About three years ago, I attended
the 17th Annual IWF Loud n’ Proud with intentions of beginning my wrestling career when the IWF training
school opened in May 2014. I studied the spring spectacular and watched as these larger-than-life characters brought
the crowd to their feet match after match. If I had any doubts of entering the wrestling world, they disappeared on
that night, and I never looked back.
That is why this event is my favorite of the year. I have now had the privilege
of being part of two of these amazing nights. First, I challenged my mentor, the man who taught me everything I know
about this sport, the Master of Chaos Kevin Knight. One year later, I teamed with my former opponent to defend the Tag-Team
Titles against Simply Ravishing Shawn Donavan & the International Icon Galindo. The opportunity I was given on each
of those nights is something I will cherish forever. The electricity in the air and the endless rows of smiling faces
are memories that will be engrained in my mind till the end of time.
And here we are, less
than a month away from my third Loud n’ Proud Event. They say there is nothing like the first time, but every
time I’ve walked back through that curtain after each of these events, all I could do was look forward to the following
year. Year round, this is my motivation because it is that night that sparked the fire in me in the first place.
The preparation, the training, and the focus have all been dialed up to one-thousand; I am locked in and ready to go.
There is nothing like
Loud n’ Proud, and there is no one that has more fun on these nights than me, but there is also no one that takes it
quite as seriously as I do. It’s the same old burning desire that’s been with me since I first walked through
the doors of the IWF, and that is all I need. For almost three years, I have devoted my life to the great sport of wrestling,
and I’ll be damned if someone is going to stop me from raising my hand in victory after the bell rings on April 8th.
Popular trends like #MotivationMonday and #TuesdayMotivation pop-up on my Twitter feed every single
week, but what is motivation really all about? The definition of motivation is as follows, the reason or reasons one
has for acting or behaving in a particular way. As a wrestler, as well as a health and fitness enthusiast I contribute
to these top trends too, but do the quotes and images cause anyone to act or behave in a particular way, and if so; what is
I feel that I am obligated to motivate people because stepping into a wrestling
ring on a daily basis isn’t a normal hobby. We have fans attend our live events every weekend at the IWF Centre,
and they don’t just see us as wrestlers, but as stars, with different personas and styles.
Much like we all had role models and heroes growing up, we hope to be theirs! Those people could be doing
ANYTHING on a Saturday night, but they decided to come to Nutley, NJ and see me... that is special. When they lay their
eyes on me, seeing me and the others do what we do best, I want them to be inspired. With that inspiration, I want them
to be motivated and to know that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. My dream came true, and so can theirs.
time you post on one of these “Motivational” days, make sure that you are the person that people should be listening
to, that they should believe in, and they should follow.Live up to the hype, and inspire the person who sees that quote, self-progress picture, or outstanding accomplishment;
be their motivation.
It is amazing how the greatest things occur in the most unlikely of places. I was sitting
in the dentist’s chair yesterday for a check-up and I had a very interesting conversation with my dentist. She
began talking about her time at the University of Hartford and how much she learned there. One of her professors gave
her a great piece of advice that would stick with her for the rest of her life. She said, “Don’t ever wish
your life away.”
All too often, we are waiting for a certain period of time in our life to pass.
We would rather skip the journey and arrive at the destination, instead of enduring the hard work that it takes to get there.
A college student is being bombarded with school work and an employee at a law firm is being smothered by the busy season
are both wishing it would come to an end.
However, in doing that, we would be deprived of meaningful
moments that we would regret missing later on in our lives. When you talk to adults that used to play football, all
they can say is, “Cherish every moment on that field because it will be gone before you know it.” This advice
was given to me from my DENTIST, someone who had to have gone to school for at least 8 YEARS. It would be so easy to
speed through that time of your life, but you would be missing out on 8 years. And everyone must remember, no one is
promised a certain amount of time on this Earth. People don’t know what they have till it’s gone, and anything
you live your life to the fullest, happily and healthy, you will be able to look back on your life and smile. If you
just roll out of bed and walk through life like a zombie, your misery will be over before you know it. Did this quote
necessarily wake me up? No, because I was never asleep. But, this quote will help me when there is a long day
of hard work ahead and I can say, I am grateful for the time I have, let’s go!
One of my favorite things to do is attend concerts. In my opinion, there is nothing like live performance.
One of my favorite bands, Sixx: A.M. played at The Sands in Bethlehem, PA not too long ago, and I went to see them for
the very first time. They blew me away; the connection that they had with the crowd and the energy that each member
bought to the venue was unmatched by anything I had ever seen, but the person that really caught my eye was James Michael,
their lead singer.
I have been to many concerts, but there is no one that enjoys being on stage
like James Michael. He gave it his all to make that night special for every fan in attendance, and he is undeniably
one of the most talented people I have ever laid my eyes on.
As part of the audience,
you could feel the amount of fun and happiness Michael was enjoying through every lyric he sang and every movement he made.
After the show, the band tweeted that they would be doing a live acoustic set in the back of the venue to surprise the
fans. As James Michael walked along the guard rail singing “Life is Beautiful,” he shook my hand. He
has probably shaken countless numbers of fan’s hands, but that was a moment I will never forget. I was in awe
to have just been in his presence that night, but for him to shake my hand meant a lot to me.
a wrestler, it is my goal to have a lasting effect on the people that I come into contact with. I want to make the fans
feel the way that James Michael made me feel on that night. From the second my music hits and I walk through the curtain,
I want to make the fans feel a positive emotion; I want you to be surprised, anxious, happy, and excited when you see me in
the ring because that is the way you make me feel when you chant my name, wear my shirt, or run up to the guard rail to shake
my hand. I want to return the amazing energy that all of the fans give to me every time I wrestle. The way the
roar of the crowd can make an individual feel is indescribable, but I will do whatever it takes to return the favor.
two years ago, I began my journey in the sport of wrestling. I remember watching the WWE’s top stars on my television
as a child, and I asked myself, “When can I start doing this?” On Christmas morning of 2014, I found the
Independent Wrestling Federation’s website and immediately sent in my registration. Two weeks later, I received
an email that accepted me into the training program; best Christmas gift ever, right?
I began training on May 4, 2014
and began wrestling on live events the following month on June 13, 2014. I haven’t missed an IWF event since!
Prior to my first day as a student, I attended the 17th Annual IWF LOUD n PROUD Event to benefit Relay for Life. It
was then that I knew I had to pursue my dream; the show, the crowd, the stars, and the electric feeling that flowed through
the Nutley Rec Center on that night blew my mind away— I would never look back.
I received a small taste of fame
early on, as I was featured in The Observer, a local newspaper that found interest in my desire to chase such a big dream.
“Call him the ‘Golden Boy’ of the Ring: North Arlington teen Cammett aspires to become professional
wrestler,” was the top story in the sports and recreation section of that week. The opportunities and exposure
that I have received in such a short time amazes me. This was the first of many times now that I had been featured in
a local newspaper along with other wrestlers, promoting an upcoming event or supporting a great cause in our countless community
outreach appearances. I have had the pleasure of being a guest of Bert Baron’s on his morning radio show on 1450
WCTC, and have also been in-studio to observe interviews conducted by Sirius XM’s Busted Open Radio.
time as a wrestler, I have had the privilege of learning from some of the best, people who have made it in the world of wrestling.
I have received pointers and knowledge from WWE Legends Dr. Tom Prichard, The Honky Tonk Man, Tito Santana, Bushwhacker
Luke, Tommy Dreamer, Hustler Rip Rogers, and The Fantastic’s Bobby Fulton. Also, I have learned from IWF graduates
who are currently working for the WWE; Superstar Darren Young, NXT referee Shawn Bennett, and Kev Kage have all given back
to the wrestling school that gave them their start, and I have been able to benefit greatly from those visits. Darren
Young even featured me and other wrestlers in training in his “Day in the Life of D-Young” video, which meant
the world to all of us at IWF.
These experiences have humbled me greatly and remind me how lucky I am to have found the IWF
on that Christmas morning. This journey has been an amazing one so far; as I am sure it will continue to be. There
is no doubt that there is much more to come, as the past two years have been a chapter of the book that will continue to write
itself, with the pen in my hands. Everyone that has lent a hand in my training has said the same thing, “There’s
nothing like wrestling,” and guess what, they’re right!
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