Former WWE Superstar Zach Gowen has taken to his official Facebook page to express his thanks to those who have helped him as his in-ring career winds down. WWE Fans will remember Gowen competing on the SmackDown brand in 2003/4. He was the company's first one-legged star, having lost it due to amputation at the age of eight as a result of cancer. Vince McMahon actually bought him 2 prosthetic legs and also sponsored him through rehab several years later.
Below is what Gowen posted:
"Worked my first full match since June last night. As my in-ring career winds down I just wanted to express gratitude for the platform God has given me to inspire and carry a message. Seeing Ric Flair win the '92 Royal Rumble literally killed the pain of battling cancer 2 weeks after my amputation. Watching the Monday Night Wars in real time carried me through a miserable adolescent existence. Sharing a ring with Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper in my WWE debut (wtf?!?). Vince McMahon buying 2 prosthetic legs for me ($30,000). WWE sponsoring my inpatient rehab stay all those years ago when I was knocking on death's door (another $30,000 even though I hadn't made a dime for the company in 6 years). Wrestling has literally saved my life!! This is a love letter to the greatest form of entertainment there is. I'm so grateful I've been able to be a small part of it for the past 17 years. I'm grateful my involvement in the business has allowed me to inspire and has served as a springboard to other platforms of inspiration. This isn't the end by any means but at as a 35 year old father of 2 and amputee of 27 years, I think I've earned the right to be picky about the bookings I take. I'll tell ya this though: the nerves, the passion, and the desire to be the best and outwork every wrestler in the locker room still hasn't left. And it never will."