In May 2003 IPW Hardcore promoters created the JEFF PETERSON MEMORIAL CUP in tribute to the fallen cruiserweight star who passed in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Since then the event has garnered a list of international stars who supported the event and honored Jeff’s memory by putting on five star caliber bouts. The previous winners were “Reckless Youth” Tom Carter, Justice, Chris Sabin, Milano Collection AT and Chris Hero. On Setepmer 26-27th sixteen men will come to Port Richey and Brooksville, Florida to try and join those names. Could this year’s winner be:
Hometown: Miami, FL
Pro Debut: November 2006
Tournament History: 2007 MPXW Florida J-Cup
Where you have seen him: Pro Wrestling Fusion, Full Impact Pro, GEAR (FL), Division 1 Pro Wrestling (FL), UXW (Defunct), Dropkick Pro Wrestling (GA), Great Championship Wrestling (GA), AWA World 1-South, MXPW, WCEW, All-Star Wrestling (FL), Coastal Championship Wrestling (FL), American Wrestling Elite (AL).
Championship Held: current PWF Luchadore champion, current D1PW Cruiserweight champion, current ASW Tag Team champion, NAWA Welterweight tag team champion.
Alan Wojcik: What does being part of the 2008 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup mean to you and what did you know of Jeff before you were invited to be part of the event?
Chris Jones: Obviously, it means a lot being a part of the 2008 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup. Look at all the talent in the tournament, it is such an honor to be involved. I had initially read about Jeff Peterson and his courageous story in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazines. At the time, I was young and I don’t think I realized the significance of what Jeff was doing and how special of a guy he was for battling cancer and being a successful pro wrestler. I know he meant a lot to people and it’s good to honor him and raise money for a special 2 year old, Devin, who has been unfortunately diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.
Alan Wojcik: You are another trainee of Soulman Alex G in the tournament (see Craig Classic.) Your Myspace profile says you trained in his dojo for over a year & a half. Why were you trained for so long and what did you learn from that experience?
Chris Jones: I was kept in the dojo for so long just because I was very young and Soulman wanted to make sure I was ready. I trained in a lil crappy warehouse in the middle of Miami’s Little Haiti district. Not the nicest area, but Soulman say that I was showing up everyday after amateur wrestling practice or after cross country practice and he loved my determination to get good and learn. So he really helped me and wanted me to be ready when I first start working shows. Plus, as I said, when I started with G, I was 14 years old, had braces and weighed 115 lbs, haha.
Alan Wojcik: I believe you are the youngest ever JPC competitor (Chris will turn 18 this fall). What do you think had led to your amazing success at such a young age?
Chris Jones: Mental toughness and swagger. I never let anybody tell me, I can’t do this, or I can’t do that just because I am a teenager. I ain’t hearing any of that man. When I reach for a goal and set my mind to something that I want to do, nobody could stop me. I am climbing that mountain till I get to the top regardless of age, size or whatever else.
Alan Wojcik: In photos found of you, your ring tights have the numbers 87 & 32 on the side. What is the signficance of those numbers and who created the “mixtape” video which has been featured on several sites?
Chris Jones: Haha, you know, I get asked about my tights all the time. I never really give a straight answer, but i’ll let y’all in on the secret. It’s kind of an urban thing, rapper Young Jeezy coined the phrase “87 32 What it do” and it’s basically a shout out for everybody on their grind, everyone who is hustling hard, putting in work to reach the top of the mountain, man. I got it on my tights as just a reminder to myself to keep working hard, stay true to myself and stay on my grizzy. A lot of people are confused by it, but it’s unique and I like it. As for my mixtape (MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “www.msplinks.com” claiming to be http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=cR1xyrcDngs cheap plug!) I made it. I’ve been trying to push and get as many views as possible. It’s just an introduction to Chris Jones for those who haven’t been able to watch me wrestle, yet. I had limited match selections on my computer, but I liked how it turned out.
Alan Wojcik: Someone who appears to have the same physical build as you named Chaotic Chris has been teaming with masked wrestler Fantastic Dantastic to form the Dynamic Duo in D1PW. Do you wish to address this rumor and the series of matches with the Lifeguards (Wade Koverly & Daron Smythe)?
Chris Jones: I am obviously Chaotic Chris. In recent weeks on D1PW TV, I have taken of the mask and cape and have become me. Dantastic and others have taken kindly to my new found attitude change and are trying to tell me, I am becoming too cocky. Being a superhero was too much goody goody work for me. Plus, ironing my cape was a real pain. I’d rather stick to a nice pair of air force’s with a nice Lacoste polo, ya know? On October 25th, I defend my D1PW Cruiserweight title against Dantastic. It’s a match that I am highly anticipating since we have never had the chance to wrestle each other but have gone through SO much together. I can’t wait.
Alan Wojcik: On June 7th you defeated former NWA World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jerrelle Clark to win the Pro Wrestling Fusion Luchadore champion. Talk about that night and how PWF differs from the other promotions you currently work for.
Chris Jones: June 7th was a good night. Jerrelle Clark is a helluva an athelete and a helluva a wrestler. I think we have great chemistry and really bring the best out of each other. We both have very creative minds when it comes to the rings we do, but we mesh real well in the ring. As for Fusion, it’s been my pleasure and my honor to represent Fusion as the Luchacore champion and this year in the JPC. Fusion is just a great show with an even better locker room. The boys really feel the need to go and bust their asses for Joey Machete and the amazing vision he has with his product.
Alan Wojcik: In the past 2 years you have been in the ring against Erick Stevens, Sal Rinauro, Chris Gray & Craig Classic. Could this experience make you the odds on surprise favorite in the tournament?
Chris Jones: You know, that could make me a dark horse to win it all, but I hope the people keep doubting me. Everywhere I read, I see Erick Stevens is going to win this year’s Jeff Peterson Cup, “he is gonna beat Chris Jones” is all I see. I love when people say that type of stuff man, it fuels me to become MY best. One of my main inspirations in all of life is NBA Star Allen Iverson. He is 6’0″ 160 lbs, and was an underdog for his whole career. In the 2001 NBA finals, Iverson and his 76ers had a long road to the Finals, while the powerhouse Lakers coasted there. Everyone predicted the Lakers to sweep the 76ers in the finals. The first game was in Los Angeles, home of the Lakers, and Allen Iverson went out, scored 48 points and led his team to victory for game 1. He shocked everyone, and proved how great he was in that one night. Sadly for Iverson and 76ers, they went on to lose the next 4 games and the Lakers won that year. Luckily for me this is pro wrestling, all I need is one win to get by Erick Stevens and advance in the tournament. keep doubting me people!
Alan Wojcik: In addition to wrestling Nooie Lee, you are an ally of his in the new GEAR promotion. Does this partnership help or hurt your chances?
Chris Jones: You know, it helps my chances. It’s just another person who I am familiar with in the tournament. If Nooie and I end up facing each other, we are certainly not going to take it easy on each other, and give it our best. At the end of the day, I know we will still be homies and that’s that.
Alan Wojcik: In GEAR’s short existence you have been in the ring with ROH regulars Jay Briscoe, Roderick Strong and Go Shiozaki. What if anything did you learn from these enocunters?
Chris Jones: Of course I learned a ton while being in there with such amazing talent that GEAR has. You learn while just sitting in the locker room, everyone is so talented and when you surround yourself with such talent, you are bound to get better. I love being on shows like that. I really enjoyed my match with Roderick Strong, we had an absolute war. He beat me up pretty good, but I never stopped fighting even if he chopped a million times or tried to break me in half with his backbreakers. I learned more than anything to go the extra mile. I learned that no matter how mentally or physically fatigued I am, I can’t quit. To beat me, somebody is gonna have to knock me, or put me out with something real vicious.
Alan Wojcik: On November 3-4th you will be going to a WWE tryout with fellow PWF stars the Sheik, Steve Madison & Jon Davis. What was your reaction to this invite and your thoughts on possibly becoming a member of the WWE.
Chris Jones: My reaction was obvious excitement. WWE is the grand stage of professional wrestling and somewhere where I have always dreamed of going. I would of never possible imagined me getting my first opportunity there at such a young age, but I am excited for the fantastic learning experience it is going to be. I don’t even think about becoming a member of the WWE, I don’t expect to get signed or anything like that, but anything is possible and I am going to end this a quote that is very fitting for the entire Jeff Peterson Cup, “Impossible is nothing”.
The 2008 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup will be held Friday September 26th in Port Richey and Saturday September 27th in Brooksville. FL. Tickets and show information is available on http://jpc2008.com