Many wrestling fans take pride for knowing as many wrestlers, and following as many promotions, as they can; I’m no different. I’m no Indie smark, though, who pretends to know every wrestler on the entire Independent scene. So, I’m not going to lie and say say I’ve heard of Gregory Iron prior to last weekend, when one of the current WWE Champions, CM Punk, alongside Colt Cabana, put over Iron at an AAW (All American Wrestling) event.
His grandmother was the one who introduced him to pro wrestling at a young age. Unfortunately, after her passing, his family life took a turn for the worse, specifically concerning his mother, who turned to drugs. Gregory was bullied and ridiculed in school, but overcome all of that, and now at the age of 24, has been living out his dream of wrestling for 6 years. Oh, and he has Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy affects one’s motor skills. The physical disability limits movement, and can also cause disruption of depth perception, and other sight-based perceptual issues. Communication can also be affected, along with other symptoms.
Despite his condition, Gregory Iron became a pro wrestler; a damn good one at that. “The Handicapped Hero” was abused, ridiculed, had a poor family environment, and Cerebral Palsy to top it all off, yet overcome it all to fulfill his dream.
Iron has spoken about how seeing the one-legged Zack Gowen compete inside a WWE ring, inspired him. Well Gregory, you’re the new inspiration for some people out there. I don’t have Cerebral Palsy, or any disability. I have a good home life, and none of my family members have substance abuse problems. However, the idea of setting out to become a pro wrestler can still be a pretty intimidating decision, especially for a 5’2″, quiet, 19 year old girl; regardless of how passionate one may be for the business. I certainly can not be the only fan in their own situation, who has recently gained a ton of inspiration from “The Handicapped Hero” Gregory Iron. Such inspiration transcends just wrestling, and leaps to inspire across the board.
So on behalf of myself and others alike, I’d like to thank Gregory Iron for giving us all an iron-willed inspiration. To overcome such hardships is clearly no easy feat. Hopefully, Iron’s success continues on, and reaches his goal of achieving “WWE Superstar” status.
Much Respect, Thanks For Reading,
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