Posted January 26th, 2011 by 1Wrestling News Team

By Steven Coney

Hello and welcome to the newest column on 1wrestling.com – Across The Pond! The column name pretty much describes what this is all about. There are plenty of columns on the internet about WWE, TNA and even ROH but what about wrestling in other countries? Well, that’s where I come in. Across The Pond will focus on wrestling in the United Kingdom. Each week, I’ll take a look at the wrestling business in the UK. Expect news, views, and exclusive interviews  here on 1wrestling.com.

As I said, this column will include exclusive interviews and that’s exactly what I’ve got for you this week. Anyway, that’s enough from me, read on for an exclusive interview with independent English wrestler, Marty Scurll.

Photo by Mark Sloan

He is one of the most exciting young wrestlers on the British circuit and a potential breakout star of 2011. I was fortunate enough to grab an interview with one half of the current IPW:UK British Tag Team Champions, Marty Scurll.

Scurll, 22, is slowly becoming one of the most talked about wrestlers on the UK scene. The fact that he has come this far at such a young age really says something about his work. Scurll was born in Cambridgeshire, England and was interested in wrestling from an early age.

“Wrestling in general just caught my eye as a kid – I fell in love with it instantly. I knew it’s what I wanted to do straight away, and nothing was going to stop me from doing so. The Rock certainly made a massive impression on me, I just thought he was so cool and I really wanted to be him – he is still to this day my favourite wrestler.”

Watching The Rock inspired Marty to try his hand at wrestling. He started training at Frank Rimar’s Dropkixx training school in Essex and became Dropkixx’s first middleweight champion.

After that, Marty went on to wrestle for the likes of All Star Wrestling, Real Quality Wrestling and IPW:UK. On his way, Scurll has taken many knock-backs and admits that wrestling isn’t the easiest way to make a living.

“Of course – it would have been a lot easier to get an office job or something along those lines, but that’s not what I wanted. Taking the easy route is not something I’m prepared to do. I’m a big believer in if you want something you should chase it, it’s a hard road climbing up the ranks of the wrestling world, and many try and fail, but I believe if you really truly want something, anything is possible.”

It’s obvious that Scurll has bags of desire and determination, something which has stood him in good stead as he has faced off against the likes of TNA’s own Doug Williams and Nick ‘Magnus’ Aldis. He ranks Magnus alongside some of his most enjoyable opponents.

“I really enjoy working with Mark Haskins (currently on the TNA tour of Europe), I feel we gel really well, and along with being great friends, we’re always very enthusiastic to come up with new things and put on a great match. Also, I’ve always loved working with Magnus from TNA, he’s my best friend and like a big brother to me, so we have good chemistry in the ring. Another two guys I’ve only worked a small handful times but really enjoyed were Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) and Martin Stone. Both are world class wrestlers and know exactly what they’re doing. As for least favourite, I’ll be very PC here and say I enjoy working with everyone!”

The 5’9” Scurll says his ultimate career goal is to headline WrestleMania and hopes to work in both the USA and Japan in the future. As for career highlights to date, the Cambridgeshire native said:

“Without doubt, debuting for the Dragon Gate UK product. A massive deal to me and I am very grateful to Mark Sloan for giving me the opportunity to work on those shows. I should also mention when myself and Zack (Sabre Jr) captured the IPW:UK tag titles (as The Leaders) from the Thrillers back in 2009, there was such an electric atmosphere that night and I really believe that was a huge turning point in the careers for myself and Zack. I look back at that moment very fondly.”

There has been a steady trickle of British wrestlers hitting the big time recently. In the WWE you have both Drew McIntyre and Wade Barrett, and in TNA you have the likes of Doug Williams, Magnus, Desmond Wolfe and Rob Terry. Marty says that this can only mean good things for fellow British wrestlers.

“Oh without doubt, especially Wade Barrett. Myself and Wade came into the business together through a training school (Dropkixx) based in Essex, and it’s absolutely amazing to see what he has achieved since then. I’m really happy for him and he has really broken the glass ceiling for English talent.”

Marty is a regular for both IPW:UK and DG:UK and thoroughly enjoys working for both promotions.

“My home promotion is IPW:UK – these guys know how to put on a great show that keeps everyone happy. I don’t think anything quite beats the excitement I get wrestling for DG:UK, the Dragon Gate wrestlers are such world class athletes you just can’t help but be excited.”

Up until now, Scurll has been seen as more of a tag-team wrestler, forming a formidable team called The Leaders (of the New School) in IPW:UK alongside Zack Sabre Jr. However, this is a label he’s more than eager to shake off.

“Yes, I love teaming as The Leaders but I can see a lot more singles matches happening for me this year – I had a big singles match with Cyber Kong at the last DG:UK event, and I have a high profile singles match with El Generico coming up soon for IPW:UK, as well as many other singles matches with top International and British talent. I don’t want to be a one trick pony and want to be versatile in all aspects of wrestling.”

Scurll mentioned his upcoming match at IPW:UK No Escape against El Generico and he’s more than looking forward to squaring up with the Ring Of Honor veteran in what is being billed as the biggest match of Scurll’s career.

“Oh yeah, I believe El Generico is one of the best in the world on the independent circuit. We had some exchanges back in December when The Leaders faced him & Paul London, but now I have chance to work with him in a big singles match, and I’m all for it!

So looking to the future now, where does Marty see himself in five years time?

“I hope I’m still wrestling on a high level basis, I would love to have a full-time contract with a major wrestling company. Aside from wrestling, I’d just love to stay healthy and fit, be happy, and maybe even settle down with a lady, who knows what the future will bring!

Five years is a hell of a long time in the wrestling business, so I cut Marty some slack and asked him what 2011 held for him.

“Myself and Zack are off the Germany this weekend to debut for wXw, so we’re really excited for that. Expect us to keep branching out to new promotions, facing new opponents and hopefully putting on great matches. Also expect lots more LDRS (The Leaders) branding, with new merchandise, etc. As for Marty Scurll, expect similar; I have shows coming up in Germany, Denmark, Scotland and Kuwait, and lets hope beyond! I am really excited for 2011, I think it’ll be a great year!”

At 22, Marty Scurll is still very young and he has bags of potential. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if in five years time, we’re seeing Marty wrestle on National TV. You heard it here first!

You can follow Marty’s progress on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MartyScurll

I hope you enjoyed the debut edition of Across The Pond and I’ll hopefully see you here again next week!

Steven Coney.

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