Professional wrestler Mr. USA has been in the sport for the past eight years. On May 19th, he won the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title when he defeated Arrick Andrews by pinfall in their match in Franklin, Kentucky. Wrestleville had a chance to talk to Mr. USA about his big win, his opponent, and what he expects in the future.
Q: What does it mean for you to be the new NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion?
A: It means the world to me as far as the wrestling business is concerned. Everybody who ever laces up a pair of boots dreams of being a World’s Heavyweight Champion and that dream was achieved Friday night. I had asked the referee if that was a three count and he then handed me the belt. At that moment it became very real.
Q: After the match, you were met by some of your fellow wrestlers in the ring. Who all came out to support you and what did that mean to you?
A: It brought tears to my eyes because I love each and every one of those guys that came out to meet me in the ring that night. Former National Champion Damien Wayne came out to see me. Former NWA World Champion Rob Conway was there in addition to my trainer Chris Michaels. Those three names alone mean so much to the pro wrestling industry and they each have done so much all over the country. They have worked all the major promotions and all have been former champions in some capacity. Promoter Tim Thomason and up-and-coming wrestler Sean Hurley were there as well. It meant a lot. My wife, kids, and mother were in attendance, so it was very special and very surreal.
Q: What does it mean to you when you think about the wrestlers that have held that belt before you?
A: When you look at the history of that belt, it has been around for years. After the match, Rob Conway hugged me and said that my name was now in the record books. That is something that can’t be taken away from me. My name cannot be erased.
Q: What kind of an opponent and what kind of champion was Arrick Andrews.
A: He is very tough. He trains in Jui-Jitsu and other Mix Martial Arts, so Arrick is a very tough individual inside and outside of the ring. He is a great competitor and he has been around for a long time. He has done so much for the sport of wrestling that he has fans everywhere he goes. Even though he is somewhat of a bad guy, he still gets a lot of cheers from the crowd and I credit that to his in-ring ability and the respect he shows the fans. I think he is a great guy, but he just takes a lot of shortcuts nowadays.
Q: Is it true that if you didn’t defeat Arrick this time, that you would never get a shot at that belt again?
A: Yes sir. That was what I was told. If I was not to win on Friday night, I would not get another shot at his belt.
Q: Who told you that?
A: I got a text message from Tim Thomason, the promoter of NWA New South and SAW Promotions. If I was unable to pin Arrick Andrews in that match, I would not get another shot at it. I wasn’t told why. I can only speculate that I had already had three chances to win the belt previously. I had to get the job done and I totally understood that.
Q: Do you think that Andrews will be receiving a rematch soon from you?
A: I will give him a rematch for sure. He didn’t want to give me another shot at the belt, but they made him. So I will give him a shot at it. I don’t want to be one of these champions that don’t defend his championship. I will defend my belt against anybody, anywhere. When it is time for Arrick to get his rematch, I will be there anytime and any place
Q: Now that you are champion, do you expect there to be more pressure on you, and will your competition be tougher?
A: It feels like the pressure is already on. As world champion, you feel like are you going to be able to live up to this, are you good enough? Once you get there, are you going to be able to stay there? The competition is so brutal. Arrick has taken that title everywhere and I think about living up to those standards and wanting to take it further. It is a challenge that I welcome and I am excited to see what I can do with it.
Q: Do you feel by achieving this accomplishment you have secured a place for your name in wrestling history?
A: By winning the championship from Arrick Andrews, my name will be in the record books for good. I will also be recognized for taking the belt off of Arrick Andrews, he is no slouch. He has also held the NWA National Title.
Q: When it is all said and done, how do you want to be remembered, and what do you want your legacy in wrestling to be?
A: I’d like to be known as somebody that didn’t take any crap. That I worked hard, and I fought anybody anywhere. I hope they remember me as being a fighting champion.
Q: Why do you wear a mask?
A: I have been a wrestling fan since I was a kid. I have always wanted to be a wrestler. The very first time I wrestled, I didn’t were a mask and I was scared to death. I had no personality at all. Someone suggested that I try wearing a mask. As a result, I was able to create a different personality because people didn’t know it’s me under the mask. I tried it and the fans seemed to love it. It’s not very common to see a masked wrestler on the independent scene anymore.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MR. USA
Favorite wrestler: Ric Flair
Career Highlight: Wrestled Jerry Lawler
Favorite bands: Sawyer Brown and Ac-Dc.
Favorite sports team : Chicago Cubs
Hobbies: Fishing, boating and shooting guns
Dog person or cat person: Neither
State you never been to: California