I dabbled in the wrestling business going as far back as 1997 when I launched the now-defunct wrestling news and information website called JimmyVan.com; through my years working with independent promotions in the U.S. and Canada; and now coming full circle with Fightful. I’ve amassed a bit of a photo collection through the years and decided to start sharing them via a weekly Flashback Friday feature.
Some of you may recognize this young fella and some of you may not. I took this photo back in February of 1999 at a wrestling school in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada run by a gentleman named Joe Frocklage who went by the wrestling name Ike Shaw and who had a brief run with Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. The kid in this photo was barely 20 years old but he was far and away the standout in his class, and he went on to become a top prospect on the Canadian independent scene before debuting with TNA in 2004. Today he’s the leader of the SAnitY stable in NXT – Eric Young.