Army Vet Amputee Succeeds as Professional Wrestler

The former sergeant lost his leg while serving in Iraq, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a professional wrestling champ or putting Jacob Soboroff in a headlock.
Sep 11, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

With only 23 days left of his Iraq deployment, Chris Melendez sustained serious injuries from an IED and lost his leg.

This injury did not deter Melendez from pursuing a career as a professional athlete. He won his debut Total Nonstop Action wrestling match on Wednesday.

Watch Melendez show off his moves by throwing Jacob in a headlock.

Watch the full episode and the latest clips from TakePart Live, hosted by Jacob Soboroff and Meghan McCain.

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