Choo-Choo! The last words an opposing wrestler will hear before Freight Train crashes into his body resting in the corner of the ring.
The wrestler who stands six and a half feet tall and well over 300 pounds has made a name for himself on the independent wrestling scene.
For the past 20 years, Charles Stevenson has worked on the independent wrestling circuit throughout North Carolina and the surrounding states on the east coast. Wrestling was a dream that was planted in Charles when he was just a small child.
“I started watching wrestling with my Daddy when I was five years old. I remember him taking me to my first show in Charlotte to see the wrestlers in the National Wrestling Alliance,” Charles said. “I have always found wrestling entertaining and I like the fact that it goes on all year long and doesn’t take a break.”
Since breaking into the business of professional wrestling in 2001, Charles has made his presence known. Promotions such as Championship Wrestling Alliance, Carolina Championship Wrestling, and $5 Wrestling have booked him for their events.
When it is time for action, Charles comes through the curtain and instantly he becomes Freight Train. With the sound of his signature Choo-Choo coming from his own voice, fans in the crowd cheer with anticipation for his upcoming performance.
“Over the years, I have learned how to engage with my fans and keep them interested in my match,” said Charles. “I have created a following and I know how to put people in chairs.”
Though Charles has not had a chance to wrestle with large known wrestling companies, he has had a chance to wrestle against big-name stars. He has had the good fortune to step into the ring with the Goon, Steve Corino, Scott Steiner, and Eugene.
It was in 2012 when $5 Wrestling pitted Freight Train and Eugene against each other. The match was not only memorable for Charles; it was a huge success for the wrestling company too.
“I had to wait almost 12 years into my career before I wrestled someone with some kind of name recognition,” Charles said. “I know our match together had 15,000 views, possibly even way more than that.”
The independent wrestling scene isn’t just beneficial for the wrestlers to get their in-ring experience; it also allows fans to see quality wrestling at an affordable price.
Like any other wrestler, Freight Train has always had aspirations of wrestling for the WWE. In the meantime, he will continue entertaining fans on a much smaller scale and filling up the bleachers in the gymnasiums.
“Being a part of professional wrestling makes me proud,” Charles said. “I hope to be doing it for another 15 years,”
This interview was conducted in March of 2020