|Interview with "Tornado" Tony Kozina
An Interview done By Slam
When you talk about the hardest-working
man in the indies today, you have to be talking about 'Tornado' Tony Kozina.
This rising star has had the kind of year many wrestlers can only dream
of -- and it’s not even April yet.
On January 1st, when the big ball dropped in Times Square, Kozina was
already the NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Champion, a belt he’d won
in Manitoba some months earlier. But the fans of the NWA saw potential
in the Tornado, and the message board at NWA-Wrestling.com was flooded
with fans -- some of whom had never seen Kozina in action -- demanding
that he be given a shot at the next level.
On January 14, 2000, that chance would come, and Tony Kozina would make
the most of it, winning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title from 'Big
Time' Vince Kaplack in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kozina realized immediately that with his new title came certain responsibilities
and pressure. "After winning the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight title, I feel
as though I now have to prove myself all over again, show that I deserve
this title and bring this championship the recognition that it has had
in the years before."
Toward that end, Kozina began touring as much as possible. Besides Canada,
where he works for the B.C.-based Extreme Canadian Championship Wresting,
Kozina has been through Mexico and the United States, and has even flown
over to the United Kingdom for a series of television tapings.
Luckily, Kozina doesn’t mind. "I LOVE the travelling. I hope to drive
across North America sometime this year. It would be such fun. Flying
is a bit spooky for me, but I'm getting used to it. I have seen some incredible
sights in this world, and I haven't been very far. I look forward to every
trip I take."
And he’s getting a lot of support from those closest to him. "My family
is extremely supportive. My girlfriend, Chris, has been there through
thick and thin and it's made our relationship very strong. It does get
hard sometimes being gone a lot. It's hard to plan a family vacation --
even a weekend, you know? We take it when we can, and it makes it that
much better. That support encourages me to work even harder."
Working so much so far away from home, Kozina has very little time off.
What he does have, he tends to treasure. "I spend a lot of time with my
family, because my time at home is quite short a lot of times. I also
really enjoy playing my drum kit. I have a huge home stereo set up around
my kit and I play to my CD's."
So with all this success in the past year, what does Kozina predict for
the future? "In five years, I will have met the people that you need to
meet to get into the big leagues, and they will know who I am. I won't
forecast big money contracts, or even a WrestleMania opening match. But
I will work like hell to be the very best I can be. Wherever it leads
to, and whatever happens is anyone's guess and that's what makes this
adventure so wonderful!"
By SAM HALSALL -- For SLAM! Wrestling