Zach Gowen

Real name: Zachary Mark Gowen

Birth date: March 30, 1983

Trained by: Tommy Johnson, Truth Martini

Ring Names: Pogo The 1 Legged Boy, Tenacious Z, Zach Gowen

Debut: March 16, 2002

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • All American Wrestling
    • AAW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Krotch
  • Blue Water Championship Wrestling
    • BWCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • CLASH Wrestling
    • CLASH Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gregory Iron
  • Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling
    • CAPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling
    • MCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gregory Iron
  • Prime Wrestling
    • Prime Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Gregory Iron
  • Pro Wrestling All-Stars Of Detroit
    • PWASD Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Gregory Iron
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (2003)
    • PWI Rookie of the Year (2003)
  • Pro Wrestling Syndicate
    • PWS Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gregory Iron
  • Pure Pro Wrestling
    • PPW Michigan State Championship (1 time)
  • Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling
    • XICW Light Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • XICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jaimy Coxxx
    • XICW Xtreme Intense Championship (1 time)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Moonsault
  • Signature moves
    • Springboard moonsault to a standing opponent outside of the ring
    • Dropkick
    • Swinging neckbreaker
  • Managers
    • Stephanie McMahon
    • Truth Martini

 

 
     
     
 

Zachary Gowen (born March 30, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and promoter.
Gowen competed for World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Gowen's left leg was amputated when he was eight years old. He is the first one-legged competitor
in professional wrestling.

Early life

Gowen was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and lost his left leg due to amputation at the age of
eight. He was a fan of professional wrestling from a young age, and cites Shawn Michaels and
Rey Mysterio as two of his favorite wrestlers.

Zach is an alumnus at Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, Class of 2001.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

After being trained by Truth Martini, Gowen made his professional wrestling debut on March 16,
2002, in a loss to Martini. While training Gowen made the decision to wrestle without his
prostethetic leg as he found it difficult to wrestle with the "dead weight".

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003, 2005, 2006)

Gowen first gained national exposure wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling during early
2003 under the name Tenacious Z. On the January 29 NWATNA PPV, Tenacious Z defeated
Truth Martini in a dark match. On the February 5 NWATNA PPV, Tenacious Z defeated B.G.
James. On the February 12 NWATNA PPV, Tenacious Z, Ron Killings and Jorge Estrada
defeated BG James, Glenn Gilbertti and Mike Sanders. Afterwards Gowen left TNA, after signing
a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Gowen later returned to TNA on May 15, 2005 at their Hard Justice pay-per-view event, as the
second entrant in the 20-Man Gauntlet for the Gold match. He lasted just under five minutes in the
ring before being eliminated by Shark Boy. The next month, Gowen wrestled at the Slammiversary
pay-per-view, losing in a six-way match. He also appeared on TNA Impact!, wrestling Mikey Batts
to a no contest before leaving the promotion once again later that year. In October 2006, at Bound
For Glory, Gowen returned to TNA during the Kevin Nash X-Division Open Battle Royal Gauntlet
match as the sixth entrant, but was eliminated by Johnny Devine.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2003–2004)

He made his World Wrestling Entertainment debut on the May 15, 2003 episode of SmackDown!
as a planted fan in the audience, who attempted to help Mr. America when he was being attacked
by Roddy Piper and Sean O'Haire. During the segment, Piper pulled off Gowen's prosthetic leg.
This began a short collaboration of Gowen and Mr. America, and a feud pitting the two against
Roddy Piper and Sean O'Haire. This storyline culminated at the Judgment Day pay-per-view when
Mr. America, accompanied by Gowen, defeated Piper, who was accompanied by O'Haire.

Gowen's partnership with Mr. America put him on bad terms with Mr. McMahon, as McMahon
was convinced Mr. America was Hulk Hogan in disguise. On the June 26 episode of SmackDown!,
McMahon told Gowen that if he would join his "Kiss My Ass Club", he would be awarded a
WWE contract. Instead Gowen attacked McMahon. As a result, Gowen and Stephanie McMahon
were put in a match against The Big Show, in what McMahon billed as the first "real" handicap
match (referring to Gowen and his amputee status in addition to the two vs. one parameters of the
match). With help from both Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, Gowen and Stephanie McMahon
defeated the Big Show, winning Gowen a contract. Gowen's win further fueled the ill-feelings toward
him from Mr. McMahon. This feud culminated in a one-on-one match between the two at Vengeance
in which McMahon defeated Gowen.

Gowen then lost several singles matches to wrestlers including Shannon Moore, Nunzio, and John
Cena, with Gowen being attacked by Matt Hardy, Moore's mentor, following each loss. The storyline
was cut short on the August 21 episode of SmackDown, when Gowen defeated Brock Lesnar by
disqualification after Lesnar broke Gowen's leg in storyline. The following week, Lesnar threw
Gowen down a flight of stairs.

Gowen was absent from television for nearly a month, returning in an interview on the October 2
episode of SmackDown promoting his in-ring return for the following week. In his in-ring return,
Gowen lost to Moore following interference from Hardy, reigniting their feud. As a result, Gowen
and Hardy faced off in a singles match at the No Mercy pay-per-view, which Gowen won. On the
October 23 episode of SmackDown, Gowen lost to Tajiri in a singles match, and afterward was
attacked by two of Tajiri's associates. Gowen did not return to WWE television due to suffering an
injury, and was later released from his WWE contract on February 4, 2004.

Independent circuit (2004–present)

Following his release from WWE, Gowen decided to focus on his education and work limited
professional wrestling dates. He appeared for several independent promotions, including
Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA Mid-South) where he played the character
of an egotistcal heel (villain). Gowen was part of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup in 2004.

In All American Wrestling, he is also a part of the "Michigan Invasion" heel stable (along with
fellow Michigan wrestlers Truth Martini, "Amazing" N8 Mattson, Eddie Venom and Brian Gorie).
On April 14, 2007, Gowen and his mystery partner Krotch defeated "Michigan Invasion" members
Truth Martini and "Amazing" N8 Mattson to become new AAW Tag Team Champions. They then
lost the championship to Trik Davis and Conrad Kennedy III in a four-way elimination match on
June 16, 2007.

In a circus-based independent wrestling promotion, Squared Circle Revue, Gowen portrays a
one-legged boy, under the ring name, Pogo The 1 Legged Boy.

In Prime Wrestling, Gowen formed a tag team with Gregory Iron known as "The Handicapped
Handguns". The duo defeated The Dead Wrestling Society in January 2013 to become the Prime
Tag Team Champions. They held the championship for three months, until losing it to Marion Fontaine
and Jeremy Madrox on April 19. As the "Handicapped Heroes", Gowen and Iron also won the
Clash Tag Team Championship on April 27. On October 20, 2013, The Handicapped Heroes
regained the Prime Tag Team Championship.

Ring of Honor (2006, 2008, 2010)

Gowen made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut on October 7, 2006, losing to Delirious in a singles
match. Gowen would later return to ROH on February 22, 2008 in Deer Park, New York,
immediately aligning himself with The Age of the Fall. On November 12, 2010, he appeared at an
ROH show in Detroit, where he was announced as the newest member of Truth Martini's House of
Truth faction. He teamed with ROH World Champion Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin in a loss
to the Briscoe Brothers and Christopher Daniels. After a tag team loss to Grizzly Redwood and
Bobby Dempsey at the following day's event in Toronto, Elgin and Martini turned on Gowen and
kicked him out of the House of Truth.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2007–2008; 2011–present)

Gowen debuted in Juggalo Championship Wrestling as a part of their 2007 internet wrestling
show SlamTV!. Initially a villain, his hard work ethic and wrestling abilities earned him the respect
of the juggalo audience, per storyline. Following a failed attempt to win the JCW Heavyweight
Championship from then-champion Trent Acid, Gowen formed the tag team Pimp & Gimp
Connection with Human Tornado. The team made an immediate impact and earned themselves a
spot in the 8 Team Tag-Team Elimination match for the JCW Tag Team Championship at
Bloodymania. They failed to capture the championship after Gowen was eliminated by Doug Basham.

In the following season, Zach formed a tag team with Conrad Kennedy to compete in the JCW Tag
Team Tournament for the vacant championship. Tornado, though, saw villainous manager Scott
D'Amore leaving Kennedy's dressing room and grew suspicious. Two weeks later, Kennedy
attacked Gowen after the team lost their match against The Bloody Brothers. Human Tornado ran
into the ring to save Gowen, forcing Kennedy to retreat to the stage, where Scott D'Amore met
with him. The following week, a match was set for Bloodymania II between Pimp & Gimp
Connection and Conrad Kennedy with a mystery partner. The match, however, was scrapped after
Gowen legitimately no-showed the event.

Zach returned to the company on March 23, 2011, where he defeated Jimmy Jacobs. He formed
a tag team at Up in Smoke with U-Gene, who believed that he could be Gowen's second leg.
Though U-Gene cost his team the match by distracting the referee, Gowen forgave him and
announced that the team would wrestle again at the next event. On July 28, Gowen and U-Gene
defeated the Ring Rydas to win the JCW Tag Team Championship. However, Gowen forfeited
the championship after realizing that U-Gene cheated to win, causing U-Gene to attack him and
disband the team. Both men wrestled each other at Bloodymania 5, with Gowen emerging victorious
after U-Gene was caught cheating again.

Personal life

Gowen attended Eastern Michigan University, where he studied Secondary Education and
Mathematics. He has a son, born in 2012, with his fiancée.

On December 21, 2015, Zach Gowen and Gregory Iron created Warriors for Wrestling, a
non-profit promotion to help kids with medical issues.

In 2016, Gowen competed in the Indianapolis qualifying round of the eighth season of American
Ninja Warrior. He fell on the third obstacle, the fly wheels, and did not move on to the city finals.

 

 
   
   

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