Indy Focus: Joey Eastman
Weight: 170 lbs
Hometown: Nashua, NH
Trained by: Carmine Despirito and Ed Chuman
Years as a Pro: 8
Promotions: NWA, Shimmer, AAW, GLCW. In the past I’ve worked for ROH, Chikara, IWA MidSouth, Elite, Blitz, MAW, Poww, UWD, and any other arrangement of 3 letters that decide to put a wrestling ring in a VFW and pass themselves off as legit
Q: When did you become a wrestling fan and how?
JE: 1985 when I saw Mr. T along side Hulk Hogan. I was an A-Team fan and it was a natural marriage between A-Team and WWF for me.
Q: Where did you grow up?
JE: New Bedford, MA.
Q: Who were your favorites growing up?
JE: I loved Iron Sheik, Randy Savage, Honky Tonk Man and Akeem.
Q: Did you attend wrestling shows when you were a kid?
JE: I once saw Afa puke in a match once when The Junkyard Dog hit him in the gut.
Q: What is your favorite wrestling match?
JE: Paul E. Dangerously vs. Jim Cornette Tuxedo Match.
Q: What is your favorite event?
JE: WrestleMania 9 (No really, I freaking love that show)
Q: First impressions when you first entered the business?
JE: Axe Body spray gives me a headache.
Q: How has life been on the Independent Scene?
JE: It’s a roller coaster. Sometimes I love the indys, and other times I loathe it. I walk into some shows and I know that it is going to be a fun night. Other nights I walk in and I can’t even watch a match because they are so terrible.
Q: Who are some of the notable names you have had the chance to work with?
JE: I only drop names in large gatherings of people I feel inadequate around in hopes of making myself feel better.
Q: Why do you feel we don’t see many managers anymore as it relates to the national promotions?
JE: Because all a manager is on the indy scene are friends of promoters or guys that steal heat. Why would Vice want to spend money training people that don’t belong. I am not athletic, I shouldn’t be there. If Vice wanted a manager, he would sign them.
Q: Being a manager you see a lot of matches. Who are some of the workers on the independents that fans need to look out for?
JE: Silas Young, Keith Walker, Jay Bradley. They are the best things going right now. Don’t believe me about Silas, check out his matches from the last 3 months at AAW. Another guy is Antonio Thomas. His work ethic is better than anyone and there is a reason he is in Japan right now
Q: In your opinion who is the most under-rated wrestler working the indys today?
JE: It’s a 3 way toss up between Shane Sharpe, Billy King, and Marshall McNeil
Q: I understand that you are heavily involved with the Iron Girls promotion in New Hampshire. What can you tell us about it?
JE: They book girls to do wrestling.
Q: Do you think women’s wrestling will ever be taken as seriously?
JE: It depends. If it is done right, yup. For every Sarah Del Rey there are 15 girls that wear skimpy clothes and pretend to be a wrestler. It gives it no credibility when the girls on indy shows suck. People will never take it seriously if the girls don’t take it seriously. It’s the same thing with guys though, if not worse. How many times have people been to an indy show and said that these guys don’t belong in a ring. You have guys that are horrendous and have never done anything training other guys. It’s sad, 25 years ago I would not have been allowed in the business, let alone 85% of guys on the indies. I work really hard to get my name out there and learn the business. Most guys just show up like they have just got up off the couch and It’s sad. As a manager, when I manage or manage against a guy that is smaller than me, it’s just sad.
Q: Do you believe kayfabe is dead?
JE: Nope. I don’t know what that means
Q: Any TV/Media appearances:
JE: To Catch a Predator, Lock-up Extended stay. I also did ROH TV
Q: What are your future plans?
JE: Hopefully I can quit the business soon and take all of my savings from wrestling and invest in a 12 pack of sprite and a pack of cigarettes.
Q: Where and when can we see you next?
JE: Shimmer on Sept 11th & 12th in Berwyn IL. AAW Sept 24th in Chicago and I will be headlining Wrestlemania 54 in Baton Rouge opposite Justin Beiber. Kayfabe that.
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