He said, 'What if it goes bad? I represent what can happen if you reach out and take your shot.". Wrestling for Warriors' first event is scheduled for June 4. Wrestling on the independent circuit allows him freedom he didn't have early in his career. He was involved in the 3 my most memorable WWE segments: 1) He F5âd Big Show, allowing me to moonsault and pin Show, which gave me a WWE contract. This set the stage for Gowen's introduction. I respect anyone for staying true to themselves, even it means going against the grain.â. As a result of his feud with McMahon, Gowen was forced into a match with former WWE Champion the heel version of Brock Lesnar. It's a philosophy of positivity. It wasn't until after seeing Gowen fly from a turnbuckle that Iron decided to enter the business. "When I woke up, I was pissed off that I hadn't died," he said. Things were tumultuous backstage during his tenure. Perhaps he wanted to hear stories of him clocking McMahon in his bloody brow or rescuing Hogan in his first WWE appearance. Zach Gowen continually defies the odds. 1 Early life 2 Professional â¦ His grandmother ordered the 1992, Wright Way Photography; Courtesy of Zach Gowen. ? 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. WWE apparently caught wind of it. As Gowen put it, the WWE-sponsored rehabilitation planted the "seed of recovery." He was immature, brash and took his spot for granted. Zachary "Zach" Mark Gowen (March 30, 1983) is an American professional wrestler. Lesnar or Hogan or Vince do not stand across from him in the ring anymore. That dark match became legendary, in a way. He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. "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. Wrestlezone.com is a property of Mandatory, an Evolve Media, LLC company. Gowen's goals during that time were small-scale. In case you haven’t seen it … But Gowen proved him wrong. Gowen talks about his time working with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Zach Gowen sits down with Chris Van Vliet in Livonia, MI. 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." Here are a couple of excerpts from his article: âBrock and I have a history. All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Gowen's aunt moved in to help out. I can see the benefits to that system. He took to the craft, partly a result of great passion for it, partly because of Martini's tutelage. After suffering an injury, WWE sent him home for a stretch. 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 … "I offered my one-legged, 150-pound body to him," he said. Brock Lesnar vs. Zach Gowen When Brock Lesnar debuted in 2002, WWE Creative booked him to be a monster, and he drew a ton of heat by destroying â¦ Today, he now freely shares the secret to overcoming opponents internal and external. "All I wanted to do was wrestle on the weekends and teach high school math during the week," he said. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar teams with Kurt Angle & Mr. America to take on Big Show, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Here is an excerpt… “Brock and I have a history. That's what Brock Lesnar vs. Zach Gowen was like. Ryan Dilbert is the WWE Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. When the beastly man picked him up for an F5, Gowen said it felt like he was "on the back of a horse." 5:58 Life is about how you react to what happens," he said. Gowen's left leg was amputated when he was eight years old. On May 15, 2003, Piper protege Sean O'Haire teamed up with Hot Rod to pummel Hogan in the ring. Today, Gowen is healthier physically and mentally. And so he "walked around with the pain of not being liked," as he put it. WWE needed a way to shift that reaction, to cement how cold-blooded Lesnar was. He was immature, brash and took his spot for granted. He did. When his dream career ended in early 2004, Gowen didn't do the same for himself. ue to disagreements over creative issues. He talks about how he is âsemi-retiredâ 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. I saw nothing wrong with that. In front of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan Zach Gowen was brutally assaulted by Brock Lesnar at WWE Smackdown. i know this weird but i saw on youtube brock lesner beatin the livin crap outta zach gowan in front of his momma.but i couldnt find the video of brockl lesner facing zach gowan in â¦ "It's easier because the guy's only got one leg. Jack asks the opposite if anyone hasnât felt comfortable doing certain moves. It warped his sense of self. 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. But even when Gowen was in the program, Jacobs had doubts about his friend's future. He just collected checks from home. Early life. Here are a couple of excerpts from his article: âBrock and I â¦ And I don't know what to do. 2) Brock tied me to a wheelchair and threw me down a flight of stairs. What if the experiment fails?'" Wrestling so often provided that relief. She asked him if he was high, and he told her, "Mom, I'm not high, but next week, I will be high. He had no aspirations of grand stages and world championships. Lesnar smashed him with a steel chair and twice flung him into the ring steps. Brutalizing Zach Gowen in front of his mother, before later pushing him down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair. He couldn't run with his friends anymore. Luckily, that healing began before Gowen became another cautionary tale. In pain, uncertain, worn down by chemotherapy, the young boy could have no idea that a future in pro wrestling awaited him. Gregory Iron. Zach Gowen recently wrote a new article on Brock Lesnar. Zach Gowen immediately became a beloved character upon his arrival on WWE SmackDown in mid-2003. ... #5 Zach Gowen - 5ft 11in. He's progressed as a wrestler, experience helping him advance as an in-ring artist. Gowen soon got a forced break from that environment. My school rallied around me," he remembered. As a teenager, he lost himself in the medium that he had long admired as he began to train himself. The first step to recovering from that dark place was to reach out to his mother. He braved the show's obstacle course on April 27. And within minutes of sending an email, the company called him at home. This event was also the last non-Big Four pay-per-view that wasn’t … Gowen. 9:57. 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. He remembered how much he could feel Lesnar's power. It's right there, and it connects with the audience," he said. "I think our human connection sets us apart from every other act in wrestling," Iron said. 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. Piper floored him and yanked off his prosthetic leg. "I'd fire me, too," he said. I got carte blanche to punch Vince McMahon as hard as I could in the face, and I did that repeatedly! Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen, has published a new column at PWMania.com. Jacobs said that what began as casual partying had morphed into something darker. Some of Gowen's best work has come alongside. That meant reshaping the art form, to a degree. That only worsened his attitude, as he reacted to their reaction, immaturity acting as his quicksand. ... Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon. It shot Gowen from his house to the bright lights of SmackDown. When Gowen performs today, he does so in front of much smaller crowds, inside rec centers and churches, in places like Warren and Chesterfield, Michigan. Judgment Day was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Relive the moment on Bloody Elbow for Brock Lesnar week. Gowen described the Hall of Fame announcer as "gracious" and "professional" during the fatherly sit-down. He couldn't keep up with the other boys. Gowen talks about his time working with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. 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. He spiraled downward without WWE to hold onto. Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch reported that the exit was "due to disagreements over creative issues.". Zach Gowen vs Vince McMahon Arm Wrestling Contest, WWE SmackDown, 12 June 2003. The wrestler signed on to compete on the American Ninja Warrior game show. I didn't feel the pain of cancer, of chemotherapy, of looking different, of not fitting in, of being sick. 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 Lesnar is an former mixed martial artist from UFC and an current wrestler from WWE. Jacobs was there for much of that. Keith Lee momentum is back And within minutes of sending an email, the company called him at home. On July 31, 2003, Gowen was the object of a feature report on SmackDown!. ©2020 All Rights Reserved. In the early '00s, WWE's developmental system was based in Louisville, Kentucky. Losing his WWE position made him lose his identity. Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001. "My family unit rallied around me. Soon, Gowen lay on the mat surrounding the ring, blood covering his face from ear to ear. 17:01. Two featured bouts were scheduled on the undercard where WWE Chairman Vince McMahon defeated Zach Gowen and The Undertaker defeated John Cena. Here is a guy who was not a fan of wrestling growing up, but because of his physical attributes was able to âwalk onâ to the WWE and get pushed and promoted right away. We might not be having this conversation right now if not for that," Iron explained. Together, he and Gowen form The Handicapped Heroes. "Truth was the one who really pushed me and believed in me and thought that I could do something in wrestling," Gowen said. While some wrestlers may view Gowen's disability as a challenge, Jacobs thinks of it as an advantage. Mr. Moxie asks about Gowen’s thoughts on Truth Martini. There were no past examples of how to showcase a one-legged wrestler. A waiting period of four months turned into four days, and Gowen was soon working an untelevised tryout match with Martini. ", Hogan quit the company in the midst of this narrative involving Gowen. chemotherapy, the young boy could have no idea that a future in pro wrestling awaited him. The in-ring artistry and orchestrated chaos soothed Gowen momentarily. Watch Zach Gowen vs. Brock Lesnar WWE SmackDown 08.21.03 - Mazden529 on Dailymotion That wore on him. Gowen makes connections when he's not wrestling, too. , when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. When he was with WWE, the vibe was much different. ET Monday, June 13 on NBC. He has been cultivating that seed ever since. My school rallied around me," he remembered. Gowen's drinking got out of hand. Then came a meeting with Jim Ross. This might sound kinda weird coming from me, but I absolutely adore Brock. 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 fingers on his right hand curl in a rigid pose. brand divisions. He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. He sent them a tape of his work, and their tune changed. Despite being a villain, the audience treated the powerhouse like a hero. Home Â» Wrestling News Â» Former WWE Star Zach Gowen Says Brock Lesnar Has Always Been Unfairly Judged, Misunderstood and More. Watch Zach Gowen vs. Brock Lesnar WWE SmackDown 08.21.03 - Mazden529 on Dailymotion He freely admits that he was to blame for much of it. That image of a one-legged man in flight motivated him to step into the ring, disability or not. Watching the matches helped him forget the traumatic life change that fate forced upon him. Afterward, deep into the night, the two friends drove home. At that point, all he wanted to do was go to recess and play Nintendo. Gowen doesnât recall anyone ever working stiff with him. This is where megastars John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar all started out. The community rallied around me. For much of his life, Gowen said he felt like "the world had a secret, and they wouldn't tell me." He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. But if a performer wasnât comfortable in that system, I donât think itâs fair to ostracize and criticize. Jacobs said. The community rallied around me. "Brock took care of me," he said. Through much of his career, WWE sold Gowen as an uplifting example of the power of determination. For Gowen, his and Iron's disabilities aren't gimmicks; they are tools to reach an audience like no other wrestlers can. Gowen first gained national exposure wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wre… Ohio Valley Wrestling served as the company's farm territory. 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. An eight-year-old Zach Gowen woke up from surgery without his left leg. Despite being a villain, the audience treated the powerhouse like a hero. Talent Wellness program was designed for situations like these. Ross explained that the door would be open for the young wrestler after he improved his body in the gym and his craft on the independent circuit. Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of eight. "I felt ugly, weak, defeated, not good enough," he said. 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. He is the client of Paul Heyman. WWE Fan du catch et de Roman Reigns. The following week, Lesnar threw Gowen down a flight of stairs. "For those three hours, I didn't feel any pain at all. 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. Three weeks after the amputation, he left the hospital and returned home for the first time. 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. 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