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Zach Gowen spends time with the IWA Unlimited fans earlier this year in Olney Illinois *Photo Credit Tim Dunahee*
By Matt Durr
Zach Gowen was going to be rich, famous and have more girlfriends than he could count.
He lived that dream for 14 months. Seven years later, he just wants his life back.
2003, Gowen was 20 years old and one of the youngest members of World Wrestling Entertainment, the top rung in pro wrestling. He didn’t last long. Drugs and alcohol use coupled with a poor attitude got him fired. Today, he lives in Ann Arbor following a visit to a rehabilitation clinic in 2010.
“The support here is out of this world,” said Gowen who lost his left leg to cancer as an 8-year-old. “I couldn’t have picked a better city to live in.”
Gowen first stepped foot into a WWE ring in 2003 in front of thousands of people, playing a fan in the audience who was a “special guest” of Hulk Hogan’s. After seeing Hogan get jumped by a group, Gowen jumped the guard rail and entered the ring.
What do you get when you combine two of the top young talents in the Midwest with the love of comic books? Heroes for Hire that’s who! Jimmy Rockwell and Zach Thompson saw an opportunity in 2011 to step up to the big time at Metro Pro Wrestling for a chance at the NWA Midwest tag team Championship. With a BAM, BOOM andCRASH they would defeat the Beer City Brawlers to make that goal a reality.
Can the Heroes for Hire can survive August at both NWA Dynamo in Glen Carbon Illinois and Metro Pro Wrestling with the titles?
Regardless look for the H4H to be one of the teams that will bring excitement in the Midwest for years to come.