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Max Barsky (born February 19, 1991) is an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name David Starr. Starr has wrestled for promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, Evolve, Revolution Pro Wrestling, Westside Xtreme Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

David Starr
David Starr wrestler.jpg
Starr in 2016
Birth nameMax Barsky[1][2]
Born (1991-02-19) February 19, 1991 (age 28)[3][4]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[3][4]
ResidenceBishops Stortford, England[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Davey Starr
David Starr
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[3]
Billed weight211 lb (96 kg)[3]
Trained byAdam Cole[4][5][6]
Combat Zone Wrestling Academy[7]
DJ Hyde[4][7]
Drew Gulak[6][7]
Sami Callihan[6]
Tommy Suede[6][7]
Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center[4][6]
DebutFebruary 18, 2012[7]

Early lifeEdit

Starr began amateur wrestling at age seven.[4][8] He continued with wrestling in high school at Abington High.[1][4] Starr graduated in 2009 and was third all-time with 92 wins and placed in the top 16 at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Nationals between 149-157 pounds.[5][4][6] He went to Elizabethtown College before transferring to West Chester University.[4][5][8] Starr transferred back to Elizabethtown College before dropping out in 2012. He was a National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National qualifier at 157 pounds.[4][6][8]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2012–present)Edit

David started wrestling in 2012 where he debuted in World Xtreme Wrestling.[9] His first match was against Supreme Lee Great in February 2012.[10] On February 2nd 2013, he unsuccessfully challenged Tommy Suede for the WXW Ultimate Hybrid Championship.[11]

Starr debuted for Beyond Wrestling in 2013, losing to Latin Dragon in a four-way dark match in 2013 at Beyond Americana. He was eliminated by Shane Strickland[12] On November 16th and 17th, Starr wrestled at Beyond Tournament For Tomorrow II. He lost to Christina Von Eerie in block B on the first night.[13] He lost to John Silver on the second night in a four way match which also included Matthew Palmer and Rory Mondo.[14] On August 28, 2016, Starr defeated Eddie Edwards at Beyond Battle Of Who Could Care Less.[15] At Americanrana 2017, he defeated Donovan Dijak.[16][17]

Starr defeated Eddie Kingston in an I Quit match at AAW Wrestling's AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined's United We Stand in July 2017.[18] Starr defeated Mike Quackenbush after hitting him with a lariat at Game Changer Wrestling's Joey Janela's Spring Break 2 during WrestleMania 34 weekend, on April 6, 2018.[19][20] The same day, Starr defeated Martin Stone at a RevPro event.[21] Starr challenged for the AAW Heavyweight Championship on May 11, 2019, where he was defeated by Sami Callihan.[22]

In April 2019, Israeli Pro Wrestling Association's Passover Bash event, was announced to feature Jay Lethal defending the ROH World Championship against David Starr.[23] In March, Starr released a video on his feelings on the match, which Ring of Honor ordered to have taken down.[24] A couple of weeks prior to the match, Lethal lost the championship at G1 Supercard, and wound up losing in the non-title match. So the match would still take place, but with no title on the line.[25] He later blasted Ring of Honor, saying they lied to the promotion and the fans, by not having the title defended like they said.[2]

Combat Zone Wrestling (2013−present)Edit

On January 12, 2013, Starr debuted for Combat Zone Wrestling at CZW Ascension.[26] Later that year at CZW Night of Infamy 12 he unsuccessfully challenged for the CZW Wired TV Championship.[27][28] At CZW Best Of The Best XIII The Juicy Product defeated OI4K in a CZW World Tag Team Championship number one contendership match.[29] Later that month The Juicy Product defeated The Beaver Boys to capture the CZW World Tag Team Championships for the first time.[30] The Juicy Product lost the titles to OI4K at CZW Deja Vu 2014.[31] At Night Of Infamy 2014, Starr lost to Drew Gulak.[32] In 2016 at CZW Best of the Best, Starr made it to the finals only to lose to Jonathan Gresham.[33]

On April 14, 2018; Starr participate Best of the Best 17. Both Starr and Tessa Blanchard were allowed advanced to the semi-finals after both applied submissions on Peter Avalon. Starr advanced to the finals after he defeated Blanchard and Matt Riddle in a triple threat match. He went on to the finals and defeated Zachary Wentz to win the Best of the Best 17.[34]

WWE tryout (2014)Edit

Between March 26 and 28, 2014; Starr competed in a WWE tryout at the WWE Performance Center alongside Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong, Kevin Steen, ACH, Willie Mack, and Zane Dawson.[35]

Total-Nonstop Action Wrestling appearance (2016)Edit

On July 13–14, Starr made his Total Nonstop Action Wrestling debut at One Night Only: X-Travaganza 2016 tapings. Starr was one of five outside independent wrestlers taking on various X Division stars. Starr lost to Suicide in a ladder match qualifying match to determine an X Division Championship number one contender. Starr was also one of seven lumberjacks in the opening contest in which Chuck Taylor defeated Rockstar Spud.[36][unreliable source]

Ring of Honor (2016–2017)Edit

On January 9, 2016, Starr was involved in a dark match which was fatal four way against Leon St. Giovanni, Ken Phoenix, and Foxx Vinyer to qualify for 2016 ROH Top Prospect Tournament in which St. Giovanni won.[37]

In a match for Ring of Honor Wrestling which was taped on July 16, 2016; Starr was in a four corner survival match against Cheeseburger, Joey Daddiego, and Tim Hughes. It ended in a no-contest as Punishment Martinez was summoned by BJ Whitmer to attack all four participants in the match.[38]

Starr made his return to ROH on the April 23 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling attacking 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner Josh Woods.[39][40] On Night 4 of ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Starr was defeated by Josh Woods. Later that month, Starr would go on to lose again to Woods.[41]

Westside Xtreme Wrestling (2016–present)Edit

On October 2, 2016, Starr and Shane Strickland defeated Zack Sabre Jr and Marty Scurll in the final of World Tag Team League 2016 to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship.[42] On November 18, 2016, Starr defeated Tyler Bate to become wXw Shotgun Champion.[43] On December 10, Starr defeated Chris Brookes to become the Shotgun Champion for a second time.

On March 10, 2017, Starr entered the 2017 16 Carat Gold Tournament. He was eliminated in the first round by WALTER.[44][45] On July 1, Starr defeated Angélico to win the Shotgun Championship for a third time.

European promotions (2016–present)Edit

On November 10, 2016 at Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro)'s "Global Wars: Night One" in London, England; Starr teamed with Tyler Bate and Trent Seven losing to Evil, Tetsuya Naito, and Sanada. Evil got the pin on Starr.[46] Starr won the RevPro British Cruiserweight Championship on May 11, 2018 at RevPro Epic Encounter 2018. He defeated Kip Sabian at a RevPro event on January 11, 2019 to successfully defend his title.[47] He would go on to hold the title 364 days, until losing it May 11, 2019 at RevPro Epic Encounter 2019 to El Phantasmo in a ladder match.[48]

In July 2017, Starr defeated Bobby Fish to qualify for What Culture Pro Wrestling's (WCPW) Pro Wrestling World Cup after hitting Fish with a Product Placement.[49] Starr was eliminated by Jay Lethal.[49] Around the same time WCPW turned into Defiant Wrestling, Starr joined the heel stable The Prestige with Joe Hendry and El Ligero.[50] On January 5, 2019, Starr wrestled Pac in Pac's debut match for Defiant Wrestling.[51] At Built to Destroy'19, Starr defeated Rampage to win the Defiant World Championship.

On February 11, 2018 in a match for International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, Starr challenged Nick Aldis for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Starr was the fifth challenger in The Aldis Crusade. Starr tapped out to the Sharpshooter.[52]

At Super Strong Style 16 for Progress Wrestling, David Starr won the SSS16 tournament that took place on May 6, 2019. In a promo leading up to the event he called out Progress for their reliance on WWE contracted superstars, saying they lost their identity as an independent wrestling company. Due to him winning the tournament he will receive a match for the Progress Wrestling World Championship against NXT UK's Walter.[53][54]

Personal lifeEdit

Starr pays homage to his amateur wrestling career with a tattoo of the United States Wrestling logo on his right thigh.[4][7] Starr's favorite wrestlers as a child were "Superstar" Billy Graham,[5][6] Ric Flair,[6] Dusty Rhodes,[6] Chris Jericho,[6] Stone Cold Steve Austin,[6] and The Rock.[6] Outside of wrestling, Starr is also a big fan of Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor, and Muhammad Ali.[55] Starr is good friends with Tyler Bate and Jordan Devlin.[56] He is also a member of Democratic Socialists of America [57]

Starr is Jewish.[25]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


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