Joseph Bruen: Were you a wrestling fan growing up as a kid?
HHW: Most definitely! My weekends were spent wrestling my older brother around the living room while we watched the NWO take over WCW! I had to learn at a very young age to be quicker than he was because there was no way I could ever escape his sleeper hold. I have dozens of photos of me with Sting face paint and my Randy Savage bash buddy! I grew up watching my favorite superstars and I feel very heavily that they helped mold me as a performer today.
Joseph Bruen: When did you first decide you wanted to get into the wrestling business? Tell us about your first experience once in the business.
HHW: While I’ve been a devoted wrestling fan and entertainer my entire life, it wasn’t until 2012 that I decided that this was the life that I wanted to pursue.
I trained almost every day for about two months solid before I got the OK to wrestle my first live match. Not only was I ready to take over the wrestling ring in the middle of Ocala, FL but Jerry “The King” Lawler was going to be my special guest referee!! I was so grateful and humbled to have such a legend a part of my first experience in the wrestling business and while I still think I was cheated out of victory, I’ll never forget the thrill and electricity I felt while I was in the ring, the adrenaline that surged through my veins and left me feeling more alive and more powerful than any other moment in my life.
Joseph Bruen: How did the Hollywood persona come about? Explain what you stand for and what Hollywood is all about.
HHW: I absolutely love this question! I’ve been Hollywood since the day I was born. I have always been an entertainer, thirsty for the spotlight, the center of attention and so it was only natural for my family nickname to turn into a persona that I plan to make a household name all over the world as I gain momentum in the squared circle. However, Hollywood has evolved over the past few years. I began my career as Hollywood Heather, a vivacious, sassy blonde with a taste for victory and a drop kick that could take your head off to my most recent figure, The Empress of Entertainment, Hollywood Von Royal. Hollywood Von Royal is about class and about establishing a level of glorious nobility that no one else in the sport of women’s wrestling is capable of reaching. While I carry myself with glamorous grace that does NOT mean when I step between those ropes that I don’t still bring a ferocity and vicious competitive nature that almost ensures my win every time.
Joseph Bruen: You spent some time with the Funks in Florida, tell us about your time with them and what that meant for your career.
HHW: Learning from Dory Funk Jr. was a wonderful way to start my career. He’s a WWE Hall of Famer for a reason, his knowledge is priceless for someone who wants a solid foundation in the wrestling world. They gave me an avenue to explore my physical abilities in a safe environment as well as develop a strong psychological understanding for wrestling as a whole.
Joseph Bruen: You recently went toe to toe with Brandi Lauren in ACW. How was she as an opponent and tell us more about that promotion.
HHW: I am so excited to be a part of the ACW promotion! American Combat Wrestling is a quickly growing promotion in Florida that houses some of the most promising talent in the South.
Brandi is such a great up and coming, young talent. Girls like her ensure that the future of women’s wrestling is in good hands.
Joseph Bruen: Who has your toughest opponent been so far?
HHW: Every opponent you face is different, they bring something unique to the ring with every show. I would have to say that this far in my career the women that has challenged me the most is Awesome Kong. I’ve stood across the ring from the likes of Mickie James, X-Pac and Ron Simmons but to work against someone who I both physically and professionally look up to is more daunting than I ever expected it to be. To be in the ring with someone of her phy