Michael W. Freeman is a veteran journalist, playwright and author. Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, he has lived in Orlando since 2002. Michael has worked for some of Florida's largest newspapers, including The Orlando Sentinel. His original plays have draw strong audiences at the Orlando Fringe Festival. He is the author of the novels "Bloody Rabbit" and "Koby's New Home."

Orlando's Tristan Drury is competing tonight in  a new episode of CMT Competition series “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
Orlando’s Tristan Drury is competing tonight in a new episode of CMT Competition series “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
ORLANDO — Tristan Drury is 27 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighs 180 pounds. A specialist in Olympic lifting, he boasts of his ability to lift three times his body weight.
And tonight, he will represent Orlando when he competes in a new episode of the CMT Competition series “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
The Orlando resident, who works as a trauma nurse, “considers himself a lean, mean, agile machine,” noted Sarah Mooney, who handles corporate communications for CMT, in a news release.
Tristan, she added, “specializes in Olympic lifting, does parkour and can lift three times his body weight. Throw in some gymnastics training and CrossFit, and you have one complete, all-around athlete, perfect for the ranch.”
If he does well this evening, Mooney added, he stands to benefit from more than just the national exposure of his physical abilities.
“Tristan recently received extra incentive to win that $10,000. On the way to the ranch his car broke down. He would like to use that money to buy a new one,” she added.
“Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” is a competition show that each week brings together eight elite athletes, who meet at Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch to test their strength, stamina and endurance. Contestants go head-to-head until the last man or woman standing earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course, the ‘Skullbuster.’ The winner of that competition has a chance to win $10,000.
In the episode that debuts tonight at 8 p.m., Tristan joins seven other new male competitors to take on Drag Race, Pile Up and Splinter before one competitor gets his shot at the Skullbuster.
Austin, also known as “Stone Cold,” is a six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion and 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring from the ring in 2003, he has been the host of two programs for CMT, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” and “Redneck Island.”
He also hosts the podcast, “The Steve Austin Show” on www.podcastone.com.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com..

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