Where Are They Now? Chuck Palumbo

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September 25, 2012

Chuck Palumbo with his custom "War Machine" motorcycle

During his free moments, Palumbo enjoys spending time with his 15-year-old daughter, Charli, a varsity volleyball player, and his girlfriend Laura, who he calls his biggest supporter.

“None of this stuff would happen without her,” he said.

But just because Palumbo is no longer wrestling doesn’t mean he isn’t busy. These days, Palumbo can be found rocking out on guitar and backing vocals with his band, 3 Spoke Wheel (VISIT THE BAND'S FACEBOOK). Strangely enough, the former Superstar hadn’t even played guitar until 2008.

“When I came out of [shoulder] surgery, I decided I was going to play,” he said. “I don’t know where it came from, but I picked up a guitar and started taking lessons immediately. I haven’t put it down since.”

Palumbo cites rock legends Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, BB King and Leslie West of Mountain among his biggest influences as a guitarist. That can be heard in the music of 3 Spoke Wheel, which specialized in classic rock and blues. (CURRENT PHOTOS)

They’re looking forward to playing at Count’s Vamp’d in Las Vegas as part of Las Vegas BikeFest on Sept. 27. Palumbo will also be taking part in the World’s Strongest Biker Competition on Sept. 28.

Outside of his band, Palumbo’s also built up several businesses in the past four years, including one he started up while last was with WWE. His passion for putting together motorcycles was noticed by his fellow Superstars, who asked Palumbo if he’d build them bikes. It started with former World Heavyweight Champion Batista. Then, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero asked Palumbo to create motorcycles for them. With very satisfied Superstars among his clientele, word of Palumbo’s prowess in the garage spread, leading him to turn his hobby into a business.

“When I got released, I had some time, so I decided to open up a shop,” he told WWEClassics.com.

CP Kustoms went into business, and following some magazine features, orders started piling in. (CHECK OUT CP KUSTOMS ONLINE)

“It’s been four years, almost five, and I’ve been slammed,” Palumbo exclaimed.

Palumbo's love for customizing motorcycles and cars has brought him back onto television, as the host of "Lords of The Car Hoards," a show on Discovery where he and a team of customizers dig through scrap heaps to find hot rods worth rebuilding.

He also spun off the motorcycle theme into another venture, Chuck Palumbo's Garage Gym, a core fitness facility in El Cajon, Calif. He’s adapted the fitness knowledge he gained over his years in sports-entertainment and adapted them to the cross-fit style of training. (VISIT THE GYM'S WEBSITE)

“Back in the day, we trained with heavy weights and did cardio and those were two separate things,” Palumbo explained. “Now people are realizing with core fitness that you can work out the whole body and keep cardio up at the same time.”

In addition to running the gym, the former Superstar teaches several classes a week. The experience at the gym has brought Palumbo new joy.

“You don’t think about what you’re going to get out of helping people,” he said. “That’s where I’ve got the most satisfaction. I’ve changed a lot of peoples’ lives.”

For more information on CP Kustom's, Chuck Palumbo's motorcycle design shop, check out CPKustoms.com.

To learn more about Chuck Palumbo's Garage Gym, head over to CPGarageGym.com.

To find out when 3 Spoke Wheel is playing, go to Facebook.com/3SpokeWheel.

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