interviews Cindy Rogers.
- Here's a chance to
find out the thoughts and views, and more about
the career of one of the most talented women in
the wrestling business today - Cindy Rogers.
- PETER) : Hi Cindy,
thanks for making the time for this interview.
Tell us a little about your childhood.
: I grew up with two older brothers that loved to
torture me. They got their friends and some of
our cousins into it too, so it wasnt exactly fun
in that respect. Over the holiday ironically, two
of my cousins were talking about it, and they
gave me props that I never told on them. I guess
you could say they were saying i took it like a
man and never got anyone else in trouble. I was
born in Hartford, CT; and grew up in the New
Haven area until during my junior high school
years when my stepfather was transferred with his
job to Delaware; and we all left kicking and
screaming so to speak.
- PETER) : When did
you first view wrestling?
: I started watching wrestling a bit before
Wrestlemania 1. I loved the Junkyard Dog. He was
my first favourite. Then, of course, I was a
'Hulkamaniac'. I was the typical fan- I loved the
good guys and hated the bad guys. The only bad
guys I liked were the Hart Foundation. I am a
huge Bret Hart fan still to this day.
- PETER) : Did you
know you wanted to be a wrestler, or did you have
other dreams and plans?
: It was more of a wish that I could do that,
because I didnt know anything about wrestling
schools and such back then. I was also very
involved in music, as I'm a drummer too. I always
figured after I finished school that that was the
direction i would be headed in. I am still very
passionate about music, but I found that
wrestling was my true calling.
- PETER) : I'm a
guitarist of many years, and I can understand
that very well. How did you get your first break
in the business?
- CINDY) :
The WWE's 'Tough Enough' contests opened my eyes
to the training and schools for professional
wrestling. I enjoyed going to autograph signings
and such and I began to talk with the different
wrestlers about schools. At the Delaware state
fair one year I talked to 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan,
Sgt. Slaughter, and Jerry 'The King' Lawler. It
was through them that I learned of Larry Sharpe's
'Monster Factory'. The great thing besides it
being one of the most reputable schools around,
was that it was only 45 minutes from my house. As
far as a break went, once I was wrestling was
with Afa's WXW. I won my first title there and
met some really great people who helped me learn
and grow, and then to really branch out and gain
some more valuable experience.
- PETER) : Who trained
you to wrestle?
- CINDY) :
Well, actually I still train at the Monster
Factory in Westville, NJ. The main trainers are
Larry, Ed Sealey, and Jim Molineaux. Some of the
students at the time I started helped me so much
too. I am truly indebted to them all. Right now I
help out to also train them when new students
- PETER) : What were
your first matches like?
: When I started there were two other girls there
(one of the girls gave us the name the "mad
women on the monster factory"), and one
wasn't really interested in doing shows. She just
loved wrestling and wanted to learn, whilst the
other had been there close to two years. They had
a show coming up and they wanted an opponent for
her, so they had us work constantly together to
get me ready. That show got snowed out which was
cool, because it gave me a bit more time to truly
be ready for it. Anyway my first matches were all
with her, so they went great because we were so
used to wrestling each other.
- PETER) : How would
you describe yourself as a wrestler to those who
haven't seen you work?
: I am an old school style wrestler. I'm not a
high-flyer, I'm more of a technical Bret Hart
style wrestler; a mat grappler if you will.
- PETER) : What has
been your favourite match or show that you were
- CINDY) :
I have too many to really give a favourite, but I
have some definite highlights. My first match, of
course, getting into the ring in front of a crowd
for the first time. When I won the WXW Womens
Championship at Sportsfest ( WXW's Wrestlemania)
in a fifteen women battle royal. Winning the
NWA/Northern N.J. Womens Title. Anytime I wrestle
Mercedez Martinez (when I also add to the blooper
reel- right mercedez? - sorry inside joke!). Also
recently I wrestled Tracy Brooks at CSWF, and
Jazz came in; and we double-teamed Tracy before
April Hunter broke it up. That was fun and it was
exciting to work with Jazz.
- PETER) : How do you
feel about the image of the female in
professional wrestling? Do you feel it needs to
be improved, and women wrestlers to be respected
- CINDY) :
Well all around I think that the 't and a' is way
too much right now. There are so many woman
wrestlers out there with great wrestling talent
that is being wasted because of the sex sells
thing. I have fans come up to me all the time
saying how much they enjoy what I am doing, which
is wrestling; as opposed to having pillow fights
or whatever shoved down their throats all the
- PETER) : Who are
your closer friends in the business?
: Luscious Lily, Mana, Alere Llittle Feather,
Mercedez Martinez, Talia, The Moonshiners, Ariel,
Alicia, Frankie V., etc.. I have actually made
many great friends since joining the business so
there's too many to write. The Monster Factory
guys too, but they are my family.
- PETER) : I also have
a family like that, my guys at UCW here in the
UK. What has been your lowest point in wrestling
: My lowest wrestling wise was when I was
training at the beginning and I hurt my knee and
was sidelined for a little bit. But my lowest
point was recently when one of my Monster Factory
brothers, and one that you can definitely put in
my closest friends list from the earlier
question, passed away suddenly. His wrestling
name was J.T. 'Nitemare' Matthews. He helped me
from day one and continued until his end. He was
such a support system to me, and he helped out so
many people who came through those doors. He was
one of the sweetest human beings God put on this
earth, and his void in wrestling and in my heart
will never be filled.
- PETER) : What do you
like to do in your spare time?
: I dont really have spare time, to be honest. I
still work a full-time job. On my non-show or
training days I go to the gym after work.
Otherwise I like to hang out on my couch and
spend time with my three cats. Also, if i get a
chance I like to go to the movies.
- PETER) : What five
words do you feel describe you best?
- CINDY) :
I'd say determined, dedicated, crazy, after that
I don't know that's a tough one. I had to ask one
of my friends (Luscious Lily) to help me but her
list i cant put up - crazy woman!
- PETER) : What are
your main plans for the future?
: Just to continue in this sport I love, and to
learn and grow as much as I can. Of course my
biggest goal is to make it into the WWE.
- PETER) : What are
your thoughts on WWE and TNA, and the indy's?
: Well, at NWA/CSWF I get to meet some of the TNA
guys and girls. I enjoy what they are doing. I've
seen some of their programs but not a lot because
I'm not always sure when it's on. The WWE I still
watch every week, but I wish they would go back
to the days where they really built a story up -
built it up so when the pay per views would
happen you really would want to see them go at
it. In the indy's I've been lucky. I've worked
for some great companies and enjoyed all the
people I have met. I do wish that the girls would
get more respect overall including pay and what
not. We pay our dues just like everyone else and
put up with a lot that the guys dont have to deal
- PETER) : I agree
completely. Who do you like to watch or learn
from? You alluded to a heavy respect of Bret Hart
: First and foremost, yes it's Bret Hart. I get
teased because I bought 40 hrs of Bret Hart on
E-bay once. Best money i spent i tell you! I
mostly study old school tapes of Ted DiBiase,
Rick Martel, Sgt. Slaughter, William Regal, Curt
Hennig, Fabulous Moolah, Bob Backlund, Roddy
Piper, etc. I do enjoy some of the newer guys
like Triple H and Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. I
like Eugene also, because he does bring back some
old school stuff and the crowd pops for it too.
- PETER) : And to
finish up.... is there anything you'd like to
promote, or anyone you'd like to thank?
: Just for anyone to check my website
(http://www.maelstormm.com/cindy/) and check the
future dates and to come see me and say 'Hello'.
I love meeting the fans. As far as to thank,
definitely the fans for all the support they have
given me thus far. Also, I want to thank the
Monster Factory and my family there for the
continued training and support. Also, my friends
who go through this journey with me every weekend
to reach our dreams. The website for the Monster
Factory is www.monsterfactory.com. And thanks for
- PETER) : The
pleasure is all mine, and the best of luck for
- Want to send Peter a
message ? Email [email protected]