Insane Championship Wrestling is so good it's, well, insane. In our fifth ICW special, we talk to one of the most exciting stars of the promotion, Stevie Boy. We were fortunate enough to join him just after he had successfully captured the ICW Zero-G championship. Since that night, Stevie has turned his back on his long-time Buckie Boys tag-partner Davey Boy and joined the New Age Kliq, revealing a new dark side of his persona. You can see how Stevie Boy fares at ICW events including their forthcoming shows in July, at the Edinburgh fringe in August or at the Glasgow SECC in November.
How was the ICW tour for you?
Amazing. Ai, it's an absolute buzz man, top quality start to finish. My highlight would definitely have to be London. I won the Zero-G belt which is pretty cool. It's the closest I've ever felt to a rock star. I remember at the end of the first weekend, I was one of the two last people on the bus and I just kind of stood there on the bus stairs thinking, "Reality is on the other side of that door and I really don't fancy going there". It's just been surreal. Absolutely amazing.
Tell us about the bus - some have compared it to being on tour with One Direction?!
Its better! You're with ICW! We're all basically good guys just out trying to make a name for ourselves and having a laugh and we all get on really quite well. There's no shenanigans going on backstage, we're all friends, we're all enjoying the same thing together.
Do you feel any pressure, as a Zero-G athlete, to do ever more daring moves?
Ai, I think that's everybody's kind of initiative. This is the first ever singles title I've won, so I'm definitely going to have to up my game. I saw that out in my match tonight, I was with some of the best cruiserweights in this country. It was tough.
What does it mean to you to be an ICW champion?
Right now, I don't know. I've not quite got my head around it. The adrenaline is still kind of pumping. I think once I go for a shower and get into my normal clothes and once the realisation hits me, I'll have a better idea but right now I'm just having an absolute blast. These past couple of weeks have been absolutely amazing and this, just to top off the tour - it absolutely couldn't get any better.
ICW has a game, arena shows and more, what's next?
We're taking over the world. That's exactly what's happening. I mean we've already confirmed the SECC for 'Fear and Loathing' - so get tickets, head on down!! But we'll push it as far as we can. There's only so many people that are willing to do it. So why not? If we fail we can say we tried. Lets take this as far as it can go.
Did you create your own gimmick or was it ICW's master scriptwriters?
When I came into ICW originally, I did security. That was back when we were running the Maryhill Halls. They basically needed someone for a five minute squash match - I didn't even throw a punch! I just got thrown about. Basically because of that, Dallas [Mark, ICW promoter] thought that he could give me an opportunity. He says 'The Bucky Boys' was his idea and he had it from years before. I was just lucky enough to fall into position. I mean that's all it was, just pure luck. It wasn't hard to build it up. It was just a 'myself times-ten' kind of thing. I need to get a bit more hyper before shows and that but you've just got to have a laugh! It's the easiest job in the world. It's so good!
There's limited spots on the roster, what do you think Mark Dallas saw in you?
I honestly don't know! I was just told to take a beating and to get this other guy 'over' and see what happens. I remember I got put through a table at the end of the match and as the security were dragging me out, Dallas was one of them and he was holding me and saying "mate, I'm going to take you to the top of this planet man, we're going to do this". We got backstage and he was like "I've got this idea. We're going to tag you up with Davey boy" but I had no idea it was going to escalate this quickly. It's out of control. Surreal - I keep saying it but it's the only word I can really think of.
It may be surreal for Stevie but the reality is, he's a deserving champ and a great talent. With Mark Dallas in his corner, Stevie is destined to go far.
Above: Stevie Boy and his partner Kay Lee Ray with the Royal Ramblings team