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The Big Show did an interview that was published yesterday at ArizonaCentral.com. Check out the highlights:
On his size making travel difficult: “I’m fortunate enough to have my own tour bus. I don’t have to rent cars and stay in hotels. I travel on a bus that has a shower that fits and a bed that fits. It’s a home away from home and gives me a little bit of privacy and a place to mellow out before the show. It’s not like I can go in a Prius.”
On whether it made things tough as a kid: “It was very hard socially, but it also prepared me to do what I love. It gave me a chance to develop a personality. I learned to make fun of myself and get along with other kids. And I was blessed with good athleticism. When you’re in junior high, athletics are important. That helped me fit in. But, yeah, kids are kids. Anything different isn’t good.”
On how close his gimmick is to real life: “I think my persona when I’m a bad guy is me in a bad mood on a bad day amplified. I don’t run around like I do on TV; if I did, I’d be in a lot of trouble ( laughing). Sometimes my family and my wife will see me on TV and say, ‘I’ve seen that mood before, like the time you went for the jelly and the jar was empty.’”
On amping up his aggressive side for TV: “Well, one beautiful thing about being a WWE superstar is that you may have things going on in your life that are stressful and weighing on your mind. For 15 or 20 minutes, you’re in front of the crowd and you can let off all that steam and all that pressure. It’s like therapy.”
On if he plans to continue looking for acting opportunities: “I don’t know. I enjoy it. It’s a skill set I need to improve to be good at, but I know I’m not “The Rock” (Dwayne Johnson). I’m not blessed with extremely good looks and charms. I fit a particular niche, but we’ll see what comes down the road. Right now, I’m still doing what I love.”
On turning forty this year: “I’ve had an 18-year career, and physically and mentally, I feel fantastic. I have too much fun doing what I’m doing to stop. Barring injuries, I plan on doing this a while longer. Obviously, the sun sets on every athlete at some point, but I don’t think that time is near.”
On his advice for younger wrestlers: “Well, back when they used to talk to me, I would see a lot of the younger guys were frustrated. Everybody wants to be Undertaker or Triple H or John Cena. But Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s consistency, consistency, consistency. You have to go out there every night and deliver, and when the opportunity is presented to you, it’s up to you to come through.”