Superstar Spotlight

A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin

by Josh Martin
Andrew Ryker, ©ECWA, East Coast Wrestling Association

     Andrew Ryker is one of the most popular and hard working wrestlers on the ECWA roster. This young superstar came to the ECWA looking to breakout and make a name for himself, and that he did. He arrived with a lot of goals and objectives and one by one he has accomplished them all. Within one year in the ECWA this young man has met some of the best in the business. He has proven himself against Mike Kruel, Low Ki, John Walters, Chase Del Monte, Alex Shelley and countless others. He was a standout in the promotion's internationally acclaimed 9th Annual Super 8 Tournament. He has also worked on occasion for the WWE when they are in the area.

     You can also read more on Andrew Ryker in PWI's, "Inside Wrestling/The Wrestler" magazine, Vol. 4 2006, as they just interviewed him for the introducing section which should hit the new stands on 12/13/05.

     Ryker is well liked by the ECWA fans and his popularity continues to grow. He is also well respected by his peers in the locker room.

     This goal setting star has a bright future ahead of him in the wrestling business and we in the ECWA are glad to present him on our roster. I had the opportunity to find out a little more about Andrew Ryker recently. I hope you enjoy.

Ring Name? Andrew Ryker

Height? 6'

Weight? 205 lb.

Character hails from? Baltimore MD

Birthdate? (month & day) February 20th

Years Pro? 4

Trained by? GDan McDevitt and Jim Kettner

Where did you train? Bonebreakers of Maryland

Style of wrestling? It seems to be a toss up everytime I step into the ring. Sometimes I have to stay on the mat a bit and other times I get to fly. Ideally, my style would be anything that keeps me in control of the match and my opponent on his toes. Unfortunately that isn't always the case, so it's important to be able to adapt to you opponent's style. I really believe that it is important to watching for mistakes in your opponents offense, as that is the key to winning a match. I may not always go for the glitz and glamour ... but I always go for the win ... at any cost.

Favorite moves? Top rope clothesline, standing franeksteiner, T-bone slam

Finishing moves? The Ryker Rewind, The Superkick and The 450 Splash

Notable ECWA feuds? My longest "feud" hs been with "The Shooter" Mike Kruel. Not only did he ruin my chances at winning the ECWA Heavyweight Championship ... but he did it by hitting me with a chair after I pinned him cleanly. And when we wrestled, he definatley pushed me to my limits ... actually, way past them.

Favorite ECWA opponents? My recent encounter with Chase DelMonte comes to mind. I had to really change my gameplan when it came to offense. I usually draw my energy from the crowd cheering and yelling, but this time they were cheering and yelling for both of us. It was a split decision all the way until the end. He was the better man that night, but I am certainly looking forward to a rematch in the future.

How long have you been in wrestling? I began in May of 2001

What made you want to get into wrestling? Like most, I've been a fan my entire life. I think it started the first time I jumped off of the coffee table with a flying elbow drop onto my stuffed animals. I tell you what, there isn't a teddy bear out there that I couldn't beat.
From there I got into the magazines, the toys, the videogames, making belts out of cardboard and foil, the pay-per-views and of course I watched every weekend. Saturday morning was wrestling time. And so was saturday afternoon ... and saturday night. And most of sunday. Actually all of sunday. And then there was the week. What was the question again?

When did you join the ECWA? I joined the ECWA in July of 2004

How did you joining the ECWA come about? My local promotion shut down and forced me to send out promo tapes. Luckily, the ECWA was not only at the top of my list, but the promoter liked what he saw. The goodtimes started right then and there.

What do you like about the ECWA? Everything. And I say that not because I think it is what people want to hear. I can honestly say that I love everything about the ECWA. We are a family ... for real.

What do you think about the ECWA fans? I absolutely adore them. Nowhere else makes me feel the way that they do when I come out to do my thing. I appreciate that fact that they appreciate what I do. I am out there not only to win for me, but to win for them.

What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Hands down participating in the 2005 Super 8. It was an unbelievable honor and privilege to be invited to compete in that tournament.

How did the Andrew Ryker character come about? No character here. What you see out there is me ... just turned up a notch.

What is the Andrew Ryker character all about? Making the fans as happy as possible while at the same time showing them that he is out there to win.

Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? The ECWA is the best independent promotion out there. I am very lucky to involved with such a professional and caring promotion. There are few places like that out there in the entire country. And the ones that aren't bring everyone down as a whole.

Favorite Food? Oatmeal ... really

Favorite music? Rock

Favorite band/artist? W.A.S.P., Pink Floyd, Greenday, Oasis, Tom Petty

Favorite color? Green

Favorite sports team? The Baltimore Ravens

Favorite athlete? Kyle Boller (just kidding)

Favorite wrestlers? Too many to name ... but let's try ... Christian, Dean Malenko, Eddy Guerro, Christian, Shawn Michaels, Christian, Ted Dibiase as The Million Dollar Man (Greatest gimmick ever by the way)

Favorite TV shows? 24, Smallville, CSI

Favorite movies? The Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator, The Lost Boys, Snatch

Favorite actor? pass

Favorite actress? Charisma Carpenter

What sports do you like to watch? Football

What sports do you like to play? None really

What hobbies do you have? Cooking, playing videogames, training and eating

What do you do in your spare time? See above ...

What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? I've been known to fix a copier or two

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Anybody who said "...yes you can."

What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? Professionally I want to work fulltime as a professional wrestler. Personally ... well ... I just want to be the best person that I can be.