A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
by Josh Martin
The ECWA Heavyweight Championship has been held by many superstars during the past 38 years. Perhaps one of the most personable, hard working champions ever to wear the title around his waist is the current champion, Scotty Charisma. He won the championship on February 12, 2005 and has defended against all worthy challengers since then.
Scotty has all the attributes that make a great champion. He is a terrific wrestler, personable fan favorite, and a great role model who has a million dollar body and smile to match.
I recently had an opportunity to pose some questions to the current champion and I am pleased to present an in-depth look at Scotty Charisma, the ECWA Heavyweight Champion.
Ring Name? Scotty Charisma
Height? 6' 0"
Weight? 205 lb.
Character hails from? New York City, New York
Birthdate? (month & day) August 8th
Years Pro? 4 and 1/2
Trained by? Gino Caruso, Nunzio, Jason Knight
Where did you train? East Coast Professional Wrestling School in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, and Jason Knight's House of Dojo in Waterbury, CT.
Style of wrestling? I enjoy all types of styles and try to mesh many different ones together. I think one of the keys to anyone's success is to be able to adapt to wrestling different types of opponents. In the ECWA, I have had to face many different styles of wrestlers ranging from John Walters, to Arch Kincaid to Mr. Ohh La La to the 400 lb. Kodiak Bear.
Favorite moves? Six Pack Corner Ab-Splash, Swinging Neck Breaker, Flying Hurricane Clothesline, Snap Suplex / DDT Combination
Finishing moves? Top Rope High Cross Body Block, Boston Crab, Fisherman's Suplex
Notable ECWA feuds? The only name that comes to mind has been this character Vic D. Vine. For 5 months I have been waiting to get my hands on this individual. On September 24th, I promise the fans of ECWA that this person will pay for his cowardly attack on me after my match with Arch Kincaid and for his destruction of my championship bodybuilding trophy. (this interview was conducted before Sept 24)
Favorite ECWA opponents? I really loved wrestling John Walters and Andre Lyons. John is a very technical wrestler and Andre is more of the fast paced, cruiserweight style. I enjoy wrestling both of these styles very much and both of these opponents are two of the best at what they do.
How long have you been in wrestling? I started training at the ECPW school on March 17th, 2001, and I had my first match on June 9th, 2001 against "Mr. Italy" Gino Caruso.
What made you want to get into wrestling? I originally started watching wrestling as a young boy in the 1980's. I was a big fan of the WWF and the Georgia Championship Wrestling circuit that used to air on Ted Turner's TBS station. I have many fond memories of going to Madison Square Garden with my father to see Jimmy Snuka, Andre the Giant, and Rocky Johnson. I also remember going with my father on several occasions to WWF fundraising shows at local high schools in my area. Throughout most of my college years I didn't watch wrestling that much only occasionally. It wasn't until the late 1990's that I started watching again as I began to follow the career of my good friend James Maritato, who at the time was wrestling as Little Guido in the ECW. Many people might recognize him today as the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Nunzio.
As far as my involvement in professional wrestling, it was through bodybuilding that originally connected me to the sport. Many people don't realize this but I have competed in 13 amateur bodybuilding competitions in my lifetime. Whenever James (Nunzio) and I would converse about wrestling he always asked me, "Why don't you give it a shot yourself?" He felt that I had the "look" due to my bodybuilding background, and combined with the fact that I was decent athlete having played college basketball at Western Connecticut State University, that I would do pretty well as a professional wrestler. So in March of 2001, I decided to give it a shot. James took me down to sign up at Gino Caruso's East Coast Professional Wrestling School and I have been training there ever since. From the moment I first stepped into the ring, I have enjoyed every minute, and have never looked back.
When did you join the ECWA? I joined the ECWA on August 13th, 2004
How did you joining the ECWA come about? After several lengthy conversations with ECWA promoter I was invited to take part in the ECWA / Chaotic Wrestling Camp in North Andover, Massachusetts on August 13th and 14th of 2004. After that camp I was booked to wrestle on the next ECWA show in Newark, Delaware, on September 18th against Handsome Johnny.
What do you like about the ECWA? ECWA is clearly the best independent promotion around. There is no other organization that can come close to matching the professionalism, the class or the nurturing environment that Jim Kettner has created in his promotion. Not to mention the fact that the locker room is like a family of wonderful individuals and the fan base is a terrific group of people that I look forward to chatting with after the shows.
What do you think about the ECWA fans? As I just mentioned, I think they are the most loyal, knowledgeable, and respectful crowd around. I look forward to meeting up with the fans after the shows and discussing wrestling or the Yankees or life in New York or just about anything they want to talk about. I also enjoy the many emails I receive from the ECWA fans that want to correspond with me online.
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Without question, the pinnacle moment of my career to this point has been winning the ECWA Heavyweight Title on February 12, 2005 from John Walters. Words will never be able to describe the shock and excitement that winning that match did for my career.
How did the Scotty Charisma character come about? I think its safe to say that the character Scotty Charisma is very similar to Scott Wright the person. For me, its easier to play yourself turned up a few notches then anything else.
What is the Scotty Charisma character all about? A friendly person with a lot of enthusiasm, energy and a positive outlook on life.
Favorite Food? Shrimp
Favorite music? Rock, Metal
Favorite band/artist? Metallica, Kiss, Poison
Favorite color? Orange
Favorite sports team? The New York Yankees
Favorite athlete? Mariano Rivera
Favorite wrestlers? Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerraro, Ric Flair
Favorite TV shows? 60 Minutes, CSI
Favorite movies? The Gladiator, The Fugitive, The Naked Gun, Dumb and Dumber
Favorite actor? Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford
Favorite actress? Pamela Anderson
What sports do you like to watch? Baseball, Football, Basketball
What sports do you like to play? Baseball, Football, Basketball, Bowling, Miniature Golf
What hobbies do you have? I love to work out in the gym. As you might know I am an amateur bodybuilder and really enjoy all the preparation that goes along with that. I am also the offensive coordinator for the Suffern High School Varsity Football Team. That obviously takes up a lot of my spare time as well. In my spare time I love to lie in bed and read historical types of books as I have a deep love for history. I also have had two beautiful little puppy dogs, Maggie and Sophia that I spend a lot of time with. Sadly, my little angel Sophia died suddenly at the age of 3 on August 18th. But I still have my Maggie and she is certainly milking all the attention.
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? I am currently a 7th Grade History Teacher at Suffern Middle School, in Suffern, New York. I also am the Offensive Coordinator for the Suffern High Varsity Football Team.
Who have been your biggest inspirations? My family members have been my biggest inspirations. My Mother and Father have played a tremendous role in shaping the type of human being that I am today. I was blessed to have such loving, hard working role models who gave me all the love a child could need. I am also lucky to have a brilliant nurturing older sister who earned her law degree from George Washington University and is currently a defense attorney for the CIA, and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. She taught me the secret to one's success in life lies in the determination of the individual. I also have a strong willed, vivacious 85 year old grandmother who still works 50 hours a week as a lunch lady in the cafeteria of a local Elementary School. It amazes me that a woman of her age can still work as hard as she does preparing the lunches for 500 some odd students each day.
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? I have many aspirations that I wish to achieve. In wrestling my goal is to become a full time wrestler with the WWE. I have gotten a taste of what it is like being there as an extra a few times and I dream of having a permanent spot. As a football coach at the school where I once played for my goal is also very lofty. I would love to win the New York State Championship for Suffern High School. That is something that we shoot for every year and definitely would be a dream come true. Someday I would also love to enter into a PHD program and earn a doctorate degree in history. In a very ironic twist of fate, back in 2000 I had applied to the City College of New York to enter into their doctoral program for American History. This was one of the universities that were within commuting distance that had an area of historical study that interested me. Unfortunately, I was rejected and did not get admitted into the program. As a result, I allowed James to convince me to enter a wrestling school instead. Talk about a fork in the road, somewhere in a parallel universe I am a college professor or historical author. Consequently, I am probably the only person that became a professional wrestler because they got rejected from a doctoral program!
These may all seem like very high goals, but believe it or not the one aspiration that I look forward to the most in this world is getting married and raising a family. I look forward to raising children and having a nice home. My goal here is simple, if I could be 1/2 the parent my Mother and Father was then I will be a great father.