Welcome to the 39th edition of 5 Questions! Keep in mind, these were never intended to be super in depth, but they have always been informative and hopefully fun. It’s been cool getting to know a little bit about the minds of the good folks that put their bodies on the line to entertain us. Our next guest isn’t a worker but he’s in that ring as much as anyone these days.
Rob is actually a very familiar story in the world of professional wrestling. He loved the sport so much that he wanted to get involved and then found the right avenue to do so. Wrestling wasn’t in the cards but he found that refereeing was right up his alley and pursued that instead. I’d say it’s worked out pretty well for him so far since he has been in the ring with some of the best in the world in a limited amount of time. He’s also a super nice kid and his passion for the sport is infectious, so that doesn’t hurt. I’ll let Rob take over the introductions from here.
“From the Front Row, to calling the matches. I am Rob Boss, full time pro wrestling official for IWA Mid-South. My passion for pro wrestling knows no bounds. To the folks who may have seen me before my official days, I have been on nearly every DVD that IWA has put out in the last year, sitting front row heckling, cheering, booing and all other sorts of ridiculous things a crazed wrestling fan would do. So with out further adieu “RING THE BELL!!!!””
Away we go people. 5 Questions!
1: How is the referee gig so far?
“Being a pro wrestling official is a dream come true for me. Growing up with wrestling has only helped light the fire in me to be who I am in the ring. If you would’ve said that I was going to be officiating wrestling matches every week a few years ago, I would’ve told you that dream has long turned into a memory. But here I am today working with some of the best in the business.”
2: Who has intimidated you the most while trying to control the match
“As far as intimidation, 3 guys have come to mind. Nick Gage (because the man is outright terrifying in the ring), Michael Elgin (mainly because he is one of the biggest names that I have worked with so far) and Calvin Tankman (his size and his agility as a big man is some of the best I’ve seen in a young talent like him.).”
3: If you could work for any promotion in wrestling history, which would it be?
“I would’ve loved to work with Ring of Honor mid 2000’s. Working with Cm Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn etc. I also would’ve loved to work NWA in the early 80’s as well, with Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, the list goes on and on.”
4: Imagine you could referee any match on any stage, who and where?
“This is a tie between 3 separate matches. Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels at WM 24. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker at WM 26. Cm Punk vs John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. All 3 of those matches stood out to me as the best of the best in wrestling and in storylines. And I love Shawn Michaels.”
5: What was your biggest moment so far as an official?
“My biggest moment as an official would undoubtedly be refereeing the finals of the 2018 King of the Deathmatches. The energy was unbelievable and being the official to finally give Nick Gage the title (it was also for the IWA Heavyweight championship) and declare him the King of the Deathmatches was a feeling and a moment I will never forget. It still gives me chills just thinking about it.”
There we have it guys, another 5 Questions have come and gone.
Here comes my favorite part…
Remember the sole reason for these is to get some extra eyeballs on people, and let as many folks as we can know what these talented individuals are up to. That’s what this next section is all about! Time to plug some stuff!
“I would like to send out a personal thank you to Ian and JC Rotten for giving me the opportunity to work for their illustrious promotion. The best in the Mid-West and one of the longest running companies still going today. And of course my wife for putting up with my incomprehensible love for wrestling and supporting me in my dream of being in the business I grew up loving so much.
You can see me every week at IWA Midsouth. Normally Thursdays and Saturdays along with some Fridays and Sundays and even the occasional Tuesday show.
Our next show is this Thursday, June 28th at the Memphis Flea Market in Memphis, Indiana.
Our next Deathmatch show, Guardians of Hardcore 2.0 will be Friday July 6th if you need the blood fix.
Let me go and send a thanks to big bad Chad French (also known as the Redneck Problem Drinker) for being a great friend and Chad and Rob may have their differences (Editors Note: You hit me with a chair you sack of shit.) but they share one thing in common, a never dying love of pro wrestling.. and with that being said: ” ITS OVER!!! RING THE BELL!!!!”
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Once again I would like to thank our guest for joining us today and spending some of his precious free time answering questions like this. These folks have a lot on their plates so I appreciate Rob taking time to answer these for us. Try and support him where you can, I’d greatly appreciate it.