The Dogg has his Day
There’s more to The Road Dogg than what you read in the June issue of 'WWE Magazine.' Here are some of the more interesting bits we had to leave out!
You’re fond of saying, “Well, your ass better call somebody!” In the age of pocket-dialing, we have to ask…has your ass ever called somebody?
I’ve had it suggested to me many times on Twitter that “your ass better call somebody” is now a butt-dial. Yes, I’ve done that a million times. Sometimes it gets you in trouble! But I didn’t have a clue about that at the time. They still had flip phones back then.
You left suddenly back in 1995. Can you explain the circumstances surrounding your unexpected departure?
I was young in the business, and I made a mistake by leaving. I don’t want to get into the intricacies because it involves other people. I made a career mistake. Thank God, a year later they invited me back, and that’s when things really kicked off for me. Then I made some more bad career decisions, but thank God I’m on my third chance now. I think if I make any more mistakes, it’s three strikes and I’m out!
Your faith is really important to you. People have come to expect your prayer Tweets in the morning. Who is it most beneficial for, yourself or your Twitter followers?
Well, I have these books that I read every morning. No matter where I’m at, they go with me. I read those, and I say a prayer. Usually that prayer is pretty much what I send out there. In a recovery program, it’s important to give back the wisdom, the strength, and the hope that people give to you. When you’re coming up to sobriety, it’s important to give back. The program that I work at in recovery is not about just stopping using drugs. That’s the first step. Today I want to stay sober. I’m going to stay clean. Then, I start working on me as a person. How can I make Brian James a better person today? How can I help somebody? It’s a complicated answer to your simple question, but I send them out for me and for other people. If it helps them it definitely helps me.
You were a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Desert Storm. How did your real combat prepare you for the trench warfare of WWE?
Combat is much more simple because it’s kill or be killed. It sounds crass, but that’s how it is. Combat is very simple. It’s survival of the fittest. That’s all there is to it. Here, it’s not survival of the fittest, but you’ve got to be pretty damn fit if you’re going to survive. The self-discipline, the organization—all of that stuff comes from what I learned in my military training. Also, the leadership qualities that I learned in the military help me today to lead some of these young men. I’m not asking them to charge any machine guns, but I might ask them to go out on a limb personally with their emotions on camera. Leadership qualities definitely translate.
A lot of people don’t know this, but you weren’t the first host of “Are You Serious?” How did you feel when you got the call?
I didn’t know what to expect with the show, but I was willing to give it a try. I loved the concept. I didn’t know where it would go or how far it would take me, but I’m glad I did. I was honored, like I said, just to be asked. I don’t look at it as a job, really. I get to go up there and have fun. I think we have a good time filming, and when I watch it on Sundays, I’m definitely proud of what we do there. I’m loving it, man. I’m loving it!
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