by Daniel Johnson
Interviewer’s Note: “Dirty” Buxx Belmar is a unique character who has been grossing out folks in the Montreal area for years. More recently Belmar has begun wrestling dates in the United States including working at Beyond Wrestling Tournament for Tomorrow II where he nearly hit me with a loogie. The character of Buxx Belmar is a drug and alcohol abuser who is also afflicted with ablutophobia, which is a fear of washing, bathing and basically anything that involves cleaning oneself. The man behind Buxx Belmar has been wrestling for over half a decad. Belmar recently challenged Izzie Deadyet for the ISW Championship at ISW Burger King of the Ring II: Double Whopper. This interview was completed on December 2, 2013. In this interview Belmar and I focus on what it is like to play a gross out character.
Daniel Johnson: In a nutshell how would you describe yourself as a performer?
Buxx Belmar: A performer with a unique character style.
Daniel Johnson: For readers unfamiliar with you how long have you been wrestling?
Buxx Belmar: Around six or seven years now.
Daniel Johnson: Before you became an active wrestler who were some wrestling personalities that inspired you early on?
Buxx Belmar: Eddie Guerrero, Goldust, Sting and Road Warriors.
Daniel Johnson: Have any of these wrestlers gone on to influence your current character and you as a performer and if so then how?
Buxx Belmar: Yes, I felt like these wrestler had their own unique style of wrestling , some might not be the best ”wrestlers” but they are unique in their own way and that’s how I got attracted. Influenced more in the way of wrestling and how to have your own unique style compared to others.
Daniel Johnson: For readers who have yet to see you perform how would you specifically describe your current character?
Buxx Belmar: Character mainlines : Drug/alcohol addict, ablutophobic – fear of bathing, washing or cleaning. Also with tics (loosing concentration on purposes) during wrestling.
Daniel Johnson: You mentioned earlier that you have been wrestling for six or seven years. Have you always wrestled as your current character and if not then when did you start to morph into the Buxx Belmar that you are today?
Buxx Belmar: No, I haven’t been Buxx Belmar since the beginning, I’ve wrestled for a local promotion for four years than left the wrestling business for personal issues and came back in 2010 with the Buxx Belmar gimmick in other indies than the one I used to be and that’s how I’ve been going from indie to indie since then.
Daniel Johnson: You mentioned earlier that your character is albutophobic meaning he has a fear of bathing.This seems to be part of your character that I hadn’t heard of another wrestling character including before. What made you decide to include this as part of your character?
Buxx Belmar: From my perspective wrestling is all about emotions and reactions. I tried to find a way to let the crowd have a new or different type of emotion/reaction. Whatever is the emotion, as long as you feel it the job is done. The gross character gimmick was at first a ”tryout” to see if people would react to a gross spot, it did good so I kept on trying to find new ways to make crowds feel this particular emotion/reaction.
Daniel Johnson: Do you have any memories of the very first time you wrestled as Buxx Belmar? Did you get a strong reaction right off the bat or did it take a while to really get the strong reactions you have had lately?
Buxx Belmar: I remember my first match as Buxx Belmar, at first the gross spots resulted in some awkward reactions but when the crowd felt it was part of the character they fell for it and I got a reaction at the first or second dirty spot.
Daniel Johnson: What are some of the spots you have used to gross out people the most?
Buxx Belmar: I used to chew cigarettes during entrances, drink from water bottles with cigarettes in them, puke (water) on other wrestlers or on myself, lick/spit in my hand and chop the opponent, cough/burp/sneeze in an opponent’s face.
Daniel Johnson: One of the things I’ve seen you do when wrestling that got a big reaction is have fans spit in your hands before putting the spit in your mouth.It got a great reaction. How did you come up with that spot?
Buxx Belmar: I did that spot only once before you saw it. At ISW I asked a fan to spit in my hand to chop my opponent, I heard through the crowd, ”Oh God I thought he was going to put the spit in his mouth, I’m glad he didn’t,” which gave me the idea of doing it as a “gross out” mind game spot.
Daniel Johnson: For spots like that are you concerned about germs at all or catching something? If so then how do you get around that concern?
Buxx Belmar: Haha, wrestling is like magic, for spots that could really get me sick germ-wise I can only tell you this: “I’m alright and have no disease and won’t ever by doing that.”
Daniel Johnson: Have you ever thought of a spot to gross out an audience then decided not to do it because you thought it was too much? If so then what was that spot like?
Buxx Belmar: I’ve had ideas of really gross spots but I think there is a limit you need to fix to not make people sick as well, I’ve went over this limit at some occasions and I’ve learned from it, I will never do spots that involve shit or pubic elements. I try to stay focused on a type of gross that can be tolerated by the 18 plus crowd. It depends on where I’m wrestling also. I wrestle for a promotion in Quebec which is on TV so I do not do any gross spots at all except let’s say burping or coughing, all the character is in the way he moves and wrestle. For other places like BATTLEWAR or ISW where the crowd is 18 plus I can go really far in the gross spots but there is a limit I need to find.
Daniel Johnson: It is alright if you don’t want to, but I was curious can you give any examples of times when you think you went too far?
Buxx Belmar: A urinal cake spot. Its obviously a trick, but the reactions and the hate mails I’ve got out of it made me realize that I went too far, I’ve learned from it and I can now more precisely put the bar where its too gross.
Daniel Johnson: Likewise, do you gross yourself out with a lot of your spots or do you get immune to it after a while?
Buxx Belmar: I’m in the state of mind that its a “performance.” I’m not really doing it, Buxx is. I don’t really get grossed out but for some matches that I had really gross spot, I couldn’t wait to take a shower right after the match.
Daniel Johnson: One place where your character seems to work particularly well is ISW. How did you you first get involved with this promotion?
Buxx Belmar: I’ve been wrestling for BATTLEWAR in Montreal, which has some ISW wrestlers on their roster as well. I told the guys I was looking forward to wrestling in USA, got in touch with the booker of ISW and he gave me the chance to wrestle for them. Since then I’m a part of their roster.
Daniel Johnson: Speaking of ISW, you recently wrestled for the ISW Championship at Burger King of the Ring II: Double Whopper. What stands out most about this match for you?
Buxx Belmar: Buxx is really trying to get in the mind of Izzie Deadyet in this match and tries to make him feel pain. Big gross spots and hardcore wrestling. If you like strong gimmicks and hardcore wrestling, that’s the match to see.
Daniel Johnson: ISW is considered a comedy promotion. Do you feel your character works best in this kind of promotion or do you think your character works the same in any kind of promotion?
Buxx Belmar: I think the character is versatile and can be used as comedy or usual pro wrestling. Depending on how you want to use it I feel like the character can be something that will add something different to the type of wrestling you’re used to seeing in any style of promotions.
Daniel Johnson: I also had some broader questions, but before we move on I was wondering if there was anything else you wanted to say about your character or ability to gross people out?
Buxx Belmar: Being gross is a way for me to get a reaction/emotion from the crowd, some love, some hate, at the end of the day, its like a movie, some like horror movies, some don’t, please take this into consideration. Thank you.
Daniel Johnson: What promotions have you yet to work for, but would like to in the near future?
Buxx Belmar: One Point Wrestling (OPW), CHIKARA (I’ve been there twice but I would like to be back there as well as Wrestling is), Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW), Dragon Gate USA, in fact any good promotions in USA.
Daniel Johnson: What do you consider your best match to be to date and what made that match stand out?
Buxx Belmar: Versus El Generico in 2012. They moved the match to the main event because there was an issue with the actual main event. People were skeptic but the match went really great and I learned a lot from Generico who was about to leave for WWE.
Daniel Johnson: Where would you like to be in five years in wrestling?
Buxx Belmar: Wrestling for a living.
Daniel Johnson: I try to ask everyone this question. I find ribs and road stories interesting. Do you have any that you would be able to share?
Buxx Belmar: I’ll try to think about one that I can tell you because for now the ones I have in mind can’t be told.
Daniel Johnson: Haha, I also like to ask five non-wrestling related questions just to bring a little uniqueness to the interview. Outside of wrestling what TV shows do you enjoy watching?
Buxx Belmar: Dexter, Six Feet Under, sacred geometry documentaries and cartoons.
Daniel Johnson: What was your favorite movie that came out this year?
Buxx Belmar: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Daniel Johnson: What is your favorite food that you tried for the first time this year?
Buxx Belmar: A jalapeno sandwich.
Daniel Johnson: What is your favorite song to come out this year?
Buxx Belmar: I hate today’s music.
Daniel Johnson: No problem, what is the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Buxx Belmar: A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking. Yes read it if you’re into this kind of subject, helps to figure out in what type of world/dimension we live in.
Daniel Johnson: I had just three more brief questions. First, what is the weirdest part of being a pro wrestler?
Buxx Belmar: Women.
Daniel Johnson: Who is one wrestler 25 or under that you think readers should know about?
Buxx Belmar: Mike Bailey.
Daniel Johnson: Is there anything you would like to add?
Buxx Belmar: Thanks for the support and thank you for taking this time to share my name in this business.
Catch “Dirty” Buxx Belmar in action! In this match for Global Entertainment Wrestling (GEW) Belmar wrestles “Speedball” Mike Bailey from a show that took place last September:
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