DAVID BABYLON is a newcomer to IPW who has already made a huge impact in the Florida wrestling scene. Recently
he has had matches with the Florida Unified Cruiserweight champion NAPHTALI
and was readying for one with IPW World Champion ROD STEEL. Babylon was the 6-time Future Of Wrestling International Champion, but due to the folding
of FOW, the title appears to be retired. This is Mr. Babylons first interview to talk about something other then his unusual
hairstyle. It was conducted before IPWs March Badness show on March 14th.
Alan Wojcik: Was wrestling
apart of your childhood?
David Babylon: Growing up
in the New York/New Jersey area, I was always into the WWE. I was a fan of the Ultimate Warrior, Ricky Steamboat and Randy
AW: Who was your trainer
and what was involved in the classes?
DB: I was trained by Rusty
Brooks at his School of Hard Knocks. I had seen Billy Fives work for some FOW shows and that was the hook for me to begin
training. The classes were regimented. We did the basic drills more then other things. Rest of the time we did exercise drills
and the like to help us gain stamina, so we didnt blow up in the ring.
AW: Who was your first match
DB: It was against Charles
Anthony in FSCW. I remember being completely at ease in the ring after the opening spot. A lot of it was very quick, most
of the moves I did for the first time in that match. The crowd seemed to like it and it help set a tone to where I am today.
AW: Were you a heel or babyface?
DB: They told me I was a
face, but they wanted to see how the crowd reacted. I got a baby reaction for the first matches I worked.
AW: Right around you joining
FOW, you won their light-heavyweight title. What did that feel like?
DB: I got the belt before
I even worked for them. I beat Tommy Vandal for the belt on a non-FOW show two weeks before my FOW debut. It created lots
of heat before I ever debuted in FOW.
AW: One of the first challengers
to the title was Naphtali. Was his style unlike anyone you had seen?
DB: Naphtali is one of my
favorite opponents. He puts his body on the line along with another guy I like to work named Justice. Naphtalis style was a culture shock to me because he does more technical wrestling then the Southern style.
The Southern style is more storytelling than moves. The babyface getting some shine, then the heel gets his heat and then
the finish. Naphtali mixes Japanese with the Lucha Libre stuff and old-school. I was the first guy to tap out to his abdominal
AW: What was involved in
Kill the Man with the Belt matches?
DB: Kill the Man with the
Belt was (former FOW owner) Bobby Rogers way of tying to prove my light-heavyweight title reign was legitimate. He put me
in with every local light-heavyweight worker. It was a ten-minute time limit with whoever makes the last pinfall is the champion.
Several times I lost the belt but got it back before the time expired. Other times I was able to beat all of my opponents
before the time ran out.
AW: From there you won the
FOW International title in a magnificent seven match. Please explain the concept of the match.
DB: What happened was Bruno
Sassi held the FOW Heavyweight title as well as the International title. Well the FOW by-laws prohibit that, so they stripped
him of the belt. The match had seven men with the 3 FOW singles titles on the line. I got the pin on Chris Charger. I was
the long shot to win the belt but I came out on top.
AW: During that title reign
you worked former ECW and current XPW worker Danny Doring. Any comment on him?
DB: Danny is a funny guy
and a class act. He taught me that you dont have to every move in a match for it to be great. We did very few high spots and
the crowd loved it. I cant put him over enough.
AW: How did you join IPW
DB: A joint effort between
Naphtali and Billy Fives. Billy has tried to get me exposure wherever he is working. Ron Neimi had heard things from both
of them and Naphtali wanted to work with me again.
AW: Is there a difference
in ring styles between FOW and IPW Hardcore?
DB: Without a doubt. FOW
was the Southern style I mentioned. IPW is geared more towards athleticism. Theres a mix of styles here. Pureso, Lucha, Northeast
and other. I wouldnt say one group is better than the other.
AW: When you came here,
the feud with Naphtali started up again.
DB: I enjoy the competition
we have. Any move we can do to each other you will see us try to use in a match.
We go b#$%s to the wall every time out.
AW: Somehow you got stuck
with the moniker of rat magnet. Any comments on it?
DB: Everyone loves it. Two
guys named Eric and Kyle gave it to me. Then I was advertised by accident on an IPW TV show with that under my name. Im not
sure who to blame for it, but it got on the message boards. Somehow it stuck and the fans chant it.
AW: Along with that is a
rumored flirtation with (IPW manager) Vanessa Harding.
DB: That is unfounded rumors
and tomfoolery probably stated by Aaron Royal. (Aaron Royal walked by us when Babylon was talking
and made no comment.)
AW: How did you get involved
in the feud between everyone in IPW and the AOD?
DB: (Ousted AOD member)
Billy Fives. I run with Billy. He got tossed out by them for saving me from one of their beatings. Now I have been kind of dragged into it by defending Billy. Im by his side just like he was by mine.
AW: On a somber note, working
in FOW you got the chance to interact with the recently deceased (and FOW champion) Curt Hennig. Any memories on Curt?
DB: Just a real professional
guy. I got goosebumps just watching him walk to the ring. Sean Waltman (Syxx-Pac) was advertised to headline that show and
cancelled that night. Curt Hennig was a last minute replacement. About seven
of the boys in the back knew he was going to be on the show. When the Mr. Perfect
music hit, the memories of seeing him on TV when I grew up all came back to me.
AW: It has been publicized
on the internet that FOW owner Bobby Rogers ran into some legal problems. Can you make any comment on the apparent demise
DB: I know Bobby Rogers
was playing many people against each other. He was one of the greatest workers in Florida and it
caught up to him. FOW as the fans and workers know it is dead.
AW: Being you are close
to beginning your second year in the business, do you believe in the sophomore jinx?
DB: No way baby. First year
was just a warm up for me. I am not going to slow down and I will continue to
grow and learn things.
AW: Word association time.
IPW Owner Ron Neimi.
DB: Drunk bastard.
AW: Bobby Rogers.
DB: No comment.
AW: Billy Fives.
AW: The Vandalz.
DB: Sometimes friends, sometimes
DB: Amazing talent.
AW: Steve Madison.
DB: Huge upside.
AW: Fans of FOW.
DB: Loyal and will continue
to receive quality entertainment.
AW: Fans of IPW.
DB: The best fans. You have
to work harder for them than anywhere else in Florida.
AW: Alliance of Defiance.
DB: All major talents just
bad attitudes. That includes the other Strong Brother.
AW: Internet sites in wrestling.
DB: I grew up with the internet
covering wrestling, so I dont know any other ways to view it. The internet can only help the business.
AW: What do you hope the
future holds for David Babylon?
DB: Hopefully to be gainfully
employed in wrestling and be able to do only this for life.
Thanks to David Babylon for his time.