I began training in October of 2004 at NWA Florida in Brandon, FL. After just a few short weeks, the school closed. I had trouble finding a school that would get back to me after that and was forced to put my plans for training on hold. I wound up meeting some kids that attended a wrestling school in Orlando, FL, went through their selection process and began training at FXE in May 2006. While training can be one of the most difficult things to do and it happens to be a dream killer for many people when they are faced with the reality of how difficult and demanding the physical activity is on one’s body, I happen to think that it taught me a great deal about never giving up when I’m faced with something challenging.
On July 26, 2006 I was taken to the emergency room because I blacked out after running at wrestling practice. Originally, we thought it was an asthma attack; I never dreamed it was my heart. I was diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome at the age of 21. This is a heart arrhythmia that I was born with that had gone undetected for all of those years. It’s one of those things that can sneak up on you out of the blue, or you may never experience a symptom of it. WPW effects between 0.1% and 0.3% of the general population. In late summer I underwent radio frequency ablation to destroy the extra electrical pathway that was in my heart. After seven days, I stepped back in the ring. It was probably the most foolish thing that I have ever done, but when you really love something it’s hard to look at it as being, “foolish.” I experienced such unknown sensations with trying to work my body out like I had done in the past. I would clutch my chest with sharp, burning pains and there were also times where I could feel it beating like crazy.
I unknowingly made the decision to be a very active manager in the sports entertainment world. That’s not to say that I would never consider being a wrestler again, but I feel sometimes things fall into place the way they are supposed to and the greatest value I am able to bring to the squared circle is through my efforts to aid fellow workers as the pretty sprinkles on top of their sundae.