Lompoc native Brian Campbell has made his dreams a reality becoming a professional wrestler for the Ring of Honor. Locals may know him as Brian Campbell, but the wrestling world knows him as "Sledge."
At a young age, Campbell was introduced to the sport by his dad. “. I remember watching professional wrestling with him and sitting on his knee watching summer slam 91. That's what really hooked me. I watched it ever since. Then my dad passed at 12 in Lompoc from pneumonia and I always continued watching wrestling, I want to say I wrestle to this day because of him," Campbell added.
Six and a half years ago, Campbell was dealing with a drug and alcohol addiction which led him to lose everything he had.
“I lost everything being a drug addict and an alcoholic six and a half years ago. I’m 6 and half years sober and I now do it for my family, I do it for the people who supported me through all of my trials and tribulations… Now I'm wresting for one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world, I couldn't have done it without them supporting me."
Campbell encourages people around him to never give up and to find what motivates you in life and do it.
“I just want people to understand, they could be in the lowest point of their life and there is a reason why they are here, if they can find that reason why they are here and understand they aren’t alone, that they can do anything they want in this world, I’m a living proof and I’m a full comeback story. From nothing to where I am now,” Campbell said.
He is inspiring people from all over with his story, now living out his dream as a professional wrestler. He is a proud central coast native who is just getting started.
“It’s like a dream that I don’t want to wake up from. To be honest, the support from everyone locally in the five cities area, the Lompoc area, Santa Barbara area, everyone that has reached out to me after making my debut on national television on Tuesday... My plans at the Ring of Honor are huge, I’m not going to stop until I’m a world champ to be honest.”