Player Profile

Zack Sabre Jr.

Zack Sabre Jr.

Nationality :British
Date Of Birth :24 July 1987
Height :6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight :211 lb (96 kg)

Zack Sabre Jr.: A Brief Biography

Lucas Eatwell, also known by his ring name Zack Sabre Jr., was born on July 24, 1987, in England. As a member of The Mighty Don’t Kneel stable and a current and first-time NJPW World Television Champion, he is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). From 2017 until its dissolution in 2022, Sabre Jr. was a part of the Suzuki-gun stable. Sabre competes outside of NJPW for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring of Honor, Revolution Pro Wrestling, and Progress Wrestling.

Sabre is a former champion of the NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Championship and a graduate of the organization’s Hammerlock Academy. At the age of 14, he began training with NWA-UK Hammerlock under the direction of Jon Ryan and Andre Baker. A wide variety of intricately intricate technical wrestling holds and pinning combinations, harsh strikes (resulting from his love of puroresu), explosive athleticism, and stunning acrobatics are all part of Sabre’s offensive moveset. Sabre was named the Best Technical Wrestler of the Year for seven years in a row (2014–2020) and the Best Technical Wrestler of the Decade (2010s) by readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Sabre is a tag team wrestler even though his solo performances are more well-known. As a member of the “Leaders of the New School” with Marty Scurll in his early career, he gained notoriety and twice won the IPW:UK Tag Team Championships. Later, he and Minoru Suzuki, another member of the Suzuki-gun stable, would triumph for the same title (now known as the RPW Undisputed British Tag Team Champions). He shared the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship twice with Yoshinari Ogawa in Pro Wrestling Noah. With Big Daddy Walter in World Xtreme Wrestling, he won the wXw World Tag Team Championship. Sabre and Taichi, a fellow member of the Suzuki-Gun stable and the three-time IWGP Tag Team Champions, have also formed the “Dangerous Tekkers” tag team.

Sabre has twice in NJPW won the New Japan Cup, in 2018 and 2022. He is a former PWG World Champion and the victor of the organization’s Battle of Los Angeles in 2015.

Titles

  • Alternative Wrestling Magazine
    • UK Match of the Year (2012) vs. Marty Scurll on 25 March
  • AM Wrestling
    • One Night Tournament (2008)
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
    • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
  • Defiant Wrestling/What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • Defiant/WCPW Internet Championship (1 time)
  • Evolve
    • Evolve Championship (1 time)
  • German Stampede Wrestling
    • GSW Breakthrough Championship (1 time)
  • International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom
    • IPW:UK Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Marty Scurll
    • UK Super 8 Tournament (2014)
    • Tag Team Tournament (2017) – with Jimmy Havoc
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • NJPW World Television Championship (1 time – inaugural, current)
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Taichi
    • New Japan Cup (2018, 2022)
    • NJPW World Television Championship Tournament (2022–2023)
  • NWA-UK Hammerlock
    • NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Hardcore Lottery Tournament (2008)
  • Premier Promotions
    • PWF Middleweight Championship (1 time)
    • PWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Ian Dowland Trophy (2010)
    • Ken Joyce Trophy (2011)
    • Worthing Trophy (2012, 2013)
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Championship (1 time)
    • Battle of Los Angeles (2015)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 24 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018
    • Ranked No. 3 of the top 50 Tag Teams in the PWI Tag Team 50 in 2021 – with Taichi
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
    • GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Yoshinari Ogawa
  • Progress Wrestling
    • Super Strong Style 16 (2018)
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
    • British Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
    • Undisputed British Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Marty Scurll (2) and Minoru Suzuki (1)
  • Solent Wrestling Federation
    • One Night Tournament (2012)
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Tag Team Award (2021) with Taichi
  • Triple X Wrestling
    • Triple X Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Westside Xtreme Wrestling
    • wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • wXw World Lightweight Championship (1 time)
    • wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Big Daddy Walter
    • Ambition 4 (2013)
    • 16 Carat Gold Tournament (2016)
    • wXw World Tag Team Tournament (2015) – with Big Daddy Walter
  • WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
    • Pro Wrestling World Cup English Qualifying (2017)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler) (2014–2020)
    • Best Technical Wrestler of the Decade (2010s)

Height of Zack Sabre Jr., Weight, and Body Stats

Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight211 lb (96 kg)

All-time Career of Zack Sabre Jr.

Pro Wrestling NOAH (2008–2015)

Sabre participated in a unique British six-man tag team match on June 21, 2008, as part of the Coventry Skydome’s pre-show for Pro Wrestling Noah’s UK tour. Sabre, Dave Moralez, and Mark Haskins were defeated by the team of Hubba Bubba Lucha (El Ligero and Bubblegum) and Luke “Dragon” Phoenix. The following day, on June 22, 2008, Sabre and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, the current champion of the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, fought to a twenty-minute time limit draw. Between July and September 2011, Sabre participated in a number of matches while on tour with Pro Wrestling Noah. In April 2012, Sabre made a comeback to Pro Wrestling NOAH to compete in a number of singles matches for the 2012 Global Tag League tour.

Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask were defeated by Sabre and Yoshinari Ogawa on December 7, 2013, to claim the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On March 21, 2014, they were defeated by Atsushi Kotoge and Taiji Ishimori, and on April 12, they were victorious once more. On July 5, Kotoge and Ishimori once more defeated Sabre and Ogawa for the championship. In November 2015, Sabre departed Noah.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2017–Present)

Suzuki-gun (2017–2022)

On February 21, 2017, it was revealed that Sabre would compete against Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s 45th-anniversary event on March 6. Sabre defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Minoru Suzuki to win the match, becoming the newest member of the Suzuki-gun stable. In an eight-man tag team match the following day, Sabre submitted NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto. Due to this, on April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017, Sabre unsuccessfully challenged Goto for the championship. Sabre was excluded from the Best of the Super Juniors because NJPW had decided to classify him going forward as a heavyweight wrestler. Instead, he was announced for the G1 Climax, the top singles event in the NJPW. Prior to the G1 Climax, Sabre competed in the G1 Special in the United States, which served as the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship tournament. Sabre advanced to the semifinals before falling to Tomohiro Ishii. On July 17, Sabre defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, the IWGP Intercontinental Champion at the time, to win his first G1 Climax match. Sabre went on to finish the competition with a record of five victories and four defeats, missing out on a trip to the championship game. Sabre tried unsuccessfully to unseat Tanahashi as Intercontinental Champion on September 16 at Destruction in Hiroshima.

On February 28, 2018, Sabre’s participation in the 2018 New Japan Cup was announced. To get to the finals, Sabre had to defeat Tetsuya Naito in the first round, Kota Ibushi in the second round, and SANADA in the semi-finals. Sabre won the 2018 New Japan Cup and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on March 21, 2018, by defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi in the championship match. As a result, Sabre won the competition for the second time after Giant Bernard in 2006. Taka Michinoku, a Sabre stablemate, served as his manager and spokesperson throughout the competition. Sabre unsuccessfully contested Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on April 1 at Sakura Genesis. Sabre reportedly agreed to a full-time contract with NJPW six days later. Sabre competed in the 2018 G1 Climax from July 14 through August 11 and finished the competition with a record of six victories and three defeats. However, due to Kota Ibushi’s victory in their head-to-head match, Sabre was unable to advance to the tournament’s finals. Sabre and Taichi competed in the 2018 World Tag League from November 17 through December 7. They finished the competition with a record of seven wins and six losses but were unable to advance to the finals after falling to EVIL and SANADA in their final round-of-battle match.

Sabre defeated Tomohiro Ishii on January 4, 2019, at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in the Tokyo Dome to win the British Heavyweight Championship for a record-breaking third time. Sabre competed in the 2019 G1 Climax from July 6 through August 10, finishing the competition with a record of four victories and five defeats and failing to reach the tournament’s finals. Sabre lost the British Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi on August 31 at Royal Quest, but he later won it back at Destruction in Beppu on September 15. Sabre and Taichi competed in the 2019 World Tag League from November 16 through December 8; they finished with a record of ten victories and five defeats, failing to claim the championship. After that, Sabre and SANADA started fighting, and after losing to him twice, Sabre started attacking SANADA. The following day, Sabre left a press conference early because he thought SANADA had disrespected him. In a tag team match on December 19, Sabre and Taichi competed against SANADA and EVIL of the Los Ingobernables de Japon, respectively. Sabre won the fight by pinning SANADA to the ground. The next day, SANADA returned the favour by pinning Sabre during their tag team match, which made Sabre enraged because it was his third defeat at the hands of SANADA. Due to SANADA’s injury, his Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate BUSHI faced Sabre on December 21. BUSHI unexpectedly defeated Sabre, which enraged SANADA once more. Taichi, who was mocking BUSHI with the Masked Black Horse mask, then attacked the referee.

Sabre successfully defended the British Heavyweight Championship against SANADA on January 5, 2020, the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 14 in the Tokyo Dome. At Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes on February 14, he was defeated by Will Ospreay for the championship. The 2020 New Japan Cup was held in June, and Sabre competed in it. Kota Ibushi eliminated Sabre from the competition in the first round. The IWGP Tag Team Championship was won by Sabre and Taichi on July 12 at Dominion in Osaka-jo Hall by defeating Golden Ace (Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi). Sabre competed in the 2020 G1 Climax from September 19 to October 17, finishing the competition with a record of five wins and four losses and failing to advance to the tournament’s finals. Sabre and Taichi competed in the 2020 World Tag League from November 15 through December 6. They finished the competition with a record of six victories and three defeats but were unable to advance to the tournament’s finals after losing to FinJuice (David Finlay and Juice Robinson) and the Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) in their head-to-head match. Sabre and Taichi were defeated by the Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2021, the opening night of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in the Tokyo Dome. Sabre competed in the 2021 New Japan Cup in March, falling to eventual champion Will Ospreay in the second round on March 14. The IWGP Tag Team Championship was reclaimed by Sabre and Taichi from the Guerrillas of Destiny on June 1. They lost the titles to Tetsuya Naito and SANADA, known as Los Ingobernables de Japón, on July 11, but they later won them back. Sabre competed in the 2021 G1 Climax from September 18 to October 18, finishing with a record of six victories and three defeats and failing to advance to the tournament’s finals. The 2021 World Tag League featured Sabre and Taichi from November 14 through December 12. Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi defeated Sabre and Taichi on the final day of the competition, knocking them out of the finals after eight wins and three losses. Sabre and Taichi were defeated by Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi for the IWGP Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2022, the opening night of Wrestle Kingdom 16.

On March 6, Sabre qualified for the 2022 New Japan Cup by winning his first-round match against Ryohei Oiwa. Sabre advanced to the third round by defeating Great-O-Khan on March 17 and Will Opsreay in the quarterfinals on March 21 after winning the second-round match against Suzuki-gun stablemate DOUKI on March 12. To win the competition and earn the right to challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, Sabre first defeated Shingo Takagi in the semifinals on March 26 and then Tetsuya Naito in the finals on March 27. This was a feat he accomplished twice with the same reigning champion. Sabre unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on April 9 at Hyper Battle. Sabre attended the 2022 G1 Climax, which took place from July 17 to August 16. After losing to Tetsuya Naito on the final day, Sabre finished with a record of four wins and two losses, narrowly missing out on advancing to the semifinals. Minoru Suzuki declared that the Suzuki gun would dissolve by the end of the year on December 14. On December 23, Suzuki-gun played their final match, during which each member saluted and lifted the Suzuki-gun banner for the final time.

TMDK (2023–Present)

Sabre competed in a contest to determine the NJPW World Television Champion during this period, which he ultimately won by defeating Ren Narita in the championship match on January 4, 2023, at Wrestle Kingdom 17 in the Tokyo Dome. This victory marked his first singles title triumph. He accepted an offer from Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste to join TMDK after the match. Sabre was then introduced as “The Front Man” and made the new stable leader. The following day, Sabre, Nicholls, and Haste competed in New Year Dash! and defeated Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, and Tomohiro Ishii of CHAOS. Soon after, when TMDK was in need of a fourth member, Sabre drew Kosei Fujita, a young lion, from the audience, removed his Young Lion attire, and gave him a TMDK shirt, becoming the newest addition to the stable. Sabre defeated Tomohiro Ishii on February 5 at The New Beginning in Sapporo to make his first successful title defence. On February 18 at Battle in the Valley, he successfully defended his second NJPW World Television Championship title against Clark Connors. Sabre made his third title defence against Blake Christian on the February 28 ROH episode on Honor Club, which aired seven days later. Sabre competed in the New Japan Cup in March, losing to Shota Umino in the second round. This prompted a rematch, which took place on April 8 at Sakura Genesis and saw Sabre defeat Umino to successfully defend his title four times. Sabre faced Tom Lawlor in his fifth title defence at Capital Collision seven days later. Sabre faced Jeff Cobb at Wrestling Dontaku on May 3 in a time-limited draw, successfully defending his championship for the sixth time. On the Ring of Honor Wrestling episode from May 6, Sabre faced AR Fox in his seventh title defence. In the month of May, Sabre successfully defended the championship twice more, once against Rocky Romero on the Ring of Honor Wrestling episode from May 24 and once against Action Andretti on the AEW Rampage episode on May 31. Sabre won Cobb in a rematch on June 4 at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall after their initial match ended in a draw, allowing him to make his tenth title defence.