Sniper says:

This is Sniper here with Dave Da Rave this afternoon. How are you today DDR?

DDR says:

I'm very well thanx

Sniper says:

First question. How did you pick out the Dave Da Rave gimmick?

DDR says:

Well, it's a basic extension of my normal self. I guess it's the 'me' that I'd like to be all the time, the arrogant, cocky guy, but can't be.

Sniper says:

Many people have said that in the past. Do you think people wrestle to be something that they aren't?

DDR says:

Thatís a really good point. I think, like all entertainment, that it's a form of escapism so yeah in a way you're being 'that other guy' or the person you aspire to be but can't be due to the problems with swearing in public places and assaulting passers-by with steel chairs

Sniper says:

It is a well known fact that many members of the EPW are religious and pray before shows. I've heard that you are starting to be more interested in that.

DDR says:

Yeah, I've always been a Christian, but never a very religious guy. Meeting the people from EPW has really helped me come to terms with religion and my beliefs. More importantly it's a real comfort to know someone's watching over you in the ring.

Sniper says:

Before EPW, you were in REW right?

DDR says:

Yeah, I ran REW from 2001 to now, we're still going strong, but EPW is my priority now

Sniper says:

Why the federation change? Online shows? Bigger roster?

DDR says:

Long story! REW was a 3 man show and it's difficult to maintain interest with three guys. Eventually The Bullet, one of our 3 main guys, decided he'd got tired of the byw game and left. We did some successful shows with our friends from BCW but it wasnít quite the same. We had also always wanted to get our work online, as we felt we weren't too bad at it. EPW offered us a more professional fed with more members

Sniper says:

On the latest EPW Melted, Mark Fury debuted. I think he was called the Bullet. Are they the same person?

DDR says:

They are indeed! Mark is a close friend of mine and along with Mouldsta we trained ourselves together. After he left REW we lost contact but now he's back and rest assured, better than ever,

Sniper says:

Speaking of Mouldsta, is he actually drunk all the time, or that just his gimmick?

DDR says:

It's his gimmick, at least in character. Again, it's an extension of the many nights spent in local pubs planning REW shows. Budweiser usually featured heavily, and it developed from there

Sniper says:

Not being a Posse member before starting in EPW, did you fit in immediately, or did it take a while?

DDR says:

We were made to feel at home right away. The first night we met the Posse they had been watching a very old REW tape so when we came to the door they knew of us. Right away we felt relaxed as we had so much in common. Mouldsta and I came from a group of friends with no interest in wrestling so to move into a different group where wrestling was important was brilliant. I honestly can never thank the Posse members enough for making us so welcome

Sniper says:

Do you feel that when wrestling Mouldsta, you can put on a better match because you trust each other more? Or do you have the same feeling of trust with everyone?

DDR says:

I believe trust is the most important factor in the ring-obviously, having worked with Mouldsta for nearly 3 years we're very confident and our ring work will show that. However I also believe that my next match is always my best and work hard to test that theory. I trust everyone in EPW enough to wrestle them. Not the same level as Mouldsta as we're at the stage where we know each other's moves so well we can work good spots without much planning, but it's getting there.

Sniper says:

What do you think of other BYW feds that have online shows? BYWf, SHEBWF, VBW

DDR says:

I'm very unlucky in that I only have a 56k connection and therefore can't view other full shows. I've seen the BYWF's stuff and it's very good, like a benchmark for everyone else to aim at, and I have a great deal of respect for them. Personally, I'd like to see EPW reach that status.

Sniper says:

What do you think is the barrier for EPW to get to that level? It used to be the wrestling skill, but now it is very good.

DDR says:

More wrestling! I've helped out with the scripting of some shows since I was booker for REW for 2 years, and I would personally like to see 4 matches a show, about 5-8 mins a match. Smooth, well worked wrestling, interesting storylines and an even more TV like production style is what I think would push EPW that stage further.

Sniper says:

It seems as if BYW's fire has died down in previous years. Do you that way?

DDR says:

I'm not as in touch with the USA side of BYW, but certainly in the UK it's not as popular as it was about 2 years ago. I think feds reached a limit of what they could realistically achieve and either 'retired' or lost members to the indy scene. The trash that WWE has poured out lately is also responsible as it's hardly inspiring (with the exception of Shawn Michaels, John Cena and Spanky name a few)

Sniper says:

What do you think about the extreme or hardcore feds? Do you have the same views as many in the EPW?

DDR says:

Yes! Just before we met Ken and EPW we nearly merged REW with a local fed. They were taking risks I was against and enjoyed using light tubes. This kind of thing serves only to promote BYW in a bad light and I'm definitely against it. There's no skill in falling through glass or swinging a tray. Wrestling and bumping takes a tremendous amount of practice and skill.

Sniper says:

Why do you think feds do that?

DDR says:

An attempt to push the boundaries, to prove they are one better than anyone else. If one fed does a barbed wire light tube table bump, another fed will do a barbed wire light tube flaming table bump just to make them seem the best.

Sniper says:

Do you think that there will ever be more wrestling focused feds than hardcore feds?

DDR says:

Yes, in the UK at least a fed called FXW that I respect greatly have no hardcore what so ever and concentrate on pure wrestling. I believe that this is the way forward for BYW.

Sniper says:

Do you think that the EPW will run as long as the BYWF has?

DDR says:

I'd like to think so, yes. Personally, I love the rush I get from BYW and I'll do it as long as my body lets me, so if DDR has anything to do with it, EPW will be around for a long time yet!

Sniper says:

This has been done in many interviews before. I'm going to give a name, and you give your opinion. Alright?

DDR says:

Yeah, go for it

Sniper says:

Corporate Ken

DDR says:

Hard working and a great boss

Sniper says:

ChickenWing Z

DDR says:

Doogyman wannabe!

Sniper says:

Mckay

DDR says:

Best talker in the BYW game today

Sniper says:

Bambino

DDR says:

Very funny

Sniper says:

Nexus

DDR says:

Argh....don't know, not up to scratch on my homework

Sniper says:

CrazeeKim

DDR says:

Very enthusiastic

Sniper says:

And finally DDR

DDR says:

Dedicated...and always willing to learn

Sniper says:

Well thank you DDR for your time, everyone who hasn't seen EPW Melted show 7, it's definitely worth it. Sniper signing off.

DDR says:

Thankyou very much for giving me my first interview Sniper, it has been a real pleasure