Wrestler Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Wrestler Quotes from famous persons: Ryan Bader, Diamond Dallas Page, Bill Goldberg, Matt Sydal, Mase. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Wrestler Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

I was pretty one-dimensional, a wrestler.

I was pretty one-dimensional, a wrestler.
When you become a wrestler at 35 and your career takes off at 40, nobody believes in you. But there are some people out there who watch how I did it, and I did it through intense work ethic.
Being a professional wrestler surely prepares you for any acting role in that we have to act on live television, so there’s a lot of pressure put there.
I am not like any other wrestler.
I don’t get into record beef. That’s the wackest beef. That’s not even a beef; that’s entertainment. Might as well be a wrestler or something.
Shawn Michaels is the reason I wanted to be a wrestler.
I always had a much softer approach to my interviews and promos. I was not so much that wrestler that was yelling at the screen; I was always the one that was talking to my fans.
I started competing on boxing, so I have my hands. I’m an O.K. wrestler, so why not?
A guy who I always said was my favorite wrestler is Rey Mysterio.
I mean I had accomplished a goal I had set at 10 years old, I told my mom at that time that I was going to be a wrestler one day, and I was going to be champion, everyone looked at me like I was crazy.
I’ve sort of always pulled for the heels, like the bad guys. So I think if I were a pro wrestler, first I’d need to bulk up, and second I’ll need to get sort of a bad-boy persona.
My favorite wrestler growing up was Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
I just started watching wrestling in 2008, and I’ve loved it ever since. I told my mom I wanted to become a wrestler.
Rico Rodriguez
My father is the reason I’m a wrestler today. He was trained by Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and competed under the names Billy the Kid and Elvis Wesley on the Florida Independent scene.
I made the final decision to become a professional wrestler because I was able to look at Sting and what he was able to do inside and outside the ring.
I just remember that when I started at NXT, I had no character. I had nothing. I was just so excited to be here and just to be a wrestler.
A good wrestler, with good jiu jitsu and great boxing, can beat Fedor.
I was ordained into the ministry through my local church in February of 2000. I had already been doing a lot of speaking. So basically, my vocation in life changed and I went from a professional wrestler to a itinerate preacher.
To have a Japanese wrestler standing as the face of professional wrestling, there’s only one person for that spot, and it’s me.
It’s hard to pick out one particular wrestler.
I’d like to talk to Sean Hannity in a controlled environment and say, ‘O.K., you can’t interrupt and jump up and down like a professional wrestler.’
CM Punk was a great wrestler, and he has so many fans and made a lot of people happy with what he did over the years.
I watched wrestling for the first time on television while in Punjab, after which I started working seriously to become a good wrestler.
At 15-years-old, I always wanted to do professional wrestling, and at 15, I started training as a professional wrestler. It was always the plan to become an entertainer, a sports entertainer.
I remember watching Anderson Silva fight Dan Henderson at UFC 82. I had never really watched MMA, but I looked up to Dan Henderson. He was a wrestler, like me, but also a tough, powerful mixed martial artist.
Instead of diving further back to the fandom as a child, more recently when I was training as an independent wrestler, that is really when women‘s wrestling took to the forefront and really started this upward rise.
Britt Baker
I don’t think I’ll go a day as a professional wrestler without remembering the good parts of my TNA career. That really is the bulk of my career that people are aware and familiar with.
Everyone that watches wrestling as a kid dreams of being a wrestler for WWE.
I like to think of Christopher Daniels as one of those who’s a great professional wrestler, but I like to think of myself as one of those people that’s great at everything.
I am the underdog – the 5-foot, 6-inch wrestler. The kids don’t say, ‘I can beat Rey.’ Instead, they say, ‘I can be like Rey.’
It took more strength and hard work than I would‘ve believed myself capable of, but with God‘s grace and strength, I managed to lift myself up and become a better person that I’d ever imagined – I believe I have become a loving husband, a compassionate father, and a stronger wrestler.
Eddie Guerrero
I’m a great defensive wrestler.
I have lots of people tell me I’m beautiful and ask if I’m a model, but the biggest compliment I got was a fan came up to me and said, ‘You’re the best female technical wrestler.’ That’s the one compliment that sticks out.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a rock star or a wrestler.
I don’t give up; I go down fighting in everything I do – being a mother, being a wife, being a wrestler, being a Marine, being a sister.
Lacey Evans
Being a wrestler is not an easy life. It’s very hard on the body. I loved it, but it is a hard life to live.
At one time, I wanted to be a WWE wrestler. I still do. I want to go in the ring once and mess around and jump off the ropes and do a Stone Cold stunt.
I grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler, and that’s exactly what I’m going to keep doing.
I’m a wrestler with nine toes. I’m a wrestler who has been through a lot of battles. I get to do a lot of motivational speaking, and people are blown away and say, ‘You never quit. You keep coming back.’
One of my friend‘s dad owned a grocery store, and one of the kids who worked at the grocery store was a wrestler. We got tickets to one of the shows, and then we stayed after, and they asked us if we wanted to get in there and train a little bit.
I really don’t understand because I love opera, because I respect the Michelangelos and da Vincis, that it should be shocking because I am a wrestler. Because I am a wrestler does it mean that I am some kind of a robot who only knows to go into the squared circle and pound on somebody?
It doesn’t matter if you’re the best wrestler in the world and can do every move perfectly; if you don’t connect with the crowd or sell well or have good promos, nobody cares.
I think, without a doubt, whatever anyone says or anyone thinks, Natalya Neidhart is the premier, best woman wrestler.
There have been many matches where a wrestler gets hurt. The referee usually senses it and stops the match, but the referee doesn’t always know.
Gene Okerlund
I’m the most versatile wrestler on the planet.
Crowd involvement plays a huge part in the performance of a professional wrestler. The only thing I do not want to hear when I am in the ring is the sound of indifference.
Ethan Carter III
I think that Ben Askren, when he competed as a wrestler, he was an amazing athlete.
To be a true comic, you have to have a signature move. You ever watch wrestling? And your favorite wrestler has the one move that he always does to finish his opponent off, right? Like when he climbs on the rope, and he always jumps off the top rope and finishes off his opponent – that’s what a comic has.
It was always important for me not to be pigeonholed as a cruiserweight-style wrestler.
When I think of a world class wrestler, I think of Mo Lawal.
My style is not like anyone’s. I’m not a typical wrestler.
Johnny Hendricks has better credentials, but in MMA, I might be the best wrestler for the style.
I may not be the best technical wrestler in the world, but I felt like I had learned enough of my sport that I could deliver some good matches.
I always knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler for as long as I can remember.
Ric Flair, The Freebirds, and The Rockers were great influences in my decision to become a wrestler.
My uncle wrestled in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and I was too young to see his matches. However, he has always supported me in my journey, and I think that without his support, all this would not have been possible. He taught me a lot, and he is the reason that I’m a WWE wrestler.
Once you’re an amateur wrestler, you’re always an amateur wrestler.
I was a writer before I was a wrestler when I was in the WWE.
I think I had a really hard-working and authentic wrestling style, so people liked the way I was – that I was a ‘no-quit’ kind of wrestler – and I was very realistic and credible in my style.
I’m a wrestler, a very polished wrestler and some of my best attributes in wrestling are my scrambling ability and my clinch.
Growing up when I was watching wrestling, if a guy couldn’t talk, I didn’t care about him. You could have the fanciest moves and be the greatest wrestler if all time, but if you didn’t have a compelling character and you couldn’t talk, I didn’t care.
I can’t even begin to entertain another wrestler’s perception of me if they don’t understand what my fans look for in me. I’m different; I’m different.
You don’t want to end up being an indie wrestler who wants to be the big fish in a small pond.
Clearly, I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but I got laughed at. I was kind of the runt. I was never the tallest kid or the biggest kid or the strongest kid, so I would get laughed at when I’d say it.
In wrestling, if you want to be the best wrestler, you show up at the U.S. Nationals. If you win that, you go to World Team Trials. You make the World Team, you go to the World Championships, and we all know who the best is at the end of the year.
There is a difference between being a wrestler and being a pro wrestler.
Impossible for wrestler to become doctor or the mechanic. All they know is the wrestling and forever they do this job.
Now that I have the training behind me, I think that really shows I do have the skills and talent to become a well-rounded wrestler.
I did a year and a half of independent wrestling before I got into the WWE. It was nothing really. I didn’t make the towns. I don’t even say I was an indy wrestler.
I think a wrestler can say something from fighting, from wrestling.
These wrestlers aren’t organized. They have no union, no pension and no insurance. You meet wrestler after wrestler who sold out Madison Square Garden ten years ago, basically running on fumes today. There’s a lot of drama there.
When I was struggling to get recognition as a wrestler, I faced innumerable hardships. I even slept on the ring itself after finishing my practice. Those days, I did not have a house to live.
The thing is, wherever I go, I’m a wrestler. I’m not an entertainer or superstar or whatever. I’m a wrestler first, and I won’t concede on that.
Sometimes I’m out in public and people are like ‘you’re a wrestler?’ and they kind of ask me with a little question in their voice, like ‘oh I didn’t know that WWE had wrestlers like you. I’m going to start watching.’
My parents could have told me, when I was 12 years old and telling them I wanted to be a wrestler, that it was silly and to be serious and find something more secure and safe, but they didn’t. They pushed me as hard as they could.
It’s very hard to be a family man, a father, a husband, an independent wrestler, and a police officer.
My grandmother started as a ticket-taker and basically became the CFO of my dad’s company. It was a very important first impression for me – I’ve always looked on the business with more eyes than just as a wrestler.
The kind of wrestler that’s going to do well in a combat style event like MMA is one that can explode through – doesn’t need to spend time on the mathit his opponent, get him off his feet, and get on top quickly.
I’ve always been really passionate about music. My dad was, too, before he became a wrestler.
When you’re training to be a pro wrestler, you don’t think about these things like video games and action figures and things like that, but when those opportunities come along, it sort of validates all the hard work that you put into the ring.
When you’re an independent wrestler, committing a lot of time and effort into honing your craft as much as possible in as many different places as possible will catch the WWE’s interest as far as the independent level goes.
If it was one person I could have a bout with, it would be Jack Pye, the Doncaster Panther. A mythical wrestler obviously from Doncaster who lived in Blackpool.
I was an athlete growing up. I was a wrestler, I played football, so I can take a fall. I actually wanted to be a stuntman when I was kid, so I would practice falling down the stairs. It’s just something I like to do.
I’m not just a wrestler anymore. I’m a very well-rounded fighter.
I used to say Page Joseph Falkinburg – which is my given name – when Page Joseph Falkinburg stopped trying to be this over-the-top professional wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, and Diamond Dallas Page became Page Joseph Falkinburg, that’s when my career took off.
I was six years old watching wrestling on TV. I was eight years old watching Ultimate Warrior run to the ring at WrestleMania. I was eighteen years old starting out on a journey in the U.K. wanting to be a professional wrestler.
For me, I like to be different. I didn’t want to imitate another wrestler. I always try to find something from other genres, like movies, books, art, and musicals. That’s how I made my style.
I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler.
WWE is the biggest, most wonderful company, and they have WrestleMania, so almost any professional wrestler is going to seek that goal.
I have been a wrestler now for 12 years, and now I am reaching this peak at the top of the mountain – WrestleMania.
I was an amateur wrestler, which I loved. It was my passion, but I started really late; I was a junior in high school when I began.
I beat St. Pierre, who’s a physical specimen, a better wrestler, and supposedly a better striker. People thought I was gonna get killed. But I have experience in wars with the best guys in the world. I knew at the very least he’d be in the hospital with me.
I was a wrestler. I played football, lacrosse. After high school, I got into jujitsu. I boxed my whole adult life.
It’s just one of those things. When you’re a wrestler you’re thinking about one guy, yourself, your character and whatever guy it is you’re working with. When you’re a writer and you’re kind of in a booking type role, you’re thinking about the entire roster so you’re thinking about wrestling 24 hours a day.
I’m Vince McMahon‘s favorite wrestler; quote me.
My dad used to be a Greco-Roman wrestler, and he was Norwegian champion six years on the bounce from 1966 to 1971. But I never saw him wrestle. I’ve only read the clippings.
I just want everyone to remember me as a great wrestler, that’s what I aim to do.
I remember reading one blog site where one blogger said I looked like a professional wrestler on the track. I was a big boy. I was looking at myself in the mirror and saying, ‘I look good!’ But I wasn’t looking race good.
My uncle inspired me, and it was because of him that I become a wrestler, but besides him, the one Superstar that really caught my attention growing up as a kid was ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.
Without Ring of Honor, I wouldn’t be the wrestler I am or have the confidence needed to continue to grow in this ever-challenging sport.
Scott Hall is a great wrestler, a better friend, but more than anything a very caring human being. Scott never passed a homeless person or someone in need without opening his wallet. This is a guy that has the first two nickels he ever made.
Kevin Nash
I was scared to film ‘GLOW’ for many reasons. As an actor, as a wrestler. It was just a very scary and intimidating experience.
If I was young again and wanted to be a professional wrestler, first thing I’d do is get jacked all to hell is what I’d do.
I like to think I proved a wrestler’s skin color doesn’t matter.
I was never the most technical wrestler. But my coaches definitely instilled in me the belief that if you can push yourself and practice smarter than the other guy, you can beat him.
I always mention Bobby Roode. We just click on a lot of different levels. We grew up appreciating the same type of wrestler and same type of wrestling. We are similar students to the game.
Do you remember the wrestler Andre the Giant? Famous. He had acromegaly.
For me, Philadelphia was always kind of that city you traveled to as an independent wrestler. I traveled there once or twice a month, doing that seven-to-eight-hour drive from Cleveland to Philly just to try and make a name for myself.
I felt like I evolved into a great singles wrestler in ECW because of the opportunities to speak and wrestle longer matches.
I think it’s human nature to say, ‘You’re a wrestler. That is what you do.’ I think it can be hard sometimes for people to understand that you can have more than one thing you like to do.
John Smith from Oklahoma State was the greatest American wrestler of all time.
You can call Roy Nelson a wrestler, but he’s never fought a dynamic, explosive wrestler.
When I was 17 years old, I was given the opportunity to be trained as a wrestler. At the time, I never really thought about making it a career. I only saw it as a chance to do something that I always wanted to do.
If you put little person wrestler on a poster, people are going to say oh is that kids? Is that weird, odd people? You put midget wrestling they know what it is.
I was six years old and knew I wanted to be a wrestler.
I never was an amateur wrestler.
Let me just say this, Dolce Maria Garcia Rivas: You are not ‘sexy,’ you are not a ‘star,’ and you are certainly not a professional wrestler.
I was a dancer and didn’t ever think I could become a female wrestler, but here I am and doing it.
I hate when someone gets the better of me. A Division 1 wrestler comes in and takes me down and I get frustrated.
I hope Seth Rollins becomes the safest, best wrestler in the world. And I wish him all the luck in the world.
Top of my head is Rey Mysterio Jr. He is one of my best friends, fantastic wrestler, and a real-life legend. He would be the perfect person to do a world tour to say goodbye.
There is this great, great wrestler, who never really got an opportunity to be a star, named Len Denton: he was a masked guy called The Grappler. He was one of my favorite guys to ever wrestle, and it was just a tremendous pleasure to step in the ring with him.
I made a joke to my wife that if this acting thing doesn’t work out I can always be a pro wrestler, as a joke. She found out about a school that was about thirty minutes from where we lived, and she made the appointment for me.
If you’re a wrestler in the WWE, then your goal is to be the headliner, main event of WrestleMania.
As far as match-ups are concerned, I feel pretty good about matching up with anybody. I’m sort of a hybrid wrestler. I’m extremely explosive; I’m a good athlete. I can move around.
If you’re an aspiring wrestler, Bret Hart is usually at the top of the list for inspiration.
I’m not a WWE wrestler and that’s how it feels sometimes out on the court.
I noticed when I started wrestling that I was a defensive wrestler and that people make mistakes.
For me, the only way I know how to do this is to be myself. I actually learned that from ‘The Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. I was trying to be this wrestler, and I was trying to be cool, and Dusty literally told me, ‘You’ve got to be yourself.’ That’s really how Bayley started, and that is what brought me this far.
It’s very hard when you start working as a wrestler to try and stop doing things that are second nature. For me, when I take a move and start selling, that is second nature for me.
When I was a teenager, a friend of mine got a job on a wrestling radio show in Montreal, and he found a local professional wrestler who was able to train us.
I believe you don’t need to spend 6 days on the road to make a good living as a wrestler or 5 days on the road per week necessarily.
With WWE, I got this audition and thought there was no way that I was going to actually get the job. They were doing the WWE Diva Search at the time, and I didn’t think I would get the job because I wasn’t a wrestler.
I am Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, and I’m a professional wrestler. I don’t mean to brag or boast, but I love the recognition for it.
Britt Baker
I’m going to do what I want to do. If he wants to go to the ground, that’s fine. I’m a wrestler.
As a wrestler, sometimes I’m fortunate with some free time.
In terms of being honored at the TNA Hall of Fame, I think that’s something that every pro wrestler dreams about.
Diesel coming down with shades, being seven feet tall with an all-black outfit on and the gloves; The Rock when he was wearing $800 Versace shirts; and Stone Cold, obviously, with the way he carried himself and the way he spoke and holding the microphone – these are the things that made me want to become a pro wrestler.
I feel like, for me, I’ve become smarter. I’ve become a more intelligent wrestler. I’ve become a more intelligent performer, and I think that shows.
Johnny Gargano, to me, he’s the best professional wrestler in the world today. No doubt about it. Inside the ring, bell-to-bell, there’s just nobody better. So having him as a teammate for years as part of DIY helped me tremendously.
The Vince McMahon tell me I am the best Middle Eastern wrestler ever. He tell me I need new name to show how strong I am like the iron. He want me to become like the Shah. He call me the Sheik.
As a wrestler in the world, traveling is a big part of it.
I don’t classify myself as a wrestler, I’m a grappler.
The biggest thing about being a wrestler and being Goldberg gave me, was the ability to be a superhero for kids. I want the ability to be that guy again.
I was able to accomplish a lot as a tag team wrestler in one of the greatest factions of all time – The New Day – but I also want to see how much I can do as a singles competitor.
I’m the best Crusierweight, X Division, Junior Heavyweight wrestler whatever you want to call it.
Any wrestler who will piledrive Lawler and injure him like he did me gets five thousand dollars from me!
Andy Kaufman
My dad was my favorite wrestler growing up, obviously.
When I was nine years old and dreamed of being a pro wrestler, the thing I was most fascinated by was how much love the wrestlers got.
I didn’t know what a good technical wrestler was when I was little – it was people that made me scream or boo or cheer.
For anyone watching Ring of Honor out of the gate, they knew when they were watching an ROH event that they were watching a different level of wrestler from what they had seen.
There wasn’t one defining moment that I said, ‘I wanna be a wrestler.’ It was just something that was always inside me.
OK, if he’s a grappler, good for me, I know what to do. If he’s a kickboxer, I gotta get in a clinch and move a certain way. If he’s a karate man, he moves a different way, but I’m still going to have to clinch. So, a sumo wrestler, I have to clinch. It’s just, how I get there, how I move it.
Being resourceful and creating is a big part of my Lithuanian culture. My grandfather is part of who I am, too. He was a professional wrestler. He had a very functional, very slick, long frame.
Although not considered a martial art, boxing is really a martial art. It’s a very limited martial art as long as you agree to just box… but in an actual physical fight against someone who’s just a wrestler, you’re going to get killed.
I don’t want to be the kind of wrestler that has to do it because he needs the money.
Throughout my whole time in wrestling on the road, going out and being around some of the whitest people in the world, I’ve never had any problems with anybody. It was never black or white. Booker T was just a wrestler. I did that by design.
My son wanted to become a wrestler because I was a wrestler. I was his hero. I didn’t want them to wrestle. It was the same reason my dad didn’t want me to wrestle. It’s not the wrestling. It’s the lifestyle that goes with it and the demands it puts on you. It’s not so bad for single guy.
When you become a professional wrestler, your name becomes company property.
In my first fight, I acknowledged it. I’m a professional wrestler, this is who I am, who you know me as. But guess what, I’ve also been wrestling since I was 5 years old – real wrestling – amateur wrestling, Olympic wrestling.
I am a Division I All-American wrestler, but I wrestled college wrestling matches, seven minutes long. If I was to go in there and wrestle for seven minutes of a fight, a 25-minute fight, you’re not getting nothing out of me for the rest of the time.
I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but my mom didn’t let me. I used to make videos and stuff in the backyard. I had a buddy named Daniel Decker, and we used to have a tag team called the ‘Deck Garra Era.’ We used to make video after video. We were the tag team champions, but then we turned on each other.
I think being the only Pakistani wrestler in WWE will bring some attention from the country as well. I’ll do my best to do Pakistan proud and give them something to cheer about.
My favorite wrestler of all-time is Johnny Valentine. I believe him to be the best bad guy ever in wrestling and he is my absolute favorite.
Everybody told me I was too small to be a wrestler.
Growing up as a wrestler, especially in practice, I think you get used to competing without much of a crowd around.
I didn’t do choreographed fighting for a living. I was a professional wrestler for 15 years; there’s a big difference.
There were promises made to me as far as if I became a professional wrestler, that I was going to be given every opportunity to be a headliner… and that’s the only reason why I accepted.
I always wanted to be the worst wrestler on the shows I was on so I could just learn from the guys above me, and that’s a great way to be in your first few years of wrestling.
I’m not the strongest, I’m not this amazing wrestler, but I believe the skills I’ve honed over a period of time – my stand up, my takedown defence, the way I position myself on the ground – I just believe I can be the full package.
I was always a good wrestler. I feel like I can wrestle anybody.
I was very good in school, and my parents really would have really liked me to go to college. Instead, I went on this random journey to go be a professional wrestler.
The Hardys were a huge influence on me becoming a wrestler. Not so much the moves themselves, but the concepts behind the moves: trying to be innovative and just being exciting.
I remember having the opportunity to meet Ivory, as a kid, and she was the first woman’s wrestler that I met. She looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to see you in the ring one day, aren’t I?’
I’ll use wrestling if I need to in fights, but maybe I’ll fight another wrestler, and you’ll find out how good my striking is.
If it wasn’t for finding out that my right leg could kick a ball really far, which is what I did, I am 100 percent certain that I would be attempting to be or would be a professional wrestler.
Being able to fight a guy like Brock Lesnar who is a wrestler, who has very limited skills in striking, in my prime and him in his prime, he doesn’t have a chance. How can you beat me? You can’t beat me.
When I was a wrestler, my job was mostly looking mean and throwing punches and kicks.
The fans of the U.K. are tremendously supportive of the efforts of the WWE Superstars, which is why every wrestler I know loves to be a part of the tours to the U.K.
I like to think I’ve always been a good wrestler.
The best wrestler in the world is me.
I came into this game a wrestler and that was pretty much it. I was tough, I could take a guy down and beat him up. I threw a good overhand right.
When I first broke in, I wanted to be the best technical wrestler on the planet.
Wrestling fans dictate policy; they really do. What direction each wrestler takes usually revolves around what the fans think of them.
For my money, Dan Hodge is the greatest amateur wrestler ever produced in the U.S.A.
For the most part, since the time I was in EliteXC fighting, maybe there were one or two fights here and there that they had me to win, but for the most part I’ve been an underdog. I’m not a kickboxer so I’m going to lose to a kickboxer. I’m not a wrestler, my wrestling sucks, so I’m going to lose to a wrestler.
I told people I was going to be a wrestler, and they fell down laughing.
Normally, with girls that I know in the business, they start off managing and then they become a wrestler, or they just stay as a manager who can wrestle, but I was always a wrestler.
I don’t know anything about CM Punk. I’d never even heard of him until he was mentioned in UFC. I wouldn’t know him if I walked past him in the street, I don’t know… he might be a good wrestler but there are people in the UFC who are just good wrestlers.
Absolutely, it’s awesome to be a pro wrestler.
This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler.
I wasn’t great at a lot of stuff, but I was good at not worrying about being a wrestler.
I had three intentions when I became a wrestler. One was to keep my integrity. Two was to give pro wrestling a more respectable image. And three was to be a role model to Jewish kids, who may not have thought they could do what I do.
I knew I wanted to be a wrestler, so I became the best wrestler in wrestling history.
I never thought I was the greatest wrestler, but I never gave up.
Maria Kanellis
I never had an interest in fighting. Originally, because I had no experience, I was going to come to Japan to be a pro wrestler and learn fighting along the way.
I have a lot of plaques; I have a lot of accolades – things that I’m proud of – but I don’t think I ever reached my full potential as a wrestler.
I came out of my mother’s womb wanting to be a professional wrestler. But then notoriety and stardom happened, and I started getting cocky.
It took me a while to open up to the idea that you don’t have to be a wrestler to have ideas. Jim Ross isn’t a wrestler and you will learn a lot from Jim Ross.
A wrestler loves to compete. At the end of the day, a wrestler just wants to compete.
Being a pro wrestler can be kind of difficult sometimes. We have a perception about what we do – and I totally understand the perception, because we’re a weekly episodic program, and we’re having fun all the time, so people think that’s kind of the most talented thing I could do.
I was the most hated wrestler in WWE, No. 1 company in the world.
I’m a wrestler, so I’m used to not being paid, and I’m used to doing five or six competitions a day and paying someone else to allow me into the event.
‘Superstar’ Billy Graham was someone that my dad taught from A to Z, from tying up to submission wrestling. Billy was more of a showman than a wrestler. My dad used to love tying Billy in knots, and Iron Sheik would be watching.
My very favorite wrestler of all time was Andre the Giant. He was sort of like my best friend, believe it or not, and I have a picture in ‘People’ magazine of me sitting on his lap when I was 8 years old after ‘WrestleMania I.’
I would love to have gotten into it with Harley Race. He was such a good wrestler and rough and tough. We wrestled at the same time but never each other. And wrestling Sting would have been something I would have enjoyed.
I’m so comfortable in my identity as a wrestler that if I never fought, it would never bother me one bit.
I used to want to be a pro wrestler first, a stuntman if I couldn’t do that, and a fireman to fall back on. The guy who used to live across the street from me was the fire chief, so he was going to help me out if I didn’t succeed at the other things.
I honestly was supposed to always be a wrestler. I was never hired into any business as an announcer. That was just something I ended up falling into.
Even though I accomplished the whole WWE thing, which I feel like was everybody‘s dream when you were growing up, but it wasn’t until I got to Lucha Underground that I felt how I thought I’d feel at 10 years old to be a pro wrestler.
Brian Cage
From a boy who left university as a student straight to WWE – those experiences, those ups and downs in life and work shaped the wrestler and man I am today.
Okada and Tanahashi, they don’t mind being the wrestler that approaches everything day-of in the ring. I like to go in-depth, to tell the human side of Cody Rhodes, the human side of Kenny Omega. That’s why Being The Elite exists.
I’m lucky that my best strength as a wrestler has always been my brain.
I relate everything to amateur wrestling, including the way I watch basketball and the way I watch football. My brain thinks as an amateur wrestler. That’s who I am.
My mom found a wrestling school that was in Maryland, and she told me to go down there. From there, I really got my head out of any negativity, and I focused on trying to become a professional wrestler, living my dream from when I was a kid. Wrestling saved my life.
My dad was a wrestler, so I grew up old school.
When I was really little, I wanted to be a wrestler so I could be like the girls I looked up to. My brother then told me that ‘You don’t want to be like your idols; you want to grow up and be better than them.’ To this day, that’s the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten.
If a guy’s a very good wrestler or a really good boxer or has a really good high kick, you prepare for that. It’s the same when you’re going to fight someone who talks a lot of crap.
My favoirte wrestler is ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
If you can believe it, I had no intentions of being a wrestler.
I was never an upper body wrestler. I am a shooter.
When I was in England, I did a lot of wrestling and moves. Over here, they were like, ‘You don’t need to do that much. Save your body. Become an entertainer rather than a wrestler.’ And I wasn’t used to wrestling on TV and in front of huge crowds, so it was a big adjustment.
I was a true wrestler. I was a Division I national champion. I came into the business wanting one thing and one thing only, and that was to be the champion, and I wasn’t going to let anybody stand in my way. I think there was one guy that had a problem with that, and that was Undertaker.
My dad was a wrestler back in the early ’90s, so it just brought everything full circle with my dad’s background and my love of performing and entertainment, and now here I am in the WWE.
It was my father’s passion actually. I had never wished to become a wrestler. I was 12 when my father initiated me into this sport. Gradually, I started liking it and then it became my passion too.
I’m one of the guys, in addition to being a wrestler, I’m also one of the guys behind the scenes that’s sort of trying to guide the younger talent, give them the benefit of my experience in television wrestling.
Pro wrestling has always been my passion. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler.
I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo wrestler and I used that to my advantage, but my home runs were achieved by technique.
Sadaharu Oh
I’ve always been an independent wrestler at heart. You say I haven‘t had a ‘home’ but a company is not a home, a house is a home, a family is a home and I have that.
For a wrestler, I think it is much better to fight in the ring than in the cage. The cage has more advantage for the stand up fighter.
Growing up, of course I was the coolest girl in the 3rd grade because I told everyone that my dad was a wrestler, and I would bring in these wrestling magazines of him, and every Saturday morning, he would be body slamming me on my bed.
I lost as amateur, I lost a bunch of times as a wrestler, and you always come back.
A wrestler will always be a wrestler, and they will always go back to the basics.
I could totally see myself limping down the aisle when I’m 60, jumping off the top rope and breaking my hip. I could be a hilarious geriatric wrestler.
When I was a kid, I said this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a wrestler.
I’m a once in a lifetime professional wrestler. I’m something that people are never going to get to see again.
I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.
I think, at every professional wrestler’s heart, there’s a fan.
Chris Weidman is a tough guy; he’s well rounded. He’s known for being a wrestler. He’s very good on the ground. He can knock people out standing up.
People dream to be in the WWE, but my dream is to be the best in the WWE. They can have the money and fame. My dream is to become known as the greatest wrestler of all time.
I was a high school wrestler. I was city champion.
Everyone thinks of me as some weird swamp trash pro wrestler, and that’s okay – think what you want – but I’m an intelligent person, and I have my own views on the world.
You can’t just run through a cookie cutter press and crank out a wrestler that looks like Bill Goldberg.
I’ve won every single event there is to win as a wrestler, and I still continue to come back every single year. The hard part for me is, ‘OK, how long can you do this?’
I wish I was fighting Jason High in his hometown. I would put him to sleep in front of all his fans. He’s mainly a wrestler, but I’m an All-American wrestler. So I’m really not worried about Jason High.
I’m definitely not the ‘Diva’ sort, I’m the wrestler.
I didn’t think I could become a wrestler, and I did it.
This sport started with the question, Who would win, a karate guy or a boxer? A judo guy or a wrestler? That was the original draw behind the sport. That’s what caught everybody’s attention.
I always wanted to be a wrestler.
Depending on what country I go to, my style might be a little bit different and my tactics might change a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m still Tessa Blanchard and I’m still the same wrestler.
When I was younger, I used to wrestle, and I feel that it contributed to my athletic ability because as a wrestler you have to be an all-encompassed athlete. You need stamina, strength, endurance and mental capacity. You also have to learn how to adapt in any situation.
Most of the time a wrestler misses the in-ring action, but because of my back and working with the girls as an agent, I don’t miss it.
You’ve got to stay in pretty good shape to be a pro wrestler, and all the TNA wrestlers get a bit nervous when I wrestle them because they’re afraid I’ll tire them out, but the Olympics is a whole different level.
At first everyone thought that wanting to become a pro wrestler was just a phase.
Peyton Royce
The acclaim I’m getting for ‘The Wrestler’ means everything in the world to me. But it also means I can’t take my foot off the gas pedal.
I turned pro as a wrestler a few days after my last football game.
I think The Undertaker is, much like Brock Lesnar, a once-in-a-lifetime wrestler, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and a once-in-a-lifetime performer.
Within the realm of wrestling, it’s been the same every year – just continually trying to improve and evolve as a wrestler, putting myself in a position to not maintain but maximize my potential.
I’m always prepared. I’ve wrestled every kind of wrestler that there is, I’ve been in every situation that there possibly has been.
I’m a professional wrestler at heart, and I miss it.
I’ve said this numerous times: I’ve been in the ring with Daniel Bryan, and he’s the best wrestler in the world, bar none.
It’s really important: you can be the best wrestler in the world and make the most money, but if you’re not a good person in the back, that says a lot about you. I’ve never wanted to be that person, because I’ve had so much help along the way, and I want to continue that.
I’ve always been a defensive wrestler, but when I go in there in the fights, I get so caught up in trying to knock people’s heads off that wrestling goes out the window when you’re throwing punches and kicks and stuff.
When the script for ‘The Wrestler’ kept coming to me I said, This movie is so good if you put me in the film as a wrestler people are going to say, ‘No credibility, Hulk Hogan isn’t a good actor,’ whatever Hollywood thinks of me.
I have been a fan of wrestling since I was about 8 years old. In 2012, I went to my first WWE show in Melbourne, Australia, and knew that my already existing desire to be a wrestler wasn’t going away anytime soon.
I remember, one teacher in Year 11 asked the class what everyone wanted to do when they grow up, and I said, ‘I want to be a professional wrestler.’ The teacher laughed and said to be serious.
Buddy Murphy
As far as I remember, I was always a big eater. I eat just as much as the wrestler guys.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pro wrestler. Other kids wanted to be cops and astronauts, but I wanted to be Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Brutus ‘The Barber‘ Beefcake, and Jake ‘The Snake.’ I wanted to be those guys! I used to tape matches on my trampoline and body-slam my brother.
I’m a fighter now. I’m officially a mixed martial artist. I’m not a wrestler no more.
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, I saw many operas in New York and Philadelphia. When people found out about that, they were always shocked, because I was a professional wrestler. Why are athletes any different than any other profession? People have many other interests.
Right after I did ‘The Fountain,’ I wanted to go make a documentary or something that was less constructed – more natural. I was searching for a project, and sniffing around, ‘The Wrestler’ fit right in.
I am a Division 1 wrestler.