As the Pro Wrestling Spotlight series continues, we keep traveling around Spain meeting the most promising wrestlers the Iberic country has to offer. This week, we go all the way to the beautiful city of Barcelona to meet the talented Issl…
Issl started his journey in the world of pro wrestling like all of us, as a young fan falling in love with the sport. The boom in popularity of WWE during the early 00’s in Spain caught the attention of a young Issl. That’s when he learned there were wrestling schools near him, and what his future would hold.
In terms of inspirations, Issl is very unique. He finds most of his inspiration from Japanese wrestling, AJPW King’s Road era in particular, and the early years of NOAH. That’s when he discovered the wrestling that he loved, motivating him to get inside the squared circle himself. Naomichi Marafuji, KENTA, The Pillars of Heaven, Kenoh, Nakajima, Takayama, Morishima, and others have helped mold Issl into the wrestler he is today.
The matches between Go Shiozaki vs. Sugiura and Marufuji vs. KENTA have served as inspiration for Issl in how he approaches matches. It’s clear when you watch him that Japanese wrestling has given him the inspiration on how to perform and evolve as a pro wrestler. He is a very unique personality in Spanish wrestling, considering most take the American scene as a template.
One of Issl’s personal favorite matches was his bout against TJ Charles under Bloodsport rules. It was the first one of its kind in Spain, and is a bout that represents the potential Spanish wrestling has. It’s definitely a match worth checking out:
Other matches by Issl that are recommended by him are his singles bout against Carlos Vega for the promotion in Barcelona, RIOT and Issl vs. Kade.
The future looks very bright for “The Unprofessional Wrestler” Issl. His goal is to one day train in NOAH’s dojo to improve as a wrestler, and to one day perform inside their ring. With all the potential we’ve seen from Issl thus far, this could very well happen one day…