Professional wrestling - almost everyone has their opinions or even memories.
Memories of when Hulk Hogan, The Rock or John Cena captivated their childhood and made them believe anything was possible.
In the world of professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment [WWE, originally WWF] is the pinnacle but certainly not the only option for fans and performers alike, with All Elite Wrestling [AEW], New Japan Pro Wrestling [NJPW] and Impact Wrestling some of the alternatives around the world.
Wrestlers from all over the world aspire to make the WWE, wrestling in bingo halls, gymnasiums and theatres to achieve their dream and thrill a live audience.
This is where Tasmanian Championship Wrestling comes into it.
Started in 2012 by Leigh Barber, TCW filled the hole for aspiring wrestlers in Tasmania, which was previously the only state without a professional wrestling company.
Beau Sayer, who performs as Eddie Jones, was one of Barber's first trainees and now owns the company alongside Daniel Hawes [Dylan Daniels], training the next batch of Launceston's best.
Among those is Charlie Jordan [Charli Rose], who for years was the only female trainee at TCW, but now two others have joined the fray, letting Jordan become somewhat of a trainer and mentor to the other up-and-comers.
In the ring, they've more than crossed paths, with Eddie Jones leading the trio in a faction called JonesTown for two years before he turned his back on the others to become the arrogant bad guy he wrestles as today.
For Jordan and Hawes, their in-ring identities are themselves with the craziness and energy turned up to the max.
All three wrestlers have held championship gold throughout their stints at TCW, with Daniels the current North Esk Champion, the title that was first held by Rose.
Ahead of their major show Annhiliation 8, which took place at Elphin Sports Centre on February 13, the trio gave an inside look into the people behind their characters.
Daniel Hawes: I remember my brother was a huge wrestling fan growing up and I wasn't so much but I probably got really into it around 2000 and I went back and watched a lot of DX [D-Generation X] stuff and a lot of those guys. My brother was big WCW [World Championship Wrestling] and I was big WWE.
Charlie Jordan: It would be watching it at my Nan's house. My Dad was a huge fan growing up and then obviously it would be on the TV every time I would be with him, so gradually I started watching when he was and ultimately became hooked like he was.
Beau Sayer: I'll age myself a lot more than the other guys did, I think my first wrestling memory was hiring VHSes from Video City. It would have been about '95, I can't remember the first show - it was either Wrestlemania 9 or Uncensored '95. At the time, I thought they were both amazing but no they're not, they are actually very, very hard to watch now but it did make me really love Hulk Hogan, so some things won't change.
DH: I actually came to a TCW show and watched Eddie Jones get his arse kicked, which was enough for me. I never came in with the plans to really be a wrestler. I did a bit of training, I went on to do more of the commentary and the announcing side of things and then obviously I started managing Eddie Jones and then transitioned into wrestling. It's been a journey but one that I've loved every second of.
CJ: After watching the show Fighting with my Family [about WWE's Paige], seeing a girl that was wrestling and knowing that yes, she's surrounded by all these guys, but she's still getting in there and having the confidence. I saw there was a training school in Launceston and then didn't really look back.
BS: I've been here since it [TCW] opened, so I didn't really fall into it as such but at the time I was pretty much given an ultimatum by my wife because I was going stir crazy at home. So I had the option between going to play field hockey with my friends or she was like 'I found this ad in the newspaper about a wrestling school'. And I was like 'hockey sounds dangerous, I might go to the wrestling school'. Rocked in on the first day at the Windmill Hill Hall with no ring or anything and here I am 10-11 years later and I'm still here - right choice I think!
DH: I love getting out there, honestly I live to entertain. Although for three years I was being beat up and beat down, I wouldn't take any of that back. I love just going out there, slapping hands with the fans, signing autographs for the kids, it's just that energy that goes along with it - it's like nothing you've ever had before.
It's just that energy that goes along with it - it's like nothing you've ever had before.- Launceston wrestler Daniel Hawes
CJ: I love the fact that it's such a confidence booster. I'm a very shy, anxious person, I can barely speak to anyone but through wrestling I feel like I've come out of my shell personally a lot more than I would have without wrestling.
BS: This will probably sound terrible but manipulating people's emotions is great. Being able to have someone cheer for you and cry for you getting beaten up and five seconds later making them so angry that they are throwing stuff and you and want to punch you is the best feeling.
DH: I did win a championship belt at the last show [Retaliation] but going 45 minutes in front of my family and getting savagely beaten down by Eddie Jones is weirdly enough one of my more fond memories. But also the Brisbane Street fight a year prior at Annihilation 6, that was the first time I'd ever really done that sort of stuff and that was at Albert Hall, so that's a really big memory too. I don't know if I can pin it down to one favourite match, but I've had a whole bunch that I'm definitely never going to forget.
CJ: As everyone says, I love a majority of the matches I have been in. It's tough, obviously I have to say the one that I won the North Esk Title against Eddie Jones, there he is again. But I really enjoyed the match I had with Riley at Annihilation 6, even though once again I was beaten up for a majority of that match but it was good to have experience with someone else who has been in the business for a lot longer than I have, done a lot more travelling and being in the Albert Hall is always a lot of fun too.
BS: It's such a hard thing because different matches represent many different things but probably the main event of Annihilation 5 against Diablo, the TLC match. Being both of us here from the very beginning in the base, we'd always had that dream to do Albert Hall one day. So to finally reach that and growing up in Launceston always driving past that Albert Hall building and having Tasmanian Championship Wrestling on the billboard and selling like 600 tickets I think for that show, for a show that the advertising was all about me and Diablo, was a very nice culmination of everything that we've done and where we've actually managed to get to.
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