It's been a long time since I did an interview with a pro wrestler. So when given the opportunity, I couldn't pass up the chance to ask local Florida wrestler AfroBoy a few questions.
AfroBoy has always been a favorite of mine, a good wrestler and a good guy with a great hair do. Unfortunately, he has been sidelined for the last few months. But despite not being in the ring, he still goes to the shows and makes his presence known to the fans.
So without further ado ...
Jordi: You've been out for a while. What happened?
AfroBoy: Well J, I had what I thought was a minor accident. Turned out that I fractured both my leg and ankle.
J: What have done to get ready to return to the ring?
AB: I had to have surgery on the ankle which lengthened my return date. Been going through the recommended rehab.
J: When can fans expect to see you back in action?
AB: I am confident that the fans will see me back in the ring sooner than later. As for now, I am remaining present in the commentary department of WXW.
J: So how did AfroBoy end up in the Florida wrestling scene? Did you train here in FL?
AB: Yes I did train in Florida at the now defunct FXE Academy. I received training from several professionals of the sport. It assisted in producing some wrestlers making waves: Simon Sez, Mike Cruz, Bobby Fonta, and Da Biff.
(Ed note: watch AfroBoy and Da Biff take on Simon Sez and fellow local grappler Gus Money here.)
J: What would you say has been your best match?
AB: I do not know if it was my best, but a good one. My favorite match was against the British Lions. I had the privilege of tagging with Scotty 2 Hotty. It was the first time I got to main event a program.
J: What wrestlers did you admire growing up?
AB: I was a big fan of Superfly Jimmy Snuka and Flyin' Brian Pillman. I enjoyed Macho Man, Mr Perfect, and Rick Rude. All were amazing in my eyes.
J: Who are your professional idols? What wrestlers do you look up to now?
AB: Dwayne Johnson is someone I look up to. While many question why he won't return to the ring, I admire that he was able to walk away. His in ring work led him to another path which has been just as successful and more power to the man. I also admire Randy Orton. Another 3rd generation superstar who has been able to carve his own niche. Bound to be around for many years to come.
J: Let's talk about the 'fro. How long have you had it? Did you grow it just for wrestling?
AB: The 'Fro has been on for almost four years now. June will make 3 yrs for me as a pro wrestler. I grew up watching my favorite wrestlers all with long hair. So I figured I would let mine grow out as well. Only problem is that my hair doesn't just lay down and look fabulous. I pick it out and make it look 'FroLicious!!!
J: How do you maintain and take care of the 'fro?
AB: I do keep the 'Fro trimmed up. Once a month, I go see my lady at the salon and make sure it is touched up. Add a bit of sheen on the night of a match and Damm, that boy is fly!
J: What message do you want to send to your fans?
AB: Thank you for all the support up to this point. Many may say it, but I believe it... 2010 is going to be a big year for your friendly neighborhood AfroBoy and the Afro-Squad. Keep it Pimpin' ! ! !