Born to actor/writer parents in Auckland, New Zealand, Adam has always thrived in creative environments, whether it was performing for family, or in front of thousands in the pouring rain at the Clark County Fairgrounds Stadium.
After moving with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Adam stumbled across a professional wrestling telecast while having a sleepover with friends. He watched it to humor them. Little did he know, the joke would end up being on him, as he was quickly hooked.
“I’m not sure what the first match I ever saw was” says Adam, “but it invovled Rick Martel, and I remember being impressed with his athleticism and acrobatics. Little did I know he was a major player back home in New Zealand.”
From there, Adam tuned into every wrestling broadcast he could find, and purchased just about every wrestling magazine on the newsstands.
While in high school, Adam would attend his first independent wrestling event with his father. They discussed the possibility of self-publishing a new wrestling magazine to cover the local scene. Northwest Wrestler was born. After a few issues, Adam’s father would back away, and Adam and friend James Olson would take over everything to do with the publication. They were later called upon to publish the official programs for a number of local wrestling promotions, including West Coast Championship Wrestling and Pacific Coast Championship Wrestling.
Adam also opened the Hardcore Wrestling Phoneline in 1995, linking area wrestling fans together and presenting daily news updates from around the world of professional wrestling. Some of those early updates included news about a new fledgling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling, which Adam would receive tapes of (from Jeff Osbourne – who went on to promote the popular Hook ‘n’ Shoot MMA promotion).
In 1996, Adam made his in-ring debut as a professional wrestler for the new Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling company. Originally, his role was to be that of ring announcer and videographer. Having previously received a small amount of pro wrestling training, Adam was called upon as a last-minute substitution when a scheduled wrestler failed to appear. As a result “El Antorcha” was born and defeated Skull Manson in a cage match in Port Alberni, British Columbia.
Not stopping there, Adam began to blaze trails across BC, Washigton State, Oregon, Montana, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, werestling up to 15 matches a month to stay on the top of his game. Along the way, he jumped at the chance to be involved in local television production of several of the events he appeared on.
Looking to further his skills for both in and out of the ring Adam attended a radio broadcasting program at the British Columbia Institiute of technology, studying under Brian Antonson. The skills he learned there would serve him well in wrestling, as well as later…
After being unmasked and taking on the professional name “Adam Firestorm”, Adam continued to work the independent wrestling circuits, capturing the ECCW Heavyweight title, the NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title (twice), the Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight title (twice), and unifying the NWA Canadian and NWA Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight titles.
It was at this time that Adam was also involved in the production of the pilot episodes of “ECCW Insanity!” a program being pitched to a number of networks during the height of professional wrestlings mainstream popularity. While the show was not picked up (due to station management changes), it was an important moment in Adam’s career.
In 2004, Adam moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada and began attending the Film and Video Production program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He would go on to major in Editing and Post-Production and graduate with honors.
While studying at SAIT, Adam had the opportunity to work on a diverse variety of projects ranging from corporate videos to short films to documentaries to commercials. Through his ties to SAIT, he worked on a High Definitition shoot for Canadian sports broadcaster The Score, attended the 2005 HDTV Seminar in Calgary, AB, and fulfilled a practicum at the pretigious Joe Media Group.
Adam now resides with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he owns and operates his own video production company and works on a variety of interesting projects, many on which marry his two major loves – video and wrestling.