Simply Badd is on a mission to stamp out bullying.
The Louisville native, who now resides in Texas, is no longer doing battle in the ring, but he’s taken to schools to share a message with kids: no one has the right to bully you.
“I wanted to show kids that life isn’t always easy,” he says. In his book My Inside is Brighter Than My Outside, Simply shares his own stories of being bullied as a kid and how an encounter with legendary trapper Rocky Johnson helped him to stand up for himself.
Even as an adult, and a professional wrestler, Simply Badd faced bullies. By sharing his stories, Simply hopes that kids and adults who are victims of bullies will “Look at themselves as a strong, confident, courageous people who feel so great about themselves that no one’s hurtful words can bring them down.”
Simply Badd isn’t just writing about his experiences. He’s taking his message into schools and churches, hoping to empower kids to stand up for themselves and others against bullies.
For more information or to book Simply Badd, visit his website www.stopbullyingourpurpose.com
My Inside Is Brighter Than My Outside is available on Amazon.com.
Ace Perry is one of the busiest guys in the Midwest. In addition to weekly Wednesday night shows at Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio, and IWA Mid-South in Clarksville, Indiana, the Hoosier has dates set in the coming weeks with WCWO, Generation Next, Emerge Wrestling, and Infinity Pro.
Come spring, the young wrestler will have to block off one night to dress all the way up and head back to high school. He has a prom date with his biggest fan, Amanda. Amanda is a high school junior with autism, and a few weeks back, Ace made her Christmas by asking to take her to the prom.
Perry, who trained with Dru Skillz and Appollo Starr (aka the Soul Shooters) in Indianapolis, did not expect the video of that event to go viral, and he’s quick to deflect any attention he gets to Amanda. “She’s the real hero,” he posted recently on his Facebook.
Perry says he’s always enjoyed helping others, but he doesn’t see it as a requirement for the job of being a pro wrestler. “It’s just who you are,” he says.
Follow @AcePerryIndy on Twitter to keep up with the rising star. Just don’t look for him on prom night!
The wrestling world is full of babyfaces – and not just in the ring. Eat Sleep Wrestle is looking for the real babyfaces, wrestlers who are making a difference in their community by giving back. Whether it’s charity work, religious work, or just plain doing the right thing, Eat Sleep Wrestle will share their stories with the world.
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