Man Like Dereiss Reveals How Rapping and Wrestling Combination Came To Be


Hamish Woodward

Man Like Dereiss is one of the top young stars on the British indie scene.

The rapper-turned-wrestler has been taking off in recent years. He has worked his way up on the indies to become featured in promotions like RevPro and Progress.

He has also been to the United States, wrestling in GCW in some rare appearances across the pond.

His rapping gimmick is becoming incredibly popular, following in the footsteps of the likes of R-Truth and Max Caster with his gimmick.

Man Like Dereiss spoke with Fightful Overbooked about his career so far. He revealed his rapping inspiration, and how he came to rap his own entrance music.

“When I was younger, I wanted to be a grime artist when I grew up. I used to love the likes of Boy Better Know, Skepta, Wiley, Frisco, Maxim, BBK, JME, and then other people like Chipmunk. I used to love these guys, used to watch videos online every single night. But at the same time, I decided I wanted to be a wrestler. So, I’ve been spitting bars, rapping since I was in school. But then eventually wrestling just started to go further, so then I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I still love music.'”

“So then one day, I think it was at an Attack Pro Show, I said to Dan, ‘Yo, why don’t I just come out, spit some bars, don’t leave for Lethal Bizzle?’ And then I just did that. Eventually, it got to lockdown and then this situation happened where I got a cease and desist from Progress and they were like, ‘We can’t use that song.’ So then I got James Amner to look in the library to see if there were any instrumentals, and then I just had to write my own song for that. And then that’s how it merged together, I guess.”

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