A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
by Josh Martin
Every decade the ECWA produces a "bigger than life" character that captures the hearts and minds of the kids that attend the events. In the 80's it was SWEET CHOCOLATE THUNDER. In the 90's it was BOOGIE WOOGIE BROWN. Now in 2005, the 6' 7" giant MEGA, fills that position on the roster. Tipping the scales at nearly 400 pounds, this giant of a man has rapidly become one of the most popular wrestlers ever to step foot in an ECWA ring.
He began his tenure in the ECWA as an enforcer for the evil "Royal Decision" group. Over a period of time MEGA would heed the call of the fans and he has now become a fan favorite, especially with the kids.
This big man rocks the arena whenever he appears and recently I had time to pose several questions to ECWA's giant superstar. I hope you enjoy.
Ring Name? MEGA
Height? 6' 7"
Weight? 400 lbs.
Character hails from? Wilson, NC
Birthdate? February 16
Years Pro? 5
Trained by? Mikey Whipwreck
Where did you train? HWA (Long Island, NY)
Style of wrestling? Traditional
Favorite moves? Belly-to-Belly Suplex, Leg Drop
Finishing moves? Chokeslam, Big Splash
Notable ECWA feuds? vs. SAT & Amazing Red, vs. Prince Nana, vs. Kodiak Bear
Favorite ECWA opponents? Prince Nana and Cheetah Master
How long have you been in wrestling? I started my training on January 2, 2000 and haven't left the business since.
What made you want to get into wrestling? Like most of us, I loved wrestling when I was a kid. I was a HUGE fan of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling. I watched wrestling every Saturday and wanted to be a wrestler when I grew up.
When did you join the ECWA? I made my debut for the ECWA in November of 2002 and I've enjoyed being here ever since.
How did you joining the ECWA come about? My former friend and employer Prince Nana was looking for someone to come in and help him get rid of Cheetah Master, the SAT and Amazing Red. I was more than happy to come in and show everyone in the ECWA what the Royal Beast Mega was all about.
What do you like about the ECWA? Two things stand out above all else. First and foremost, I love working for Jim. I've learned and continue to learn so much from him it's ridiculous. Secondly, I love the locker room. There are no egos, everyone respects one another and most importantly everyone has fun!
What do you think about the ECWA fans? The ECWA fans are the most passionate fans this side of the Ghanian River. I used to hate them and ignore them, but ever since I saw the light, they've been nothing but tremendous and are always behind me 110%. I can't say enough about the great people of Delaware.
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Two of my favorite moments have to be; one, my debut in November of 2002, where I took out the SAT and Amazing Red and went on to wrestle them later that evening. My other favorite moment was pinning Prince Nana in a Loser-Leaves the ECWA for 90 days match. Hearing the crowd chant "hey hey goodbye" to Nana was music to my ears!
How did the Mega character come about? We needed someone to cater to the kids and bring a fun element to the shows. Someone who the kids and young adults could relate to and have fun with. Kevin Kelly originally thought that I could fill such a position and Jim approached me about filling that need and I was more than happy to take on the role.
What is the Mega character all about? Simply put, Superman meets Fat Albert! Mega is someone who the fans can trust; get behind; count on and most of all believe in!
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? I think it's safe to say that a lot of people don't watch wrestling on Mondays and Thursdays they way they used to. That's primarily due to the lack of competition the WWE has right now. Fans have no choice but to watch WWE if they want to see wrestling on tv. Since WCW and ECW went out of business, the WWE is being forced down people's throats. Due to that fact, every Raw and Smackdown has to be 4 star quality. If not, the people will be bored and not watch. Let's hope TNA gets a national cable tv deal and stays in business for long time. However, because of the lack of competition on a national level, business on the independent scene has been picking up for awhile now and attendance will continue to rise in the next couple of years. Right now fans are looking at independent wrestling as their alternative.
Favorite Food? Italian and Chinese
Favorite music? Hip-Hop and R&B
Favorite band/artist? EPMD, KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest and the Temptations
Favorite color? Blue
Favorite sports team? Atlanta Braves
Favorite athlete? Muhammad Ali and Hank Aaron
Favorite wrestlers? Sting (blond hair), the Road Warriors and Ric Flair
Favorite TV shows? MLB, NFL & NBA. I'm a sports nut.
Favorite movies? Crimson Tide, Glory, Star Trek 2
Favorite actor? Denzel Washington
Favorite actress? Angela Bassett
What sports do you like to watch? baseball, basketball and football
What sports do you like to play? baseball, basketball and football
What hobbies do you have? I collect sports memorabilia
What do you do in your spare time? Go to the movies, watch wrestling tapes/DVDs and sleep! lol
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? Marketing
Who have been your biggest inspirations? My father, far and above anyone else in or out of the business.
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? Of course professionally, I would love to be a WWE Superstar. Personally, I want to live a long, healthy and comfortable life.