Source: Alternative Wrestling Magazine
The latest issue of the Alternative Wrestling Magazine features an interview with one of the contestants of TNA’s British Boot Camp series – Marty Scurll. During the interview, Scurll talked about what it was like on British Boot Camp, whether he prefers WWE over TNA, and much more. Highlights of the interview are below. We encourage you to check out the entire interview by clicking here. Enjoy!
How did the opportunity arise to be a part of TNA’s British Boot Camp? And can you remember your reaction?
I had received a try-out for TNA on the 2012 UK tour in Nottingham, so I guess they were aware of my work from there. I’d also been in contact with Jeff Jarrett a few times before also, who is a great guy, so I guess when the opportunity came round, they chose me. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement; this was the opportunity I’d be waiting a whole lifetime for.
One of the major talking points on the show was you and Spud’s rivalry. How much was real and how much was scripted?
Me and Spud never really got along, I guess it was a clash of egos, and I’m sure TNA knew of this which is probably why we were put together on Boot Camp, they knew it would make great TV! We had to learn to co-exist as we were forced to spend so much time together during Boot Camp, and as much as I have differences with him as a person, I respect how hard his has worked over the years and wish him all the best. Plus, I’ll never let personal grudges get in the way of good business, and I was overwhelmed when Revolution Pro Wrestling drew its biggest house ever in Sittingbourne, headlined by myself vs. Spud. That’s what wrestling’s all about, creating a match and a conflict that people will pay to see!
What was the experience like of being part of TNA British Boot Camp?
The most surreal and greatest experience of my life so far, without question. I am ever grateful for that opportunity, and I loved every second of it. I was so pleased that everyone from the fans, to my friends to the top dogs at TNA were really happy with the show. I can’t speak of the experience highly enough.
During TNA British Boot Camp what were a few of those surreal moments for you?
Too many to mention. Sitting at the front of Sting’s hall of fame, one of my childhood heroes, whilst having dinner with Kurt Angle. That was crazy. Hulk Hogan, the greatest professional wrestler of all time, dancing to my entrance music. Are you kidding me? Having such huge stars such as Hulk, Jeff Hardy and Sting speaking highly of me, that was unbelievable. And then Hulk Hogan discussing me with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning?! I could go on, to be involved with such a massive company and to be surrounded with stars whose action figures made up my favourite toys as a child is certainly very surreal. There’s no other word to describe it.
How hard was it for you to find out you had not got the contract with TNA? And do you think there is a future for you in TNA?
Yeah, that was tough. But you know, I saw it as the beginning, not the end. I was the youngest on that show, and not winning the contract just made me hungrier than ever, with an even bigger desire to make it as a star there. One Direction didn’t win X-factor, but ended up being the biggest thing to ever come from that show, y’know? I know it’s in my ability and I just want to get in there with their guys, and tear the house down, grow with the company and call the place home. I’ll continue to work as hard as ever and hopefully all the hard work will pay off.
From the back of the British Boot Camp you got to wrestled on the TNA UK tour. Now you are back on the independent scene in the UK does it make you more hungry to get that level of success?
Oh of course, like I just stated. I’ve had the taste of working for TNA, and now I want it more than ever. I’m not going to stop till I make a success in this business, this is my passion, my first love, and nothing will stop me.
How much do you think British Boot Camp has helped not only to raise the profile of the contestants but the profile of British wrestling?
It’s certainly raised us as contestant’s profiles, that’s for sure, just looking at how our twitter followers’ sky rocketed is a good indication of that. I still get recognised on a daily basis from the show. And I think it did a great job of showing fans that there are some great talents, right here In the UK. TNA gave the UK its own show, something they could be proud of. TV is the most vital asset in getting exposure, and like I mentioned before, coming off the back of the show, me vs. Spud did great business, only helping British Wrestling’s profile raise as a whole.
In the first Issue of Alternative Wrestling Magazine. I wrote an article titled Britain’s Got Talent I tipped you to go to WWE. Do you have a preference of being in WWE over TNA or vice versa?
WWE is obviously what I grew up watching, but TNA’s the place I want to be, I feel that would be the best place to display my talents. I want to get in there with the X-division and give the fans those matches which make their jaws drop, and really show that TNA is the alternative product.
At the moment your status with TNA is not clear but if a company like Ring of Honor came in offered you a good contract. Would you be tempted to go to Ring of Honor?
I have some good friends at ROH like Adam Cole, Davey Richards and Kyle O’Riley, who, especially Davey; have expressed their desire to have myself (along with Zack) in ROH. I think it’s a good company, but I’m not sure there in the position to employ anyone from the UK at the moment, which is a shame. I hope they do well and if the opportunity rouse it would be great, but right now my focus is TNA.
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