WWE Hall of Famer George Steele explains why he came close to taking his own life, discusses his new autobiography, comments on Bruno Sammartino joining the WWE Hall of Fame
Kayfabe Wrestling Radio with George Steele
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His upcoming autobiography and how he came to that decision: "I’ll tell you exactly what happened; I wanted to write the book about 17 years ago, but it just wasn’t right or ready yet. There was a lot more to add to the story and I didn’t realize that; I think God was in control and just held me back, held me back and then I saw so many other books being written and I felt like the market was really flooded. So, it was too late. And then, when some other things started to happen here late, I thought ‘Hey, the door’s open’,so that’s kind of how it happened.'"
His opinion on long-time rival Bruno Sammartino going into the WWE Hall of Fame: "Well, as soon as Bruno had agreed to go into the Hall, I had a ton of magazines and people calling me and asking me what my thought was. First of all, I respect, 100 percent, his decision; I respected his decision when he decided not to go in and when he chose to go in, I respect that also. I don’t know what was going on in the WWE at that time, you know, with the mindset. I know they were reaching out big time; I don’t know if it was reaching from Bruno or from the fans or from the Hall itself, sometimes that how thing work in the wrestling business. So, you know, to me it just doesn’t matter; it doesn’t matter. The fans who wanted Bruno in are very happy with it, the WWE I think needed him in to make it a real Hall of Fame, and so therefore, since I’m in the Hall of Fame, I’m glad it’s real, finally."
What it was like wrestling someone like Andre the Giant: "He could take a slam, believe me; he could help you do it. He called 'slam' with me and I reached in like I was going to slam him and he was ready to try and go; I dropped down to my knees and sold my back and he looked down and kind of laughed and he said, 'You get it.'"
Battling Crohn’s Disease and at one time, considering suicide: "Well, it attacks you anywhere from your liver down to anus; your total digestive system. You’re totally out of control, constant diarrhea and whatever else goes along with it. On the morning I was ready to bow out, I had pain in every possible joint in my body; even my cheeks and my face was hurting. I was in totally pain and I thought, if I’m going to be like this for the rest of my life, I just don’t need it. So, I went out ready to do the thing; at the last minute I had sleeping pills and had the car all set up and was ready to go; just drifting off to sleep, I was listening to country music and I hit the steering wheel and said "Bullcrap! I’m tougher than this!" And I’m not sure if that’s me again or I think it was God reaching out giving me another shot. But, it was pretty close."
You can follow Jim/George on Twitter (@GeorgeSteele) or through his personal website (http://www.georgetheanimalsteele.com) in order to get the latest news, notes and event information. You can also get his autobiography "Animal", co-written with Jim Evans and a forward by "Cowboy" Bob Orton at either your local book retailer or go to www.amazon.comor www.bn.comfor ordering details and availability.
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