Hagerstown's John Rambo was recently inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Rambo has had a love affair with wrestling for nearly half his life, and the recognition is just icing on the cake.
He says, "It's the 22 years of work and especially the 13 years right here in Hagerstown, Maryland, the work that I've been doing that is why I've been honored with this award."
He's well-known locally as a trainer at the Superior Pro Wrestling Training Center, but he now joins the big names of the business with the award.
"To watch John be put in the same category as those guys and everybody else that came before him that made it in the Hall of Fame, that was definitely an honor to be a part of that," says Cocky Rocky Schiano-DiCola, a wrestler who trains with Rambo.
The Hall of Fame induction isn't just based on skill alone. Rambo was also recognized for his efforts in the community, his dedication to the business, and his willingness to share the dream with other young aspiring wrestlers.
Schiano-Dicola adds, "You can always have an idea where you want to go, but you don't really have an idea how to get there. Now it's an easier path for me to get there because he's made the way, he's paved the way for me to get there."
It's Rambo's way of returning the favor to the mentors who helped mold his own career: Dick Caricofe and Neil Superior.
"If it wasn't for Dick and his son Neil, there wouldn't be John Rambo, there wouldn't be John Rambo being inducted into the new England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, so everything I owe with my accomplishments, I owe to Dick and I owe to Neil," Rambo says.
The pro wrestler has offered the community over 1,000 free shows at the House of Pain.
The organization also does food and toy drives to help CASA in Hagerstown every year.