Column: “Wrestler Spotlight” w/ R. Drew & Dave Manzo
December 25, 2008 · Print This Article
CLASH Wrestling’s ringside photographer R. Drew presents the “Wrestler Spotlight” w/ “Swagg Starr” Dave Manzo. In his first interview, R. Drew targets the recently transformed “Swagg Starr” Dave Manzo. Drew attempts to get into the head of the once decorated athlete and asks a number of tough questions. Get a better understanding of Dave Manzo, his new obsession with “swag”, and a number of other interesting issues as Manzo steps into the “Wrestler Spotlight!”
R.DREW: Who is the “Swagg Starr” Dave Manzo?
SWAGG STARR: The “Swagg Starr” Dave Manzo is the man with the most swagger in the world. He is the biggest partier, the man that gets any girl he wants, and yes he is still the best athlete ever created on this earth.
R.DREW: How does the “Swagg Starr” differ from the “All American”?
SWAGG STARR: Because this is Dave Manzo in his true form. Yeah he is still the athlete that the All American was, but his collegiate and semi-pro sports years are done with, and his main focus is now club/bar hoppin, pickin up the ladies, and havin a few cocktails.
R.DREW: What do you do when your not in the ring, or training for a match?
SWAGG STARR: Outside the squared circle, or the swagged circle as I call it, I’m gettin my swell on at the gym, to keep my body lookin finess, and at night I’m in the top bars/clubs around the country. Living the dream of being the sexiest and swaggest man in the world.
R.DREW: What are some of your hobbies?
SWAGG STARR: Hockey, yoga, makin music, pickin up any girl I choose, and shopping for the best clothing money can buy, at the best stores in the world.
R.DREW: What type of music do you listen to?
SWAGG STARR: Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B,Â the only music that matters.
R.DREW: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
SWAGG STARR: Tupac Shakur. He was a genius, an entrepreneur, and the best rapper to have ever lived. He was the definition of having Swagger before it was kool.
R.DREW: At what age did you know you wanted to become a pro wrestler? Who were some of the wrestlers who influenced your career?
SWAGG STARR: I knew I wanted to become a pro wrestler at age 13. I was a premiere hockey player all my life, but I had a passion for wrestling. Some wrestlers that influenced me were, Eddie Guerrero, Owen Hart, Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair.
R.DREW: Do you have any superstitions, or things you must do before a match?
SWAGG STARR: I must do my hair, put on my Oakley stunner shades, and put on one of my many expensive Calvin Klein, Armani, Banana Republic ect. suits that are in my closet.
R.DREW: Do you have a favorite match?
SWAGG STARR: All the ones I’m in, because I am the most amazing wrestler in the business, hands down.
R.DREW: How about your favorite opponent?
SWAGG STARR: The Green Ranger, because he’s a hell of a wrestler, a jam-up guy, and a serious professional. Now all he needs is to buy some new gear, and he’ll actually be worthy enough to step in the ring with me.
R.DREW: What was your greatest moment in your career thus far?
SWAGG STARR: Seize The Day I, being in the opening match of the first ever CLASH Wrestling show on January 5th, 2008.
R.DREW: What has been the worst injury you’ve sustained thus far in your career?
SWAGG STARR: That’s for me to know, and no one to find out. I’m not going to unveil any weaknesses.. not that I have any.
R.DREW: Finally, how long have you known Coach B.?
SWAGG STARR: Well first of all, you and everybody else will now call him ”B”. He is my personal image consultant & swag coach, and my best wingman for the nightlife. I’ve known B for 7 years. Now do your job monkey, and ”bow down” to your ”Royal Swaggness”! I’m out,Â deuces.