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Photo courtesy of Mr. Hooton

Photo courtesy of Mr. Hooton

Photo courtesy of Mr. Hooton

BPHS head custodian Terry Hackett is a janitor by day, but a professional wrestler by night.

Mr. Hackett has been wresting in the pro ring for 25 years. Originally he is from Cape Town, South Africa.

“Once I started watching pro wrestling, I said that’s what I want to do.”

After he decided that’s what he wanted to pursue, his brother introduced him to a fellow wrestler. He started to train at least three times a week. At first he focused on learning the basics, then moved up to more advanced things.

“The more you do something the better you get at it. That’s the same for professional wrestling.”

Early in his career, Mr. Hackett was a part of a tag team known as the Mercaneries. When that ended, he decided to pursue a solo career and changed his name to The Sniper.

“In the military the snipers are the best at what they do. They can get you from anywhere and you never know when or where you will be hit. I sneak up on my opponents and they never see it coming. That’s why I wanted to be called The Sniper.”

Last December, Mr. Hackett had undergone a minor surgery and is not yet cleared to wrestle again. Before his surgery, he would wrestle once or twice a month unless he was booked.

“What I enjoy the most is making the fans hate me. I’m a ‘Bad Guy.’ They don’t like me, and I don’t like them either. I can say whatever I want to them and if they say stuff back I just take it out on my opponent. I make them suffer at the hands of me! Ha Ha”

So, when Terry Hackett isn’t sneaking up on germs around the school, he’s sneaking up on opponents in the ring.

To keep tabs on Mr. Hackett and other professional wrestlers in the area, visit the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance online.

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