- Here's what was said
when I had the chance to sit down and talk with
one of my favourite wrestlers in the business
today, Josh Prohibition.
- PETER) : Thanks for
making the time for this, as I know you have a
lot going on in your life. Can I start by asking
you to tell us a little about your childhood?
: I'm the oldest of four boys and was born in
Valley View, Ohio; which is about 5 minutes from
Cleveland. I played just about every sport
imaginable growing up but my true love was always
baseball. >From a very young age I enjoyed
professional wrestling and was often found giving
my friends and brothers
- PETER) : So, at what
age did you first see professional wrestling?
: When I didn't go to church on Sunday mornings I
would watch the WWF,and I loved every second of
it. I was about 6 years old at the time and
myparents weren't too happy about me watching it.
I don't think in a million years they could have
ever imagined their son becoming a professional
- PETER) : Did you
know then that you wanted to be a wrestler, or
did it just kind of happen by surprise?
: I wanted to be a professional baseball player
from the time I could pick up a bat. I wanted to
play for the Cleveland Indians but a shoulder
injury ended that dream. Becoming a professional
wrestler was dumb luck or just fate. After I
couldn't play baseball anymore I was really bored
and pissed, so I got my friends and brothers
together and had about five backyard matches. The
tapes began floating around some high schools in
the area and a local backyard fed decided to rent
a ring and put on shows indoors, and they asked
us to come and put on some matches. We put on
about five matches in a real ring and were
noticed by a local promoter named JT Lightning
who told me he wanted to train me and cut me a
really good deal on training. I never even knew
until then that there was a school in Cleveland.
The closest school I knew of before that was HWA
in Cincinnati and that was four hours away. As
soon as I found out about JT's school in
Cleveland I jumped at the offer, and my fate was
- PETER) : So, how did
you get your first break in the business?
: I began my training with JT Lightning who runs
Cleveland All Pro Wrestling and after a few
months of training I had my first match with CAPW
on April 21st, 2001; which now seems like a
lifetime ago. >From there I continued training
for another nine months or so while beginning to
travel around the local indy promotions in the
Midwest. Most of my early matches were against
M-Dogg20 because he began training with JT
shortly after I did. We were putting on a pretty
good match and we began to get noticed because of
the way we worked each other. I think it really
helps to have two new guys training together
because once you get done training you know each
other very well and it usually translates to good
- PETER) : To me, that
makes a lot of sense. So, when looking back now;
how would you consider your first matches?
: They weren't bad. When I go back and watch them
now I see how green I was, and I wish I would
have done some things differently; but I don't
think anybody that has been in the sport for any
real length of time can look back and think their
first matches were good. Compared to a lot of
people I see breaking into the business today,
I'm fairly happy with how my matches compare to
some of their ones. I took too many risks when I
was starting out, but that's because I didn't
really know how to work. I'm getting to a point
now where I feel I have a pretty strong grasp on
how to put a match together but at the same time
I'm constantly looking to improve. The day I no
longer want to improve will be the day I hang it
- PETER) : I can
understand that. How would you describe yourself
as a wrestler to those who maybe don't know you?
: I think I'm an average pro wrestler who knows
how to work the crowd and the microphone. One
criticism of myself is that I need to be bigger
for the style I wrestle. I don't think I've
reached my prime yet and I think my best days are
still to come.
- PETER) : What would
be your favourite match or show that you've been
: I always get really excited when get to debut
in places for the first time. I really enjoyed my
IWA Mid-South debut vs. Tarek the Great, my XPW
debut vs. Mexico's Most Wanted, and my CZW debut
vs. M-Dogg. Wrestling over in England vs. M-Dogg
was a ton of fun. I also got to wrestle matches
at the huge E3 video game conference vs. Bobby
Quance, M-Dogg, and Super Dragon; and had a
really good time doing so. I've got to perform in
Canada, Japan, and England and consider myself
very lucky and grateful for the experiences.
Hopefully I will be able to travel again soon and
wrestle in some more foreign countries. I love
seeing the world and the way others live.
- PETER) : We have GOT
to catch up and meet next time you're over here
in England! Who would you consider your friends
in the business.
- JOSH) :
I have a ton of friends in the business. The
people you meet are one of the best parts of
being a professional wrestler. There are too many
to name but a few of my all time favourites are
Colt Cabana, Tracy Smothers, Jerry Lynn, Super
Dragon, Chris Hamrick, and Alex Shelley. I will
have to write a book when it's all said and done
and tell some crazy stories. I live an insane
- PETER) : What would
you say has been your lowest point in wrestling
: The whole past year was my lowest point in
wrestling. It started when I acquired mono and
was in bed for about three months, about six
months later I was finally starting to feel good
again; and then I broke my ankle in two places at
the training center right before IWA Mid South's
"Ted Petty Invitational" and was forced
to cancel. It was an honor to be chosen by Ian
Rotten for that tournament and it made my stomach
sick to have to cancel. I finally began to work
my way back from my ankle injury and as soon as I
felt ok again I broke my rib. The rib injury was
the worst injury I've had in wrestling because it
was by far the most painful. A broken rib reminds
you its broken constantly because you feel it
every time you breathe. I tried working through
the injury which wasn't a good idea because it
took forever to heal. While it was injured my
workouts suffered as did my matches. I was
constantly in pain when I wrestled and it made it
very hard to have good matches. It also made me
not like wrestling much because being in constant
pain makes it very hard to enjoy yourself. I'm
relatively healthy again and have resumed a
pretty good workout schedule which has helped my
matches out and I feel I'm finally over the hump
that was last year.
- PETER) : That's
quite a story, but proof if you're strong enough
you can come out the right side of things. What
do you like to do in your spare time?
: I love to coach and watch baseball. I'm a
die-hard Cleveland Indians fan. I also work at a
baseball school where I instruct six to eighteen
year olds in all the aspects of the game. I'm
super into punk rock and go to lots of shows and
hang out with bands all the time. I'm hoping to
start another punk rock band soon because music
is one of my passions. I also really enjoy riding
my bike. If you come to Cleveland in the summer,
chances are you will see me flying by on a black
and yellow bike covered in pirate skull stickers.
Besides that I do some fishing here and there and
spend a good amount of time with my girlfriend.
- PETER) : That all
sounds both rewarding and fun. What five words do
you feel describe you best?
: Strong willed, genuine, trustworthy, fun, and
extremely sexy and handsome!
- PETER) : What are
your plans for the future?
: Fun. Plain and simple. I want to chase as many
dreams as I can until I run myself into the
ground. I want to live a life that never becomes
stale or routine. I want to grow up but never
old. I want to be as cool as Tracy Smothers when
I hit forty years old, and be the crazy old guy
at punk rock shows when I'm fifty. I want to ride
my bike, watch baseball and wrestling; and go to
punk rock shows until I fall over and die with a
smile on my face.
- PETER) : Of all the
interviews I've done, I think that's my favourite
reply I've had to that question! What are your
thoughts on WWE and TNA, and the indy's?
: I haven't followed the WWE for a while now
because the product has become stale in my
opinion. They need some new stars, but the stars
can't be force fed to the audience. I think stars
make themselves (Austin, Jericho, The Rock,
Foley). No matter how hard the WWE tries to make
people think certain guys are stars, the crowd
truly determines who the next stars will be. I
think the crowd is speaking out right now against
the WWE's so called stars by not attending
events, buying ppv's; or watching the TV
programmes. RVD should be a huge star because he
was over without even a push but for some reason
the WWE didn't want him to be a star. He was a
natural star that got totally misused. WWE needs
more natural stars right now badly.
- As for TNA, I
honestly haven't seen much TNA stuff besides
X-division matches; but I'm definitely a fan of
those matches. I think TNA should definitely
focus it's energy on the X-division and the
wrestlers within it. I think the X-division is
truly an alternative to WWE programming and
that's what TNA has to be. They have to be an
alternative to the WWE. I wouldn't bring in all
the old names they do because I think that makes
them look bad, and it looks like they are just
picking up the WWE's scraps instead of making
their own stars. Wrestling needs new stars and
TNA needs to be an alternative!
- As far as the indy's
go, I would say that the wrestling on the
independent level is the best it has ever been. I
think storylines have been lost though. As sweet
as a five star match is, it doesn't quite mean as
much without a back-story to it. I think indy
feds need to start focusing more on their
storylines and building feuds. I know it's hard
with guys coming and going so quickly but I think
more of an effort needs to be made.
- PETER) : All very
good and valid points made there. Who do you like
to watch or learn from?
- JOSH) :
I love to watch Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie
Guerrero, William Regal, and Doug Williams.
- PETER) : So, to
finish up; is there anything you'd like to
promote, or anyone you'd like to thank?
- JOSH) :
Thanks for reading this interview; hopefully it
wasn't too boring for you! Please check out my
website at www.joshprohibition.com . I have some
T-shirts, hoodies, and DVD's for sale. Thanks for
the support. Roll on full force until drained!!!
- PETER) : Thanks my
friend, and all the best for the future.