Episode 9: Minoru Suzuki
How do I even begin to describe the 31 year career of Minoru Suzuki? He is a man that has done so much in his career, but yet he is still going. As the leader of the very talented Suzuki-Gun stable, he has continued to improve in the ring. He has surrounded himself with submission wrestlers like Zack Sabre Jr and TAKA Michinoku, as well as brutal wrestlers like El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Lance Archer, while he is a blend of both styles. At 51, we are more than likely in the latter half of Suzuki’s career, but we don’t know how long he can go in the squared circle. He could easily go while in his 60’s or even later. His style of wrestling allows that, but this isn’t about the future. This is about the past and how Suzuki got to this point in his career, and oh boy, is it a long one.
Episode 8: Charlie Morgan
It is always hard to see someone retire from the ring, especially when that wrestler is someone so early into their career as Charlie Morgan was. She announced on Sunday that she was retiring due to her injuries. I feel like it would only be right to take a look at a very talented wrestler who had such a bright future in the wrestling world and was forced to retire.
Episode 7: Yoshi-Hashi
As the years of Pro Wrestling go on, new faces emerge and become stars. Some go on to become the face of a company like Kazuchika Okada. Some are always in the main event scene, like Tetsuya Naito. Others are always in the midcard flirting with the main eventers, like Tomohiro Ishii. There are even others that will always be in the Junior Heavyweight ranks for their entire career, like Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask. If you couldn’t tell by that intro, we are talking about a New Japan Pro Wrestling wrestler. With the G1 Climax coming up in a few weeks here, I had two options. One was to do one of these for every single wrestler in the tournament, or to do How Did They Get Here about the two wrestlers who were the biggest, for lack of a better term, snubs of the tournament. I decided to do the latter, so let’s start with YOSHI-HASHI.
Episode 6: Mia Yim
I found Mia Yim relatively late compared to others. I knew that she was in TNA for a while and was one of the Shimmer girls, but never got the chance to see her wrestle in those promotions. I didn’t see her wrestle until her competing in the first ever Mae Young Classic in 2017. After her second round bow out of the tournament, I started to dig deep and see more of her matches from the independent scene. And while looking at her journey to see how she got to where she is today in NXT, it is a very long road, but one that helped her develop into the wrestler and performer that she is today.
Episode 5: Pete Dunne
If you had asked people who Pete Dunne was before 2017 was, only the fans from the British independent scene would really know who he was. After his performance in the United Kingdom Title Tournament in 2017, some people were talking about how he could be the next big thing. After winning the title from Tyler Bate at Takeover: Chicago, Dunne got a lot more fans. 20 successful defenses of the title and a 685 day reign as the NXT United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne is one of the biggest names in the professional wrestling world. But just how did the Bruiserweight get to this point in his career? Well we need to step in the way back machine, and go all the way back to 2007.
Episode 4: Apollo Crews
I have made it no secret that I am a big fan of Apollo Crews. From an in ring perspective, he is one of the most talented wrestlers. He seems to have the ability to hit any and all moves and could be a top guy in any company. He only seems to be lacking the charisma that someone wants to see in his stars (Vince McMahon). But what has been very impressive is the journey that Crews has taken and how quickly he rose up the ranks in the independent scene. So just how has Crews gotten to be one of the most underutilized wrestlers in WWE?
Episode 3: Ruby Riott
You ever see a wrestler that you like and wonder just how did they get to this point in their career? Like how did they get to be as good as they are now a days. This was the thought that I had when I saw the debut on the main roster of Ruby Riott. I knew she looked a little familiar and that I had seen her floating around the internet, but couldn’t place her. Let's take a deep dive into the career of the Punk-Ragdoll and look at her long road to the WWE.
Episode 2: Sonya Deville
If you pay attention to any of our live coverage of events on Twitter, you will know that I am a huge fan of Sonya Deville. I think she has a tremendous upside, but for whatever reason she always seems to be a victim of stop start booking. Absolution seemed like a great intro for Mandy Rose and Deville, that fell apart due to Paige being forced to retire. Then they moved to Smackdown, and seemed to be picking up momentum, but then had a weird bit where they were gone from TV. Now they seem to be working some sort of break up angle between Deville and Rose, so how exactly did Deville get to be one of the most underrated women’s wrestlers in the world? Let’s dive right in and see just how she got here.
Episode 1: ALI
Welcome to a new series here on All Things Combat, ‘How Did They Get Here’. In this series, I will be highlighting one superstar and looking at their journey to where they are today. Today we will be looking at a superstar that seemed to come out of nowhere, Ali. He has been dazzling viewers with his highflying moves on 205 Live and now Smackdown Live. But how did he get to this point? Well let's dive deep and see how Ali got to this point in his career.