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Carmine Azzato

WRESTLER

HEIGHT: 6’6”

WEIGHT: 340

POSITION: Professional Wrestler

HONORS:
2 Time World Heavyweight Champion
1 Time Intercontinental Champion
1 Time Television Champion
5 Time World Tag Team Champion

PRO CAREER:
Wrestled Nationally and Internationally
from 1988 – 2011 with several Pro Wrestling organizations
N.W.A., A.W.A., W.W.F., U.W.S., P.W.R., & W.W.W.A.

PERSONAL STORY:
I always dreamt of becoming an NFL player till I suffered a career ending ankle injury in High School. Shortly after recovering I began my pro wrestling training with W.W.F. Superstar Johnny Rodz. I had my first Pro Wrestling match a month before my 18th birthday. About 15 years later I suffered from another devastating leg injury that knocked me out of pro wrestling. The reality hit me hard as I began to realize that I could no longer hide behind this character “Blast” that I had created, and that “fame” no longer mattered once my wrestling career was over. My life began to spin out of control to the point that God felt the need to step in and send two men into my life that began to share stories about Jesus with me. I didn’t know how to receive what these men saying to me because of my pride and stubbornness, and more than that, I did not want to appear weak to them. Finally a year later, in November of 2002 I opened my heart to what they were sharing, I chose to give up control and I received Jesus into my life. I gave Jesus permission to love me and to lead me in every decision that I would make from that day forward. Since then, I became an Evangelist and a Pastor as I continue to do Motivational Speaking.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

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