Aaron Sharp is a British wrestler working under the ring name The Lion. He is currently working regularly for the British promotion World Association Of Wrestling where he became a two-time tag team champion with Scott Fusion.
With Fusion, he wrestles as one half of the team Army of 2. Waldrom debuted officially in 2009, working his first match for World Association Of Wrestling. During the course of his work with WAW, Waldrom became a winner of the Real Quality Wrestling Tag Team Championships and WAW Tag Team Champions during his team-up with Scott Fusion. He went on to also become a WAW European Heavyweight Champion.
Welcome Aaron, thank you for coming on board with us, can you introduce yourself to us?
I’m Aaron Sharp, also known as the Lion, I am 34 years old and I grew up in a small coastal town in Lincolnshire. I have been a professional wrestler from the age of 17, and it’s pretty much all I ever wanted to do from the age of 6 years old.
So far it has been one hell of a journey, throughout my career, I have held various titles including both the WAW and IPW British and European Championships and also I am known as the first ever submission champion to ever have come out of Great Britain.
Can you give us a little back story on how you are where you are today as a pro-wrestler?
It first started when I was a six-year-old little boy, and my mother bought me a wrestling video back from work and I had no idea as to what wrestling even was. However, the moment I watched the video, I was so drawn into these huge larger than life athletes who were performing on TV. From that moment on, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
Can you take us back to the very beginning of how your career took off and how you broke into the industry?
I did try for many years from the age of 14, to successfully get my foot into the industry but at that time it really seemed impossible. It wasn’t until I was 17 when I was about to give up hustling that I actually bumped into a wrestler and told him what my life long ambitions were to which he then invited me to his own show where I was introduced to a promoter and various other wrestlers. It was that moment my training began with the Knight Family in WAW.
Give us quick 3 tips on how to break into the wrestling industry?
- Always believe in yourself.
- Surround yourself around positive people.
- Have fun on the journey.
Can you share with us a particular career highlight so far?
This is going to sound different from what you would imagine, but I will let you in on a little secret. I just recently finished an event, in an audience of 2000 people, straight after my bout in which I was then signing autographs for over an hour. I was about to wrap it up, and just as I put my pen down I felt a tap on my shoulder, I turned around and I could see an eagerly anxious father looking at me with his disabled son in a wheelchair. He pleaded with me to sign one last poster for his son since I am his favourite wrestler, and of course I it was my pleasure to. I watched as he wheeled his son off in his wheelchair, and I caught a really special moment of them staring at each other face to face with pure excitement, to witness that moment was very special to me.
How are you working towards your own personal development?
At this moment in time, I am trying to overcome a serious leg injury and battle my way back towards a shot at the Heavyweight Championship title. I am finding it particularly difficult as having previously suffered chronic depression, that unfortunately caused major setbacks within my career and subsequently cost me, my family,, now means that I will be setting the standard and battling not just for myself but for anybody out there that has been in a dark place, mentally and physically.
Number one rule in life you stick by?
The main rule I live by, are two very old fashioned morals. Firstly I know that it is very important to never forget where I have come from by showing loyalty towards my community. Then closely followed by always showing that same respect for my community.
What does #BEYOUROWN Man mean to you?
That I shouldn’t try to be anybody else, I can only be me and prove to my family, friends and fans and most importantly my children that by being me, is enough.
What have you got planned throughout the rest of 2019?
I am currently sponsored by Powergrip Sport though WAW and have just launched a collection which is now available to buy exclusively online here.
I will be focusing on my target by becoming the Heavyweight Champion I want to be for myself and everybody that has stood by me during these dark times. I know I am not on my own, #TeamLion we need to do this together.