Otaku Dome had the opportunity to interview Queensland Championship Wrestling star Kolvoski, The Tower of Power, where he is the current reigning Queensland North Heavyweight Champion, we talk about career goals, possibly wresting for WWE and other promotions, and other topics. Our interview can be viewed below:
Kolvoski as Champion.
* 1. First of all thanks for being our first official Pro Wrestler interview, second I'd like for myself and the readers to know a bit about who you are and the character you portray in the ring.* Hello to the people of the internet. I'm currently working the indie wrestling scene of Australia (Queensland's coast to be exact). My in ring name is Kovloski 'The Tower of Power'. I've been doing this thing for a few years and let me tell you, it's the greatest thing ever. From training new guys, to reffing, to having barbed wire matches, Royal Rumbles, ladder matches and everything else in between. This has changed my life in the most positive way possible. My character these days... well basically, I think the best way to describe my character is a very silly, self-deluded, power-drunk hipster. I'm not sure if it's been done before, but it sure as hell is working. I try to push the limits of what I'm allowed to say and do most of the time. The company I work for - Queensland Championship Wrestling (QCW) - is a PG company. A lot of guys feel like it's a restriction because they're not allowed to do certain things. I think it's fun though. I'm constantly testing the waters and pushing the envelope and seeing what I can get away with. I sort of get the vibe of 'what the hell will this guy do next' from the audience. I know it's very cliche, but I'm just being myself. Volume turned way up. It's the easiest way to learn and the most natural you can be. *2. I see that you are the current reigning QCW Heavyweight Champion, what's it like being at the top of the ladder compared to just wrestling every other day?* It is an amazing feeling. I am very happy that my hard work has been rewarded. Something I can put on my resume too. Firstly, there is a whole lot of pressure that comes with it. Suddenly, you've got a whole tonne of new responsibilities. You're the guy everyone is gunning for now. You're the man. I take great pride in wrestling and I know where I came from. I know how this business works. I'm expected to represent my company and my peers. I'm expected to be always on the ball. No botchamania moments - inside and outside of the ring. I'm trying to be a positive role model for the boys in the back. There is a lot of ego in this business and sometimes having a prop can turn you into an asshole. I don't want that. Instead, I now have been taking new wrestlers in. Becoming a head trainer does your head in, but it's a really fun experience. From student to teacher, you learn even more. Most people see it as a burden, I see it as getting another leg up on my competition. Plus I know how hard it was when I first started. It would've been nice for a champion to take me under his wing and guide me down the right path. This business is about give and take. I've taken a lot, now it's time to give back. With or without the belt, you need to be a hard worker. I've always tried to be that. The only difference now is that I'm featured a lot more. The more you put into this, the more you'll receive. You have to have that attitude when you are a wrestler. Some guys have a really shitty attitude and think they're 'superstars'. They won't take the time to help out with anything. These are the same guys who complain that they are getting no where in the business. They think that, "just because I don't have the belt, I can slack off". That's where they're wrong. You pay your dues and show you deserve it. You don't sit there, waiting and festering because no one has chosen you. You get off your fucking ass and become the only choice. *3. Has there ever been a storyline a booker spoke to you about that you felt uncomfortable with? Do you think wrestlers could make it further in the business with an open mind? * Haha, a few things, yes. I was wrestling a new kid by the name of Leon Lance Gregory Storm. This would be his third match ever. He fucked up big time in his last match. It was like he had forgotten how to wrestle. He missed cues, forgot spots, forgot how to throw a clothesline. It wasn't pretty. He ended up getting tagged a few times by his opponent - in good measure. He got put up against me. I got told to just "fuck him up and squash him". I knew this kid though, and I knew he could wrestle. It was a pretty unfair thing to call I think. It was his second match after all and everyone makes mistakes. He knew he had put on a shit-show. Shit like that is what kills a person's dream. You got to take a step back and realize that your peers have the same dream as you. Why kill someone's dream because he made a few mistakes? You learn from your mistakes. So anyway, I got together with this kid before the show. I told him how it was to go down. I explained to him why he's in the doghouse. I tried to give him a different perspective on the situation and I told him what we were going to do. We ended up having a solid 15 minute match. He had some outstanding comeback sequences and proved to himself, his peers and the audience that he can go. He wouldn't have learned anything from a squash match. And he would've been stuck jobbing until he quit. Who knows, he could be the guy who makes it big time. I thought the booker would've been pissed. I came back through the curtain and just said, "How was that?" I got told I did an excellent job and that he [the booker] appreciated me having the patience to work with the kid. That was probably my most recent example. Only happened about a month ago. There has been other times where I've just fucked up. For example, being told I need to get on the ropes for a dirty pin to finish the match, but I've been too far away from the ropes. What do you do, grab the tights instead? Yep, grab the tights and pray it doesn't bite you in the ass. There was another time where I was billed for a 15 minute main. I was up against a Mexican named 'El Cheekay Grande'. About three minutes in, he's whipped me into the corner and all I heard was "mtodingoiffekfkiq". I think he was chewing on his mask or something. No idea what the hell he said. I see this leg come up and try to kick my face, then it just drops and his whole body drops. And I'm just in the corner going, "what the hell is going on". And our senior referee looks at me and shrugs his shoulders. I tried not to crack up laughing, actually. That ref is just a brick wall, hard to get an emotion out of him. The referee checks on him and calls the match off because he's hurt his leg. I was really really pissed off. I shouldn't have been. But I felt ripped off. I was just thinking, "I have been doing this for 12 hours today, and when I finally get to wrestle, the match gets thrown." So in Scott Steiner-esque style I yell, "Give me a fuckin' mic". Whoops. I want a match, I'm pissed off. Luckily there was a plan B that night. Gave the crowd a title match main-event. The booker was pretty pleased with me. Not so much the other guy. But as long as your intentions are good, I've found that usually you won't step on anyone's toes. You need to bring your own ideas to the table. The booker might be thinking, "Oh shit, I hope no one knows that I have no idea how to end this match." Don't be afraid to give suggestions. But you need to be careful. If you're getting paid $500 to do a splash off the top rope and you fuck it up. You better get your ass up there and make sure you do it right. So yes, definitely keep an open mind. Respect the booker's job. He knows what's in store for you down the track. He knows the pay-off. There is always a pay-off. *4. What have your experiences been like playing the babyface and/or heel. Which do you normally prefer?* Very positive. I've gotten the reaction I wanted from the get go playing the heel. It's just nowadays, I'm sort of in between. The last show I was at, I was booked as the face. It was a really really amazing experience. I was in a champion vs. champion match. I was up against a guy from Noosa named Ricky Rembrandt. Great technical wrestler. Even better brawler. This guy was usually the face though. So we just got told we were switching. Just as a little temperature check, nothing permanent. That was so much fun. I think we both learned a lot from that experience. I'd say though, I much prefer being the heel. But, I think maybe down the line the inevitable turn is coming. The audience wants it. I just got to play puppet-master and wait for a good opportunity. As long as I'm in there, I'll make the most of what I have to work with, good or bad. * 5. How did development of your character come about?* Alright! I'll try my very best to explain my character's development. When I started training, my trainer would call me 'Kovloff'. He said I reminded him of some russian guy he knew or something. I had really long hair, a big untamed beard and a very hair chest. I became a Russian bear. We changed the name to Kovloski and I was billed as some ruthless, no nonsense, ass kicking machine. This was pretty one dimensional, and I personally got a little bored with it. Plus, I couldn't do a Russian accent to save my life. I started just to poke around and have my own fun. I always use to watch wrestling and see a fan get called out by the heel. I use to think how awesome that would've been to be that fan. Their night just got made by a wrestler calling them an asshole. So, I decided to just do that, interact with the crowd as much as possible. It went from just teasing people and stirring them as much as possible to moments where I'd be covered in sweat and then, purposely lay on the douche-bag in the crowd that had been heckling me all night. I'd try to just stir any reaction I could out of them. You'd work a kid in a batman shirt, yelling at him "Batman's parents are dead. I hope your parents die too, you little piece of dog shit", the poor kid would cry, then my opponent, sporting a batman tattoo would come out and kick my ass. The kid would then grow a set and start flipping me off. They'd come out of their shells. I started to really love that aspect of wrestling. But it just didn't suit the 'Russian Bear' gimmick my promoter outlined for me. Eventually, I just said "Balls to this shit". I went and got a really neat, short haircut. I trimmed the beard down to almost nothing. I got a new set of tights and a whole new attitude. I didn't tell anyone about my new look. I just arrived at the venue and most of the boys couldn't believe it. That night I was suppose to work a tag-match with my partner, 'The Choff' (a very muscular, cocky, sexy beast). Debuting our newly formed partnership named: Choffloski. It was also The Choff's birthday, and lucky old me got an invitation to his in-ring party. That night I also debuted the new and improved Kovloski. It wasn't a subtle change at all. I went from Russian to silly hipster. The Russian Bear to The Tower of Power. And yes, every single person in the audience was apart of that segment. I'd do all the classic heel stuff. Fight dirty, talk like an asshole, act like an asshole, aim for cheap heat. It was working for a while, but then I got billed in the "Gold Rush Rumble" (our version of the WWE's Royal Rumble). I ended up winning the damn thing and started to get cheered. Nothing had changed except the fact I was the number one contender for our humble, wrestling championship. Eventually, I started coming out to half boos and half cheers. No matter what I did, some section of the crowd would be laughing and cheering for me. I even ended up stealing the belt from our top guy, and still got cheered. You get told, "any reaction is a good reaction". Apart of me sees this as failing as a heel, but another part me sees it as just being respected and appreciated. At least they're reacting. I'd rather have that than coming out to crickets. I know our usuals will cheer me and everyone else will hate me. If you're forcing yourself upon the audience, and it feels unnatural, they aren't going to click with you. Their reaction will be forced as well. However, if you act natural and really believe in what you're doing or saying, you're going to get a more pure and natural reaction from the audience. You can't let them start telling you what to do though, you're still the puppet master. These days, I try just to go with the flow. I'm still learning and finding a character that I'm super comfortable with. I've been trying a corporate Tower of Power gimmick - where I've became the General Manager of Festivities. It's still got some work to do. I'm just trying to keep it fresh and familiar. *6. Have any major promotions such as WWE, TNA, ROH, etc contacted you yet? Do you plan on contacting them via tryout, etc?* Oh nah, not yet anyway haha. That's the goal for every young wrestler, right. Go big or go home. It'd be pretty fantastic if I could wrestle for any of those top, well-known promotions. I'm not sure I'm at that caliber yet. I've got the tools of the trade, I've learned a bit of the trade, I just have to get a bit more experience first. There is still a lot of things I want to try out and do for starters. In between the experimenting different holds, moves and characters, I'm just making sure I put on top notch matches. Firstly, I would like to get a bit of international experience. I think that is a huge plus when it comes to getting noticed. It shows you're ambitious and can work different styles. It also shows how willing and how far you'll willing to take this thing. I've heard murmurs of videos tapes of myself being sent out around the world. My promoter tells me, "Just say the word and it's all you." I like the enthusiasm and encouragement. I just don't think I'm ready. First impressions can last. However, in saying that, I believe there is a huge global try-out around the corner for the WWE. I think in 2015 they should be in my neck of the woods. I'd be pretty silly to turn down a try-out. Not expecting anything out of it, just would be fun to see where I'm at. Like lifting weights, you just might want to see what your max is. That's what I'd like to do. Just see how they run things. It might be as close as I get, but hell, I'd be in a proper WWE ring getting my ass kicked. Something we've all dreamed about doing since forever. My trainer, on the other hand, is taking his chances this year and doing a loop of the states. He's had a bit of experience with TNA and knows a lot of the people. It's pretty amazing. The wrestling community is so small and tight. You'll hear stories about famous WWE wrestlers, who before they became that, just sleeping on your promoters couch or something. Shit like that should humble you as a wrestler. Anyway, I think he's doing a quick circuit of the US. I think he's going to do something for TNA and see what comes of it. I wish him all the best. He's leading the way for us, so let's all hope. *7. What do you like to do for fun or down time when not in the ring?* I don't get much down time. I'm at our training center most of the time. But on those rare days off, I play video games. I was into the indie games for a while but, I got a PS4 and a 3DS for Christmas, so that's blown that out of the window. I also muck around a bit and playing music. I've played drums for a yew years and that's really fun. Anyone can play the drums - much like wrestling. Of course, I love watching wrestling. I love watching the old 60s-70s wrestling. That stuff is brilliant. People are so caught up in how many flips they can pull off, or how fast they can throw a punch, or trying to copy a popular wrestler move-for-move. Nah man, you gotta sit down and see where it came from. That's when you really start to appreciate wrestling. But don't get me wrong, I stay up to date with everything. I'm apart of this massive online wrestling forum. Most of the people there act like they know how the business works. They'll know it's all fake. They just don't know how to do it. It's really funny. It's good that some of the magic is still there. *8. What are your current career plans?* I'm going to try and go as far as I can with this. I was thinking of doing a UK tour with some of my other wrestling buddies. It's all a bit wishy-washy at the moment. I think the key is to get some international experience. Getting a taste for different styles helps you learn and become a world-class wrestler. I'd love to go to Japan and wrestle. Those guys are nuts. Pure awesomeness. I heard Puerto Rico is the place to be at the moment. A lot of the most talented workers are trying to make a name for themselves there. But right now, locally, I'm treating everything I do as just practice. Some guys think we have training then a show. Nope. You have training, then a training session in front of a live crowd. You need to start thinking like that if you want to go on to bigger things. It's all about experimenting. Seeing what sticks and not being afraid to change everything you do. Some guys I know have stuck to the same thing their whole careers because they're too stubborn. The wrong attitude in this business will kill your dream. I think the plan is for QCW to start hammering out more shows at a higher quality. And to start traveling around a whole bunch more. Oh, and I would love some more people to join into the wrestling business. If you were that kid sitting, all alone in front of the TV wondering, "How can I do this one day?", just give it a try. You'd be surprise how it can change your life. If you want to have a look at some of our stuff, just check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/QCW-NQ/412376335465466 I've got a Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/qcwtowerofpower Don't be afraid to say hi and ask me anything. Thank you very much.