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Wrestler Shockwave Builds Character

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BRASHER FALLS - When Big Time Wrestling comes to Ogdensburg on Oct. 2, the show will be a homecoming of sorts for Shockwave The Robot.
He is a 1998 graduate of St. Lawrence Central School and will be wrestling in St. Lawrence County for the first time in his professional career.
Shockwave would not disclose his last name to protect the anonymity of his character.
Chris has been a professional wrestler since 2007, traveling all over the United States, Canada and Japan.
"I couldn't tell you all the cities I wrestled in. I just went wherever they took me," he said, referring to his time in Japan.
While most of his work has been as part of smaller independent shows, Shockwave, who is 5'8" and weighs 187 pounds, said that he has appeared as an extra for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
"Unless you're 6'4", 250 pounds, they're just going to overshoot you, but I'm coming up with a business proposal with character introductions, vignettes, story lines and merchandising. Basically I'm putting together the total package that they would do," he said.
Shockwave says that when he first began wrestling as a robot, he had a simple set of armor and face paint, but after receiving advice from former ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) star Simon Diamond, he took the character to the next level.
"He said my match was good, but told me that I needed to walk like a robot," he said comparing what I needed to do to Tatanka's "war dance" or Hulk Hogan's "hulking up."
He also credits an encounter with former WWE star Simon Dean for helping his character develop into what it is today.
"He told me I was too small to be a cyborg, but if I was just a guy who thinks he's a robot that could work."
But if it wasn't for God, Shockwave says his career in professional wrestling wouldn't even be possible.
"It was God directing me to bring it out of me," he said, "There's no doubt God had a hand in it."
The development of the Shockwave character led to an initial appearance on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's list of the top 500 wrestlers, appearing at number 500 in 2009.
In his on-line biography, Shockwave writes, "Current WWE star Dolph Zigler and former WWE stars such as Duke The Dumpster Droese and Zeus have all been number 500. This is a sure sign of things to come."
"Everybody wants to either be number one or number 500," he said. "When people pick up the magazine they look to see who's number one and then look to see who's number 500. Number 500 always gets a lot of attention."
Since that time, he's risen a few spots on the list and is now ranked number 475.
Shockwave, who's been a wrestling fan for years, said he decided he wanted to become a professional wrestler while in the 11th grade at St. Lawrence Central.
"Wrestling is awesome," he said, "It's like a cartoon brought to life."
Highlights of his career includes partnering with The Hurricane, Eugene and Sgt. Slaughter.
"That was awesome, because I grew up watching him on TV," he said referring to Sgt. Slaughter.
In single's action, he said a career highlight would be a match against former ECW heavyweight and tag team champion Masato Tanka.
Big Time Wrestling New York State Sales Manager Aaron E. Casey said he's not sure what exactly Shockwave's role will be in the Ogdensburg show.
"He will be in some sort of prominent role," he said. "But at this point, I can't say how."
When he does take the ring in Ogdensburg, he's looking forward to wrestling in front of many of his friends and family, including his mother, who will be watching him wrestle as Shockwave the Robot for the first time and one of his teachers from St. Lawrence Central, Jacob D. Roberts.
"He's quite a character," Mr. Roberts said, adding that Chris approached him in high school and asked him for help on developing a weight lifting program.
Although the school didn't have a wrestling team and he didn't participate in the school's drama productions," Mr. Roberts said that he's not surprised by the career path that Chris has taken.
"He was a very natural athlete," Mr. Roberts said. "He loves to get up and perform in front of people and he's very good at it."
Ogdensburg City Recreation Director Matthew J. Curatolo said that adding a local performer to the show that already includes wrestling legends Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Eugene and Carlito will make what was already going to be a great show even better.
"I think it's great that a local guy has made it in professional wrestling and is now coming back to the area where he grew up. We're looking forward to seeing Shockwave as part of the show on Oct. 2. Having that local connection should be a good draw for the show," Mr. Curatolo said.
V.I.P. tickets, which can be purchased for $50, include an autographed 8x10 photo of both Carlito and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, as well as a photo opportunity with the two stars.
Second and third row ringside seats are available for $25. V.I.P. and ringside tickets are available for sale at the Dobisky Visitor's Center in Ogdensburg.
General admission tickets are only $15 and can be purchased online at www.btwpro.com or in person at Kinney's Drugs in Ogdensburg.

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