LHS grad returns to present Champion of Choices

Former pro wrestler Marc Mero talks about life changes

Former professional wrestler and Liverpool High School graduate Marc Mero dropped the puck at the high school face-off between Liverpool and West Genesee Dec. 15 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Mero, also a former Warrior hockey player, had Tuesday night's game on his radar as well as some local speaking engagements. In the World championship Wrestling, Mero was known as "Johnny B. Badd" when he entered the pro circuit in the early '90s.

He later moved on to the World Wrestling Federation in 1996, now known as the World Wrestling Entertainment. In that arena, he wrestled under the name "Wildman Marc Mero," and later became "Marvelous Marc Mero."

After battling some bouts of drug and alcohol abuse during his wrestling career, Mero realized there was more to life, his life in particular.

As he progressed through his professional wrestling career, he witnessed many changes in his life, many close to home.

Through his experiences, Mero knew his journey and new outlook on life would benefit others. He is now the founder of the non-profit organization Champion of Choices for which he travels the country "trying to make a difference in their lives."

Mero began the organization in August of 2007 after his close friend Chris Benoit faced a dire tragedy while killing his wife and family and then committing suicide in June of that year. Mero said Benoit is "one of 31 friends he had that died or killed themselves because of drugs or alcohol."

"I was so sick of being that person that said, 'You know someone should do something about this,'" Mero said. "I wanted to be the person that did something about it."

On Mero's Web site, championofchoices.org, he talks about the ups and downs he experienced in the athletic arena, but also many life-changing events that have shaped the person he is today.

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