Opportunity knocks for city wrestler with WWE dreams
A SWANSEA wrestler could soon see his dreams of performing on a global stage become a reality.
Steve Evans has worked for everyone from solicitors to the DVLA. But the 28-year-old from Gowerton had always wanted to emulate his heroes and perform as a professional wrestler.
After four-and-a-half years of wrestling he is — subject to the approval of a medical — about to enter the WWE wrestling league in America.
Steve has just returned from a medical test in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is planning to move out to Florida to start his career in a development league of the WWE.
He currently works for Welsh wrestling promoter Alan Ravenhill and was spotted by a talent scout after attending a WWE event at the 02 Arena in London last April.
Steve was then asked back to a similar event in Liverpool in November and has now been offered the chance to appear stateside.
His wrestling name is currently Stevie Starr but he said: "Once I get over there and I am their property.
"They can call me what they want." Steve is 6ft 6in and weighs around 18.5 stone.
He added: "Everyone says I'm quite athletic.
"I'm a guy who can move around.
"I can do some high flying."
Steve currently lives with his father Colin Evans who works for Neath Port Talbot Council and has a partner, Rebecca Davies, who works as a support officer for Swansea Council.
He said: "I'm just going to go out to America on my own to start.
"Rebecca will come out for a month or so and we will take it from there.
"It is al a bit scary at the moment.
"It is all happening very fast.
"If this had happened to someone else I would have been shocked."
Although he is from Swansea he has never wrestled in the area before and this weekend will play his first and possibly last Swansea show at the Penyrheol Theatre & Leisure Centre in Gorseinon.
The show starts at 7pm with a 7.30pm start time and a "kids go free" promotion where with every adult ticket will come with a free child ticket.
Steve is a former Gowerton Comprehensive School pupil and added: "I keep in touch with a few of my best mates and they think it's great.
"This is the only thing I have ever wanted to do.
"It is happening so fast but everyone is really proud of me.
"Stone Cold Steve Austin was my man when I was growing up.
"It was his charisma and his aura about it.
"He was a fantastic wrestler, he had everything."