Spotlight On: Independent Wrestler ‘The Living Proof’ Jastin Taylor

Brief Career Synopsis:

Jastin has 8 years of experience on the independent wrestling scene, and has recently been a guest performer on WWE Monday Night Raw, Smackdown Live, and has wrestled a debut match for Ring of Honor Wrestling.  Jastin has wrestled in several states across the country and has performed in the ring with wrestling superstars like Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, X-Pac, Chavo Guerrero, Scott Steiner, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

1. What led you to a career in wrestling?

Wrestling was a dream that I thought had passed me by.  I had always been a fan and always wanted to do it, but growing up in Midland Texas, there were no avenues to get into wrestling.  I was in my late twenties when I attended my first independent show called ‘Top of Texas’ located in Amarillo, Texas. That night, the promoter Jack Logan, saw something in me and offered me a chance to train.  Before I knew it, I was traveling 4.5 hours to Amarillo every weekend to train
with his roster.  The rest is “history” as they say.

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2. What was your very first match like?

The funny thing about my first match is that I didn’t even want to have it.  I had only been training for 2 months in Amarillo and we had a wrestler unable to make the show that night.  The boys asked if I could be a substitute and I was adamant that I wasn’t ready.  I never wanted to be a guy that brought shame to the business and I am always striving to be a legitimate part of professional wrestling.  The guys had to talk me into going out there.  But magically I hit the ring and started mouthing off with one of the kids and the entire crowd started to boo me.  The match happened and it went well without too many hiccups.  Once I got back to the locker room, I was met with such praise and respect.  After that, I knew that this was where I belonged.

3. Who has been your favorite wrestler to work with so far?

That honor has to go to Matt Hardy.  He was so professional and giving during his time on the independent scene.  We wrestled to a 50-minute time limit draw and the crowd still wanted a time extension after that!  It is one of the greatest achievements I have had in the ring.  I owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership and trust in me as a fellow performer.  I was so happy when WWE brought him back to television.

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