Wrestlers that look like real life size men, that look like they could legit kick someone’s ass, that look like professional athletes, like fighters, and can work a match in a way that makes you believe, are the best professional wrestlers in the world. If they can also talk, do solid promo’s, and have some charisma, they can become “superstars” in the wrestling world. I believe that I’ve proven time and again to be able to spot that in young up and comers. For example, I predicted Jay White would be a big star for New Japan, back when he was losing every match, as a Young Lion. I’ve obviously been proven right there. Currently I see the same thing in another “Young Lion,” or whatever Ring of Honor Wrestling calls their dojo students. “Classic” Eric Martin, at 6’3” and 230lbs, is a man that will make you believe. Not only is his size worthy of attention, but his wrestling skills are top notch. Martin doesn’t rely on spots, something that’s unusual in today’s wrestling, instead relying on working holds, and grinding his opponents into the mat. Having first gotten attention as part of a tag team called “The Classics,” with then partner Tyler Stone, The Classics were what you would think, a throwback team to days gone by, when wrestling was better than it’s ever been since. Donning satin jackets, and matching gear, Martin and Stone couldn’t be called “Revival” rip-offs because they debuted this gimmick right around the same time as Cash and Wheeler debuted theirs. After dissolving The Classics, Martin went on to team with John Skyler, winning the MCW Pro Wrestling tag team titles, and getting attention from Ring of Honor.
Since entering the ROH dojo, Martin has been seen a few times on ROH television. In particular he got to shine in a 4 way dojo match, where the winner advanced to face the Pure Champion, Jonathan Gresham, in a title match. While Joe Keyes emerged victorious in that match, Martin stuck out to me. His size, strength, and agility really made me take notice, and question how he didn’t win this one? More recently, Martin participated in the first ever ROH Pure Gauntlet match. Martin was the third man in the match, facing World Famous CB, who had advanced by defeating Martin’s trainer, Will Ferrara. Martin forced World Famous CB to use his remaining rope breaks, by giving CB a very tough challenge, lasting the second longest time outside the final match of the gauntlet between Wheeler Yuta and Fred Yehi, who are Pure wrestling standouts. I would argue that Martin’s performance against CB wore CB down so baldly, that after CB managed to get Martin to submit, he then lost in three minutes to the next opponent, Wheeler Yuta. If you watch this match back, you will see what I mean.
All the ROH dojo students are very good, but I sense and see something special in Eric Martin. Truth be told, I’ve seen something in him since his days as part of “The Classic’s” tag team. However, now that he’s in the best wrestling company in the world, I really see the potential for him to become a major player, yes, even more so than any other dojo student. I would very much enjoy seeing Martin in a rematch against World Famous CB, and in the television division, chasing champion Tracy Williams, while facing men like Tony Deppen, LSG, and Brian Johnson. I believe Martin can one day make the same impact for ROH that Jay White has made in NJPW. When he does, I’ll be sure to point out how I told you so, how I told you that “Classic” Eric Martin is Wrestling Done Right!