Indy Focus: Derek “True Wrestler” Hannon
Derek “The True Wrestler” Hannon
Weight: 165 lbs
Hometown: Saugus, MA
Finishing Maneuver: Hannon Clutch (Rings of Saturn Crossface) & Hannon driver (Lightning Spiral)
Trained by: Toy Roy, Bob Rush, Tre “The Smooth Operating Gansta”, Jason Rumble, DC Dillinger, “Brutal” Bob Evans and Dan Frias.
Promotions: Big Time Wrestling, United States Wrestling Federation, No Limit Pro, Eastern Pro Wrestling, Northeast Championship Wrestling, Victory Championship Wrestling, Connecticut Wrestling Entertainment, All Pro Championship Wrestling and many more throughout Massachusetts Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania.
Q: When did you become a wrestling fan and how?
DH: I was around the age of 4 or 5 when I was first introduced to pro wrestling.
Q: Where did you grow up?
DH: I grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts.
Q: Who were your favorite wrestlers growing up?
DH: Hulk Hogan, of course, as well as Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels & Owen Hart to name a few.
Q: Did you attend wrestling shows when you were a kid?
DH :Yes! I used to attend a lot of NWA New England shows with my brother-in-law same with when WWE was at the Cape Cod Melody tent during the summer.
Q: What is your favorite wrestling match?
DH:I have so many but one of my true favorites was Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect at Summerslam for the I.C. title. They wrestled such a great match!
Q: First impressions of the business when you were training?
DH: I knew it was tough but I never knew how much truly went into a match or a show.
Q: How has life been on the Independent Scene?
DH: It’s been going well, I’ve been at it for 5 years, well, more like 4 years because in 2010 I was out with a broken ankle. I’ve taken some time off in 2011 due to back problem, but I’m excited to be returning.
Q: Who are some of the notable names you have worked with?
DH: Well I would say New England Wrestling Hall of Famer, Tony Roy. (Derek also worked for Tony Atlas’ promotion in Maine.)
Q: Do you believe Kayfabe is dead?
DH: Not completely, because there are some promotions that are all about kayfabe but there’s a lot that has killed it.
Q: Any TV/Media appearances:
DH: No … hopefully soon!
Q: What are your future plans?
DH: My plans are to train like crazy. This year, I also plan to start MMA training next year, so I will add that training to my wrestling as well. I will make 2012 my year to truly shine!
Q: When and where was your last match and what was the result?
DH: My last match was back in April of this year against “Black Lotus” Matt Ledge in Malden for VCW where I won.
Q: Where can we see you next?
DH: Well, I will be wrestling at NWW Xtrme Oct 1st & NWA On Fire Oct 8th . (ECHO Wrestling TV Taping 11/6)
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