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November 20, 2011

Vitale makes debut on Monday Night Raw

Yes, that was our very own John Vitale of Salem, N.H., better known as "Fabulous" Johnny Vegas in pro wrestling circles, WWE's Monday Night RAW last week. "Vegas" appeared as wrestling star John Cena's Little League coach, Will Gray.

Vitale is a 15-year veteran of pro wrestling and currently appears across New England. He is also a 2011 inductee into the New England Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

As a roster member of Chaotic Wrestling and an instructor at the New England Professional Wrestling Academy in North Andover, Vitale got the call Friday morning to be a part of Mick Foley's tribute to Cena in: "This is Your Life." Vitale was introduced by Hardcore Legend Mick Foley and appeared in the ring with Foley and Cena to deliver his lines.

The show was broadcast live from the TD Garden in Boston this past Monday night in front of a sold-out arena.

Despite Vitale's lengthy experience on the New England wrestling circuit, it was the first time he met Cena.

"He's first class ," said Vitale. "I sat with John Cena, Mick Foley, John Cena Sr., Bull Buchanan (Cena's tag-team partner) and a WWE writer prior to our segment. John was very sociable and gave me free reign on my stuff. We embraced on the program with a hug and he came to me later stating 'That hug was great.' It was quite an event. I was treated like a superstar."

Chaotic Wrestling and the New England Professional Wrestling Academy (formerly Killer Kowalski's School) has had a long standing relationship with the WWE. Past graduates of the school include WWE Superstars, Triple H and Kofi Kingston among others.

According to Vitale, when WWE is local, they will call for some talent.

Vitale fit the bill as Cena's Little League coach and appeared world-wide with the broadcast.

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