By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer
Recent West Virginia University graduate Michael Paris spent years traveling from Morgantown to small-scale wrestling gigs.
Now it's all paying off.
Paris recently earned his advertising degree. It comes a year after he inked a deal with TNA wrestling.
Paris travels the globe performing as alter ego Zema Ion, a hair-obsessed Filipino supermodel.
While attending college, Paris struggled to make ends meet while traveling to wrestling performances. Now he travels to Florida every week to tape the wrestling shows that are shown on Spike TV.
Even though he was signed last year, Paris didn't want to give up on his dream of earning a degree. So he took one class each semester for his final two years in order to graduate.
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