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    I’m Arn Anderson, and I’d be damned if I’m going to coach a loser.
    -Arn Anderson
    Let’s just say, guns are not a part of my everyday thought process or life but I do agree that sometimes you have to protect what’s yours.
    -Arn Anderson
    Being a Horseman isn’t something you put on in the morning and take off at night. It’s a state of mind. It’s excelling to the best of your ability. It’s four individuals thinking singularly, acting collectively.
    -Arn Anderson

    Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Sometimes familiarity is just cool.
    -Arn Anderson
    Shawn Michaels was around a long time before they cut him out and put him in the singles spotlight.
    -Arn Anderson
    Adversity introduces a man to himself.
    -Arn Anderson
    I missed a lot of time with my kids and events with my family.
    -Arn Anderson
    Imagine waking up in the morning and going outside to take out your dog, take them for a walk and not have to then immediatly check your phone. It feels great to do that or go to the grocery store and just look around and watch people push the shopping cart around. After having to travel for 37 years, it’s nice to be human again.
    -Arn Anderson
    When I wake up on a Monday morning, it’s nice knowing for the next 10-12 days that I don’t have to do much of anything if I don’t want to.
    -Arn Anderson

    I always get the fathers and the younger grandpas coming up to me and telling me how much they loved me even though I was a bad guy for most of my run. But the most gratifying thing to me is when I have the young guys who cheer for John Cena come up to me and tell me how cool I am.
    -Arn Anderson
    I was fortunate enough to work with WWE for 18 years. Certainly that provided my family and myself with a nice living, and I have no regrets.
    -Arn Anderson
    Bobby Heenan is the single funniest man that God ever put on this earth.
    -Arn Anderson
    I don’t think Hulk Hogan has been Terry Bollea for a long, long time. I think he’s been Hulk Hogan.
    -Arn Anderson
    Hulk is Hulk 24 hours a day, Ric Flair is Ric Flair 24 hours a day. There are some guys that no matter what environment they’re in or what the scenario is, they’re that guy because they really are that guy.
    -Arn Anderson
    I don’t think anybody will ever say Eddie Guerrero was too little, Shawn Michaels was too little. I don’t think you’re ever going to think Dean Malenko was too little. Rey Mysterio? Certainly not too little. All these guys got over, and they were all tops in their field.
    -Arn Anderson

    That’s a rule in our business, you always make the show no matter what.
    -Arn Anderson
    When Miz was wrestling Cena I just know that there were a lot of guys that felt like they should’ve been in that spot. If you didn’t want to be in that spot, somethings wrong with you.
    -Arn Anderson
    When you flip flop your personality and your characters so many times back and forth, people can’t trust you. They can’t trust a word you say on a promo because last week, they loved you. This week, they’re saying, ‘Shut up!’ And it diminishes your credibility, and when you have credibility with the audience, you’re halfway there.
    -Arn Anderson
    I always thought that Bray Wyatt, who had the most creative characters that he came up with it – it was a part of him deep down that lived in him. That’s the reason he was able to pull it off. It wasn’t him playing a character, it was just a sliver of the real him amped up, and that’s always the characters that get over.
    -Arn Anderson
    You got to win the big one.
    -Arn Anderson
    When you lived it for years and years and years and seen different characters just get pummeled and squashed because ‘I said so,’ it gets mighty damn disturbing and it’s such a downer when you’re trying to get a guy to perform at the top level for the audience that he’s capable of.
    -Arn Anderson
    I can respect somebody that can do something I know without a shadow of a doubt, even if you backed up $5 million in front of me, I could not do that.
    -Arn Anderson
    It’s a proven fact that athletes are all marks for each other.
    -Arn Anderson

    Mike Tyson is one of those guys that for most of his career and I’m sure, he decided he was ready to quit long before he got beat. Had he just quit when he wanted to, he probably would’ve never gotten beat. He’s just a beast. I’m a huge Mike Tyson fan. You’re talking about a vicious son of a gun.
    -Arn Anderson
    In the business, you’re lucky if when you’re done you can look on your hand and count the number of true friends you have on one hand. If you can do that, if you have five friends that you can really call friends, you’ve had a successful career.
    -Arn Anderson
    Ric and I had a very good relationship when I was wrestling, and we were on the road together, and we had the same thought process and we were heading towards the same goals.
    -Arn Anderson
    WrestleMania will never be sold on one match. It just won’t. One match will not draw a house these days. It’s hard to draw a house at a live event with just a single main event and nothing underneath it.
    -Arn Anderson
    WrestleMania has to have 7 or 8 matches that have value in order to sell that show because people are coming from around the world to see it. When you sell 100,000 tickets, that’s not based on one match. There’s a lot of interest in a lot of matches.
    -Arn Anderson
    For those of us that can do it, do something nice for a stranger. Do something nice for a family member.
    -Arn Anderson
    I don’t want to insult anyone’s city because the world has been good to the wrestling industry and I’m grateful for that.
    -Arn Anderson
    Rey never ran over anybody. Rey chopped everybody down a piece at a time and at the end of the night, you bought it because of the way he did it. I think Rey set the standard and opened the door for smaller guys to have a very prominent place in the industry and be incredible in everything they do, and it wasn’t about size, it was about quality.
    -Arn Anderson

    To have a match that’s an hour and 15 minutes or whatever it can be, it takes a lot of brilliant minds. Jamie Noble’s one of those brilliant minds that never gets credit. Dean Malenko was one of those guys that never gets credit.
    -Arn Anderson
    People may think that’s not true, but everything I’ve done in this business, every sacrifice I made, every time I had guy come to me that I respect and go, ‘Don’t do that, you’re Arn Anderson. You don’t have to do that, just tell them no!’ I went ahead and did whatever was requested to take care of my family.
    -Arn Anderson
    I feel like NJPW and their style is so different from ROH, ROH is so different from IMPACT, they’re all different from AEW.
    -Arn Anderson
    I think we go overboard with a lot of those politically correct no-no’s.
    -Arn Anderson
    Dustin Rhodes is a guy that can go, he can tear it up with the best of them.
    -Arn Anderson
    A lot of the time, it’s hard to put your thoughts into what you’re watching when someone is screaming in your headset.
    -Arn Anderson
    I figured out pretty quickly, as long as you stay employed and make pretty good money, you don’t have to make that top top money for a couple, three years, like a lot of guys then disappear. You’ll still do okay.
    -Arn Anderson
    You can’t have some phantom guy that’s got all the authority, that’s booking all the matches. It takes that stretch of believability and it goes way, way, way too far.
    -Arn Anderson
    Now, I’m a religious guy.
    -Arn Anderson
    I may have come across as the blue collar working man because that’s exactly who I was.
    -Arn Anderson

    I enjoyed my time in the ring pretty much every single time I went out there because I knew that I had someway, somehow been blessed and actually got to do what I envisioned doing as a child, and now it had come to fruition.
    -Arn Anderson
    I didn’t want to be fireman. I didn’t want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or president. I didn’t want to be any of those things the kids go through when they’re young and growing up, and, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’
    -Arn Anderson
    All I can ever remember from about age eight was I wanted to be a wrestler.
    -Arn Anderson
    Well, I worked with Brock a lot when he first got pulled up and he was trying to figure out who he was. When you have the unlimited ability like he does, and aptitude for this business, I could sit back and just picture stuff for him to do to guys – vicious stuff, and aggressive stuff, and utilizing his strength and athletic ability.
    -Arn Anderson
    The biggest mistake I would tell any young guy in this business is a guy playing a character. If you are you being you and the more you take being you down, the worse it is. You have to take the real you and make it a little louder, colorful and intelligent, it’s hard to screw up being you.
    -Arn Anderson
    Cody put everything he could into the Stardust gimmick but that’s not who he is, that’s not who he ever is going to be.
    -Arn Anderson
    Curtis Axel isn’t Joe Hennig. That’s who he should’ve been from day one, there are guys that have a legacy in this business. All that they would’ve had to do to help him from day one was let him be Joe Hennig.
    -Arn Anderson
    Tully Blanchard was the best partner I ever had in the ring, period. We were in such sync after all those years together, that he could just give me a look and I know what he wanted and I could do the same to him. We never had to say a word in the ring to each other, period.
    -Arn Anderson
    He lived it 100 percent. He had the watch. He had the wardrobe. He drove the Mercedes. He lived the lifestyle of a Horsemen, and it was one of those things that you knew when Tully Blanchard came through the curtain, you were looking at a professional. And he believed that his crap didn’t stink.
    -Arn Anderson
    Well, I didn’t particularly want Rusev to turn babyface myself, but the fans, when they call for it, jump on it.
    -Arn Anderson

    How good would guys like John Cena, Randy Orton or Batista have been if they would have had 900 matches in their first three years?
    -Arn Anderson
    You have to enjoy what you do or you’re not going to be good at it.
    -Arn Anderson
    Enzo was a guy that put a long time down in NXT with Big Cass, but once they came up to the main roster, you go into a whole different learning phase or you’re supposed to. You can’t be too hard headed about that because there are people trying to help you and if you don’t listen to those people and you fail, then it’s on you.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’m certainly not the guy who can say ‘This guy doesn’t belong in the business.’ Unless you really went out of bounds or something, nobody died and left me God and made me make those decisions.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’ve been in the ring with some great workers, but anything that I can’t see that’s behind me – I wasn’t a big fan of german suplexes or this buckle bomb because you can’t see where you are in the air.
    -Arn Anderson
    The inability to allow a talent to do what he feels is going to inhibit his production. Always.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’ve always come from a man’s world.
    -Arn Anderson
    Dolph has got to be one of the toughest men to put on a pair of boots.
    -Arn Anderson
    Thirty-seven is not that old.
    -Arn Anderson

    Dusty Rhodes was never Virgil Runnells, Dusty Rhodes was always Dusty Rhodes.
    -Arn Anderson
    James J. Dillon was as much of a part of The Horseman as anyone of us.
    -Arn Anderson
    Give credence to everyone’s point of view.
    -Arn Anderson

    You got to be receptive to change, and everything changes, including our business.
    -Arn Anderson
    Rusev went for a year without getting beat. So, the first time he got beat by Cena, it mattered and it meant something.
    -Arn Anderson
    One victory, if it kills you off, you were just being propped up. Anyway, you weren’t really over.
    -Arn Anderson
    If the audience is screaming, I don’t really care. As long as it’s loud and sustained, I don’t care who they’re screaming for or what they’re screaming for. It’s when they get quiet, that’s when I get nervous.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’ve often said the Undertaker is probably the guy who is at least as most respected as anybody who’s ever been in the business. He is a locker room leader. He goes out and leads by example and he works hurt and guts it out and toughs it out.
    -Arn Anderson
    Brock Lesnar got over on the fact that if he hit one F5, you were beat.
    -Arn Anderson

    We set up finishes for a reason so that you can build drama, work towards that finish. The drama is you don’t quite get to hit it and that’s why you didn’t win that night. Had you hit that particular move, you would’ve won. Not that you hit it 4 or 5 times and the guy kicked out because guess what, it’s no longer a finish.
    -Arn Anderson
    I think guys are burning the business out by doing all this high impact stuff because once you use it as just a high spot, that’s all it will ever be afterwards.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’ve been given an opportunity to finish my career out the way it’s supposed to be, having fun.
    -Arn Anderson
    A wise man has to know his limitations. I figured that out pretty quickly.
    -Arn Anderson
    I was big enough, strong enough, knowledgeable enough, to have a successful career without being the top top guy.
    -Arn Anderson
    I wasn’t going to sell out on top, if I was going to be in the main event with somebody I wasn’t going to sell out an 80,000 seat arena, I wasn’t going to sell a lot of merchandise. I wasn’t that guy that you were going to put as the face of your company.
    -Arn Anderson

    Brock has always been the smartest guy in this business at self promotion, knowing what he’s worth, knowing what he wants and what he brings to the table.
    -Arn Anderson
    When he wakes up in the morning Brock does what he wants to do and my hats off to him for that. I don’t know of anybody else but Brock does what Brock wants and you gotta respect that.
    -Arn Anderson
    The reality is, Brock Lesnar is just an animal, he’s a machine.
    -Arn Anderson
    Dustin Rhodes is very mature in this business and he is a very smart man and he came up in a rough way and let me put it to you this way; when you are Dusty Rhodes’ kid it is a horrible shadow to step in to, number two you’ve already got heat because your Dad is the booker and people think you are getting a free ride.
    -Arn Anderson
    You can take 200 people in a crowd of 10,000 and if they choose to be heard, they sound very loud. I’m talking fans scattered around the arena – if they’re chanting the same thing, 200 people can make a lot of noise.
    -Arn Anderson
    I knew the Undertaker from day one when he was with WCW, ’til he moved to the WWF. I used to sit there with my chin on the ground when a guy that size would walk that top rope. It was unbelievable stuff that the guy can do.
    -Arn Anderson
    Audiences get tired, and sometimes, the reaction you get on a match is based on how tired the crowd is.
    -Arn Anderson
    I think that Undertaker, more than anybody in the industry, looks at his performance every single night, and no matter how good it is, even if it’s perfect and sees it, that it could have been a little bit better. He’s one of those guys.
    -Arn Anderson

    I think Lesnar is one of those rare beats that only come along every 15-20 years, even if that and he’s just an animal.
    -Arn Anderson
    It would be kind of cool to look at yourself in the mirror as you’re having a match.
    -Arn Anderson
    I’m a big fan of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.
    -Arn Anderson
    Bobby Roode looks like a million dollars, great head on his shoulders for the business.
    -Arn Anderson
    Everybody can’t be a steamroller, everybody can’t be a body guy, everybody can’t be a world class technician. But if you’ve got some of that stuff, you can be around for a long time.
    -Arn Anderson
    You always have to have new. You have to keep feeding the audience’s appetite for new faces and new talent.
    -Arn Anderson
    Every 5, 7, 10 years you have a new fan base. You always have to be re-establishing your fan base. That means you got to have a diverse menu of talents that give you all kinds of things.
    -Arn Anderson
    Cesaro, and I’ve always thought this ever since I saw complete matches and work with guys and be able to do all of the things that he does and you see pretty much all of it in a 15-20 minute extravaganza, I think he’s special.
    -Arn Anderson

    When you try and flip a guy from heel to baby face, the audience gets confused.
    -Arn Anderson
    A talent like Seth Rollins, how many times has he been a baby face or a heel? There’s a guy that’s a diamond. Just polish him up, you don’t need to try and change his chemical makeup.
    -Arn Anderson
    If I was the guy, I believe, that was going to stalk anybody, it certainly wouldn’t be in a building full of wrestlers.
    -Arn Anderson
    You never put the title on somebody to get them over. What you do is you take your championship and put it on the guy that’s the most over, that’s the reason, because that guy is ready to draw you money.
    -Arn Anderson
    The audience can smell it, if you put the title on somebody to try to get the guy over that’s just shoving him down people’s throats and that’s not what works.
    -Arn Anderson
    Bray Wyatt just as Bray Wyatt in the beginning with those promos that he used to do – the ‘Cape Fear’-esque character was pretty scary to me.
    -Arn Anderson
    If you continually lose the big one, people look at you as being a loser.
    -Arn Anderson
    Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt made a great team.
    -Arn Anderson
    Arn Anderson going in the Hall of Fame, I don’t think so. But the Four Horsemen going in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely.
    -Arn Anderson

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