Overcoming drugs, pro wrestling changed life of this ROH Supercard of Honor wrestler

The Last Real Man Silas Young in a rematch for the Ring of Honor TV Title against Kenny King (left) in a Last Man Standing Match at ROH’s Supercard of Honor 12 on Saturday, April 7 at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
The Last Real Man Silas Young in a rematch for the Ring of Honor TV Title against Kenny King (left) in a Last Man Standing Match at ROH’s Supercard of Honor 12 on Saturday, April 7 at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Photo Courtesy Ring of Honor

It takes a real man to accept life’s challenges and overcome life’s difficulties.

Silas Young, 38, has not only been doing that in the ring but also in his personal life.

He dubbed himself The Last Real Man, and it’s hard to argue, especially when learning of his past and the later transformation.

Growing up in Wisconsin with five older brothers, they all watched wrestling.

He played sports, but it didn’t drive him. School was not his forte, either.

With no academic plans, athletic pursuits or career interests, Young turned to drugs. He became an addict.

What turned his life around — provided hope, promise, the chance of overcoming this nasty habit — centered on the squared circle.

Through a friend, Young became a pro wrestler. For the first time in his life, he really enjoyed something, and he became good at it.

Pro wrestling gave him so much: a career, his wife, their son, his life.

Thus, it saved him, and now he is the one giving back to pro wrestling, helping elevate talent, like his “Best Friend” The Beer City Bruiser in Ring of Honor.

Young is also helping himself, earning a spot on ROH’s Supercard of Honor 12 on Saturday in New Orleans.

In an audio interview, Young discusses ROH Supercard of Honor, Beer City Bruiser, growing up in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers, his brothers, gymnastics, his pro wrestling start, WWE, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Evolve, Gabe Sapolsky, Ring of Honor, a ROH return, his wife who is a pro wrestling valet and more.

Young, who debuted in 2002, talls about how pro wrestling changed his life, his son’s reaction to him winning the ROH TV title, he and his son’s favorite wrestlers (is it The Last Real Man?), the change in pro wrestling, the inspiration for The Last Real Man persona, his plans during and after his Supercard of Honor 12 TV title match, overcoming a drug addiction and advice to others going through it or how to stay away from it.

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The Last Real Man in a Last Man Standing Match

For a preview of The Last Real Man Silas Young attempting to regain the Ring of Honor TV Title from Kenny King in a Last Man Standing Match at ROH Supercard 12 in New Orleans, click this link:


Ring of Honor’s Festival of Honor, featuring Supercard of Honor 12, is Saturday, April 7 at UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans.

The event will feature the debut of ROH RINGSIDE LIVE!—a variety of entertainment and immersive engagement with top ROH wrestlers all day long, exclusive meet-n-greets with more than 30 wrestlers from Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling, trivia for prizes at the ROH Pro Shop and much more.

ROH Ringside Live!

Ring of Honor is committed to providing memorable experiences and options for fans during the entire Festival this year. It is proud to introduce RINGSIDE LIVE!—a fully curated schedule featuring top ROH wrestlers including Q&A Panels open to fans, the debut of the “Best Friends Challenge” Game Show, and more.

All times EST

1:30 p.m. Bullet Club Panel

2:25 p.m. The Kingdom Conspiracy Town Hall

3:05 p.m. Women of Honor Panel

3:55 p.m. “An Intimate Afternoon” with ROH World Champion Dalton Castle

4:45 p.m. “Best Friends Challenge” Game Show featuring Beretta and Chuckie T. vs. Colt Cabana and Ian Riccaboni vs. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser

5:45 p.m. “ROH Luminaries” Panel

Exclusive Meet-n-Greets

A hallmark of all ROH live events, the Meet-n-Greet sessions offer all fans exclusive and intimate access to the ROH roster. These memorable experiences include a photo opportunity with each talent in addition to a personally signed 8x10 provided by ROH.

More than 30 wrestlers representing Ring of Honor, Women of Honor, and New Japan Pro Wrestling will be scheduled throughout the day for meet-n-greet sessions including ROH World Champion Dalton Castle with The Boys, The Cleaner Kenny Omega, The American Nightmare Cody, The Young Bucks, Kota Ibushi, Tenille Dashwood, The Villain Marty Scurll, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Best Friends, and more.

The Supercard of Honor Pre-Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST featuring the two semifinal matches of the historic Women of Honor Championship Tournament. This tournament features 16 of the top female professional wrestlers from around the world, including Women of Honor alum, top talent from Stardom in Japan and other international stars.

The Pre-Show will also host the final confrontation between “The American Nightmare” Cody and “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega hours before their main event match with “the fate of Bullet Club hanging in the balance.”

For autograph signing schedule and pricing, click this link:

Ring of Honor - Supercard of Honor 12


Bell Time at 8:30 p.m.

UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.

New Orleans 70122

Cody vs. Kenny Omega.

ROH Title: Dalton Castle (c) vs. Marty Scurll.

Inaugural Women of Honor Title: Kelly Klein or Mayu Iwatani vs. Sumie Sakai or Tenille Dashwood.

(Semifinal matches during preshow)

ROH Six-Man Tag Titles: Ladder Match: SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (c) vs. Flip Gordon and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).

ROH TV Title: Kenny King (c) vs. Silas Young.

ROH Tag Team Titles: The Briscoes (Mark and Jay Briscoe) (c) vs. Jay Lethal and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Hangman Page vs. Kota Ibushi.

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Punishment Martinez.

Also, Ring of Honor enforcer Bully Ray and more.


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