Independent professional wrestler RJ City has made his debut back in 2006 and since then, he has become one of the top rising stars in the scene. Not only that he is a wrestler, but he is also an actor as well who has appeared on Smashalot, The Masked Saint, Murdoch Mystries, and Nickelodeon’s Splatalot. Today, I got the chance to interview RJ in a rapid, 10 questions style interview and we go over plenty of topics including his match with David Arquette!
I want to ask you, what drew you into professional wrestling and when did you decide that you wanted to become a professional wrestler? I wasn’t drawn to professional wrestling, it beckoned me. After a cocktail party at Judy Garland’s house, I had a feverish dream of becoming a wrestler. I took it as a sign from the universe, though it later turned out the olive in my martini was laced with LSD.
You had a match with David Arquette last year. How did that come about? and do you have any stories with Arquette before and after the match? The entire feud is conveniently pinned to the top of my Twitter page. Long story short, he’s annoying, I told him so and off we went. Fun fact: I gave him a black eye and they almost replaced him on a Duplass Brothers movie.
What do you like to do on your spare time outside of the ring?The New York Times crossword. I don’t answer their clues, but I write words that fit in the boxes.
How do you feel about the landscape of pro wrestling being where it is now compared to 10-15 years ago? Honestly, nothing has changed. Whatever way the business end evolves, wrestlers will always be loud, sweaty and stupid.
What have you learned the most while you were training to become a pro wrestler? Duck.
You were also on Nickelodeon’s Splatalot. What was it like for you to go from wrestling to acting and was it hard for you to get out of the wrestling mindset while you were acting? or was it an easy transition for you? There was actually a period where I was filming a movie, filming Splatalot and then still wrestling on the weekends. Luckily, each role called for me to be a smug person, so I didn’t have any issues transitioning. Wrestling is a violent 4th grade play.
Any funny fan interaction stories? I was eating almonds outside of a building once, talking to other wrestlers. A fan was hovering outside the social circle. I offered the almonds to the wrestlers, but she overheard and said “YES!” then took WAY too many almonds. I haven’t spoken to a fan since.8. What is your upcoming schedule?I’m opening up for Tony Orlando & Dawn at the Sands now through the end of September.
Who in the world of independent wrestling would you like to face? My fears.
Any advice for anyone getting into pro wrestling? Go see a therapist first.