Pro Wrestling Ulster’s Luther Valentine chats to us ahead of the PWU Snow Mercy at the Europa Hotel on Sunday December 13.
Tell us something your mum doesn’t know about you?
Unfortunately my mum isn’t with us anymore, but one thing my dad doesn’t know about me, that I am actually really good at cleaning and ironing. I spent the best part of 25 years convincing my parents I didn’t know how, so they would do it for me. The truth is I just really hate it. 🙂 I regret nothing.
What would you do if you had the keys to the city for the day?
Firstly, I would get in my car, and drive in every available bus lane there is without fear of being fined. Then I would park up at city hall, I would get a wrestling ring built in the grounds and have an impromptu wrestling show. Pro Wrestling in City Hall gardens would really attract a crowd and I guarantee thousands of unsuspecting people would go home entertained and would come back for more. Now that would be a great day.
What’s the most interesting discovery you’ve made in Belfast?
For me it has to be discovering the massive fan base that local, independent wrestling has in Belfast. I honestly could never have imagined there was so many like-minded people out within the city. There is a large group of people out there that love wrestling and they show up to Pro Wrestling Ulster shows without fail. They are a fantastic, loyal group, and I will do my best to see that continue to grow by putting on the most entertaining shows possible.
Which building would you most like to be locked in overnight?
I’ve actually thought about this before, and it would have to be Stormont. I would spend the whole night setting booby traps for all the politicians, like in Home Alone. Teach them a few lessons for all those expense claims. That would be very rewarding indeed.
Sandra Bullock. Since I was about 9 I always had a thing for Sandra, and like a fine wine she gets better with age (like me!)
Describe your perfect day in the city?
I would get up early, have a very strong black coffee and then head to CrossFit Northern Ireland for a good workout. Then I would head somewhere for a big Ulster Fry up to set me up for the day. The rest of the day would be spent sampling a few cold beers around some of Belfast’s best bars (and there’s lots to sample), then home to put my feet up with a takeaway and a good film. It’s the simple things in life I enjoy.
Earliest Belfast memory?
Originally, being from Lisburn, a trip to “The Big Smoke” was a huge deal for me, and my earliest memory is getting the train in for some Christmas shopping. Needless to say I was exhausted by the end of it, but couldn’t wait to get back.
What movie most closely resembles your life story and why?
Oh, well I have to say Rocky. Just like Rocky, I started from humble beginnings, and just like Rocky became The Heavyweight Champion in the world of boxing, I plan on doing the exact same in Pro Wrestling Ulster, and I aim to do it very soon!
Sum up Belfast in three words?
Fun, Friendly and Exciting.