At only 22-years-old, Mariah May has already accomplished what many life-long professional wrestlers have aspired to their entire careers. In 2019, just over a year after beginning her in-ring career, “The Glamour” earned the opportunity for a WWE tryout in front of the likes of William Regal and Sarah Stock.
Not only did I have to ask her about the tryout itself as part of our upcoming chat for Love Wrestling, but as a wrestler from the United Kingdom, whether or not it meant a little bit extra to try out in front of a British wrestling legend like Regal.
“What do you think you got out there, and what do you think people saw on you that got you those opportunities so early in your career?” I asked her.
“I think it’s just like, I work really, really hard,” The Glamour began. “But, I also I’m smart about the things that I do. I think for me, before I ever started training, I was like ‘you need to build a brand. You’re a business, you’re always a business, even when you sign under a company, you’re still a business. You’ve got to give them something for them to give you that platform and that opportunity and that wage. For me, I’ve always had that ingrained in my head since I was 17 years old. So, I’ve always been about just building these platforms, because the hardest part sometimes is getting people to know you. Getting that exposure. You know, if you don’t know the right people in a lot of industries, if you don’t know people, you don’t get a chance. Whereas now we have social media, and it’s like, well, you don’t need to know someone to get your foot in the door, you could just kick that door down now because you can make a name for yourself on there. So for me, it was just about sharing my personality, sharing my journey. I share all my training, I share gym stuff, I vlog when I do my shows that weekend! I vlog the whole journey, the diet, the workout, the shows, the highlights, the matches, and I just put it all out there. And I’m just like, this is me, I’m here to make a name. I’m here to do things that independent wrestlers aren’t really doing and give you that access.”
May laughed before giving an example of her above-and-beyond mentality to get noticed.
“With WWE I actually modeled their shirts!” she chuckled. “I was the first one to do it. They sent me their merch to model, so I think WWE knew who I was when I was like 18. So, when I started training and stuff, I know they were watching me, and I just worked really, really hard, and I just – I sacrificed everything just to really put the time into wrestling. That pays off. And then, obviously, I was lucky enough to get a tryout, which was just the most amazing experience ever. I am so grateful and blessed to have had that. It’s just all about working hard and putting yourself out there. I think that last part is really, really important.”
It’s a mentality that, in my brief experience of interviewing stars from the United Kingdom, has remained consistent. Whether speaking to a brand-new British superstar or a United Kingdom legend, that work ethic is a thread that seems to tie all UK superstars together in the most positive of ways. Of course, as a non-Brit myself, I could only assume that legendary grit has been something passed down from the earliest days of Britwres.
That, naturally, led the conversation to one of Britain’s biggest legends, William Regal.
“I might be being presumptive here, or assuming a little bit, but getting the opportunity to try out in front of William Regal, who, at least as an outsider, had such an influence on British wrestling, did that mean a little bit extra to you? Or, what was the experience like as far as the tryout went?”
“Yeah, it meant so much,” May began. “I mean, I grew up watching William Regal, and there was Sarah Stock there. There were some incredible people there, the producers, there were so many people who have done a lot for British wrestling, and like you said, legends like William Regal. To be able to show them what you can do and to get feedback from them – I mean, in a sense, it was literally three days of training with them. Like, how lucky to be able to get that tutelage, to get that coaching from these just legends.”
“Literally the best of the best, yeah,” I interjected.
May nodded in agreement before continuing. “I just felt so blessed to do that. The tryout itself was incredible. I learned so much, and it was good to kind of show what you’ve been working on, too. That was really gratifying, to kind of get that opportunity to show your hard work. For me, I was just trying to be a sponge and just take everything in. I remember walking into the PC, and obviously, there’s one of the UK now, which, that’s just crazy, right? That there’s a Performance Center in the UK, that’s amazing. Just walking in there and just seeing the WWE ring. Honestly, like, I could just feel it. You know what I was saying about revving the engine? I could just feel those butterflies the whole time. But, I just went into just game face mode, and I was like, ‘I need to make these three days count, and then you can go home and you can cry, and you can just have your moment.’ You know, ‘you can go home and you can kind of be like, ah,’ but you know, for me, it was just game face.”
“I just tried to be a sponge and just absorb it, because above all else, obviously, it is a tryout, but it’s training and it’s a chance to train with some of the best. Also, I got to try out with some amazing women British wrestlers, too. So that was really, really cool, too.”
“Is there any specific advice they gave you that you would be willing to share?” I inquired.
The Glamour was quick to respond.
“Yeah, for me, obviously, I had had three matches. So, they were just like, ‘you’ve got the tools, just get the experience. We want to see you just get yourself out there and just learn how to work.’ That’s what it’s all about. And that’s kind of – you know, I said to you earlier, I just want to just kind of do some stuff for myself, like wrestle internationally and make a name for myself.”
“I remember just before lock down, I was really just loving that part of the journey. I think sometimes people talk about it like it’s the horrible bit, but I mean, maybe it just gets better. I don’t know. For me, I’ve really been enjoying just – like, I did seven shows in a row. I did the All Star, which is throughout the half term, our school holidays here. I had shows either side of the weekend, different shows. I actually traveled for an entire week, I got to wrestle every single day. That’s my dream. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course, would I’d love to be on a big stage one day? Absolutely. But, I’m loving this part of the journey. And, that’s kind of what they said, was just enjoy this and get that experience.”
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