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Mr. Anderson Discusses Retiring from Wrestling, Touring with TNA and More

July 20, 2011   ·   0 Comments

– TNA’s Mr. Anderson spoke with The Dover Post this week to promote TNA’s July 23rd show at the Delaware State Fair. Here are some highlights:

Q What are some of the behind the scenes stuff that we as viewers dont see?

A Its a two-hour show every week, and they get to see us for five to ten minutes. If you get a 15-minute segment on TV thats a long segment because we have such a long roster. So they think you have it made. They dont see that we do three non-TV events a week. Ill get home, wash all my clothes, re-pack, and go out for a really, long loop. Then we do two TV shows and then were traveling, we drive ourselves from city to city. If were in Milwaukee and then Chicago the next night, we have to drive after the show to Chicago. And we have to find a gym, and a place to tan, and make sure were eating properly, and its 11 at night and nothing healthys open. Those are the things that people dont see that we do. A lot of times we work 16 to 18 hour days, and dont think twice about it. For normal people, 12 is pushing it. A lot of people work 8 hours shifts and go home. I always go back and think this beats the hell out of every job Ive ever had.

Q Guys like Ric Flair have had careers for decades now. How long would you like to keep at it?

A If Im still doing this five years from now, please, just shoot me. I love the wrestling business, I love entertaining people, but it doesnt define me. And for people who are defined by this, thats fine. I dont judge them or look down on them, but its not for me. After 13 years of taking abuse I have aches and pains, and my wife calls me the old man a lot more than I would like for her to call me. But I know that I cant do this forever.

Q What would you like to do in the future?

A E.T. was the first movie I ever saw in the theater, and I remember looking at my mom and asking, How does somebody do that? I want to be Elliott. It just so happens to be that I live in the greatest country in the world where you can do anything you want. And if you want to be an actor and you work hard at it, you can do that. Id like to transition into movies, TV, maybe some behind-the-scenes stuff here at TNA, or as a commentator. Eventually, my plan is to move to Wyoming on a big place of land and hunt, and fish, and spend time with my family and travel, and do some charity work.

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