A relatively new and unknown "Awesome" Austin Creed came out of virtually nowhere to make a major impact on TNA's biggest pay-per-view of the year, big enough it seems to have garnered him a contract.
Wrestling as "Consequences Creed," TNA brought him in to Bound For Glory to tag with Ron "The Truth" Killings because the NFL would not allow Pacman Jones to compete. Creed and Killings defended but lost the TNA Tag Team Championships to A.J. Styles and Tomko.
"Getting that sort of opportunity was amazing!" Creed told SLAM! Wrestling. "I thought that the match went well, and I really couldn't have asked for more."
Since then, the 21-year-old from Marietta, Georgia has signed a contract with TNA.
Creed only turned pro in 2005, starting out with Rob Adonis at Ultimate Christian Wrestling.
"I don't know where I would be without him," said the 5-foot-9, 205-pound high-flier. "I have always wanted to be a wrestler. Honestly, it's the coolest thing you could do other than being in Superbad."
Creed is balancing his wrestling job with his scholastic career as he studies psychology at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
"So on the weekends I would drive back down to Georgia to train and do the shows with Rob. My girlfriend helped a lot with that and was really supportive during some rough spots that I went through."
He would get some further polishing at Greenville's World Wrestling Council. There, he also began adopting the Apollo Creed character from the Rocky films.
Creed also wrestled for NWA Anarchy, winning the tag team belts there.
"I learned a lot from the guys up there. It is a really good locker room and there is a ton of knowledge to soak up."
Aside from his Bound For Glory appearance, he called NWA Anarchy's Hostile Environment '07 show one of the highlights of his career as he and his partner Hayden Young competed in a three-way tag ladder match. Another was working with Jody "The Assassin" Hamilton at Deep South Wrestling. (Creed would become the first DSW Heavyweight Champion since the promotion split from the WWE.)
"I'm not sure what's going to happen next. I can only hope for the best," Creed said.
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