For someone who only has been wrestling professionally for six years, Jakob Edwinn is already getting the reputation of having a mind of a ring general. His athleticism is second to none. The new school elements Jakob brings to the ring are backed by an old-school wrestling psychology that he possesses.
If you are ever in the eastern region of the United States, you have to make it a point to catch a wrestling show at Renegade Wrestling Alliance in West Newton, Pennsylvania, and at Eastern Panhandle Pro Wrestling in Kearneysville, West Virginia. It is in those two promotions that Jakob is being noticed by the fans that come to the events and the wrestlers that he steps into the ring with.
“I think the last year and a half of my career, has been my best time in the business,” Edwinn said. “I have found myself in a rhythm that I didn’t expect to find myself in.”
In 2012, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Jakob was introduced to Wildman Robbie Page and Page introduced Jakob to a style that would serve him well in the wrestling business. Since Page only had access to a gymnastics center, he and the guys he was training didn’t get to work in a professional wrestling ring on a regular basis. Instead, they just used mats on top of the concrete floor.
“We were taught a lot of mat-based skills and we did a lot of collegiate and catch style wrestling,” Edwinn said. “We focused on our cardio and drills that helped us with muscle repetition.”
A lot of the wrestling that is being done these days seems to be rooted heavily in a Luchador style that celebrates high-flying maneuvers. Jakob is not opposed to this specific style, but because of his training, it is not something you will see him do very often.
“Since I didn’t come up around ropes, I don’t go to them a lot,” Jakob said. “I kind of treat the ropes like I would desert, and I don’t want to eat too much of it. I want people to know that my style can be just as entertaining as springboarding off of something.”
In 2016, Jakob came to Tennessee to help his father when he became ill. Jakob was referred to Greg Anthony from Pro Wrestling Mid South who at the time was running a weekly show in Dyersburg every Saturday night. It didn’t take long for Jakob to fit right in and to find his place within the promotion.
“Working with Greg and his team was something else. I never have seen such a collection of smart individuals,” Edwinn said. “I’ve never experienced a show that ran every week and I never experienced a show that had its own building. It was really an eye-opening experience for me.”
Eventually, Pro Wrestling Mid South would add a Friday night show in Ripley, Tennessee. This allowed Jakob to get more experience and have the opportunity to step in the ring with the likes of Rob Conway, Miyamoto, Colin Delaney, Americos, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Jimmy Valiant.
Jakob did quite well for himself in Tennessee and his list of Championships proves it. He held the Unified Heavyweight Championship, the Legends and Lions Heavyweight Championship, the same tag belts with Meklakov, and he was the 2017 Freedom Cup winner.
“In that first year and a half with Greg, I learned twice as much as I did my first three years in the business,” Edwinn said. “Learning from different opponents week after week was immeasurable and it wasn’t anything like what I was doing when I first started wrestling.”
Over the past two years, Jakob has invested in his wrestling skills by attending seminars put on by Harley Race, WWE, New Japan, and Ring of Honor. The sacrifices that he is willing to make go beyond his wanting to be a good wrestler.
“Training for me never really stops. I want to know everything,” Edwinn said. “I’m comfortable with myself and my abilities, but I’m still uncomfortable with my position. I can always get better and there can always be more I can do to improve.”
Jakob is not alone when he says that his ultimate goal is to wrestle on the biggest stage there is, Wrestlemania. The dream has been with him for years and it is important to him, but that is not the only thing that equates to him being a success in professional wrestling.
“I want to earn the respect of my peers and the admiration of the fans,” Edwinn said. “I want everybody to know that I am putting in the work.”