The original incarnation of Major League Wrestling was known for featuring some of the biggest established names in professional wrestling while also spotlighting emerging up-and-comers.
That tradition continues as the company’s second show of its resurgence titled Never Say Never is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 from the Gilt Nightclub in Orlando. It’s where the California-based Brody King looks to make a name for himself against top talent MVP.
“This opportunity means everything,” King said. “Every West Coast wrestler, they see the East Coast as their goal because that’s where wrestling is the most prosperous and the most looked at. I think every worker here wants to achieve going over to East Coast.
“When [CEO] Court [Bauer] and MSL [Mister Saint Laurent] contacted me to work for MLW, it was a no-brainer. That was one of the goals I’ve had was to work Florida. And for the first match to be against someone like MVP is incredible. He is a big guy in the business and has done everything I want to do. He had a long great career in WWE and New Japan as the first IWGP Intercontinental title holder, an insane accomplishment. I would say I’m pretty excited about it.”
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King, real name Nate Blauvelt, was a lifelong fan who entered the business in 2014 via the Santino Bros. Wrestling Academy. At 6-foot-8, he immediately stood out learning under the likes of Joey Kaos, Robby Phoenix and Los Luchas (Zokre and Phoenix Star). Although King had four years of high school wrestling under his belt, he says the innate ability to take a bump could be attributed to attending punk rock shows as a kid and jumping on the stage and landing on the floor.
He is inspired by lucha libre as well as Japanese wrestling including legendary figures Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody, Bam Bam Bigelow and Dr. Death Steve Williams. The driven performer patterns himself as a hybrid of international pioneers of the industry. A modern day caveman brawler mixed with modern lucha.
“Those guys were revolutionizing the big man style in Japan,” King said. “You go to Japan, and they are wrestling gods over there. Pictures are everywhere. Bookstores you find biographies on them. That is stuff you don’t find as much in America.
“Then there are guys like Mil Mascaras and Blue Demon who utilize submission based offense. That’s one of the lost arts of lucha libre. Everyone thinks of hurricanranas and flips, but don’t think about how technical luchadores can be. Currently, guys like Keith Lee and Jeff Cobb and the bigger agile guys who are showing that it’s okay to be a big guy who can fly or a big guy who can lift someone over their head and do some lucha libre on the side. I think it’s an awesome evolution of wrestling that we really haven’t seen before.”
King is becoming one of the most buzzed about new stars of the independent scene. He is humbled by the praise.
“I’ve been training really hard four or five days a week the last few years trying to achieve this goal,” he said. “Now it’s coming to fruition. It’s pretty surreal. I’ve watched guys like Shane Strickland and Willie Mack. Now I’m in the ring with them and being treated as their equal and being praised by them. That’s a huge accomplishment to me.”
The progress and success fuel his motivation. It helps him get up when the alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning. That’s when he gets ready for a 10 or 12 hour a day on set working lights on a movie or television show. It’s what King, a union member, has done for the last 12 years. He has done Pirates of the Caribbean and Marvel productions like The Avengers and Spider-Man to name a few.
“It’s a great career, but it’s not something that has my heart,” King said. “That is what I found with wrestling. It’s what I truly love and want to do. I’ve been sacrificing sleep and everything else to try to pursue this. My wife sees I put in a lot of effort and work in this, and she sees it’s starting to pay off. She has had m y back the whole time.”
After clocking out of the job, he begins a trek to the wrestling school, almost 50 miles from his house or the gym for training until around 10, 10:30 p.m. That gives him about an hour to spend time with his wife for a while before going to bed and doing it all over again the next day. If this grind isn’t enough to keep someone busy, King is also the lead singer of a hardcore punk band called God’s Hate. It’s all a means to an end. And a journey he wouldn’t have traded anything to experience.
MLW in Orlando
See Brody King versus MVP on Thursday, Dec. 7 at MLW Never Say Never at Gilt Nightclub in Orlando.
Matt Riddle takes on “Filthy” Tom Lawlor.
Shane “Swerve” Strickland and John Hennigan face Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin in a no disqualification match.
Also announced, Joey Ryan wrestles Maxwell Jacob Friedman (“MJF”).
Bell time 7 p.m.
Tickets on sale now at: http://mlw.eventbrite.com.
Visit www.MLW.com for more information.
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