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NAME: Justin Blackwell
WEIGHT: 450 LBS
TRAINED BY: GINO CARUSO
HAILS FROM COOGLES CORNER, WEST VIRGINIA
Justin Blackwell is making a name for himself on the north eastern New Jersey/Pennsylvania independent wrestling circuit, where the big man is cutting a path to the top. Under the tutelage of veteran teacher Gino Caruso, Blackwell made his debut for the East Coast Pro Wrestling promotion (ECPW). Early in his career he often teamed with his younger brother Junior, and the Blackwell Brothers were managed by General Bobby Lee Parker. The pair formed a devastating tag team "The Rebel Rousers", who rarely met defeat. Since the team split, Blackwell has kept the services of Parker, and with his aid was able to secure a title shot at the ECPW Keystone Championship, eventually defeating the champion Jason The Suicide King in McAdoo, PA back in October. He would later lose the championship to the same man he won the belt from just a few weeks later. "It was an honor to win that title. It was my first championship, and it was sweet. The folks back in West Virginia were real proud. I'm going to make them prouder when I win it back, and I will win it back."
Recently, Justin has received the opportunity to try his hand in the National Wrestling Superstars promotion (NWS), where he is billed as "The Happy Hillbilly". At a recent show he defeated the Illegal Space Alien, and he's currently booked for a match in Kenilworth, NJ on Friday December 4th. "It was a good opportunity for me at NWS. The people there really treated me well, not like the folks who come to see me at ECPW, who call me names and throw garbage at me. They treated me real nice in NWS, and that made me want to try harder and give them people something to cheer for. I'm gonna' do the same for the folks in Kenilworth when I get in the ring there."
Indeed it is a strange situation to be revered in one promotion, and reviled in another, but Blackwell feels comfortable in both roles. "I can handle it. My style is the same, so it's not like I worry about how to handle myself. I like to beat people up, and if you're standing across from me in the ring, you're going to get beaten up, it's that simple.
Blackwell hopes to make an impact in the NWS, and beyond in 2010. "I'm hoping to get my name out there. The wrestling business is starting to creep back up in NJ and I'd like to get some of them opportunities that are available. I'll start right here in NWS and see where it goes. Back home there aint a whole lot of opportunities, that's why I figure I only got one shot, and I'm aimin' to make it count. If that means I gotta' step on some folk's toes, oh well."
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