Lis­ten up kids, he’s a teacher

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

HOME­GROWN hero Haydn Daniels is pre­par­ing to teach the Aussies a les­son or two about wrestling.

A school­yard is the last place you would ex­pect to find a pro­fes­sional wrestler but this is one sub­sti­tute teacher who knows how to cre­ate or­der in the class­room.

‘‘[My pupils] def­i­nitely do their work,’’ Daniels laughs.

‘‘With the kids I have a nat­u­ral pres­ence any­way. I’m fairly solid so they usu­ally lis­ten to me. They all love it.’’

Daniels’ wrestling al­terego is The Ge­netic Pit­bull – a nick­name which stuck af­ter a friend called him that dur­ing a work­out ses­sion.

The Eller­slie res­i­dent is jet­ting off to Syd­ney and Bris­bane for three dif­fer­ent pro wrestling events in June and July.

The Su­per­nova Pop Cul­ture Expo, AWA Home­com­ing and Grind­house events will all see Daniels take cen­tre stage.

‘‘It’s pretty ex­cit­ing to be head­ing over there,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ve got a lot of wrestling com­ing up. The more ex­pe­ri­ence, the bet­ter you get.’’

Ex­pe­ri­ence is es­sen­tial if Daniels wants to reach his goal of one day com­pet­ing in the WWE.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously that would be the ul­ti­mate goal.

‘‘At the mo­ment it’s all about get­ting my name out there, build­ing up some ex­pe­ri­ence and go­ing from there.

‘‘It all de­pends what they’re look­ing for at the time but if I could get a foot in the door over there it would be great.

‘‘I would love to give it a crack.’’

Daniels has been wrestling through­out the New Zealand cir­cuit for about 18 months.

He was once an avid rugby player but a re­cur­ring shoul­der in­jury forced him to quit.

Wrestling pro­vided a chance to keep ac­tive but also have some con­trol over his in­juries.

‘‘I get the phys­i­cal­ity, I get to do some­thing I en­joy. I like talk­ing crap and rark­ing up the crowd so it’s al­ways fun.

‘‘If there’s cer­tain moves that I don’t feel com­fort­able do­ing be­cause I think it might ag­gra­vate my shoul­der, I just don’t do it.’’

Daniels gen­er­ally fo­cuses on strength but likes to sur­prise his au­di­ence with the odd ‘‘drop­kick or leap frog’’.

He nor­mally plays the role of the hero when wrestling in Auck­land but says play­ing the vil­lain is of­ten more fun.

‘‘I def­i­nitely like play­ing the bad guy.

‘‘You get to say the more risque things so it’s much more fun. It all de­pends on the show.’’

Photo: PETER MOR­RIS

Hay­den Daniels aka The Ge­netic Pit­bull is ready to put his skills to the test across the ditch.

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