|By Jay Calderon | June 16, 2012 | Comments|
On what he loves most about professional wrestling: "There's no greater feeling on the planet than manipulating a crowd. Whether they're booing you or cheering you. That's the best drug on the planet. It's the most addictive thing Ive ever had."
On how he earned money on the side during his college years via street fighting: "This was something straight out of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, but I was a bouncer at a strip club in college in the summer time. I'll never forget the owner saying, 'Hey, would you like to make some money on the side?' I was like, 'Of course.'
"I remember going to the kitchen of this strip club -- don't ask me why -- and these guys in these Armani-tailored suites that looked like mobsters asked me the same question. 'How do you think you'd do in a fight?' 'I think I'd hold my own.' They said, 'Well, we're going to see about that.'
"I was like, 'OK.' They told me where to meet them, what time and all that kind of thing. They put me in a limo with tint of both sides of the window so I couldn't see where I was going. I remember what felt like a 20 minute ride. Then, we're inside of this freaking airplane hanger where there was 20 to 30 other guys in well-to-do suits and they looked very rich, obviously.
"They were sitting there watching and my first fight was against this 300 pound Samoan guy. I was only able to do about five or six (fights) before I was done with that. I graduated from college at that point. Wow, you did your research because I don't tell too many people that one. (Did you lose a couple?) No, absolutely not but I almost lost my first fight.
"Honest to God, I didn't know you could use broomsticks he was a big dude. Trust me. He was like 6'4", 300 pounds. I'm mounting him and elbowing him, elbowing him, elbowing him and the guy will not get knocked out. He will not go away, just not getting knocked out. The next thing I know, I feel this sharp, sharp pain in the back of my head. This guy grabbed a rock beside us and just smashed the back of my head.
"I'm like, 'What the... OK. Fine.' Once you knew that, you did what you did. Next thing you know, you're finding broomsticks, you're finding pipes, you're finding things on the ground."
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