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THEY do say bet­ter late than never, don’t they?

In one of the most over­due in­ter­views in the his­tory of this col­umn, FT is de­lighted to wel­come “East End Butcher” Sha Sa­muels to the page this week.

Lon­doner Sha has been a model of con­sis­tency through a ca­reer span­ning al­most 20 years.

An abra­sive fig­ure in char­ac­ter, the ar­tic­u­late Sa­muels has re­cently hung up his real-life meat cleaver to fo­cus full time on wrestling.

“I’m chas­ing the dream! I’ll chase it un­til the day I die,” he be­gins. “I’ve been do­ing it for so long now that it’s turned into my so­cial life, my hobby, my pas­sion! Hope­fully some­thing big will hap­pen.”

Sha ad­mits the last eight months of 2017 have been frus­trat­ing with the col­lapse of the ITV WOS project and YouTube pulling the rug out from un­der wrestling com­pa­nies, but he’s a fighter.

We chew over the fact that our scene is thriv­ing but Sha ar­gues that de­spite the vol­ume of wrestling in the UK at present, it’s in dan­ger of be­com­ing some­what generic: “There is an indy wrestling for­mat now, which con­sists of a bit of wrestling, a bit of com­edy – a bit more com­edy, shake hands and a cud­dle at the end.

“Ev­ery­one’s do­ing the same thing.

“If you speak out you are seen as bit­ter – it’s not that. It’s just frus­trat­ing to see. I see the mis­takes hap­pen­ing that will af­fect our legacy.”

Here is a man who ar­gues the col­lec­tive cause, that shows should be a sum of their parts, that there should be a gen­eral de­sire to work for the greater good.

He adds: “It’s been a bit de­press­ing, I’m not go­ing to lie, the ITV project be­ing post­poned.

“It’s a bit of a myth – it is the best scene on the planet – it is sta­ble for some guys but cer­tainly not for ev­ery­one. Hav­ing said that, I’d take to­day over 15 years ago.”

“I be­lieve in be­ing com­mit­ted. When it comes to a char­ac­ter, you have to be­lieve it your­self. If you don’t be­lieve it, it’s go­ing to be rub­bish.

“I may not be the best high flyer, or the best tech­ni­cally, but I am be­liev­able in what­ever I do. That makes a big dif­fer­ence.”

®Ê BUTCHERED: Sha Sa­muels is in fly­ing form in the ring

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