By Jerry Del Priore
Colossal Mike Law has endured the highs and lows of life as a independent professional wrestler. Law began his venture into sports entertainment as a scrappy, undersized 15-year-old kid in 1998.
The Brooklyn-born wrestler said he took more than his fair share of bumps and bruises during the initial stages of his squared circle training.
“The wrestlers lined up in a conga line and delivered chops to my chest that hurt like hell,” Law recollected on one of his earlier training sessions. “I figured it was part of my training, so I took it.”
Looking back, Law said he probably didn’t have any business being in the ring at the time. But he loved pro wrestling and wanted to pursue it, even after a failed attempt at high school wrestling in his freshman year at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens.
“I always loved pro wrestling,” said Law, 35, whose uncle was a pro wrestling referee. “I tried out for high school wrestling. The wrestling coach told me I would get killed at (amateur) wrestling. I thought it would be a good way to move into pro wrestling.”
Not deterred, though he said he lacked self-esteem, Law persevered and wrestled in his first pro match in 2001.
“I had terrible confidence for a long time, even as an adult, no lie,” Law said. “It took me a long time to get out of my shell.”
Nevertheless, Law did emerge from self-doubt and stuck with wrestler until 2009, but he took a break to enter the nine-to-five world, as he looked for more stability for himself.
“Real life took over,” he said. “I was a young, and I wanted to make money.”
But the allure of the sweet and unforgiven ring came calling again in 2011, when he competed for the now-defunct Family Wrestling Entertainment (FEW). He wrestled three shows for FEW, then worked on the promotion, marketing and booking sides for the indie federation.
Unfortunately, though Law believed the promotion had potential to blossom, FEW folded after a few years of operation due to circumstances beyond his control, as he chose not to expound on the situation.
“My legacy, had FEW taking off ground, would have been that as someone on the backend of the business,” explained Law, who grew up in South Ozone, Queens, and now resides in Long Island.
Not totally disenchanted, however, Law began the all-out effort to get recognized once again. He said he wholeheartedly put himself out there on social media, and wrestled for any type of promotion he could, in an effort to plaster his face on wrestling flyers anywhere and everywhere he could
In addition, he continued to work on his character, Colossal Mike Law, a Napoleon Complex type of persona. At five-foot-six inches tall and 168 pounds, Law thinks like a big man, in and out of the ring, with elements of humor weaving throughout his moniker. In fact, he enters the ring with a huge barbell and comically attempts power moves on much larger foes.
But make no mistakes, Law can flat out wrestle, using his speed and quickness to neutralize opponents. Plus, he knows how to work a crowd as either a heel or babyface–pro wrestling terms for bad guy and good guy, respectively.
Law even gets announced at six-foot-seven and six hundred and 35 stones, which converts to 8890 pounds, as a stone is an English and imperial unit of mass now equal to 14 pounds. Yes, a ridiculous number indeed, but that’s exactly Law’s intention.
“You’re going to get a reaction,” Law explained, “but that’s the point. This business, it’s show business.”
Proven versatile, Law said “I can do some serious stuff, I can do comedy stuff. I think that’s the success to my longevity.”
While the Puerto Rican descendant is been at it for a total of 13 years–wrestling for several federations such as Warriors of Wrestling (W.O.W.), Capitol Wrestling and East Coast Wrestling Association, in which he has competed in its prestigious Super 8 Tournament, a one-night, single-elimination competition with eight grapplers—he doesn’t foreseeable see himself slowing down any time soon, unless fate has other ideas, of course.
“I plan on being active either until I no longer enjoy doing it, or my body doesn’t let me do it,” said Law, who’s also the current ECWA Heavyweight Champion.
So why does Law continue to put his body in harm’s way, as he has suffered numerous injuries, including a severely separated shoulder?
“I work hard, and I put my best foot forward,” he said. “It’s worth it, injuries and all. I work hard to make memories for the fans.”
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