Wheelchair Wrestling Federation
I am a big fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. I like to describe it as “The Colosseum meets Vaudeville, with a little bit of David Copperfield illusion thrown in.” I know it is fake, but I love to watch and wonder how they do it without killing each other. I have certain wrestlers that I root for, maybe because I see something in myself in the character that they play. But I would love to see a guy in a wheelchair get in the ring. A guy with a massive upper body, which got that way through years of just getting around, not through performance enhancing substances. And I would like to see one of the “Superstars” try to take him out of his chair, or take him on in an arm-wrestling match. I’ve seen some guys in chairs that could make that a pretty good match! There should be more than one wrestler in a wheelchair so they can take each other on. First one out of his chair is declared the loser of the bout. Hell, I think there should be an entire Wheelchair Wrestling Federation!
Their was a wrestler in the WWE with a disability around 2003-04. His name was Zach Gowen and he was a single amputee resulting from cancer in his left leg as a child. He competed on one leg, but he found very creative ways of using his particular method of locomotion to his advantage in the ring. Gowen continues to wrestle in other circuits today.
Other than Gowen, the closest thing to a disabled wrestler I can think of are those guys from the documentary “Murderball” (See the link under “Blogroll”, bottom right). Murderball is wheelchair rugby for quadriplegics, but it is really intense what the players put their bodies through. And it shows that people in wheelchairs can be just as passionate about pushing their bodies to their physical limits as anyone else.