Superstars give thanks
On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Superstars and Divas of WWE offered their thoughts on what they had to be thankful for during the upcoming holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WWE.com:
Batista: I'm thankful for my wonderful daughter, and I'm thankful for our fans and the WWE, that's been so good to me. But first and foremost, I'm thankful that my daughter is healthy and happy and doing well.
Brian Major: I'm thankful for everything. It's been a whirlwind year for Brett and I. And a lot of our hard work is paying off as we speak. It's a really exciting time.
Elijah Burke: Number one, I'm thankful for my life, my health and my strength. I'm thankful to be blessed with such a gift that I can shine my light upon others and lead them to a better place in their life. And above all, I'm thankful for my mother and my family and to be part of such a great organization as WWE.
CM Punk: I'm thankful for chocolate. I'm thankful for vegetarians and vegans because that leaves more turkey for me. I'm thankful for catering because they hook it up every week at WWE TV. I'm thankful for my ECW title and the countless challengers that step up to the plate. I'm thankful for my little sisters and my best friend. And I'm thankful for the legions of WWE fans. And I'm thankful for pro wrestling as a whole because I just love it.
Tommy Dreamer: I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful I'm still wrestling after all these years, and I'm thankful for all the fans supporting the wrestling industry as a whole right now.
Kenny Dykstra: I'm thankful that I'm alive. I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for everything I have in life. Of course, we always want more, but this is a time we're thankful for the stuff that we do have because there's always people out there that have it worse.
Jimmy Wang Yang: I'm thankful for everything I've got and for my beautiful daughter.
Kelly Kelly: I'm thankful for my family. I'm grateful for what God has given me and my wonderful family and a great job. I couldn't ask for anything better in my life right now. I'm also grateful for the fans; without them I wouldn't have a job.
Mark Henry: I'm thankful for being in a company where you actually have a chance to let the world know you for your merits. I'm thankful for my family, those who are still here. I'm thankful for the living and education I've attained through my travels and schooling. I'm thankful to be in a country that's still a democracy. As messed up as it is here, we still have options.
Michelle McCool: I'm thankful for my parents and the rest of my family and friends. I'm thankful for my job, the clothes on my back and the roof above my head.
Victoria: I'm thankful for wrestling so long. I've been in the WWE seven years and still going. I think people are thinking they're too old and I think I'm an inspiration to people coming into this business. ... Seven years is long for a woman and I'm still going. … I think I'm thankful to be such a positive inspiration to kids, not just being another pretty face and body in here, but being a strong character.
Matt Striker: On Thanksgiving and Christmas, those are two days where I really like to sit back and reflect what I am thankful for. I have loved this business since I was seven years old, since the day my father showed me "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka on the television. I've been enamored with the pageantry and the larger than life status that sports-entertainment brings. The fact that I am a WWE Superstar, the fact that I can forge a legacy and hopefully be remembered with some of the great athletes that have come before me, that are here right now and that are to come is a humbling experience for me. Now that I've moved into more of a managerial role, I am so thankful for the fact that I am part a renaissance almost because that aspect of wrestling is gone. There are no more Bobby Heenans and Paul Joneses, Jimmy Harts or Oliver Humperdincks. The fact that Matt Striker is able to introduce an entirely new generation to an aspect of the sport that's unfortunately been forgotten is something that I am extremely, extremely thankful. On top of that, I'm so thankful for the blessings and opportunities that I have, that my body and my mind allow me to be a true here and a role model to children. There are no more heroes. Professional athletes are every day appearing on the news for all the wrong reasons. Musicians and actors, again, appearing on the news for alls orts of licentious behavior. I am thankful for the fact that I know that I am blessed, but I will go out there and try to be a hero to every kid that's out there. They can watch me. They may not like me, but if they want to look for a blueprint of how to live their life, look to Matt Striker. Those are the things that I'm thankful for.
Shelton Benjamin: I'm thankful for the fact that I am the greatest athlete that ever walked the face of Earth. I'm thankful for the fact that there is no man, woman or child, past, present or future, who comes close to the athletic excellence that Shelton Benjamin has displayed in only five years of wrestling in WWE.
John Morrison: I'm thankful for my abs, without which no cheese would be grated on the Thanksgiving pasta.
The Miz: The Miz is grateful for a lot of things, but the most thing is, the fact of the matter is that I still have gorgeous chicks all around me. The Miz is not only a chick magnet, but a gold magnet now, because he also is a WWE Tag Team Champion. I'm going to rent a limo on Thanksgiving and every girl who is normally sad around the holidays because their men aren't there, I'm going to be there for them.