Zach Gowen 03/24/2015 With Wrestlemania this Sunday and the main event being Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, I thought this would be a good opportunity to speak on my former co-worker Brock! An eight-year-old Zach Gowen woke up from surgery without his left leg. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown, when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. Detroit, Michigan, August 2003 When undersized, one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen was matched up in his hometown of Detroit against future UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, there was only one way it could go — Gowen was in for one of the most convincing beatings in modern wrestling history. 2) Brock tied me to a wheelchair and threw me down a flight of stairs. So at first, he chose to venture down this new path alone. The wrestler signed on to compete on the American Ninja Warrior game show. WWE just brought him aboard. It is official: Brock Lesnar will defend his WWE Championship against Rey Mysterio at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 24. Martini would later become well-known as a smooth-talking, controversial manager for Ring of Honor. Jacobs explained, "I remember him copping an attitude at WWE. Clearheaded and contented, Gowen has since found a new challenge, a new venue where it wouldn't seem possible for him to succeed with only one leg. Gowen said he has "never been better" as a performer. His mother "played both roles," as Gowen put it. Professional wrestling career This is where he rose rapidly to stardom in what felt like an instant. The WWE Talent Wellness program was designed for situations like these. "He was super-nervous. Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen, has published a new column at PWMania.com. Gowen's signature move eventually became a one-legged moonsault. Gowen instead said, "Tonight was my highlight.". His life was better momentarily when he was high or when booze buzzed in his veins, but then ultimately it would be worse again when those sensations ran their course. he asked. But Gowen proved him wrong. Brock Lesnar is an former mixed martial artist from UFC and an current wrestler from WWE. Instead, he leaned on submission holds and bounding from one leg, throwing his body at his opponent. WWE Fan du catch et de Roman Reigns. But that came from Vince himself, that's what he wanted because it was best for business. After perching himself on the top rope, he leaps backward, flipping his body over and crashing onto his prone foe. In WWE at the time (can’t speak for how it is now), it was understood that we all traveled together and helped each other out. I saw Brock as a guy that valued his alone time and would show up to work on time every day, do his job (extremely well I might add), clock out and go onto the next one. She asked him if he was high, and he told her, "Mom, I'm not high, but next week, I will be high. Gowen became a student of fellow Michigan native Truth Martini. Despite the barbarity of that match, Gowen remembered Lesnar not taking any liberties with him. He was a fan of professional wrestling from a young age, and cites Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio as two of his favorite wrestlers. Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen, has published a new column at PWMania.com. After watching so many members of the wrestling family fall victim to drugs and death—most horrifically Chris Benoit—the company made a change. Defeated The Rock at SummerSlam 2002 for the WWE Undisputed Championship. Gowen's aunt moved in to help out. "I didn't think coming out of rehab he would make it, because I think most people don't," he said. "WWE and their rehab program saved his life. But this was new territory for both wrestler and promoter. That role went to Gowen. This set the stage for Gowen's introduction. A waiting period of four months turned into four days, and Gowen was soon working an untelevised tryout match with Martini. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar teams with Kurt Angle & Mr. America to take on Big Show, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Watch Zach Gowen vs. Brock Lesnar WWE SmackDown 08.21.03 - Mazden529 on Dailymotion On July 31, 2003, Gowen was the object of a feature report on SmackDown!. On the V2 Journal Wrestling podcast, Gowen said: I got scared because I didn't want to punch Vince in the head, but I realized that he's not a wrestler, and he can't really sell or register what I'm doing if I'm not connecting with him. The one-legged Zach Gowen clashes with The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. We might not be having this conversation right now if not for that," Iron explained. Brutalizing Zach Gowen in front of his mother, before later pushing him down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair. On May 15, 2003, Piper protege Sean O'Haire teamed up with Hot Rod to pummel Hogan in the ring. He was the dark horse defying the odds, but in the narrative with Lesnar that horse crashed into the rails. He just collected checks from home. Relive the moment on Bloody Elbow for Brock Lesnar week. Zach Gowen recently wrote a new article on Brock Lesnar. And so he "walked around with the pain of not being liked," as he put it. In pain, uncertain, worn down by chemotherapy, the young boy could have no idea that a future in pro wrestling awaited him. Maybe something would open up in March. With CEO Linda McMahon recuperating from her injuries sustained during her recent Raw experience, Sable crosses the line with Stephanie McMahon. Jacobs said of him, "He's got such a level head now compared to the maniac that he was. It was "more anxiety than enjoyable," he recalled. I can see the benefits to that system. That pissed me off. ", Gowen has become someone far different than the drug-addicted, cocky kid he once was. Gowen talks about his time working with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. He says that Big Show told him that Lesnar was the strongest man he had ever competed against. He was involved in the 3 my most memorable WWE segments: 1) He F5’d Big Show, allowing me to moonsault and pin Show, which gave me a WWE contract. The one-legged Zach Gowen clashes with The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. "the world had a secret, and they wouldn't tell me." The in-ring artistry and orchestrated chaos soothed Gowen momentarily. Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against Kurt Angle and The Big Show. He's continuing this kind of mission with. In case you haven’t seen it … ❌ Pat McAfee rips rumor, We break down the top 5 pay-per-views that exceeded all of our expectations, It's time to talk about the wrestlers who should see the light and become fan favorites in 20201 , Credit: Jimmy Hunt Photography; Courtesy of Zach Gowen. But even when Gowen was in the program, Jacobs had doubts about his friend's future. The now-defunct publication wanted to run a story on him. I saw nothing wrong with that. Zach Gowen continually defies the odds. last wrestled for them. When his dream career ended in early 2004, Gowen didn't do the same for himself. He was a fan of professional wrestling from a young age, and cites Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio as two of his favorite wrestlers.. Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001. ZACH GOWEN DISCUSSES WHY HE LOVED BEING KILLED BY BROCK LESNAR, DIDN'T LIKE KISSING SABLE, WHAT WWE TOLD HIM TO DO (AND WHEN HE ACTUALLY STARTED DOING IT), TNA, ROH AND LOTS MORE FROM HIS WWE RUN | PWInsider.com PWInsider - WWE News, Wrestling News, WWE He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. Here are a couple of excerpts from his article: “Brock and I have a history. Gowen saw himself in the men who made up that division. It's a philosophy of positivity. He went from a nobody to a star, from a wrestling trainee bagging groceries to appearing on TV to seeing his dream end in a poof. During a speech at Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High in LeRoy, New York, he told the students in attendance, "I represent what can happen if you never, ever give up. Watch Zach Gowen vs. Brock Lesnar WWE SmackDown 08.21.03 - Mazden529 on Dailymotion Gowen soon got a forced break from that environment. The squared circle provided an escape from reality, a stage on which he could forget his brokenness. My school rallied around me," he remembered. Gowen's goals during that time were small-scale. ET Monday, June 13 on NBC. For Gowen, his and Iron's disabilities aren't gimmicks; they are tools to reach an audience like no other wrestlers can. ue to disagreements over creative issues. Former WWE wrestler Zach Gowen admits to be intimidated when he worked with Brock Lesnar, reveals that a stunt double took over when Brock threw … August 21, 2003 – SmackDown: Zack Gowen beats Brock Lesnar by disqualification when Brock breaks Zack Gowen’s leg in two places.. September 4, 2003 – SmackDown: In an attempt to impress Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar tossed Zach Gowen down a flight of stairs. Some of Gowen's best work has come alongside. "I didn't think coming out of rehab he would make it, because I think most people don't," he said. Jacobs said that what began as casual partying had morphed into something darker. Bullying the Hardy Boys. On May 15, 2005, Gowen returned to TNA at their Hard Justice pay-per-view event, as the second entrant in the 20-Man Gauntlet for the Gold match. He freely admits that he was to blame for much of it. He couldn't keep up with the other boys. "My family unit rallied around me. Gowen remembered he and Iron wrestling in front of 200 people in Philadelphia, where The Handicapped Heroes had "a once-in-a-lifetime synergy with the crowd." He was immature, brash and took his spot for granted. Wrestling so often provided that relief. After being trained by Truth Martini, Gowen made his professional wrestling debut on March 16, 2002, in a loss to Martini. He shares his story of his father abandoning him, of bearing the weight of cancer as a kid and how drugs and alcohol fueled a tailspin. Now he and Gowen form an inspiring pair, a symbol of what's possible in the face of overwhelming odds. In August 2003, Gowen's scheduled fight with Matt Hardy got changed. 2) Brock tied me to a wheelchair and threw me down a flight of stairs. Here is a guy who was not a fan of wrestling growing up, but because of his physical attributes was able to “walk on” to the WWE and get pushed and promoted right away. That image of a one-legged man in flight motivated him to step into the ring, disability or not. "I didn't comprehend the gravity of the gift I was given," he said. Zach Gowen vs Vince McMahon Arm Wrestling Contest, WWE SmackDown, 12 June 2003. Zach Gowen sits down with Chris Van Vliet in Livonia, MI. The odd arrangement soon changed thanks to the WWE Magazine staff. "I could not be happier," he said. And within minutes of sending an email, the company called him at home. chemotherapy, the young boy could have no idea that a future in pro wrestling awaited him. Gowen described the Hall of Fame announcer as "gracious" and "professional" during the fatherly sit-down. Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of eight. WWE Fan du catch et de Roman Reigns. His friend Jacobs saw plenty of Gowen's struggles to adapt to his success, to this new world he had been thrust into. Soon, Gowen lay on the mat surrounding the ring, blood covering his face from ear to ear. His grandmother ordered the 1992, Wright Way Photography; Courtesy of Zach Gowen. Zach Gowen (SmackDown; August 21, 2003) Following his annihilation of Spanky the week prior, Brock Lesnar was still hell-bent on reeking havoc. A rookie doesn't come in and act like he is an indispensable asset. Here are a couple of excerpts from his article: “Brock and I … Gowen benefited from this happening before the days where everything is filmed and then shared. "I felt ugly, weak, defeated, not good enough," he said. Gowen believes that WWE signing him the way it did could just have been the company's way to keep him away from TNA, which would have given the upstart promotion something unique with which to hook viewers. Kurt Angle, Zach Gowen & WWE Champion Brock Lesnar battle Big Show & the World's Greatest Tag Team. The first step to recovering from that dark place was to reach out to his mother. Brock Lesnar goes one-on-one Zach Gowen. That's what Brock Lesnar vs. Zach Gowen was like. Then came a meeting with Jim Ross. 5:58 He is the client of Paul Heyman. In the next few months, WWE wrote a new playbook, presenting Gowen as the ultimate underdog as he faced off against Big Show, Vince McMahon, Matt Hardy and John Cena. Gowen got to the point where he didn't want to be alive. But now that he was unemployed, he filled the void with drugs and booze. Three weeks after the amputation, he left the hospital and returned home for the first time. Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of eight. "I didn't comprehend the gravity of the gift I was given," he said. Lesnar smashed him with a steel chair and twice flung him into the ring steps. Home » Wrestling News » Former WWE Star Zach Gowen Says Brock Lesnar Has Always Been Unfairly Judged, Misunderstood and More. Iron asked Gowen what the highlight of his career had been so far. WWE cut him, sending him into an unsettled state where he stewed in self-pity and gulped pills from his palm. ? Zach Gowen On How Brock Lesnar Was To Work With, Appearing On "American Ninja Warrior" By Raj Giri | June 10, 2016 Scott Fishman interviewed former WWE star Zach Gowen for Channel Guide Magazine. The connection with the community that Gowen has established is part of the positive place he finds himself in. Zach Gowen 03/24/2015 With Wrestlemania this Sunday and the main event being Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, I thought this would be a good opportunity to speak on my former co-worker Brock! His grandmother ordered the 1992 Royal Rumble pay-per-view for him as a gift. He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. He was involved in the 3 my most memorable WWE segments: 1) He F5’d Big Show, allowing me to moonsault and pin Show, which gave me a WWE contract. This might sound kinda weird coming from me, but I absolutely adore Brock. He didn't know what to do with him," Jacobs said. knew the bout had to be brutal and was plenty willing to let that happen. Jimmy Jacobs, a wrestler best known for his work with the Ring of Honor promotion and current writer for WWE, has known Gowen since 2002. "He got a lot really quickly when he was really, really young," Jacobs explained. He had no aspirations of grand stages and world championships. This is where megastars John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar all started out. Things were tumultuous backstage during his tenure. But this was new territory for both wrestler and promoter. Iron said of Gowen, "I think if you asked him 10 years ago, he might be dwelling on what went wrong with things in the WWE. The wrestler lived with his mother, scraping money together for pills. Gowen's drinking got out of hand. Sight unseen, the company called and offered him a deal. It makes the storytelling. It got ugly in a matter of minutes after Gowen surprised Lesnar couple of times, with Lesnar viciously assaulting him with steel chair shots and two F5s of the ring post. I got carte blanche to punch Vince McMahon as hard as I could in the face, and I did that repeatedly! 8,735 Followers, 376 Following, 709 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Zach Gowen (@zachgowen) The piece was set to come out before he had ever appeared on TV. It shot Gowen from his house to the bright lights of SmackDown. And I don't know what to do.". He spiraled downward without WWE to hold onto. Gowen credits Lesnar for taking care of him while being in the ring. He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. Gowen makes connections when he's not wrestling, too. That wore on him. All of that went away when I engaged in the magic of professional wrestling," Gowen told Bleacher Report. ©2020 All Rights Reserved. "It got to the point where it wasn't fun," he said, noting that Gowen was worse off than he was, that Gowen was far from high-functioning then. Cerebral palsy has left Iron with limited use of the right side of his body. The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown! He remembered how much he could feel Lesnar's power. 17:01. In front of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan Zach Gowen was brutally assaulted by Brock Lesnar at WWE Smackdown. He said, 'What if it goes bad? But he was a long way from that point when the wound was fresh, when he was just a boy trying to understand how different his life had suddenly become. In front of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan Zach Gowen was brutally assaulted by Brock Lesnar at WWE Smackdown. But Gowen would be in for far more success than that. ", To make the crowd stop treating Lesnar like a babyface, WWE had him maul a skinny, one-legged kid in his hometown, with his mom crying in the background. Some of Gowen's best work has come alongside Gregory Iron. ... #5 Zach Gowen - 5ft 11in. He shares his story of his father abandoning him, of bearing the weight of cancer as a kid and how drugs and alcohol fueled a tailspin. John Cena gets more than he bargained for when he … "I'd fire me, too," he said. Gowen described the Hall of Fame announcer as. A part of that comes from gratitude from his stay with WWE. Maps Zach Gowen As a teenager, he lost himself in the medium that he had long admired as he began to train himself. Gowen then lost several singles matches to wrestlers including Shannon Moore, Nunzio, and John Cena, with Gowen being attacked by Matt Hardy, Moore's mentor, following each loss. "My whole life I was looking for relief for what was wrong with me," he said. Zach Gowen is a one-legged pro wrestler looking for success on "American Ninja Warrior" 8 p.m. "Mom, I'm not high, but next week, I will be high. I loved wrestling and desperately wanted to be a part of it, so I set my sights on things like writing or production in wrestling. It's right there, and it connects with the audience," he said. Brock Edward Lesnar (/ ˈ l ɛ z n ər /; born July 12, 1977) is an American-Canadian professional wrestler, retired mixed martial artist, and former professional football player. The Tennessee-based promotion had only just begun to do business months prior. Former WWE wrestler Zach Gowen admits to be intimidated when he worked with Brock Lesnar, reveals that a stunt double took over when Brock threw … Together, he and Gowen form The Handicapped Heroes. In a tactic that WWE had used in the past with grapplers like Earthquake and Hillbilly Jim, he played a fan who stepped out of the crowd and into the chaos of the ring. The main event was a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship, in which Kurt Angle defeated WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Big Show to win the championship. "Life isn't about what happens to you. In Kenny Johnson's documentary The Handicapped Heroes, Gowen said, "I tapped into something greater than just good guy-versus-bad guy, bully-versus-victim or whatever the story may be. WWE needed a way to shift that reaction, to cement how cold-blooded Lesnar was. While training Gowen made the decision to wrestle without his prostethetic leg as he found it difficult to wrestle with the "dead weight". He says that Big Show told him that Lesnar was the strongest man he had ever competed against. 9:57. With his mother sitting at ringside, Gowen received a vicious beating. Admitting to her that he had a problem kick-started his self-restoration. Luckily, he wasn't alone. That was the culture. He's continuing this kind of mission with Wrestling for Warriors, a nonprofit that will raise money through wrestling events for causes like pediatric cancer, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. The community rallied around me. By the time doctors discovered the cancer in the limb, there was no choice but to amputate. To me that felt really good. He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. Zach became an instant inspiration to millions worldwide proving that nothing is impossible. He is the client of Paul Heyman. The WWE run ended right there, and the shock of that separation stung. Brock Lesnar Brutally Destroys One-Legged Zach Gowen If there's one way to guarantee heel heat, it's beating up a one-legged cancer survivor. His self-worth faded, money went away, fame dissipated. Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001. A fan had become a part of the show in rapid time. He doesn’t believe Lesnar gets enough credit. Zach Gowen Discusses His Time In WWE, Brock Lesnar, More. Lesnar or Hogan or Vince do not stand across from him in the ring anymore. The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown, when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. The idea behind his debut and his involvement in the Piper-Hogan drama was supposed to lead to a tag match with Piper and McMahon against Hogan and Gowen. "Brock took care of me," he said. In his hometown of Detroit, Gowen won via DQ when Lesnar attacked him with a steel chair. I respect anyone for staying true to themselves, even it means going against the grain.”. His next high-profile match made him the victim, the one shedding blood for the sake of the show. What if the experiment fails?'" WWE apparently caught wind of it. It suspended active wrestlers who did drugs and lent a hand to those who couldn't shake drugs' magnetic pull, whether they were active or not. If he got to mix it up with Sabu, a fearless wrestler famous for dangerous dives, he would be ecstatic. Brock Lesnar is an former mixed martial artist from UFC and an current wrestler from WWE. During a speech at Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High in LeRoy, New York, he told the students in attendance, ". "I offered my one-legged, 150-pound body to him," he said. He did. Losing his WWE position made him lose his identity. It warped his sense of self. For much of his life, Gowen said he felt like "the world had a secret, and they wouldn't tell me." Brutalizing Zach Gowen in front of his mother, before later pushing him down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair. Eventually, though, he needed guidance beyond what he figured out on his own. With CEO Linda McMahon recuperating from her injuries sustained during her recent Raw experience, Sable crosses the line with Stephanie McMahon. You would never have guessed that he would have come out the other end such a respectable member of society.". ", She suggested he speak with WWE, even though it had been years since he. Zach Gowen recently spoke our for a new interview. There were no past examples of how to showcase a one-legged wrestler. #4 Brock Lesnar mauls Zach Gowen Brock Lesnar Back in mid-2003, Brock Lesnar had turned heel on Kurt Angle on an episode of SmackDown, joining forces with Vince McMahon in … Wrestling locker room etiquette is built around respect and a built-in, unspoken hierarchy. Zach Gowen (SmackDown; August 21, 2003) Following his annihilation of Spanky the week prior, Brock Lesnar was still hell-bent on reeking havoc. Even with his father gone since he was three, he had a strong support system to lean on. But if a performer wasn’t comfortable in that system, I don’t think it’s fair to ostracize and criticize. He remembered how much he could feel Lesnar's power. What ended as a bloody, brutal match began with Gowen delivering light wrestling punches and McMahon yelling at the kid to hit him harder. To make the crowd stop treating Lesnar like a babyface, WWE had him maul a skinny, one-legged kid in his hometown, with his mom crying in the background. Watching the matches helped him forget the traumatic life change that fate forced upon him. Wrestling moves that require two legs—hurricanranas, flying headscissors—had to be shelved. He talks about how he is “semi-retired” from professional wrestling, how Vince McMahon saved his life after he was fired from WWE, being a DDP Yoga instructor, bleeding profusely against Brock Lesnar with his mom at ringside and much more. When he was with WWE, the vibe was much different. 109.6k Followers, 9 Following, 396 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Brock lesnar (@brock._.lesnar) WWE didn't send him to developmental. When the beastly man picked him up for an F5, Gowen said it felt like he was "on the back of a horse." "It got to the point where it wasn't fun," he said, noting that Gowen was worse off than he was, that Gowen was far from high-functioning then. ", Hogan quit the company in the midst of this narrative involving Gowen. brand divisions. That dark match became legendary, in a way. He sent them a tape of his work, and their tune changed. He began to swallow pills to self-medicate. So, like his father, who left when he was a toddler, had done before him, he soothed that pain with intoxication. Gowen doesn’t recall anyone ever working stiff with him. Gowen knew the bout had to be brutal and was plenty willing to let that happen. Piper floored him and yanked off his prosthetic leg. He's progressed as a wrestler, experience helping him advance as an in-ring artist. While Gowen is incredibly grateful for his opportunities on wrestling's biggest stage, he savors his current freedom and autonomy. He braved the show's obstacle course on April 27. Being 19, 20 years old, not knowing how to handle success, how to treat his co-workers, not knowing how to respect the environment he was in.". It wasn't until after seeing Gowen fly from a turnbuckle that Iron decided to enter the business. Wrestling served as medicine that day and would continue to do so years later, once Gowen became a participant rather than a spectator. Gowen believes that if Brock Lesnar would have stuck around with wrestling he would have been a star. He freely admits that he was to blame for much of it. Wrestling would play his savior, too. Gregory Iron. He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. John Cena gets more than he bargained for when he … Gowen's left leg was amputated when he was eight years old. The fingers on his right hand curl in a rigid pose. Talent Wellness program was designed for situations like these. With that came working alongside his heroes. He moved to wrestling without it. "When I woke up, I was pissed off that I hadn't died," he said. At one point, the two friends lived together. Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch reported that the exit was "due to disagreements over creative issues.". The McMahon family is in action as Stephanie McMahon takes on Sable in a No Count-Out Match and Mr. McMahon faces Zach Gowen. "My family unit rallied around me. "For those three hours, I didn't feel any pain at all. Early on, he trained while wearing a prosthetic leg. Packed into a trailer, friends, family and neighbors watched as Ric Flair outlasted 29 other opponents to become the WWE world champion. #2 Zach Gowen In the week following the decimation of Spanky, Vince McMahon sought to one-better himself by unleashing Brock Lesnar on the hometown hero, Zach Gowen. And I don't know what to do. Brock Lesnar won’t be the only big name appearing at the show and the company is also advertising a number of WWE Hall Of Famers for this special episode. Today, he now freely shares the secret to overcoming opponents internal and external. The company suggested that he go to Ohio Valley Wrestling to work on his ring skills. At that point, all he wanted to do was go to recess and play Nintendo. Kurt Angle, Zach Gowen & WWE Champion Brock Lesnar battle Big Show & the World's Greatest Tag Team. And so that left Gowen and McMahon alone in this storyline, a 20-year-old kid asked to take on the most prominent heel in the business, a man who also happened to be his boss. Gowen had gone from unknown to the underdog trading blows with some of the industry's top stars. Catch up on last night's takes, Booker T talks Sting in AEW Zach Gowen immediately became a beloved character upon his arrival on WWE SmackDown in mid-2003. One of TNA's most intriguing features was its X Division, a showcase of high-flying and dynamic wrestlers. That and a divine source guided him back to normalcy. There were no past examples of how to showcase a one-legged wrestler. And with that, Gowen had been thrust into a fray involving two legends at a hard-to-fathom pace, or as he put it, going from "zero to 100.". Beyond that, wrestling provided something to lean on. The crowds have shrunk and the spotlight has dimmed, but Gowen is experiencing an up-close-and-personal response from the audience each night. Wrestling on the independent circuit allows him freedom he didn't have early in his career. That theory seemed to hold water as he spent the early part of his contract on his couch. After losing his left leg to cancer at age 8, he went on to become the first 1 legged professional wrestler in history. Zach Gowen vs Brock Lesnar. As Gowen put it, the WWE-sponsored rehabilitation planted the "seed of recovery." 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