Indy INC: 'Heartkiller' Chris Wylde Talks Wrestling & Parenting; Rick Grimes Vs. Beast In FSCW, More

"Heartkiller Chris Wylde. Photo by Sean Sullivan Photography.

Newark, Delaware-based East Coast Championship Wrestling has been a hotbed of wrestling action and a proving ground for young stars for almost half a century. With so many great stories of redemption, fortitude and triumph, it's a near-Herculean attempt to pick one or two that exemplify the spirit of that organization but an ultimate list of the companiy's highlights would surely have to include the tale of "Heartkiller" Chris Wylde. As a boy, Wylde attended ECWA shows with his dad and although his smaller frame and struggles with asthma made things tough from time to time, Wylde eventually became a wrestler himself, eventually scoring title gold in ECWA, winning the company's Mid-Atlantic and heavyweight straps. Wylde recently spoke to regarding the highlights of his career as a wrestler as well as his personal life and goals for the future.

Chris, you've garnered a tremendous following and many successes through your work in ECWA but you worked in a number of other independent promotions prior to your current gig. How did your work in places like DCW and OVW prepare you to the challenges you've faced as a standout of ECWA's roster?

I don't think anything really prepared me for the challenges I would face in the ECWA but working with these places early in my career would help me pay my dues. Driving a ring truck around. putting up a ring with just two other people, and doing things such as work the cameras, security , and concessions really made me appreciate the business. That's taking nothing away from the talent at these places. DCW allowed me the chance to learn my basics. I remember constantly trying new things on film to try and impress then ECWA owner Jim Kettner.

Your 2012 heavyweight title win over Greek God Papadon was an emotional one and arguably your biggest victory to date. How does that achievement compare to your Mid-Atlantic title reigns, including your current stint with that title? Should fans expect to see you carrying ECWA heavyweight gold again in the near future? What do you need to do to earn a shot at Bobby Shields?

Winning the ECWA title from Papadon in 2012 was up to that point the biggest thing to happen to meónot just in my wrestling career but my life. Growing up in the area I would go to ECWA shows and watch guys like Chris Daniels, Christian, Glen Osbourne, Fred Sampson (Darren Young) and others carry the "Big Red" title and wish that someday I would. It was a dream that many said I would never accomplish. Winning it in front of my newborn daughter was special. My ECWA title reign was like going to school for me. I can't tell you how much I learned from guys like Papadon, Josh Daniels, and Tony Mamaluke. Winning the Mid-Atlantic title for a second time this year meant even more to me for a couple of reasons. The first being that because of everything I learned from guys i worked with I now felt like I was "ready." And the second being that I fulfilled another dream of mine by having my friend and mentor J.J. Dillon in my corner for the match I won it in, against Ricky Martinez. It was J.J.'s first time managing in ten years. This meant the world to me. I feel I am more ready now to hold the ECWA title then I was before. Fans can expect me to make a push for this title in the future for sure.

Title aspirations aside, it's a safe bet that you'd love to grab the top spot in the Super 8 Tournament someday. You've competed in a couple of those tournaments thus far. What distinguishes the Super 8 from other big events and invitational of the indy scene? What would a Super 8 win mean for your career in the broad scheme of things?

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