WWE Hall of Famer the Godfather (aka Charles Wright) is praising the power of pot, claiming it saved his life. Wright, who worked in the WWF as Papa Shango, Kama the Ultimate Fighting Machine, and the Godfather told the BattleGround Podcast that:
“I tried marijuana for the first time in my life at 27 years old. I was brought up in Silicon Valley. I was brought up thinking marijuana was bad and I would grow up to be a hippie and my brain was going to fry. I didn’t see people smoking until I went to college. I still didn’t smoke. I didn’t try it until I was 27. When I started it at 27, I was taking somas, vicodins, percocets, etc. I’m taking sh*t like that like it’s nothing and I’m drinking a bottle a day of Jack Daniels. I’m functioning like that, running around like that and driving around like that but I won’t try marijuana. Marijuana, no are you kidding me?”
Professional wrestlers from Wright’s era were known for popping pills to deal with pain and stress (and sadly, this pattern continues) so Wright’s “better living through chemistry” approach to life is definitely nothing out of the ordinary. However, he avoided the pitfalls of many of his colleagues by dropping pills for pot:
“When I tried it, I couldn’t remember the first time but it opened up my eyes. It made my knees feel better. It made my back feel better. Food tasted better. I had a pep in my step. It made me smile. It made me funny. It made me creative. Cannabis is the best thing that ever happened to me. Now, the heaviest thing I will take is an Aleve. That’s it. I will have a shot of Jack every now and then. I will have a beer every now and then, but I don’t drink. Cannabis works very well for me. People say I am the most productive stoner they know. For me, it got me off all that other stuff. I think it saved my life to be honest with you.”
Transcription from Ringside News.
Wright isn’t the first person to discuss the advantages of recreational marijuana use. Perhaps if more wrestlers had followed his path, there would be less deaths in wrestling. If only marijuana had benefits like steroids and human growth hormone, you can be certain Vince McMahon would be handing it out to everyone on the payroll.