For the readers who may not know who you are why not give a little background of who you are & how you got into the Wrestling business? What the greatest achievement you have reached in your wrestling career? When you were growing up were you a wrestling fan or no and if not where you aware of it?
AS: I'm Anthony Stone! I hail from New Bedford, Mass. Where I was born and raised. My love for pro wrestling started when I was 7 years old. The first match I remember watching was Hulk Hogan vs. Undertaker and was completely blown away with what I was watching. Two men larger than life! I started watching wrestling religiously in 1994 and have been hooked since. I got into the wrestling business when I was still a teenager. I was backyard wrestling with my friends and brothers and we were presented an opportunity to wrestle in a real professional ring from local independent wrestlers at the time, who lived in my home town. They offered me training classes while I admit was not entirely formal nor traditionally it was the beginning stages of my career and they showed me what they knew and helped me learn the basics and bumping and ring movement. I was 15 when I started training and didn't have my first professional match until I was 17 years old. Since then I have branched out and take any opportunity I can to learn everything and anything I can.
I am very proud of all my accomplishments, I've achieved in my career thus far. To have the opportunity to work with some of the best organizations in the country such as Beyond Wrestling, CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling. The moment where I felt most appreciated and accepted were two moments of my career when I earned my way into CHIKARA'S Young Lions Cup X and earning a victory over AR Fox at the first #Americanrana I plan on creating more accomplishments before my time with professional wrestling is over!
Bottom of ForI already stated I was a fan of wrestling growing up, but I wasn't aware of other brands until I started doing backyard wrestling. I was always a WWF fan boy and my favorite is Bret "The Hitman" Hart. However when I started following ECW, I fell in love with Rob Van Dam and was so impressed by his creativity and athleticism. Then started asking about how those guys got into professional wrestling, I learned about the independents and was inspired by Mdogg20! He was a guy who was made famous by being a "backyard wrestler" and then grew out of that scene and became a huge name traveling the world! That's when I realized dreams can come true and felt and hoped I can achieve the same or familiar success as he did.
Now most casual fans know or don't care to know about the Indies, because of the major companies. Would you agree with that logic, and what makes the companies you work for different?
AS: I would agree. Like I was when I was growing up, most wrestling fans only know what's presented on TV. Back in "my day" the internet wasn't big and was still in the launching pad sequence until. There were wrestling magazines sure, but most teenagers were only interested in getting the girls and trying to impress them. At least in my circle of friends who liked wrestling (haha) so I only know about WWE. I didn't know about WCW until a fellow classmate walked in with an nWo shirt and I asked what that was. I'll never forget it. He did Scott Hall's taunted and said "It's the new world order of wrestling brother!” So I switched channels for the first time and found Monday Nitro. I didn't follow it because I still preferred WWF but that's when I realized there's alternative brands out there. And that's just my story. To this day when I tell people who like wrestling but only watch WWE, I ask them if they know about the independents I'd say about 9/10 don't know what I'm talking about. I explain to them what I do and try to introduce them to some of the companies I work for by having them watch videos on YouTube and have them make their own conclusions.
As a wrestler you’re always learning new things from other people within the business. Do you think of yourself as someone other people come to for advice on how to get better? Also what advice would give someone who is new to the business?
AS: You have to evolve to remain a mainstay in this business. That's a fact. You constantly have to adapt to change and stay on top of your game to keep the fans interested in you. Otherwise you'll become a flash in the pan and I refuse to allow myself to be another guy in tights. Though the years I've been involved in this business I have always said I will help give back from what I've learned and anyone that has ever gone to me for advice I have gladly given the best answer I could possibly give. For those who are just starting out I highly suggest they build on their cardiovascular training and personal fitness. Being in wrestling shape is far most challenging then just about any other sport and if you want to be the main event, you have to show the promoters you are able to go! Not just 8-10 minutes. But prove you can go Broadway!
Now if you don’t mind I’d like do some word association with people from your past in the business?
• DJ Hyde - Business: He's a hard man to impress. A lot of
people would even call him an asshole. He's a business man who only wants to
work with the best and those who are serious about professional wrestling. He's
brutally honest with his opinions and has always welcomed me into his school with
• Mike Quackenbush - Teacher: I got into a point with my
career when I realized New England was getting stale and thought it was too
political. I didn't want to kiss ass to be on shows and I decided I was going
to travel down to Philadelphia, Pa where the Wrestle Factory was at the time
and want to meet the man of a thousand holds. Some of the guys in my area
attended a training seminar with him and said it was an amazing experience. I
never regretting that decision and greatly than him for everything he's passed
• Chuck Taylor - Funny: Based on my encounters with Chuck and
how he performs in the ring he's just an entreating guy who gives his best to
• Jason Blade - Humble: Blade is a guy who started out in the
same area as I did and got huge opportunities though his hard work and
determination. Yet never got a big head about and never let his ego get the
better of him. He's always willing to pass down his knowledge to those who
really want to succeed.
• Sam Shields - Quite. I don't know the man that well. We
worked a match together once and a cluster with like 5 other guys. He seems
like a good guy and has never stirred about any issues with me.
• Eddie Edwards - Amazing: Die Hard Eddie Edwards is a guy
who's another example that New England guys are able to succeed in the
business. He was another guy who proved that the smaller framed guys can make a
true name for themselves. He's quite inspirational.
• Tomasso Ciampa - Old School: From someone who was signed with
WWE very young and was released that hasn't stopped him from evolving and yet
keeping that old school mentality
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AS: You can find me on social media on Facebook, Twitter handle: Stoneman_26, Instagram: TheAnthonyStone and if wish to contact me for future bookings and or other events you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org