North Texas Daily

Student sets sights on wrestling superstardom

Student sets sights on wrestling superstardom

September 15
22:05 2009


By Claire Weber / Intern –
(Video By Clinton Lynch and Khai Ha / Staff Photographers)

Denny Taylor can’t wait to step into the ring.

College is simply a backup plan for the radio, television and film sophomore whose real passion is becoming a professional wrestler.

Taylor, who grew up in McKinney, said he decided to attend college just in case his plan to wrestle does not pan out.

“I don’t legitimately see myself doing anything other than wrestling,” he said, “But the only thing more important to me than wrestling is having a family, and I want to be able to support them.”

Last year, Taylor came close to quitting school and going after his dream.

“I got really scared that I was going down the path to a desk job that I didn’t want,” he said.

He later changed his mind, much at the urging of his mother, who wants Taylor to get a degree before he pursues wrestling.

“I thought about it, and I decided I wanted to be able to tell my … family that when I was nineteen I was thinking of them and doing something that I didn’t want to do for their sake, for their financial stability,” Taylor said.

But he still places value on starting a family later.

Denny Taylor, a radio, television and film sophomore, is training to become a professional wrestler. (Photo by Khai Ha / Staff Photographer)

Denny Taylor, a radio, television and film sophomore, is training to become a professional wrestler. (Photo by Khai Ha / Staff Photographer)

“Being a husband and a father are things that will last longer than wrestling does in the long run,” he said.

Though his family and friends are supportive of his dream, Taylor said he doubts they take him very seriously.

“It’s funny when we’re talking and Denny tells people about his dream, because they don’t realize that he’s not kidding,” David Martinez, Taylor’s roommate and a radio, television and film sophomore, said.

Taylor said he thinks most people assume it’s a phase that will eventually pass.

“They’re like, ‘Sure, be a wrestler,’ but they’re really thinking ‘It’s okay. He’ll get over this and start being normal eventually,’” he said.

But Taylor insists he will train and give wrestling a shot.

“I don’t want to be 40 years old and watching wrestling on TV and think, ‘Yeah that’s what I wanted to do, but I didn’t try,’” he said.

Taylor said his favorite wrestler is the Undertaker, who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment.

An action-figure of the famous wrestler, clad in all black, is displayed on a side table in Taylor’s room amidst others.

“When I was little I would introduce myself to people as the Undertaker,” Taylor said, “And I would draw pictures of myself doing things the Undertaker would do.”

Taylor said he has a while to go before he’ll be in shape enough to start seriously trying to get wrestling jobs.

For now, he works out, watches his diet and exercises in the meantime.

He said, “I try to do cardio every day and lift weights every other day. I go in there and guys are like, ‘look I can bench press five hundred,’ and I’m like, ‘well I can curl twelve and a half!”

Because he recently had surgery and will need another soon, Taylor will only be able to lift lightly until after he has recovered.

Then, he said, he’ll start training and lifting seriously.

He has also looked at several professional wrestling schools.

These schools train wrestlers and hone their skills, helping them get ready to wrestle for professional organizations, maybe one day working with big names like World Wrestling Entertainment.

Rick Steel, owner and head trainer of the Old School Federation in Lampasas said, “We teach them agility, timing, muscle tone, dieting; any professional skills that they need to become professional wrestlers.”

Steel is training eight students ranging in age from 21 to 42.

Taylor said, “The one I really want to go to is the Storm Wrestling Academy in Canada.”

Taylor said if he doesn’t end up actually wrestling, he still wants to be involved in the industry somehow.

Steel said, “It’s not hard to be successful in this industry.”

Though Taylor’s ambition may seem unconventional, he said, “I truly believe that people should chase their dreams, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”

About Author



Related Articles


No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

The Roundup

<script id="mcjs">!function(c,h,i,m,p){m=c.createElement(h),p=c.getElementsByTagName(h)[0],m.async=1,m.src=i,p.parentNode.insertBefore(m,p)}(document,"script","");</script>

Search Bar

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
ICYMI: Football drops C-USA title game versus Texas-San Antonio📝: @justanotherijcRead more:
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
OPINION: You don't have to finish a book you don't enjoy📝: @jackmoraglia 🖼️: Isabella IsquieradoRead more:
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
SPORTS: On point: Huntsberry's influence felt on and off court📝: @jillian_ntd 📸: Marco BarreraRead more:
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
NEWS: North Texas judge blocks student loan forgiveness plan📝: @RealGioDel 📸: Coralynn ColeRead more:
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
THE DOSE: 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story' is a perfect parody of musical biopic genre📝: @FernaJustoo 🖼️: @jazminesg_Read more:
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Block Ad

Flytedesk Ad