Welcome indy wrestling standout and reality tv star Johnny Knockout to PWD!  Johnny will soon be writing a column for us, and he sat down with me for an interview so that all of you could get to know him.

 

Johnny has appeared on WWE Raw, ECW, and Smackdown at various times, and we have included a video from one of his appearances below.  He has also appeared on the MTV True Life series.  Watch for Johnny as Hunk of the Day on Wednesday.

 

 

 

He is Co-Host (alongside Rodolfo Roman) on “The Roman Show”-Pro Wrestling, which airs weekly, Live! Tuesday’s at 9:30PM ET online http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rodolforoman where they produce Exclusive Interviews with Wrestling’s past, current, and future stars, including WWE Legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts, WCW Diamond Dallas Page, TNA’s Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, and, most recently, WWE “Hall of Famer” & Original Four Horseman Tully Blanchard..

 

 

Karen: Welcome, Johnny! How long have you been wrestling?

Johnny Knockout: Going on 5 years this winter.

 

 

K: Who trained you?

JKO: I was trained by Steve Keirn and Norman Smiley down at Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, FL.

 

 

K: What and who inspired you to become a wrestler?

JKO: What inspired me most were these incredibly aggressive athletes, full of confidence and so primitive like in their appeal. Each step they made spoke something to me. I wanted to be THAT, even in daily life in general. I still do to this day, and I still walk the streets with said demeanor. Always will. My three favourites growing up, and to this day, were:

Bret Hart – for his candor, skill, confidence and, not to mention, his execution. Everything he did, each move he made, was a work of art and studied discipline.

Stone Cold Steve Austin – for his aggressive nature, his assertive behavior, the attitude he had, take no prisoners approach and his determination to succeed against conformity and the unjust.

Kane – for his apparent dark side, the wrath, vengeance and retribution he brought upon the ones who did him wrong and all the ways he went about it. Stoic, unrelenting, deliberate, vexed, or by casualty. So much emotion there. Very complex. I could relate.

 

 

K: Those are some very impressive inspirations.

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JKO: Thanks. I appreciate that.

K: What is your wrestling style?

JKO: I’d like to think it changes with the territory and the opponent. Wrestling, fighting, for me, is like a game of chess and you need to take a different approach and have a different strategy because everyone is different. For instance, what might work in conquering one opponent may not necessary finish off another, so you need more weapons for the arsenal, so to speak. I put in the time and scout the competition and I’ve developed a vast array of offense and defense to combat all. I’ve found that a hybrid style suits me best. If I have to air on the side of aggression and brawl, I can go. If he’s a bigger guy, or a giant, well I can wear him down and submit him. Without giving too much of my strategy away, let’s just say I’m disciplined in preparation.

 

 

KB: How do you stay in such great shape?

JKO: It’s a lot of dedication to excellence. Putting in the work in the gym and going the extra mile, sometimes two, even when you don’t always feel it. That, that right there, is what separates the winners from the losers. Just when you feel you’ve given it all, you give more! Because when the time comes, you’re already a step ahead of the rest. I pride myself on being the absolute best that I can be, not just for the majority, but for myself. It’s all of that, and the diet. And that’s tough. Because I like my chocolate! I have to bust my ass to not only stay in this shape, but to excell and keep getting better as well. But it’s worth it.

 

 

KB: Who have been your toughest opponents in the ring?

JKO: Each time is a new challenge. Everyone brings something a little different to the table so you’re always on your toes. I never underestimate or overestimate anyone. I’m confident in me and I’m focused. That said, wrestling for WWE/ECW in front of 16,000+ at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, getting my eardrum busted in the first 10 seconds of the match and not skipping a beat, that’s can be considered tough. But I always say, ‘when the going gets tough, you get tougher!’ and I live to back that up.

 

KB: If you could choose to face any wrestler, past or present, in the ring, who would it be, and why?

JKO: My first choice would be Bret Hart. Obviously, because he’s my all time favorite. If that were at all possible, we could’ve had a pretty good back and forth. I’m sure he would take me to school but, with my resiliency and tenacity, it’d be a tremendous exhibition to witness.

I know you’re looking for one person, but you cannot leave out Eddie Guerrero. Anybody that ever asks me this question, he’s my natural go to guy. The performance ability he had, his wit, mixed with his pure wrestling skill, man oh man, what a show we would have had. More importantly, I know I would learn so much from them.

That said, THE GUY I want to work and do business with is Randy Orton. For so many reasons.

 

KB: What other sports or hobbies do you enjoy?

JKO: I have been working out and training others for over a decade. So, that there, I have a tremendous passion for bodybuilding. It has done so much for my life, and life choices that I’ve made.

I have an affinity for art, as well. All kinds. Mental, physical, nature, drawing and creating, all of the above. All of my tattoos, I designed personally. From my ring gear I wear to my promotional 8×10 photos, to the concept of everything that encircles JOHNNY KNOCKOUT, comes personally from me, my mind, my hands and my vision.

I’m not the biggest into sports, but I do enjoy Hockey. I played hockey much of my youth.

 

KB: And finally, is there anything special you’d like to say to our readers?

JKO: Yes, first and foremost be true to you and the individual you are. Be Positive, Stay Happy. Find ways and do them often.

Other than that, if you’re a fan of Pro Wrestling, or even if you aren’t, take the time to fully learn about JOHNNY KNOCKOUT. Who he is, what makes him tick and what his purpose is all about. I’m constantly evolving, oftentimes learning more about myself as I go. I’m complex, but I’ll let you figure that part out for yourself. If you agree or even if you disagree with me I’m confident that, if you allow yourself, you will learn something.

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote of mine:
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

See you on the OtherSide…
CINEMATIC SUPERSTAR | JOHNNY KNOCKOUT

http://www.youtube.com/THEREALJKO

http://www.twitter.com/@JKOReality

http://www.Facebook.com/theJOHNNYKNOCKOUTreality

JKOArmy Fanpage Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Knockout-Official-JKOArmy/113489775386260

MTV True Life feature: http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-i-need-anger-management/1580812/playlist.jhtml

MTV True Life “Favorites”: http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-true-life-favorites-where-are-they-now/1655488/playlist.jhtml

 

 

Johnny has a show coming up:

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Fighting Spirit Wrestling presents “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”
August 22, 2012
Atlantic City Lakes Bay Resort Hotel
8029 Black Horse Pike W.
Atlantic City, NJ 08232

TICKETS: $20 BELL TIME: 6PM
www.facebook.com/FightingSpiritWrestling for more info

 

 

2 Responses to “Meet Johnny Knockout!”

Lorraine

July 22nd, 2012 - 12:55 pm

I am one of Johnny Knockout biggest fans.He is everything he says and more. Us the JkoArmy are very proud of him and always will be. You will never find a wrestler like him. One of a kind. He supports everyone of us as we do him. Anyone who does not take the time to know him are only missing out one a great person/wrestler. I loved this interview.

Mary Ann

September 28th, 2012 - 11:12 pm

It’s great to see more and more people are discovering Johnny and wanting to know more about him. There is no greater indy wrestler who is desperately needed in the WWE! He is the Most intieractive wrestler out there and you don’t have to jump through hoops and pray he’ll respond to you. Speaking for myself I can safely say Johnny is the truest friend anyone could ask for.

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