ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - An Elizabethtown man who’s currently working as a security contractor in Afghanistan is now part of a much anticipated television competition.
Titan Games on NBC pushes elite athletes into extreme tests of strength, endurance and sheer will. Those are challenges Christopher Watts, 33, conquered head on.
“I really appreciate the support Kentucky has given me, WAVE 3 News has given me, the love of everybody from E-town and I hope that I represent you guys well,” Watts told WAVE 3 News by Skype from Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday.
The decorated Army vet will do that when he steps into the new athletic competition reality show on January 3.
Watts told us he was nearly as excited to meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as he was to be on the show. “The Rock” helped create the show and hosts it, and Watts couldn’t stop talking about how nice and genuine he was.
The mega star also had a hand in getting Watts on the show. Watts first heard about try outs by following Johnson on Instagram.
After being invited to an intense weight lifting and agility combine, the Elizabethtown cross-fit owner and security contractor flew from Kabul to Los Angeles and back to Afghanistan, not knowing he was one of 64 Titans.
“When they call you, here [Afghanistan] it’s like 2 in the morning," Watts recalled. “So, I’m sleeping and my phone is ringing and you know you just answer ‘hello?’ And the producer is like, ‘you made it!'”
Watts said he was shocked and excited to get the news and couldn’t go back to sleep for a day and a half.
So how did Watts take part in the Titan Games while he’s living a world away?
“The taping of the show actually was in my following leave block [from work] so I didn’t have to miss any work at all," Watts explained.
The self-described military brat said the Titan Games was so intense it was little like living a nightmare, but in a fun way, as contestants compete in head-to-head battles. The North Hardin grad said being an Army infantryman prepared him for the show.
“Your obstacle courses and you are playing with ropes and jumping over walls,” he explained.
After being deployed to Iraq, Watts was injured in a roadside explosion. The decorated hero said he will open-up about what happened to him during that explosion on the show.
When he left the Army, he began working out harder to stay healthy after his father passed away from cancer. He said his good friend Samantha Harrison, his brother and sister and his mom Betty have been his “other Rocks” of support while competing. He got choked up talking about how much it meant when his mom showed up in LA for a taping.
“Yep, my mom is my biggest support system I have and uh, and I’m very grateful for,” Watts said.
Winning competitors eventually battle it out with a physical challenge on Mount Olympus to be the last Titan standing. Watts said no matter the outcome, he hopes to motivate at least five people to become healthier.
Watts can be found on social media platforms under the handle @cwatts13. He’s also using the hashtag #motivateKentucky.
The show kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m.