• “We need you to get a little bit bigger” – Former WWF Wrestler Opens Up About His Steroid Use
Former WWF/E wrestler Maven was interviewed by Chris Van Vliet earlier this year, where he talked about his pro-wrestling career, what he does now, addiction issues, steroids & more.
Below are the highlights:
On what he does now:
“Crazily enough I work in the weirdest industry you can work in right now. I work in finance at Wall Street. I travel in and I work for a company that is right there on Wall Street.
I have never worked in this industry before. I found out that a lot of people in finance are really into music. Everyone I work with has a CD coming out or a video coming out. I live in New Jersey and I commute.”
On his pain pill addiction:
“It started in wrestling but wrestling didn’t do it. I wouldn’t even take Tylenol for a headache back then. The first pill I ever took I was like ‘yeah I am onto something here.’
I was in pain at the time, I just had hand surgery. But that’s life, man. One pill turns into two, turns into 30. When that happened, I was taking 40 to 50 a day. But here’s what’s crazy, I could function on them.
I could do them and then do two hours on HSN (Home Shopping Network) and sell the hell out of some football merchandise. I knew this ends bad, just not today. Next day, this ends bad, but not today. Then you are 3 years later and it’s still the same thing.”
On WWE reaching out to help him with rehab:
“They reached out to me. It hit the news on TMZ and they reached out to me a day or two later. Johnny Ace and D-Von Dudley reached out to me on the day. No one knew I had a problem. I could maintain and I could hide it.
I said it wasn’t a problem for me, but yeah it wasn’t sustainable. I needed that. It also hit me financially pretty difficult, but that’s just life. You are going to get kicked down, but it is about falling forward.”
On his anabolic steroid use:
“I was told, I won’t say by who, that I was 205 [pounds] and ‘we need you to get a little bit bigger’. I listened to that advice, but I would have sought that out regardless. Just to look good.
If you look at me when I started compared to two years later, it’s night and day. But looking like that, that’s the addictive part of it. You just feel great, you feel that hardness and it feels good. It’s not a euphoric feeling, you just feel it when you look good. It also gives you a psychological edge.
I would go to the gym and I was like I am here so I’ve got to get my money’s worth. I had a doctor that was telling me how much of each to take. I was getting good stuff from good pharmacies that was shipped to my house completely legal, because it was prescribed. I have bought vehicles that were harder to get.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 16, 1999) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. WWF Intercontinental Title: Chris Jericho vs. Prince Albert
2. Kurt Angle vs. Test
3. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy
4. X-Pac vs. Tori
5. Falls Count Anywhere: Mankind vs. Al Snow
6. Edge vs. Christian
7. Acolytes Rules – Handicap Match: The Acolytes vs. Mean Street Posse
8. Rikishi & Too Cool vs. The Hollys & Viscera
9. WWF World Tag Team Titles – No DQ Match: New Age Outlaws vs. Gerald Brisco & Pat Patterson
10. WWF World Heavyweight Title: Big Show vs. The Rock