"Remarkably Average" Dan Barry Interview by Jamie Dobson
Originally from Merrick, NY Born February 19, 1983 5'10" 200lbs
What made you decide on a wrestling career? I always loved wrestling growing up. Wrestled everywhere I could. I wrestled as a number of characters on my trampoline. When I was in high school, I found a wrestling school not too far from me. So I used money I got from a car accident to pay for a year's worth of training.
What Feds do you currently work for? I currently work for ISW, Beyond Wrestling, CTWE, FTW, and some others I can't recall off the top of my head.
What Feds have you worked for in the past? NYWC, Jersey all pro, C*4, USA Pro, and a literal alphabet soup of other companies.
How many years have you been at it? I've been wrestling for about 12 years now.
What’s the story of how your ring name came to be? Well it's my name. I became "Remarkably Average" because someone told me I looked average once and I said, "Yeah, Remarkably Average." I think I got it from the book, Idiocracy.
What is your finisher – how did you come up with it or who inspired it? Well, one finisher I do is called "The Irish Car Bomb" Which is a fallaway slam moonsault from the top. I tried it with my old training buddy, Johnny Ova once. I also do a double underhook toss up into a brainbuster. I call it "Whattamaneuver." Myself and Ken Scampi's finisher is called "that’s tremendous" And I just started doing it because I could do it with action figures.
Do you wrestle in mainly tag or singles or both? What do you prefer? I do both and I like both for different reasons. Ken Scampi, Bill Carr and myself are a trio called "Team Tremendous" so I can have singles and tag matches with my best friends.
Most memorable tag match? Team Tremendous vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in NYWC.
What is and any story behind your entrance music? Singles- I watched Wayne's World and Alice Cooper came on. I love Feed My Frankenstein. Debating switching it to "Right Now" by Van Halen. Tag- I liked Guitar Hero and Buckethead.
Are there any colors of gear you refuse to wear? Eh, I only look good in a handful of colors.
Over the years is there any gear you wish you had left in the closet? I had pleather shorts for a short while. Also had a pair of high spots tights that I should have never worn.
What is your most memorable in ring moment? My first wrestling main event was a 3 way dance ladder match for the NYWC lightweight championship. We sold the building out. I felt important.
Do you have a Funniest moment while wrestling? Food Fight. ISW. Watch it.
Do you have a favorite match? I have a number of them; some for different reasons. I like to try and make each of my matches my favorite match.
Any interesting tattoo stories you would like to share? I have one, I want 1000. My friend was dating a girl with a tribal heart tramp stamp. My other friend told her it was a terrible tattoo. She cried and dumped my friend.
Is there one thing on your personal side you want your fans to know? I have fans?
What has been your most memorable or worst fan interaction? There's a fan in Canada who made a clay figure for me. I still have it. It's awesome. Worst? I had an obese woman try and fight me at a show.
Any memorable road stories you would like to share? What happens on the road stays on the road.
Who has been your toughest opponent to date and would you face him again? I've had a number of tough opponents. One of the guys who always took me to the limit would be Jay Lethal. And I'd love to wrestle him again soon.
Who would be your top five dream opponents or matches? I like to pride myself in being able to wrestle a variety of styles. So as such, here is my variety of opponents. 1- Drew Gulak. I think he has a style that I would love to work. 2- Colt Cabana. We would probably both do standup. 3- ACH. Limitless Talent. 4- Bobby Fish. I always respected his work, and would like the chance to wrestle him. 5- Bill Carr. I love him and would love to see what type of match we'd have.
If you could go back in time – what message would you tell a younger version of you? You know nothing. Work Harder.
Is there a ritual you do before matches or a lucky charm you bring to the ring? No, I’m not superstitious.
Are there certain Indy Feds you would like to work with but haven’t had the opportunity? Evolve, Chikara, AIW and I’d like to one day return to NYWC. Plus a whole lot of companies. I want to get back out to Cleveland and eat at melt.