Stro “The Maestro of Wrestling”

1555387_520035008111250_2106535701_n copyStro is an American professional wrestler and actor.  Best known for his appearances with WCW under the ring name “The Maestro”  Rob Kellum has also wrestled for the independent circuit with those such as United States Wrestling Association, Smokey Mountain Wrestling and World Wrestling Council.  He is currently competing under the ring name “The Stro”  In addition to wrestling, Kellum is also an occasional television and film actor.  He has guest starred on several episodes of the TV Series “One Tree Hill” and has started in the horror films “12-24” and “Deader Country”


CHRISTA:  How can you describe your experiences at WCW? 

STRO:  Awesome experience wrestling and working with arguably the greatest talent and company in the world. Will always cherish that time in my career. 

CHRISTA: Did you always want to be a wrestler growing up?  

STRO:  Yes. It’s been a life long passion of mine. Finding out later in life of my kinship to my granduncle the original Gorgeous George only fueled it that much further.

CHRISTA: What was it like working along Jake “The Snake” Roberts? 

STRO:  Never a dull moment and at the same time like going to the learning tree. Great mentor and good friend. Master Ring Psychologist .

CHRISTA:  What can people expect from a Stro Show?

STRO:  Always entertaining…emotion..and all around great time!

CHRISTA: How physically demanding has it been on your body wrestling and have you sustained any injuries? 

STRO:  Very demanding physically and mentally. I have had more than my fair share of injuries over the years. Professional Wrestlers go 365 days a year with no off season along with the fatigue of constant travel. We have to keep our bodies and minds fit to be “on” every night in the ring.

CHRISTA: Do you have an all time favorite match you could watch over and over?  

STRO:  Quite a few over the years. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat…Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels…William Regal vs. Fit Finlay…Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine…Rock n Roll Express vs Midnight Express…just to name a few.

CHRISTA: When your not wrestling and acting, what do you enjoy doing for fun?

STRO:  Fishing, Reading, Youth teaching, Working with animals, Helping  children, sleeping, working out, listening to and playing music,  and cheering up someone’s day.

CHRISTA: Who have been some of your favorite people to work with in the wrestling and acting business? 

STRO:  Jake Roberts, Ivan Koloff, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Alicia Webb (Symphony), Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, William Regal, Fit Finlay, Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, Mike Tenay, Jerry Jarrett,  Eddie Marlin, Frank Morell, Nelson Frazier, Junkyard Dog, Ron Simmons , Justin Bradshaw Layfield, Rob Van Dam, Greg Price, Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Bam Bam Bigelow, Moondogs, Booker T, Stevie Ray, Dean Malenko, Great Muta, Jushin Liger, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Norman Smiley, Miles Lane, Tommy Lee,  Ernest Miller, Ricky Steamboat, Anthony Colliano, Matt Bonacci, Devanny Pinn, Carl Michael, Bobby Blaze, Tracey Smothers, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, Eddie Guerrero, Hector Guerrero, Pez Whatley, Paul Orndorff, Buddy Lee Parker, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, Wahoo McDaniel, Tommy Rich, Doug Gilbert, Jamie Dundee, Wolfie D, ICP, Jimmy Garvin, Tully Blanchard, Andrew Merkelbach, Robert Hibbs, Duane Muncey Scott Gregg, Andrew Gibson, Jimmy Valiant , La Flecha, Octagon, Rey Mysterio, Adam Pearce, Roddy Piper, Jim Cornette, Brian Hildebrand, Les Thatcher, Sandy Scott, Tim Horner, Leilani Kai, Vader, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Roaddog Jesse James Armstrong, Billy Gunn, Bob Armstrong, Steve and Scott Armstrong, Chris Jericho, Shane Helms, Danny Sinatra, Joe Montani, Brannigan Carter, April Vickery, David and Christina Poppe, Nick Patrick, Tommy Young, Frank Parker, Chance Prophet, Road Warriors, Sting, Tony Anthony, Johnny Blast, Diablo Jr and a ton of others…

CHRISTA: What was your experience like working on the set of One Tree Hill?

STRO:  The cast and crew were very friendly. Found it funny I was much bigger than them size wise at the time lol! 

CHRISTA: You will be playing Jacob in the upcoming production of Dracula’s War. What can you tell us about your role and the film?

STRO:  Jacob is a vampire assassin back in the 1800’s fighting Dracula. No nonsense, take no crap, straight in your face kind of guy! A warrior of that time.

CHRISTA: What’s your favorite part of your job? 

STRO:  Traveling, meeting people, new experiences, the adventure. Using what I do to inspire and be a light for others in the world. Always a great feeling!

CHRISTA: You recently received some recognition for your career in wrestling. What was that like for you? 

STRO:  Anytime you are acknowledged for all your hard work over the years to be a part of an elite group in a Hall of Fame. It’s the highest honor anyone can give you. Very overwhelming and very blessed.

CHRISTA: WWE is launching a new network. How excited are you for that? 

STRO:  Very excited! People from all over the world can see some of my old matches and promos with WCW and can watch the best of both the new and old school wrestling anytime they want! Dream for any Wrestling fan!

CHRISTA: What’s next for #TeamStro?

STRO:  More Wrestling, more Acting, more TV, more Film, and doing my part to help create more promising stars of the industry and helping others who need me in the world. Going wherever the good Lord takes me!

by Christa Johnston

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