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News 12 sits down with the All Elite Wrestling superstar performing in New York on September 21

By on September 20, 2022 0

All Elite Wrestling is gearing up for one of its biggest shows of the year which will take place on Wednesday night in New York City.

News 12’s Dan Serafin spoke with one of the stars and a Tri-State native about his long trip here.

Anthony Bowens grew up in New Jersey, playing Division 1 baseball at Seton Hall University, when a YouTube video of Bowens’ backyard wrestling broke new ground.

“The comments I got were ‘you already look like a pro wrestler, you should probably think about that,'” Bowens said. “It was when the seed was first planted that it was something I had to pursue.”

Bowens started the independent circuit in 2012, but as a gay man he was unsure how fans and other wrestlers would react.

“I came out in 2016 and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” Bowens said. “It improved my relationships with people, my friendships. I didn’t have to hide anymore.

That road was still filled with his own internal struggle, but now Bowens hopes his journey to the top of AEW’s elite can inspire others.

Bowens could add a champion to his resume on Wednesday night as he prepares to compete for the Tag Team Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium.