SD! Returning to Indianapolis, New Zack Gowen Interview

Nick Paglino

SD! Returning to Indianapolis

The WWE Smackdown taping on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 will be held at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Go to for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

New Zack Gowen Interview

Zack Gowen had time to talk about many things to the Sharp Shooter Press website. It was a  very candid interview that was again, well worth the read.

On his trainers’ first reactions and experiences in training: “I have much love and respect for both of those men. is the best school in the world.  To their credit, they treated me no different from any other student.  They saw I had potential to do something great in wrestling and they didn’t want to let me know, in fear of me getting a big head or an ego.  They did a wonderful job.  The problem was, even at this stage of the game, I saw how quickly I was picking everything up.  I was a natural athlete and if something in the school was shown to me one time, I could do it.  If my physical limitations wouldn’t allow me to do it, I would find a way around it.  Wrestlers from all over would come into the school just to see me work out.  Even before my first match, I felt like I was something special.  That’s when my ego starting inflating.  I was an egomaniac with an inferiority complex because I was picked on or ostracized my whole life because of cancer and the amputation.”

First stint in TNA and how WWE tried to sign him: “In December of 2002 I sent a tape and an email to Bill Behrens who was the dark/tryout match coordinator at the time.  He watched the tape and had me come down at their next PPV, sometime in January 2003 to work  in a dark match.  I wrestled Truth Martini in a dark match and got a huge, positive reaction from the crowd, the wrestlers, and the office.  This match alone created such a buzz, WWE hired me without even knowing who I was or what I looked like.  They immediately tried to hire me but ended up signing the wrong one-legged guy.  TNA has always treated me well, I’m happy it exists because I have a lot of friends there that are making a living at what we love most in life.”

On experiences in the WWE locker room: “Yeah I wasn’t liked at all in the WWE locker room.  Honestly, if I was working there right now and a kid like me started to work there and acted how I acted, I wouldn’t like me either.  For better or worse, there are many rules to the wrestling profession.  Many guys have sacrificed so much more than I can ever imagine and have followed these rules to a tee for 15, 20 years and STILL don’t make it WWE.  I made it there 9 months after my first match.  I couldn’t accept that gift.  I couldn’t appreciate that opportunity because I didn’t work hard or sacrifice enough to get it.  I can see that now.  That’s the perspective that comes with age, maturity, and many ups and downs in my professional and personal life.  I look at Miz as an inspiration, I think he’s awesome.”

Falling off the radar after WWE departure: “I certainly fell off the radar.  I even fell off my own radar.   I found the solution to all of my fears, anxieties, self esteem issues, insecurities, secrets, and resentments in drugs and alcohol.  Woah… for the first time in my life, I felt confident, attractive, and funny.  I was comfortable in my skin.  Great, so the more the merrier right?  Well for someone like me, there isn’t enough booze or drugs in the world to keep me satisfied.  I ended up chasing my own tail for about 7 years before I had enough.  I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and I just wanted a way out but I was hopeless.  It fucking sucked.  At my lowest point, I reached out for help and genuinely meant it, and I was given lots of help.”

Other Topics Include:
– Other endeavors outside of wrestling, including a new book
-Burning bridges with JCW and reconciling just this year
-Upcoming match with Nick Dinsmore at BloodyMania
-Working with Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon

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