Former TNA wrestler Jesse Sorensen defies odds, returns to wrestling

It’s been two years since former TNA Impact Wrestling superstar Jesse Sorensen suffered a major neck injury that nearly left him paralyzed, but that is furthest from his mind before entering the wrestling ring to compete.

Sorensen, who will be in action against Lince Dorado at CWF Maximum Force on Saturday, May 10 at the Florida International University U.S. Century Bank Arena, said he forgets he ever had a major accident.

“The first time I came back and wrestled was here in Florida, and I was in the back lacing up my boots,” he said in an interview with Rodolfo Roman on The Roman Show. “One of my friends came to the back, and he was like ‘Are you nervous?’ and I was putting my gear on. It didn’t hit me till he told me. It had been almost two years that I had wrestled, but it was weird because it just felt natural.”

About two years ago, while wrestling Zema Ion for TNA Wrestling, Sorensen suffered a major neck injury, leaving him with a scary situation in his young career. He was paralyzed from the neck below and experts told him he wouldn’t be able to walk anymore. But he defied the odds.

“No one thought I would get back in the ring either,” he said.

Sorensen is now wrestling on the independent circuit and Ring of Honor. He describes the feeling after his first match post recuperation.

“I went out there and had a great match,” he said. “Everyone in the back was clapping and were happy I came back.”

Sorensen said he has nothing against Zema and would be willing to have a rematch with him.

“We are cool now,” he said. “We don’t talk often, but I have no problem against the guy. I would love a rematch.”

He also goes in detail about his hospital time and how he just thought about jumping in the ring to work. Sorensen also discusses his new found love for bodybuilding and competing in his first competition. He explains what is in store for the future.

Also, on this episode, independent wrestling sensation Maxwell Chicago describes what got him started in professional wrestling, training with Marty Jannetty and how he wrestles with a bow tie and suit. The lounge lizard also says he is excited for the big WWN live show in April in New Orleans.

Hear their complete interviews below.


YouTube action of Jesse Sorensen in a triple threat match with Chance Champion and Ernest R. Alexander III (ERA) at the Miami-Dade County Fair

YouTube Jim Varsallone (jimmyv3 channel)

• Rodolfo Roman is a freelance writer, TV producer and reporter.