By Lex Luger
Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time international heavyweight champion, governed the hoop for years as “The overall Package.” no matter if he used to be creating a dramatic front from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect body, Lex was once on best of his online game. but behind the scenes, he was once wrestling with addictions to intercourse, medications, and alcohol―things he clung to even if his mistress died unexpectedly of a drug overdose and Lex went to detention center. There, Lex confronted the reality: he used to be wasting the struggle for his lifestyles. And nonetheless watching for him was once his such a lot brutal opponent but, whilst the wrestling champ discovered himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger finds never-before-told tales from his occupation, his fight with own demons, and the way, via unforeseen religion, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to struggle the single conflict that actually concerns.
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Professional Wrestling Illustrated named it the 1991 fit of the yr. The WCW international heavyweight championship name held by means of Ric aptitude nonetheless eluded me. besides the fact that, the baton was once approximately to be handed. i used to be scheduled for a steel-cage fit on the nice American Bash in Baltimore on July 14 for the ultimate blowoff among Ric and me. This name fit have been years within the making. Unbeknownst to us, Ric used to be embroiled in a contentious agreement conflict with WCW officers. Talks endured as much as the day of the fit, with the WCW brass nonetheless conserving out desire that they’d be capable of maintain aptitude of their solid. regrettably, Ric walked. We needed to visit a contingency plan. Barry Windham was once stepping in because the quantity contender to stand me for the now-vacant international heavyweight name. “If you strive against Barry and cheat to win, you may be our heel champion,” booker Dusty Rhodes defined. “We’ve flown in former international champion Harley Race to be your supervisor. I’ll have Harley slide the belt less than the cage on the finish of the fit, and that i wish you to exploit Harley’s finish —the pile driver —on Barry on best of the belt. ” “And yet one more factor. on the finish of the fit, don’t carry the belt up. Ric took the belt with him whilst he left, and we didn’t have time to make a brand new one. ” they'd slapped a makeshift belt jointly and desired to make sure the ringside photographers didn’t take an image of me protecting up a phony belt. i discovered all of it lovely funny; after years of this type of buildup, on the final second we have been all scrambling round just like the Keystone police officers. regardless of the entire last-minute difficulties, the fit went simply as deliberate, and that i left with the name. Ric’s circulation to the WWF used to be an incredible loss to the WCW. there has been loads of unrest and uncertainty within the WCW entrance workplace, which started to quite problem me. group of workers cutbacks have been being made, and that i knew I didn’t are looking to be referred to as their marquee austerity champion. I felt it used to be time to maneuver on, and that i needed to be able to make that take place. So my first name used to be to Vince McMahon. Vince had introduced a brand new organization —the global Bodybuilding Federation (WBF) —which used to be going to exhibit a gaggle bodybuilders via a weekly tv express, WBF BodyStars, major as much as a pay-per-view championship in June 1992. at the mobilephone, I threw out an idea to Vince. “What do you consider signing me to a one-year WBF bodybuilding agreement if i will get out of the final 12 months of my wrestling agreement with the WCW? ” i used to be already making plans to take a seat with my present organization to invite for a 12 months off. “I’ll inform them that I won’t be wrestling wherever for a yr yet may discover different possibilities. in the event that they agree, i will be able to be a bodybuilder for you after which segue into wrestling the next yr. ” Vince was once intrigued by means of my suggestion and acknowledged he’d come back to me. My subsequent assembly used to be with the WCW entrance workplace, the place I made a confession. “I’ve been going tough for 6 years. I’m burned out and wish a yr off to leisure and be with my relations. ” That was once definitely actual, and because I suspected the corporate was once trying to find extra locations to save cash, i assumed it can be a win-win state of affairs.