"showtime" Shawn watson
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Entrance Theme: "California Love" by Tupac Shakur
Finisher: The showstopper (Pedigree)
Gimmick: Shawn loves the fans. He performs and works his butt off for them. His work ethic is tireless and he is a consummate company man. Shawn believes that his job is to make every fan get pumped at some point during his appearance. Whether it be by promo, high spot, post match celebration, or even staying long after an event to sign any and all autographs he can; Shawn aims to please. It is this type of work ethic that made him a favorite in his training days and also what everyone expects will make him a beloved and major star in this business in the years to come.
Story: Shawn Watson was born on July 4, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To say that he is a true product of his environment might be a great understatement. He was born with under developed lungs, which actually caused him to be very puny early in his life. He had strings of doctor appointments and check ups that tried to keep him as close to the growth curve as possible, but he was always small.
One of the ways his parents combated this was to get him involved in yoga and gymnastics as a small child to help with his body's flexibility and to promote muscle strength. He began at age 3, and continues these disciplines to this very day nearly 20 years later. Whatever issues where in his body resolved, but it wasn't at the normal time. Children usually have, especially boys, a major growth spurt around 12-13, but Shawn didn't. He did grow an inch or two, but his classmates were all shooting up 5-8 inches and his small stature became even more of an issue. This led to bullying issues in junior high.
Until he was 17.
At age 17, the summer before his senior year, he shot up 7 inches. He went from 5'4" to 5'11" and caught many of his male classmates in size. He was already on the wrestling team, wrestling at the lightest level and doing well in learning skills of grappling, but the growth spurt moved him up quite a few weight classes heading into his senior season. He continued his weight lifting regimen to go with his yoga and gymnastics. His flexibility was shocking and doctors told his parents his growth plates showed future growth as well.
He grew 2 more inches during his senior year, where he went undefeated and won the 185-lb Nevada State Wrestling Championship. He got a scholarship to UCLA to be on their wrestling team and left for Los Angeles at age 18 in August of 2013. His first two seasons at UCLA were successful and between his 19th and 20th birthdays, he surged in height again now measuring 6'5" and weighing more than 215 lbs! He dominated his peers his sophomore season and ended up losing to a senior from Minnesota at the 2015 NCAA Finals.
UCLA's program than got in trouble as an investigation was requested by other PAC-12 schools partially because of the radical growth Watson showed the previous year. Shawn again went through testing and was shown to be completely legit in his growth, but the investigation showed that some seniors had been given PEDs in prior years. UCLA cleaned house, firing everybody and eliminating all scholarships for the wrestlers. Watson was now left with nowhere to wrestle.
In a gym in North LA, Shawn stumbled into a young man named Dylan Goyette during one of the many shows CWF was running at the time and Goyette told him that with his size, he should consider professional wrestling. Goyette explained how his Dad was training him for a comeback from injury and suggested Shawn look him up. A few phone calls later and Chris Hopper was training him in California at his ranch in Norco.
Shawn took to it fast, enjoyed working out with Dylan and his fiance Chrystal. He learned a lot, but when the other two went back to full time CWF work in late 2015, Shawn wasn't signed to go as well. He stayed working out and learning. He was waiting for the right opportunity. That is when Mr. Hopper sent word to the IXWA shortly after the new working agreement was made with UPW about Shawn and a new deal was struck.
Now Watson is here in IXWA! Looking to bring the fast-paced and crazy world he grew up in Las Vegas to the world-wide stage. The question is whether or not IXWA is ready for "Showtime!"
2) Strength & Toughness
3) Fan support
4) Stamina & Agility
1) Sometimes has ego problems. Not because he feels he is that good, but because he loves working the fans. At times during matches he will actually gear towards the fans and allow his opponent to begin recouping. This is not a good trait when trying to nail down big wins, but he always manages to recover.
2) Past. He is constantly being held up with what his brother and Uncle have done in this business. Feeling that pressure sometimes causes him to want to do too much too fast and not fight one fight at a time. Many time this looks as if he is committing suicide by jumping into too many people's faces.
3) Women. 'nuff said. He can't resist a pretty face, so if the opponent has a beautiful valet, he can be lured into traps easily.