When eighteen-year old Barrett Stout saw his first ever wrestling match when he was only three years old, an obsession for the sport began to build inside him. By the time Stout was in his early teens he knew wrestling was a dream he had to make come true. Becoming a professional wrestler may seem like a common dream for many young men and women, but for Stout, he not only had to train for wrestling just as hard as anyone else would, he had to overcome many obstacles in life and had to push himself to train harder than most to achieve his goals.
When Barrett Stout was barely six months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This was months after he had a stroke at just a couple months old and had to endure surgery to repair the pylorus muscles in his stomach. Through the years, he found himself gaining weight and by the age of fifteen he was nearly 220 pounds. At this point, he knew he had to turn his life around to lose weight and get on track with his one passion in life. Wrestling.
Barrett Stout dropped over 72 pounds by working out consistently six days every week, three hours per day and eating right for the success he craved. By 2015, he was named the youngest champion on the planet in the under 205-pound class. That rank lasted for a couple months until he was beat in a match, but it is one that he is proud of, and rightfully so for a young man who worked hard to achieve his goals.
One of the things Stout attributes to his success is his faith in God. From the time he was an infant, his family raised him in church, and he developed a deep faith in God through the love and devotion of his family and from the lessons learned in church. Something important to Stout is being able to give glory to God for the accomplishments he makes through his hard work and determination to stay physically fit and essentially, powerslam any negative obstacles that try to block his path.
Stout recently started a new clothing line, 72 Apparel. The clothing line, named in honor of Stouts Grandfather who passed away at the age of 72 will be available online later this year.
In the fall of 2018, Stout was injured during a match and broke his neck, thus ending, temporarily, his professional wrestling career. After he was injured, Ricky Morton, known for his professional wrestling with World Wrestling Federation, the American Wrestling Association, Total Nonstop Wrestling and others as well as his school, School of Morton in Chuckey, Tennessee, contacted Stout personally to wish him well and to see if he would be interested in coming back as a commentator. Stout told him he was coming back, but not as a commentator.
While wrestling is an intense, fast paced sport, it is also one that teaches important life skills and helps build character in young men and women. The sport also helps with body balance, self-control and self-esteem and with the fast moves, it is a great way to get in your daily cardio and helps build strength. To sum it up, wrestling is an ideal way to get physically fit. Is it a dangerous sport? Injuries do happen of course, and Stout has mentioned he has had a couple head concussions, a broken finger and ultimately, the fractured neck, but with the proper precautions, training and safety gear, injuries that occur during wrestling are minor and usually involve strains or sprains.
One of Stouts goals with his professional wrestling career is to show people how fun wrestling can be. While many attendees at wrestling matches are the die-hard fans who have been watching wrestling since it was WWE back in the early 1980’s, there are new faces in the crowds today who enjoy attending the matches because they enjoy seeing the skill of those in the ring.
Wrestling is essentially an art form and one that takes a great amount of skill and hard work to master. Stout would love to see more interest college students, business owners and others who rarely attend the wrestling matches so they can see for themselves how intense the sport is and he is working with local marketing company, Media Medicine, to be able to reach more people to show them what wrestling is all about.
While he may not be back in the ring as fast as he would like, Barret Stout is a force to be reckoned with and with hard work and determination, he’s getting a new lease on life and it’s guaranteed that he’ll be back on top in no time at all.
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