If you have been a wrestling fan for the last 16 years, chances are, you have seen or heard of Vordell Walker. The six foot, 225 pound wrestler is a fire fighter during the day, but by night, he is setting the ring ablaze going after his opponent.
Voodoo Wrestling, AML, NWA Ring Warriors, PWX, and Main Event, are a list of promotions that Walker has wrestled for throughout his career. He has also done some work with TNA, Ring of Honor, and the WWE.
It might have just been some extra work at Wrestlemania 25 and a couple of dark matches with Titus O’Neal and Tyler Breeze, but those experiences gave him memories that he will never forget. For some wrestlers, coming up from the independent scene and being in front of large WWE crowds might cause anxiety for someone who isn’t used to that type of pressure. For Walker, he was right at home.
“We all get into the sport with aspirations of making it to that level. Some of us make it and some of us don’t,” said Vordell Walker. “If you don’t make it in the WWE, it’s not always a talent thing. It’s just the nature of the game.”
For years, Walker lived in Georgia, but he would travel to Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Mexico, and everywhere in between just to wrestle. It didn’t matter how far it was. He was willing to travel for the experience and the opportunity. It’s something he still does to this day. When his fellow colleagues would give him a hard time about it, he would just do it anyway.
”I think it’s necessary. In order to be great you have to step out of your comfort zone. You just can’t sit in one area and expect to grow as a wrestler, a performer, or what every the case may be,” said Walker.”
What’s the point with getting into the sport and not wanting to see the world? Why would you deny yourself the opportunity to wrestle all over the place and wrestling the best talent out there?”
Driving the thousands of miles across the United States and wrestling with promotion after promotion, one is likely to find a wrestler out there that he doesn’t get along with, and in 2015, Walker found out that person was King Shane Williams, who is always accompanied by his Valet Queen Taylor.
The two wrestlers hit it pretty hard over a course of several months and Walker admits that some of the matches he had with Williams during their feud were the best in his career. As time went by, things really heated up between the two wrestlers, and they were packing in the fans to come see them settle their score.
The differences between the two men got so serious that America’s Most Liked Wrestling promotion put them against each other in a “Best of 5 Series” to see who would reign supreme. When it was all said and done, Williams came out on top, but that doesn’t mean that he got the best of Walker.
Some time had passed since the two wrestlers had finished the “Best of 5 Series.” No one knew that Walker was lurking and waiting to catch his foe off guard during a match he was having against then Champion Papadon for the AML Title in Winston-Salem.
After Papadon and Williams had wrestled nearly 20 minutes, The King looked as if he was going to capture the championship belt, but he was attacked by Walker from behind as he was about to put the finishing touches on the Champion with a devastating pile driver.
Due to Walker’s interference the referee stopped the match, but he was not successful in stopping Walker with the attack he was delivering to Williams. As Williams lay helpless on the canvas, those in attendance were shocked by what they were witnessing. After several minutes went by, the altercation was eventually broken up by AML officials, but not before Walker sought his revenge.
The Owner of AML, Tracy Myers was so upset that he announced over the microphone that Walker was fired from the company. Not since that day has Walker been back to wrestle for the promotion, and chances are, if the holder of the company stick to his guns, he never will.
“I think my point was proven” said Walker. “When one door closes another one opens, but I definitely left my mark there at AML.”
AML was a wrestling promotion that Walker might have left his mark on, but he has also had some matches in his career that were special to him. One of those special moments came when Walker went against wrestling legend, 2 Cold Scorpio in 2012 for USA Pro Wrestling in Orlando, Florida.
”He was a little older, but you couldn’t tell,” said Walker. “He was smooth as ice and we flowed really well. That was definitely a highlight match for me.”
2 Cold Scorpio started wrestling in the mid- 1980’s and he has been active in the sport approximately for 30 years. He wrestled for WCW, ECW, WWE, and he has also spent time wrestling in Japan. Scorpio’s style, his time and experience in the sport, plus the wrestling stars that he has spent time in the ring with, has made him a wealth of knowledge for anyone who is able to work with him or to be open to learn from him.
“We worked more of a Japanese style match. There was striking, there was drama, and it picked up when it needed to pick up,” said Walker. Anytime I have wrestled someone with that type of background, it has always become a beautiful chess game on the mat.”
Walker is dedicated to the sport of wrestling and the time that he has invested into it, has paid off for him. Match after match and in addition to his extensive time spent on the road, has been proof that he has a passion for wrestling, even when some people doubted him.
“I would tell people that I was going to be a wrestler and they would treat it as if it was a pipedream,” said Walker. “It was just something I always wanted to do since I was a kid when I started watching wrestling.”
The desire he had for wrestling turned into a dream and the dream never faded. Now at 36 years old, as long as Walker stays healthy and injury free, he will be wrestling as long as he wants to.