CvC 2.0: Best European Wrestler Yet to Wrestle in the U.S.
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Why does the WWE continue to make money during a wrestling and economic downturn while independent promotions around the world struggle to stay afloat?
The major reasons are the length of time that the WWE have been marketed on national television and the mainstream exposure gained by the likes of Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin that still live on in the memory.
But another major factor in the WWE's superiority is their focus on character development and dramatic storylines as opposed to good-quality wrestling matches.
Independent wrestlers are notorious for not having a sufficiently developed character to become a major player in the WWE, CM Punk being a notable exception.
Many feel, for example, that Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) lacks the necessary charisma to ever become a main event contender in the eyes of Vince McMahon.
This problem is present in Europe and particularly the United Kingdom where promotions lack the television exposure to build feuds and seriously develop wrestling characters.
This is why wrestlers that can get so much across with facial expressions and in-ring body language are invaluable to these promotions.
Which brings me on to Zack Sabre Junior, a 23-year-old star from Kent, who many feel is the brightest prospect in English wrestling.
He has already won international acclaim after several five star matches with world-respected opponents such as Colt Cabana and Bryan Danielson.
He first won the NWA-UK Junior Heavyweight Championship at age 18 on Oct. 25, 2005, and has wrestled for many of the respected English wrestling brands.
Sabre also has a string of successful tours to Japan under his belt, but he has never broken in west of the Atlantic.
His technical prowess is reminiscent of a young Chris Benoit and he is extremely well-versed in the art of submission grappling, using the arm-bar as a finisher.
But Sabre is also a master of in-ring psychology and knows the precisely how and when to use a move for maximum crowd reaction.
Too many talented young wrestlers these days perform high risk maneuvers for the sake of a momentary pop and run the risk of consistently putting on "spot fests" (matches filled with high-flying moves.)
They cannot build the story of a match properly like the greats of the past such as Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were able to do with their eyes closed.
Sabre is an exception and his match with Bryan Danielson was filled with high drama and suspense complemented with a series of near falls and false finishes.
This bout was considered to be the British match of the year in 2008.
Sabre also has personality and attitude, which is evident every time he steps into the ring.
He has a rare connection with the fans that is comparable to the former popularity of Jeff Hardy although on a much smaller scale.
This is because his fresh-faced, innocent look perfectly combines with his wilder side to create the ideal babyface.
In England, fan favorites are referred to as "blue-eyes" and Zack Sabre is the personification of a "blue-eyed boy" who the fans want to cheer for.
But his character is not one-dimensional and the cockiness shown in some of his interviews lead many to believe that a successful heel turn is not out of the question.
Zack Sabre Jr was handed the ball to run with at a very young age, and so far, he has not let anybody down.
But there is still so much more for him to accomplish and if he continues to learn from the likes of Colt Cabana and Douglas Williams, it would not be too far-fetched to consider the possibility of one day seeing Sabre in TNA or ROH.
At this point, a move to "Ring of Honor" would be perfect for his career as it would give him television exposure stateside with which his avid fanbase can grow.
He would also have the opportunity to work with Jim Cornette, one of wrestling's great minds, who would no doubt help to improve his promo skills still further.