As you all know, I’m going to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on Friday. I’m very honored that my career has taken me to incredible heights and that the WWE Universe will be celebrating it with me. It was never my goal to be inducted into the HOF but I’m very proud that I will be included among the greatest names in history. Continue reading
Since I was a kid, I had one dream. To do something great and memorable that would go down in the history books. That doesn’t mean I knew what it was at 5 years old. But I knew it would take a lot of hard work. My dreams were not long term dreams. They were about the ability to take tiny steps toward the ultimate prize. So when I was 6 years old, all I wanted was to win just one wrestling tournament. It took me 9 years to attain that goal. But I never gave up. I knew if I was persistent it would eventually occur.
Once I won that tournament in 9th grade, though, it started a domino effect. My confidence grew more and more. Each year brought more wins and bigger accolades. I also started to have injuries, but I realized that would be part of my journey. Everyone gets injured. So why quit because of a serious injury? Makes no sense to me. But a lot of people DO give up when it happens. Injuries, losses, failures all become a part of you and build your character. It teaches you to NEVER give up.
Whether it’s a serious injury, a tough loss, or something personal, accept it as part of your journey to success. You will have all kinds of obstacles to overcome if you’re looking to do something great and memorable. Ninety-nine percent of people will give up. Be that 1 percent that doesn’t.
So take those baby steps, and don’t ever say, “I quit.” You too will get your Gold. It’s true.
I was on my phone the other day, looking at the sports apps and going online, and I realized just how different things are today. I remember seeing a computer for the first time, when it was installed in my high school in the mid-1980s. It was a pretty exciting time, seeing the changes in technology back then that have brought us to the “everything at your fingertips” era we have now.
Little did we know it would partially contribute to our non-active lifestyles and the obesity problem we have in America today. I can’t totally blame technology. I mean, the fast food companies really promoted the “supersize” concept because they raked in some serious cash. But what about our schools? Do they really teach our kids how to get the most out of their cell phones? Really?? Our cell phones??? Everything is done at the touch of a finger, on a freakin’ cell phone!!!
I recall when growing up as a kid, half the fun of doing research was going to the library with your buddies and “looking up” the info you needed to get the job done. Today? I could do that in 35 seconds, including printing the info out to complete my research/task and hand it in to my teacher.
I also see less children outside playing after school. They’re in front of their phones, computers or TVs. I know I’m beating a dead horse with this, but when will it go back to how it used to be? Probably never. And because of that, this world will continue to be less active and face higher obesity rates than ever before. Until someone comes up with a – drug or pill for it. To me, that would be pure laziness on BOTH sides — the companies that make the drugs and the consumers who use them. The crazy thing is that 95 percent of the diseases we get are preventable with proper diet, exercise, continuously educating the mind, and even spiritual guidance (church is one option).
We are in a death spiral that won’t change until we change ourselves. We can all do a little better. Will we? I have my doubts. So prove me wrong. It’s damn true.
If anyone would have asked me 2 years ago if I would wrestle at independent shows this past year, I would have said absolutely not. BUT I couldn’t resist. The Indy shows I’ve attended had some of the most passionate fans. URShow, which is a live stream company wasn’t an Indy but it may as well have been. It had that Indy feel and it gave me another opportunity to wrestle the Great Rey Mysterio. I Love wrestling Rey. It’s always a challenge.
That URShow match kicked off a slew of matches for me in 2016-17. The other companies I participated with were NEW Wrestling, WCPW and ICW. I love the relaxed feel and improv type structure of Indy shows. They are very easy, but my “Indy tour for 2016-17” continued with some incredible talent and matches. Half were with former WWE talent, with the likes of Cody Rhodes (3 matches with him) and Del Rio, both after Rey Mysterio. But then I wanted to challenge myself with younger, less experienced talent who I believe will have incredible futures. Zack Saber Jr, Joe Hendry and Joe Coffey, all from the U.K., were so much fun to work with, and very challenging for me. Why did I really do it? Honestly? I wanted to show that I could “go” with anyone in the world at my ripe old age of 48. Each match was different, and it enabled me to learn how to adapt to younger, more energetic wrestlers.
What was my record against these guys? Who cares!! 4-4, to be exact, not that impressive. But I never based my career on winning. At least not my pro career. It was about having quality matches with all different styles throughout the world. I learned a lot about wrestling today, and I learned that I can go head-to-head with just about anyone.
Indies are in a “hot phase” right now. Indy fans love and appreciate great talent. They will never be compared to what is the monster, the WWE, but the Indies are quite satisfying. I learned that I am still in my prime and can go with anyone in the world. But can I go night in and night out consistently? No. I would not even attempt it. But I know that I can wrestle at least once or twice a week, and I’m okay with that.
The one thing I have promised myself is to never be a shell of myself. If I can’t have the “Kurt Angle Style Matches” that fans expect from me, I will retire. Until then, I will continue to wrestle. But I will not continue at Indy events. I proved I could do it and I’m ok with that. So what’s next? We will see. That’s all I can say right now. But I want to thank every single fan that came to see me perform. I’m so very grateful. And THAT is true!!!!!
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!