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Huskie Howard Interviews “Hardcore” Heather Owens

"Hardcore" Heather Owens

"Hardcore" Heather Owens

“Hardcore” Heather Owens

Huskie:Wrestling fans, welcome back to Wrestle Ohio. My guest today is the anti-diva herself, “Hardcore” Heather Owens. Heather, how are you doing? Thanks for joining us here at Wrestle Ohio.

Owens: Hello there. Glad to be getting interviewed finally.

Huskie: We are going to start off with a question sent in from Tony X. He asks “When are you gonna show me your new boobs?”

Owens: Well, you can tell my Asian friend that I’ll show him my boobs when I get to see his side penis!

Huskie: You know, I’m not even going to ask what that means. How long have you been in the wrestling business?

Owens: Officially, 6 ½ years. As soon as I graduated high school, I went to the Les Thatcher Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp (HWA) in Evendale, Ohio. That was 2002. I was there for about 3 months then stopped due to an ex-boyfriend having a problem with guys touching me. So yeah…I stayed away from the business until 2005. There were actually two things that got me to check out wrestling again. The first was that me and my ex broke up, and the second, talking to “The Dark Meat” Gotti. See, Gotti worked at the Gold’s Gym I was going to. I knew him from IWI and HWA. He said he was wrestling up at a place in Mt. Healthy and I should check it out.

Huskie:. Where did you train?

Owens: First, HWA with Les Thatcher, Cody Hawk, and Matt Stryker. Then when I came back in May 2005, I trained at Queen City Wrestling. Later in the year, Cody got word that I was training again. He informed me that since I already paid in full back in 2002, I was more than welcome to come back to HWA and train for free. That was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Huskie:How long did you train before you had your first match?

Owens trying to forcibly remove Mary Elizabeth's arms.

Owens trying to forcibly remove Mary Elizabeth’s arms.

Owens: I trained 2-3 months before my first reffing deal. My first match was December 30, 2005 at the HWA World War 3 show in Dayton, Ohio. All I knew was that I was going to be in the big battle royal and would be under a hood. I got there late, so I was already running around with my head chopped off. I was just super excited that I was actually going to be in a “match”. Cody finds me and pulls me off to the side and says I’m going to win the royal. I thought it was a rib. Why would I win the battle royal? It was my first match ever! I know Cody got a lot of heat for choosing me to win it, but that’s the business. I’m glad he did it though.

Huskie: We have a question from a fan. Eric Workman asks “Was there a female wrestler that inspired you to start wrestling?”

Owens: If I had to pick a chick that was relevant at that time that I looked up to, it would have to be Chyna. Now…not so much. (laughs)

Huskie: Who are you influences in wrestling?

Owens: Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Luna Vachon, Ric Flair, Fabulous Moolah, Taz, Jazz.

Huskie: What motivates you to get in the ring?

Owens: Money. (laughs) Yeah, right. I mean the money’s cool, but I just love entertaining. I’m a chick that actually wrestles and I have to keep it up so the damn divas don’t take over the ring.

Huskie: How do you prepare for a match?

Owens: Show up, talk to the booker, talk to my opponent, and that’s about it. I don’t do anything special.

Huskie: What is your favorite match of all time?

Owens: Benoit vs. Regal at the 3rd Pillman. Freakin amazing!

Huskie:Have you wrestled and former WWE/WCW/TNA stars?

Owens looking maniacal with Taeler Hendrix in a side headlock.

Owens looking maniacal with Taeler Hendrix in a side headlock.

Owens: I wrestled Traci Brooks a few times in Buckeye Pro Wrestling. She is an awesome person in and out of the ring. That’s about it. I mean I wrestled Madison Rayne before she had a contract and the same with Taeler Hendrix. I’m still waiting for a match against ODB! *fingers crossed*

Huskie: What is your favorite match that you have been involved in?

Owens: A few months ago, I got to tag with Justin Credible and I kinda marked out for that one. I was a huge ECW fan and when LSC said they were going to bring him in, I was all about it. It ended up being me, Ed, and Justin vs. Sgt. Ledbetter and Aaron Williams. Before the match, we were going over spots and such and no one wanted to take the piledriver so I totally jumped in and said I would do it. I think that kinda shocked Justin, but I figured the man has given that move for over 15 years, so I might as well. We did the spot and it looked great.

Huskie:. We have another question from a fan. Charles Stone asks “Of all the wrestlers that you have wrestled, who is your toughest opponent?”

Owens: I have two of them, Mickie Knuckles and Aleida Ortiz. Both are extremely talented broads that can definitely kick ass.

Huskie: We have a question sent in from Super Oprah. Oprah asks “How does it feel to get your ass kicked by me?”

Owens: Super Oprah, same question. (smiles)

Huskie: What is your dream match?

Owens: Hmm. I would have to say my dream match would be me vs. Luna Vachon. Obviously, this will never happen. I was actually very close to working her a few years back but the booking fell through and about two months later, she passed away. I think she and I would have had an awesome, kick ass match. Since that can’t happen, my second choosing is ODB!

Huskie: What is it like being on the road traveling from show to show?

Owens:If I’m traveling by myself for hours at a time, it sucks. It’s not bad if I have a carpool of people, but that rarely happens. I am usually always the driver which blows, but that’s the business. I do, however, enjoy being flown. Just saying.

Owens with her husband, Eddie Gonzales.

Owens with her husband, Eddie Gonzales.

Huskie: What is it like getting to be in this business with your husband, Eddie Gonzales?

Owens: Pretty awesome. The reason I got out of the business in the first place was because my boyfriend didn’t understand the business. Ed and I both love and hate the wrestling business and have a lot of the same views on wrestling in general. Plus, when we finally got together, we had both got our whoring out of the way. (smiles) The only down fall, Ed gets to drink and Heather has to be responsible. (laughs)

Huskie: What is your favorite match of yours and Eddie’s?

Owens: Like I said before, I really loved the Justin Credible match we were involved in. That match we tagged. Now, if I had to pick my favorite match against Ed, it would have to be the “Domestic Violence” match we had in Aberdeen, Ohio for World Wrestling Coalition. We seriously beat the shit out of each other that night. It was awesome. I was almost in tears from being hit with the kendo stick over and over. It was okay though, because later in the match, he was draped on the ropes and I had this huge health book from the seventies that I hit him across the back with and then he almost cried. So we were even. That’s the good thing about being in the business with your husband. You can beat the crap out of each other and no one will call the cops.

Huskie: What is Eddie like to travel with?

Owens:Fine I guess (laughs). He usually doesn’t work the far places that I do, so other than the hour here and there, it’s just me. One time, back when we first got together in late 2006, we were booked in this god forsaken place in Kentucky. It was a 5 hour drive down there. We get to the town, drive around for 30 minutes trying to find the building, finally finding the building, and we are told that the show was cancelled because the promoter was in jail. Mind you, we didn’t find this out from the promoter or booker or worker, but from a volunteer firefighter that was just there at the building. Back in the car we go. Let’s just say, if you can stand each other after a 10 hour drive, that’s love.

Owens delivers a kick to the back of J-Roc.

Owens delivers a kick to the back of J-Roc.

Huskie: We have a question from your husband, Eddie Gonzales. He asks “Does it upset you that sometimes you get heat for your husband being an asshole?”

Owens: Nope! (laughs) Do you know how many times a promoter will say, “Heather, we love you, but next time, don’t bring your husband”? I’ve only got heat a few times for being “guilty by association”. I don’t care. If people are that weak minded, then F them. Ed’s only an asshole because people don’t like hearing the truth. Everyone sugarcoats the business and can’t take being called out on their flaws. You can only get better if you are made aware of it. If only these “wrestlers” would have experienced Les Thatcher, maybe they wouldn’t get butt hole hurt so much.

Huskie: If you could wrestle anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Owens: Anywhere outside of the US. I’ve never been to Canada, Mexico, Europe, or anywhere fancy like that. I love different cultures and would love to visit them all. I think Australia would be pretty bad ass. I hear they love the American wrestlers.

Huskie: What are your thoughts on women’s wrestling today?

Owens: I have mixed feelings. For a while I was not a fan at all of WWE and what they were doing with their girls. They had Divas running wild. In wrestling, there are two types of girls, Divas and wrestlers. I am a very strong believer that if you are in the wrestling ring, you should know how to wrestle. You can be hot, strong, entertaining, and a hell of a worker in the ring and still have the fans give a shit. Right now, the E is doing a damn good job with the girls they have. Beth, Layla, Natalya, AJ, Kaitlyn, Eve are all busting there asses on the show and are pretty entertaining to watch. They are attractive AND know how to work. When it comes to TNA, well, I’ll be honest, I can’t remember the last time I watched it.

Huskie: In your opinion what could make women’s wrestling better?

Owens:Wrestling!!! Like I said, the WWE is really stepping up and getting broads that know how to work and actually using them.

Owens with Puppet & Turtle from Half Pint Brawlers.

Owens with Puppet & Turtle from Half Pint Brawlers.

Huskie: In your opinion, who is the best female wrestler of all time?

Owens: Fabulous Moolah, duh!

Huskie: So far in your career, what has been your favorite moment?

Owens: Marrying my lovely husband, of course. It’s been 5 years since we had our wrestling/wedding show in the Dayton Gym Club. We had wrestlers from all the local promotions on the show and people that normally have beef with each other squashed it just for that day. And how can you go wrong with a midget ring bearer, booze, wrestlers, and Mexicans?

Huskie: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your career?

Owens: Being a girl. And not just being a girl, but being a girl that ain’t the prettiest, ain’t the thinnest, and a girl that actually wants to wrestle and not just stand on the outside looking like a cheerleader. That is not me. I’ve never been like that and I’m not changing me for anyone.

Huskie: What would you like to accomplish in your career?

Owens: I would like to be able to just wrestle. No more shoot job! I would be happy working the Indies for the rest of my life, but I want to make enough money that that is all I have to do.

Huskie: Do you have any advice for young ladies who are looking to get into the wrestling business?

Owens: Don’t do it! BUT, if you are stubborn like me and don’t listen, then make sure you go to someone that actually knows what the hell they are doing. I paid a very large amount of money when I started. That is what you did. Training for wrestling was like going to college. You paid lots of money to learn a certain trade. Do your research. I looked at wrestling schools for over 2 years before I decided on HWA, and it paid off. Anyone can say they can train you. Anyone can have a ring. Anyone will be more than happy to take your money. DTA, don’t trust anybody.

Huskie:. What is the best advice you have received?

Owens with Taryn Shay in the dreaded Camel Clutch.

Owens with Taryn Shay in the dreaded Camel Clutch.

Owens: Shut your mouth and open your ears.

Huskie: What companies do you currently work for?

Owens: Rockstar Pro Wrestling and Legends of the Squared Circle are my two main ones, but I go where ever I can. I did a couple of things for WAR a few months back. I go down to Georgetown, KY once or twice a month for UWF. I’ve been down to Tampa and over to LA and always looking for more.

Huskie: Why should a promoter book you?

Owens: Because I’m a girl that knows what the F she is doing in the ring. I’ve wrestled girls, guys, and midgets and can work heel or face. I have a good understanding of wrestling psychology. AND, I’m just an awesome broad.

Huskie: What does it mean to be a promotions champion?

Owens: Nowadays, it doesn’t mean shit. I’ve been in the business for almost 7 years now and I have only held a few belts and it took me years to get them. I know other people that are “champions” but don’t know the first thing about wrestling.

Huskie: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

Owens: Buy my merch! (laughs) But other than that, just keep supporting me and good wrestling. You guys are the reason we keep doing it.

Huskie: How can fans follow you online?

Owens: Go like my Facebook Page, “Hardcore” Heather Owens, and follow me on Twitter @H2Owens.

Huskie: Do you have any good stories that you would like to share with us?

Owens: I have a ton of awesome stories! Sex, drugs, and rock and roll man! You’ll just have to ask me in person, preferably when I’m drunk.

Huskie: Heather it’s been a pleasure. Unfortunately, we are out of time. I would like to thank you again for joining us here at Wrestle Ohio.

Owens: Thank you Huskie , Wrestle Ohio, and anyone else that actually took the time to read what this broad has to say.

Huskie: Alright wrestling fans, be sure to get out to a show near you and check out “Hardcore” Heather Owens in action. You never know, you may just catch her beating the crap out of her husband! Until next time you have been Hanging with Huskie!

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