I recently sat down with former ECW
star, Bilvis Wesley (Bill Wiles). Bilvis also wrestles for Philadelphia based
3Pwrestling. Bilvis discusses his past, present, and future in the world of
professional wrestling. Below is the interview in its entirety:
Bilvis, thank you for sitting
down with me today. Tell the readers how long you have been in professional
wrestling and how long you have been involved with 3Pwrestling.
Bilvis: I have been wrestling
professionally for 7 years now. I have been with 3pw since the beginning of this
Steven: What can the fans expect to see when they attend a 3Pwrestling show?
Bilvis: I think these guys put on a
well-rounded show, a lot like ECW was. They have great matches from top to
bottom. The locker room is full of talent. 3PW has well known ECW guys along
with the lesser-known Indy guys. They are all worth the price of admission.
Steven: Who or what inspired you to
become a professional wrestler?
Bilvis: I wrestled as an amateur
for six years. I met Balls Mahoney my sophomore year in high school. We became
good friends and he started to wrestle pro the next year. He introduced me to
Chris Candido and I started to go to shows with them. I never got involved until
'95 but it was Balls' insisting that finally got me into the ring. I was a huge
wrestling fan. I grew up around it either watching on TV, or going to the shows
Tell me a little bit about
your character or gimmick.
Well Bilvis came about from
Paul Heyman. He was the one that said that was going to be my new
"Gimmick". It was a progression of the Beautiful Billy
"gimmick" with the Dangerous Alliance. I couldn't look like Bobby
Eaton much like CW Anderson was a duplicate of Arn Anderson or Lou was with
Paul. I had to do something besides stand there and look dumb. So I started to
use some of the Elvis influences I picked up over the years. Paul just used it
to move on.
Steven: What style of wrestling do
you present to the fans?
Bilvis: I like to keep it on the
mat. I am too big to be a high flyer. I used to do all the moonsaults and dives
back when I first started. Thatís what I thought I needed to do to get
"over". But, if you can
"work", you donít need to do any crazy crap, especially all the
hardcore BS. I know a lot of fans want to see that stuff but it isnít for me.
I call it "athletic camouflage". It hides the fact you can't work.
Donít get me wrong there are guys who work like that who are very
entertaining. (Examples: Balls and New Jack) I am talking about the guys on the
Indyís that go out and bleed and use barbed wire just so they can go to work
or school the next day and say to their buddies, " Hey man, ainít I
crazy, Iím a pro wrestler". Iím
just not like that.
Steven: Is there a particular
wrestler you like to model your wrestling style after or do you like to stick to
your own type of style?
Bilvis: I don't copy anyone really.
I use a lot of what I learned from many wrestlers. I learned a lot from watching
Ricky Steamboat. When I came to ECW, I came at a great time in its history. I
learned a great deal from some of the greatest men in the business; Taz, Shane
Douglas, Rick Rude, Tommy Rich, Tracy Smothers, the list just goes on.
What kind of training did
you endure to become a professional wrestler?
Bilvis: My first day at Larry
Sharpeís Monster Factory was indeed interesting. Balls was there, as well as
the Headbangers and a few other guys. When they were finished showing me how to
fall without killing myself, they began to beat the living hell out of me. I
mean after an hour or so I was bleeding from my eye, nose, mouth, ears, and
everywhere else you could imagine. After that was done Larry said that if I made
it back next week I could train there.
I used to drive out to the school every Thursday with Balls. We would get there
at around noon and the two of us would train till around 6 when the other
students would get there. Then, we would stay after everyone left for a few more
hours. The school was in a little mall type place. We would hide out until the
people at the mall locked everything up. We would then train till all hours of
Steven: Whom would you consider
your favorite wrestler, past or present, and why?
Bilvis: Roddy Piper. He was the
greatest heel ever. There was never a time when he was on camera that you didn't
watch. There was never a dull moment in any Piper Match or interview.
Steven: What inspires you to put in
all those hours of training and lay your body on the line night after night?
Bilvis: I have been performing
since I was about 15. Thatís when I started playing drums in a band. Wrestling
is like being on stage but you are in a ring. I love being in front of people. I
have learned how to make people react any way I want. There is no greater
feeling in the world when I stand on the ropes and hold up my hands and hear the
fans boo me out the back wall. If
that is the reaction I get then I know I have done my job well.
Steven: What do you consider the
hardest part about being a pro wrestler?
Understanding the fact that
you probably will not make it.
Steven: What is the biggest
highlight of your wrestling career?
Bilvis: I think the time I spent in
ECW was the greatest thing that has happened to me. I made some great friends
there. I met my wife there. (She worked in the office) I will always think the
Dangerous Alliance could have been one of the greatest tag teams in ECW if Paul
would have just let us go a little longer.
Steven: What advise would you give
to someone that may be reading this interview and considering entering the
Besides donít? You have
to give 100%. You can't go to a wrestling school once a week and think you are
going to work for the WWF anytime soon. You also canít be banging around the
backyard with your buddies and think the same thing. Just because some local
promoter puts you on his show doesn't make you a pro wrestler. You have to go to
a GOOD wrestling school. If you want a job at NASA you don't go to Ocean County
Steven: Bilvis, thank you again for
taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Good luck and keep
Thanks. Before I go, I would like to put over my band. We have an album
coming out this month and for anyone interested you may check out our site.
again and I will see you at the shows.
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