Saturday, October 14, 2023

Archive Interview: Kenn Phoenix (Kenn Doane)

(originally published 9/2/03)

Kenn Phoenix has not even celebrated his 18th birthday yet, but he has already accomplished becoming a PWF Northeast Tag Team Champion, and has worked for NWA-TNA and WWE.

Q: How long have you been involved in the business?

A: For 3 1/2 yrs.

Q: Why did you enter the pro-wrestling industry?

A: Not really sure it has always been a dream.

Q: Where did you receive your training to become a pro-wrestler?

A: I trained with Killer Kowalski's school up in Malden, MA for a while and then did some WWE camps.

Q: What do you like the most about being in the business?

A: The magic of a wrestling match, giving the illusion that you're trying to kill someone, also the fame and the spotlight.

Q: Which persona appeals to you the most: Face, Heel, or Tweener?

A: Depends on where I am, if in front of family or in my home town I like to be Face otherwise I love pissing people off.

Q: What is your gimmick?

A: Don't have a gimmick what I am is what I am, if I'm a heel I spend 30 mins. before the show starts to get pissed off and then I come out cocky and really upset, if I'm a face then I like to joke and rib people (rib in this business means play a joke on someone).

Q: Which do you feel has been your best match so far?

A: Tough question. Probably at WWA-NE when me and my brother [Mike Phoenix] faced Jonah and Al Snow in Pepperell, MA. It was just crazy being in front of Tom Prichard, the guy who helps hire people for WWE and wrestling a WWE superstar.

Q: Which has been your favorite match so far?

A: Probably the one I just mentioned and every time I work for WWE cause the feeling is unexplainable.

Q: Whom would you like to wrestle, that you have not yet done so?

A: Well in the independents probably Chris Hamrick cause he is a fountain of knowledge. In the WWE probably Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Hurricane cause they are really talented wrestlers.

Q: Although most people become pro-wrestlers at age 18 or older, your pro-wrestling career began at an earlier age. How old were you when you first started, and how did/do promoters, other wrestlers, etc., react towards you when they found out that you are younger than the typical professional wrestler?

A: When I first started wrestling I was 13 yrs. old and a little scrawny bastard. Promoters told me I couldn’t work for them till I was 18, so I lied about my age. They eventually found out and said screw it. Other wrestlers, well some were cool and really surprised others were jealous, but hey it’s not like they didn’t have the chance. I had the chance and ran with it.

Q: You have worked with WWE on many occasions, wrestling in televised and non-televised matches for them. Are you interested in working for WWE full-time, or do you prefer working for WWE while still making yourself available to independent promotions?

A: Are you kidding I would love to work for WWE full-time and not have to do independent shows again but right now I am too young to be hired so I try to work wherever and for whoever just to keep getting experience. Other wrestlers will tell you that is a bad idea but hey if it works for me then I will keep doing it.

Q: Do you prefer wrestling in singles, or in tag-teams with Mike Phoenix?

A: Both, singles are fun but I actually prefer tag matches more because you can tell a better story and you can do so much more in such little time. Plus when me and my brother tag up we usually send the people home knowing they got their money's worth.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Go to school, and go to the gym and study wrestling tapes to learn more.

Q: What is your long-term goal in the business?

A: To finally get hired by the WWE and make a living in this crazy business. And when I'm old and the people don't want to see me anymore or when I can't move around the ring anymore I want to give back and help the younger guys trying to make it big in this business.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Kenn Phoenix (Kenn Doane). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews, including this one.

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