Lex Luger Working With WWE Again, Discusses Elizabeth’s Death
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Luger on whether he’s pleased with WWE’s PG direction: “I’m very happy with the direction WWE is taking. I actually work behind the scenes with them now again and with their wellness club, I council a lot of their athletes on nutrition, wellness, exercise and taking care of their bodies. Their organization is really moving forward with that. I commend them on that. But also, they changed their ratings to PG content and more family orientated.
“The athletes now are better than ever and I was at Wrestlemania in Atlanta a few weeks back. The production quality and the athletes are incredible but they just want to make sure it’s family viewer friendly like the old Saturday night TBS days……those were the late 80′s and early 90′s when people would tune in on Saturday nights with the whole family and people say they miss that so I’m very excited with the direction that WWE is taking now and they’re definitely heading in the right direction in my opinion.”
Luger on Sting still wrestling at his age: “I think him and Undertaker…..their particular personas in wrestling are timeless. The fans continue to love their characters. I joke with Sting, he’s able to cover up with the jackets and paraphernalia like Undertaker. Their characters make them incredibly timeless. He’s still, and Undertaker’s still moving around the ring well and they have a lot of credibility with the fans…..they’re a couple of the greatest guys.
“It is incredible. I know what my body went through for 15 years and those guys are still doing it. You go beyond that with Ric Flair, Hogan and it’s just incredible some of these guys are still out there performing. My hat goes off to them. I give a lot of credit…..wow. It blows my mind.”
On Sting (a born again Christian) choosing TNA over WWE despite TNA’s adult content: “(laughing) I’ve heard people tell me that, and I tuned in to a couple of their shows recently and there is definitely some questionable content……I’m gonna have to bring that up to him. I’m gonna have to ask him about it.”
Was Elizabeth’s passing a turning point in his life? “There’s a lot of dark times and moments in my life back then, but that was definitely the lowest day…..one of the lowest, without a doubt. It’s a real tragedy. We all admired and loved her career and Elizabeth herself as a person. It’s a great loss to wrestling and a real tragedy. It’s a real tragedy of when my generation and I know that my relationship with her at the time, I was a contributory factor, the lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and things we were all doing at the time. It was a real lesson I’m able to hopefully that she…..it wasn’t in vain. I share that experience with youngsters out there to avoid the same paths.
“I’d like to say it was a turning point, but we all hear about the word rock bottom…..guys, I went further and deeper than that before the good Lord saved me from myself. I’d like to say it was a turning but even THAT wasn’t a turning point in my life.
“That’s another thing that WWE is being very proactive now with the Wellness Department and really train these guys with health and nutrition and drug prevention. We’re trying to prevent the young guys, this young generation of guys from going down the same path as we did back in the 80s and 90s. It was kind of cool to be partying and doing our thing on the road….we had no accountability. There’s a lot more accountability now on the road with these guys, a lot more supervision that we didn’t have that were trying to provide them with a real infrastructure. WWE is being very proactive in that regard and I commend them on that.”
Luger on reaching out to Scott Hall to give him the help he needs: “We’re still reaching out to those guys. I’m actually trying to get a hold of Scott right now. We don’t want any more of this to go on. Us and WWE and everybody involved really wants to turn the tide in that regard. It’s a life and death situation, so we definitely want to be available and do whatever we can in that regard.”
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