You tune into Monday Night Raw’s Cruiserweight action any given week, and you might hear Micheal Cole talking about Noam Dar. You might hear him talk about how, at 23, Dar was the youngest member of the critically successful Cruiserweight Classic last summer. He might then go on to tell you how Dar has almost a decade of experience between the ropes.
Noam Dar started wrestling at about thirteen years of age. Maybe what’s most suprising about that – is that it’s not entirely uncommon.
There are a number of pro wrestling schools around the UK taking on students as young as 12 now, resulting in more and more young people getting into wrestling early. I myself started wrestling at 12 years old at the PBW Barrhead Academy and still continue to attend one of the PBW Academy’s every Sunday. Similarly there are a number of students at the PBW Academy today who started at a young age and have began to make there mark on shows across Scotland,. Let’s take a look at two of them who I’ve spent a lot of time with, my wee dick cousin Owen Jakks and his irritating pal Logan Smith.
Trained by Kid Fite, Owen Jakks and Logan Smith are two of the hardest working trainees at the PBW Barrhead Academy. Both at the age of 16 impressed crowds and promoters across Scotland throughout 2016 and have continued to do the same this year. Working together as a tag team in PBW and on their own at SSW, both have took every opportunity they’ve been given with both hands and have proved that they are definitely ones to watch for 2017.
Logan Smith, since his debut in 2015 has appeared at shows for PBW, BCW, Rock N Wrestle, SSW and Blackridge Wrestling. Mainly competing for his home promotion, PBW, last year he showcased his ability in matches against the likes of Saqib Ali, Dylan Angel and Matt Fallon in the main event of PBW Academy Attack 7. His fast paced style and in your face attitude is sure to take him to new heights in 2017. Logan Smith has certainly proved that, despite his young age, he is capable of holding his own whenever a challenge presents itself.
Also debuting in 2015, Owen Jakks has stepped into the ring with the likes of myself, Dylan Angel and Prince Asad also mainly for Premier British Wrestling but Jakks has also been seen at SSW, Rock N Wrestle and Blackridge Wrestling. I was particularly impressed by Owen Jakks at the end of last year when he suffered a knee injury during a match against myself at a PBW Academy show in Greenock. Despite the obvious discomfort he finished the match and proved that age aside he wants it just as much as anyone else and is ready to show everyone what he can do in 2017.
Owen Jakks has already made a full recovery and recently made his Rock N Wrestle debut tagging with Logan Smith as they took on Saqib Ali and Prince Asad. Rock N Wrestle was the first promotion this year to take a chance on these two guys and I highly doubt that they’re going to be the last.
But don’t just take my word for it, keep an eye out for them at shows across Scotland and see for yourself why these two guys are going to take the Scottish wrestling scene by storm in the coming years. You can check out both guys on twitter at @OwenJakksUK and @UKLoganSmith to find out where they’re gonna be appearing and you can follow me at @LouKingSharpPBW.
If you’re interested in becoming a pro wrestler and then be sure to check out the PBW Academy‘s in Barrhead Greenock and Airdre, headed up by Kid Fite, the PBW Academy has produced the likes of myself, Kenny Williams, Kay Lee Ray, Stevie Xavier, Davey Blaze and Aaron Echo.
I think the most important thing to take from this is that while learning to wrestle is one thing, the PBW Academy install life skills as well. You have guys who have barely left school who are used to being around and dealing with folk in their mid-20s, as well as all of the drama and brotherhood that comes with the wrestling industry.
It installs discipline, respect, the importance of listening and looking out for not only your own safety, but those around you. That’s the kind of skills that these two have picked up and are exemplifying at every show they turn up on. That’s why they’ll do well – not because they can flip and hit a mean super kick.
Thanks for reading.
– Lou King Sharp with Gary Henderson