Victoria police officer wrestle for a dream
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ON the TUBE
What: The CMT 'Made' episode featuring Chris Guerra
When: At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Victoria resident Chris Guerra will pursue his dream to become a professional wrestler on MTV's "Made" series on Country Music Television this month.
Guerra is a police officer with the Victoria Police Department, but for the last several weeks, he has spent his off-time being coached by "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan, former TNA World Tag Team Champion and current 7-foot, 330-pound monster.
As friends learn about Guerra's upcoming episode on the show, he said many wonder why a 29-year-old police officer from Victoria, with a family to support, would want to pursue a dream to be a professional wrestler?
"I have been a wrestling fan my entire life. I know it's choreographed, and sometimes ridiculous, but it entertains me and I'm a fan nonetheless," Guerra said. "I've had a curiosity my entire life about what it would feel like to actually wrestle in a ring - how hard is it, does it hurt?"
The show will feature Guerra's commitment to his dream as he comes face to face with the harsh realities of pro-wrestling both inside and outside the ring.
"Matt is intense. Matt made sure that I understood that pro wrestling may be choreographed, but it's anything but fake," Guerra said. "This show was hands down the most challenging thing I've ever done."
But the curiosity about the "behind the scenes" of wrestling is not what drew Guerra to pursue his dream.
"My decision to take on this task was based on the loss of my best friend, Stefan Boldt, in 2008," Guerra said.
In 2001 Guerra was leading a young adult Bible study which Boldt's wife attended. Each week, Stefan's wife asked the group to pray that Boldt would eventually get involved in church himself.
Guerra wanted to reach out to Boldt.
"I would soon learn that we had nothing in common," Guerra said.
Not only was Boldt more than 10 years older than Guerra, they lived in completely different worlds.
"Stefan was an avid football fan, hunter, fisherman and all around country boy," Guerra said. After a long awkward conversation, they learned they had wrestling in common.
"In an effort to further form a friendship with Stefan, I invited him over to my house to watch wrestling together one night," Guerra said. "Little did I know that this would literally shape one of the best friendships I've ever been so privileged to have."
From that point, the Boldts and Guerras watched wrestling together every Monday, Thursday and sometimes Sunday evening.
"Eventually, our friendship grew far beyond just a common passion for wrestling, and Stefan became like a brother to me," Guerra said. "I was there with Stefan at his highest of highs, such as the birth of his son, Zach - and I was there with him through his many lows."
Boldt lost his mother and aunt in a wreck in 2004, went through a divorce, suffered two massive heart attacks, the second of which killed him on Dec. 22, 2008.
"I'd like to think that my journey on 'Made' will parallel that of Stefan's life," Guerra said. "I got knocked down a lot, but I kept going."
Guerra recalled embarrassing moments as well as enduring incredible amounts of physical, mental and emotion pain. Guerra said it would all be worth it if people know who Boldt was, and what he meant to Guerra.
"I did my episode of 'Made' so that I could honor my friend's life," Guerra said. "It was an opportunity that I felt I would never get any other way."