During the post-show media scrum, Big Bill discussed his journey to sobriety and how his pro wrestling career has helped him get rid of his addiction.
You can check out some highlights from the media scrum below:
On his struggles with addiction: “In 2018, 2019, I was at the lowest point of my life. My addiction was in full force. I didn’t leave my apartment, I was drinking all day, from sun up to sun down, and I never thought I would be back in professional wrestling. I thought that I would just keeping existing a miserable existence like I was staring out my apartment window every day, as I just drank myself to death.”
On how wrestling helped him reach sobriety: “I guess, the lightbulb went off, and I think wrestling was a big part of how I got sober. My first love in life has always been professional wrestling. From the times I was going to shows at Madison Square Garden as a young kid. There came a moment where I actually believed, if I got back on track, I could make it back to the world of professional wrestling and make it to the top of the world of professional wrestling. I really believed that in my heart.”
On the importance of his belief in himself: “I know a lot of people say things like, ‘I believe I’m going to be the man and the world champion,’ but you can tell when you look in their eyes, they don’t actually believe it. I really believed it. I thought, if I could get back on track, I’m going to make it back to the top of professional wrestling. Now, I’m AEW World Tag Team Champion, sitting at this table as one of the top guys in AEW and I would say that’s the top of the wrestling world. I did exactly what I said I would do.”
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Big Bill, one-half of the AEW World Tag Team Champions, recently opened up about his struggles with addiction and how his wrestling career helped him overcome it. During a media scrum after the AEW Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view event, Big Bill shared his journey to sobriety and the role that professional wrestling played in his recovery.
In 2018 and 2019, Big Bill found himself at the lowest point in his life, battling addiction. He described a time when he rarely left his apartment and spent his days drinking from morning till night. He believed that he would continue living a miserable existence until his addiction consumed him entirely.
However, a turning point came when Big Bill realized that wrestling was his true passion and could be the key to getting his life back on track. He had always loved professional wrestling, attending shows at Madison Square Garden as a young kid. This realization sparked a belief in himself that if he could overcome his addiction, he could make it back to the world of professional wrestling and achieve greatness.
Big Bill emphasized the importance of truly believing in oneself. He acknowledged that many people claim to believe in their abilities but lack the conviction behind their words. In his case, he genuinely believed that he could reach the top of the wrestling world if he got back on track. And now, as an AEW World Tag Team Champion, Big Bill feels proud to have accomplished exactly what he set out to do.
The media scrum provided a glimpse into Big Bill’s inspiring journey and the impact that wrestling had on his recovery. It showcased his determination and resilience in overcoming addiction and achieving success in his chosen field. The video embedded in the article offers further insight into Big Bill’s story.
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Big Bill’s story serves as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, it is possible to overcome challenges and achieve one’s dreams. His journey to sobriety and success in professional wrestling is an inspiration to anyone struggling with addiction or pursuing their passions.