“X-Ray” Kyle Kruze has been involved in wrestling since he was a teenager and has been a pro for the last 11 years. Kruze is the head instructor for Main-Stream Wrestling and has held the Atlantic Canadian title on two occasions. Among the notables Kruze has been in the ring with include HonkyTonk Man, Vance Nevada, Jason Rumble and the Highlanders.
Q. Your dream opponent would be?
A. Chris Benoit. In the ring he was the greatest and I’d be assured he was in there to really work.
Q. What is your best road story?
A. God, I don’t know, there are so many! Leave it with me.
Q.Who is someone you always like to watch wrestle?
A. Back in the day it was Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Benoit, Barry Windham, Jushin Liger. Today not many – Edge and Jericho, sometimes ‘Taker. I’m not a big fan of anyone, really.
Q. As a promoter who would be in your money match?
A. If I had a choice I guess I’d put The Rock against John Cena, and Hogan vs. Austin.
Q.Do you think tag team wrestling is a lost art?
A. Not so much a lost art as it is uninteresting. The days of exclusive, long-term gimmick teams like the Bulldogs, Rockers, LOD, are over and that’s what made tag team wrestling fun. Today teams disband a week or two after they form and there’s never any storyline to be had from that. As a wrestler myself I absolutely love tag team matches. If the other 3 guys in there know their stuff you can tell an incredible story to an Indy crowd and have them with you from start to finish.
Q. If you got the call from New York, would you change your gimmick and to what?
A. I definitely would, and if it was my choice I’d do a vampire gimmick. I thought Gangrel and The Brood was one of the most amazing gimmicks ever and could have gone even further than it did. Also today you have the hype surrounding Twilight so there is money to be made and a huge market for it.
Q. Do you think titles need to mean something again?
A. Absolutely and that’s one of my biggest pet peeves today. Back in the 80s it was a HUGE headline when any Title changed hands. It was the biggest news at school in the cafeteria for weeks. As soon as the mid-90s rolled around the Titles started to switch hands, hand over fist. When someone holds the belt 13 times today, what does it really mean if he loses it every 2nd week? Where is the allure? I wish that aspect of wrestling went back to the way it was.
Q.You own a promotion, who are the first five workers you hire?
A. John Cena, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles. 3 have gimmicks and are great draws, and all can work.
Q. What is the craziest match you have done?
A. I made a big mistake doing a 3-way Hardcore Match back in 2001 with a guy who couldn’t work because he was never trained. I was nearly choked to death and bludgeoned, lol. I’ve never really done any crazy matches other than a few ladder matches. I won’t do anything crazy unless it made really good sense and had a purpose.
Q. Do you prefer hardcore, traditional or a mix of the two for your own matches?
A. Traditional and some high-flying, but not too much. I like a perfect mix, really. I could care less for Hardcore, but I certainly understand it has its place at the right times. I’ll do basic Hardcore when warranted, but nothing “Extreme” like lightbulbs or barbed wire or anything. I think that’s retarded and for guys who can’t work their way out of a wet paper bag. That’s not wrestling, it’s foolishness.
Q. Besides yourself, who is the best to ever step into the ring?
A. There are many, I can’t pick just one. The most realistic and hardest working guys were Chris Benoit and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, bar none. The best gimmick was Hogan, hands-down. His charisma was unmatched and let’s face it – we wouldn’t be here without him.
Q.Who is your favorite opponent?
A. Anyone who likes to work hard and knows how to tell a story without hurting me. I definitely believe in laying it in good, but properly. There is absolutely no art in beating people up. It IS a tough man’s sport, no doubt, but those guys who just beat and pound on a guy only do so because they lack the ability to actually wrestle.
Q. If you could change one thing about the business, what would it be?
A. I would have a wrestling board assembled and governed by law to ensure that no one could get into the business without certification from a reputable wrestling school. This would eliminate the shitty wrestlers in the business, which would see even shittier promoters disappear, which would ultimately save the business.
Q. Does wrestling need a union?
A. No, everyone deserves the option to be an independent contractor. However, there should be insurance of some kind once you retire. See above question.
Q. What drew you into the business?
A. Everything about it. Hogan, “Hit Man”, seeing it live, everything!
Q. Do you think heels and faces need to be clearly defined again?
A. Yes. It would make for better story-telling, in my opinion. Good and evil really needs to be re-established, especially when your number-one market is youth; they’re your audience and they need to be able to easily understand what they’re watching so they can buy tickets and merchandise.
Q. In the annals of wrestling, what do you want to be said about you?
A. That I was the busiest, hardest-working, and bravest promoter ever to run an Indy promotion. My tours are 22-25 nights each with few nights off, covering all 4 Atlantic Canadian Provinces – a collosal undertaking! I’m a one-man staff putting it all together, at least until the first day when the crew arrives. I never gave in to fear and I overcame every obstacle thrown at me, I never backed down. That’s how I would like to be remembered and I’m pretty sure those who met me and have worked for me, will say about me once I’ve packed it in, or when there is a tag on my toe, whichever comes first.
Q. What decade, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 00s do you think best defined wrestling?
A. 1980s, no question about it, not even an argument to be had. The spark was lit in that era.
Q. Do you think internet PPVs would help indie promotions?
A. I do, for sure. It’s an area we’ll eventually explore down the road.
Q. What is one thing you want fans to know about you?
A. That I take my promotion seriously and I work hard to put on the tours that I do. I want you to know you are going to see a work of passion when you buy a ticket to a Main-Stream Wrestling Entertainment show.