A second generation wrestler who is starting to step out of the shadow of his very successful father and making his own mark in British Wrestling is Earl Black Jr. Not only is he one of the best technical wrestlers in the country but he also plays his role as a heel perfectly. We got the chance to find out more about The Innovator Of Old School Violence.
UWR: Where are you from ?
EBJ: Originally from Leeds, West Yorkshire. But now residing in Suplay City.
UWR; How old are you ?
EBJ: Kayfabe: 25. Shoot: 31.
UWR: Growing up were you a fan of Pro Wrestling ?
EBJ: My Dad was a wrestler. My first memories are seeing pictures of my Dad
in the ring, wrestling across the world for NWA territories in the
late sixties and seventies. The first time I really saw wrestling I
was hooked. It was this surreal combination of character, athleticism,
storytelling that I completely bought into.
UWR: Where did you train to become a Wrestler and who trained you ?
EBJ: I learnt the basics in a field with my Dad when I was a teenager. I
was really keen to go train at the Hart Dungeon but my Mum insisted I
went to university. It was quite a few years later that I decided to
see what I could do and walked into the Progress wrestling school, the
Projo. I was trained predominately by Darrell Allen and James Davis
but also learnt a lot from the brilliant talent who are involved with
the school and feedback from the likes of Jimmy Havoc and Will Ospreay
UWR: Who were some of your influences growing up ?
EBJ: My three all time heroes are Chris Benoit, William Regal and Kurt
Angle. As time has gone on, I’ve come to admire Ric Flair more and
more. The way he excelled through so many eras in wrestling is
testament to his talent. I also gained a deep sense of respect for
wrestling history from my Dad and his views on wrestling psychology.
UWR: Are your family and friends supportive of your Pro Wrestling Career ?
EBJ: Mostly. My Dad loves it. My fiance and stepson love it. Some are
curious and some just don’t get it but most are encouraging and enjoy
shows when they come.
UWR: I’m sure like every Wrestler you remember your first match. So who
was in the match ? Did it go well ? And what do you remember most
about it ?
EBJ: My first match was at ENDVR 7 with Chuck Mambo. The match went
alright. You can see the embryo of the wrester I’m trying to become
but also how green I was. The big thing I remember was being so
nervous, so high on adrenaline, the first rope running spot felt like
an out of body experience. I could see the light on my pale body.
Everything seemed really bright and the match happened as if it was
some kind of lucid dream.
UWR: For people that have never seen You perform can you describe your
character and wrestling style ?
EBJ: Earl Black Jr sees himself as a wrestling purist and is sick of living
in his father’s shadow. Like Kylo Ren, his efforts to prove himself
lead him to take his actions to more drastic levels. There is nothing
EBJ will not to do to show he is just as good, as big and as strong as
his father. EBJ is a hard-hitting, matt based wrestler who utilises an
‘old school’ version of strong style, combining strike combinations
with suplays and submission holds.
UWR: What is the best match you have ever seen ?
EBJ: Has to be Austin/Rock from Wrestlemania 17. Wrestling as at its
absolute peak at that point and there were no two bigger stars.
Wrestling is storytelling and this was theatre. That montage, with the
Limp Bizkit’s My Way, still gets me.
UWR: What in your opinion is your best match or opponent you have ever had ?
EBJ: There’s not one that stands out in particular. But I’ve had some of my
best matches with Darrell Allen, Kelly Sixx, Maverick Mayhew, Connor
Mills, RJ Singh, Chuck Mambo and Tom Dawkins. All of them great talents.
UWR: What is your proudest moment from your time in Pro Wrestling ?
EBJ: Being praised by Steve Grey after wrestling five excellent rounds with
Darrell Allen for Premier Promotions
UWR: Are there any wrestlers on the Indy scene you would like to
wrestle that you have never wrestled before ?
EBJ: Matt Riddle, Zack Sabre Jr, Will Ospreay.
UWR: If you could choose any wrestler in history to have a match with
who would it be ?
EBJ: I would love to have had a match with Senior in his prime.
UWR: Are there any goals you have set for yourself that you have not
yet achieved ?
EBJ: I set out with the goal of having a match. Which is no mean feat in
itself with the quality in BritWres these days. Then it was to get
better and to get booked every week. My next goal is to keep improving
and get on bigger shows on a more regular basis. After that, who
UWR: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Wrestling ?
EBJ: Whatever you think you know, you don’t. Be prepared to be humbled, to
learn, to feel the ups and downs. But if you love this business, do
everything you can to be a part of it. There’s nothing else like it.
UWR: Where can people see you perform next ?
EBJ: IPW in Harlow, Jule 2nd
Anarch Pro Wrestling in London, July 13th
Follow Earl Black Jr on Twitter @EarlBlackJr
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