Saturday, October 7, 2023

Archive Interview: Josh Prohibition

(originally published 9/29/03)

At only 24 years of age, Josh Prohibition has had many accomplishments in his career. Prohibition has wrestled for promotions all over the United States, including Combat Zone Wrestling in Philadelphia, PA, where he achieved one of his goals by wrestling at the ECW Arena. Prohibition is a current co-holder of the XPW Tag Team Title.

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

A: A little over 2 years now.

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

A: I fell in love with ECW and my baseball career ended because of a shoulder injury.

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

A: The Cleveland All Pro Wrestling Training Center in Cleveland, Ohio from JT Lightning.

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

A: I like performing, I enjoy pissing fans off, I love being a heel, I like fans that act cool.

Q: You tend to work for promotions that have a high risk style: IWA Mid-South, JCW, XPW, Combat Zone Wrestling, Cleveland All Pro Wrestling. What is it about the hardcore style that appeals to you?

A: Hardcore style used to appeal to me before I was trained. Once I got trained I started becoming more and more interested in solid technical wrestling from guys like Benoit, Guerrero, and Angle. Nowadays I get a bigger kick out of cool and innovative chain wrestling then I do highspots.

Q: With the amount of hardcore promotions that exists and new ones constantly appearing, do you think that the hardcore style is the future of professional wrestling?

A: I think Hardcore wrestling hit it's peak a few years ago. I think people have become desensitized.

Q: WWE and WCW both had their own Hardcore divisions at one time. What were your opinions of their versions of hardcore wrestling, and is it a style of hardcore wrestling that you would like to take part in?

A: I thought they were very very boring and I changed the channel when they came on. ECW was hardcore, WWE and WCW should have stuck with what brought them to the dance.

Q: To your knowledge, what is the current status of XPW?

A: You know as much about that as me.

Q: Although backyard wrestling gets negative press by mainstream publicity and is discouraged by WWE, the, "Best of Backyard Wrestling" video series is well known, and there is now a, "Backyard Wrestling" video game. You make it no secret that you were a backyard wrestler yourself and are involved in both the video series and the video game. Do you feel that the fact that you- a pro-wrestler and XPW Tag Team Champion- has this type of involvement in backyard wrestling, helps backyard wrestling become more acceptable to the mainstream press, the pro-wrestling industry, and pro-wrestling fans?

A: I don't think backyard wrestling will ever be accepted. Mostly cause of the kids that do it, they take it too seriously. Its untrained kids beating the crap out of each other in the backyard. We got lucky and got press for it, that wave is over now and if someone is serious about wrestling they should receive training. Backyard wrestling should be for fun and nothing else, it won't take you anywhere.

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

A: Heel for sure. I hate being a Face, it sucks. I don't want to slap hands and get the crowd behind me. I want to come out with double middle fingers extended yelling my head.

Q: What is your gimmick?

A: I'm Josh Prohibition, a pissed off militant straight edge dude.

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

A: Myself and M-Dogg20 vs. Bobby Quance and Jardi Frantz for XPW in March.

Q: Which has been your favorite match so far?

A: Same as the previous match.

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

A: Jerry Lynn, he's amazing.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: Go to school, coach baseball, watch bands play, hang out with my girlfriend, watch baseball, hang with friends, watch movies, and play bumper bowling.

Q: You recently took over as trainer at Cleveland Championship Wrestling Training Center. How does your school differ from others? Also, has it produced any talent that you predict big things for in the future?

A: I try to take the knowledge I gained in my initial training along with the stuff I've picked up from many of the great wrestlers I’ve had the honor to step in the ring with. I do my best to prepare my students for the ever evolving pro- wrestling world. I have a couple young students I think have potential. One is Ray Rowe "Raymond Right" or a young kid named Miguel who I believe will be wrestling under the name, "Dios Salvador". They both are extremely hard workers and some good potential.

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

A: Have as much fun as possible and make a few bucks along the way.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Josh Prohibition. 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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