A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
By: Josh Martin
Heís rough, tough, mean spirited and a stickler for absolute perfection. He is the man known to ECWA fans as Jim Shorts. Being a former gym teacher, personal trainer and fitness coach he demands the most from the athletes he manages. During his high school and colleges years he was quite an athlete and almost went to the Olympics before being sidelined with a knee injury which kept him out of track and field competitions. He not only prepares the men he manages physically to compete, but he has a unique way of getting in their heads to mentally prepare them for battle. He is known to some as a fitness guru, but many critics in the ECWA label him as a master manipulator. No matter what your take is on the Jim Shorts, one cannot deny his passion and success in the world of wrestling. I had the opportunity too pose some questions to him. I hope you enjoy.
Ring Name? Jim Shorts
Character hails from? Wilmington, DE
Birthdate? (month & day) 6/30
Years Pro? 1- 1/2
Trained by? n/a
Where did you train? ECWA
Style of wrestling? smash mouth
Favorite moves? any move Kermon uses to inflict pain!
Finishing moves? my favorite move had to be when I smashed Sean Royal with a weight scale....does that count, because it ended up be a big finisher that evening.....
Notable ECWA feuds? Tommy Trouble, Heavyweights, Logans
Favorite ECWA opponents? Heavyweights
How long have you been in wrestling? I havenít you fool, Iíve been training talent .....what kind of question is that?
What made you want to get into wrestling? being a fan since I was a young boy.....idolizing the Heenans, Blassies, and McMahons of the wrestling world.
When did you join the ECWA? September 27, 2007
How did you joining the ECWA come about? I "told" Jim Kettner that
What do you like about the ECWA? ECWA is the premiere place to showcase what you've got before heading into the big leagues. ECWA has been, and always will be a proving ground for wrestling talent.
What do you think about the ECWA fans? Without them there would be no ECWA, as much as I do despise them sometimes, they turn out month after month to support us and the sport they love to watch.
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? taking the titles from the Heavyweights in a steel cage....boy they didnít see it coming...
How did the Jim Shorts character come about? Jim Shorts is no character, Good ol' J.S. is just my mean streak....the way I feel about the world and the state its in.....Iím not "anti-American" like you may think....Iím just pro-everywhere else!
What is the Jim Shorts character all about? I'm the little devil that sits on your shoulder and whispers in your ear to pull the fire alarm, poke fun at the fat kid, or give someone a wet willie because you can.
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? Wrestling comes and goes in cycles, depending upon the talent....right now it pops up in the main stream here and there, but it will see a slump ....then recover.....so on and so on.....right now everyone seems to be watching MMA fighting....but I personally donít care for it......not enough drama, thereís no build up, no story.
Favorite Food? Italian Hoagie
Favorite music? Blues & Rock
Favorite band/artist? AC/DC, Faith No More, Hendrix, Clapton, Three Days Grace, Dean Martin, the list goes on.....
Favorite color? is gray a color?
Favorite sports team? The Detroit Red Wings
Favorite athlete? all of mine have been pro-wrestlers
Favorite wrestlers? Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Curt Hennig, Randy Savage, Hiro Matsuda Undertaker, and JBL
Favorite TV shows? Raw, Simpsons, Family Guy, Spin City, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the A-Team
Favorite movies? Die Hard, Grandmas Boy, Weird Science, Star Wars
Favorite actor? Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Harrison Ford
Favorite actress? Iíve got this thing for Gina Gershon
What sports do you like to watch? Wrestling and Hockey
What sports do you like to play? Wii Sports
What hobbies do you have? collecting Simpsons toys and Clint Eastwood movies
What do you do in your spare time? I have no spare time
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? crazy as it sounds but Iím a manager again!
Who have been your biggest inspirations? Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and my father
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? To one day strap that ECWA Heavyweight title around the waist of anyone I am managing.....and maybe make the PWI 500 (it could happen!)