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Konnor reveals the moment that led to him quitting drinking


Konnor, formerly of The Ascension, (now Big Kon,) appeared on "Table Talk" with D-Von Dudley to talk about his recent Impact appearance and his lifestyle changes.

Konnor recently appeared on Impact Wrestling. He was asked if he has signed with them:

"We don't know if it's a one off or what was going on, but it was one of those deals where Tommy Dreamer gave me a phone call and said 'Hey, man, we're in town. We want to give you an opportunity. We want to bring you in and let you get some TV time', and I was like 'Cool, like yeah, absolutely.' I asked Tommy, 'Do you think it's worth it?' He said, 'I'd like to get eyes in front of Scott D'Amore.'"

"So first off, I love Tommy, and I think very highly of Tommy because Tommy was one of the original guys that found me before I was even hired by WWE. He was actually in the talent relations department. So I've always trusted him. He's one of the good ones," Konnor said.

"So Tommy invited me down. I met Scott D'Amore. They gave me, I think it was like 13 to 15 minutes, with Eddie Edwards. We did a great job. Then the next night, it was just a quick in and out, but you never know what's going to happen. There was nothing signed or anything that was done there. It was just good business. So we'll see what happens. You never know."

Konnor said he quit drinking during the pandemic:

"I did a lot of soul searching for myself, I guess you could say. There was a point I think during my life that I used to drink a lot and I used to let myself go. Sometimes I didn't know how to say no," he revealed.

"So what I ended up doing was I realized that I might have had an issue. So what I ended up doing was I took a year of sobriety. I said I have to prove to myself that I'm not an alcoholic, and so for a whole year, I never touched a drink in that year. I was like, ok, because I was like, I did it to myself, I need to fix this myself. That was my mentality and I did it. That was one of my biggest things I did over the course of that first year off."

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"I started drinking in 11th grade and so that's really terrible to talk about, but I think sometimes it needs to be known and I drank quite a bit. I just was like, dammit, enough's enough. Even my wife said something to me, and she was like, 'You know, you're an alcoholic' and I was like, 'No, or am I?', and then once I questioned it, the moment I questioned that, I said, 'You son of a b*tch. You just might be an alcoholic. Now, you've got to make sure that you're not.' It was hard, but it was done and it was attainable."

D-Von said he will be returning to his role as producer for WWE June 15th:

"I had my stroke in 2019 and WWE gave me the time off to get better, which was great. But then I also just had back surgery, and again, WWE was very gracious enough to give me the time off to heal and things like that. I'm happy to be able to say that I'll be going back on June 15, back to work again."

D-Von’s thoughts on Triple H:

"Well, one of the things I like to say is Triple H knew what he was doing. What he did for NXT was truly amazing. So at the Hall of Fame this year, when Triple H came out to sit down, and the fans were saying 'Thank you Hunter', I thought it was great. I kind of got goosebumps because when Bubba and I were no longer going to be with WWE, Hunter gave me the opportunity to be a producer backstage," D-Von said.

"Listen, I could have left and gone elsewhere. Me and Bubba could have still probably been together, maybe went to ROH and wrestled there, but I didn't want to wrestle anywhere else but WWE. But still, Hunter knew that, and Hunter came to me right before me and Bubba went out and said, 'Listen, I have an opportunity for you to be a producer.' At first, I didn't want to do it because I wanted to wrestle. He said, 'Well, we have this opportunity. What would you like to do', and I said, 'Well, I have no other choice.' I don't want to go to Japan because I have some things going on in my personal life at that time that needed to be taken care of here in the States, so I couldn't possibly leave. So I said, 'I'll take it.'"

"I say thank you so much for the opportunity because if it wasn't for Hunter, I would not have been a producer.”

You can view D-Von's entire interview with Konnor below.

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