Glen Bussell died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a crash on US-460 in Georgetown. The 22-year-old was an up and coming pro wrestler, and Sunday night, his fellow wrestlers celebrated his life by doing what he loved.
It can be a brutally punishing world, but for these professional wrestlers and the fans who love them, it's their hearts that are broken. Glen Bussell was one of the sport's rising stars when he died in a traffic collision Saturday night. Jeff Vickers remembers the first time he met Bussell. "I just picked him up and slammed him," Vickers told 27 Newsfirst, "and then of course Friday night I had to slam him again, but if I knew then what I knew now, it would have been different."
Bussell wrestled under the name "Ice Pick." He fought his last match on Friday against Vickers. "I was actually the first person to give him a bodyslam and the last person to give him a bodyslam," Vickers said.
Despite what you see in the ring, these athletes feel great affection for each other. Cody Mathews helped train Bussell. "It's a brotherhood. We're all brothers, not just friends, not just acquaintances, but a brother, and losing Glen was just like losing one of my younger brothers," Mathews said.
Wrestler Christian Skyfire says Bussell was on the verge of taking his wrestling career to the next level. 'He had the fire. He had the compassion. He had charisma. He had the ability to entertain," Skyfire said.
When Vickers learned Bussell was hurt in the crash, he rushed to the hospital to be by his side. He says he missed the chance to say goodbye by about five minutes. "I just wanted to let him know that we loved him, and we're going to miss him," Vickers said.