DeAngelo Williams isn’t interested in just teaming with Moose for a tag-team match Slammiversary on July 2, filmed at The Impact Zone on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida.
Williams wants to shine in his wrestling debut – and his trainer, Scott D’Amore, is convinced it will happen.
“DeAngelo was the most natural athlete I have ever worked with, trained. The rate at which he consumed knowledge was unheard of,” said D’Amore, who trained the National Football League (NFL) great in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at his Can-Am Dojo.
“DeAngelo was so positive and upbeat (when he arrived to train); I could tell he would be a great athlete to train and work with. He showed up ready to work hard and learn.”
D’Amore said he was most impressed with Williams’ desire to be the best and his natural athletic ability. “It was really an unstoppable one-two punch,” D’Amore said.
Williams has spent 11 seasons as a running back in the NFL, the first nine years for the Carolina Panthers and the last two for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a Pro Bowl player in 2009, has twice led the NFL in rushing touchdowns and is now a free agent.
Williams attended the University of Memphis before being drafted into the NFL. While at Memphis, he set the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34) and all-purpose yards (7,573). He still ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards.
“DeAngelo is a true pro’s pro. He treated his trading partners like equals. No ego at all with DeAngelo. He respects the sport and people so much. It’s great to see a megastar that is so humble and down to earth,” D’Amore said.
But Williams and Moose face a tall order at Slammiversary, as the dynamic duo of Eli Drake and Chris Adonis are their opponents.
“I’m not letting the cat out of the bag, but, at Slammiversary, people are going to be amazed at DeAngelo’s wrestling ability. DeAngelo is the real deal inside the squared-circle, as Eli and Chris will find out,” D’Amore said. “DeAngelo won’t just be good … he will be great.
“DeAngelo has potential that is nearly unmatched.
“The real question with DeAngelo Williams is, will he keep his promise that this is a one-time deal? If not, he just might be World Champion someday.”
And D’Amore certainly knows a thing or two about champions. The list of wrestlers who he has helped train is nothing short of impressive. Just consider some of the names who D’Amore has trained: Knockouts Champion Rosemary, Knockouts No. 1 contender Sienna, IMPACT Hall of Famer Gail Kim, Moose, Rhino, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Petey Williams, Kushida, Joe Doering, Masayuki Kono, Manuba, Soya, Kiyoshi, and others.
Advice for Eli Drake and Chris Adonis:
“Don’t feel bad. DeAngelo has ran over a lot of people on the gridiron. Be happy that you will go down in the record books as the first two people who DeAngelo has run over in a wrestling ring.”
“Watching an athlete you’ve coached in a big match, or a debut, is always a nerve-racking but rewarding experience. It doesn’t get any bigger or more high-profile than DeAngelo’s match with Moose at Slammiversary. The whole world will be watching and I will feel every emotional high and low that they do. It will be a roller coaster ride for me and everybody watching.”
He has been training wrestlers since 1994 and became the head coach/instructor at the Can-Am Wrestling Dojo in 1998. “Since 1993, the Can-Am Wrestling Dojo has launched or helped further the careers of many of the top national, international and local professional wrestlers,” he said. D’Amore works at Can-Am along with former IMPACT Wrestling star Johnny Devine, who is a former X-Division Champion.
“We are one of the most-decorated wrestling schools in the world and are also proud to say that we’ve trained or polished up some of the finest talent you see on TV today, including 10 World Champions,” D’Amore said.
By: Ross Forman