“I don’t even consider him a product of this school,” Carr said. “He was one of those guys who came down for some extra training. Those who start from the beginning, we’ll claim those guys, but that guy was an eight-year guy out of New York. He was here off and on. I haven't event seen him for the last couple of months.
“I know [the media] have attached him to our name, but he was such a hit-and-miss guy. He came down here for a couple of months. He would leave and come back again, but we wouldn't really consider him our student.
“I'm not saying he didn't train here, but he came down here as a veteran. We’re connected to a bodybuilding gym, and he spent more time in there. He wanted to be a wrestler, but he was worrying about puffing up and looking like a bodybuilder. I got a little irritated about him being associated with us. This is the last school he participated in, but he wasn't really a student because he was a wrestler for eight years in New York City.”
The Team 3D Academy built a solid reputation in a short time including TNA wrestler Big Rob Terry, former TNA talent Jesse Neal and Rosie Lottalove and WWE superstar Camacho.
“I'm not surprised by [what Vachon did],” Carr said. “I've been here since we opened the place with Bubba [Bully Ray]. I wish somebody would have checked in to this and stop attaching him to us. He wanted to come in when he felt like it and mainly used the gym to workout and the weightlifting part. He came here sporadically [1 1/2 years], and that's the truth.
“I got a call after it happened, and as soon as the guys heard about it they barred him from the school right off the bat. I was shocked they attached him to us just because he used our gym. I will claim who started here from the start, who’ve trained here a lot with me and the Dudleys and are here all the time, but this guy wasn't. That's what is frustrating to me.
“I know they [Dudleys] don't want to talk about it because it gives a bad name to all the hard work they've done. In the business, we have such a good reputation, and all of sudden a guy who isn't really one of us drags us down.”
• It’s real
The Taylor/Vachonincident occurred following stories such as athlete Manti Te’o and his imaginary girlfriend. So it’s no surprise a few questioned the validity of the incident.
“I really do wish it was. Because if it was, we could still get together and make some money out of it with a rematch or something,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, the police were there, and he put my life in jeopardy. They could have arrested me for assault or battery, but to people who think this is a joke or a hoax, I don’t know what to say. All I can say is I wish it was. I’m not the kind of guy who comes up with these incredible ideas…”
• Taylor made
Taylor started to wrestle about 11 years age at age 16 in Leeds, England. He was signed by WWE for its developmental program at age 20, where he says they paid for his visa and helped him relocate to Tampa. After the company wanted him to get more experience developing the American style, Taylor competed on the independent scene in the United States, working for many from Ring of Honor to Full Impact Pro.
• Taylor wrestling in South Florida
South Florida wrestling fans can catch Tommy Taylor in action at the Ring Warriors “February Fury” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Broward College Gym, 7200 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines.
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