Arn Anderson has opened up about what life is like for him as a wrestler when he worked for WWE.
“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard wrestled as the Brain Busters for WWE in the late 1980’s, managed by Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.
The pair won the Tag Team Championships in July 1989 after defeating Demolition, ending a historic reign that lasted 478 days.
But despite success working for Vince McMahon, life on the road was too much for Anderson, with the brutal schedule leading talent turning to substances to cope.
Speaking on his podcast, ARN, the Four Horseman member even explained that he would have preferred being in the ring with infamous tag team the Ding-Dongs over life on the road in WWE.
“You know what. I would have done a two out of three falls every TV show for a month to get to go back to WCW. Two out of three falls, every week. Would have been just fine.”
Anderson explained that one of the biggest challenges that fans are not aware of, was the lack of sleep, caused by the amount of travel expected.
“Here’s one of the things that you may not think it’s a big deal. Try it for three months. When you’re on towards the end of the show, especially if you’re on last, and you’ve gotta go back to the hotel… you’re not going to get back to your hotel until probably 12:30. Every morning we had a six A.M. flight. That’s a four o’clock wakeup, IF you stay around the airport area.”
“Do the math. You’re in your room at 12:30, probably one-thirty getting to sleep. Up at three-thirty, four o’clock, because you had to be there at 5:15 for a six o’clock flight. All the guys were checking in; you had to go through security.”
Due to the challenges of living in such extreme circumstances, Arn Anderson felt that turning to substances was one of the only ways to survive.
“It was a hard life, and I’m not kidding you. So if you had to suck down a six-pack, burn a doobie, take a pill, whatever it was; you were trying to crowd in and get that two and a half, three hours of sleep. And day after day, when you’d be out on a twelve-day run, my friend; it would wear you out, beat you up.”
Arn Anderson is currently signed to AEW, where he has worked on screen with Cody Rhodes after a stellar career that saw him inducted by Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012 as a member of The Four Horsemen alongside Ric Flair, Barry Wyndham, J.J. Dillon and his Brain Busters partner Tully Blanchard.
H/t to 411mania