWC has such a wide range of talent that it constantly pushes me to stand out as a wrestler. I’ve also spent the last 4-5 years wrestling for ECCW in British Colombia, Canada. ECCW has some of the most energetic and rabid fans I’ve ever seen, and holds up against any top Indy wrestling show in the states
I also just started working for an upstart company in Las Vegas called Paragon Pro Wrestling. They’ve got a fantastic crew and are working on a top notch television product. I’m really excited for everyone to see it when it hits the air.
Some other places I’ve worked for in the past were Championship Wrestling from Hollywood which was great for me as for as exposure and learning how to wrestle in front of television cameras go. Back in 2011 I did a show for Harley Race’s WLW, and was part of Roddy Piper’s Portland Wrestling Uncut.
How could you explain the life of an independent wrestler?
I’m not sure how it is for all Indy wrestlers, but speaking for myself I think one of the biggest issues is trying to find ways to be productive during the down time. I’d say the average guy on the Indies is working 2-3 times a week. So there’s a lot of time spent not wrestling. For me, I try
to spend that time working out in the gym, studying, training, building my brand on social media. On show days it’s usually sitting in a car with one too many people, arrive at the building, workout in the ring, wrestle, and head home or to the hotel depending on the show.
Do you pay attention to other federations or follow other wrestlers?
Always! I’m constantly looking to see who’s popular, why are they popular. Things like that. I also try to watch other companies so what their fans are reacting too, what are they hating on, where would I fit into the show.
What would be your dream match?
For a dream match? Hmmmm… I’m going to say against Eddie Guerrero, in Madison Square Garden …and since it’s a dream, the crowd is full of smokin’ hot chicks. Like all 10’s, haha.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?
I’d like to think my greatest accomplishment has yet to come, and as far as what I’ve accomplished so far. I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one. My top three would have to be going toe-to-toe with The Wolves w/ my tag team partner Mike Santiago. Another would be selling out the RCC in Vancouver, B.C. when the Amerikan Gunz (myself and Mike Santiago) faced off with the Bollywood Boyz in a steel cage match. Also, squaring off against Fit Finlay in Portland, OR was a huge one for me as well.
What is your most memorable match?
That would probably have to be the Amerikan Gunz vs. The Wolves. I think it was a huge test for both Mike and I in a lot of ways. We’ve been a tag team now for 4-5 years and without sounding disrespectful or arrogant. We’re one of the best tag teams in the Northwest today. So getting the chance to show we could not look out of place against one of the top tag teams in the world was an enormous amount of pressure.
Who are/were some your favorite wrestlers and why?
Growing up I was a huge fan of the Road Dogg Jessie James, Hayabusa, Super Crazy and Chris Jericho. When I got a bit older I became a big AJ Styles and Amazing Red fan as well. Once I got into wrestling and understood how it works. I became a huge fan of Eddie Guerrero and William Regal. Regal is one I constantly find myself watching and learning from.
What needs to be accomplished in your ¬eyes to be able to look back and call yo¬ur career a success when it’s all over?
I’d like to leave a lasting impression in some form. That doesn’t necessarily mean becoming WWE or IWGP champion, though that would be pretty amazing. Ideally though, just to contribute something to the business that makes it better would be enough for me.
***Hopefully you enjoyed this interview and learned some new and interesting things about The Charismatic Ethan HD. I would like to personally thank Ethan for taking the time to share with me his stories so I could share them with all of you. For more information you can follow Ethan HD on Twitter: @REALEthanHD.
***For those who would like to see him in action, he can be seen regularly wrestling for ECCW in Vancouver, B.C. (@ECCW) and at The West Coast Wrestling Connection in Portland and Salem, OR (@TheWCWC) and Paragon Pro Wresting in Las Vegas, NV (@ParagonPW)