Road Dogg Names Who He Called First When He Got Sober
The Road Dogg has lifted the lid on some of the mistakes he made, as well as revealing the first person he picked up the phone to apologize to.
Having been an integral member of D-Generation X during the attitude, The Road Dogg was released by WWE in 2001. As it transpired, he was struggling with drug abuse at the time which it then took him a decade to come out the other side of.
In a discussion on his ‘Oh You Didn’t Know‘ podcast, the former Tag Team Champion opened up on where his anger came from when he was let go.
It was me being mad because my gravy train ended. They took my gravy train away because I was behaving in ways that were unbecoming of a WWF superstar. Now, I can see that and say that. At the time, I was still looking through drug-addled eyes, and not making sound decisions.
Continuing on, The Road Dogg revealed that the first person he called once he was clean was Jim Ross – who was the Head Of Talent Relations who had fired him ten years previously.
JR was the first person I called after I got sober. He was the first amends I made. Even while firing me, he put me over by acknowledging that I was talented. And they [WWE] did make me a star. They did everything right, I was doing everything wrong.
JR said, ‘Thank you, no hard feelings.’ He was forgiving and humble, and that humbled me. He was the first guy I had to say, ‘I’m sorry for the way I have been.’ It led me down a path where it has gotten easier to call myself on my bullcrap and to tell people: ‘I’m sorry. That’s on me, that’s not you.’
The Road Dogg also recently revealed a specific WWE superstar who Vince McMahon had given “opportunity after opportunity”.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.