IMPACT wrestler Joe Hendry gained over 45lbs to reach Bound For Glory

Joe Hendry is the total package (Picture: IMPACT Wrestling)

Do you believe in Joe Hendry? The IMPACT Wrestling star is confident the answer will be a firm “yes” after Bound For Glory.

The Scottish wrestler has spent almost a decade focusing his life on becoming the best talent possible, using his past career as a musician (his band was almost signed by Sony) to add another layer to his persona, and even competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

An enforced break due to Covid-19 gave Joe a chance to totally transform, and he told exclusively to how he took about three stones to reach the next level.

“I feel like things are really starting to click into place,” he said as he set to make his IMPACT debut on the Call Your Shot Gauntlet tonight (October 7) after weeks of hilarious vignettes making him someone who can “motivate” the company.

“A lot of people remember who I was in the ring in 2016 when I had been wrestling for three years. That’s where my criticism might come from. But what they might not have seen is that. is what I look like,” he added.

“I bulked up to 265lbs, legitimately. I’ve gained massive weight, people haven’t seen what I’m doing now, so I’m excited to show it off at Bound For Glory.

Although Hendry was still in “fairly decent shape” – weighing around “210, 220” – he wanted to push himself to do something different with his career, having become known for his charisma.

“I can’t seem to motivate myself to do something that I’ve done before. I thought, you know what? I’m in pretty decent shape like I was at – 210, 220, that kind of way My goal was, can I hit the UFC heavyweight cutoff, which is 265 pounds,’ he explained.

“I actually did it, I did it for this. It was really hard but I had my team and lifted up to 500lbs, I could still bite. I’ve lost a bit of weight now , but I feel really strong, really ready.

Hendry was contracted to Ring of Honor in the US but stuck at home during the pandemic, and the promotion closed in late 2021 before being bought out by AEW boss Tony Khan.

“I needed the pandemic to stop me from wrestling, to take a step back and go, you know what wrestling is missing? We need more people in the ring like Psycho Sid, like Scott Steiner, like Goldberg,” he explained.

WWE Superstars Goldberg and Bobby Lashley fight at Crown Jewel 2021 in Saudi Arabia

Joe Hendry wants to channel heavyweights like Goldberg (Picture: WWE)

“I thought, you know what? If I get fat, I can do it and I can merge it with entertainment. I realized then – I was doing a bit of the technical stuff, a bit of the power stuff.

“I can be the guy who suplexes two people, bites and then says my catchphrase. I started realizing, this is what I do!’

It’s one he’s developed for years, even going back to his relatively late start in amateur wrestling in his mid-twenties, which led to him becoming a two-time national champion before the Commonwealth Games.

He added, “I often thought back to my musical endeavours—which I did for 10 years.” And I thought, I was saying to my mother, “It’s a shame that I failed with this, I wish I had done X, Y, Z.”

Tommy Dreamer and Joe Hendry in IMPACT Wrestling

Joe (seen here with Tommy Dreamer) is ready to make a splash in IMPACT Wrestling (Picture: IMPACT)

“And she was like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s a huge part of your job now! She’s right! My life has been made up of all these twists and turns and ups and downs and all these different attempts, and now they’re here.

In October 2022, “here” is IMPACT Wrestling, a place where Hendry is sure he will thrive after already enjoying a lot of creative freedom with his first vignettes, when years ago boss Scott D ‘Amore once included him in a list of potential futures. world champions.

“He said Moose, Josh Alexander and me! Two of them have been world champions, so I feel like I have to complete the triple threat there,” he smiles with absolute sincerity.

Now Joe sees himself as the complete package as a wrestler, and he’s excited to prove he’s more than just fun skits and starters as he looks to take IMPACT by storm, having grown up a huge fan. of the brand.

“A year ago, I wondered when I would come back to America,” he reflected. “I’ve bulked up now – at one point it was borderline super-heavy.”

He added: “I’m athletic, I can do these entries, I can do these vignettes. I’m focused on pro wrestling and I’m just ready to deliver.

IMPACT Wrestling: Bound For Glory airs Friday night (October 7) at 1 a.m. on Fite TV.

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Robert J. King