Particle Don: What got you into wrestling? Did you watch growing up?
Deadly Dale: Oh yeah. I’ve watched for as far back as I can remember. I got into it by watching as a small child.
Particle Don: As a kid, who was your favorite wrestler?
Deadly Dale: The Hulkster, brother!!! In that era he was every kid’s favorite. Kinda like how John Cena is to the real young kids these days. When I became a teenager, my favorites were Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. I guess you could say the whole Kliq was my favorite before I even knew there was a Kliq. Scott Hall is my favorite wrestler of all time.
Particle Don:When did you decide to become a professional wrestler?
Deadly Dale: Right after high school. I really didn’t think it was something that was even an option. It just kinda happened to me. A buddy of mine from school told me he was training at a local town. I used to talk wrestling with him, and he showed me my first dirt sheet.I got the sheets through a school email address on a DOS computer.
Once he told me he was training, I instantly knew I wanted in. I started going to the shows and helping clean up. I’d also set up the ring and do other various tasks. Eventually, I was able to train. That buddy ended up being a long time tag partner and friend now known as Idolbane.
Particle Don:Where did you train for wrestling?
Deadly Dale: In the North East Arkansas region were I am from. I initially trained under a guy named Grizzly Gipson. A year or so after that I trained with “The Ebony Idol” Reggie Montgomery and Max Mayhem. They’re all some real old school dudes.
Particle Don: Did you always know you wanted to get into deathmatches, or was this something you decided later on?
Deadly Dale: I always liked doing hardcore matches and street fights. I was a local yokel for a lot of years and there wasn’t a death match scene anywhere close to my area. I started deathmatches when I finally began to travel.
Particle Don: What was your first deathmatch?
Deadly Dale: I was part of a group called known as Social Deviants for years, which consisted of me, Idolbane, Cody Only and Uncle Filthy. We would do these 6 man matches we called LSD Deathmatches. They were more like really extreme hardcore matches rather than actual deathmatches. There were never any special stipulations or anything, but for our area, it was the craziest shit anyone ever saw.
A couple of years ago, I got the opportunity to work for JCW on the road for The Gathering tour at Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois. I thought I was going to be in a battle royale, but things changed and battle royale was removed from the card. I ended up getting to main event with The Necro Butcher in a deathmatch. The experience blew my mind. It’s one of the highlights of my career.
Particle Don: What’s your favorite deathmatch weapon?
Deadly Dale: I like the bizarre shit that fans bring, things like blow-up dolls crucified on light tube crosses.
Particle Don: Do you have a least favorite deathmatch weapon?
Deadly Dale: Hot sauce sucks when it gets in your eyes.
Particle Don: Is there a story behind the name “Deadly Dale”?
Deadly Dale: Yeah, I was struggling to find a cool name that I liked. I went through a few. My very first name was Black Sunshine. Then I became Deadly D. I got the idea from Violent J’s name. It somehow just evolved into Deadly Dale.
Particle Don: What deathmatch tournaments have you been in?
Deadly Dale: My first one was for a promotion called Evolution Pro. The show was called Hardcore Harvest. That was in 2013. My next tournament was Prince of the Deathmatches, and then King of the Deathmatches.
Particle Don: How did you get into this year’s King of the Deathmatches?
Deadly Dale: I was invited to do Prince of the Deathmatches and made in to the finals, where I lost to Joseph Schwartz. After the match, the fans chanted “Put them both in!” They were referring to King, because the winner of Prince gets to go on to King. Ian Rotten came out and announced I would also be going to King of the Deathmatches. Earning the respect of the IWA Mid-South fans and crew was one of the best feelings in my life.
Particle Don: You had an excellent showing this year at KOTDM. What are your thoughts on the match?
Deadly Dale: Thank you. I loved it, I just wish I would’ve advanced. At least the new king, John Wayne Murdoch, was the one who eliminated me. Hopefully I’ll be invited back next year so I can take home the crown!
Particle Don: I brought the Cotton Candy Faygo that you found in the ring at King of the Deathmatches. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the DVD footage, but you cracked open the Faygo and took a huge sip. This seemed to rejuvenate you and give you a second wind during the match. What went through your head when you saw the Faygo in the ring? Were you surprised the flavor was Cotton Candy?
Deadly Dale: Haha, yeah man, I looked down through all the blood in my eyes, and laying amongst all the plunder and shards of broken glass I could see the neon glow of the blue Faygo. I didn’t hesitate to pick it up and crack it open. I did sniff it first just in case some sick fuck poured gasoline in it or something, lol. As soon as I sniffed it I got that unmistakable whiff of cotton candy, so I preceded to chug. If it was any other soda I probably would not have picked it up, but I had to show my Faygo love!
Particle Don: What’s your favorite flavor of Faygo?
Deadly Dale: Red Pop.
Have you ever had a Redpop Slurpee?
Particle Don:Who are a few people you’d like to wrestle that you haven’t already?
Deadly Dale: Off the top of my head I’d say Sabu and X-Pac. I’m drawing a blank trying to think of matches that could realistically happen someday. There is a ton of talent out there that aren’t “big names”. I want to wrestle everybody.
Particle Don: What’s your finishing move? Why did you choose it?
Deadly Dale: I really don’t have one specific finisher. It all depends on my opponent and the situation we’re in. The power bomb is my favorite move. I use it a lot.
Particle Don: Do you have any non-wrestling hobbies? If so, what are they?
Deadly Dale: I like to relax with a good video game. I enjoy reading comics. I consider myself an artist, too. I also study a lot of conspiracy and paranormal type shit. I collect oddities. I’m very diverse and weird.
Particle Don:What are a few of your favorite bands?
Deadly Dale: There’s so many. I love music and have a very broad spectrum. I’ll name a few, but there are probably hundreds that I could list. I listen to Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine, ICP, Nirvana, NWA, and Hank 3. The list goes on and on.
Particle Don: What’s your favorite ICP CD?
Deadly Dale: That’s a tough one. I’ll go with The Great Milenko, because that was the first one I ever heard. I had it on a purple cassette tape.
The Great Milenko was released in 1997.
Particle Don:What Juggalo Gatherings have you been to?
Deadly Dale: Just one so far. Gathering 2016. I wrestled at the Odd Ball Brawl in the bloody royale match.
Particle Don: Do you have any funny Gathering stories you’d like to share?
Deadly Dale: Not one in particular that stands out, but the whole weekend was a blast.
Particle Don: Have you ever heard of Particle Don before this interview?
Deadly Dale: No, but I briefly got to look at your site. I read the meaning of your name and I love it.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite classic WWF entrance theme?
Deadly Dale: This might not count as classic WWF, but my favorite wrestling theme is the nWo song.
Particle Don: Do you watch WWE? If so, who are your favorite current wrestlers?
Deadly Dale: Yes I do. My favorites are The Wyatt Family.
The Wyatt Family
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite 90’s cartoon?
Deadly Dale: There are so many good ones to choose from. I’ll go with Ren and Stimpy.
Particle Don: What’s your favorite TV show?
Deadly Dale: I don’t watch much TV but I’d say The Walking Dead. I’m a big fan of the comic.
Particle Don: Do you have a favorite movie?
Deadly Dale: Not one in particular, but I really enjoy The Devil’s Rejects.
Particle Don: Where can fans buy your merch online?
Deadly Dale: You can find my merchandise at ProWrestlingTees.com/DeadlyDale. As soon as I sell a few more, I can release some new designs.
Particle Don: Is there anything you’d like to shout out or plug?
Deadly Dale: Thank you to anyone who is a Deadly Dale fan! Check out my social media pages.