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Otis Opens Up About His Dyslexia

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• ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (May 15, 1999) – Memphis Power Pro Wrestling

On this day in 1999, ‘Memphis Power Pro Wrestling’ aired an episode of their weekly TV show.

This promotion was the official successor of the USWA (fka CWA) in Memphis, and also functioned as a developmental promotion for the World Wrestling Federation.

The card can be found below:

– Glen Kulka & JR Smooth (Rikishi) vs. Bulldog Raines & Ken Raper

– Kurt Angle vs. Derrick King

– Kris “Dragon” Kanonball (Carl Oullette) Promo

– Kid Wicked vs. Mick Tierney

– Vic Grimes vs. Steve Bradley

– Interviews: Vic Grimes, Bulldog Raines, JR Smooth, Glen Kulka, Derrick King, Nicole Bass, Mick Tierney, Steve Bradley, Brandon Baxter and Kid Wicked

• Otis Opens Up About His Dyslexia

Mr. Money In The Bank 2020 Otis was a recent guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast, where he opened up about his Dyslexia.

Below are the highlights:

On how people would make jokes about dyslexia when he would tell them he has it:

“That sort of thing too, when you just say something and it stings people inside but they don’t say anything about it, it’s the same where, a joke is, every time I’ve mentioned it, I’ve gotten a giggle and says, ‘Yeah, me too.’ And it’s like, you just kind of go with it.”

On how long it took to tell Tucker about his dyslexia:

“Took me about, maybe six months to tell Tucky, said, ‘Hey Man, this is like,’ because we got together as a team, we didn’t know each other that well, and then we started becoming friends and this and that and getting our work in the ring somehow fine-tuned, I told him, I said, ‘Hey man, I really just can’t read this.’”

On how he would get pain in the back of his head from dyslexia:

“I remember at finals in college, when I tried going to college, I get this weird pain in the back of my head, and the doctor said, I was getting these headaches, I was getting freaked out, I was like, what is going on.

You just get this, I don’t know how to explain it, the nerves, the tension, the back of your head is very high stress, it’s from you trying to read and comprehend, just trying to get that basically.

In high school, I had my angel teacher, Barbara Danielson, she helped me through everything, every test she was my reader, ACT she was my reader, we just had a great relationship, and she did her best to get me passing for those athletics.”

On how difficult college was for him:

“They have programs, but say for a book, if I need an audio CD, an audio tape, to comprehend the book, some classes don’t even have them, so literally you go to the teacher and you go what should I do, well, that’s on you, because no one is going to sit with you and read that much pages every night. So college was tough. I’m not bitter about a lot of things but maybe a little bitter about college.”

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