“Valets are part of the match too. We aren’t there to just draw attention to our looks. We add to the match”
I am. My dad is David Young. He was from TNA when it originally started up.
Of course growing up in the business you get that family aspect from all of the boys instantly. Some became family. But always had someone watching out for me. I loved traveling the roads with my dad. Weekends were my wrestling time and I loved the business so much, I gave up experiencing a lot of that “high school experience” so that I could go to wrestling shows instead. I was in a ring as soon as I was able to walk. I was taking my bumps at a young age. I was honestly consumed by it. I’ve seen videos of my dad, my brother, and myself all wrestling together when I was just 2 years old.
Elix Skipper and AJ Styles were two of the guys my dad traveled with a lot. Frank Paris was another that always was around. Terry Lawler is still family to me to this day. Then I stay in contact with a lot of the boys from when my dad was wrestling local shows.
That’s awesome to know. Now, chances are, AJ styles would never visit this site. So, any interesting, perhaps funny stories about the Phenomenal One?
Oh goodness, my dad would be more of the one to ask those stories. He has stories for days. And all are very funny. Most of the stories that I have a more so wrestling stories.
Any AJ Styles wrestling related stories you’d like to share?
I just remember watching him at Wildside when it was still around. I’ve seen him and my dad wrestle so many times, but one match that has always stuck with me is a 3-way match between AJ, my dad, and Rick Michaels. This was an amazing match in front of a packed house. It was an elimination match and AJ was the first out. My dad also broke his foot in that match. But somehow dad finished the match with his signature spinebuster and won the Wildside title. AJ came back out into the ring with my dad and cried with him because everyone in that building was chanting my dad’s name. It was an amazing moment.
I can only imagine how awesome that was for you. So moving forward. Now I assume, having grown up around the business your entire life, you kinda always knew that you wanted to work in the industry. How did you get your start in this business?
I wanted to train to wrestle my entire life. And I started just messing around at a local show where my dad had started when I was roughly 13 years old. Dad wouldn’t let me actually wrestle until I was 18. But I worked with my dad and a few other people throughout my teenage years. Once I reached 18. I started doing shows.
Was your dad responsible for most of your training?
I learned the basics from someone else, but my dad really helped me to learn how to put a match together and do some cool things.
I’m assuming the spine buster is one of those cool things?
Of course (laughs) I mean I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn that.
(laughs) I had a feeling so. Who were some the notable names you worked with early in your career?
My favorite person I ever got the opportunity to work with would have to be Tracy Taylor. She is a smart woman in this business and I have nothing but respect for her.
Shout out to Tracy Taylor if she’s reading this (I hardly doubt it). What did you learn the most from working with her?
Presence. And probably personality.
Very important aspects of this business. So, lately, fans have you seen in your role as a valet. Do you still wrestle?
I don’t. I’m just a valet now.
Any particular reason why you stopped wrestling?
I tore my rotator cuff.
Ouch. Were you forced to stop because of it?
No. I mean Anthony and I still wrestle around all the time. I am the test dummy (laughs) Just mentally I haven’t wanted to get back into it yet.
(laughs) Well it’s good to know that we may see the return of Amber Young one day. Just of curiosity, if you could hand pick your opponent for your return (if it ever happens) who would it be?
Oh I could honestly name a few for you. But I can say that one of them would definitely be Aerial Monroe. That girl is definitely something special.
Well, hopefully it can happen one day. Now, there are some fans out there who think that a valet is just a ‘eye-candy’. Care to take these fans to school on why a valet is so much more than that? What separates a good valet from one who really doesn’t know what they’re doing?
Valets are part of the match too. We aren’t there to just draw attention to our looks. We add to the match. Being a valet for the babyface means you are there to help cheer your guy on. To get the crowd behind them. To stand up for them against the heel. When you valet for the heel, opposite ballgame. You are the to cheat. You are there to distract. You do what is you gotta do to try to win. As a valet, you have to be just as invested in every aspect of the match as anyone. If you go out there and you are just standing there looking pretty…. you’re just a waste of important viewing space for the fans.
Couldn’t have said it any better. Over the years we’ve seen valets take some big bumps, piledriven through tables, the list goes on. Things can’t get pretty heated sometimes. Is there a certain baseline level of pro wrestling training that valets, or even managers, should have?
I would personally say yes. If you want to be a good valet or manager, you need to at least have your basics. You have to know how to be safe. That is the number one things.
What would you say is the most difficult or challenging thing about being a valet?
I would have to say timing. You always want to make sure that you are in the right place at the right time at all times (laughs)
Now, I don’t mean to put you on the spot but what is the biggest slip up you have ever made? Maybe I won’t post this question… Maybe I will (laughs)
Uh…. That one to me would have to be when Anthony got knocked out in a match. Still went through with everything and my spots, but with Anthony not knowing where he was and everything I panicked and turned right into a superkick from David Starr and literally ate it. Tore my mouth up.
Damn. That must have sucked. Really sorry to hear about that. What advice would you give to valets to help work on their positioning and timing?
I would really suggest know what is going on. Not just when it is your time, but everything. Talk to the people who are out there with you. Always.
As a valet, are there certain things you would do on the fly? Or do you pretty much stick to what is planned?
I would say that is dependent on the part you play. As the babyface, I would just stick to it. As the heel, get your heat in. That’s what you are there for.
Is there a certain line that you have to balance? By that I mean, is there a point where it becomes too much and the heat ends up on the valet rather than the wrestler?
I would say that you have to know your balance. The guys know what they are doing. They know when to feed to you so you can get cheap heat from the crowd. You have to know when timing is right. You have to know when not to overdo it
Well, that definitely confirms that there is an art to being a valet and it’s not just about looks. Amber before I wrap things up, what would you say separates you from the other valets on the scene today?
So…. I am ALWAYS the one to do whatever is needed. Doesn’t matter the spot. Just tell me what I need to to and I do it. To have the guys come up to Anthony and I and ask what I do, my reply is always “you tell me what I need to do.” I don’t complain about doing it. I just do it.
I guess that’s the kind of positive spirit you develop after being in the business your entire life. What’s the craziest spot you ever did?
Took a piledriver on a stage from John Skyler.
Yikes! Well Amber, that pretty much brings us to the end of the interview. I do have one last question. Saved the most important one for last.So picture the scenario: Anthony Henry vs David Young (I know this match has happened before). What do you do?
A) Cheat to let Anthony win
B) Turn on Anthony to let your dad win
C) Give both of them a spine buster and celebrate Stone Cold Steve Austin style
C for sure!
(laughs) Great choice. Well that officially brings us to the end of this interview. Is there anything you’d like to plug? Closing comments?
I mean if ya wanna give me a follow, I have all forms of social media. Facebook (Amber Young). Twitter (@amberyoung623). Instagram (amberyoung623). Thank you so much for the opportunity. This has been an interesting interview and really made me think a lot! It’s been great.
The pleasure was mine. It was refreshing to hear a different perspective other than the wrestling side. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I wish you all the best in you career as well as personal and family life.