Monday, June 5, 2023

Speech Will Leave You SPEECHLESS

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  1. Introduction


Start strong, finish strong. Wolf is always scratching. Let's roll. Up at 3.45 a.m, cardio by 4.45 a.m, hitting the iron by 6.15 a.m. In my pickup truck by 7.15 a.m. Heading to work. Ready to get after. Ready to shoot. There's no substitute for hard work. I'm gonna make something out of myself, but it's gonna be so good. It's bad.

Instead of telling you what I think you should be doing, or what how you could be better, or I thought well. Let me just speak from the heart, speak for my gut and really not have anything prepared, but just tell you what's worked for me. Maybe some of the stuff that's worked for me, might work for you.

Now currently, presently. As you guys have your goals and ambitions, but then further on down the line, as you guys continue to live your life. This idea - and this notion that you could be anything you want. You can accomplish anything you want. We hear that. You've heard that from the time you were little boys. You hear that now. You're already incredibly accomplished. You guys know that. The thing that has worked for me is to remember the hard times. I'm sure you have your processes, and again, I'm going to tell you what worked for me.


So, before a big movie comes out. Before back in the days when I was wrestling with WWE, a WrestleMania match. Anything big that would happen, I would always take a moment. And I just remind myself, "All right - I was evicted when I was 14. We were kicked off the island, we couldn't live in Hawaii, had no place to live, a lot of things happened. Then, when I moved to Nashville, I was arrested multiple times by the time I was 16 years old. I would remember that. It allows me then, to be present in the moment and understand "I have around me right now. This is the things that I dreamed of when I was a kid. I am here." 

I played for University of Miami. Played great teams. Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, they were my teammates. They were balling. Warren Sapp was playing tight end, that time. I was starting defence with tackle. They moved him over to D-line, and he looked at me he's like, "yo dude, i'm gonna take your spot. I said you ain't taking much mine, he's not gonna take your spot." He said, "no." We battled, and he took my spot.

Now, you can imagine how that with me because there goes my opportunity. He went in, switched the defensive attack, will lit the world on fire. Well, what that did, it crushed me. It crushed my dreams. 

I had a piss-poor senior year, zero production, no NFL, no combine invite, nothing. Finally went to the CFL. Calgary Stampeders, making $250 a week, Canadian. I had to send that home to my wife, at that time. I had no money. So I remember that. When I got cut from Canada. 

My dad, in his pickup truck, came down at 4 o'clock in the morning, picked me up at in Miami from Tampa. We lived in a little apartment in Tampa. He drove down, in his little pickup truck to Miami to get me when I was cut from the CFL. And I thought I leave home. Like you guys left home. I'm ready to tackle the world, get after it, achieve my dreams, and goals. Crushed by 22, 23 years old, I'm now going to move back in with my mom and dad. I played on great teams, though. Wait a second.


This is not supposed to be my future. I'm supposed to be in the NFL right now, I'm supposed to be making a lot of coins and buying my parents things, buying me things, taking care of my wife, but it never happened. So I pulled out my wallet, I thought. Well, let me see how much money I have I opened it up. I had a five, a one and a change. Well, at least I rounded up to seven bucks. But I thought, 'god, I got seven bucks in my pocket where the do I go now. What do i do? I can't go back to CFL.' The point comes, where you hear that voice, big run's over. Like, you're done right. So I heard that voice. 

So, as coach was saying, man, I hold on to that. I'm telling you, I keep my back as against the wall. We laugh, we joke. We have a good time, but my back is still up against it. I do not forget it. What this also helps me do, and again it works for me. Is, at some point: you got to be tired of not being number one. 

You have to be, and you got to play angry, and I play angry. 

Now, I'm cool and calm, with my approach. And when I step out on my field, which is a set, or you know, like, you're always gonna have haters, and haters like, 'man, how many movies you're going to make, or how much are you going to do, like, you do a lot of things.' I say, "yes, because my ambition, of course, why not? I could do it, yeah. I love what I do." Not only that, but in what world do we not work every day?


My back is up against this thing. You know, and I started to play angry, by the way, I still play angry. My last match Brock Lesnar transitioned and I realized, if I had to be great at something I wanted to be great in this world of Hollywood and movie making, and producing, and entertainment. 

I had to commit and like you guys, have to commit. 

Obviously, you commit to something commit to the goal, so I quietly retired. Two years later, I thought, what did I do with my career? Because my movies were not doing well, I was written off. I was like, it was around 2006, 2007. I left. I pulled a Jim Brown, I left when I was on top. Like number one in the wrestling business - and I left it - was a ballsy gutsy, some call it a stupid move, but I had to commit and I had to fall. It was in my gut.

What helps me is, to keep the hard times in the front of my mind, because it allows me to go into these big moments that I've worked my ass off and you guys have worked your eyes off. It allows me to go into these big moments with a different perspective. What it also does for me, and again, this just - what works for me. Like my back is up against this thing every day, it's against this wall. Because it's what I believe in. And when my back is against this, then there's nowhere to go. But that way, forward. That's it. 

Doesn't mean you don't smile, doesn't mean you don't laugh and joke, quote, right? You're happy, I'm happy, I'm a happy guy. But when it comes to business, and when it comes to executing, it's up against this wall - and I got to go that way, forward. 

I don't care, who is in front of me, they're not going to stop me.


The key, for me was: where does it start? What's the anchor? So, I could have all these ambitions, and you guys have all these ambitions, which is great. It's important. I'll play this role. You'll play that role. I'll execute this thing, and it'll come out this summer. You guys will execute this thing during the summer, right when it's time to really put in a lot more work. But the key with me, is just always finding what the anchor is. 

The anchor is getting up at four o'clock in the morning. Every day before anybody else and grounding my thought process is in, "no one will outwork me, no one. I love, and I respect you guys. You will not work for me." All starts with this two hands, putting it to work.


My last match in WWE, I'll share this with you guys too, is that again because there's a little bit of takeaway here from all this. Is, I wrestled John Cena and I went in, I think it's 2013. I went in WWE Championship and We went in met life stadium. We had a record-breaking attendance, which was amazing that night. We accomplished our goal.

So I wrestled with John Cena. We had 45 minutes planned for the match, it's non-stop and go, right? So your conditioning is tested. And at that time, I wasn't full-time in WWE. I was just doing these spot matches where I would. I was still shooting G.I. Joe, I think, or Pain and Gain at that time. Oh no, it was Fast and Furious 6 in London. Had to travel in the ring, get all my ring work in. Travel back to shoot Fast and Furious, then back. WWE Raw, doing those shows, the big build-up to WrestleMania against John. 

We get to meet life stadium, it's a big night. It's game night right, it's championship night for me. 45-minute match planned out, there's no cut, there's "no, all right, let's pick it back up tomorrow." You know, it's go time. It's just like you guys in a game. I'm getting scared because I'm thinking, 'Man, what happens if I, if I, pinch something or something like you know, I don't know, your mind starts playing with you in the moment. There are 85,000 people. Your adrenaline is rushing think 'Man, what happens if I'm going to lose my leg or something', like this. If I've just done something to my artery. 

Final move of the match is his big, finishing move. And I remember I'm getting up, and I'm turning like this because I have to fall into him. He's going to hit me with his big finisher. I remember turning into John and he says - and U remember thinking to myself - 'god, please don't let this be too bad. Just take care of me take care of me'. BANG.

It comes in the back, I get to the back, I can't move. Now, I'm getting a little nervous, get on the jet, rushed home to my doctor down in Florida and get an MRI to find out that I have completely torn my adductor, the top of my adductor and my top of my quad off my pelvis. 

What I was proud of, was to walk out on my own, but not only that, but in this moment, where the odds are against you, people are watching, your team's depending on you, you either say I'm done, or this, whatever is going on. It's temporary. And it may screw me up at some point down the road. 

But I'm not going to let this opportunity go by, without giving it my all.


As you guys know, there's nothing you can't accomplish. You're going to go on, you're going to become world champions. 

The key for me, what I think one of the keys is, remember where you came from. Keep that in the front of your mind. 

And when it goes bad, it goes sideways, a lot of does. You're getting booed out of the building, or you're coming through this injury, or people writing you off. You know, any of that. You gotta, keep it in your chest and it really has to, it should drive you. It should. It works for me. it should drive you. You get all the talent in the world, it's all here, inside you. 

Really, the two things I want to say are: 
  1. You got to be the hardest workers in the room, and
  2. Don't screw the opportunity up.
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