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TNA War Hero Profiled Amid In-Ring Debut has a feature article on war hero Chris Melendez signing with TNA Wrestling. Melendez debuted at Wednesday night's Impact tapings in New York City. In the piece, he discussed losing his leg after an IED explosion on the battlefield in Iraq.

"When I was able to open my eyes after the explosion I looked across the battlefield to see what I thought was a fellow-soldier in need of help," Melendez said in a TNA press release. "I quickly realized it was my leg."

Melendez received the Purple Heart because of his service and was up and walking with a prosthetic leg within 40 days of the explosion. His love for pro wrestling grew from his youth.

"The ability to captivate an audience without having to say any words is what got me hooked," said Melendez, who has been training for two years.

Click here to read the piece on

Richard Reacts: I have a lot of respect for any man or woman that selflessly serves our wonderful country. It's beyond inspirational to see Melendez go through so much and still realize his dream. I wish him nothing but the best and appreciate his service.

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