The Icon BJ Walker
The Icon, BJ Walker has been a pro wrestler for three years now. That’s still a short amount of time on the “indy circuit,” but this article is still going to argue that he should be a bigger deal than he is. He’s a mainstay on the Central Pennsylvania scene, working at places like Keystone Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Empire, CCW, and the newly formed NWA Northeast. He’s also performed on the CZW Dojo shows, having represented himself quite well. I personally “discovered” him on a CCW “Free show” in Harrisburg.
Often called a “Rock clone,” his detractors go on, and on, about him being too much like The Rock. While I could instantly tell that Walker was inspired by “The great one,” he’s not a carbon copy. Even if he was downright copying The Rock, so what? How many Ric Flair impersonators are there out there today? How many guys paint their faces much like Sting? I can’t even begin to count the indy workers that seem to honestly believe that they are Jeff Hardy. At least BJ Walker has legitimate talent. At least when he gets on a microphone you want to hear what he says. You know you’re going to laugh. You know you’re going to be entertained. Walker, much like The Rock, can insult his opponents easily, without much prep time (if any) and always in a way that works.
Let me tell you why BJ Walker should be main eventing the shows he works, and getting on higher quality shows at some level. Walker has the look. He’s built, works out, and looks like a legitimate athlete. It wouldn’t shock you to discover he’s a professional wrestler. Walker wears good gear. Trunks, boots, knee pads, wrist tape, the whole deal. He looks like a professional in the ring during an age when too many feel that wrestling in jeans and a wife beater is acceptable because Dean Ambrose does. Walker dresses like a professional outside the ring, often coming to, and leaving shows in slacks and a blazer. Walker performs smoothly in the ring. He’s an old school style of guy, and he makes it work. He’s not going to get over by leaping over the turnbuckle post. In fact, it’s those kind of guys he wants to take on. He’s out to prove that he, much like Dash and Wilder of NXT, is a “Revival.” Most of all, as I already mentioned earlier, the man can talk like few others on the indy scene today! It’s this ability that could, and would if he’d be given the opportunity, put him on top of the indy scene today. Some guys are just so good on the mic that the fans want to see (or hear) them on every show. Their ability to talk can even outshine their ability in the ring. As great as Steve Austin was in the ring, he eventually had to do less and less, because his ability to make the crowd love him because of his tirades on the mic. Someone give BJ Walker the microphone, and top level match-ups, and get out of his way.
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