When Justin Nett was a 5-year-old kindergartner at Zielanis Elementary School in Kiel, he and other students had to complete the sentence, “When I grow up I want to be....”
Nett filled in the blanks with “pro wrestler.”

He has indeed accomplished that career goal set all those years ago. Nett has been working to organize and will wrestle in an event called Now That’s What I Call Wrestling this Saturday evening, May 14 with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at The Gravel Pit in Kiel.
General admission tickets are $5 and all ages are invited. “They’re definitely going to see a spectacle,” Nett said of this Saturday’s event. “They’re going to see a lot of gimmicks. I want to give the kids something to do. This is going to be the most entertaining thing up until the Kiel Picnic.”
Nett said he first gained interest in wrestling as a child while channel surfing one Saturday morning. He came across a televised wrestling event featuring Hulk Hogan against Randy Savage, and said to himself, “Where can I find more of this?”

Favorite wrestlers
As a child his favorite wrestler was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. As a teenager, he followed Jeff Hardy and Steve Austin. Today his favorites are Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, with the latter being the wrestler Nett said he would most like to meet.
As Nett grew he would wrestle in backyards, including his own just outside Kiel. Even that grew in popularity as young men would come from as far away as Milwaukee and Appleton to do some backyard wrestling. He recalls one event in Appleton which drew about 120 people and even had a Green Bay TV station do a story about it.
Nett attended Kiel High School until he was a junior but graduated from New Holstein High School. The summer after he graduated he attended a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)-Wisconsin event and went on to train for more than half a year to become a professional wrestler. He trained in De Pere under the tutelage of WWE’s Hornswaggle and five of the top wrestlers in the state.
“I was into sports,” Nett said of his school years, but added, “Nothing else really appealed to me like wrestling. I can be athletic and an actor.”
He began his wrestling career by taking part in events at community picnics. He primarily competed in events in Minnesota but also did events in Wisconsin, including Oshkosh. He wrestled from 2006 to 2009 when he took a break for a couple years, in part to also focus on a possible music career which has been featured in the past in this newspaper as well as the birth of a child. In 2013 he decided to go back to wrestling and is currently working for numerous wrestling companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota, even becoming a champion in Minnesota last July.

Taking its toll
At 29 he is not old by most standards but is getting up there in the wrestling world as his high flying style of wrestling has taken its toll. He said he has had his “bell rung” quite a few times, has scars on his forehead, has needed hand surgery, and has a bad back. His day job is loading and unloading containers in a warehouse for HT Enterprises, Inc. in Campbellsport, the world’s largest manufacturer of ice fishing equipment. Nett said his job is physical and he considers that his regular workout, along with eating a lot of protein.
“I’m a weekend warrior wrestler,” he said. “I like helping the younger kids out. I can’t ever be a top guy because I’m not the biggest guy.”
He wrestles under the name Snake-Ey3z, the “3” being in the name because that is the count a wrestler needs the official to get to in order to post a pin. Someone once called him that name in a backyard bout and it stuck as his wrestling name.
Nett calls himself a “high flyer” type of wrestler, climbing on to the turnbuckles or even a ladder to leap at his opponent. This Saturday’s finale is scheduled to be a ladder match between Snake-Ey3z and current NOW champion “The Real” Brock Hall.

Six matches this weekend
Nett said people can expect to see six matches this weekend, with expected wrestlers including Big Pete Schwanz, the Dream Police, The Monster Sadist, TW3, Ares Toretto, and more. Ringside seats were sold out more than a month ago, and a total of only 250 tickets will be sold, Nett said. An after party will follow the event.
“This is the first event of its kind in over eight years in Kiel,” he added. “My hope is that families can come out and cheer the good guys and boo the bad guys. It’s a family friendly event with a PG rating. There will be raffle prizes and other merchandise available. Tickets are available at the door and we will be showcasing some of Wisconsin’s best unsigned talent.”
This is Nett’s first time performing in front of his hometown crowd, and first for a major title in the Wisconsin independent wrestling scene.
Nett works to provide fun and entertainment through his wrestling. He is the person setting up the ring and taking it down at every show, but he also puts on a show inside the ring. How does he respond to people who say this form of wrestling is “fake”? “It’s not fake—it’s predetermined,” he said. “It’s a live action play. We still make contact.”
Nett has the scars to prove it, but he also says he has proved people wrong who said he was not athletic or could not be a wrestler. He said he is hoping to show that to the hometown fans this Saturday night at The Gravel Pit.