Indy Focus: Retro Rex Atkins

Jul 1, 2011 - by Atlee Greene

Indy Focus: Retro Rex Atkins

By Atlee Greene


– Retro Rex Atkins

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 255lbs

Age 23

Years as a Pro: 4

Hometown: Crystal Beach, Ontario

Finishing Maneuver: The Flashback Pile Driver

Trained by: Royce, Shawn Brown, and Nathan Brown

Promotions:  Buffalo Championship Wrestling, Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, Pure Wrestling Association Niagara, NWA Smoky Mountain


Q: When did you become a wrestling fan and how?

RR: I started watching wrestling as a kid with my older cousins. I can’t remember the year, but it was some time in the early 90’s. Hogan was running strong!


Q: Where did you grow up?

RR: Crystal Beach Ontario, a small town in Southern Ontario.


Q: Who were your favorites growing up?

RR: I mean, at first I just followed who my cousins liked. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon. When I got a little older and started getting online, I really enjoyed watching stuff with the Horsemen, Ronnie Garvin, Eddie Gilbert, Magnum TA, Steamboat, Ricky Mortin, Nick Bockwinkle. I could continue all day.


Q: Did you attend wrestling shows when you were a kid?

RR: I did. Mostly WWF in either Buffalo or Toronto.


Q: What is your favorite wrestling match

RR: Matches to me are like songs, all different and they all are difficult to compare. I mean, I love matches that have an emotional tie, that tell a story and keep the fans waiting to see the outcome. HBK/Flair is a great example of that. I also have a soft spot for tag wrestling, since I was once a tag teamer. I love anytime the bulldogs went with the Rougeau’s, or the Brainbusters went with the Rockers.


Q: What is your favorite event?

RR: Currently, there isn’t many events that appeal to me. I try to make sure I catch Mania, but more out of routine than interest.


Q: First impressions of the business when you were training?

RR: My first impression of the business…I can’t remember to be honest. I knew all I wanted to do was be on the road day in and day out. I just wanted to get out of my town, and travel, work and maybe make a little cash if I could.


Q: How has life been on the Independent Scene?

RR: My first couple years were rough. I barely worked anywhere and didn’t learn a whole lot. It wasn’t until I started getting out on my own, and tagging up with my buddy Troy, that I started hang multiple shows a week, and start learning stuff.


Q: Who are some of the notable names you have worked with?

RR: I haven’t really worked with a lot of names yet. I’ve worked with David Young, Colin Delaney, and A-1. Other than them, just other indy dudes.


Q: Do you believe Kayfabe is dead?

RR: I believe the fans know that the matches are pre booked, and that it’s a “show”. With that said, I think a certain type of Kayfabe could still exist. I mean, I don’t get why guys always have to be in the crowd before, during and after shows. Sometimes I wish guys would treat the business with a little more respect, and look for the broads at the bar, rather than the crowd.


Q: Any TV/Media appearances:

RR: Umm, just local TV in Detroit, Buffalo, and Kingsport. Nothing big.


Q: What are your future plans?

RR: I would love to go back out west and work some more tours with Tony Condello. Also, I would like to kick a few doors open in the northeast. We are blessed with a lot of “bigger” promotions up this way, Chikara, ROH, DGUSA, CZW, etc. I would love to work with any of them.


Q: When and where was your last match and what was the result?

RR: Last week end I had a match with a guy named Zakk Atticus in Ontario. I beat him clean.


**On 6/30/11 Retro Rex defeated Zakk Atticus in Simcoe Ontario while wrestling for the NWX promotion in Canada.


– If you want to learn more about Retro Rex, you can check him out on his social media pages


Twitter: @retrowrestler



– Anyone interested in booking Retro Rex can contact him at


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