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10 For ’11 Day Two: Zack Sabre, Jr.

by on March 29, 2011


By Alan Counihan

The first name that comes to mind when I think breakout star on the indy scene is the Isle Of Sheppey’s favourite son, and armbar connoisseur, Zack Sabre Jr.

ZSJ has been the breakout star of the European scene over the last few years and now with a busy American tour ahead of him (competing in CZW, EVOLVE, Chikara and wXw), he’s looking to make his name stateside too. I have zero doubt that he will. I first saw Zack live in the summer of 2008 where he competed in a 6 man tag on the pre-show for NOAH’s European Navigation. He seemed like a guy with potential. Nine months later and he was a participant in wXw’s 16 Carat tournament, with a lot of that group’s fans talking him up big. I was interested in seeing how he’d progressed from the prior summer. The answer was a lot. He had very good matches with the likes of Bryan Danielson and Shingo, and had developed a strong connection with the fans.

He was still a little rough around the edges though, and not every match is against the like of Danielson and Shingo, so you could tell he still had a bit to go to achieve his undeniable potential. Fast forward exactly two years and in the same venue that he battled Danielson, he stood across the ring from Davey Richards and we saw a completely different Zack Sabre Jr. He had upped his game so much and had so much more confidence in everything he did. He took it to Davey and hung with him every step of the way. In my opinion, he helped Davey have the best match of HIS career and that’s saying something when you look at all of Richards’ classics in recent times.

What lead him to this performance? Well, Zack’s strengths in the ring are numerous. He’s a student of the game first and foremost, this guy will talk to you about 1998 BattlARTS one minute and 1980’s Memphis the next – he watches (and learns from) everything. He is an incredible babyface with selling better than all but a few guys currently on the indies. His technical skills as far as submissions, strikes and chain wrestling are as crisp as they come, having learnt his craft in the NWA:UK Hammerlock dojo with the likes of Fergal “Prince” Devitt, Jon Ryan and Johnny Moss. Finally he just has a good attitude and is a smart guy – these are two of the most overlooked attributes to succeeding in wrestling.

Look for Zack to tear it up at Best Of The Best, wow fans at King Of Trios, go hold for hold with Chris Hero in Union City, and of course unleash THE LDRS (his tag team with the great Marty Scurll) on Philadelphia. If you’re on the East Coast make sure you buy a ticket to see “Party Zack” on one of these shows – it’s a guaranteed great ProWres experience.

-Alan

(Note from Tom: Be sure to check out Alan and all of his pals on “Dr. Keith Presents…”, the internet’s foremost podcast on pro wrestling run by an Irishman on a website based out of America, at WrestlingObserver.com . He has TWO big episodes coming out this week, so be sure to keep an eye out for them! Tomorrow, Ben Pasco of the Four Post Massacre joins us to drop some knowledge bombs on his personal pick for the 2011 independent wrestling breakout star of stars, and they’ll dribble your face down the court if you don’t agree.)

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