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The Godfather on how the Papa Shango character was born, how marijuana saved his life

WWE Hall Of Famer Charles “The Godfather” Wright was interviewed this week on the Battleground podcast.

The Godfather talked about his start in Memphis, the Papa Shango character, the Nation of Domination and being the life of the party as The Godfather.

Check out a couple of the highlights from the show below:

The Godfather explained how the WWE came up with the Papa Shango character:  “They said they are going to hire me and put me on payroll.  They said we have to do something with you as you have the body of a monster but you have a babyface.  They said my face didn’t match my body. That’s why they came up with Papa Shango which was to hide my face.”

Godfather explained why he uses marijuana:  “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?  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.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Battleground Podcast with a h/t to for the transcription.

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