Top 255 Wrestler Quotes

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I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I signed on

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I signed on to work with a wrestler.
Kelly Hu
I was the most hated wrestler in WWE, No. 1 company in the world.
The Iron Sheik
The best way to describe ‘Tough Enough’ is to just call it an opportunity. In my opinion, it’s best opportunity any aspiring wrestler could possibly have.
John Morrison
You don’t want to end up being an indie wrestler who wants to be the big fish in a small pond.
Matt Sydal
These wrestlers aren’t organized. They have no union, no pension and no insurance. You meet wrestler after wrestler who sold out Madison Square Garden ten years ago, basically running on fumes today. There’s a lot of drama there.
Darren Aronofsky
Impossible for wrestler to become doctor or the mechanic. All they know is the wrestling and forever they do this job.
The Iron Sheik
Mickey Rourke’s character in ‘The Wrestler’ – that was my dad, that was my uncles, that was so many members of my family. It was the only thing they knew. And then they would end up wrestling for a hundred bucks, go to autograph signings for two hundred bucks.
Dwayne Johnson
I’m a wrestler with nine toes. I’m a wrestler who has been through a lot of battles. I get to do a lot of motivational speaking, and people are blown away and say, ‘You never quit. You keep coming back.’
Rulon Gardner
The fans of the U.K. are tremendously supportive of the efforts of the WWE Superstars, which is why every wrestler I know loves to be a part of the tours to the U.K.
Jim Ross
I relate everything to amateur wrestling, including the way I watch basketball and the way I watch football. My brain thinks as an amateur wrestler. That’s who I am.
Jake Hager
I always knew that in the U.S., if you wanted to be a wrestler, Ring of Honor was the place to be.
Adam Page
At 15-years-old, I always wanted to do professional wrestling, and at 15, I started training as a professional wrestler. It was always the plan to become an entertainer, a sports entertainer.
Aleister Black
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, I saw many operas in New York and Philadelphia. When people found out about that, they were always shocked, because I was a professional wrestler. Why are athletes any different than any other profession? People have many other interests.
Bruno Sammartino
But I really think wrestling with pure intentions just wrestling to be a better wrestler, eventually you will get there when the time is right.
Matt Sydal
Without Ring of Honor, I wouldn’t be the wrestler I am or have the confidence needed to continue to grow in this ever-challenging sport.
Adam Cole
I could totally see myself limping down the aisle when I’m 60, jumping off the top rope and breaking my hip. I could be a hilarious geriatric wrestler.
Dean Ambrose
If you’re a wrestler in the WWE, then your goal is to be the headliner, main event of WrestleMania.
Matt Riddle
Any ’90s baby, The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin had to be your favorite wrestler.
One of my friend’s dad owned a grocery store, and one of the kids who worked at the grocery store was a wrestler. We got tickets to one of the shows, and then we stayed after, and they asked us if we wanted to get in there and train a little bit.
Many hotels, I just sat there and – I call it the silent scream – I don’t know why, you just sit there, and tears will just come down, and you’ll just sit there for hours, man. There’s no place to turn, and when you do turn, who cares? You’re just a dumb professional wrestler.
Roddy Piper
I wanted people to see just how good of a professional wrestler I really am.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman
I’m definitely not the ‘Diva’ sort, I’m the wrestler.
Tenille Dashwood
I do things that are very uncharacteristic of a normal workout routine. I hate cardio. Absolutely hate it. I grew up as a wrestler, so it was constant cardio, cardio, cardio.
Mike Vogel
When I was struggling to get recognition as a wrestler, I faced innumerable hardships. I even slept on the ring itself after finishing my practice. Those days, I did not have a house to live.
The Great Khali
I wanted to be a wrestler since before I can remember.
Alberto Del Rio
A wrestler will always be a wrestler, and they will always go back to the basics.
Gegard Mousasi
My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior.
The Miz
I don’t want it to be Sonya Deville, the gay wrestler. I want it to be Sonya Deville, the awesome performer who happens to be gay.
Sonya Deville
When I was coming through as a professional wrestler, as a young man in 2003 and 2004, there really wasn’t much of a wrestling scene in the U.K. to take advantage of or make a living in, so I was forced to have to go to the U.S. and kinda make a living from it out there.
Wade Barrett
When I came to WWE – I got signed when I was 23. When I was on ‘SmackDown’ roster, the main roster, I was 24. I wasn’t ready for those responsibilities. I wasn’t – I wasn’t seasoned enough as a wrestler, as an in-ring performer.
Jinder Mahal
You can’t just run through a cookie cutter press and crank out a wrestler that looks like Bill Goldberg.
Eric Bischoff
I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but my mom didn't let me

I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but my mom didn’t let me. I used to make videos and stuff in the backyard. I had a buddy named Daniel Decker, and we used to have a tag team called the ‘Deck Garra Era.’ We used to make video after video. We were the tag team champions, but then we turned on each other.
Josh Segarra
It’s very hard to be a family man, a father, a husband, an independent wrestler, and a police officer.
Mustafa Ali
I’m one of the guys, in addition to being a wrestler, I’m also one of the guys behind the scenes that’s sort of trying to guide the younger talent, give them the benefit of my experience in television wrestling.
Christopher Daniels
When you become a wrestler at 35 and your career takes off at 40, nobody believes in you. But there are some people out there who watch how I did it, and I did it through intense work ethic.
Diamond Dallas Page
Stan Hansen is arguably the most popular, most famous, foreign wrestler in Japanese wrestling history. One of the absolute biggest names in wrestling.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
I put on 15 kg for my role as an amateur wrestler in the first half of the Marathi film Natrang.’ Then, I lost 17 kg for the second half of the film where I play a nachya,’ an effeminate character in traditional Marathi tamasha. The weight gain took 40 days and I lost weight in the next 40 odd days.
Atul Kulkarni
Scott Hall is a great wrestler, a better friend, but more than anything a very caring human being. Scott never passed a homeless person or someone in need without opening his wallet. This is a guy that has the first two nickels he ever made.
Kevin Nash
Right after I did ‘The Fountain,’ I wanted to go make a documentary or something that was less constructed – more natural. I was searching for a project, and sniffing around, ‘The Wrestler’ fit right in.
Darren Aronofsky
The kind of wrestler that’s going to do well in a combat style event like MMA is one that can explode through – doesn’t need to spend time on the mat – hit his opponent, get him off his feet, and get on top quickly.
Chael Sonnen
I always wanted to be a wrestler when I grew up.
Sami Zayn
The thing is, wherever I go, I’m a wrestler. I’m not an entertainer or superstar or whatever. I’m a wrestler first, and I won’t concede on that.
Josh Barnett
My son wanted to become a wrestler because I was a wrestler. I was his hero. I didn’t want them to wrestle. It was the same reason my dad didn’t want me to wrestle. It’s not the wrestling. It’s the lifestyle that goes with it and the demands it puts on you. It’s not so bad for single guy.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
Within the realm of wrestling, it’s been the same every year – just continually trying to improve and evolve as a wrestler, putting myself in a position to not maintain but maximize my potential.
Jordan Burroughs
This sport started with the question, Who would win, a karate guy or a boxer? A judo guy or a wrestler? That was the original draw behind the sport. That’s what caught everybody’s attention.
Frank Shamrock
Being a wrestler is like walking on the treadmill of life. You get off it and it just keeps going.
Randy Savage
I learned from many people. I became a better wrestler thanks to my matches with Edge, with Christian, with Rey Mysterio, with John Cena – who, even though you, the fans, want to criticize him, John Cena is one of the best wrestlers of the universe.
Alberto Del Rio
I always wanted to be a wrestler.
Ben Askren, he is a very strong wrestler, probably the best in the division, I think. But then again, when you’re in the fight game like this, some of the other things you have to improve. It can’t just be wrestling all the time. You got to continue to work on your striking, get better at that.
Stephen Thompson
Shawn Michaels is the reason I wanted to be a wrestler.
Kevin Owens
I was the first wrestler ever in the history of wrestling to star in a major motion studio picture that became #1 box office of the weekend, and that gave the itch to I don’t know how many wrestlers.
Roddy Piper
Just because you have a good athletic background doesn’t make you necessarily a good wrestler. Because it takes a lot to be a good professional wrestler.
Aleister Black
In my first fight, I acknowledged it. I’m a professional wrestler, this is who I am, who you know me as. But guess what, I’ve also been wrestling since I was 5 years old – real wrestling – amateur wrestling, Olympic wrestling.
Jake Hager
I never was an amateur wrestler.
Chris Jericho
I’ve always been an independent wrestler at heart. You say I haven’t had a ‘home’ but a company is not a home, a house is a home, a family is a home and I have that.
Matt Sydal
I’d like to talk to Sean Hannity in a controlled environment and say, ‘O.K., you can’t interrupt and jump up and down like a professional wrestler.’
Henry Rollins
I am the underdog – the 5-foot, 6-inch wrestler. The kids don’t say, ‘I can beat Rey.’ Instead, they say, ‘I can be like Rey.’
Rey Mysterio
I’ve always been really passionate about music. My dad was, too, before he became a wrestler.
Brooke Hogan
In terms of being honored at the TNA Hall of Fame, I think that’s something that every pro wrestler dreams about.
Gail Kim
Everybody told me I was too small to be a wrestler.
Zelina Vega
My mom found a wrestling school that was in Maryland, and she told me to go down there. From there, I really got my head out of any negativity, and I focused on trying to become a professional wrestler, living my dream from when I was a kid. Wrestling saved my life.
Rich Swann
I was never an upper body wrestler. I am a shooter.
Michael Chandler
There have been many matches where a wrestler gets hurt

There have been many matches where a wrestler gets hurt. The referee usually senses it and stops the match, but the referee doesn’t always know.
Gene Okerlund
My uncle inspired me, and it was because of him that I become a wrestler, but besides him, the one Superstar that really caught my attention growing up as a kid was ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.
Rey Mysterio
Everyone that watches wrestling as a kid dreams of being a wrestler for WWE.
Finn Balor
For me, I like to be different. I didn’t want to imitate another wrestler. I always try to find something from other genres, like movies, books, art, and musicals. That’s how I made my style.
Shinsuke Nakamura
I started competing on boxing, so I have my hands. I’m an O.K. wrestler, so why not?
Henry Cejudo
Obviously, just from being an athlete, from being a wrestler keeping in shape just in general is something that stayed with me even being out of the ring for a while, but then eventually been lucky enough to be here in Chicago.
Aiden English
I see myself as a career professional wrestler. The end goal wasn’t always to go to Raw or SmackDown, it was just to create a body of work that I’m proud of.
Pete Dunne
I’m the best Crusierweight, X Division, Junior Heavyweight wrestler whatever you want to call it.
Matt Sydal
Everyone thinks of me as some weird swamp trash pro wrestler, and that’s okay – think what you want – but I’m an intelligent person, and I have my own views on the world.
Bray Wyatt
Johnny Hendricks has better credentials, but in MMA, I might be the best wrestler for the style.
Tyron Woodley
I hate when someone gets the better of me. A Division 1 wrestler comes in and takes me down and I get frustrated.
Forrest Griffin
I’m not the strongest, I’m not this amazing wrestler, but I believe the skills I’ve honed over a period of time – my stand up, my takedown defence, the way I position myself on the ground – I just believe I can be the full package.
Darren Till
I remember watching Anderson Silva fight Dan Henderson at UFC 82. I had never really watched MMA, but I looked up to Dan Henderson. He was a wrestler, like me, but also a tough, powerful mixed martial artist.
Chris Weidman
I like to think I proved a wrestler’s skin color doesn’t matter.
Rocky Johnson
I am a Division 1 wrestler.
Justin Gaethje
My parents could have told me, when I was 12 years old and telling them I wanted to be a wrestler, that it was silly and to be serious and find something more secure and safe, but they didn’t. They pushed me as hard as they could.
Kevin Owens
I had three intentions when I became a wrestler. One was to keep my integrity. Two was to give pro wrestling a more respectable image. And three was to be a role model to Jewish kids, who may not have thought they could do what I do.
Bill Goldberg
When I think of a world class wrestler, I think of Mo Lawal.
Henry Cejudo
When I wrestled, I always considered myself an athlete and a wrestler.
Rocky Johnson
My grandmother started as a ticket-taker and basically became the CFO of my dad’s company. It was a very important first impression for me – I’ve always looked on the business with more eyes than just as a wrestler.
Jeff Jarrett
I love the ending of ‘The Wrestler.’
Damien Chazelle
I think a wrestler can say something from fighting, from wrestling.
Shinsuke Nakamura
If a guy’s a very good wrestler or a really good boxer or has a really good high kick, you prepare for that. It’s the same when you’re going to fight someone who talks a lot of crap.
Benson Henderson
I’ve sort of always pulled for the heels, like the bad guys. So I think if I were a pro wrestler, first I’d need to bulk up, and second I’ll need to get sort of a bad-boy persona.
John Isner
Sonnen doesn’t know martial arts. He’s a wrestler; he doesn’t know how to respect people. Some say he’s promoting the fight, but he disrespected my country, my family and fans.
Anderson Silva
I’m not a WWE wrestler and that’s how it feels sometimes out on the court.
Liz Cambage
The biggest thing about being a wrestler and being Goldberg gave me, was the ability to be a superhero for kids. I want the ability to be that guy again.
Bill Goldberg
Miami was always a town that was kind to me as a wrestler. It’s a great wrestling town, and it’s a great town, period. There’s so much to do in Miami.
Ric Flair
I told people I was going to be a wrestler, and they fell down laughing.
Diamond Dallas Page
I was a dancer and didn’t ever think I could become a female wrestler, but here I am and doing it.
I know Cormier is a wrestler so you really got to get them hips down on him so I’ve been working them hips really good.
Derrick Lewis
Like AEW, it kind of feels like they're treating you li

Like AEW, it kind of feels like they’re treating you like a professional athlete, and Lucha Underground is like a lot of TV production stuff. It felt like they treated you like a professional actor. The treatment was just above that for a wrestler.
Brian Cage
I’m a wrestler, so I’m used to not being paid, and I’m used to doing five or six competitions a day and paying someone else to allow me into the event.
Chael Sonnen
I wish I was fighting Jason High in his hometown. I would put him to sleep in front of all his fans. He’s mainly a wrestler, but I’m an All-American wrestler. So I’m really not worried about Jason High.
Justin Gaethje
I didn’t do choreographed fighting for a living. I was a professional wrestler for 15 years; there’s a big difference.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
I made the final decision to become a professional wrestler because I was able to look at Sting and what he was able to do inside and outside the ring.
Bill Goldberg
I wanted to become a wrestler because I saw a tape of Wrestlemania XI. I thought to myself I wanted to be a WWE superstar one day, and now here I am.
Kevin Owens
If all you are is a pro wrestler, on some level you eventually become, I feel like, a mindless drone. It’s tough, man, if you’re on the road and you’re doing 200, 250 shows a year. It starts to take a toll on your personal life and who are you as a human.
John Morrison
After college I started training to be a wrestler which led me to the WWE.
Mandy Rose
I’ll use wrestling if I need to in fights, but maybe I’ll fight another wrestler, and you’ll find out how good my striking is.
Colby Covington
Being a professional wrestler surely prepares you for any acting role in that we have to act on live television, so there’s a lot of pressure put there.
Bill Goldberg
I was a big Hart Foundation guy as a kid. Bret was my favorite wrestler. I loved their dynamic.
Drew McIntyre
I was never the most technical wrestler. But my coaches definitely instilled in me the belief that if you can push yourself and practice smarter than the other guy, you can beat him.
Tim Ferriss
I grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler, and that’s exactly what I’m going to keep doing.
Rhea Ripley
I was a striker before a wrestler. I’ve always wanted to knock people out.
Robbie Lawler
I don’t want people to think I’m a wrestler.
Henry Cejudo
I want my lasting legacy to be that I was a good wrestler but a better person. I want people to remember me as a good dude. I think that’s very important.
Johnny Gargano
To be a true comic, you have to have a signature move. You ever watch wrestling? And your favorite wrestler has the one move that he always does to finish his opponent off, right? Like when he climbs on the rope, and he always jumps off the top rope and finishes off his opponent – that’s what a comic has.
J. B. Smoove
You don’t become a wrestler overnight. Like everything, it takes time and I wasn’t born in this business.
Eva Marie
At first everyone thought that wanting to become a pro wrestler was just a phase.
Peyton Royce
I think I had a really hard-working and authentic wrestling style, so people liked the way I was – that I was a ‘no-quit’ kind of wrestler – and I was very realistic and credible in my style.
Bret Hart
I just want everyone to remember me as a great wrestler, that’s what I aim to do.
Gail Kim
How could I not be the underdog, starting at 35 and a half and going from a manager and a fourth-string color commentator to being a wrestler?
Diamond Dallas Page
I was a 19 year old kid; I was 170 lbs soaking wet. I didn’t have an identity. I didn’t have a look. I didn’t have the proper gear. I was just a young guy trying to be a wrestler. So, to be honest, WWE didn’t even give me a second look.
Adam Cole
You’ve got to stay in pretty good shape to be a pro wrestler, and all the TNA wrestlers get a bit nervous when I wrestle them because they’re afraid I’ll tire them out, but the Olympics is a whole different level.
Kurt Angle
I always had a much softer approach to my interviews and promos. I was not so much that wrestler that was yelling at the screen; I was always the one that was talking to my fans.
Bret Hart
For me, Philadelphia was always kind of that city you traveled to as an independent wrestler. I traveled there once or twice a month, doing that seven-to-eight-hour drive from Cleveland to Philly just to try and make a name for myself.
Johnny Gargano
CM Punk was a great wrestler, and he has so many fans and made a lot of people happy with what he did over the years.
Sage Northcutt
I don’t want to be the kind of wrestler that has to do it because he needs the money.
Rey Mysterio
There’s a pressure to be the wrestler that you are, that character that you’ve created 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s tough for wrestlers sometimes to sort of have that separation between person and character.
Christopher Daniels
I did a year and a half of independent wrestling before I got into the WWE. It was nothing really. I didn’t make the towns. I don’t even say I was an indy wrestler.
My father is the reason I’m a wrestler today. He was trained by Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and competed under the names Billy the Kid and Elvis Wesley on the Florida Independent scene.
Roderick Strong
I have been a fan of wrestling since I was about 8 year

I have been a fan of wrestling since I was about 8 years old. In 2012, I went to my first WWE show in Melbourne, Australia, and knew that my already existing desire to be a wrestler wasn’t going away anytime soon.
Tenille Dashwood
I’m a second-generation professional wrestler. My family, the Rhodes family, has been wrestling for 50-odd years.
Cody Rhodes
I don’t know anything about CM Punk. I’d never even heard of him until he was mentioned in UFC. I wouldn’t know him if I walked past him in the street, I don’t know… he might be a good wrestler but there are people in the UFC who are just good wrestlers.
Jimi Manuwa
Although not considered a martial art, boxing is really a martial art. It’s a very limited martial art as long as you agree to just box… but in an actual physical fight against someone who’s just a wrestler, you’re going to get killed.
Joe Rogan
I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.
Maya Angelou
Ric, I feel like he hasn’t changed up for no one. He’s been the same since Day 1, since he was in the limelight as a pro wrestler. Even now, just his mentality and who he is: Find who you are and just be that. He’s always being him. That’s what I admire the most about Ric Flair.
Julio Jones
I do feel like since I am a third-generation wrestler, I do have to hold myself – and there are a lot of people that expect certain things out of me – I’m an athlete, and I’m a top athlete.
Tessa Blanchard
I wasn’t some stud athlete at school that was destined to be a professional wrestler. I was just an insecure little guy that didn’t want to go to school because I had zits on my upper lip.
Randy Orton
I always knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler for as long as I can remember.
Mustafa Ali
A guy who I always said was my favorite wrestler is Rey Mysterio.
Booker T
The acclaim I’m getting for ‘The Wrestler’ means everything in the world to me. But it also means I can’t take my foot off the gas pedal.
Mickey Rourke
I want to fight Cormier, that’s been a fight I’ve been trying to get forever. I can go in there and take him down. I can threaten him in ways he hasn’t been threatened. I don’t think he’s fought a wrestler like me.
Ryan Bader
To have a Japanese wrestler standing as the face of professional wrestling, there’s only one person for that spot, and it’s me.
Kazuchika Okada
I honestly was supposed to always be a wrestler. I was never hired into any business as an announcer. That was just something I ended up falling into.
Brandi Rhodes
The best wrestler in the world is me.
Kenny Omega
I’m a wrestling fan – before I was a wrestler, I was a wrestling fan. I like watching wrestling.
William Regal
I was a wrestler. I played football, lacrosse. After high school, I got into jujitsu. I boxed my whole adult life.
Frank Grillo
I remember, one teacher in Year 11 asked the class what everyone wanted to do when they grow up, and I said, ‘I want to be a professional wrestler.’ The teacher laughed and said to be serious.
Buddy Murphy
For a wrestler, I think it is much better to fight in the ring than in the cage. The cage has more advantage for the stand up fighter.
Gegard Mousasi
Pro wrestling has always been my passion. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler.
Alberto Del Rio
My favorite wrestler of all-time is Johnny Valentine. I believe him to be the best bad guy ever in wrestling and he is my absolute favorite.
Tessa Blanchard
If you can believe it, I had no intentions of being a wrestler.
Becky Lynch
In Mexico, to become a pro wrestler, you have to have a wrestling license, and to get a license, you have to pass a wrestling test.
Rey Mysterio
It doesn’t matter if you’re the best wrestler in the world and can do every move perfectly; if you don’t connect with the crowd or sell well or have good promos, nobody cares.
Matt Riddle
I’m always prepared. I’ve wrestled every kind of wrestler that there is, I’ve been in every situation that there possibly has been.
Roderick Strong
I think being the only Pakistani wrestler in WWE will bring some attention from the country as well. I’ll do my best to do Pakistan proud and give them something to cheer about.
Mustafa Ali
You have to consider, I’m a full-time professional wrestler, and Stephen Amell is a celebrity, and yet we still managed to beat two full-time professional wrestlers.
I would love to have gotten into it with Harley Race. He was such a good wrestler and rough and tough. We wrestled at the same time but never each other. And wrestling Sting would have been something I would have enjoyed.
Shawn Michaels
In my past, I’ve always had the physical abilities. They were always there, but sometimes the mental side of it – I was younger coming in as a wrestler, didn’t know what the hell I was doing on my feet.
Ryan Bader
I think I was always so resistant to coloring my hair because, you know, when my dad was still alive, it’s so easy for a second- or third-generation wrestler to just copy their predecessor. The hardest thing you can do is try and carve out your own legacy.
Cody Rhodes
My dad was my favorite wrestler growing up, obviously.
Charlotte Flair
I was a true wrestler. I was a Division I national cham

I was a true wrestler. I was a Division I national champion. I came into the business wanting one thing and one thing only, and that was to be the champion, and I wasn’t going to let anybody stand in my way. I think there was one guy that had a problem with that, and that was Undertaker.
Brock Lesnar
When you see a guy reading off a teleprompter or a mental teleprompter, just trying to recite a script or trying to look up in the air when you forget a line. It is hard to suspend disbelief when the wrestler doesn’t believe in the real-life situation that is unfolding.
Tony Khan
For me, the only way I know how to do this is to be myself. I actually learned that from ‘The Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. I was trying to be this wrestler, and I was trying to be cool, and Dusty literally told me, ‘You’ve got to be yourself.’ That’s really how Bayley started, and that is what brought me this far.
The whole journey of being a wrestler is also a journey of finding yourself and who you are. If it feels natural to you, it’s natural to me because I’m just being myself every time I’m out there.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pro wrestler. Other kids wanted to be cops and astronauts, but I wanted to be Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake, and Jake ‘The Snake.’ I wanted to be those guys! I used to tape matches on my trampoline and body-slam my brother.
Josh Segarra
Sometimes I’m out in public and people are like ‘you’re a wrestler?’ and they kind of ask me with a little question in their voice, like ‘oh I didn’t know that WWE had wrestlers like you. I’m going to start watching.’
Bianca Belair
Wrestling fans dictate policy; they really do. What direction each wrestler takes usually revolves around what the fans think of them.
Bret Hart
I have been a wrestler now for 12 years, and now I am reaching this peak at the top of the mountain – WrestleMania.
John Smith from Oklahoma State was the greatest American wrestler of all time.
Jordan Burroughs
It’s hard to pick out one particular wrestler.
Owen Hart
I made a joke to my wife that if this acting thing doesn’t work out I can always be a pro wrestler, as a joke. She found out about a school that was about thirty minutes from where we lived, and she made the appointment for me.
Christopher Daniels
I think, at every professional wrestler’s heart, there’s a fan.
Shayna Baszler
It seems every bouncer, every bodybuilder wants to become a wrestler. Every day, people will come up to me and ask about it. So few actually make it but if you do make it you can now make into the millions. You have to know your character and have a lot of ability.
Rocky Johnson
I grew up a wrestler; for a long time in Oklahoma I was a wrestler.
Christian Kane
The Vince McMahon tell me I am the best Middle Eastern wrestler ever. He tell me I need new name to show how strong I am like the iron. He want me to become like the Shah. He call me the Sheik.
The Iron Sheik
Do you remember the wrestler Andre the Giant? Famous. He had acromegaly.
Malcolm Gladwell
I like to go surfing because I want to feel the ocean and experience nature, and nature fixes my balance, and this life is crazy sometimes, so it helps a wrestler’s life because a wrestler’s life is crazy sometimes.
Shinsuke Nakamura
In fact, I was voted Prom Queen by my classmates in my senior year. So I went from being a wrestler to the prom queen in a year.
Beth Phoenix
It’s just one of those things. When you’re a wrestler you’re thinking about one guy, yourself, your character and whatever guy it is you’re working with. When you’re a writer and you’re kind of in a booking type role, you’re thinking about the entire roster so you’re thinking about wrestling 24 hours a day.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
Clearly, I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but I got laughed at. I was kind of the runt. I was never the tallest kid or the biggest kid or the strongest kid, so I would get laughed at when I’d say it.
Xavier Woods
OK, if he’s a grappler, good for me, I know what to do. If he’s a kickboxer, I gotta get in a clinch and move a certain way. If he’s a karate man, he moves a different way, but I’m still going to have to clinch. So, a sumo wrestler, I have to clinch. It’s just, how I get there, how I move it.
Royce Gracie
There wasn’t one defining moment that I said, ‘I wanna be a wrestler.’ It was just something that was always inside me.
Finn Balor
When I first started training to be a wrestler I was also trying my hand at acting. I was trying to get into the Chicago theater scene. It was tougher to get into the theater scene than I thought and I almost gave wrestling a try as an afterthought.
Christopher Daniels
My dad was a wrestler in high school. He was really good and had a great amateur background, but it was always his dream to be in the WWE.
Zelina Vega
I just started watching wrestling in 2008, and I’ve loved it ever since. I told my mom I wanted to become a wrestler.
Rico Rodriguez
Growing up when I was watching wrestling, if a guy couldn’t talk, I didn’t care about him. You could have the fanciest moves and be the greatest wrestler if all time, but if you didn’t have a compelling character and you couldn’t talk, I didn’t care.
Eli Drake
If you look at the Intercontinental Champion, historically, that has always belonged to the best of the best in-ring talent, the best wrestler, whatever you want to call it, that came out night after night, produced night after night – and that will be me.
Being a wrestler is not an easy life. It’s very hard on the body. I loved it, but it is a hard life to live.
The Iron Sheik
Triple H is a former bodybuilder. He’s all about bodies. He thought that Hulk Hogan was the greatest wrestler in the world. They think Ultimate Warrior was the greatest wrestler in the world because that’s what they’re attracted to, but he’s not really a wrestling fan like I grew up. I was a wrestling fan.
Bret Hart
I watched wrestling for the first time on television while in Punjab, after which I started working seriously to become a good wrestler.
The Great Khali
Absolutely, it’s awesome to be a pro wrestler.
Jake Hager
I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo w

I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo wrestler and I used that to my advantage, but my home runs were achieved by technique.
Sadaharu Oh
I, throughout my life, wanted to be a wrestler. I also wanted to be a kickboxer. And I also wanted to make video games. Obviously, kickboxing – not happening. Ever. I do not want to get Muay Thai’d in the face!
Xavier Woods
I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler.
When I was a kid, I said this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a wrestler.
I was pretty one-dimensional, a wrestler.
Ryan Bader
It’s been a part of my entire life: I’ve wanted to be a wrestler since I was a little kid. I don’t think that ever leaves you.
John Layfield
I beat St. Pierre, who’s a physical specimen, a better wrestler, and supposedly a better striker. People thought I was gonna get killed. But I have experience in wars with the best guys in the world. I knew at the very least he’d be in the hospital with me.
Matt Serra
There were promises made to me as far as if I became a professional wrestler, that I was going to be given every opportunity to be a headliner… and that’s the only reason why I accepted.
Bruno Sammartino
When I was 17 years old, I was given the opportunity to be trained as a wrestler. At the time, I never really thought about making it a career. I only saw it as a chance to do something that I always wanted to do.
Sami Zayn
Even though I accomplished the whole WWE thing, which I feel like was everybody’s dream when you were growing up, but it wasn’t until I got to Lucha Underground that I felt how I thought I’d feel at 10 years old to be a pro wrestler.
Brian Cage
I just love sneakers. When I first started wrestling, I was wrestling in boots, and I felt like I was trying too hard to play a wrestler. I just wanted to be myself. So when I started wearing sneakers, I felt so much better.
I think that Ben Askren, when he competed as a wrestler, he was an amazing athlete.
Jordan Burroughs
It took more strength and hard work than I would’ve believed myself capable of, but with God’s grace and strength, I managed to lift myself up and become a better person that I’d ever imagined – I believe I have become a loving husband, a compassionate father, and a stronger wrestler.
Eddie Guerrero
I came out of my mother’s womb wanting to be a professional wrestler. But then notoriety and stardom happened, and I started getting cocky.
So making the choice to be involved in the pro wrestling industry is always looked at as a short-lived choice, and there are very few and far in between opportunities to continue a career in wrestling if your time is up as a wrestler, as a female.
Brandi Rhodes
I like to think I’ve always been a good wrestler.
Adam Page
I came into this game a wrestler and that was pretty much it. I was tough, I could take a guy down and beat him up. I threw a good overhand right.
Ryan Bader
I am a Division I All-American wrestler, but I wrestled college wrestling matches, seven minutes long. If I was to go in there and wrestle for seven minutes of a fight, a 25-minute fight, you’re not getting nothing out of me for the rest of the time.
Justin Gaethje
The average MMA guys have a boxer’s stance which makes it easier for a wrestler when they try and take you down. I tend to stand sideways and that gives them only one leg to shoot for, it tends to make it more difficult to try and take me down.
Stephen Thompson
As far as match-ups are concerned, I feel pretty good about matching up with anybody. I’m sort of a hybrid wrestler. I’m extremely explosive; I’m a good athlete. I can move around.
Roman Reigns
People at WWE would say, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re the best wrestler,’ but I would think about Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit and Rey Mysterio. They weren’t necessarily the greatest talkers, but they were great wrestlers. I wanted to be that person.
Gail Kim
I don’t classify myself as a wrestler, I’m a grappler.
Michael Chiesa
Whatever it is that you do, dial it up to a 10 because for me people won’t necessarily think I am the best wrestler in the world, but I can do what others can’t.
Zelina Vega
I believe you don’t need to spend 6 days on the road to make a good living as a wrestler or 5 days on the road per week necessarily.
Tony Khan
Even when I was a young kid, I always told my uncle that, when I became a wrestler, I wanted to be Rey Mysterio, Jr. and I wanted to wear the mask. I always pictured myself wearing a mask. I dreamed about it for so long. I wanted to be one of those luchadores who wore the mask, the cape, and the fancy outfits.
Rey Mysterio
I’m a good wrestler.
Anthony Johnson
I was ordained into the ministry through my local church in February of 2000. I had already been doing a lot of speaking. So basically, my vocation in life changed and I went from a professional wrestler to a itinerate preacher.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
I used to say Page Joseph Falkinburg – which is my given name – when Page Joseph Falkinburg stopped trying to be this over-the-top professional wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, and Diamond Dallas Page became Page Joseph Falkinburg, that’s when my career took off.
Diamond Dallas Page
When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a rock star or a wrestler.
Chris Jericho
My dad used to be a Greco-Roman wrestler, and he was Norwegian champion six years on the bounce from 1966 to 1971. But I never saw him wrestle. I’ve only read the clippings.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
My favoirte wrestler is ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
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I’m drawn to black clothes. I say I’m inspired by the wrestler The Undertaker because there’s something about wearing black that makes me feel confident and classy. It isn’t to try and make me look slim!
Daniel Sturridge
As far as I remember, I was always a big eater. I eat just as much as the wrestler guys.
Gail Kim
For the most part, since the time I was in EliteXC fighting, maybe there were one or two fights here and there that they had me to win, but for the most part I’ve been an underdog. I’m not a kickboxer so I’m going to lose to a kickboxer. I’m not a wrestler, my wrestling sucks, so I’m going to lose to a wrestler.
Nick Diaz
Being resourceful and creating is a big part of my Lithuanian culture. My grandfather is part of who I am, too. He was a professional wrestler. He had a very functional, very slick, long frame.
Rose Namajunas
I was a writer before I was a wrestler when I was in the WWE.
Enzo Amore
If you put little person wrestler on a poster, people are going to say oh is that kids? Is that weird, odd people? You put midget wrestling they know what it is.
I remember being really hurt by a relative of a good friend of mine when I mentioned that someone was a great wrestler – she said, ‘What do you mean? How can you be great at wrestling?’ I stopped them and said, ‘Do you think that what I do takes no talent whatsoever?’ She realized how hurtful those words were.
Mick Foley
Cesaro should be world champ. I’m not afraid to say it, Cesaro is my favorite wrestler.
Jake Hager
I knew I wanted to be a wrestler, so I became the best wrestler in wrestling history.
Laurel Van Ness
You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve gotten to live so many people’s dreams. People dream of playing in the NFL, of having a hit CD, of being in Hollywood movies, or being a pro wrestler, or playing college football. They dream of being able to travel the world. I’ve done all that.
Bob Sapp
I don’t think I’d be the wrestler or the athlete that I am today if I didn’t have some of the intergender matches that I have.
Tessa Blanchard
It was my father’s passion actually. I had never wished to become a wrestler. I was 12 when my father initiated me into this sport. Gradually, I started liking it and then it became my passion too.
Geeta Phogat
Depending on what country I go to, my style might be a little bit different and my tactics might change a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m still Tessa Blanchard and I’m still the same wrestler.
Tessa Blanchard
At one time, I wanted to be a WWE wrestler. I still do. I want to go in the ring once and mess around and jump off the ropes and do a Stone Cold stunt.
Rob Gronkowski
I wasn’t great at a lot of stuff, but I was good at not worrying about being a wrestler.
Shawn Michaels
If I was young again and wanted to be a professional wrestler, first thing I’d do is get jacked all to hell is what I’d do.
The Ultimate Warrior
Instead of diving further back to the fandom as a child, more recently when I was training as an independent wrestler, that is really when women’s wrestling took to the forefront and really started this upward rise.
Britt Baker
The only film I’ve enjoyed starring a wrestler was Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler.’
Dwayne Johnson
I have odd thumbs that are extremely flexible. I can bend them quite far down the back side of my hand, basically the opposite side you’d even try to attempt bending your thumb. Because of that, I’m a very good thumb wrestler.
Laura Mennell
When I was in England, I did a lot of wrestling and moves. Over here, they were like, ‘You don’t need to do that much. Save your body. Become an entertainer rather than a wrestler.’ And I wasn’t used to wrestling on TV and in front of huge crowds, so it was a big adjustment.
Normally, with girls that I know in the business, they start off managing and then they become a wrestler, or they just stay as a manager who can wrestle, but I was always a wrestler.
Gail Kim
I never wanted to be a wrestler, I wanted to get into musical theater. I always wanted to be on Broadway.
Tessa Blanchard
I never had an interest in fighting. Originally, because I had no experience, I was going to come to Japan to be a pro wrestler and learn fighting along the way.
Bob Sapp
I told everyone that I was going to be a pro wrestler ever since I was 10 years old, and now I can show them that I did it.
Sasha Banks
I think it’s human nature to say, ‘You’re a wrestler. That is what you do.’ I think it can be hard sometimes for people to understand that you can have more than one thing you like to do.
Mickie James
I am not the best high-flyer or technical wrestler. What I do have is a work ethic that can’t be beat.
Johnny Gargano
I’ve won every single event there is to win as a wrestler, and I still continue to come back every single year. The hard part for me is, ‘OK, how long can you do this?’
Jordan Burroughs
I was a Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes guy. Ric Flair continues to be my favorite wrestler of all time. I loved Harley Race and Nick Bockwinkel and all of those guys, but I’m a big Flair guy.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Now that I have the training behind me, I think that really shows I do have the skills and talent to become a well-rounded wrestler.
Eva Marie
I hope Seth Rollins becomes the safest, best wrestler in the world. And I wish him all the luck in the world.
Bret Hart
A wrestler loves to compete. At the end of the day, a wrestler just wants to compete.
Henry Cejudo
I'm Vince McMahon's favorite wrestler; quote me.

I’m Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler; quote me.
Dean Ambrose
My very favorite wrestler of all time was Andre the Giant. He was sort of like my best friend, believe it or not, and I have a picture in ‘People’ magazine of me sitting on his lap when I was 8 years old after ‘WrestleMania I.’
Stephanie McMahon
My body size and everything was perfect for being a heavyweight wrestler rather than being a linebacker.
Cain Velasquez
My dad was a wrestler back in the early ’90s, so it just brought everything full circle with my dad’s background and my love of performing and entertainment, and now here I am in the WWE.
If it was one person I could have a bout with, it would be Jack Pye, the Doncaster Panther. A mythical wrestler obviously from Doncaster who lived in Blackpool.
William Regal
I can sing every single word of Honky Tonk’s theme song. He was great. He might not be that cruiserweight-style wrestler or a Bret Hart-type of wrestler, but I thought he was great. He was such an over-the-top character, and it was a character on the peripheral of wrestling.
Sean Waltman
It took me a while to open up to the idea that you don’t have to be a wrestler to have ideas. Jim Ross isn’t a wrestler and you will learn a lot from Jim Ross.
Tommaso Ciampa