MV Young Says Goodbye To PGH Wrestling For Now In His Hometown At KSWA Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser
September 26, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
"It's ridiculous," in a good way, says MV Young about his wrestling match this Saturday in his home town of New Kensington. "I don't know how to (process) this information," he said while on the telephone Monday afternoon. "It's my last match in Western Pennsylvania."
Born Michael Young in 1994, MV Young doesn't know exactly when he wanted to be a professional wrestler. "There was no epiphany," he said. It was just something he wanted to do at from the age of six. Oddly, he didn't wrestle in the Burrell High School program, but he did participate in just about every other sport. When he wasn't participating in baseball, football, rugby or soccer, Young started Greco-Roman wrestling at a local gymnasium. After he graduated from Burrell in 2013, his family relocated to Florida.
Once in the Sunshine State, Young enrolled in Larry Zbyszko's "I Believe In Wrestling Team Vision Dojo" in Orlando and trained for a year. His first match was on December 13, 2013. "It wasn't good," he jokes. That's why he continued to work at the craft.
Then, homesickness set in so Young moved back to Pittsburgh, and Lawrenceville specifically. He began to work and hooked on with a small-town wrestling promotion where his role as a wrestler "of the future," fit in nicely with a "brand extension." It got him ring time and education about how athletes sometimes get into matches. The "Future's" division soon folded and "The One" moved onto a West Virginia promotion and others through more than a dozen states.
He traveled overseas on a three-week, 20 match experience during the United Kingdom's version of Spring Break. "I have an open door invitation to come back any time I want, and I hope to soon," he said.
Sometime in 2016 he went for a walk in Lawrenceville and stumbled upon a "Live, Pro Wrestling Tonight" wooden sandwich board outside of the Teamster Temple along Butler Street. He heard the unmistakable sound of professional wrestling inside. Shocked that he hadn't heard of a promotion in the city, Young bought a ticket, walked inside and immediately was impressed with the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA). After the event he inquired about a potential booking and passed off his contact information. And he waited.
In January, the KSWA hosts its annual over-the-top-rope "Battle Bowl" extravaganza. The event is often a springboard for newcomers, returnees and others in the local wrestling scene. Young got the call from organizers and made his debut on January 14 at Battle Bowl IX, which was now at Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville. Even he was surprised at the reaction he received from the crowd of more than 530. Many in the crowd started an "MV Young" chant that reverberated off of the walls. "It was the largest American crowd I've wrestled in front of," he said. He has competed in 14 different states over those four years. "It's also the second-largest. There were more than 1,000 in England."
Out of about 30 contestants, Young survived until the top six. In a shocking move, he even eliminated former KSWA Heavyweight Champion Jay Flash over the top rope.
Young continued to travel this year, including stops in Maryland and Oregon, but he always eagerly awaited a return to Lawrenceville. "The fans are very responsive and warmed up to me right away," he said. Plus, I could walk to the venue. "I love the Spirit days."
Unlike smaller organizations, Young received a spot to shine right away in the KSWA. On February 18 he battled against long-time local wrestling veteran Dennis Gregory. The two entertained with a heavy-hitting display of offense before more than 400 fans. Gregory got the win.
On May 13, Young defeated Flash in front of another engrossed, packed house. The win fortified Young's position as an athlete on the rise. On July 2, Young and Shane Starr teamed up to defeat a more seasoned tag team in Harley T. Morris and Zak Hunter. Other obligations forced Young to miss Brawl Under the Bridge III where nearly 600 fans crammed under the Homestead Grays Bridge for the largest event in KSWA's 17-year history.
This summer, Young made the difficult decision to move back to Florida where his family now resides full-time.
He did return to Spirit Hall on September 9 for his last city of Pittsburgh match "for now" against Remy Levay. Levay is another young, talented wrestler who happens to be one of Young's best, true-life friends. The two took it to one another before 350 fans, some of whom were unaware that "The One" was southern-bound. "I had to smooth some things over with some friends," he jokes. Young was victorious that night and the two fan-favorites embraced after the tussle.
Young lost to Lucio Deveer under the twilight of Millvale Days on Friday, September 15. Again, the two shook hands and embraced after that contest.
Now, MV awaits this Saturday. His match hasn't been announced yet, but he hopes to face off with either Remy Levay or Jay Flash. For their parts, both wrestlers have expressed the same interest.
A six-man contest featuring Kris Kash, Shane Starr and Anthony Alexander against Shawn Blanchard, Lou Martin and Golden Triangle Champion Tommy Faime has already been announced.
Young looks forward to another match in West Virginia and Oregon later this year. He's already booked for events in the Orlando area. Goals include going to New York and Brooklyn specifically next spring where his girlfriend lives. He also wants to return to Alabama and Georgia, but he also has his eyes on Pittsburgh and the KSWA.
"There might be a pop-up match for MV," Young says. "See ya later."
The Sam's Club (Tarentum) KSWA fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network is this Saturday, September 30 at Kinloch Fireman Hall, 915 New York Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068. For information, call 412-726-1762. Bell time is 6:00 p.m. All tickets are $10. Card subject to change.