Chasyn Rance Interview
First, I just wanted to thank you for having me on your Q&A and to all the fans that read the site. For those who don't know me, this Q&A should help but you can also visit my website at http://www.chasynrance.com/. On to the questions.
1. When did you know you wanted to go in to wrestling?
I was lucky to have family in the business when I was young. My cousin, Howard Rapp, was a silent partner for a couple of independent promotions in New York. I vaguely remember my first independent event, but I know I was two at the time. I really started watching it around 92-93. I had already been in Shaolin Kempo Karate since I was 7, and thought I'd be able to work hard and eventually try to become a professional wrestler. I always knew I never wanted a desk job and do something that made me stand out more. Wrestling was perfect.
2. Did you get support from your friends and family?
My family thought it was a phase and all but a few of my friends didn't take me serious when I started. My family would go to my matches to support me even though they hated me doing it. My friends would come out sometimes. Usually, it'd be which ever girlfriend I was with at the time and then some our friends at my matches supporting me. It's always nice to have support of friends as well as fans I've wrestled in front of before that continue to support me. I always appreciate that.
3. What kind of training did you have?
I had a lot of training. I was always trying to better myself. Starting with 13 years of martial arts. Then training under Rusty Brooks starting at the age of 15. Other assistant trainers that helped in my training consisted of Rocky Johnson [ed note: Rocky Johnson is the father of WWE superstar The Rock], The Warlord, Billy Fives, and quite a few more. Last summer, I was invited to the Antonio Inoki Dojo in Los Angeles, CA to train which was some of the hardest workouts I've ever had. I was an assistant for "Dr. Death" Steve Williams for a three hour semenar. He worked with me a bit there. Also, this summer, I spend two and half months living and training with Teddy Hart in Calgary, Alberta where I was the last new student in the Dungeon before it was sold. It was a crazy and long summer. I can only talk so much about it, but I wrote a few entries on my forum that you can check out at my website.
4. How long have you been wrestling for?
It's been almost 6 years now. That's kind of crazy. I never really looked at it but it's been a while, and I'm only 21. I guess that's what happens when you start training at 15.
5. What wrestling leagues have you wrestled for?
I always laugh when I get this question. I have wrestled for about 40 different wrestling promotions in a few different states and in Canada. I also have a few events coming up with other promotions in NJ, NC, NY, GA, MD, PA, and DC. A bit of a busy schedule that I am looking forward to it. Back to the question, under my results on my website, it has a complete list of every promotion I have wrestled for.
6. Have you held any titles with the leagues you have wrestled for? If so what ones?
My first title reign last all of 1 day. I won the FOW International Heavyweight Championship from Fabulous Frank who was substituting for Billy Fives. It was realized that Frank never had the right to defend the title, so I was stripped the next day. After that, I kind of started a collection of junior heavyweight championships. I picked up the SCW Southern Cruiserweight Championship (x2), the NNW Featherweight Championship (x2), the FSPW Cruiserweight Championship (recently stripped while in Calgary), the SECW Light Heavyweight Championship (current), the CCW Cruiserweight Championship, and the USCW Cruiserweight Championship (current). I also picked up the FSPW Hardcore Championship for a total of a minute but everyone knows how those hardcore titles work.
7. Have you sustained any injuries? If so what were they? What did you feel was the worst?
I've had a few concussions. I fractured both of my feet in my third match. That wasn't too much fun. I was 16 and was supposed to go to one of those sleep away camps for a week where it's all high school students and all you do there is, well, you know what goes on there. I couldn't walk but of course, I still went. I was in so much pain that I was flown home a few days later to go to the hospital. That wasn't the bad compaired to getting 11 staples in my head and a concussion that gave me temporary amnesia. The amnesia was probably the worst. I broke up with my girlfriend two days before it happened but when she came to visit me at the hospital, she forgot to tell me. Thankfully, I was informed within the week and started to get my memory back.
8. Who is the person that you really look up to?
I always have a hard time answering this question, and I don't think I ever have. I guess the best answer I can give to this question is that there are many people I look up to for different reasons.
9. Who has been your greatest opponent so far?
As in wrestling a big star? It's between a couple of my trainers like The Warlord and Teddy Hart, and a 40 minutes match I had with Hector Guerrero where I successfully defended one of my junior heavyweight titles.
10. How do you feel about you upcoming match on TNA Impact?
I'm really looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity that Bill Berhens is giving me. He's a great guy. I'm also working this Saturday for his NWA-Wildside promotion in the first Wildside Super Indy Challenge tournament. Ron Niemi helped a lot with getting me the match for NWA-TNA. He's been a big support that I truly appreciate. I'm in the best shape of my life right now so hopefully I'll impress a few people in the back and everyone in the crowd.
11. Do you know who you will be wrestling in your Impact match?
I have no idea what-so-ever. I've been talking to my personal advisor, Mister Saint Laurent, about it. Wondering who would be the best for my to wrestle on the taping. I'm not even sure if I am in a television match or a dark match. I guess I'll find out when I am there.
12. What do you hope for in your wrestling future?
I hope to turn more people on to wrestling and just try to make the sport better. Personally, I want to be surrounded by my friends in the business and make sure that they and myself make money in it. Eventually retire at a young age, help more people get in who deserve to be in wrestling, and be happy with my friends, family, and start a family with whomever that special person may be.
Looks like those are all the questions. If there are any other questions that fans may have, they can always e-mail me at Chasyn@chasynrance.com. Hope you guys enjoyed the Q&A, and thank you for having me. I hope I hear a lot of you when I come out for my debut with NWA-TNA. See you guys there.