"The Anarchist" has traveled up and down the country, and even wrestled in Japan, perfecting his craft and helping the sport return to the forgotten era of traveling from territory to territory to build an organic buzz with fans, and a popularity that comes from word-of-mouth. But before he was spilling blood in front of sold out crowds, he was a teenager getting his ass kicked in a garage.
"The first place I drove once I got my license was to a wrestling school where I started training," he recalls. "The ‘school’ was just a ring in a garage in some industrial park. I remember thinking, ‘Am I really about to hand over my graduation money for this?’ But it’s what I wanted to do and ultimately I ended up being happy I did it."
Over the next several years, Cannon would work the local circuit, paying his dues in front of small crowds for little money, hoping to make his mark. Admittedly, the journey wasn’t without its challenges. "Locally there was a very old-school mentality," he claims. "There was kind of a drastic drop-off in terms of talent. You had a lot of these big, huge guys before I started who looked like wrestlers but were kind of slow and boring to watch.”