A special WHEEL TESTIMONIAL VIA VIDEO
Our club member Gorilla Deezu past away from COVID 19. The video below is to pay homage to our fellow brother and club member
My name is Geronimo Gomez, and I was born and raised in New York City. Ever since the first time I watched professional wrestling, I knew it was the one one thing I wanted to do. I immediately fell in love with it, and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Many people thought that as I grew older, my dream of being a professional wrestler would eventually fade away, but that was never the case. As the years went by, my dreams and aspirations only got bigger, and I knew I had to pursue it. In high school, shortly after turning 18, while everyone else was looking for colleges to apply to, I was looking for wrestling schools to join. That’s when I came across WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz’s World of Unpredictable Wrestling club. I quickly made a phone call to Johnny, and asked if I could visit the club and check it out for myself, which he agreed to. I made the trip down to the legendary Gleason’s Gym, and I was in awe at the grittiness of the environment at Gleasons. It was an environment I simply was not used to, but I didn’t shy away from it. Right away I knew that if I wanted to make my dreams come true, I was in the right place. Everyone there seemed laser focused and determined to fight tooth and nail for their goals and dreams, and so was I. I walk into Johnny’s office, and after speaking with him, I was convinced 100% that I had to join. Shortly after, I began training, and it has been a crazy journey ever since. Needless to say I have had my ups and downs, and I have definitely had many setbacks. I have had many moments that caused me to doubt myself and second guess myself. However, despite all of the setbacks, and despite all of the nonsense that gets in the way, my dream still lived on. I came to the realization that professional wrestling is a hard game, and it requires a lot of mental fortitude more than anything else. Furthermore, I have had great moments and opportunities in my short time doing this. Moments such as performing on the same card as many huge international names from companies such as AAA, NJPW, ROH, IMPACT etc., to being an extra talent for the WWE. Getting the opportunity to work for WWE was an absolute dream come true, as well as very eye opening. I learned that your dreams can really come true if you give it your all. Furthermore, I am aware that I still have a lot to learn, and have a ways to go. However, I am truly excited for what the future holds, and no matter how discouraged I may feel, I will continue to keep my sights set on my dreams. I have nothing but gratitude for Johnny Rodz, for had it not been for him, I would not have been able to pursue this dream in the first place.
KAREN BAM BAM
DA WHEEL TESTIMONIAL Of Ahmed the Egyptian Technician 6/21/17
Ahmed elsalakawy was born November 5th 1995 from Egypt he always loved pro wrestling and hoped one that he could do it so he searched for a pro wrestling school in Egypt but didn’t find anything so he felt crushed that he couldn’t live his dream so he went to oral and dental school like his brother but after a year he couldn’t take it and decided to drop out and move to usa with dad and of course everyone called him crazy and started to put him down and call him a loser for dropping out but he was still determined to go,it took him A year and half to finish his papers and then when finally arrived to usa after three days he went and saw johnny rodz and he made him love pro wrestling even more but Ahmed had to find a job to pay johnny so his dad made work with him and helped his dad didn’t like the idea of him dropping out and becoming a pro wrestler but he still helped him and after Ahmed’s mom telling his father how determined he is he decided to let him do it and after Ahmed got he finally joined and he said it was the best thing he ever did and people in gleason’s are the best and they are his family and now he first ever pro wrestler from Port said Egypt and likes he says he is the invader of Egyptian Style wrestling and he hopes one day he be an inspiration for anyone around the world who wants to be in this business and think he can’t.
DA WHEEL TESTIMONIAL OF SAMANTHA 11.07.16
Samantha Costanza is 22 years old and a born and raised Manhattanite of Venezuelan/Italian decent. She has been training at WUW since September 2015. Currently,Samantha is finishing up her last semester at Hunter College where she will graduate with a degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies and a minor in French Language Studies. She’s an intelligent lady! Did I mention she can speak Spanish and French? A life long wrestling fan and tomboy, wrestling has always inspired Samantha to push her body athletically.After watching wrestling for the first time at age 7,she asked her father to enroll her in Tae Kwon Doe classes and she has never looked back. Samantha constantly out – sparred her male counterparts and won sparring trophies for her sensai 3 years in a row before retiring from competition to focus on playing highschool sports.At her former school,Concordia College, Samantha played NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer as a walk on player having had no prior Soccer experience. Samantha believes that with power comes great responsibility. One day,she hopes that wrestling will give her a platform to be a voice for the voiceless and espouse causes near and dear to her heart like animal conservation, homelessness,and child hunger among others. Wrestling has played a pivotal role in Samantha’s life. “I never wanted to be just another girl worrying about clothes and makeup.That was never me! Instead I wanted to be the girl who was respected by the boys. Wrestling taught me that anything they can do WE,ladies, can do better. Most importantly,it has taught me to respect the wrestling’s past as it gives life and insporation to the future of the industry.” Wrestling has become a women’s game…..are you ready to play?
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU ADD WUW WITH DA WHEEL = YOU GET A BROTHERHOOD OR A SISTERHOOD OF FRIENDSHIP THAT KEEPS TURNING YEAH ON A OCCASSIONS…. THERE’S A SLOW LEAK IN A TIRE THEN IT WON’T RUN BUT YOU PATCH IT UP AND ITS UP & RUNNING & TURNING LIKE NEW AGAIN…WHILE THE WUW CLUB IS A TRAINING FACILITY AT GLEASONS GYM TO PRACTICE YOUR WRESTLING CRAFT DURING YOUR TIME AT THE WUW CLUB… YOU GAIN FRIENDSHIPS… YOU ALSO GAIN ENEMIES (HEY, WE ARE IN A COMPETITIVE SPORT-YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST) BUT OVERALL FRIENDSHIPS ARE CREATED AND NEVER ENDS WHETHER YOU MAKE IT IN THE SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY OR NOT…LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP (LIKE JOHNNY RODZ SAYS) SOMETIMES CAN MEAN LIFETIME FRIENDSHIPS TO SOME OF US..NOTHING IS MORE SHOWN LIKE IN THE PHOTOS BELOW AND VIDEO MONTAGE THAT JUAN JEREMY CREATED FOR JOE MONTANINO WHO PAST AWAY ON AUGUST 18TH 2016…GLEASONS GYM & WUW CLUB LOST A MEMBER WHO MADE YOU LAUGH & MAD LOL-WHILE HIS GOVERNMENT NAME WAS JOE MONTANINO THE CLUB KNEW HIM BY GIMMICK NAME THE MONT & JOE SO DELICIOUS…VIDEO WRESTLING FOOTAGE IS FROM A FELLOW WRESTLING COMPANY CALLED VICTORY PRO WRESTLING THAT MANY WUW CLUB MEMBERS HAVE WORKED FOR…
DA MIKE I TO MIKE IANUZZI STORY
When I was young all I ever wanted was to live my dream and become a wrestler. The acrobatics, story telling, it captivated me so much that I HAD to do it. Its safe to say i was obsessed… But how do you become a wrestler? That’s a question I get asked almost every time i tell someone I’m breaking into the sport. Well, when I was 17 I started my search. I looked all over the country from Texas to Florida, Detroit, New England, California and then New York. I came very close to packing everything up and moving to California after high school …but something kept me from going. One day I was talking to a friend( Marti Belle) and she told me she just started being a valet for wrestlers over at Johnny Rodz wrestling club down in Brooklyn and that I should call him and see what he has to offer me. So Marti gave me his number and I called. Johnny asked me a few questions and then asked me where I lived and when i can come down for a face to face interview. I said I live upstate about 100 miles from you guys and I will see you that Thursday…the rest is history. I was sold. Gleasons is a no thrills hardcore gym filled with boxers and wrestlers all working their asses off at any given time, and that atmosphere right away hooked me. Now the hard part of balancing it all came into play. Living 100 miles away it is NOT easy to get there…but this is my dream. So I took any job i could to pay for my training. I worked making pizzas,scrubbing toilets selling furniture whatever i could do to pay for it. I never got special treatment from Johnny and I will always be thankful of that. He always told me starting out that he can’t tell me how to get down there. It is all up to me because after all…this was my dream. He later introduced me to a whole bunch of guys that he trained and went on to bigger and better things. Matt Striker, D-von Dudley, Jason Knight, Tommy Dreamer, Prince Nana and the list goes on, with all of them leaving me with at least one piece of knowledge to further my wrestling career. As training progressed and I grew as an athlete and performer,as well with age and wisdom, I got a call that ive been dreaming about since I was 8 years old. The WWE came calling asking for me to participate in a tryout match. I was so excited to tell my friends and family,who have been with me since I started and they were all just as happy as me. With the WWE pleased with my all around presentation, I was sent back with things to work on,things to keep and never lose and things to give back. Johnny always told me to look out and be ready because you never know….and he is absolutely right. You never know what will happen in wrestling, even in life itself so always be ready, never take your eyes off of the big goal no matter how unreal it seems and no matter where you are in life. I hope I can give someone reading this some hope…I’m nothing special, I wasn’t lucky or handpicked…I’m just following my heart…following my dream.