WWE Hall of Famer EDGE Endorses BumpDrunk.com’s SHOGUN Scholarship Winner
As the youngest child of 13 siblings, Steven Walters loved watching his heroes battle inside the squared circle, but none captivated his attention more than “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. “He was the man,” Walters emphasized. Hulk Hogan may have ignited his dream to become a professional wrestler, but it’s Walter’s hard work that is helping him take that dream to the pinnacle as the winner of BumpDrunk.com’s SHOGUN scholarship.
At only 25 year old, Walters will now be traveling to Japan, looking to shine by competing for one the world’s most talked about wrestling organizations, Zero-One. Walters will be training and living in Japan over the next three months – something his idol, Hulk Hogan, wasn’t able to accomplish until he was two years older than Walters. But Walters is no stranger to hard work or being on his own…
Steven Walters left an unstable home situation at the tender age of 15, fighting for survival at every turn, yet never losing sight of his dream. When Walters was of age, he began training to follow in his heroes’ footsteps, and after honing his craft with help from professional wrestling stars like former National Wrestling Alliance tag team champion Ricky Morton,TNA’s Gunner, and former WCW superstar Lodi – his life took a turn for the better the day he met WWE Hall Of Famer EDGE.
“Steven is the first and most likely only guy outside of WWE who I’ve kind of taken under my wing,” EDGE shared in an interview with BumpDrunk.com. “If I didn’t think he was a great kid with a great attitude I wouldn’t have anything to do with him.”
Walters’ attitude and work ethic earned him a WWE tryout, but also caught the eye of WWE Superstar and professional wrestling legend William Regal, who personally offered him a spot on a three-month tour of England.
Now, as the first winner of Bumpdrunk.com’s SHOGUN scholarship, Walters will be adding to his already impressive resume by training and learning through intense competition with such Japanese legends as former Zero-1 and Extreme Championship Wrestling world champion Masato Tanaka, former Zero-1, World Championship Wrestling Cruiserweight, and World Wrestling Federation Light Heavyweight Champion Shinjiro Otani, former Zero-1-MAX International Junior Heavyweight Champion Ikuto Hidaka, former NWA Worlds Heavyweight and Zero-1 Worlds Heavyweight Champion The Almighty Sheik, and current Zero-1 Worlds Heavyweight Champion Akebono.
BumpDrunk.com’s unique SHOGUN Scholarship was created to give a professional wrestler the means to compete in Japan to help further their career in this revered sport. Upon learning of this, EDGE’s thoughts mirrored a myriad of professional wrestlers from the past: “I wish there was something like this when I started.”
“I think it’s great for companies like BumpDrunk to invest in guys like Steven,” EDGE said of his protégé. “They’re the future of the business. Without them, there is no business. I hope Zero-1 is prepared to have their door blown off the hinges.”
What is BumpDrunk?
Bump Drunk is a Pro Wrestling Pop Art clothing store specializing in American Pro Wrestling, Japanese Puroresu, British Catch Wrestling and Mexican Lucha Libre. Bump Drunk carries licensed Bruiser Brody merchandise and combines a style of retro, pop culture and street influenced art into their graphic art.
Who is Adam Copeland (EDGE)?
Adam Copeland is a 2012 World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee and former WWE Superstar. Copeland started his career at the age of 18 in Canada, and debuted for the WWE in 1997. In his career, he went on to become a 4x WWE Champion, a 7x World Heavyweight champion, and a 12x World Tag Team champion with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Christian. Copeland retired in 2011 after successfully retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXVII.