I listened to a song on K-LOVE today (Yes, I’m a K-LOVE listener. I love it!), and it was about reaching out to yourself when you were younger so you could change the many mistakes you’ve made. I started to smile, because I would loooove to go back in time to inform myself of the rights and wrongs that would come into my life.
But then I started to think about how predictable my life would have been. There’s no fun in knowing where you’re headed. Would I truly want to know everything that was going to happen to me? Probably not. Would I be more successful and richer? Yes. But what is life really about if you know “everything” you’re going to do before you do it? Kind of takes the fun out of it, doesn’t it? I love surprises and twists and turns. I wouldn’t want my life to be predictable. So, Dear Younger Me, I’m not going to tell you squat. Live your life, and try to enjoy the good and learn from the bad. You will have lived a great life if you keep it unpredictable. Oh, it’s true!!
Many fans have read my thoughts on why John Cena is the GOAT in WWE, dating back to the Attitude Era. Some liked that comment, some didn’t. But let me lay out why I think he is.
John Cena has been on top for 14 years. He’s been the “go to” guy for that long. Is he the best technical wrestler ever? No. Not even close. But what he’s been able to accomplish is unparalleled. The fact is, John Cena has consistently stayed healthy and stayed “out of trouble” for his entire career. Are there better wrestlers who have tied or even come close to his accomplishments? Yes. Ric Flair. HHH. Hogan. Undertaker. Orton. Is Ric Flair a better wrestler? Of course. So is Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold and HHH and Undertaker and, yes, even yours truly. But none of us were able to stay on top as the marquee guy for as long as Cena.
Cena came into the company and became THE top guy from almost Day 1. Is it because he was marketable? Yes! He sells millions of dollars of merchandise each year. Has he sold as much as Stone Cold or The Rock did in their prime? Probably not. But was either Austin or The Rock main-eventing for 14 years straight? Unfortunately, no. I myself only went 7 years, and 2 of those years I was out with injury. I don’t believe Cena is the greatest “wrestler” of all time. Flair, Hart, Michaels, Austin, HHH, Undertaker and even myself might be able to stake that claim. But there are so many things that go into being WWE’s greatest ever. It’s not just the wrestling, it’s marketability. And add to that how much Cena has done for charity and kids, which is also unparalleled.
Take into consideration all of the things I mentioned, and how could you not put Cena at the top of the list?? Ric Flair has also won 16 world titles, but some were in other companies. Cena has won 16 in WWE only. HHH is 2nd with 14. Orton is 3rd with 11 or 12, I believe. Some of you may agree and some of you will disagree with me, but the facts are the facts. It’s damn true.
I’ve managed to turn fear into my biggest asset. From the time when I was a kid growing up with 5 older siblings, I was taught that I should not be afraid. But I WAS afraid. Afraid of both failing and succeeding. Continue reading
I watched a super bowl that will perhaps go down in history as the most exciting Super Bowl ever. Who was I rooting for?? Well… I’m an AFC guy so I was cheering for the Patriots. But as the game went on, I could not believe how talented the Falcons were. Matt Ryan played a perfect game for 3 quarters, and how about Julio Jones, the wide receiver??? Wow! By the 4th quarter things looked very bleak for the Pats. But Tom Brady, being the best QB ever, led the Pats to a tie. And then a win!!! It was so exciting. The question is, did the better team win??? Maybe. But did the better team ON THAT NIGHT win? Hell no. In OT, I started to have compassion for the Falcons because there was NO way they should have lost. But Tom Brady did it again. If Tom Brady played the lottery every day, he would probably win every time. Lol. Whether it’s luck, skill, or brains, Tom Brady is the ultimate super athlete. Nobody better. Anyway…. congrats to both the Patriots and Falcons for an incredible and memorable game. It’s true!!!!!
What does the WWE Hall of Fame mean to me? When I started wrestling as a youngster, I was told to never watch WWE because it was fake, or not “real” wrestling. So I didn’t watch. I was on a mission to win Olympic Gold, which, as you know, I accomplished in 1996.
After that, there was something missing in my life. I didn’t realize it at the time, but WWE was my future, and sports entertainment was in my blood. Three years later, I was in WWE and passionate about it. I probably caught on quicker than anybody in WWE history, and I learned quickly that there was nothing fake about it. It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done, and was also very rewarding.
I loved entertaining the WWE Universe, whether they loved me or hated me. Wrestling guys like Stone Cold, Rock, Undertaker, HHH, Randy Orton and John Cena, among others, was so much fun, and challenging to say the least. To be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame shows the impact I had in only 6 1/2 years, a very short career. So thank you WWE and WWE Universe. I’m very grateful to be among the very best. I’m humbly grateful. Oh, it’s damn true!
More than 54,000 people have died from opioid overdoses over the last 2 years. This drug epidemic is the worst in US history. I know what it’s like to struggle with addiction, and I care about those who are struggling.
That’s why I speak privately at addiction centers, and why I’m starting my #AngleStrong initiative this week. The statistics of drug use are eye-opening, and so sad. Over 21 million people in the US have a drug disorder. Only 10 percent of them get treatment. And only 5 percent of that 10 percent stay in recovery. That means 5 percent of 2.1 million are recovering from addiction. That’s only a little over 100,000 people. We as American citizens, and people everywhere, need to wake up and realize this problem isn’t just going away. That is exactly why I’m starting #AngleStrong. It’s about helping people struggling with addiction, and helping their friends and family members to understand why they are hurting so badly.
People need to understand that it’s no one’s fault. Painkillers are easily available from doctors. Heroin is easily available on the street, and a lot cheaper to get, which is why we really need to try and stop this opioid epidemic. It’s urgent that we help those who are suffering. Look for my #AngleStrong App coming soon on the Play Store and Google Play to help your loved ones struggling because of addiction. I’m here for you and I will continue to assist as many people as I can. It’s time we ALL speak “out loud” about what’s going on. For more information and the latest news, like us on Facebook, and for more information about the app, visit the AngleStrong.com website. #AngleStrong- We Will Win. It’s true!!!
I went to the gym today and it was extremely packed. I couldn’t find a treadmill that was available. Annoying!!!
We all make some sort of resolutions that we desire to achieve, especially for the New Year. Most of us want to look better and 95% of us will make a commitment to being more fit in 2017. But, why do most of us stop after a few weeks? Is it because our motivation runs out quickly? Is it because we are too busy? Or do we quit because it is too difficult?
Statistics say that 90% of us will give up on our New Years resolutions. Maybe because resolutions are “temporary”. Three things that drive one to be better. Motivation, inspiration, and aspiration. Who or what motivates you? Who or what inspires you? What do you aspire to achieve for yourself?
The most powerful of the 3? Aspiration. Because it’s more long term. Forget motivation and inspiration!!! They’ll wear out quickly. But when you aspire to be something better than who you are right now, it’s more long term. So if you aspire to look better than you do right now, set a long term goal that you want to attain, and stick with it. If you slip a little, it’s ok. Jump right back at it as quickly as you can. I promise your “aspirations” will be more attainable. To the others that decide to give up? That’s ok. Because that means when I go to the gym, all of the fitness equipment will be available for me whenever I choose to use it. 😃 more for me! 😃😃😃 it’s damn true!!!!
I proudly graduated high school and made my way to college back in 1988. I was driven to get a college degree, but it wasn’t my priority at the time. Wrestling was.
Wrestling enabled me to not only go to college but to graduate with a degree. But because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, I didn’t get the degree I truly wanted. My degree in geography/education was great, but I didn’t really want to be a teacher. At the time, my focus was on winning the Olympics. I received good grades, but now, I realize that if my mind hadn’t been so focused on wrestling, I could have easily gotten straight As.
Maybe if I had gone to college just 4 years later than I did, I would have earned straight As and gone on to become a doctor or lawyer. Maturity plays a part in knowing what you want to do in your life and how well you do in school.
My advice to young people who are planning to go to college would be to wait. Get a job first. See the world. Or even serve your country for 2-4 years. Mature a little. There might be other life commitments to consider, such as getting married and/or having children. Or maybe you have a job flipping burgers that leads to a management position you feel like you should take. Or you have served our country in the military and decide you want to continue. These are all commendable things, but here’s my suggestion. Make an agreement with yourself that you will get a job after high school and see a little bit of the world and meet people. Then after a few years, apply to college. I can almost guarantee that you will get much, much better grades. And you will have a clearer mind about what you want to become. Because the last thing you want to do is settle.
If you can’t afford college and can’t get a scholarship, or don’t have the grades that will get you into college in the first place, consider going to a trade school. But above all, strive to do something you truly want to do with your life. These are just suggestions, but I promise you that you won’t regret it. Oh, it’s true!
As you have already heard, #Anglestrong is being released on January 1, 2017. We have teamed up with two other groups involved in helping people who are in recovery from addiction.
Part of our team are the creators of Levare, a natural supplement that works extremely well for pain relief and will be a leader in replacing opiates. Many pro athletes are using this fabulous supplement, including myself. We have also asked the creators of Advyndra to join the #Anglestrong team. Advyndra is an incredible supplement that improves mental clarity and reduces stress so you can focus on your daily regimen. We only support the supplements that really work, and these two are fabulous. Look for Levare and Advyndra when the #Anglestrong App releases next month.
The #AS App will keep you in recovery by checking in with you every day and helping you to follow our program. Be sure to sign up on the #AS App in January, and to share it with anyone who might be struggling with addiction. Family members of recovering addicts are encouraged to join the #AS APP to be a lifeline for the recovering addict. If he or she does not check in daily, his/her family members will be notified that patient hasn’t done so. This will help to keep ALL eyes on the recovery process. I am proud and excited to get started in our quest to “crush” the addiction epidemic. #AngleStrong! We will win!!!!! It’s true!
For more information, visit AngleStrong.com
We’ve all heard about the epidemic of opiates and alcohol in the US. In fact, it’s getting worse every year. Many talk about it, but who will do something about it? I will! My name is Kurt Angle and I’m a recovering addict of 3 1/2 years. I’ve decided to be the one that makes a difference in this awful disease.
Starting in Jan 2017, my #Anglestrong App will be released to the public. It’s an App/Program like no other. #AngleStrong can assist addicts and recovering addicts to stay in recovery. If you are an addict, the #AS App will be your lifeline. We will send you positive messages daily, you will check in each day to show your loyalty to your recovery, and if you’re in distress, we will aid you to stay in recovery or get you back in recovery if you relapse. The app will also recommend NA/AA Meetings close to you and recommend the best possible rehab facility that fits your needs. In addition, I will have a monthly skype call with all of my members of #AS to help you continue your journey in recovery.
If you’re an addict, recovering addict, or you know someone who is struggling, PLEASE encourage them to stay clean by joining #AS. “We are addicts, but we will win, it’s TRUE!”