I had to decide whether I should try to play pro football after high school or try to pursue my powerlifting career.
There's a lot to being a weightlifter. People think it's all brute strength. But it takes strength, quickness, flexibility, and technique. And it can cause a lot of stress.
I grew up learning from guys like Ron Simmons and Owen Hart. They were like mentors to me, so I was able to embrace what they taught me, and I think I did alright.
I was kind of sheltered. I grew up in Silsbee, Texas, a town of 3,000 people.
Small? Nah, I never want to be small. Big people usually push small people around. Why would I want to be small?
A lot of athletes are stuck on themselves and don't want to socialize and that kind of thing. When I see that, I hate it.
The true measure of strength is through a squat and deadlift.
If you're going to lose to somebody, losing to a guy like Brock Lesnar is not something that people will laugh at. Brock is arguably one of the top ten fighters on Earth.
The Undertaker's theme isn't really a single, but in terms of eerie music, you can't beat it.
I was an unusually big kid for my age and did not know how to express myself after being targeted as the odd one out. I thus landed myself in trouble for reacting aggressively. But with time, I succeeded as an athlete and people started respecting me.
Wrestling went from being sometimes comical to very serious, and there was a lot of depth regarding the vastness in which people performed.
I never in my career did appearances, like where you go and sign autographs, and you do the comic-cons and all of that stuff, because I wanted, when I stopped wrestling, to go and do that stuff and have it really mean something to somebody, that it hadn't been watered down.