Unbeknownst to the risks or potential danger, Matt became addicted,
and addiction latched on very quickly. Today, Matt is close to
celebrating his 15th year of sobriety!
A tag team is synonymous with a team that wrestles as
a unit and has a team name and identity in professional
This also applies to the marital team of Matt and Larissa
Morgan, who support each other in every aspect of their lives
with raising their 7-year-old son, Jackson.
Matt and Larissa met in Hawaii in 1997 while they
were both attending Chaminade University. Matt was
attending Chaminade on a basketball scholarship with his
sight set on playing pro basketball. While they were both
at a party, Larissa walked through a door and right into
Matt’s chest! Standing 7 feet tall, Matt reached down
and patted Larissa on the head! That moment ignited
the start of their life together. Leaving Hawaii together
after graduation, Matt signed with a reality show in 2000
called “Tough Enough,” on MTV, which is where he got his
start with the W.W.E. (World Wrestling Entertainment)
at 25 years of age. He also later wrestled for T.N.A. (Total
Nonstop Action) and played the role of “The Beast” on
NBC’s American Gladiator in 2008.
In 2001, after starting on W.W.E. TOUGH ENOUGH 2,
Morgan signed a contract with the W.W.E. that began
a 12.5-year career as “The Blueprint,” developing his
superstar status as he traveled all over the world. “I was
very fortunate to have lived out the six-year-old boy’s
his superstar status came at a price.
Very early in his training, Matt injured his lower back and
was prescribed, pain killers. Not wanting to miss any time in
the ring, he started to take more than what was prescribed.
Unbeknownst to the risks or potential danger, Matt became
addicted, and addiction latched on very quickly. Today, Matt
is close to celebrating his 15th year of sobriety!
In 2007, Matt was on tour in Italy, no longer with the
W.W.E. His addiction hit the proverbial rock bottom. “I was
and scared that I was going to die,” states Morgan.
admits, “I was a functioning addict.”
The question remains, “How does a former W.W.E.
champion wrestler with a life of superstardom in the ring
parlay that background into his focus on community and
the political stage?
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