The following is an excerpt from an article on Low-Ki, aka Kaval from the Miami Herald:
What you see is exactly what you get with the wrestling warrior Kaval.
He is pro wrestler with martial artist tendencies.
Kaval is no-nonsense, experienced, tough, and the clean shaven head gives him a more menacing look.
With controlled aggression, he can take it as well as dish it out — whether working on the mat, going to the air or delivering martial arts style kicks.
Trained by TNA star Homicide and ECWA’s Jim Kettner, Kaval has paid his dues, since debuting in 1998 in the Northeast. He’s competed as Low Ki and Senshi (Japanese for warrior) in TNA, Ring of Honor, East Coast Wrestling Association, Jersey All Pro, Pro Wrestling Zero One, Pro Wrestling Noah, New Japan Pro Wrestling, before inking a developmental deal with WWE in 2008.
With a new name, the 5-8, 170-pound Kaval began training at Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE’s feeder group in Tampa.
“The experience in FCW has been great,” Kaval said. “As for me, my beginning, being from the New York area, starting in LIWF, advancing through the ECWA and moving onto doing a lot of things on the indies, going to Japan and TNA, the road has been long for me, but I get here [FCW), and it’s another challenge.
“That to me is a very important thing for any kind of professional. You need to keep challenging yourself to make sure your skills are shark, and at the same time, you’re taking on a whole new skill set because every company is different, has different rules and is run by different people.”
Kaval, the persona, is similar to Kaval, the person.
“What they see in the ring is me,” Kaval said. “While wrestling under the Low Ki name, the Low Ki name is an extension of me. I’m not the attention grabber by coming into a room and making the loudest noise. I’ve subtle. I’m very quiet, but it’s a whole different story when the bell rings.
“I gain my attention in another way. I gain my respect the traditional way by earning it.
”I think people misunderstand sometimes. They think that’s a character, when in reality it isn’t. It’s a real part of who I am, and it really is me in the ring as a disciplined fighter.”
Does that help him?
“I think it does because it comes across more natural,” Kaval said. “It doesn’t come across as me pretending to be something I’m not. Other people sometimes are either lost or confused with their character as far as how to perform in the ring or how to compete in the ring, and then it doesn’t translate well to the people viewing it.”
“The next goal for me is to challenge for the FCW championship,” Kaval said. “I like to do things in stages and earn my way from the ground up — similar to a martial artist who begins as a white belt and works his way all the way up to black belt and eventually a grand master. I see myself as the ever-growing student of the game.
“I’ve been introduced to FCW. I want to conquer it as best I can, and then from that stage, move onto the next bigger stage, one of the brands in WWE.”
Check out the complete article at MiamiHerald.com.
Have a news tip? Attended an event and want to send a live report?