Bodybuilder turned wrestler, Josh Lewis has been wrestling professionally only since 2015. In that short time, he has accomplished so much. On May 27th, Lewis defeated Rob Conway in Madison, Indiana to regain the NWA United States Championship, a title he lost to Conway just 15 days prior. This is the third time Lewis has held the belt and he is currently ranked number nine in the NWA ratings. I had a chance to talk to Lewis the day after his win.
Q: What does it mean to you to be the NWA United States Champion?
A: It means absolutely everything to me to have that title. To me, any title in the National Wrestling Alliance is huge. Even though it might not be the same U.S. title that Dusty Rhodes and Lex Lugar had held, it is still a version of it and it’s important to me.
Q: What kind of an opponent was Rob Conway in your rematch?
A: Rob Conway is one of the best wrestlers in the business. He is a former NWA World Champion and a former WWE Tag Team Champion. He has even wrestled in Japan. He has done just everything there is to do in wrestling and he has been very successful. To win the title is huge, but to win it from the Ironman Rob Conway is really huge.
Q: Does that add to your confidence that you have beaten a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion?
A: Absolutely. Rob is such a famous person in the wrestling world and his name alone can draw so many people. For him to respect me enough to give me the rematch and to win the title from him is the highlight of my career so far.
Q: What do you hope this victory says about you and where you are in your career?
A: I hope the promoters and my fellow wrestlers see that I am here to stay. I want to be known as an NWA guy, especially with all the news and excitement about the company recently being sold. I’m sure that by Billy Corgan buying the NWA, he plans to do something with it and hopefully one day we can get back on T.V. There is so much prestige with someone being an NWA champion. At least in my eyes being someone who grew up watching it. I was so excited last night and my adrenaline was pumping so fast I could hardly go to sleep.
Q: Do you think this win says that you are ready for a shot at the NWA National, the North American, or the World title?
A: Yes. I have had a couple of shots against Greg Anthony for the National Title, but I came up short. With me moving along in my wrestling career, I feel like I am getting better and better with my skills since those opportunities. Hopefully, this win will put me in line for another shot down the road for those big titles.
Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: I want to continue to progress in the NWA and I am sure I will be having some rematches against Rob for the title. Hopefully, those go well, and I plan to take one match at a time.
Q: By holding this championship, do you think you will be fighting the best of the best in wrestling and do you expect the competition to get tougher?
A: As far Rob Conway goes, I feel like I am working against one of the best guys out there. As my career continues, I hope to have a shot at the NWA World title. The same title that Ric Flair, Harley Race, Gene Kiniski and Lou Thesz has held.
Q: How do you think your career in bodybuilding has prepared you for wrestling?
A: I think it has made me very marketable. Anywhere I go, I can come out of that curtain and fans might not know who I am. They see me as a star because I look like a star. A lot of guys in the sport today don’t look the part anymore. As a young child, I wanted to look like Lex Lugar, Sting, and The Ultimate Warrior. I have a similar look to those guys now and I can say that my career in bodybuilding has made me physically stronger than 99 percent of the guys out there. If you are not familiar with Big Time Josh Lewis, who does look marketable, you’re thinking this guy is really somebody.
Q: How and why do you think your career in bodybuilding has given you a strength advantage?
A: I’m a 500-pound bench presser and I spent years and years developing my body and being on my diet. Working at being the best at competitions has helped me gain a certain look and it has helped me with my overall confidence. Not just in wrestling, but at everything I do in life.
Q: When your career is over, what would you like your legacy in wrestling to be?
A: I would like to be the NWA World Champion one day. You never know if that will happen, but I am an individual who sets my goals high. That would be the ultimate goal.
FUN FACTS ABOUT JOSH LEWIS
Favorite wrestler: Lex Lugar
Career highlights: Defeating Rob Conway for the NWA U.S. Title on May 27, 2017.
Favorite band: Matchbox 20
Favorite sports team: Indianapolis Colts.
Hobbies: Spending time with my son, lifting weights and shooting guns.
Dog person or cat person: Dog person
A state I have never been to: Utah
Favorite food: Steak
A movie I have seen more than five times: Scarface and Goodfellas
To find out more about Josh Lewis and his accomplishments in weightlifting go to his Wikapedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Lewis_(wrestler)