1996 on what is now called Fox Sports Prime Ticket, the wrestling promotion that everyone was talking about in the infancy of the internet; Extreme Championship Wrestling would begin to showcase the daredevil style of wrestling with the likes of Mikey Whipreck, Rob Van Dam, and Sabu. It was at this time Sabu began wowing audiences across the country with his “High Risk” style of wrestling. Paul E. Dangerously would dub him the “Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying Man” Sabu. Of course by this time, Sabu had already wrestled across the globe competing in WCW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, FMW (Japan), but unfortunately, his exposure in Southern California was limited. But across the world, he was winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the New Japan IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and countless championships in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Sabu’s impact in Southern California had yet to come to fruition; it wasn’t until Xtreme Pro Wrestling began using the controversial wrestler that Southern California audiences would be treated to his “Evil Knievel” style of wrestling. It was at XPW’s World Championship Tournament, in Bakersfield, where Sabu defeated Damien Steele and John Kronus to win the title. Sabu would go on to hold the XPW World Championship longer than any other XPW Champion and defended the Championship in the United Kingdom as well as Mexico. During his time as Champion, Sabu was managed by Josh Lazie, who was the bassist of Danzing turned manager. Sabu’s time in Southern California was not just limited to XPW, he would also make appearances for the short-lived EPIC, FCW, and various other promotions.
Saturday Night, Vendetta Pro Wrestling will bring Sabu to Lompoc to battle another well known Hardcore Wrestler, “The Psycho Shooter, Drake Younger. Two of the most intense, “extreme” style wrestlers will square off in what should be a brutal match. You can attend this event at United Boy & Girls Club of Lompoc1025 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436. Doors Open: 6:30 PM Bell Time: 7:00 PM, tickets are $15 at the door. However before Sabu makes his debut in Lompoc, he’ll be at the World Famous Frank and Son Collectibles Show 11am to 1PM.
However, Sunday will be very different for the Hardcore Legend. For the first time ever, one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the world TJ Perkins will step into the ring one on one with Sabu. AWS Owner, Bart Kapitzke said of the match-up “Sabu can work, don’t overlook him for his hardcore stuff.” Before working in Big Time Wrestling in Michigan for his Uncle the Original Sheik, Sabu was trained as a technical wrestler. It wasn’t until his first excursion to Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling that he truly began his Hardcore Style of wrestling. TJ Perkins vs. Sabu will headline the 11th Annual Bart’s Birthday Bash on Sunday, June 22nd in South Gate at the American Legion Hall #335, located at 9535 California Ave., South Gate. Other matches scheduled will be; Lil Cholo defending the AWS Championship against Ryan Taylor, Scorpio Sky taking on B-Boy, the AWS Tag Team Championships will be on the line when the Ballard Brothers defend against SoCal Crazy and Sindarin, PPRay, and the LA F*ers. There will be ladies action as well as two huge behemoths the Plague taking on TEREX. Tickets for this big night of wrestling are $18 at the door.