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Friday, August 5, 2011
Jessie Godderz of 'Big Brother' takes on wrestling


Mama won't be happy.

But Jessie Godderz -- Mr. Pec-Tacular from CBS' "Big Brother" -- is heading to TNA Wrestling this fall as an arrogant musclehead.

Godderz, who starred as the loudmouth bodybuilder on Seasons 10 and 11 of the CBS show, recently signed a developmental deal with the hopes of debuting before the end of the year.

"My mom hates that I'm likely going in as a bad guy, but I told her that I might be good later!" said Godderz, who is 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds. "Now, my girlfriend… she has been with guys with huge egos, and she's a huge fan of me as a wrestler."

Godderz, 25, parlayed his fame on "Big Brother" into magazine covers and fitness events talking about natural body building. And now he's becoming a wrestler.

"This is a lifelong dream of mine and it's coming true," Godderz said. "Impact Wrestling is giving me a chance. That's all I ask. They want me to take the ball and run with it."

Godderz has the swagger but really is a small-town boy, having grown up in Rudd, Iowa. His high school graduating class was 54 students, and both his parents combined to bring home less than $50,000.

Godderz got into weightlifting at Northern Iowa Area Community College and decided to head west to make it big in California. He appeared on several shows before finding the right fit on "Big Brother."

"On TV, it's all schtick. Everything is played up. I'm not that outlandish," said Godderz, who got his nickname from a roommate. "I'm from Iowa with homespun moral standards. I did what I had to do to be a star on TV."

And now he is hoping to be a star in the ring.

"I would love to do this for several years and keep going as long as my body lets me," he said. "I don't want to lose focus. The sky is the limit."