Having known Gowen before and after his descent, Jacobs understands why things unfolded as they did. Gowen later faced off with and lost to Vince McMahon at the Vengeance 2003 pay-per-view. A waiting period of four months turned into four days, and Gowen was soon working an untelevised tryout match with Martini. "For those three hours, I didn't feel any pain at all. He couldn't run with his friends anymore. But he was a long way from that point when the wound was fresh, when he was just a boy trying to understand how different his life had suddenly become. "All I wanted to do was wrestle on the weekends and teach high school math during the week," he said. He had always promised to never be like his dad but ended up stepping into the same bear trap as him. I got carte blanche to punch Vince McMahon as hard as I could in the face, and I did that repeatedly! Wrestling on the independent circuit allows him freedom he didn't have early in his career. None of that matters. Zach Gowen Talks Brock Lesnar's Strength, Roddy Piper Pulling On His Wrong Leg, Backstage Heat By Raj Giri | November 21, 2015 Today The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling interviewed Zach Gowen. Zach became an instant inspiration to millions worldwide proving that nothing is impossible. He did. He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. While training Gowen made the decision to wrestle without his prostethetic leg as he found it difficult to wrestle with the "dead weight". He was immature, brash and took his spot for granted. knew the bout had to be brutal and was plenty willing to let that happen. "I didn't think coming out of rehab he would make it, because I think most people don't," he said. I saw nothing wrong with that. Afterward, deep into the night, the two friends drove home. Iron explained, "Before I saw Zach wrestle in WWE, I didn't think becoming a wrestler with a disability was even a possibility. Early on, he trained while wearing a prosthetic leg. The one-legged Zach Gowen clashes with The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. After losing his left leg to cancer at age 8, he went on to become the first 1 legged professional wrestler in history. That was the culture. What if the experiment fails?'" 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. Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of eight. At one point, the two friends lived together. When he was with WWE, the vibe was much different. "the world had a secret, and they wouldn't tell me." Defeated The Rock at SummerSlam 2002 for the WWE Undisputed Championship. His grandmother ordered the 1992 Royal Rumble pay-per-view for him as a gift. Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen, has published a new column atÂ PWMania.com. Brock Lesnar vs A-Train + John Cena Destroys Brock Lesnar, SmackDown, 24 April 2003. I thought if he could do it with one leg, I could wrestle with one arm.". 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." Maybe something would open up in March. But Gowen would be in for far more success than that. In pain, uncertain, worn down by chemotherapy, the young boy could have no idea that a future in pro wrestling awaited him. 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. "I think our human connection sets us apart from every other act in wrestling," Iron said. John Cena gets more than he bargained for when he â¦ 9:57. Gowen did just that. He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. Piper and McMahon against Hogan and Gowen. "Life isn't about what happens to you. Here are a couple of excerpts from his article: âBrock and I have a history. He sees himself and the narrative that followed all of that as a source of hope. WWE apparently caught wind of it. For Gowen, his and Iron's disabilities aren't gimmicks; they are tools to reach an audience like no other wrestlers can. We might not be having this conversation right now if not for that," Iron explained. 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. Lesnar didn't just defeat his one-legged opponent, he turned the ring into a crime scene. Keith Lee momentum is back Today, Gowen is healthier physically and mentally. Perhaps he wanted to hear stories of him clocking McMahon in his bloody brow or rescuing Hogan in his first WWE appearance. After being trained by Truth Martini, Gowen made his professional wrestling debut on March 16, 2002, in a loss to Martini. 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. The wrestler lived with his mother, scraping money together for pills. Wrestlezone.com is a property of Mandatory, an Evolve Media, LLC company. Together, he and Gowen form The Handicapped Heroes. For much of his life, Gowen said he felt like "the world had a secret, and they wouldn't tell me." "Brock took care of me," he said. Detroit, Michigan, August 2003 One-legged newbie obliterated by future Ultimate Fighting champion in front of hometown crowd When undersized, one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen was matched up in his hometown of Detroit against future UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, there was only one way it could go: Gowen was in for one of the most convincing beatings in modern wrestling history. Today, he now freely shares the secret to overcoming opponents internal and external. With hindsight, I think he can look back and, though it was short, he can really appreciate the life the eight-month run in WWE gave him. The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown, when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. 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. ZACH GOWEN DISCUSSES WHY HE LOVED BEING KILLED BY BROCK LESNAR, DIDN'T LIKE KISSING SABLE, WHAT WWE TOLD HIM TO DO (AND WHEN HE ACTUALLY STARTED DOING IT), TNA, ROH AND LOTS MORE FROM HIS WWE RUN | PWInsider.com PWInsider - WWE News, Wrestling News, WWE But now that he was unemployed, he filled the void with drugs and booze. One of TNA's most intriguing features was its X Division, a showcase of high-flying and dynamic wrestlers. In the early '00s, WWE's developmental system was based in Louisville, Kentucky. 2) Brock tied me to a wheelchair and threw me down a flight of stairs. On the V2 Journal Wrestling podcast, Gowen said: I got scared because I didn't want to punch Vince in the head, but I realized that he's not a wrestler, and he can't really sell or register what I'm doing if I'm not connecting with him. He took to the craft, partly a result of great passion for it, partly because of Martini's tutelage. WWE wanted to instead punctuate Brock Lesnar's heel turn and needed a martyr for The Beast Incarnate to slay. He was often "handed a script and told what to do" and sometimes "felt like an actor for a TV show," he explained. He remembered how much he could feel Lesnar's power. He said, 'What if it goes bad? When WWE flew him to New York for the sole purpose of firing him, Gowen wasn't surprised. Talent Wellness program was designed for situations like these. Being 19, 20 years old, not knowing how to handle success, how to treat his co-workers, not knowing how to respect the environment he was in.". So at first, he chose to venture down this new path alone. When he got good enough that he thought he could perform for a bigger audience, he reached out to TNA (Total Nonstop Action) in early 2003. WWE Fan du catch et de Roman Reigns. The one-legged Zach Gowen clashes with The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. ... #5 Zach Gowen - 5ft 11in. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar teams with Kurt Angle & Mr. America to take on Big Show, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Zach Gowen continually defies the odds. He didn't send them any footage. Beyond that, wrestling provided something to lean on. It's right there, and it connects with the audience," he said. When I was the road with WWE, I would travel with guys that often made fun of him for being a country boy and a loner. Bullying the Hardy Boys. In August 2003, Gowen's scheduled fight with Matt Hardy got changed. In his hometown of Detroit, Gowen won via DQ when Lesnar attacked him with a steel chair. "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. When the beastly man picked him up for an F5, Gowen said it felt like he was "on the back of a horse." ue to disagreements over creative issues. 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. brand divisions. Gene lastly asks if anyone has ever worked stiff with Gowen. On May 15, 2005, Gowen returned to TNA at their Hard Justice pay-per-view event, as the second entrant in the 20-Man Gauntlet for the Gold match. Then, as David Shoemaker of Grantland wrote, "WWE fired him after the interview aired. Here is a match between Brock Lesnar and a courageous young man Zach Gowen from Smackdown on 21st August 2003. Gowen's left leg was amputated when he was eight years old. Gowen's longtime friend remembered how anxious the new signee was about what was to come. Eventually, though, he needed guidance beyond what he figured out on his own. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. Luckily, that healing began before Gowen became another cautionary tale. To make the crowd stop treating Lesnar like a babyface, WWE had him maul a skinny, one-legged kid in his hometown, with his mom crying in the background. To me that felt really good. "Truth was the one who really pushed me and believed in me and thought that I could do something in wrestling," Gowen said. Gowen has competed for World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is the client of Paul Heyman. In a tactic that WWE had used in the past with grapplers like Earthquake and Hillbilly Jim, he played a fan who stepped out of the crowd and into the chaos of the ring. Gowen's signature move eventually became a one-legged moonsault. Some of Gowen's best work has come alongside Gregory Iron. At that point, all he wanted to do was go to recess and play Nintendo. It's a philosophy of positivity. You can read Zach Gowenâs column,Â âKickin It with Zach Gowenâ in its entirety at this link. Luckily, he wasn't alone. Instead, he leaned on submission holds and bounding from one leg, throwing his body at his opponent. With CEO Linda McMahon recuperating from her injuries sustained during her recent Raw experience, Sable crosses the line with Stephanie McMahon. Things were tumultuous backstage during his tenure. I can see the benefits to that system. Kurt Angle, Zach Gowen & WWE Champion Brock Lesnar battle Big Show & the World's Greatest Tag Team. 5:58 Gowen talks about his time working with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Luckily, that healing began before Gowen became another cautionary tale. Zach Gowen vs Brock Lesnar. Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen, who will be appearing as a contestant on the reality TV show, âAmerican Ninja Warrior,â recently spoke with Channel Guide Magazine. Gregory Iron. The company suggested that he go to Ohio Valley Wrestling to work on his ring skills. Judgment Day was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). 17:01. "I didn't comprehend the gravity of the gift I was given," he said. He was a fan of professional wrestling from a young age, and cites Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio as two of his favorite wrestlers.. Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001. On July 31, 2003, Gowen was the object of a feature report on SmackDown!. He says that Big Show told him that Lesnar was the strongest man he had ever competed against. That pissed me off. Gowen described the experience as "incredibly surreal.". The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown, when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. When word got around that the magazine was going to feature a wrestler who hadn't yet debuted, WWE hurried things along. Watch Zach Gowen vs. Brock Lesnar WWE SmackDown 08.21.03 - Mazden529 on Dailymotion During the interview, Gowen recalled the angle where Brock Lesnar shoved a stunt man dressed as him down a flight of chairs in a wheelchair, saying that Vince McMahon gave him the option of taking the bump himself. His darkness overtook him. This is where he rose rapidly to stardom in what felt like an instant. After perching himself on the top rope, he leaps backward, flipping his body over and crashing onto his prone foe. His next high-profile match made him the victim, the one shedding blood for the sake of the show. ", Hogan quit the company in the midst of this narrative involving Gowen. Wrestling for Warriors' first event is scheduled for June 4. He had no aspirations of grand stages and world championships. "I could not be happier," he said. I respect anyone for staying true to themselves, even it means going against the grain.â. "When I woke up, I was pissed off that I hadn't died," he said. That meant reshaping the art form, to a degree. He says Lesnar has always been unfairly judged, misunderstood and more. "Mom, I'm not high, but next week, I will be high. When I saw Gowen do that moonsault off of the top rope with one leg for the first time, though, my mindset changed. The wrestler signed on to compete on the American Ninja Warrior game show. There was no footage for fans to see, only rumors of how electric it was. Gowen's aunt moved in to help out. Watching the matches helped him forget the traumatic life change that fate forced upon him. ET Monday, June 13 on NBC. And so he "walked around with the pain of not being liked," as he put it. Zach Gowen recently wrote a new article on Brock Lesnar. The piece was set to come out before he had ever appeared on TV. Sight unseen, the company called and offered him a deal. He was involved in the 3 my most memorable WWE segments: 1) He F5’d Big Show, allowing me to moonsault and pin Show, which gave me a WWE contract. Piper floored him and yanked off his prosthetic leg. It would allow him to let some of the heat die down, improve his physique and get better as a performer. Despite being a villain, the audience treated the powerhouse like a hero. He is the client of Paul Heyman. He didn't know what to do with him," Jacobs said. I didn't feel the pain of cancer, of chemotherapy, of looking different, of not fitting in, of being sick. And so is wrestling. Brock Edward Lesnar (/ ˈ l ɛ z n ər /; born July 12, 1977) is an American-Canadian professional wrestler, retired mixed martial artist, and former professional football player. The storyline was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown! Related Videos. If he got to mix it up with Sabu, a fearless wrestler famous for dangerous dives, he would be ecstatic. Gowen doesnât recall anyone ever working stiff with him. Then came a meeting with Jim Ross. And I don't know what to do.". Even with his father gone since he was three, he had a strong support system to lean on. Gowen said he has "never been better" as a performer. Today, he now freely shares the secret to overcoming opponents internal and external. Defeated The Rock at SummerSlam 2002 for the WWE Undisputed Championship. Gowen had gone from unknown to the underdog trading blows with some of the industry's top stars. "How could anybody with two legs teach someone with one leg if it's never been done before?" "I didn't comprehend the gravity of the gift I was given," he said. Gowen described the Hall of Fame announcer as. He is an empowerment speaker, carrying a message of hope to schools around the country. 2) Brock tied me to a wheelchair and threw me down a flight of stairs. His mother "played both roles," as Gowen put it. It wasn't until after seeing Gowen fly from a turnbuckle that Iron decided to enter the business. What ended as a bloody, brutal match began with Gowen delivering light wrestling punches and McMahon yelling at the kid to hit him harder. "He got a lot really quickly when he was really, really young," Jacobs explained. Gowen talks about his time working with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. It suspended active wrestlers who did drugs and lent a hand to those who couldn't shake drugs' magnetic pull, whether they were active or not. Wrestling served as medicine that day and would continue to do so years later, once Gowen became a participant rather than a spectator. And so that left Gowen and McMahon alone in this storyline, a 20-year-old kid asked to take on the most prominent heel in the business, a man who also happened to be his boss. "I felt ugly, weak, defeated, not good enough," he said. 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 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. It suspended active wrestlers who did drugs and lent a hand to those who couldn't shake drugs' magnetic pull, whether they were active or not. He doesn't make nearly the money he did during his days on SmackDown. Early life. Iron asked Gowen what the highlight of his career had been so far. Zach Gowen immediately became a beloved character upon his arrival on WWE SmackDown in mid-2003. Here is an excerptâ¦ âBrock and I have a history. August 21, 2003 – SmackDown: Zack Gowen beats Brock Lesnar by disqualification when Brock breaks Zack Gowen’s leg in two places.. September 4, 2003 – SmackDown: In an attempt to impress Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar tossed Zach Gowen down a flight of stairs. With CEO Linda McMahon recuperating from her injuries sustained during her recent Raw experience, Sable crosses the line with Stephanie McMahon. 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¦ When the beastly man picked. Two featured bouts were scheduled on the undercard where WWE Chairman Vince McMahon defeated Zach Gowen and The Undertaker defeated John Cena. Life is about how you react to what happens," he said. But Gowen proved him wrong. The odd arrangement soon changed thanks to the WWE Magazine staff. She asked him if he was high, and he told her, "Mom, I'm not high, but next week, I will be high. When his dream career ended in early 2004, Gowen didn't do the same for himself. 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. This was an underdog story turned on its head. When he was with WWE, the vibe was much different. Brock Lesnar goes one-on-one Zach Gowen. With that came working alongside his heroes. The crowds have shrunk and the spotlight has dimmed, but Gowen is experiencing an up-close-and-personal response from the audience each night. Cerebral palsy has left Iron with limited use of the right side of his body. For Gowen, his and Iron's disabilities aren't gimmicks; they are tools to reach an audience like no other wrestlers can. Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch reported that the exit was "due to disagreements over creative issues.". WWE cut him, sending him into an unsettled state where he stewed in self-pity and gulped pills from his palm. WWE wanted to instead punctuate Brock Lesnar's heel turn and needed a martyr for The Beast Incarnate to slay. As a teenager, he lost himself in the medium that he had long admired as he began to train himself. Brock Lesnar wonât be the only big name appearing at the show and the company is also advertising a number of WWE Hall Of Famers for this special episode. WWE needed a way to shift that reaction, to cement how cold-blooded Lesnar was. Despite being a villain, the audience treated the powerhouse like a hero. ... Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon. He moved to wrestling without it. Zach Gowen 03/24/2015 With Wrestlemania this Sunday and the main event being Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, I thought this would be a good opportunity to speak on my former co-worker Brock! Lesnar smashed him with a steel chair and twice flung him into the ring steps. She suggested he speak with WWE, even though it had been years since he last wrestled for them. It took place on May 18, 2003, at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.It was the fifth annual Judgment Day event and featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown! And within minutes of sending an email, the company called him at home. But if a performer wasnât comfortable in that system, I donât think itâs fair to ostracize and criticize. He's continuing this kind of mission with Wrestling for Warriors, a nonprofit that will raise money through wrestling events for causes like pediatric cancer, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. There were no past examples of how to showcase a one-legged wrestler. The first step to recovering from that dark place was to reach out to his mother. As Gowen put it, the WWE-sponsored rehabilitation planted the "seed of recovery." Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001. 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 â¦ He had no aspirations of grand stages and world championships. Gowen said that he suffered the "descent into the insanity of drug addiction." That image of a one-legged man in flight motivated him to step into the ring, disability or not. Piper held nothing back as he disparaged WWE in an interview on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. But plans had to change in a hurry. On May 15, 2003, Piper protege Sean O'Haire teamed up with Hot Rod to pummel Hogan in the ring. 1 Early life 2 Professional â¦ Zach Gowen Discusses His Time In WWE, Brock Lesnar, More. Soon, Gowen lay on the mat surrounding the ring, blood covering his face from ear to ear. ©2020 All Rights Reserved. Brock Lesnar Brutally Destroys One-Legged Zach Gowen If there's one way to guarantee heel heat, it's beating up a one-legged cancer survivor. His life was better momentarily when he was high or when booze buzzed in his veins, but then ultimately it would be worse again when those sensations ran their course. This is where megastars John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar all started out. He spiraled downward without WWE to hold onto. #4 Brock Lesnar mauls Zach Gowen Brock Lesnar Back in mid-2003, Brock Lesnar had turned heel on Kurt Angle on an episode of SmackDown, joining forces with Vince McMahon in … During a speech at Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High in LeRoy, New York, he told the students in attendance, ". He says that Big Show told him that Lesnar was the strongest man he had ever competed against. Gowen credits Lesnar for taking care of him while being in the ring. Home Â» Wrestling News Â» Former WWE Star Zach Gowen Says Brock Lesnar Has Always Been Unfairly Judged, Misunderstood and More. My school rallied around me," he remembered. Here is an excerpt… “Brock and I have a history. When he emailed TNA in January, an official told him they were all booked. Brock Lesnar is an former mixed martial artist from UFC and an current wrestler from WWE. John Cena gets more than he bargained for when he … Zach Gowen sits down with Chris Van Vliet in Livonia, MI. Jack asks the opposite if anyone hasnât felt comfortable doing certain moves. Gowen described the Hall of Fame announcer as "gracious" and "professional" during the fatherly sit-down. He's progressed as a wrestler, experience helping him advance as an in-ring artist. Jacobs said. He freely admits that he was to blame for much of it. But even when Gowen was in the program, Jacobs had doubts about his friend's future. Zach Gowen (SmackDown; August 21, 2003) Following his annihilation of Spanky the week prior, Brock Lesnar was still hell-bent on reeking havoc. After watching so many members of the wrestling family fall victim to drugs and death—most horrifically Chris Benoit—the company made a change. 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. Gowen makes connections when he's not wrestling, too. After the match, the assault continued. The fingers on his right hand curl in a rigid pose. 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. Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against Kurt Angle and The Big Show. Wrestling would play his savior, too. Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of eight. All of this was hard to take in. The WWE run ended right there, and the shock of that separation stung. It was the place where he found himself, where he found creative fulfillment and learned the power of inspiring others. But this was new territory for both wrestler and promoter. I represent what can happen if you define yourself. he asked. "My family unit rallied around me. Gowen instead said, "Tonight was my highlight.". 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. That's what Brock Lesnar vs. Zach Gowen was like. Some of Gowen's best work has come alongside. Zach Gowen recently wrote a new article on Brock Lesnar. Gowen saw himself in the men who made up that division. By the time doctors discovered the cancer in the limb, there was no choice but to amputate. He was stashed away, a bench player the coach didn't even look at. At that point, all he wanted to do was go to recess and play Nintendo. A rookie doesn't come in and act like he is an indispensable asset. Jacobs said of him, "He's got such a level head now compared to the maniac that he was. The squared circle provided an escape from reality, a stage on which he could forget his brokenness. "My whole life I was looking for relief for what was wrong with me," he said. This event was also the last non-Big Four pay-per-view that wasn’t … With that came pressure. 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. Kurt Angle, Zach Gowen & WWE Champion Brock Lesnar battle Big Show & the World's Greatest Tag Team. He did. He has found peace in and out of the ring. Professional wrestling career Martini would later become well-known as a smooth-talking, controversial manager for Ring of Honor. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar teams with Kurt Angle & Mr. America to take on Big Show, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Zach Gowen continually defies the odds. Gowen's goals during that time were small-scale. Ryan Dilbert is the WWE Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. He soon found himself in a segment involving some of the biggest names in the industry—Hulk Hogan (as Mr. America) and Roddy Piper. Brock Lesnar is an former mixed martial artist from UFC and an current wrestler from WWE. Then came a meeting with Jim Ross. Admitting to her that he had a problem kick-started his self-restoration. #2 Zach Gowen In the week following the decimation of Spanky, Vince McMahon sought to one-better himself by unleashing Brock Lesnar on the hometown hero, Zach Gowen. âWWE is a production,â Gowen said. The connection with the community that Gowen has established is part of the positive place he finds himself in. That theory seemed to hold water as he spent the early part of his contract on his couch. 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 … Three weeks after the amputation, he left the hospital and returned home for the first time. 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