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He towers over his opponents by almost a foot in some cases and is intimidating to look at with his pale white, muscular skin and ferocious facial hair. With that said, it’s hard to believe there was a time when someone picked on WWE’s Superstar Sheamus. But he was.
Before he became the “Celtic Warrior,” won the WWE Championship, and became 2010′s “King of the Ring,” Sheamus was an ordinary, chubby kid from Ireland. On Aug. 3, the grappler talked about bullying at an Aug. 3 appearance at the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport, CT. There, he discussed the “be a STAR” Alliance anti-bullying initiative. Be a STAR, a partnership with The Creative Coalition, was created in partnership with The National Education Association (NEA) and True Educator, Inc.
I spoke with the big-red superstar about the initiative, his upcoming Summerslam match against “World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, and living the dream.
Met him. Interviewed him. A career highlight. Rest in peace to the best wrestling personality of my childhood…and ever.
I became a pro-wrestling fan thanks to Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies R Good Enough” music video, which featured various World Wrestling Federation superstars making hilarious cameo appearances. Drawn in by the quirkiness of it all, I quickly became a fan of the WWF (now WWE) men in tights. I couldn’t wait to see what Bobby “The Brain” Heenan or “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would say or what opponent (and turnbuckle) George “The Animal” Steele would devour next. Right from the get-go, however, two stars resonated most with me. Obviously, no child of the 1980s could live his life without idolizing Hulk Hogan. I was no different – a true Hulkamaniac who even tried making a few protein shakes. But “the Hulkster” wasn’t my only idol. Randy “Macho Man” Savage sucked me in with his wrestling style, unpredictable behavior, and even more impressive mic skills (the lovely Miss Elizabeth didn’t hurt either. Before long, I had his T-shirt, a 7-Eleven “Big Gulp” with his caricature on it, and even tried snapping into a Slim Jim no matter how gross they tasted.
When it comes to wrestling, Paul “Triple H” Levesque has just about accomplished it all. He’s won the gold over a dozen times. He’s grappled with some of the biggest stars in the industry from “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to Hulk Hogan. He’s been arguably the most consistent draw in the business for over a decade, a creative force behind the scenes, and stands as the only person who can shout “suck it” to thousands of people, and have them cheer with appreciation.
Conquering the wrestling world is one thing; winning over multiplex audiences is another. Yet, that’s what the man they call “The Game” is aiming to do this month. The star headlines his first film (he’s appeared in others, notably “Blade: Trinity”) along with “Modern Family” co-star Ariel Winter in a family-centric action comedy called “The Chaperone.” In the movie, which will be released by WWE Films on Feb. 18, Triple H stars as an ex-con who tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter by chaperoning a school trip of hers.
Playing daddy is nothing new for the wrestler. He and his wife Stephanie McMahon have three young daughters, and the star said this film allowed him to flex some of those paternal muscles. I met Triple H in New York City on Feb. 10, and discussed his family life, acting in general, and his life inside the WWE ring and behind the media juggernaut. I also asked him what it’s like having WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as a father-in-law, and whether or not Internet rumors that “Mr. McMahon” plans on giving him the family business.
“The Chaperone” and Vince McMahon:
On taking over for Vince and WWE Films growth:
“Time To Play The Game?”
Interview coming soon!
Every week of the year (and if you watch Monday Night Raw, you know I mean EVERY week), he thunderously talks down his opponents, salutes the crowd, and delivers a patented “F.U.” on just about any one he goes up against. Consider that, and it’s no wonder WWE superstar John Cena jumped at the chance to appear in a movie that allowed him to take it down a notch.
In Legendary, a family drama that opens this Friday (Sept. 10), the wrestler leaves his sneaker pumps behind and channels his inner Mr. Miyagi by playing a man who battles inner demons, and trains his younger brother in high school wrestling to overcome being bullied. The role is more complex than that, and contrasts with his in-ring persona and two previous film efforts (The Marine and 12 Rounds). For starters, Cena’s not the lead – he’s part of an ensemble that features heavyweights Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover.
I spoke with Cena in New York City last week, and found him to be a humble guy, who has embraced acting but still puts the squared circle first. See him below, and see what he says about his new film, acting in general, and whether he’ll appear in The Expendables 2.
Jon Chattman and John Cena at the Regency Hotel in NYC. Cena was in town to promote his new film “Legendary.” Chattman was in town to interview him. Interview coming soon on Huffington Post and the pop!
Musician/Motivational Speaker/Tornado of Awesomeness Andrew WK is on this summer’s Warped Tour. Check out the surprised look on his face when your cyber-bestie, Plotkin, hits the scene.
Yeah yeah we know the sound aint great. But we gotten a mic since then. So shut it!
Tomorrow your BFF on the interwebs, Plotkin, and TheCheapPop.com head down to Monmouth Raceway at the Jersey Shore to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. Here’s the Web-Toed Wonder himself telling you about it:
Snuka satisfies you.