Down, But Not Out: Injured Vet Pursues Pro Wrestling Dream
Chris Melendez lost his leg during the Iraq War, but that didn't stop the Purple Heart recipient from entering the ring for TNA Impact Wrestling.By Katherine Biek | August 6, 2015
Meet Chris Melendez: A U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient who changed the face of pro wrestling after he entered the sport in 2014.
Growing up in New York, Melendez enlisted in the Army when he was just 17 years old. He has credited his father, who is a Vietnam veteran, and the events on 9/11 with that decision.
Melendez was serving in Baghdad in 2006 when he was struck by an IED. At the time, he only had 23 days left in his deployment.