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I’m always prepared. I’ve wrestled every kind of wrestler that there is, I’ve been in every situation that there possibly has been.
I don’t want people to think I’m a wrestler.
I remember having the opportunity to meet Ivory, as a kid, and she was the first woman’s wrestler that I met. She looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to see you in the ring one day, aren’t I?’
I’m drawn to black clothes. I say I’m inspired by the wrestler The Undertaker because there’s something about wearing black that makes me feel confident and classy. It isn’t to try and make me look slim!
Jake Roberts has a hard enough time being Jake Roberts. The truth is a brutal thing, I just hope that the kids take the time to learn about each of the wrestlers in the game, and if the kids can learn from our mistakes, that would make me a happy man.
I don’t want it to be Sonya Deville, the gay wrestler. I want it to be Sonya Deville, the awesome performer who happens to be gay.
I’m going to do what I want to do. If he wants to go to the ground, that’s fine. I’m a wrestler.
Ric Flair, The Freebirds, and The Rockers were great influences in my decision to become a wrestler.
I always mention Bobby Roode. We just click on a lot of different levels. We grew up appreciating the same type of wrestler and same type of wrestling. We are similar students to the game.
I think I had a really hard-working and authentic wrestling style, so people liked the way I was – that I was a ‘no-quit’ kind of wrestler – and I was very realistic and credible in my style.
I am a Division 1 wrestler.
The kind of wrestler that’s going to do well in a combat style event like MMA is one that can explode through – doesn’t need to spend time on the mat – hit his opponent, get him off his feet, and get on top quickly.
I did a year and a half of independent wrestling before I got into the WWE. It was nothing really. I didn’t make the towns. I don’t even say I was an indy wrestler.
My favorite wrestler growing up was Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
I was always active, always running and working out. I was a wrestler and ran track and, out of interest, started boxing. Its always been a part of me.
I think a wrestler can say something from fighting, from wrestling.
I’m a good wrestler.
Obviously, just from being an athlete, from being a wrestler keeping in shape just in general is something that stayed with me even being out of the ring for a while, but then eventually been lucky enough to be here in Chicago.
It took me the bulk of my twenties to write one book about a family of alligator wrestlers. Whereas somebody like Steve Martin is releasing his latest banjo symphony, having just completed another movie and acclaimed, best-selling novel.
There is this great, great wrestler, who never really got an opportunity to be a star, named Len Denton: he was a masked guy called The Grappler. He was one of my favorite guys to ever wrestle, and it was just a tremendous pleasure to step in the ring with him.
You have to connect with the crowd. If you can’t do that, I don’t care how good a wrestler you are, or how much muscle you have or how cool your hair is. You have to connect with the crowd. The guys who I like are the ones who have that connection.
My father died when I was 15, and my dad was a professional wrestler but as well as a national amateur champion at the University of Nebraska.
I am a Division I All-American wrestler, but I wrestled college wrestling matches, seven minutes long. If I was to go in there and wrestle for seven minutes of a fight, a 25-minute fight, you’re not getting nothing out of me for the rest of the time.
As far as I remember, I was always a big eater. I eat just as much as the wrestler guys.
I never thought I was the greatest wrestler, but I never gave up.
OK, if he’s a grappler, good for me, I know what to do. If he’s a kickboxer, I gotta get in a clinch and move a certain way. If he’s a karate man, he moves a different way, but I’m still going to have to clinch. So, a sumo wrestler, I have to clinch. It’s just, how I get there, how I move it.
I’ve won every single event there is to win as a wrestler, and I still continue to come back every single year. The hard part for me is, ‘OK, how long can you do this?’
At one time, I wanted to be a WWE wrestler. I still do. I want to go in the ring once and mess around and jump off the ropes and do a Stone Cold stunt.
I think that Ben Askren, when he competed as a wrestler, he was an amazing athlete.
I don’t know anything about CM Punk. I’d never even heard of him until he was mentioned in UFC. I wouldn’t know him if I walked past him in the street, I don’t know… he might be a good wrestler but there are people in the UFC who are just good wrestlers.
I have friends in other industries but if I am training for a wrestling match, I would turn to the best wrestler to train, not a football player.
I like to think of Christopher Daniels as one of those who’s a great professional wrestler, but I like to think of myself as one of those people that’s great at everything.
I didn’t know what a good technical wrestler was when I was little – it was people that made me scream or boo or cheer.
I see myself as a career professional wrestler. The end goal wasn’t always to go to Raw or SmackDown, it was just to create a body of work that I’m proud of.
I always wanted to be a wrestler.
I have odd thumbs that are extremely flexible. I can bend them quite far down the back side of my hand, basically the opposite side you’d even try to attempt bending your thumb. Because of that, I’m a very good thumb wrestler.
Within the realm of wrestling, it’s been the same every year – just continually trying to improve and evolve as a wrestler, putting myself in a position to not maintain but maximize my potential.
Without Ring of Honor, I wouldn’t be the wrestler I am or have the confidence needed to continue to grow in this ever-challenging sport.
I have no ambition for what society says is important as far as things like money, and all that kind of stuff. What I am ambitious about is I want to be the best wrestler that I can possibly be, and I think there’s some sort of mistake in generations, as far as what he thinks as far as our generation lacking ambition.
But it’s the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the “wall,” like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival is in hard workouts that develop mental confidence to the point where you won’t submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.
I hope Seth Rollins becomes the safest, best wrestler in the world. And I wish him all the luck in the world.
I was six years old and knew I wanted to be a wrestler.
As a wrestler, sometimes I’m fortunate with some free time.
My dad used to be a Greco-Roman wrestler, and he was Norwegian champion six years on the bounce from 1966 to 1971. But I never saw him wrestle. I’ve only read the clippings.
You have to consider, I’m a full-time professional wrestler, and Stephen Amell is a celebrity, and yet we still managed to beat two full-time professional wrestlers.
Ric, I feel like he hasn’t changed up for no one. He’s been the same since Day 1, since he was in the limelight as a pro wrestler. Even now, just his mentality and who he is: Find who you are and just be that. He’s always being him. That’s what I admire the most about Ric Flair.
For a wrestler, I think it is much better to fight in the ring than in the cage. The cage has more advantage for the stand up fighter.
John Smith from Oklahoma State was the greatest American wrestler of all time.
The best wrestler in the world is me.
One of my goals is to have NO wrestler go undefeated.
I’m so glad you brought that up Jay Lethal as a performer has grown into, I’ll say this even though I’m wrestling him this Friday, he’s one of my favorite wrestlers in the game right now. He’s unreal. He’s amazing in the ring. It doesn’t matter who he’s wresting. He’s unreal on the microphone.
At 15-years-old, I always wanted to do professional wrestling, and at 15, I started training as a professional wrestler. It was always the plan to become an entertainer, a sports entertainer.
I wanted people to see just how good of a professional wrestler I really am.
How could I not be the underdog, starting at 35 and a half and going from a manager and a fourth-string color commentator to being a wrestler?
Even though I accomplished the whole WWE thing, which I feel like was everybody’s dream when you were growing up, but it wasn’t until I got to Lucha Underground that I felt how I thought I’d feel at 10 years old to be a pro wrestler.
I can’t even tell you how many 8, 9, 10 year old kids have come up to me and said, ‘You are my favorite wrestler, and I’ve seen you on ‘the network’ or on YouTube.’
Being married to a wrestler has its unique challenges, being a wrestler married to a wrestler is next level.
My favorite wrestler of all-time is Johnny Valentine. I believe him to be the best bad guy ever in wrestling and he is my absolute favorite.
My dad was my favorite wrestler growing up, obviously.
Now that I have the training behind me, I think that really shows I do have the skills and talent to become a well-rounded wrestler.
I already knew a lot about the ground aspects of MMA, being a wrestler, but there was so much more. There was kicking, punching, and other things I wish I could have done as a wrestler. It really stoked my interest.
Which new wrestlers do I think will be the franchise wrestlers? Erm, well Batista and Randy Orton will I think, for sure.
Great wrestlers make other wrestlers great
When I was 17 years old, I was given the opportunity to be trained as a wrestler. At the time, I never really thought about making it a career. I only saw it as a chance to do something that I always wanted to do.
I always wanted to be a wrestler when I grew up.
When I was in England, I did a lot of wrestling and moves. Over here, they were like, ‘You don’t need to do that much. Save your body. Become an entertainer rather than a wrestler.’ And I wasn’t used to wrestling on TV and in front of huge crowds, so it was a big adjustment.
Then as I was wrestling as Terry Boulder. I was on a talk show with Lou Ferrigno, and I was actually bigger than he was! I went back to the dressing room that night and all of the wrestlers go ‘Oh my God you’re bigger than the hulk on TV’ so they started calling me Terry ‘The Hulk’ Boulder.
It is cool to be a pro wrestler and that makes it so much better for us as pro wrestlers – who go out there and put our bodies on the line and give the fans the entertainment that they deserve.
I’m a wrestler with nine toes. I’m a wrestler who has been through a lot of battles. I get to do a lot of motivational speaking, and people are blown away and say, ‘You never quit. You keep coming back.’
WWE is the biggest, most wonderful company, and they have WrestleMania, so almost any professional wrestler is going to seek that goal.
For my money, Dan Hodge is the greatest amateur wrestler ever produced in the U.S.A.
I know Cormier is a wrestler so you really got to get them hips down on him so I’ve been working them hips really good.
This sport started with the question, Who would win, a karate guy or a boxer? A judo guy or a wrestler? That was the original draw behind the sport. That’s what caught everybody’s attention.
I think people would like to see Kurt Angle and myself get in there and perform with one another. I think he’s an amazing athlete, a talented wrestler, and it’s a match people probably don’t think that they’re going to see.
Miami was always a town that was kind to me as a wrestler. It’s a great wrestling town, and it’s a great town, period. There’s so much to do in Miami.
I was an athlete growing up. I was a wrestler, I played football, so I can take a fall. I actually wanted to be a stuntman when I was kid, so I would practice falling down the stairs. It’s just something I like to do.
I put on 15 kg for my role as an amateur wrestler in the first half of the Marathi film Natrang.’ Then, I lost 17 kg for the second half of the film where I play a nachya,’ an effeminate character in traditional Marathi tamasha. The weight gain took 40 days and I lost weight in the next 40 odd days.
My dad was a wrestler back in the early ’90s, so it just brought everything full circle with my dad’s background and my love of performing and entertainment, and now here I am in the WWE.
Zinedine Zidane could be a champion sumo wrestler. He can run like a crab or a gazelle.
When you’re training to be a pro wrestler, you don’t think about these things like video games and action figures and things like that, but when those opportunities come along, it sort of validates all the hard work that you put into the ring.
Growing up as a wrestler, especially in practice, I think you get used to competing without much of a crowd around.
It’s very hard when you start working as a wrestler to try and stop doing things that are second nature. For me, when I take a move and start selling, that is second nature for me.
I just remember that when I started at NXT, I had no character. I had nothing. I was just so excited to be here and just to be a wrestler.
I made the final decision to become a professional wrestler because I was able to look at Sting and what he was able to do inside and outside the ring.
I really believe that professional wrestlers are not protected. I think everybody gets a big kick out of watching them and whether the wrestling is real or not, people love watching it.
If it wasn’t for finding out that my right leg could kick a ball really far, which is what I did, I am 100 percent certain that I would be attempting to be or would be a professional wrestler.
Hughes’ debut novel, At Dawn, follows a former All-American wrestler, and is there any better metaphor for contemporary American life? We’re all wrestling, tussling with the economy, no jobs, doing the best we can. Hughes doesn’t flinch from the tough existential questions. He embraces them.
My favoirte wrestler is ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Most of the time a wrestler misses the in-ring action, but because of my back and working with the girls as an agent, I don’t miss it.
I’ve never really considered myself a wrestler. I always considered myself an entertainer, but I always wanted to be better than the guy next to me.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a rock star or a wrestler.
CM Punk was a great wrestler, and he has so many fans and made a lot of people happy with what he did over the years.
If you’re an aspiring wrestler, Bret Hart is usually at the top of the list for inspiration.
Why don’t they allow professional wrestling at the Olympics? They allow pro basketball players and hockey players. Olympic pro wrestling would be awesome. The team from Mexico could wear those Mr. X masks. The French wrestler could hit his opponent with a baguette. Or perhaps just surrender.
I’ve said this numerous times: I’ve been in the ring with Daniel Bryan, and he’s the best wrestler in the world, bar none.
After a match, my opponent goes to the hospital and gets an IV and I have a martini.
I’m a wrestler, so I’m used to not being paid, and I’m used to doing five or six competitions a day and paying someone else to allow me into the event.
When you see a guy reading off a teleprompter or a mental teleprompter, just trying to recite a script or trying to look up in the air when you forget a line. It is hard to suspend disbelief when the wrestler doesn’t believe in the real-life situation that is unfolding.
Depending on what country I go to, my style might be a little bit different and my tactics might change a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m still Tessa Blanchard and I’m still the same wrestler.
Triple H is a former bodybuilder. He’s all about bodies. He thought that Hulk Hogan was the greatest wrestler in the world. They think Ultimate Warrior was the greatest wrestler in the world because that’s what they’re attracted to, but he’s not really a wrestling fan like I grew up. I was a wrestling fan.
Johnny Hendricks has better credentials, but in MMA, I might be the best wrestler for the style.
Most of the time, I’m fighting guys who are 22 years old, former college wrestlers, athletes, kids who are in much better shape than me. Often people who are much bigger and wider than me. It can be dispiriting at first.
It’s very hard to be a family man, a father, a husband, an independent wrestler, and a police officer.
I’m the world’s greatest wrestler, the world’s greatest singer, the world’s greatest entertainer.
I was able to accomplish a lot as a tag team wrestler in one of the greatest factions of all time – The New Day – but I also want to see how much I can do as a singles competitor.
I am the underdog – the 5-foot, 6-inch wrestler. The kids don’t say, ‘I can beat Rey.’ Instead, they say, ‘I can be like Rey.’
I always wanted to be the worst wrestler on the shows I was on so I could just learn from the guys above me, and that’s a great way to be in your first few years of wrestling.
You must show no mercy…nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you…for your greatness will silence them all.
I would love to have gotten into it with Harley Race. He was such a good wrestler and rough and tough. We wrestled at the same time but never each other. And wrestling Sting would have been something I would have enjoyed.
I was that 16-year-old who loved WWE, and I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but I didn’t understand why I had to be the bad guy. I wanted to be like Jeff Hardy – I wanted to be like Rey Mysterio – but I was told I had to be the guy who screamed terrible things about America and attack people from behind.
I knew I wanted to be a wrestler, so I became the best wrestler in wrestling history.
I’ve sort of always pulled for the heels, like the bad guys. So I think if I were a pro wrestler, first I’d need to bulk up, and second I’ll need to get sort of a bad-boy persona.
I have amazing respect for Tessa Blanchard; I’ve told many people that she is easily the best female wrestler in the world. She is so intense with everything she does, and her facials, and moves.
Wrestling fans dictate policy; they really do. What direction each wrestler takes usually revolves around what the fans think of them.
I’m not just a wrestler anymore. I’m a very well-rounded fighter.
There have been many matches where a wrestler gets hurt. The referee usually senses it and stops the match, but the referee doesn’t always know.
Pro wrestling has always been my passion. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler.
I’m not a WWE wrestler and that’s how it feels sometimes out on the court.
I’m a great defensive wrestler.
Any ’90s baby, The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin had to be your favorite wrestler.
I think that those wrestlers, those women and men that go in the ring are not protected. I don’t think anybody is ever looking out for them and I think that they are used badly.
When you become a professional wrestler, your name becomes company property.
I think The Undertaker is, much like Brock Lesnar, a once-in-a-lifetime wrestler, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and a once-in-a-lifetime performer.
If I was young again and wanted to be a professional wrestler, first thing I’d do is get jacked all to hell is what I’d do.
I’m a wrestler at heart. And, for wrestling, we usually lose as much weight as we can. We’re pretty stubborn. If we say we’re going to do something, we do it. That’s just how wrestlers are. I just felt like I was the bigger, stronger, faster guy at 170. That’s why I did it.
I never had an interest in fighting. Originally, because I had no experience, I was going to come to Japan to be a pro wrestler and learn fighting along the way.
I came into this game a wrestler and that was pretty much it. I was tough, I could take a guy down and beat him up. I threw a good overhand right.
I never wanted to be a wrestler, I wanted to get into musical theater. I always wanted to be on Broadway.
I was a true wrestler. I was a Division I national champion. I came into the business wanting one thing and one thing only, and that was to be the champion, and I wasn’t going to let anybody stand in my way. I think there was one guy that had a problem with that, and that was Undertaker.
People don’t understand, yeah I’m alright as a wrestler, but I beat people in the takedown because of my distance control – because of my Karate. This is something I learned since I’m 7 years old.
I still can’t believe I’m a professional wrestler in the first place. That hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m sure I’ll look back when I’m 50 or 60, if I make it that far, and think about everything that’s happened.
I noticed when I started wrestling that I was a defensive wrestler and that people make mistakes.
You want to earn respect in your old age. You want to walk into a restaurant and have people say: ‘There’s Mickey Rourke. He was great in ‘The Wrestler.’ You don’t want them jumping out of windows.
In fact, I was voted Prom Queen by my classmates in my senior year. So I went from being a wrestler to the prom queen in a year.
Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good ‘ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.
I was a writer before I was a wrestler when I was in the WWE.
Instead of diving further back to the fandom as a child, more recently when I was training as an independent wrestler, that is really when women’s wrestling took to the forefront and really started this upward rise.
When I was coming through as a professional wrestler, as a young man in 2003 and 2004, there really wasn’t much of a wrestling scene in the U.K. to take advantage of or make a living in, so I was forced to have to go to the U.S. and kinda make a living from it out there.
Throughout my whole time in wrestling on the road, going out and being around some of the whitest people in the world, I’ve never had any problems with anybody. It was never black or white. Booker T was just a wrestler. I did that by design.
I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo wrestler and I used that to my advantage, but my home runs were achieved by technique.
For the most part, since the time I was in EliteXC fighting, maybe there were one or two fights here and there that they had me to win, but for the most part I’ve been an underdog. I’m not a kickboxer so I’m going to lose to a kickboxer. I’m not a wrestler, my wrestling sucks, so I’m going to lose to a wrestler.
What does it say about our country when people are so desperate for an alternative to our one-party state masquerading as a two-party state that they’ll even elect a professional wrestler governor?
From a boy who left university as a student straight to WWE – those experiences, those ups and downs in life and work shaped the wrestler and man I am today.
I think I was given a gift to wrestle. And I think when I came back, I had a much better appreciation of that. And I believe the way I went about doing it made me better at it. I didn’t identify myself with the job as I did so much in the ’90s. In the ’90s, I didn’t know who I was other than ‘the wrestler.’
When you’re an independent wrestler, committing a lot of time and effort into honing your craft as much as possible in as many different places as possible will catch the WWE’s interest as far as the independent level goes.
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, I saw many operas in New York and Philadelphia. When people found out about that, they were always shocked, because I was a professional wrestler. Why are athletes any different than any other profession? People have many other interests.
Chris Weidman is a tough guy; he’s well rounded. He’s known for being a wrestler. He’s very good on the ground. He can knock people out standing up.
To be a true comic, you have to have a signature move. You ever watch wrestling? And your favorite wrestler has the one move that he always does to finish his opponent off, right? Like when he climbs on the rope, and he always jumps off the top rope and finishes off his opponent – that’s what a comic has.
I like to think I’ve always been a good wrestler.
I’m a wrestler, a very polished wrestler and some of my best attributes in wrestling are my scrambling ability and my clinch.
I don’t watch reality TV much, but sometimes I’ll be on the E! channel and see that show “Total Divas”, about female wrestlers. It’s like, fake tits are de rigueur. Nose jobs are de rigueur. Exaggerated asses are de rigueur. Twerking is de rigueur.
I don’t think I’ll go a day as a professional wrestler without remembering the good parts of my TNA career. That really is the bulk of my career that people are aware and familiar with.
I’ve always been a defensive wrestler, but when I go in there in the fights, I get so caught up in trying to knock people’s heads off that wrestling goes out the window when you’re throwing punches and kicks and stuff.
The Hardys were a huge influence on me becoming a wrestler. Not so much the moves themselves, but the concepts behind the moves: trying to be innovative and just being exciting.
It seems every bouncer, every bodybuilder wants to become a wrestler. Every day, people will come up to me and ask about it. So few actually make it but if you do make it you can now make into the millions. You have to know your character and have a lot of ability.
In Mexico, to become a pro wrestler, you have to have a wrestling license, and to get a license, you have to pass a wrestling test.
My uncle inspired me, and it was because of him that I become a wrestler, but besides him, the one Superstar that really caught my attention growing up as a kid was ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.
I was not allowed to date wrestlers, or anyone else in the company, across the board.
Wrestlers in the U.S.A. are very aggressive. All they want to do is attack, but they’ll make mistakes.
I have been a wrestler now for 12 years, and now I am reaching this peak at the top of the mountain – WrestleMania.
I don’t know of any wrestler who hasn’t, at one time or another, been with a fan. One time I met a woman at a match in Tennessee, and afterward we went to a little roadside motel. We checked in, went to the room, and enjoyed each other for an hour or so.
If you follow my MMA career, I’ve always been the pro wrestler of women’s MMA, coming out with a guitar, saying crazy things on interviews, promos and such.
You don’t become a wrestler overnight. Like everything, it takes time and I wasn’t born in this business.
My dad was a wrestler, so I grew up old school.
Being a wrestler is like walking on the treadmill of life. You get off it and it just keeps going.
I was scared to film ‘GLOW’ for many reasons. As an actor, as a wrestler. It was just a very scary and intimidating experience.
I remember reading one blog site where one blogger said I looked like a professional wrestler on the track. I was a big boy. I was looking at myself in the mirror and saying, ‘I look good!’ But I wasn’t looking race good.
A wrestler will always be a wrestler, and they will always go back to the basics.
Being a 3-time Intercontinental champion doesn’t make you a great wrestler, just like Larry King having 9 wives don’t make him a great husband.
I made a joke to my wife that if this acting thing doesn’t work out I can always be a pro wrestler, as a joke. She found out about a school that was about thirty minutes from where we lived, and she made the appointment for me.
People dream to be in the WWE, but my dream is to be the best in the WWE. They can have the money and fame. My dream is to become known as the greatest wrestler of all time.
You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve gotten to live so many people’s dreams. People dream of playing in the NFL, of having a hit CD, of being in Hollywood movies, or being a pro wrestler, or playing college football. They dream of being able to travel the world. I’ve done all that.
I was a Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes guy. Ric Flair continues to be my favorite wrestler of all time. I loved Harley Race and Nick Bockwinkel and all of those guys, but I’m a big Flair guy.
The average MMA guys have a boxer’s stance which makes it easier for a wrestler when they try and take you down. I tend to stand sideways and that gives them only one leg to shoot for, it tends to make it more difficult to try and take me down.
I lost as amateur, I lost a bunch of times as a wrestler, and you always come back.
As a professional wrestler, it’s not my position to be the booker, to formulate a match, unless you’re asked to do that.
I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but my mom didn’t let me. I used to make videos and stuff in the backyard. I had a buddy named Daniel Decker, and we used to have a tag team called the ‘Deck Garra Era.’ We used to make video after video. We were the tag team champions, but then we turned on each other.
Many hotels, I just sat there and – I call it the silent scream – I don’t know why, you just sit there, and tears will just come down, and you’ll just sit there for hours, man. There’s no place to turn, and when you do turn, who cares? You’re just a dumb professional wrestler.
Being a professional wrestler was never one of my goals in life. I always wanted to be some kind of entertainer. I used to want to be a rock singer or a guitar player but I can’t sing and I can’t play the guitar.
I was a 19 year old kid; I was 170 lbs soaking wet. I didn’t have an identity. I didn’t have a look. I didn’t have the proper gear. I was just a young guy trying to be a wrestler. So, to be honest, WWE didn’t even give me a second look.
I’m a fighter now. I’m officially a mixed martial artist. I’m not a wrestler no more.
Like AEW, it kind of feels like they’re treating you like a professional athlete, and Lucha Underground is like a lot of TV production stuff. It felt like they treated you like a professional actor. The treatment was just above that for a wrestler.
I was a high school wrestler. I was city champion.
You’ve got to stay in pretty good shape to be a pro wrestler, and all the TNA wrestlers get a bit nervous when I wrestle them because they’re afraid I’ll tire them out, but the Olympics is a whole different level.
I do MMA, but I feel like a pro wrestler at heart. That’s why I fight the way I fight in MMA. That’s why I slam people and stuff around.
I wasn’t great at a lot of stuff, but I was good at not worrying about being a wrestler.
Wrestlers need a lesson in submission, and IвЂ™m just the one to teach them.
I was a wrestler in high school, and that was a pretty big part of my life.
There is a difference between being a wrestler and being a pro wrestler.
I’ll use wrestling if I need to in fights, but maybe I’ll fight another wrestler, and you’ll find out how good my striking is.
Being resourceful and creating is a big part of my Lithuanian culture. My grandfather is part of who I am, too. He was a professional wrestler. He had a very functional, very slick, long frame.
I wish I was fighting Jason High in his hometown. I would put him to sleep in front of all his fans. He’s mainly a wrestler, but I’m an All-American wrestler. So I’m really not worried about Jason High.
If a man has enough power, he can speak softly and everyone will listen
When I was nine years old and dreamed of being a pro wrestler, the thing I was most fascinated by was how much love the wrestlers got.
Mickey Rourke’s character in ‘The Wrestler’ – that was my dad, that was my uncles, that was so many members of my family. It was the only thing they knew. And then they would end up wrestling for a hundred bucks, go to autograph signings for two hundred bucks.
The best wrestlers, whether its a Hulk Hogan or a Rey Mysterio, are the ones who have psychology and can understand this business.
I mean I had accomplished a goal I had set at 10 years old, I told my mom at that time that I was going to be a wrestler one day, and I was going to be champion, everyone looked at me like I was crazy.
The biggest thing about being a wrestler and being Goldberg gave me, was the ability to be a superhero for kids. I want the ability to be that guy again.
My very favorite wrestler of all time was Andre the Giant. He was sort of like my best friend, believe it or not, and I have a picture in ‘People’ magazine of me sitting on his lap when I was 8 years old after ‘WrestleMania I.’
In terms of being honored at the TNA Hall of Fame, I think that’s something that every pro wrestler dreams about.
I was never the most technical wrestler. But my coaches definitely instilled in me the belief that if you can push yourself and practice smarter than the other guy, you can beat him.
I had three intentions when I became a wrestler. One was to keep my integrity. Two was to give pro wrestling a more respectable image. And three was to be a role model to Jewish kids, who may not have thought they could do what I do.
When I think of a world class wrestler, I think of Mo Lawal.
One of my friend’s dad owned a grocery store, and one of the kids who worked at the grocery store was a wrestler. We got tickets to one of the shows, and then we stayed after, and they asked us if we wanted to get in there and train a little bit.
I’m lucky that my best strength as a wrestler has always been my brain.
I want my lasting legacy to be that I was a good wrestler but a better person. I want people to remember me as a good dude. I think that’s very important.
I have lots of people tell me I’m beautiful and ask if I’m a model, but the biggest compliment I got was a fan came up to me and said, ‘You’re the best female technical wrestler.’ That’s the one compliment that sticks out.
For anyone watching Ring of Honor out of the gate, they knew when they were watching an ROH event that they were watching a different level of wrestler from what they had seen.
If you’re a wrestler in the WWE, then your goal is to be the headliner, main event of WrestleMania.
If all you are is a pro wrestler, on some level you eventually become, I feel like, a mindless drone. It’s tough, man, if you’re on the road and you’re doing 200, 250 shows a year. It starts to take a toll on your personal life and who are you as a human.
I leave the Iran because bad things happening there when I was greatest Greco-Roman wrestler in the world.
I remember when I first walked into an American locker room, and no one had ever seen a 130-pound wrestler before. Those guys thought I was such a joke.
More endearingly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self control and pride.
When the script for ‘The Wrestler’ kept coming to me I said, This movie is so good if you put me in the film as a wrestler people are going to say, ‘No credibility, Hulk Hogan isn’t a good actor,’ whatever Hollywood thinks of me.
Whatever it is that you do, dial it up to a 10 because for me people won’t necessarily think I am the best wrestler in the world, but I can do what others can’t.
My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior.
Love isn’t the work of the tender and the gentle; Love is the work of wrestlers. The one who becomes a servant of lovers is really a fortunate sovereign. Don’t ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love. Love is a cloud that scatters pearls.
I’m a professional wrestler at heart, and I miss it.
I just want everyone to remember me as a great wrestler, that’s what I aim to do.
I’m Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler; quote me.
I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler.
I was ordained into the ministry through my local church in February of 2000. I had already been doing a lot of speaking. So basically, my vocation in life changed and I went from a professional wrestler to a itinerate preacher.
People at WWE would say, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re the best wrestler,’ but I would think about Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit and Rey Mysterio. They weren’t necessarily the greatest talkers, but they were great wrestlers. I wanted to be that person.
Do you remember the wrestler Andre the Giant? Famous. He had acromegaly.
If you can believe it, I had no intentions of being a wrestler.
I always wanted to be a wrestler; I just didn’t know how to do it.
My grandmother started as a ticket-taker and basically became the CFO of my dad’s company. It was a very important first impression for me – I’ve always looked on the business with more eyes than just as a wrestler.
It was my father’s passion actually. I had never wished to become a wrestler. I was 12 when my father initiated me into this sport. Gradually, I started liking it and then it became my passion too.
Everybody told me I was too small to be a wrestler.
With WWE, I got this audition and thought there was no way that I was going to actually get the job. They were doing the WWE Diva Search at the time, and I didn’t think I would get the job because I wasn’t a wrestler.
I felt like I evolved into a great singles wrestler in ECW because of the opportunities to speak and wrestle longer matches.
I like to go surfing because I want to feel the ocean and experience nature, and nature fixes my balance, and this life is crazy sometimes, so it helps a wrestler’s life because a wrestler’s life is crazy sometimes.
I came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.
My son wanted to become a wrestler because I was a wrestler. I was his hero. I didn’t want them to wrestle. It was the same reason my dad didn’t want me to wrestle. It’s not the wrestling. It’s the lifestyle that goes with it and the demands it puts on you. It’s not so bad for single guy.
Wrestling is a performance. Its entertainment, we [wrestlers] tell stories. We make our fans happy by telling stories but the long and short of it its pretty much the same thing as acting.
I just love sneakers. When I first started wrestling, I was wrestling in boots, and I felt like I was trying too hard to play a wrestler. I just wanted to be myself. So when I started wearing sneakers, I felt so much better.
You don’t want to end up being an indie wrestler who wants to be the big fish in a small pond.
Normally, with girls that I know in the business, they start off managing and then they become a wrestler, or they just stay as a manager who can wrestle, but I was always a wrestler.
I love the ending of ‘The Wrestler.’
I’d like to talk to Sean Hannity in a controlled environment and say, ‘O.K., you can’t interrupt and jump up and down like a professional wrestler.’
I don’t think I’d be the wrestler or the athlete that I am today if I didn’t have some of the intergender matches that I have.
I don’t want to be the kind of wrestler that has to do it because he needs the money.
Wrestlers are all pretty busted-up by the ends of their careers.
I was a big Hart Foundation guy as a kid. Bret was my favorite wrestler. I loved their dynamic.
I do things that are very uncharacteristic of a normal workout routine. I hate cardio. Absolutely hate it. I grew up as a wrestler, so it was constant cardio, cardio, cardio.
So making the choice to be involved in the pro wrestling industry is always looked at as a short-lived choice, and there are very few and far in between opportunities to continue a career in wrestling if your time is up as a wrestler, as a female.
I am not the best high-flyer or technical wrestler. What I do have is a work ethic that can’t be beat.
Although not considered a martial art, boxing is really a martial art. It’s a very limited martial art as long as you agree to just box… but in an actual physical fight against someone who’s just a wrestler, you’re going to get killed.
It suddenly dawned on me one day, when I was reading in the paper about a woman wrestler, that being a curmudgeon was the last thing in the world that a man can be that a woman cannot be. Women can be irritating — after all, they are women — but they cannot be curmudgeons.
As a professional wrestler in the position I am in, I would rather have people remember my matches for an emotion or for a certain thought it evoked when they saw it.
I’m a character and a sports entertainer and a wrestler, but I’m also a father and a husband and a provider.
Grind Hard, Shine Hard.
My uncle wrestled in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and I was too young to see his matches. However, he has always supported me in my journey, and I think that without his support, all this would not have been possible. He taught me a lot, and he is the reason that I’m a WWE wrestler.
My style is not like anyone’s. I’m not a typical wrestler.
I’ve always been an independent wrestler at heart. You say I haven’t had a ‘home’ but a company is not a home, a house is a home, a family is a home and I have that.
Clearly, I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but I got laughed at. I was kind of the runt. I was never the tallest kid or the biggest kid or the strongest kid, so I would get laughed at when I’d say it.
For me, the only way I know how to do this is to be myself. I actually learned that from ‘The Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. I was trying to be this wrestler, and I was trying to be cool, and Dusty literally told me, ‘You’ve got to be yourself.’ That’s really how Bayley started, and that is what brought me this far.
‘Black Swan’ does what Hollywood movies have always done – it spends its energies on getting some surface things right while getting everything important wrong. Darren Aronofsky, the director, applies the same techniques and the same sensibility here as he did with ‘The Wrestler,’ only with a prettier protagonist.
Right after I did ‘The Fountain,’ I wanted to go make a documentary or something that was less constructed – more natural. I was searching for a project, and sniffing around, ‘The Wrestler’ fit right in.
I’m the best Crusierweight, X Division, Junior Heavyweight wrestler whatever you want to call it.
I remember watching Anderson Silva fight Dan Henderson at UFC 82. I had never really watched MMA, but I looked up to Dan Henderson. He was a wrestler, like me, but also a tough, powerful mixed martial artist.
I didn’t do choreographed fighting for a living. I was a professional wrestler for 15 years; there’s a big difference.
At first everyone thought that wanting to become a pro wrestler was just a phase.
I didn’t think I could become a wrestler, and I did it.
I may not be the best technical wrestler in the world, but I felt like I had learned enough of my sport that I could deliver some good matches.
I told everyone that I was going to be a pro wrestler ever since I was 10 years old, and now I can show them that I did it.
I’ve always been really passionate about music. My dad was, too, before he became a wrestler.
When I came to WWE – I got signed when I was 23. When I was on ‘SmackDown’ roster, the main roster, I was 24. I wasn’t ready for those responsibilities. I wasn’t – I wasn’t seasoned enough as a wrestler, as an in-ring performer.
I remember, one teacher in Year 11 asked the class what everyone wanted to do when they grow up, and I said, ‘I want to be a professional wrestler.’ The teacher laughed and said to be serious.
The best way to describe ‘Tough Enough’ is to just call it an opportunity. In my opinion, it’s best opportunity any aspiring wrestler could possibly have.
Cesaro should be world champ. I’m not afraid to say it, Cesaro is my favorite wrestler.
Paul Heyman has always been the only guy from the office that ever really had my best interest and really understood me. The other agents and promoters seemed confused why the fans liked me so much, because I was so non-typical for their idea of a wrestler, so they just tried to capitalize on it without owning it.
I have this dream of directing. But as a child, I wanted to become a wrestler. Like, in childhood, we used to watch WWF; I was inspired by all of that. One of my favourite wrestlers was Rock, who has become an actor.
Being a pro wrestler can be kind of difficult sometimes. We have a perception about what we do – and I totally understand the perception, because we’re a weekly episodic program, and we’re having fun all the time, so people think that’s kind of the most talented thing I could do.
The first key to leadership was self-control, particularly the mastery of pride, which was something more difficult, he explained, to subdue than a wild lion and anger, which was more difficult to defeat than the greatest wrestler. He warned them that “if you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead.
If you look at Mayweather’s fights he often likes to get into the clinch, but what is a boxer in a clinch against a wrestler, an MMA fighter?
Lawyers are like professional wrestlers. They pretend to get mad and fight, but then they socialize after a trial is over.
Even when I was a young kid, I always told my uncle that, when I became a wrestler, I wanted to be Rey Mysterio, Jr. and I wanted to wear the mask. I always pictured myself wearing a mask. I dreamed about it for so long. I wanted to be one of those luchadores who wore the mask, the cape, and the fancy outfits.
I was the most hated wrestler in WWE, No. 1 company in the world.
My days of being a full time wrestler are over. Nothing wrong with that, that’s just the general progression of your career and your life.
A good wrestler, with good jiu jitsu and great boxing, can beat Fedor.
I was a striker before a wrestler. I’ve always wanted to knock people out.
I’m a once in a lifetime professional wrestler. I’m something that people are never going to get to see again.
I always knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler for as long as I can remember.
There were promises made to me as far as if I became a professional wrestler, that I was going to be given every opportunity to be a headliner… and that’s the only reason why I accepted.
I feel like, for me, I’ve become smarter. I’ve become a more intelligent wrestler. I’ve become a more intelligent performer, and I think that shows.
Once upon a time if you go back to the early 2000s all the way to 2014 all I cared about in life was being a wrestler, going on the road, performing in front of crowds, getting big, climbing the ladder.
Diesel coming down with shades, being seven feet tall with an all-black outfit on and the gloves; The Rock when he was wearing $800 Versace shirts; and Stone Cold, obviously, with the way he carried himself and the way he spoke and holding the microphone – these are the things that made me want to become a pro wrestler.
MY TOUGHEST MATCH; is not on the mat. It’s at the dinner table and it’s at fast food restaurants. It’s hearing about the party I can Never go to. It’s realizing being a Great Wrestler isn’t a sport, It’s a LIFE.
I just started watching wrestling in 2008, and I’ve loved it ever since. I told my mom I wanted to become a wrestler.
When we were growing up, the only person we saw on TV that vaguely resembled us was the Iron Sheik – the pro wrestler whose signature move was the ‘Camel Clutch.’
I’m so comfortable in my identity as a wrestler that if I never fought, it would never bother me one bit.
In wrestling, if you want to be the best wrestler, you show up at the U.S. Nationals. If you win that, you go to World Team Trials. You make the World Team, you go to the World Championships, and we all know who the best is at the end of the year.
I’m different than your everyday average girl, but… I like to be taken more seriously as a wrestler.