‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James has revealed that WWE wanted to air his battle with substances as part of their programming on TV.
Earlier this week, James celebrated 13 years of being clean of drugs and alcohol and has said his life is massively better for getting clean.
Today marks 13 years that I’ve been clean of drugs and alcohol! My life is 100% better! Ive learned to look inward and make course corrections/improvements as I go. I ain’t perfect, but HE is, I’ll continue to listen to that still, small voice! Thank you God! #OUDK
— Brian G. James (@BrianRDJames) November 7, 2023
During his “Oh You Didn’t Know” podcast, James revealed that WWE wanted him to enter rehab but also wanted him to film the process for their use on TV. He said,
“They wanted me to go to rehab and film it and document it all because it was at the time that Brett Farve was doing the same thing. So they asked me to do that, and I remember Shane [McMahon] coming to me and asking me and I was so not with it that my thing was, ‘Man, you’re gonna put that thing on TV? My kids are gonna see that.’”
James admitted that his family would have enjoyed seeing him attend rehab, and looking back, thinks his reasoning was hollow as his kids were already seeing his addiction.
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Former WWE superstar ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James recently opened up about his battle with substance abuse and revealed that WWE wanted to air his journey to recovery on television. James, who celebrated 13 years of being clean from drugs and alcohol, expressed how his life has significantly improved since getting clean.
In a tweet, James shared his milestone achievement, stating, “Today marks 13 years that I’ve been clean of drugs and alcohol! My life is 100% better! I’ve learned to look inward and make course corrections/improvements as I go. I ain’t perfect, but HE is, I’ll continue to listen to that still, small voice! Thank you God! #OUDK.”
During an episode of his podcast, “Oh You Didn’t Know,” James disclosed that WWE had approached him about entering rehab but also wanted to film the process for their programming. He recalled Shane McMahon asking him to participate in the documentary-style filming, citing Brett Favre’s similar situation at the time. However, James was hesitant due to concerns about his children seeing it on TV.
James admitted that, in hindsight, his reasoning was flawed as his kids were already witnessing his addiction. He acknowledged that his family would have appreciated seeing him seek help and recognized the impact it could have had on others struggling with substance abuse.
The wrestling industry has had its fair share of stories involving substance abuse, and WWE has been proactive in addressing these issues. The company has implemented various programs and initiatives to support their talent’s well-being and provide resources for those battling addiction.
While James declined the opportunity to have his journey to recovery documented on television, his story serves as a reminder of the challenges many individuals face with substance abuse. It also highlights the importance of seeking help and the positive impact it can have on one’s life.
As fans of professional wrestling, it is crucial to support and encourage those who are going through difficult times. Substance abuse is a serious issue that affects people from all walks of life, including those in the entertainment industry. By sharing his story, ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James has shown resilience and strength, inspiring others to seek help and overcome their own battles with addiction.
In conclusion, ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James’ revelation about WWE wanting to document his journey to recovery sheds light on the company’s efforts to address substance abuse issues. James’ decision not to participate in the filming highlights the personal struggles and concerns individuals face when dealing with addiction. His story serves as a reminder of the importance of seeking help and the positive impact it can have on one’s life.