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of acres and a lot of cattle. When there was a cow skeleton or skull, I’d always go and see it. I don’t know what my parents think about the tattoos. I don’t know what they think about me, really. But they love me, I know. ABOUT THE time I turned 18, a guy came into the gym one day named Ted Arcidi. In 1985, he was the first guy to bench-press 700 pounds—he did 705. He got into wrestling off of that, and I met him on the downswing of his wrestling career. I was still a huge wrestling fan,
concerned about when I was with WCW. I got dropped on my head pretty hard in an awkward position. I was coming down on the back of my head and going forward at the same time. I was able to catch myself a little because I could see what was happening, and that probably helped me from being seriously hurt. I was in some pain, but it turned out that I was OK. Other than that, I can’t complain, I feel like I’ve been blessed; I feel like I’ve got a higher power on my side. That explains why I’m in
BACK TO BROADWAY AND DO THEATER IF THEY GET THE CHANCE. IT’S FOR THAT CONNECTION WITH THE PEOPLE, THAT IMMEDIATE, SPONTANEOUS REACTION THEY ARE ABLE TO GET WITH THEIR PERFORMANCE. IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO THAT I WAS WRESTLING IN A BARN. THERE WERE PROBABLY 100 PEOPLE IN THE CROWD, NO MORE THAN 150, BUT EVEN THEN, THE CONNECTION FELT SO GOOD THAT I CAN’T REALLY DESCRIBE IT. NO MATTER WHERE I GO IN MY CAREER, I’M SURE IN SOME FORM OR FASHION, I WILL ALWAYS GO BACK TO WRESTLING. THE MORE SUCCESSFUL
have the heart and soul, and the want and desire to do this, no matter if I was doing it for a charity event or what. The money’s nice, but it’s more than that. This is just something that I always wanted to do. THERE WERE a few black wrestlers around, but none really on top, none really working in the position where the Hogans were, guys like that. We always had our Junkyard Dogs, our Tony Atlases, but they never really broke the barrier of just medium, mid-card guys. But I always felt like
thinking, “This will be an opportunity to get some training, get a little bit of TV exposure, but realistically, what are the odds they’re gonna pick me?” It’s been out of my hands; it’s been at a higher power. MY LIFE HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE, IN ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. ABSOLUTELY NO PORTION OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN THE SAME SINCE. I’D SAY I’m pretty into music. I’ve played and sung, off and on. I wouldn’t consider myself good or great by any means; I do it strictly for