Special Super 8 Tournament Interview: Reckless Youth
The ECWA is holding it’s annual Super 8 Tournament on Saturday April 23, 2016 at the Woodbury Heights Community Center in Woodbury, NJ. But this year is no normal edition of the infamous tournament responsible for launching the careers of some of today’s biggest wrestling stars. This year is an ALL STAR EDITION! ECWA management picked some of the biggest, most accomplished, and most impressive past participants to fill up this year’s field of eight. Only past winners and participants were considered! This year’s field alone has three past winners looking to make history! And it’s a second chance for those participants who fell just short last time.
However, the Super 8 Tournament is steeped in independent wrestling history. The men who have performed in the tournament are some of the most respected professional wrestlers to ever step foot in a ring. It’s that fact where ECWA started looking into the companies’ history to find a special guest host for this year’s tournament. In fact they found two! The first man though is widely considered on the short list of best indy wrestlers ever… he wrestled all over the world and country including for the WWE… and he even fought in 3 Super 8 Tournaments! Still widely cited as inspiration for this generation’s men and women on the independent scene this man needs no further introduction.
That man is RECKLESS YOUTH!
We took some time and asked Reckless Youth aka Tom Carter a few brief questions about his career and the Super 8 Tournament, hope you enjoy:
1. You were in 3 Super 8 Tournaments. What did that mean to you and your career?
RY: I was heavily influenced by the 1994 & 1995 Super J Cups as well as the 1996 J-Crown when I first broke into wrestling. The opportunity to be a part of, on the forefront, of something similar in the US with the first Super 8 in 1997 was enthralling. Reflecting back, I sometimes wonder if Jim Kettner was that forward thinking on leading this effort in the US or if he didn’t even realize that it would become as popular and revered as it has come to be in wrestling. I can tell you, personally, that my involvement in the Super 8’s (1997, 1998, & 2001) only amplified my wrestling career by furthering my footprint into areas of the business that I would not have otherwise been able to do without those experiences. I could never thank Jim Kettner enough for those opportunities and to be apart of such a rich wrestling history.
2. You were one of the innovators of the fast paced, high flying style that was first originated in the tournament and is now the norm in indy wrestling. Why do you think that style become so popular so quickly?
RY: The simple answer is that it was such a stark contrast to what was going on in the Indy scene at the time. When I trained under William Regal during my time in WWE developmental, he would always say “it’s so old it’s new” when referencing a wrestling style or hold. The truth of the matter is that the “fast paced, high flying style” was nothing more than a rehash of what Tiger Mask was doing in the early 80’s. It was so old it was new! I can’t even take credit for ushering it into the US because Tiger Mask did it on a tour in the US back in ‘82 which left a lasting impression on all who witnessed it.
3. In your opinion, how has indy wrestling changed for the better and the worse since your retirement?
RY: Let’s get one thing right out of the box: I’m not retired. I’m just not accepting bookings at this time. I never officially retired and could always accept bookings again in the future, HAHA!
As far as comparing my time in wrestling to now, it would be difficult because I don’t find myself involved enough to comment. I don’t watch too much wrestling on TV and rarely attend a local event now but I can tell you I did see some significant shifts while I was actively wrestling that did cause concerns. WCW being bought by WWE caused a ripple effect that I still believe is being felt today which has hurt wrestling in my opinion. Indy wrestling was directly tied to the power struggle between the major companies. Not only did it provide more possible career options for Indy talent, it also led to larger Indy interest that helped fans and wrestlers alike. Think about a time when there was much greater possibility of seeing a wrestler from an Indy show appear on national TV in the near future. That had a direct effect on the performance as well as a greater attraction for the fans.
4. How does it feel that even after all these year’s people still consider you to be one of the best? How about when they say they still copy things you did as Reckless Youth?
RY: I’d like to say that I ushered in the era of lightweights in US wrestling but that would be very prideful. The truth is that many guys had a hand in that during that period of time and I’m so sincerely grateful to have been apart of it. I’m flattered when I hear that I had so much influence during what seemed to be a very influential time. I can only hope that any mark I’ve made was a positive one that could be reflected on long after I’m gone. I had a sincere passion for Indy wrestling and loved being a part of it. Wrestlers like Johnny Hotbody and Tony Stetson drew me to a love of Indy wrestling and always made the price of admission worth every penny for me. It’s my hope that I was able to give back and do the same for the fans.
We hope that you enjoyed hearing from one of the best professional wrestlers to not only grace an ECWA ring but any ring… period. Tom Carter aka Reckless Youth will be on hand at the All Star Super 8 Tournament as co-host. He will help make history once again as he helps crown the biggest Super 8 Champion in ECWA history! Be there on Saturday April 23, 2016!