This is an incredible story!
Sgt. Chris Melendez was one month away from his two-year stint in Iraq being over, when he was hit with an IED explosion, back in 2006.
The blast left him without his left leg, which he saw lying on the battlefield in front of him.
But Chris didn’t let it slow him down, and within 40 days he was walking again, with the help of his prosthesis.
By 2012, Sgt. Melendez was on the way to achieving his new dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and last week that dream came true!
TNA Impact Wrestling signed the 27-year-old to a multi-year deal!
Sarge, as they call him in the locker room made his debut last Tuesday, where he won twice!
And believe it or not, he prefers to fight without the use of his leg! Sgt. Melendez explained:
“I prefer to work with it off because my agility's better, I move a little faster, I'm able to do certain things that I can't do with it on. It's actually a hindrance to have it on.”
This man is the definition of bravery and determination! We’re sure he’ll go far in the world of wrestling!
[Image via TNA Wrestling.]
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