On December 31, 2010 as the clock counted down to midnight, I took a moment to reflect on my career. Memories
flooded my mind like flashes of light. Memories such as all the days on the road with my mentor and trainer, the
legendary Ricky Morton... thoughts of how I was passed up in Tampa in favor of less talented body builders and
football players. Lumbering giants who lacked the passion and dedication for this sport that I have displayed my
entire life...remembrance of all the miles traveled from state to state as a 16-year-old kid. Sometimes for
nothing more than the experience, a hand shack and promise.
As the clock struck midnight, I didn't just make a resolution, I made a vow. I vowed that 2011 would be the
year that all my hard work would finally pay off. I promised myself that 2011 would be the year that Chase
Owens make his mark in the world of Professional Wrestling...now that sworn midnight vow leads me into Easton,
PA on August 27 for CHIKARA's Young Lions Cup IX.
I'm no stranger to tournaments. My father was a high school wrestling coach and I have been on the mat, competing
since I was 3-years-old...as a high school senior, I was the #1 ranked wrestler in the state of Virginia. I won
over 60 tournaments in my career as an amateur.
However, my tournament experience isn't just limited to the amateur ranks. In April, I won the prestigious
NWA Smoky Mountain Cup by defeating the current NWA National Champion, Chance Prophet in the finals.
I understand that a lot of fans and even wrestlers in the Northeast haven't heard of me and aren't aware of my body
of work...that's fine and good - but don't sleep on me. Just a couple of weeks ago in Kingsport, Davey Richards
underestimated me and it almost cost him his ROH title.
This may sound like a Cinderella story, but trust me: I'm no princess. I'm the youngest and hungriest lion in the
pack. I haven't wasted my time wrestling 4 days a week for the last 5 years in every small town's local armory or
high school gym in the south for nothing...all the long roads that I have traveled have lead me to August 27 and
28 in Easton, PA. That weekend a young, unheralded, underestimated and overlooked lion will topple the rest of the
pride. That weekend a 21-year-old kid from a small southern town will outlast a field of top notch international
That weekend "The Real Deal" Chase Owens becomes the Young Lions Cup Champion.