Sam Shaw talks gut check, Jesse Sorensen talks neck injury

Jun 5, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

Host: Ryan Rider

Station: CJAD 800AM in Montreal

Sam Shaw:

“4 years at Team 3D really shaped my career. The way I go about
carrying myself and trying to get over in this business I learned from
Bully Ray and Devon. When it comes to Gut Check I always heard from
them that you had to be in the right place at the right time. I knew I
had the talent to get it done but there’s so many wrestlers around the
world but somehow it happened for Sam Shaw – right place at the right

I was kind of nervous. There were 2 or 3 Gut Checks before and they
were all told yes. So I figured TNA was thinking we need a guy to come
in and tell him ‘no’ so this thing seems more legit. I like that kind
of pressure. People think it will be a no, but I want to go out there
and surprise the hell out of everybody and that’s what I did. I get
fired up. That’s what’s lacking in the business today, that intensity
and drive that everyone had. I’m gonna show all my emotion out there.
It’s an adrenaline rush.

Jesse Sorensen:

“When I first got hurt, I had no feeling from the neck down so it was
very scary. I thought I was the next Christopher Reeves. I was
completely paralyzed for 2 days and told I would never move again,
never wrestle again. I’m very blessed.”

“Right after I got out of the ICU, I had to sit in a neck brace for 3
months then I had 6 months of rehab to strengthen my neck and try to
get back in the gym. Now I’m fully back in the gym and everything’s
going good. I actually have my first bodybuilding show in October in

“My passion for the business – I love this business. It’s my dream,
always has been and it’s really what I wanted to do. So many say it
was a job and now you’re done with it and tell me to find something
else to do. But when it’s your passion, it’s all I think about is
getting back in the ring.

As of right now, it’s not really up to me [when to return]. I want to
focus on the bodybuilding show for a little while. But I would like to
hopefully return before the end of 2013.

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