Name: Lewis Girvan
Nickname(s): The Best Young Wrestler in the World, The Prodigy
From: Glasgow, Scotland
Started training: 8th October 2008
SWA Academy/Source Wrestling School
Companies worked for:
Alpha Omega Wrestling
Celtic Championship Wrestling
Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum
Insane Championship Wrestling
International Pro Wrestling: UK
Preston City Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Elite
Pro Wrestling Impulse
Reckless Intent Wrestling
Respect Pro Wrestling
Scottish Wrestling Alliance
Scottish Wrestling Alliance: Source
Scottish Wrestling Entertainment
Showcase Pro Wrestling
Triple Team Promotions
WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
AOW Tag Team Championship
Discovery Y Division Championship
ICW Catchweight Championship
Pride Wrestling N7 Championship
RPW Heavyweight Championship
2015 – ICW Breakout Star of the year
2016 – Discovery Wrestling Wrestler Of The Year
The Saturday Crush
(double underhook brainbuster)
The Peacemaker Crossface
(double tombstone piledriver – with tag partner)
I became aware of Lewis Girvan a few years ago when a friend of mine showed me something one Facebook where someone was being billed as ‘The Best Young Wrestler In The World’ and asked if I had heard of him, much to my shame I hadn’t but with such a bold claim being made I had to find out more. It didn’t take long looking him up on YouTube to realise that he might not be far off.
Sadly despite becoming a Girvan fan it wasn’t until November 2016 at Fear and Loathing IX that I finally got to see him wrestle live and in person. He didn’t disappoint as he and Ricochet stole the show by having the match of the night on the absolute biggest stage British wrestling has to offer. On the few occasions I have seen him live since he has continued to show why he is one of the best wrestlers around of any age.
I was lucky enough to speak to Girvan at an Absolute Wrestling show and I spoke to him about what got him into wrestling. He told me that in 2007 at the age of 12 he was playing Smackdown vs Raw 2008 and he fell in love with wrestling. He told me that he had heard of names like Triple H and The Undertaker but he didn’t know much about them but playing as them was a “brand new thing and it was exciting”. The next year he started his training at the SWA Academy (then known as Area 52) under the tutelage of Big Damo.
I asked Girvan where the ‘Best Young Wrestler’ name came from and he told me “I realised around 2011 as I was wrestling around shows and doing whatever I realised I didn’t have an overt character. I’m not the biggest personality in the world, I’m not an overly flamboyant person. My strengths then and my strength now lie in my wrestling. I let my actions speak for me. So I had the idea then, why can’t wrestling be my gimmick.”
He also told me that at the time people like CM Punk and Chris Jericho were calling themselves “The Best in the World” and he to decided to incorporate his age and go with ‘The Best Young Wrestler In The World’ as “The name suits me down to the ground cos I truly believe that one day I will be the best wrestler in the world.”
I asked Girvan at what age he believes he will drop the “young” part of his best young wrestler moniker and he jokingly answered “I think maybe 50” and then gave the serious answer of “at the point that I am the best wrestler in the world.”
In my short conversation with Girvan I was impressed by his self confidence and also by the determination he seems to have when it comes to reaching his goals. Girvan may only be a young man but he has already achieved more then many wrestlers ever will. Take away his match with Ricochet and he has still put on great matches with some of the most talented perfor the world has to offer including Chris Sabin, Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre Jr (all of which are available on YouTube). Given his talent confidence and most importantly his determination I would not be surprised if Girvan goes on to become THE best in the world. I hope he does as whether it is as a singles competitor or in a tag match with his Kings of Catch tag partner, Aspen Faith, Girvan seems incapable of having a bad match.
On behalf of myself and the entire Calling Spots team I would like to thank Lewis Girvan for taking the time to speak to me and I would like to wish him the best of luck for the future.
Facebook – Lewis Girvan (LewisCEGirvan
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Girvan told me that he believes The Undertaker is not only one of the best characters of all time but also one of the best performers and for those reasons ‘Taker would be his dream opponent from wrestling history.
Away from wrestling Girvan also trains extensively in kickboxing with his uncle Lex Eastern who is a seven time world champion.
Girvan comes from an athletic family. His great grandfather and great great grandfather were both being Championship boxers and his father playing badminton at an Olympic standard.
Lewis is at university studying television and if he wasn’t performing infront of the cameras he’d probably be on the other side recording the action.
One of Lewis Girvan’s fans took the time to create a Top 40 Moves video, available here.
Like other Scottish wrestlers BT Gunn and Joe Coffey, Girvan rarely wears full length trousers and usually wears shorts. When it came to getting ready for Fear & Loathing IX he was ready to go to the Hydro in shorts and a tshirt (which even to me, a Geordie, seems mental given how cold it was in Glasgow that day) when his girlfriend convinced to him to put a suit on. He followed her advice and is glad he did so.
*as of May 2017
Written by Neil Rogers