Indie Watch is our regular series that looks at all of the amazing talents working the independent circuits around the world. Some are veterans revitalizing their careers, some are indie prospects hitting their peaks, while others are names to be on the watch for! This edition looks at an up and coming Scottish wrestler who is on a mission to make wrestling great again, it’s Jason Reed.
2015 saw Jason Reed kick off his wrestling career as a product of the World Wide Wrestling League (W3L) Action Academy. With a brash personality and a great attitude towards the business, it didn’t take long for other promotions around the country to take notice of the youngster. By the end of the following year, Reed had performed for companies including Discovery Wrestling (DW), Reckless Intent Wrestling (RI), and one of his current home promotions WrestleZone (WZ). Clearly, this Nandos lover was going to be something big within the Scottish wrestling scene.
When 2017 rolled around, that’s when Jason’s career started to really take off, especially towards the end of the year. Even though he had been a two-time W3L Tag Team Championship alongside old tag partner Kevin Williams as well as winning the promotion’s Golden Ticket opportunity in 2017 (essentially a Money in the Bank concept), it was a change in attitude that garnered some attention his way. Up in WrestleZone, he made it clear that he was now focused on getting the job done inside the ring as opposed to giving the fans their money’s worth. It’s something that clearly worked well for him, as his first match since developing this new demeanor saw him defeat Mr. P and “Tenacious” Johnny Lions in a Triple Threat Match.
Enough about that though. We need to talk about Jason Reed in 2018 because what a year it was. He made his return to Discovery Wrestling to compete in their inaugural Disco Derby Match, he unsuccessfully challenged for the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships, and he was selected as one of 16 men to compete in the second Drew Galloway Invitational Tournament. Things were on the up for Mr. Reed, but that was just the beginning.
June 9th, 2018. That’s the night everything changed for Jason in WrestleZone.
Jason Reed > Donald Trump
For months, the fans had been bombarding him with chants of “Donald Trump” for his uncanny resemblance to the current President of the United States. In these sorts of situations, it’s often something that will be a chant and nothing else, perhaps a t-shirt design at most. With these chants though, Jason was able to craft together a whole new character that was unveiled on the aforementioned date. He was set to face Mr P and Zach Dynamite on this show, but the main takeaway from the bout was Jason’s new presidential persona. He had new Trump-esque music, he wore a little scarf to the ring like he was away to play some golf, and he demanded all the fans ignore the fake news as he went on a mission to make WrestleZone great again. Everything about the persona was perfect and thankfully, it wasn’t just a one-night thing. In fact, Jason is still on this same mission as we speak.
Several months later went by with victories over the likes of Foundation of the Future member Ryan Riley, former Undisputed WrestleZone Champion Shawn Johnson, and the longest reigning Undisputed Champion in history Scotty Swift. In addition, Reed had quite the encounter with NXT UK star Kenny Williams at Halloween Hijinx 2018, a match that Williams would win even though Jason’s foot was under the ropes for the entire pin. Referee Mikey Innes will never be hearing the end of that from Reed and his associate Agent W.
Now, he stands before us as the reigning WrestleZone Tri-Counties Champion, a title he captured at Aberdeen Anarchy 2019 from arch-rival Mr. P (Andy Wild and Shawn Johnson were also in the four-way contest). On top of this, Reed made his long-awaited debut for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) this past March opposite Kenny Williams and is featured as one of the main characters on weekly YouTube show KINGS ROAD, a show that stemmed from the minds of The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith and Lewis Girvan).
Jason Reed is proving to be the Tri-Counties Champion we all deserve – here’s hoping the witch hunt from WrestleZone management doesn’t hold him back anymore. If we all unite, we can help make wrestling great again!
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