As we get closer to the NYWC event “A Matter of Pride” we will be taking a look at the competitors taking part in the event. Today we have a statement from Eddy McQueen, one half of the Fella Twins and one of the competitors taking part in the tournament at “A Matter of Pride”:
“Growing up, I always knew I was different. It wasn’t until I was in my early teens that others started to realize as well. I was often bullied in school. My classmates tormented me, put glue in my hair, spit at me, made fun of my weight, told me that I smelled, and then even called me a faggot as they threw pink markers at my head. School was always hell for me, but as soon as I got home I turned to wrestling. It was always my routine to sit at the computer and watch hours upon hours of wrestling. It made me feel better. It was my escape from reality. I aspired to be like the performers I idolized. I loved the glamour, the edginess, all the lights and music, the fame, and the recognition. The acceptance from the crowd, from the others around me was all I ever wanted!
During my late teen years I suffered from severe depression. I gained a significant amount of weight, and at one point I was 260 pounds. I felt lonely, lost, and hopeless. I wanted so badly to be a professional wrestler, but it seemed like such a far reach from reality that I didn’t even bother. Until one day, a pro wrestling school opened just 10 blocks away from me! I saw it as complete fate, and before I knew it I had bought my first pair of wrestling shoes, knee and elbow pads, and became pursuing my dream!
Within my first two years of wrestling, I was able to travel and do shows, and as I was still naive to the business, I enjoyed my humble beginnings. It was once I started getting my name out that I realized just how different things were going to be for me. Doors were shut in my face, I was skipped over, and my hard work was passed upon as I saw others around me receive opportunities I knew I had earned as well. “Are you the faggot wrestler?” The first words out of a promoters mouth when meeting me. Followed by “Well, at least you’ve gotta nice ass…”.
During my time in wrestling I have lost an astonishing amount of weight through my hard work. A person I once looked up to and respected once told me “Yeah you lost a lot of weight and that’s good, but you’re not jacked…that’s like going from bad to mediocre, so I just wouldn’t even talk about that anymore.”
Even through all of the negatives I still knew one thing, I LOVED professional wrestling. That has always been my motivation to keep going. My passion for performing. I will always love professional wrestling. Through all the hardships I know I will have the strength and will to carry on, to compete with everything I have. Despite all of the heartache, all of the times other wrestlers have shaken my hand and neglected to look me in the eye, bloody noses, busted lips, and even kicks to the head that landed me in the hospital, I have the willpower to succeed. Fighting through the obstacles that stand in my way.
I am a fighter, I am a survivor, I am a warrior, I am glamorous, I am fierce, and I am fabulous! My name is Eddy McQueen, and this is my story.”
Photo credit: Ami Moregore, Breann McKlin, Chris Grasso, and Abigail Montes
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