Sunday, December 23, 2007

PLAY BALL!

Blog time everybody. Greetings to all. Thanks for the many, many kind wishes for my birthday.

Glad everyone seemed to enjoy my brief appearance on RAW. Of course, even though it was a reunion for the 15 year anniversary, many of you refuse to believe that I’m not back. Hold on to whatever you need to, but I’ll be chillin’ in Southern Cali while you’re doing that. It was a fun experience, being there for one day and knowing I’m going home instead of on to the next spot on the map. Some of the other wrestlers jokingly said goodbye with “ See ya at Wrestlemania”. We’ll see.

Making an exception to my plans of California dreaming, I’ll be in Houston on December 28th for PWA’s one year anniversary show. RVD vs Booker T headlines this huge event in Texas, which is sure to have a record breaking crowd. If you’re able to make it, know that this is a rare opportunity to witness those RVD moves actually being done by RVD and not an impressionable wanna-be. Sweet, one-of-a-kind action! Official Booker T. Web Site

I’m stoked for Lost to be returning for another season in a few weeks. I just finished watching season 3 on DVD, and damn- that’s a hard one to walk away from when I have time to keep watching. Good stuff.

Anyone caught Lil Bush on Comedy Central? Dude, this is something to laugh at. We keep a few episodes on Tivo and re-watch them sometimes for good medicine.

I’ll be writing blogs more often once RVD TV is up and running. I’ll be wanting to give you a heads up on each episode as it’s released, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen real soon.

In fact, it appears that RVD TV will be open Christmas week, with parts of the web site still under construction- so wear your hard hats. You and I have both been waiting a long this to come, so plan on having another reason to celebrate over the holidays.

I got some new RVD T shirts. They totally kick ass. Featuring the legendary art work of Joe Holland, my in-ring outfit airbrush artist, I predict that these shirts are going to be top picks for all time favorite RVD T shirts for many people. The good news…you can order them online now! Check them out and let me know what you think!-Holland's Windmill Airbrush

Remember, for more merchandise, including RVD's secret stash ( like ring-worn boots and outfits) and collectible items from RVD's 5 Star Comics click here eBay Store - RVD 5STAR STORE: RVD's 5Star Home

So, baseball wants to take the heat off of pro wrestling, huh? When the major news about the almost 100 ball players that have taken steroids hit the press, it became the subject to talk about. As always, not wanting to disappoint, allow RVD to offer a different perspective. First off, let’s acknowledge the legitimacy of “roids” as medicine. Testosterone replacement therapy is recommended by many credible doctors to increase health. The fact is, as we grow older, our testosterone levels drop, causing aging factors that are detrimental to our well being to occur. That's a fact for us all- athletes or not. Steroids were invented to increase aggression in soldiers during the war, but we know all’s fair in love and war, right? That’s another blog all together! If a professional athlete wants to be the best he can be, why not consider a medicine that promotes his chances? I think this is one point where the views get distorted. People want to compare their heroes to themselves. Just because Bob the banker plays softball on the weekends, doesn’t make him a pro, does it? Regular people can and do play football, lift weights, race and even compete in dangerous sports…like fishing and poker! People don’t wrestle for a hobby. It’s entertainment. Take cheating off the table with that one and let’s stick to the other competitions. You want to compare your batting average to your heroes and let’s face it- that’s not fair. These athletes have followed their dreams and sacrificed everything to be where they are. You just want to play for fun when you have time. These athletes make their living off of competing at the highest level, full time! They want to get as far as they can possibly get and have devoted their lives for it. Let the pros be pros and don’t stop them because your ego won’t let go of your college days when you could have taken a different path.

I’ve heard people say that it’s not fair that Babe Ruth’s record could be broken today only because of drug use. Isn’t it a fact that we have better arthritic medicine and pain and joint tension relievers today then Babe could have had? Don’t we have better education on physical fitness and health and well being? Better equipment for athletes to exercise on? Better supplements? I’ve even heard people claim that the weight of the bat, and the size of the playing field have been altered. What’s wrong with progressing with the times?

I love how the media puts their twist on everything. I saw some young kid on television respond when he was asked what he would do next time he saw his busted “hero” on the pitcher’s mound. The kid simply stated that he would “Boo”. This may strike an emotional cord with you, but not me. “Oh, how heart- breaking that a child feels that way about his role model!” “ We must do something”. That’s what they’re hoping to inspire, but I’m looking at this 7 year old kid and laughing at the attempt to brain wash me. I remember when I was that young and my mom would say “ Robbie, I think it’s gross when people don’t wash their hands after they go to the bathroom, don’t you?” I’d say “ Uhh…yeah.”

She’d then tell others “ Robbie think’s it’s gross when people don’t wash their hands.” there by making it appear as if it was my own thought, to me and to others. That’s what adults do for kids, which is great, but let’s not forget that when we hear the ”shocking” opinions of children. The opinions are not their own, but their parents.

What about the danger? As with everything, there are dangerous levels of abuse. Are the dangers exaggerated? More than you could possibly imagine. In fact, I believe that most of you reading this are under the impression that the reasons you are hearing about so many wrestlers dying are from steroids. That is what most people seem to think. You too?

How is it, that certain facts are completely over-looked in favor of feeding the fear monster? Many of you read about the 64 wrestlers who have died since 1997 under the age of 50, in Maxim Magazine. Did you happen to notice that steroids were mentioned as possible fatal contributions in only 3 of those deaths? That’s if you agree with them that GHB is a steroid, which it is not. You may read about the drug over doses and think maybe it’s steroids. It’s not. It’s almost always, 100 percent, always, always, the muscle relaxer called Soma. Soma, often mixed with other drugs in what we call the “wrestlers cock tail”, is what sends my friends and peers to the grave.

One factor I admit is questionable is the common enlarged heart. It is referred to as “athletes heart” by the medical profession which implies that it is common with those involved in sports. Many people have this without being involved in any competition. I don’t know why it’s so common but it’s not something you can just blame on steroids. Maybe it's related. We should look into that.

So, what do we do? Is it feasible to have separate leagues for athletes who use and those who do not?

Have you ever heard of natural body building contests? They’ve been doing it for years, haven’t they?

I think we should be grateful for modern medicine for all it has achieved. Longer, healthier, more productive lives have been possible since the invention of penicillin and everything that has followed.

Is it really worth putting all this negative energy on America’s favorite pastime? Are the players cheating or are the rules holding them back? How many of you would take a pill if you were guaranteed a world championship reign that would put you in the history books? A lot of folks would trade in their lives for a guarantee like that. Some folks would trade their lives in just for the chance, with very small odds of making it to the top. They want it that bad. It means that much to them. Is it their line to draw, or yours because you want to compare their batting average to yours?

Agreeing to play by given rules and secretly breaking the rules to win is always cheating. If there’s room for flexibility, it’s in the rules. How about we learn more, instead of giving in to the fear that makes us seek comfort in the form of appeasing bull shit? That sounds like a good idea to me. Medicinal value is golden for survival. There are levels of usage and abuse with anything you can put into your body.

Be smart about that, and acknowledge that others may not be as smart as you.

Merry Christmas everybody!

47 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great read by the man MR.RVD! Can't wait for RVDTV..

December 23, 2007 at 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Dada said...

That's too agreeable in all parts, most especially the STEROID part, RVD. Well, now that I've found out what kills your buds, I realize maybe I shouldn't believe in hearsays (I really don't) that ROIDS are murderous... Tell me more, please???
here's my add:
dada_dumas@yahoo.com
...
To Jadeinne..
Mizz u! What took you so long???

December 23, 2007 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Jadeinne Sparrow said...

Hi! Merry Christmas too! Like dada said, you're TOO agreeable. Well, to tell you something (and I thingk you should ask someone to translate it)
"Tomama ka ren, 'dong."
If New year comes, may the blessings be with ou always. I wish teyegrrlily will never be late.:-) And to Dada, Luv u cuz!!!

December 23, 2007 at 1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog Rob,seemed a little shorter than the others.And Merry Christmas!!

I hate people these days. Geeze sooo judgemental on athletes,and they watch them play sports. These athletes entertain fans and all they have in return are insults? Frick.

December 23, 2007 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous lvlonkey420 said...

Nice work on the blog. You filled in all the details I was wondering about after our brief discussion on the topic.
Nice work separating steroid and muscle relaxor damage. The enlargened heart seems alot more THAN coincidence and is a huge factor in anyone considering steroid use. I think it may even stop some who would otherwise use them. An ounce of prevention is usually worth a pound of cure....that is if the facts are all known.
It seems to me that there are other issues that may come into play such as self esteem and things, though, if someone takes them to get better at what they do, and that's the reason, right? If one does not accept the limitations they were born with, aside from not having wings or wheels,(cough...what a buzz, dood,, call me) I'm inclined to believe they could be missing out on perhaps their REAL calling in life. Just a thought, since common spirituality teachings tell us that we all have some purpose.
Something to think about, as always, since I AM.

December 23, 2007 at 10:30 AM  
Anonymous lvlonkey420 said...

I have done some further thinking on the subject, and I remember the high incidence of hypoglycemia in steroid users. There are, I'm sure, other concerns medically that plague each individual as we are all a bit chemically different in our makeup. I have heard of liver damage, although I have also heard argument against that, but if the possibility exists, why not acknowledge its downfalls along with its obvious benefits.
Now, the part about enlargened hearts.. If they do indeed enlargen hearts, steroids could be partly to blame if one's heart were to stop on muscle relaxors.. do you see the correlation?
Once again, if you are not cut out to do what you do, but are able to do it when on the use of performance enhancing drugs, you may be missing out on the biggest opportunities of your life,, just by pursuing something YOU think is the best for you.
Cough!! Selah!!

December 23, 2007 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous lvlonkey420 said...

I have done some further thinking on the subject, and I remember the high incidence of hypoglycemia in steroid users. There are, I'm sure, other concerns medically that plague each individual as we are all a bit chemically different in our makeup. I have heard of liver damage, although I have also heard argument against that, but if the possibility exists, why not acknowledge its downfalls along with its obvious benefits.
Now, the part about enlargened hearts.. If they do indeed enlargen hearts, steroids could be partly to blame if one's heart were to stop on muscle relaxors.. do you see the correlation?
Once again, if you are not cut out to do what you do, but are able to do it when on the use of performance enhancing drugs, you may be missing out on the biggest opportunities of your life,, just by pursuing something YOU think is the best for you.
Cough!! Selah!!

December 23, 2007 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Samedood420 said...

Oops.. Damn thing doesn't upload quick enough or I'm just stoned..lol

December 23, 2007 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous E. Malchiodi said...

I agree with you that the media is blowing the steroid thing out of proportion, however for different reasons. Why are we paying attention to what pro athletes do to play a game when we as Americans are faced with many other issues that overshadow what happens in baseball or professional wrestling. Aren’t we at war with two countries and threatening another one that just received nuclear fuel from Russia? When we were in the midst of World War II we had baseball to pass the time but many of the players also went overseas to fight, which is something that Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds wouldn’t do. Hence the invention of the women’s baseball league and the Penny Marshall movie A League of Their Own, which I personally like but others might not.

At work everybody was talking about the steroid debacle, but not anything else that’s going on in the world, which shows where our priorities really lie. Over 3,000 dead Americans isn’t as important as what an athlete was supposedly putting into his buttocks and that’s a bit sad. Even though this is going to cause problems for a few seven year old kids who are repeating their parent’s words, this controversy is going to bring more ratings into the MLB next season, as people will want to see if their favorite players are taking drugs or not. Sure it might hurt hat and jersey sales at first, but those are made in China for pennies and while merchandise makes up a large percentage of any promotions business, I’m sure they’ll be satisfied with the ad revenue they generate based on the controversy.

Since I work in the pharmaceutical field, I do agree with you that there are benefits for testosterone, as I see many people each day who legitimately need it. However, modern medicine’s healing capacities are a yin and yang at the same time; many people have been allowed to heal due to the advances in pharmacology, but at the same time we’re also screwing up natural selection by cheating nature. We don’t need drugs for Restless Leg Syndrome, it’s your body telling you to move around and not be such a sedentary creature. Automation has created the need for many of these drugs and our laziness and inactivity is the root cause for most of the illnesses out there. We don’t have the largest percentage of overweight people in the world because we’re all running a mile every day, it’s because we sit around watching television all night, eating garbage filled with petrochemicals and other fillers that have been linked to heart disease and cancer.

As far as pro athletes go, people don’t really think about how difficult it is to be one. I would never in my life think that I could compare my physical prowess to somebody like Barry Bonds, or even a smaller professional wrestler like Paul London or any of the X-Division guys on TNA. Their physical condition is the result of years of hard work and sacrifice and the reason they’re pro’s is because of that and their natural athletic ability. I’ve always found it funny when fans tell a pro athlete that he sucks (with the exception of professional wrestling), when that’s the farthest thing from the truth. Even a MLB player with the lowest batting average is a far better athlete than your average citizen who plays at the local batting cage. One might say that since they paid the admission price they’re allowed to say whatever they want about a professional athlete and in a sense they’re right, but they also have the right to look like a jackass for doing so. Imagine, if you would, somebody ripping on Hemmingway for being a horrible writer but couldn’t write themselves, or only at a fifth grade level (kind of like our president). What kind of ridicule would they leave themselves open for doing something along those lines?

Here’s a little thing I was thinking about recently that relates to professional baseball. Take a team like the Boston Red Sox, who has the whole town behind them yet none of the players on the team are actually from Boston. In a sense they’re hired goons, who come in for a certain amount of money to entertain and if the money is better somewhere else, they leave. What is it then that gets people behind a team? The logo or possibly the town they play for? I could understand Boston going nuts for a team comprised entirely of South Boston kids, playing their hearts out for their city’s honor, but that’s not the case. The Brooklyn Dodgers used to live in Brooklyn, but that was years ago before all the advancements in pro sports and it seems like the days of having your players actually living in the town they play for are gone.

Thanks for posting that hemp car link a while back. I showed it to a few friends of mine and now they’re starting to get behind using hemp as a fuel source. Hopefully the movement will grow but I don’t know if it’ll ever take on any real momentum.

Looking forward to RVDTV. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Also since I know you’re into comics, have you checked out Peter Bagge’s Apocalypse Nerd? It’s put out by Dark Horse and is quite funny. Sorry for the long post, I type really fast, like 120 WPM fast, hence the obnoxiously long response to your blog.

December 23, 2007 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Ryan O'Farrell said...

Hey Rob Merry Christmas. The shirts look awesome and i'll pick one up after christmas cause I can't buy stuff this close to christmas. Your very wise and I wish people that don't know about your site or myspace could find out how wise you are. I hope your kicking back and enjoying christmas!

December 23, 2007 at 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Areveedee said...

You don't have to defend your steroid use Rob. Go ahead my man. Take your roids, pills, and weed..we never hear about that combination hurting anybody. Better yet, form a nice little addiction to those pills.

December 24, 2007 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Buff said...

So true, Areveedee, so true... and so sad.

December 24, 2007 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Tanaka said...

I agree with everything ya said there man. Personally I can't believe ppl still call baseball america's favorite pastime. It's not even america's favorite sport anymore. Hell steroids would probably save baseball. I know I can't stand to watch it currently.
Football I can dig, all the impact and action. I saw juice the hell out of those baseball players, if it was non stop 140mph pitches n arnold size dudes nailing homers leading to scores like 25-32 I'd probably be able to sit through it. Merry XMAS Rob

December 24, 2007 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Nice read Rob. I love Lost too. My favorite character is John Locke. Who is yours?

If you want to see the preview for season 4, here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL87kuTNpjQ

Enjoy

December 24, 2007 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger peaceonearth said...

Hey, man, just wanted to comment on the blog. First off, let me say that I am against regulation in a sense. I believe being able to rule one's self is the ultimate goal in life, and that laws that simply outlaw certain things do nothing to help others achieve that goal. That being said, I think regulation has its place, especially in a society with so many myths about drugs. That doesn't mean I support regulation for every drug. I've said on this site before how I'm against government regulation of the good herb. That being said, I think there's more to the steroid issue than simple regulation or deregulation.

First, I'll tackle competitive sports. Health issues aside, there has to be some standard to seperate those who use from those who don't. You can say that we can go to two leagues, but imagine what that would do to the business that is pro sports. The audience would split and its likely that neither league would generate the income to operate a the level at which they do now.

As for proven health risks, steroids don't neccessarily cause anything in the traditional sense, but they can contribute to many things. First of all, they universally increase blood pressure, making them extremely dangerous to those with existing hypertension. Second, many increase levels of LDL while decreasing levels of HDL. Because steroids speed up the metabolic process, liver damage and an increased risk of liver cancer are also side effects. Remember Bob from Fight Club? Yes, because of an enzyme present in steroids there is the possibility of developing "bitch tits." Also, because steroids supress natural testosterone production, infertility can occur in males. Females may experience accelerated body hair growth, deepening of the voice, enlarged clitoris, and a decrease in muenstral cycles. In adolescents, steroids can stunt growth and bone developments. personally, that's enough reason for me to never go near the stuff.

Now here's the first problem I have with its use in pro wrestling, what message are you sending to America's youth? I agree that too often athletes are forced into being a role model, but I'm not even talking about the action of taking steroids. What happens when children turn on wrestling and see nothing but six-packs? So much is made of how media affects women's psychic in terms of physical looks, isn't steroid use doing the same for men? You're presenting them with a model of what they are "supposed" to look like that is not achievable without the use of drugs.

Second, do steroids really help wrestlers do their job? I know it's been said that because of the travel schedule steroids help optimize the small amount of time that wrestlers have to work out, but that type of sporatic use only increases the risks of steroids, and believe me, I'm no fan of the WWE's travel schedule either. What benefits are gained besides cosmetic? You're not required to be able to lift a certain weight, that's part of the beauty of wrestling is that if you're not strong, you can be acrobatic, or be a really great heel, or do any number of things to further your career. Isn't relying on steroids a crutch for the whole business? Instead of working on ring skill, let's take some steroids and learn a cool new move. Part of the reason I respect you so much is your ability to do unique thigns in unique ways in the ring. What do steroids do to pro wrestling when instead of looking up to innovation we're looking up to who has the biggest guns? Which brings me to my next point, hosses. Why are hosses becoming the norm? Why is bigger always better? What happened to your Dean Malenkos and Rey Mysterios, your Super Crazys and Jerry Lynns? How come talented smaller wrestlers are once again pushed to the back of the line in favor of bodybuilders who decided to pick up pro wrestling on a whim? Look beyond the health risks and see what steroids are really doing to pro wrestling. And as for the comment about the World Title, absolutely not. Why should you even be put in that position to where you've worked long and hard and gotten to where you are on natural athletic ability only to get to the point where you're about to reach the pinnacle of your career, and you're told you need to gain muscle? Will it help your in ring skills? Selling, pacing? No. Will it make you any more competetive? No. So why take it? Because WWE has backed themselves into a creative corner where smaller wrestlers are no longer believable as main event draws? That's starting to make a little bit more sense. Why support that? Why choose overbuilt and green over athletic and experienced?

Also, what kind of double standard is WWE setting? It's no secret that every World Champion in recent memory has gotten mysteriously bigger right before their title push, yet WWE seems content to push their welfare policy. So what, now you're saying that in order to reach the top you have to have a physique you can't get without drugs, but if you use those drugs we're going to penalize you? What kind of screwed up logic is that?

December 24, 2007 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Big Mouth said...

Ya know Rob, I agree to a certain point, but I have concerns about the issue of steroids. There is a point to be made about what steroids do for the benefits of an athlete's career. Make it to the majors, nail ten dingers, get paid five million. Take roids, hit twenty dingers, get paid thirty million. I'd be juicing too for that kind of pay increase. What worries me about the steroid issue, is the health ramifications that it can cause. The enlarged heart may be a culprit of the steroids, but I think it is more a combination of factors than just soley steroid abuse. But it has been proven and shown on the history channel and in facts sheets about the drug that it damages the vascular system, tendons, and the passageways for the tendons. I'm just not sure, unless there is a large pay increase on the line, that the advancement of physique and strength is worth damaging your vascular system and destroying your tendons.

But as always, whatever makes someone happy should be the path they choose. Its that thing called freedom. Ya know, that thing American's used to have.

December 24, 2007 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Only thing is Rob, I don't want my heros to die anymore. But I don't believe any drugs made Benoit snap, and I sure as hell don't believe they had any part in Eddie's death.

Rob my man your a rebel, but I respect for you in encouraging the people to learn more about the shit they spew. I fucking hate the media with a passion. I worked on a school newspaper once and quit because I was just that disgusted.

Anyway RVD, Enjoy your Christmas.

-Nick

December 24, 2007 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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December 24, 2007 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Bobby Rio said...

Steroids are bad... Pain killers are just as bad...

I've seen what pain killer addiction has done to my step father after he hurt is back. Ruined his life

I definately think if they are going to attack the use of roids they need to attack the use of pain killers.

Wrestlers aren't dying because of roids... they are dying from the coctail of roids, coke, pain killers, constant abuse of the body.

Football players juice just as much, but you don't hear about them dying cuz they don't live the rock star lifestyle a wrestler does 360 days a year.

So the million dollar question:

Has RVD juiced?

December 24, 2007 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Buddy said...

I agree whole-heartedly. I personally believe the news media to be a way to force opinions and strike fear in our hearts. Just look at how they covered the Benoit debacle. With wrestling, you're either a fan or you're not a fan, and more times than not, a non-fan will push professional wrestling into the ground to make us fans of the art look dumb and like sheep who have the IQ and Attention Span of a retarded gnat. So they ran down wrestling, wrestlers, Vince himself and put a bigger wound on the business on top of the one Benoit did. Attacking what they don't understand is what it is. Roids don't kill people, people kill people through their personal choices. I was on steroids for the first two years of my life and last time I checked, I've killed nobody.

Merry Christmas RVD!

December 24, 2007 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

Rob, very insightful post & you more or less feel the same way I do about the whole drug scene in sports today.

As a baseball blogger, writer, and a wrestling fan -- fans while they get upset about drug use, don't care enough to give it up because they want to see the extraordinary and live their dreams through their favorite athlete.

People forget some athletes will do anything to be the best and have that one special moment, up to and including drug use.

To get your perspective as not only an athlete, but a performer, this entry should be distributed to the 'mainstream' sporting outlets, as it is that good of a read.

Be well,
Anthony, the Oriole Post

December 24, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a good counter argument from the Toronto Star.

Toronto is an awesome town by the way.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/288091

December 24, 2007 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger rvd45 said...

Genieus, pure and simple. Every person in the universe should read that blog. RVD is amazing.

December 24, 2007 at 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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December 25, 2007 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob,
Merry Christmas, Rob. I always love reading your blogs. Awe, your mom calls you Robbie. That's so cute. I like that. It's good that she would tell other people that. I'm sure everyone wants to be like RVD because you're just so amazing. So you will always set a good example for everybody. Everyone will always want to do what you do. So if you wash your hands they will too. It's good that you will lead by good example. You're RVD. You were absolutely great on Raw. I was so happy to see you. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mary Rossy

December 25, 2007 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

On all this roid issues, all the biological effects aside, from legal point of view, most of the player named should not receive any disciplinary action whatsoever, because when they are taking it, these "roids" are not illegal, MLB and media are making a fool out of common public, and players too.

December 25, 2007 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Steven said...

Today is Christmas/December 25! RVD, I am ready for the RVDTV and I'm excited! It Should be coming anytime soon. We wish you a Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year/2008. Steven Bravo is out. Later.

December 25, 2007 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Steven said...

Oh and one more thing. As The Whole F'N Show,Be Careful with you muscles and the steriods.That's hurting your body.If you want puplish your comments to me, I will read your comments.Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2008 New Year. Steven Bravo is out. Later.

December 25, 2007 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Sonic said...

I'm Interesting in MLB Baseball. My Favorite Team is the New York Mets. That rhymes with NFL New York Jets. But the Yankess is OK. The WWE Magazine should be coming soon. Merry Christmas.

December 25, 2007 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anyone who has lifted weights seriously, or who has even amateur knowledge of performance enhancing drugs, it comes as no surpise to learn that countless players used these drugs. Several years ago, it was estimated by other athletes off the record that 70% of players were using something in the big leagues. It was simply treated in MLB like Vick's dogfighting ventures was; well known on a "wink wink" basis, yet downplayed and never pursued until it had to be. Where was baseball in 1994 when the NBA and NFL were tons more popular? What about in 1998 when the home run race brought the sport to new l evels of popularity? Only now that baseball is able to survive such a scandal is this pursued. Only now that the Red Sox go from being worth $300 million to more than a billion in six years. You can't believe that Bud Selig was interacting with these players for two decades, guys twice his size, and not be aware that these bodies weren't all natural. No one is calling for Selig's resignation, yet they should. Let's put an asterisk next to his bank accounts, since all that money is tainted and hardly earned. He is trying to justify his lousy job by making others the villians, and it is time to call this as a case of the winner rewriting history. Baseball is entertainment, not a game. It hasn't been for years, and as a quick history lesson, steroids were first gaining popularity in the early 70's in pro wrestling and bodybuilding. So, assuming athletes were using as early as those years, why are we only investigating players from the early 90's and forward? Maybe no one wants to learn that proven juicers are already in the hall of fame. God forbid the media and writers were ever wrong. The numbers are all you can study for the last forty years, outside of finding cork in a bat. Wait, they did with Sosa, and no one mentions it right? That must not be frequent or sexy enough for headline news. Steroids and HGH enlarge the heart and make one more prone to muscle tears. There are serious risks, and too much muscle can limit your range of motion without a vigorous stretching routine.

mike
wash dc

December 25, 2007 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Azekret said...

Cute

December 26, 2007 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger dgenx210 said...

I can't wait wait for RVD TV!

hey btw, someone in youtube is posing as you, RVD, as "longhorn7447"... can you set the record straight that;s not your account?

Thanks ;)

December 26, 2007 at 11:47 PM  
OpenID lunachriz said...

It was nice to see you back on TV. You make so good points in your latest blog about steroids. I understand the difference between hormone replacement and abusing anabolic steroids. However, I still don't think the issue of steroid use among pro athletes should be taken lightly.
The danger with pro athletes using steroids comes when you consider high school and college atheletes choosing to use them to attain their dream of turning pro. I could care less about cheating in baseball or how I stack up to pro athletes. Non-athletes should not compare their athletic accomplishments to athletes that have trained hard for years become pros. But when student athletes are pressured to use anabolic steroids to better their stats, thus increasing the chance to become a pro athlete there is something wrong going on.

Hope your in PWA goes well, enjoy your break from WWE. While I do miss you I know you deserve a break . I am glad wrestlers like you and Jericho (2 of my favorite) realize the necessity of that taking some time of to recharge you batteries. WWE has no off season, the grind you guys go through not good in the long run.

December 27, 2007 at 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so RVD, are you coming back to the wwe netime soon?

December 27, 2007 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice blog, i really enjoyed it. i love the part about ur view on childrens opinions. just recently i had to do an essay and i chose to persuade the judicary system to reopen the kurt cobain (lead singer of nirvana) case because i and many others believe it was murder not suicide. my teacher wanted me too pick another topic becuz she thought it was too much for me. when i got the paper done she was impressed. i get what ur saying, but i like to think i have my own opions.

December 28, 2007 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous ICS said...

I'm a Chinese WWE fan

I know you are a great superstar and I like you very much

and~~by the way,do you know the HBK Shawn Michaels blog's address?

我喜欢RVD!!希望可以回归啊!

December 29, 2007 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous ICS said...

oh,and by the way,
Merry Christmas everybody

December 29, 2007 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous mekye said...

To bobby rio...









READ.






























AND READ WELL.

December 30, 2007 at 1:17 AM  
Anonymous mekye said...

Why Jack TV didn't take RVD TV to the station? How would I be able to watch it???

December 30, 2007 at 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo rob i like how u speak ur mind and dnt give a s**t wat people say about u ur a amazing man and wrestler.


mizz u

January 1, 2008 at 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RVD rocks man happy new year and xmas and birthday!!!!!!

January 1, 2008 at 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE RETURN TO WWE!!!

DO IT ONLY FOR THE MILLIONS OF FANS THAT WE DREAM WITH YOUR RETURN

IM SPANISH AND I WRITE THIS FROM MADRID,PLEASE THINK IT AND RETURN!!!

RVD FOREVER!!!!!!!!

January 1, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous RVDfanNYC said...

Must've been a great feeling coming out at 15th anniv. show. That was very cool. Yup RVD is gonna get a big payday to come back. This is a smooth move. Rest up, then Come back for a 1 or 2 year contract and see what happens.

January 2, 2008 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous CalmMountain said...

Nihao RVD-san -

Uhm. My apologies in advance for the awkwardness of this message. Typically I try to just respond to the topics addressed in your blogs but this is going to be a tiny bit different. Because I've got to say thanks and... You know the saying 'we wish you luck'? Well, I don't know if I believe in luck but I would appreciate it very much if you and SVD-san and anyone else who feels compelled could please wish me courage.

In some of your past blogs you've mentioned the need for people to think for themselves, to become aware of the answers that life offers and to find their own path. To make a long story short, I've heard and read this sort of advice from a wide range of sources for a very long time. People around me have been saying and reading this sort of advice to each other for years. Guess it finally hit the mark with me. Thanks for the remarks of your last blog, the Happy Horus one, especially about a paragraph up from the end. It's true. We do all need to get connected with the energy around us. I've resisted my path for a while, I didn't want to believe where it was going. But opportunity has knocked and now I can not afford to not give it a chance.

So I'll be departing the mountains and taking a few hesitant steps in the general direction of the City of Angels. Honestly the scale of this decision is hard to do justice to in words. I'm a smidge overwhelmed. I'll be leaving a lot behind and that - the parting, the break from routines, the distance from loved ones - is almost as scary as not knowing precisely what the future holds. And on top of that... You know how airports sometimes make you nervous, RVD-san? Multiply that by about ten and that's how terrified I am of large cities. You counted the hours until you could go home. I might not have that option so I'm counting all the ways the city could reduce me to less than a statistic instead. Yea, I know - stupid. But I'm just not always a very brave person. Not a very optimistic person, at the moment, either. I'll keep practicing but it's a twitch difficult to be receptive to hope under the circumstances since I'm not even sure what to hope for.

How did you and yours ever manage to survive on that crazy schedule? What admiration I already had for the professional travelers and all who live with them has increased, when I hold my own little dilemma next to what all of you have endured so graciously. Hugs again to SVD-san, she must have the patience of a saint.

Just wanted to say thanks for being a constant source of inspiration, challenges and positive energy. For me, it was the last kick needed to make the excuses that I've lived with no longer viable. I'll try to stay in touch. If you don't hear from me on occasion then either the best or the worst has happened. (Don't expect anyone to care much but I feel better for clarifying that if I'm gone for ages, it wasn't that you scared me off.)

Few quick notes.

Steroids confuse me. They're associated with so many negative things and yet frequently prescribed to help speed healing from major operations - it's that contradiction which puzzles me the most. I should do more research.

While I don't know many dedicated sports fans... From what I can tell, RVD-san, you might have it in reverse. There are fans that don't compare their average to their hero. Fans who don't WANT to ever make that comparison. That's part of why their hero IS their hero. It's like a form of escape, almost. They don't want to be reminded that athletes are people too. I don't feel that it's a healthy mindset. It leads these fans to make excuses about why they can't be great, puts a stupid amount of pressure on the athletes and leads to a silly amount of hype/propaganda from the industry.

At the risk of sounding corny... Maybe the root trouble with baseball - and certain other sports - nowadays is that all the fun has been taken out of it. People can play baseball for a living. It's not a 'pastime' anymore, it's not a hobby or a second job on the side as it once was. It's a full-fledged career. It's a massive commercial enterprise. And the theme of 'profit before health' is central to commercialism. Winning and making money go hand-in-hand in our world. It's sad but true: a person who does awesome work isn't going to be greatly rewarded on the basis of personal performance unless their team also wins regularly. Not that I find blame helpful but in this case, I wish people would realize that it falls equally. The industry, the fans - we've become greedy. We've become fickle. We have such ridiculous and surreal expectations. And the athletes - if they take these substances and these risks just to try to make a living, just to try to not only meet but exceed the expectations... Then they're punished enough but still partly to blame, as well. Because they had the right to say no. That's all. I doubt that the expectations of the industry and the fans can be changed without the athletes taking a stand.

The new shirts from Joe-san are kind of a tease, aren't they? Nice but don't be surprised if every 'biggest fan' on the planet now wants to enroll at the dojo. Or is that another project you have on the horizon? Hrm.

Meh. I've imposed enough. Hope the show with Booker-san was awesome. RVD TV and the new website should be worth the wait but here's hoping that the continuing delays don't get you down. Hope 2008 will be decent, even for those of us who are off to a rough start. Enjoy the home life and travel safe. Please keep taking care.

Peace.

Oh, and Courage!

~CalmMountain

January 3, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Rhuari said...

The Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has stated he will lift all laws against marijuna's medical use and any use by anyone -- period. In other words, he'd make its use and sale legal.

Check a video of him saying it here, please, Robert:

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-6302464550417261982&q=Ron+Paul+2008&total=5185&start=0&num=10&so=1&type=search&plindex=8

January 3, 2008 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous JARED SEAVER said...

Waitin on that RVDtv brother.
All that steroid nonsense should be left alone by the media. I like the thought of splitting sports up between users and non users. That would be very interesting. As far as steroids being a nessecity to have a spectacular build.... rediculous. Like you said, natural body building. I don't think Cena's on the juice and that fucker is HUGE. I'm not Cena though, I'll just have to take his word for it. As far as penalizing a wrestler for juicing, I find that a bit extreme. It's entertainment, not an officially sanctioned 'sport' with an unknown victor. Who's really getting the edge there? The guy tearing up his body to get over for a few months, or the guy going toe to toe with the juiced up monster for a 45 minute battle, only to lose the match? I honestly feel like the guy not on the juice would show better in the long run, proving he can battle the monsters drug free. (THE WHOLE FUCKIN SHOW) I feel like a ninja like yourself really shines around those big clunky bastards. Kicking the hell out of them all over the place aw'ing crowds. Mastering in ring abilities... While the big guy just slams people. Really all in all the people will end up liking or hating you not because you juice, but because of your character. I have no less respect for a roid user as I would a non user. They both kick ass day in and day out to get the job done. I'm not 100% sure how much sense this has made so far, but I think the point is there. As far as SOMA goes, I know mad ninjas who eat that shit like candy, without being a wrestler, I have lost a few friends to it myself. I had no idea that's what had been getting a bunch of my wrestling hommies too. I hate that... But it's hard to tell a guy eating 15 Soma and 15 Xanax morning noon and night a dam thing. They're pretty out of it. Have you had any luck in helping others get away from such tragedy? Please help a ninja find a way to talk to these homies. Happy new year RVD. I gotta go grab some Pizza with the fam at Pizza Hut. Holla.

January 3, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
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April 29, 2008 at 8:47 AM  

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