WWE will offer opportunities to promising stars, but it is up to them to capitalize on them. Thomas “Bram” Latimer knows all about throwing away those golden opportunities. He had chances with WWE and Impact Wrestling, but his personal demons got in the way.
Bram was married to Charlotte Flair, but their relationship did not last. On August 30th, 2015, Latimer was arrested in Gulfport, Florida and charged with two felony counts of domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment, but that incident did not involve Flair. His current girlfriend at the time was the alleged victim in that case. He was later released from incarceration after posting a $5,000 bond and all charges were dropped in October, 2015. Just a few days later, Bram and Charlotte Flair finalized their divorce.
While speaking to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, Bram opened up about how he squandered chances in the pro wrestling world. He admitted to being “drunk” and an “idiot” as he “threw it all away.” Arrests he experienced along the way really hindered his success in the squared circle as well.
“In the past 10 years, I’ve been given the ball and I’ve thrown it away. I had a good push in WWE, I was a drunk, and I messed that up. I was an NXT Tag-Team champion and I messed that up. We were supposed to go up apparently after The Shield on the main roster, and I messed that up. Then I went to Impact. I’m pushed, I am used well, but I don’t care. I was a drunk. I was an idiot, and I threw that away. I got sent for a 2 week tour of NOAH, and Japan definitely should have been a place where I would have thrived, done really well, and fit in.”
“I got drunk, messed that up, and got kicked off the tour. It’s just one thing after the other, after the other, arrests, and this and that. I’ve always been put in positions to succeed but I just didn’t care or I was self-sabotaging. Now I’m sober, turning 35, I wish I had the same mindset and mentality that I do now 10 years ago because my life would have been different had I had a grown up, sensible brain in my head which I didn’t. When it comes to this time, turning 35, I want the responsibility. I want the ball. I want to run with the ball, whereas before, I kicked the ball away. I didn’t want it. I didn’t care. Now I do and I do care. It’s actually a shame that it took 10 years to get to this point.”
At 35-years-old, Bram could find another spotlight in the ring. The pro wrestling landscape is always changing and offering new opportunities, but his tale is certainly a cautionary one as many could learn from his experiences and avoid the same pitfalls.
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