As we draw closer to WWE’s much anticipated “Cruiserweight Classic” we here at Real Sport are taking a look at some of the competitors that WWE have handpicked from around the world.
Today the man in the spotlight is Zack Sabre Jr.
Where He Wrestles
Zack Sabre Jr has been a fixture on the American independent scene since leaving Japanese promotion NOAH in 2014. He instantly became a main event player in EVOLVE on the east coast and PWG on the west coast. Back home Sabre Jr is a hero. He is the British Heavyweight Champion in Revolution Pro Wrestling, winning the belt from AJ Styles in January. He won the PWG World Championship in March – a belt that has been worn by the likes of Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro and Kevin Owens. That’s quite the pedigree.
Sabre Jr is known by the moniker “technical wizard”, and it is well earnt. His matches always include a lot of mat wrestling, wrist locks and leg holds that look far more painful than big impactful slams. He is a master of limb manipulation and incredibly fluid in his chain wrestling. He was named best technical wrestler in the world the last two years by Wrestling Observer Newsletter and it’s hard to argue with it. Think Daniel Bryan without the flying but with William Regal’s dry humour.
That’s not to say Sabre can’t strike or hit other moves. His northern lights suplex is wonderful and his strikes are brutal. Despite his skinny stature Sabre is an imposing person in the ring with classic English cockiness and a seeming love for inflicting pain.
Sabre Jr is expected to sign with WWE sooner rather than later. There aren’t many things left for him to do on the Independent scene after a recent match with Kurt Angle and winning multiple championships and the adoration of every crowd he performs in front of. I would be surprised if Sabre Jr doesn’t go very, very far in the Cruiserweight Classic, he should be one of the favourites and the crowd at Full Sail should love him.