A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
(younger brother of Rob Eckos)
by Josh Martin
Dan "The Man" Eckos is 1/2 of THE HEAVYWEIGHTS tag team combination along with longtime friend and partner Sean Royal. Dan's also the younger brother of Rob Eckos. Dan Eckos really looks up to his older brother and tries hard, sometimes too hard, to have the fans and especially his older sibling accept and respect his wrestling ability. This young superstar constantly strives to improve in the ring and is very eager to learn. He spends a lot of time in the gym and is working hard along with his partner Sean Royal to make a name for themselves in the ECWA. Although not one of the larger members on the promotions roster, he more than makes up for his lack of size with his spirit of hard work and determination. This young sports entertainer has a bright future ahead of him and I had the opportunity to sit down and pose some questions to him. I hope you enjoy.joy.
Ring Name? Dan"The Man" Eckos
Weight? I've been bulking up, so im about 320.
Character hails from? West Paterson,NJ
Birthdate? Oct. 29
Years Pro? 4
Trained by? Kevin Knight, Tom Prichard, and many others.
Where did you train? Camp IWF
Style of wrestling? Mat, technical, and some high flying when I don't feel too heavy.
Favorite moves? Super kick, big man splash, and choke slam.
Finishing moves? Super Kick
Notable ECWA feuds? That big 400lb. Mega
Favorite ECWA opponents? Anybody that I step in the ring with from ECWA because it's always a great learning experience.
How long have you been in wrestling? I've amateur wrestled for 4 years and been doing Pro Wrestling for 4
What made you want to get into wrestling? As a little Heavyweight I always loved watching wrestling
When did you join the ECWA? My first ECWA match was Nov. 5, 2005 were my Heavyweight partner Sean Royal and I wrestled in a three way tag team match
How did you joining the ECWA come about? After several times Sean and myself met with Jim at Chaotic wrestling in Massachusetts, he invited us down to ECWA and ever since then we never left
What do you like about the ECWA? Everything... From the wrestlers to the fans which are so devoted and in to everything
What do you think about the ECWA fans? Absolutely amazing
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Being a part of the Super 8 summit because the crowd was so loud and hyped up for the tournament itself and that alone made it a huge thrill and honor...Also wrestling ECWA greats like Ace Darling ,Mike Kreul, and all the other ECWA wrestlers..
How did the Dan Eckos character come about? Well I am "The Man" but I should thank my mommy for just a little bit for bringing me into this world as an Eckos.. And also Jamie Jamitkowski (from Chaotic Wrestling) who thought of the idea of making me and my partner Sean Royal "The Heavyweights".. Ever since, Jim has developed the character and transformed it to what all you people know us as today THE HEAVYWEIGHTS... Dan "The Man" Eckos and Sean Royal
What is the Dan Eckos character all about? Well the character is that me and my partner soaked and wet really weigh about 200lbs but we are convincing everybody from the wrestlers in the back, "especially you Rob Eckos", to the fans that we really are the real deal and we are here to stay..
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? I think wrestling is at a low point now, but it will eventually build back up just like it did in the mid 90s...
Favorite Food? Steak
Favorite music? If I like it, I listen.
Favorite band/artist? Nysnc. No, I'm just playing. I don't really have one.
Favorite color? blue
Favorite sports team? New York Knicks
Favorite athlete? Michael Jordan
Favorite wrestlers? Finlay, Shawn Michaels, Hiro Matsuda. Kurt Angle, Arn Anderson, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Favorite TV shows? Saved By the Bell
Favorite movies? Gone In 60 Seconds and Troy
Favorite actor? Will Smith
Favorite actress? Jennifer Aniston
What sports do you like to watch? Wrestling, Football, Soccer, and basketball
What sports do you like to play? Soccer and basketball
What hobbies do you have? I wrestle, lift and get my brother Rob in trouble..
What do you do in your spare time? Get Rob into some more trouble and then just have fun and wrestle
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? I install marble counter tops..
Who have been your biggest inspirations? My big bro Rob Eckos
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? To become the best in everything I do.