Saturday, November 25, 2023

Archive Interview: Navajo Warrior

(originally published 9/01/03)

The Navajo Warrior has had many highlights during his extensive career. He has held the AWF Title, AWA Title, IWA Heavyweight Title, WSW Title, IZW Title, NWF Tag Title, UPW.COM Title, AWA Tag Team Title, FCW/NAWF Tag Team Title, WSW Tag Team Title, and the ICW Tag Team Title. Navajo has also worked for WWE.

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

A: I started training in 1990.

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

A: I attended my first live event at 10, and wanted to be a wrestler ever since.

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

A: I was trained by WWF prelim wrestler Steve Gatorwolf.

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

A: I love performing in front of a live crowd.

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

A: I am very comfortable as a Face.

Q: What is your gimmick?

A: Basically I am myself (Native American).

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

A: My personal favorite was against John Cena in 2002.

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

A: Hulk Hogan.

Q: You have worked with WWE on many occasions, wrestling in televised and non-televised matches for them, as well as appearing on, "RAW" as a judge for the Scott Steiner-Triple H, "Posedown" contest this past January. 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: I would love to wrestle for WWE on a full-time basis.

Q: You had worked for World Wrestling Allstars, taking part in one of their PPV's. When WWA first began promoting, pro-wrestling fans had predicted that WWA would quickly become a strong competitor of WWE. Almost 2-years later, WWA only promotes in Australia. In your opinion, why have they not yet lived up to the previous expectations of the fans, and do you think that will change in the future?

A: I think the fans were expecting them to be direct competition with WWE, but I don't think the company was trying to reach that goal. I don't see that changing any time in the near future, I believe they are happy doing what they are doing.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Spend time with family.

Q: You have taken your knowledge and experience within the pro-wrestling industry and put it to use as a trainer at the Impact Zone Wrestling school. How does your school differ from others? Also, has it produced any talent that you predict big things for in the future?

A: I know that IZW has the most up to date training, especially with some of our trainers getting to work out with the WWE talent and get new ideas. One of my very first students went on to WCW, and then was released. He has now signed with WWE. I also have about 5 students that are getting work with WWE on televised and dark matches.

Q: What has been your proudest achievement in the business?

A: Getting to wrestle in front of my home crowd at a sold out WWE event.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Navajo Warrior. 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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