A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
by Josh Martin
Like no other star in the history of the ECWA program, this young man nagged, persevered and persisted until he was finally hired by ECWA officials. Robere' Shields came to a show late last year just to hang out and the rest is history, although it took him a long time to officially get hired. He helped on the ring crew, acted as a photographer, and did anything to get noticed by the brass in the ECWA. He was given several matches with the stipulation that if he won, he would automatically get hired full time on the roster. He was so desperate, he hired long time ECWA veteran, Mr. Ooh La La, to serve as a mentor to him. He figured that if he could get a veteran to help him, he would be a shoe in for full time employment on the roster. While quite talented in the wrestling department, one has to wonder how talented Shields is, in the brains department. While never winning a match under the guidance of Ooh La La, the young man known as Robere' Shields did prove to be quite entertaining in the ring. He was also smart enough to lobby the ECWA during the recent Brand Draft to work himself into a position of full time employment on the roster. Win, lose or draw, Robere' Shields, is fun and quite entertaining to watch in the squared circle. This young man, who now resides in Paris, France, just may have a bright future in the ECWA, only time will tell. I had an opportunity to pose questions to this newest member of the roster. I hope you enjoy.
Ring Name? Robere' Shields
Height? 5' 10"
Weight? 182 lbs
Character hails from? Paris, France
Birthdate? (month & day) November 26
Years Pro? 5
Trained by? HC Loc and the Ring Crew Express
Where did you train? Rochester, NY at a school called Suplex U.
Style of wrestling? light-heavyweight/cruiser weight style
Favorite moves? Whatever one helps me win or doing a nice slow rotating moonsault, it feels like you're flying
Finishing moves? 450 splash sometimes
Notable ECWA feuds? The only guy I've feuded with so far a bit is The Guy with Red Hair
Favorite ECWA opponents? The Guy with Red Hair
How long have you been in wrestling? 6 years. I trained for a year before I debuted
What made you want to get into wrestling? I've been a wrestling fan all my life. And taking the next step of being a fan is doing it.
When did you join the ECWA? December '06
How did you joining the ECWA come about? I realized I needed to move up in my career onto bigger and better things. So I went to a show and helped out. I gave the officials at ECWA a tape and I received a call for the December date.
What do you like about the ECWA? I love the fact everyone is there to help each other. The fans really feel appreciative of what we do. And it's just an all round good atmosphere.
What do you think about the ECWA fans? Other than the fact they're Americans. I think they are some of the better fans around.
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Debuting.
What is the Robere' Shields character all about and how did you develop it? Robere' Shields is just trying to find a way to make an impact but is doing so by following whoever will lead him.
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? It needs competition. You can only be #1 if there's a #2. The competition is also good for the wrestlers to be able to make money and have choices and all. It's also in the wake of all the things hitting the WWE in my mind will open the doors for newer upcoming guys.
Favorite Food? Anything grilled
Favorite music? Rock, rap, pop, really whatever my mood is
Favorite band/artist? I've really been digging Dimmu Borgir lately
Favorite color? Red
Favorite sports team? Any of them from Philadelphia
Favorite athlete? Hulk Hogan
Favorite wrestlers? Hulk Hogan, Hiro Matsuda
Favorite TV shows? RAW, ECW, The Ultimate Fighter, Desperate Housewives
Favorite movies? Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Hackers, The Transformers Movie (both 2007 and 1986 version), Aladdin, Beyond the Mat
Favorite actor? I don't really have a favorite
Favorite actress? I don't really have a favorite actress either
What sports do you like to watch? Sometimes hockey or baseball.
What sports do you like to play? I like playing pretty much any
What hobbies do you have? Work out is my only real hobby right now
What do you do in your spare time? Go to the gym, watch tapes, or jibber jabber online with friends
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? I'm an IT manager for an international nonprofit
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? My biggest goal professionally with wrestling is to get 1 match for the WWE at least. That way I can kind of stick it back to all the doubters and people who laughed at the idea of wrestling. Personally, I just want to be happy and have fun with whatever I'm doing. Life is too short to not have fun or enjoy yourself.