CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM
I would like to consider myself an occasional word savant, using verbiage to make myself seem smarter than I truly am. But in celebration of my first requested written article ever, I’ll keep it simple: hello!
My name is Liam and I perform under the name of “The Australian Hero – The Lee Morrow”. If you’ve never heard of me, that’s ok! Grab a coffee and settle in. If you have heard of me, awesome! Still grab a coffee but please, put down a coaster this time!
I am a NSW based professional wrestler, having the privilege of being a part of this great industry for the past nearly 8 years. When I was 9 years old, my father flipped over to channel FOX8 and I would have never thought in my wildest dreams, that that fateful night would change my life forever.
Like so many people growing up, pro wrestling was an escape for me as a child, but I think for a certain degree it was for my father aswell. A few years before my discovery of wrestling, my father was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
We would watch WWF Smackdown when it would air on Saturday nights (people before me had the Monday Night Wars, my personal war was Saturday Night between my father’s constant channel changing between Smackdown and checking The Rabbitohs match scores!), and it was something I could tell my father was happy to see. My first wrestling figure set I received for a birthday was a WCW Goldberg/Kevin Nash/Mean Gene Okerlund 3 pack. My dad was a big WCW fan, me? Zero clue who these guys were. But hey, wrestling!
When my father eventually passed from the cancer when I was 13 years old, there were two things that saved me. One, being my sweet beautiful mother. And the other?
The Rock, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan. These larger than life characters brang me joy when there was sometimes no joy in my little world.
So as the years went on and my love for wrestling somehow didn’t die, I made the dumbest decision of my life.
I decided I wanted to be a wrestler!
Being a part of this industry the past near 8 years has been a Roller-coaster of ups and downs, with a lot of opportunities I’m very thankful to have been blessed with.
But as good as living out your dream in front of friends and family, it always played in the back of my mind; America. The bright lights and country of dreams, the #1 place to make yourself a household name.
After nearly signing up for The Black and Brave Academy the same year the world went into viral chaos, 2022 became the year where I truly felt ready to make that next step. Both as a performer and as a person. With the love and support of my family and my wonderful partner, I signed up to participate in The Nightmare Factory first camp of 2023.
But why the Nightmare Factory? Of course there is the connections to both American companies, the added credibility. But the real life story of Cody Rhodes spoke to me on a personal level. The connection with a father and something they both love, and overcoming the loss of a father. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a massive Cody Rhodes mark, but I knew this was the right place for me.
And so with my pennies saved and my partner coming along for the trip of a lifetime, off to Mcdonaugh,GA we went….
TO BE CONTINUED