For nine years, Columbia, SC’s John Skyler has clashed with some of ROH’s best including current ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll and former ROH World Champions Michael Elgin, Kyle O’Reilly, and Kevin Steen. The only catch? These matches have never taken place inside of a ROH ring. After nine years, “The Southern Savior” gets his opportunity to prove his mettle on an international scale as the next entry into the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament.
A protégé of ROH legend Steve Corino and CW Anderson, Skyler used wrestling as an escape. Wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Curt Hennig, and Terry Funk inspired Skyler to make a name for himself. A stand-out soccer player in high school, Skyler turned down soccer scholarships to chase his professional wrestling dream.
Skyler has seen his success in wrestling take him across the globe, wrestling in nine countries in three continents. Skyler is accomplished in both singles and tag team competition, having served as one half of The Love/Hate Machine with Dash Wilder and now scoring success with Corey Hollis.
Skyler models his in-ring style after stars like Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard. His ability to draw from his inspirations come from his background as both a student of the game and as an educator. Skyler graduated with an Education degree from the University of South Carolina. Despite his ability to teach, Skyler has turned down opportunities to pursue his dream full time.
Will the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament be Skyler’s time to shine? After nine years and nine countries, Skyler’s record, pedigree, and level of sacrifice in the name of professional wrestling speaks for itself. Skyler heads to Pittsburgh young and hungry but experienced and savvy enough to win the TPT and earn a ROH contract. Join us at Steel City Excellence as Skyler takes his first steps in becoming the next ROH star!