Individually Jude London and Paris De Silva may not have the stereotypical physical appearance of professional wrestlers, but when these two young men join forces they are one of the top attraction in Australian wrestling.
When London and De Silva first discovered professional wrestling on television the sport was dominated by big, bodybuilder types. Being smaller in stature themselves they naturally gravities to alternative role models such as Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and Daniel Bryan.
“Eddie is the man,” proclaimed De Silva before adding, “I don’t know if I really appreciated what he did when he was around because I was so young. Especially looking back know at this point in our careers where we pay a lot of attention to detail Eddie was an absolute master.”
Obviously being on the smaller end of the spectrum when it comes to competitors both London and De Silva had some hesitations before beginning their training.
“I never saw [wrestling] as an attainable thing that I could do because I had no idea that there was even wrestling in Australia but also because there are obviously a lot of people that are a lot larger than us,” said London.
Once The Velocities began their training though De Silva said they quickly came to realise that “heights and weights are just numbers.” In fact, De Silva believes their smaller size has benefitted them in some ways.
“Compared to other juniors and cruiserweights Jude and I are smaller than them, but at the same time that’s another interesting factor which makes us different. It’s worked out pretty well for us and contributes to our style, so I try not to worry too much about how we look but rather we just go out there, do what we do and do it well.”
Whilst initially the two men had their sights set on individual goals they’ve quickly seen incredible success since becoming a team. In a little under two years together The Velocities have already had a series of incredible Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA) Tag Team Championship matches against The Nations (Mick Moretti & Jack Bonza), and have also been able to tick off dream tag team opponents in Bandido & Flamita. Although the match against Bandido and Flamita was a dream opportunity it was also an “eye opener” and incredible learning opportunity according to London.
"We’re known for wrestling a really quick style but then being in the ring with those guys was a whole other level. We learned that we’ve got to step up our game even more.”
Looking ahead The Velocities are hoping to use all of these opportunities to further expand their skills before they look to take on some of Australia’s other top tag teams such as; The Brat Pack, Street Gang Hooligans, TMDK and The Untouchables.
Find The Velocities on Twitter at @JudeDudeLondon & @ParisDeSilva22
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