Elijah Burke
Bullying Survivor
Male | Jacksonville, FL   United States
Bullied until high school
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
Posted By: HopefuI
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Elijah Samuel Burke is an American professional wrestler, best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment working under his real name, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name of "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero; a gimmick in which he portrayed a Harlem street preacher.On Nov. 1, 2003, a day before his 5th year anniversary with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Burke who was an amateur boxer and toughman champion with a record of 103-1, left his career in Law Enforcement to pursue his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Burke started training with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Nov of '03, where he later went on to become the 1st and only African American to date to hold the OVW Heavyweight Championship on December 8, 2004, by defeating Chad Toland. On April 14th Burke lost the Championship to Matt Morgan. A month later, Burke was signed to a WWE Contract and continued to hone his craft in OVW. Burke was offered a spot in the Spirit Squad by the WWE Creative Team, but turned it down, forcing him to stay in Ohio Valley Wrestling on a longer stint before moving to Smackdown! with Sylvester Terkay.

“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero was bullied while growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., but turned the tables in high school – and protected those who were being bullied. "I helped a lot of people because nobody was there to help me and once I got a little size on me bullies didnt want I never looked back. It is important for kids to understand that we have been there before and it is going to be okay."


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Name: Elijah Burke
Age: 43
Country: United States
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Gender: Male
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