Hardcore wrestler "Joey Terrofyn" McDougal checks in, post-training in Mexico City
As owner of Primos Hardcore & Wrestling and the Butcher Shop wrestling gym, Joe "Joey Terrorfyn" McDougal is now gearing up for Primo's biggest throwdown of the year, Slave to the Deathmatch III this Sunday, September 16. The organization will join with the Juggalo Wrestling League and other fighting federations across the country to bring the Japanese fighting-style center stage at Red & Jerry's.
When we last spoke with McDougal back in February, the hardcore wrestler was on his way to Mexico City to train at Arena Azteca Budokan, the famed Luchadores gym.. But life took McDougal down a path he wasn't quite expecting, and the fighter was kind enough to share some of this deeply personal story with Westword.
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Westword: How was your training in Mexico?
Joe "Joy Terrofyn" McDougal: I planned on being down there for at least eight weeks - and honestly, that time got in half. I knew this going in, but my mom had leukemia. She got really sick while I was down there, and called and wanted me to come home. A couple weeks later, my mom passed away.
But I did a lot of great stuff while I was in Mexico; I don't regret any of it. My mom wanted me to go down there, and I got to come back when she needed me. It wasn't even a day after she called me and I was there for her. I don't regret it - I got to compete in different arenas when I was in Mexico. I got to do a lot of cool stuff and trained at several gyms while I was down there, and that's what I brought back with me.
What was different about the wrestling training in Mexico, as opposed to what you at your gym, the Butcher Shop?
Oh, it completely changed the culture of the Butcher Shop. The work ethic, mainly. (The guys I trained with) in Mexico look at it as a sport. They don't feel like it's "fake wrestling"; I think Americans have a bad perception of wrestling, in general. They believe it's one hundred percent fake and none of it is real. But we prep just as hard, if not harder than any sport. That's what I brought back, showing how much harder we all can be working.
The level of expectation went up. Doing what we do with more intensity, more passion. That was the biggest change in our culture.