Listen up kids, he’s a teacher
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.’’
Hayden Daniels aka The Genetic Pitbull is ready to put his skills to the test across the ditch.