Today we have the honor to publish our interview with Tommy End. Enjoy #WeTheWrestling.
wTw: Hi Tommy, and thank you so much for accepting this interview with AllWrestling.it.
Of course, if there is any question you’d rather skip, feel free to – and if there is something you’d like to add, add away.
T.E: The Netherlands are not known as a wrestling hotspot, but in the last 10/15 years at least three immensely talented wrestlers (yourself, Michael Dante and Emil Sitoci) from that country have encountered international success; what created such an insurgence of Dutch wrestling (or of Dutch wrestlers anyway)?
I’m not sure, we just all had a dream. I think because we didn’t have the chances most guys get in terms of training we worked so hard to pursue this dream that we exceeded ourselves in many ways. If the drive is as big as the dream there really is no limit.
wTw: You were called Tommy End (or rather, Tommy *the* End) already on your debut: where does your ringname come from?
T.E: That’s actually what some people made from it, I never called myself that way. My ring name doesn’t have any special meaning, however now with all the occult and satanic stuff we do, End is very appropriate.
wTw: How was your alliance (and tag team) with Michael Dante born?
T.E We started out together after already being best friends in grammar school. We trained together, travelled together so eventually we knew eachother inside out on a personal and professional level. It was only logical that we at one point started tagging together.
wTw: Besides being probably the best tag team in Europe and one of the best in the world, what is the Sumerian Death Squad?
T.E: Thank you. We are what you see, we are the hardest and meanest looking tag team out there. We are a cult, we are the anti system. we say the things that so many people have on their mind now a days but don’t have the right words for. We have that edge that people can’t explain, but want to see. At the end of the day every human being is violent, as it’s in our nature, and we are that nature reincarnated.
wTw: Recently, in Glasgow, the SDS welcomed immensely talented English wrestler Mikey Whiplash (who is now announced as a member of Legion); how did you come to the decision to welcome one more (part-time, I imagine) member to the SDS? Should we expect more members to join the SDS/Legion?
T.E: We wanted to expand what we did, like I said we are a cult. Every outcast, reject, different person has a home with us. We thrive on being rejected, as rejection is done from fear for the unknown. Michael is the perfect embodiment of fear.
wTw: You wrestled all over the world: mainland Europe, UK, Japan, USA; where did you feel that your innovative style suited better, and why?
T.E : I think everywhere or else I wouldn’t have been brought over to compete. I personally feel that Japan is still a better place for myself in terms of my ability, Ive always been more of a strike based wrestler and it seems to be more appreciated in a pro wrestling oriented way. It’s rooted deeper within the culture of Japan than in any other country.
wTw: What are the main differences between wrestling in mainland Europe and in the UK?
T. E: Difficult. The love is the same, the fans are just as passionate about it. I think the difference is sometimes the style and mindset of the wrestlers. They are two different cultures, with two different upbringings sort a speak. Whilst the UK had things as WOS and such, we were more based on Catch Wrestling. The attitude towards wrestling on both sides of the pond is different. I find there’s a lot of competition amongst wrestlers in the UK where in main land Europe people tend to watch each other and help each other get better. Both sides made me a lot sharper as a wrestler, as being competitive isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
wTw: You wrestled twice in Italy for ASCA wrestling: in the first occasion, you won the Super 8 Cup defeating Jack Gallagher, MK McKinnan and Flavio Pantaleo; how did you find the environment and your Italian opponent?
T.E : I love the Italian guys, very passionate dudes who really want wrestling to go well. There’s a lot of work to do, but as we say in Holland; you’ll become more knowledgeable whilst doing it. Flavio certainly has potential, I think if he finds himself going to different training schools and tries to pick up more experience in different countries there’s not doubt he could become someone in Europe.
wTw: You made your return to ASCA in May 2014 to defend your wXw title against Red Devil. Despite some issues with the match (it started raining and Devil injured himself very early on), how was your experience there?
T.E: It was good, I tried helping the guys out as much as I can. Obviously both me and Red Devil wanted this one to go different, but we tried to make the most of it. Non the less I always enjoy my time in Italy, it’s a great country full of good people.
wTw: You are easily recognisable for an always increasing number of (amazing) tattoos; can you tell us something about your tattoos?
T.E: They are references to biblical stories, stories from all world religions as well as a lot of occult and satanic symbols. Not all of them hold an extreme deep meaning, some of them are quite obvious. The heart with the snake eye and the arrow through it on my throat is about destroying venom in your heart, which life can give you plenty of. Getting bitter is easy for everyone being pushed far and long enough, the trick is to being able to cut it out and drain it from your heart.
wTw: You are known for a deep and keen interest in occultism, that you integrated in your wrestling persona; how was it born, and how did it change you as a person?
T.E: I came from my childhood, I was raised in somewhat religious family, with my father coming out of an extreme almost cult like religious group. My father ran away from it, but it didn’t ran away from my father, so after growing up and hearing stories It kinda sparked an interest in religion, and when I grew older automatically and the other side of religion; the occult. For the longest time I was a cliché when it came to my wrestling persona. Ive always been a martial artist so that was my mind set in wrestling as well. However, it wasn’t me. I tried to be too much of a cliché good guy or a cliché bad guy. At one point me and Dante (also a occult fan) talked about our tag team name and we came up with several conspiracy and occult references and stuff that we specifically liked. Coming out the hardcore scene meaning we raised a middle finger to conformity and lived our own live and had our own path by bending the rules of society and using it against itself, and merging that into wrestling, basically the age of our “anti hero” personas was born. Eventually we merged the occult more and more and the Sumerian Death Squad grew to a cult like group that was part illuminati and part a satanic cult, and the rest is what you see now.
wTw: Besides wrestling, you also regularly train as a kickboxer – so much that Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan consulted you to improve his kicking technique. Are you competing as a kickboxer or is your training in that discipline focussed on improving your wrestling skills?
T.E: Haha, He asked me how I train my striking when im training kickboxing. He was having trouble with getting his right leg up high enough to kick someone in the face. So I showed him various stretches and hip mobility movements he could use to stretch out his hips to kick higher, as well as showing him some different techniques to throw your hip out more when kicking. It was fun afternoon, Daniel has always been a outstanding and kind human being.
I used to compete when I was younger. You can get licensed when you are 9 in Holland. However, I wasn’t anything special, I just loved doing it and was fairly successful for a young person. I stopped training when I started wrestling, but picked it up 6 years ago because I missed it and it helped me develop my style even more. I have a better understanding of my ability because of it. I think this is what makes what I do fairly unique. Ive always trained martial arts and my style was always heavily influenced by it, but it wasn’t until 6 years ago I adapted my martial arts ability into a full blown Pro Wrestilng Style.
wTw: How can your fans keep up to date with you? (Facebook pages, Twitter, websites, YouTube channels…)
and just search Sumerian Death Squad on Facebook to get in touch with me and Michael Dante!
Thank you very much once again for giving us a chance to ask you some questions.