|By Raj Giri||December 20, 2012 | Comments|
WrestlingINC: Tell fans who are not that familiar with Impact Zone Wrestling a little bit more about the promotion.
Jermaine Johnson: Impact Zone Wrestling, IZW, is a federation in Lawton, Oklahoma which is now trying to reach a broader fan base due to our Comcast partnership with GFL.tv. So, now we're getting to be seen in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington. We just got in Houston, Texas all through the Comcast markets.
We've got a lot of young talent that's hungry, very athletic and ready to go. We've got broad characters from top to bottom. Great talent -- including myself, the leader of the Hype Section: Jermaine Johnson. Former Impact division champion. At Chaotic Christmas, I plan on getting it back in an Impact X match up, which is brand new I believe. Combining the concept of a steel cage and Ultimate X. It has five dudes in it and we're telling them out there and give what you got and become Impact division champion.
WrestlingINC: Were you a wrestling fan growing up?
Johnson: Of course. I was a fan all of my life. As far as I can remember back, I've been going to wrestling shows. It's even been told to me that I was at wrestling shows before I was born. My mom was watching wrestling shows when she was pregnant. I've been getting it in from jump street.
WrestlingINC: [Laughs.] Who were some of your early favorites in the business?
Johnson: I started off as a Hulkamaniac as I think most everybody did. I got familiar with Sting a little bit later after. Then, I started looking at more athletic wrestlers. That's when I started liking Flyin' Brian, and Brad Armstrong... R.I.P. Brad Armstrong.
Later on, it was Ric Flair. Once you started realizing that guy was very cool, stylin' and profilin', you had to start liking him. Rick Rude was always a favorite of mine, Ricky Steamboat. Then, you get to the newer days with edge & Christian, The Hardy's and Shelton Benjamin later on. I like the more athletic, boisterous guys.
WrestlingINC: When did you realize that this was something you wanted to do?
Johnson: I want to say at like 5 I was set at that point. This is all I wanted to do. I never had another dream. I had another thing that I'd write down under 'Future Career.' So, it's been wrestling the entire time, that's all I ever geared myself up for. I'm very happy with where I'm at right now.
WrestlingINC: How did you get your start in IZW?
Johnson: I bought a magazine -- I'm not sure what the magazine's called, I think it was a little, miniature Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine where they came out with a list of all the independent wrestling feds in there and they had all their information down. So, I took their numbers and they had all their information for schools and things of that nature.
Actually, I called a federation in Denver and I lived in Wichita, Kansas. So, I was going to drive from Wichita to Denver every week. When I told the promoter there, he laughed at me. He kind of called me stupid back-handedly. He was like 'Well, if someone is that stupid, I guess I should help them out.' So, he gave me the number to IZW in Oklahoma because he had just left that promotion and told me that was the best place for me.
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