The Olympics is not really about the sport, it’s about the story behind the person. You keep the sport relatively simple to understand – let the fans understand that a takedown is 1 point, a turn is 2, a pin and the match is over. Keep it simple, and keep the story on the individual.
I love doing funny promos like the ones I did wrestling Rey Mysterio.
The hard part for me was being an Olympic gold medalist and having that persona; you don’t see too many Olympic gold medalists go into acting. It’s actually even more difficult. You’re not taken very seriously, and you’re looked at in a different light, so it was kind of hard for me to go straight...
I’ve been chastised for going into mixed martial arts and backing out. But the reason I backed out was the terms – they wanted me ready to fight in four weeks, but you’ve got to be out of your mind. So I decided to go back to my roots, back to wrestling.
Pro wrestling is not fake; it’s sports entertainment. We go out there and we perform, and a lot of what we do out there is real, but we’re not going to insult anyone’s intelligence – there is a predetermined winner. It’s just the fans don’t know who it is, and that’s what makes it so...
Pro wrestling was there, and I was good at it, thank God. I started getting a lot of offers, but unfortunately, at WWE I was under a tight leash. I think it had a lot to do with The Rock making the transition, and me possibly being the next guy – you know, the company...
Amateur wrestling, you can go by instinct. Pro wrestling, you have to memorize, and you have to go by what moves you said you were going to do. Sometimes you have to feel the crowd and do the moves at the right time and know the timing and tell a good story.
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There are many young Americans that are very distant from our political process.
It took me a few years to explain to my colleagues and my mentors and the people that I looked up to and I wrestled that I’m not in wrestling anymore. I’m in sports entertainment. Pro’ wrestling doesn’t mean that we’re saying we’re a step up above amateur wrestling, because there’s nothing above Olympic wrestling.
You go from Olympic wrestling into pro wrestling, and it’s a very difficult transition, but if you make it, you can earn a great living while at the same time giving amateur wrestling a lot of exposure by being on TV every week. Fans know where you came from.
My true love is with amateur wrestlin;, that’s where I was born. I’ve always wanted to wrestle.