On Saturday, Feb. 8 at New England Championship Wrestling's Triple Threat Match event, Slyck Wagner Brown will step in the ring with two of the independent scene's finest in Sean Burke and Antonio "The Promise" Thomas for the NECW Heavyweight Championship.
Having won a multitude of championships over the course of his career, adding another to his long list of accolades this upcoming weekend will be another day at the office for Brown. Additionally, he has appeared for promotions such as WWE and Ring of Honor, making a name for himself mostly in the Northeastern United States since the start of the millennium.
At a young age, Brown turned down an amateur wrestling scholarship to train with the late, great Killer Kowalski. The Underground King called the experience an "honor" and said Kowalski was the best trainer because he focused heavily on both the realism and creative aspect of what wrestlers do physically in between the ropes.
From there, Brown went on to compete worldwide from Puerto Rico to England to Ireland and elsewhere. When asked about what his favorite crowd was to perform in front of, Brown replied with Japan.
"They're just so respectful and appreciative of the wrestlers putting their bodies on the line for their entertainment and it shows," said Brown. "Whenever someone approaches you for an autograph they would always say please and thank you."
On the Jan. 9, 2005 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Brown made his unofficial WWE debut in a tag team match against The Hurricane and Rosey. Although he and his partner ultimately came up short, Brown still saw the match as an incredible honor.
"It was amazing, especially seeing that my team was in control for the majority of that match," said Brown. "We made one mistake and that was allowing the Hurricane to tag his partner Rosey; therefore, it cost us not only the match but lots of money and the opportunity to do more on the highest level."
Despite not scoring a contract with WWE, The Underground King has faced a number of top-tier talents over the years. From Jeff Jarrett to Bobby Roode to Bobby Lashley, Brown has proved that he can hang with the best of the best inside the squared circle.
"The biggest win of my career may have been beating former WWE star Bobby Lashley," said Brown. "I also had fun competing against guys like 2 Cold Scorpio, Jerry Lynn, Homicide, Jay Lethal, Eddie Edwards and many others."
Just recently, Brown opened his very own wrestling school, where he hopes to share his invaluable knowledge about the business with other aspiring wrestlers. He looks to follow in his trainer Killer Kowalski's footsteps in that sense.
"I'm hoping that it will help some find focus, get off the streets, and pursue happiness," said Brown. "It's also an opportunity to work for myself and build something successful from the ground up."
This year will mark the 15th anniversary of when Brown first stepped inside a wrestling ring, but his quest to take the wrestling world by storm is far from over. Among the goals he wishes to accomplish by the time he retires includes doing what he loves at the highest level possible, in the WWE.
"I want to work in front of different audiences each year and live to see both my past and future students do well," said The Underground King. "Additionally, I'd like to start my own family in the near future."
Be sure to see Slyck Wagner Brown in action this Saturday night at New England Championship Wrestling's Triple Threat Match, live from the Cove Community Center in Beverly, MA. You can also find him on Twitter for further information.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.