Baseball had its Sultan of Swat, Dickens had his Baron of Grogzwig, and wrestling has royalty of its own, the self-proclaimed ‘Duchess of the Spinebuster’ herself, Amber Young!
Much like royalty, heredity has played its role in her life’s station, as she is a second generation grappler. And straight out of a fairy tale, she’s also so beautiful, she models in her spare time!
As her reputation in the squared circle begins to grow, LadySports Online is proud to help introduce this young lady to fans worldwide!
Ring Name: "The Duchess of the Spinebuster" Amber Young
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: Between 130 – 135 lb.
Hometown: Dalton, Georgia
LADYSPORTS: Amber, welcome to LadySports! When did you first get into the sport?
AMBER YOUNG: I have been in the sport my entire life. Dad was wrestling when I was born, so it was apparent that I was going to all the shows and watching it on television all the time. I learned a little over time, but learned most in my later teen years.
LS: Who trained you?
AY: A number of people. I started my training with a guy named Shaun Rage, and then just jumped from wrestler to wrestler from there.
LS: What was your biggest influence to become a wrestler?
AY: My biggest influence would have to be my dad, David Young. He taught me that you should always follow your heart and never give up on something you believe in. He always said that wrestling was never easy, but if it something you enjoy then it is worth fighting for.
LS: What other sports do you have an interest in?
AY: I was a wrestler in school, so of course I have an interest in it. It really helped me understand a lot of the moves in pro wrestling today. But I also have a love for college football. Every Saturday I try to watch the Texas Longhorns game, because that is my team!
LS: How would you describe yourself in terms of attitude, personality, likes, dislikes, and strengths?
AY: My overall attitude and personality are very friendly. I am very approachable and love to meet new people. My mom always said that I could never meet a stranger…that I seemed to become friends with everyone!
As far as my likes, I like working out, being outdoors, swimming, modeling (which I do in off-time of wrestling), and just being surrounded by my friends. My dislikes would have to be giving up…it is something that I can't stand.
My strengths would have to be that I am always up to take a challenge, and will go out of my way to perfect and accomplish that challenge.
LS: What is your most marked characteristic?
AY: It would have to be my ability to keep a positive outlook/attitude in a negative environment in order to keep the overall moral of the surrounding company up.
LS: What are you favorite foods, music, clothes, cars?
AY: Cooking out has to be my favorite food. Whether it is hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, etc., I love it. Music would have to be R&B. Clothes are honestly just what makes me comfortable. Give me a pair of basketball shorts with a sports bra and a cut off t-shirt and I am the happiest girl alive. Cars...my dream car is a yellow '69 Camaro SS with black racing stripes.
LS: Describe a typical day of training for you. What is most important in your workout?
AY: Well, stretching is always important to start with. Then cardio to get the heart rate up. After that would have to be working on chain wrestling, and just learning how to perfect what I already know and learn new things from other workers.
LS: How would you best describe your ring style?
AY: I see my style as a technical wrestler.
LS: What moves are you best known for?
AY: The spinebuster. Just like my dad.
LS: Have you ever been injured in the ring?
LS: Who have been your toughest opponents?
AY: I would say that they all are tough opponents. We all go out there the same way and risk our bodies to put on a good show. I have nothing but respect for the people that I wrestle.
LS: Who are your allies?
AY: My allies would have to Jason Collins simply because he is one person that was always there when I first started, even as a valet. Also, I would have to say Cody and Shay Gunn. They have been there for me my entire life and even when no one else thought that I would be able to make it in the wrestling business, they were there to push me and tell me that I could.
LS: What has been your most memorable win?
AY: My most memorable win would have to be my first win. I was in Elkhart, Indiana at OCWA and the only female wrestler there. I was the underdog and came out with the victory. Just to have the crowd yelling your name and making you feel important is so exhilarating.
LS: What was your worst loss?
AY: I can't say that I really have a worst loss. To me losing is something that you can learn from, and work on to make yourself better. Losing shows that you aren't "superhuman" and that we all make mistakes and let our guards down.
LS: Who is the one wrestler you would most like to face in the ring, but haven’t yet?
AY: There are a few, but Mena Libra would have to be one of the top ones. She is a great competitor and someone I would wanna wrestle.
LS: What type of match do you enjoy the most?
AY: Honestly, I enjoy a match that I can go out there and enjoy. When the crowd is into the match and are either cheering for you or cheering against you, basically when you can feed off the crowd is what I enjoy the most.
LS: What sort of reactions do you get from people when they learn you are a wrestler?
AY: When people learn that I am a wrestler, they look at me like I am a little crazy. They always ask me how I got into it and what made me want to. Unless it is someone in the wrestling world that knows my dad, then of course they just knew that I would eventually get into the business.
LS: What is so special about this sport to you?
AY: The special thing about this sport is that it keeps me entertained and always is there when I either need to relieve some stress or if I just need to get away.
LS: What are your fans like?
AY: My fan demographic is mostly children. Young girls seem to look up to me and always say that they wanna grow up to be just like me.
LS: If you had the power, what one thing would you do to improve the sport?
AY: I would make the sport the way it was in the old days. I love old school wrestling. They made simple things get over with the crowd. You could work a headlock for 15 minutes and the crowd would go crazy.
LS: Where have you wrestled, and what titles have you held?
AY: I have wrestled in Dalton, Georgia, Elkhart, Indiana, and Barnesville, Georgia. I have never held a title.
LS: What are your thoughts on women participating in the sport?
AY: I actually think that if a woman knows what she is doing in the ring, then it is a good thing. But there are some female wrestlers out there that claim they can wrestle after only 2 months of training.
LS: What was your most unforgettable moment in the sport?
AY: So far my most memorable moment in the business was getting to work in front of a crowd of over 500 people. For someone new in the business, you think that would make you nervous, but I loved every second of it.
LS: Any regrets?
AY: I can't say that I have any regrets in wrestling.
LS: What's the single best piece of advice you ever received about being a wrestler?
AY: To be myself. Never to let anyone tell me that I can't make it in this business doing what I wanna do and being the person that I am.
LS: What would you do if you couldn’t be in wrestling?
AY: I am going to school to be a Registered Nurse, so that is what I would do.
LS: What is your personal motto?
AY: "Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to live life despite its imperfections. So continue to live and love life."
LS: What would make you most happy in life?
AY: All I want in life is to enjoy what I do, whether it be in wrestling or something else.
LS: Anything else you’d like to add?
AY: To me wrestling is not about making money and being better than all the other women, wrestling is about meeting new people, learning new things, and just having fun. If a person can't do that, then they are just not in the right mind set.
pics courtesy of Amber Young