TNA News: Mr. Anderson says he doesn't want to be wrestling five years from now, discusses his future plans

Posted in: TNA News
Jul 19, 2011 - 04:44 PM

TNA star Ken Anderson told the Dover Post that he doesn't plan to stick with pro wrestling much longer. "If I’m still doing this five years from now, please, just shoot me," Anderson said. "I love the wrestling business, I love entertaining people, but it doesn’t define me. And for people who are defined by this, that’s fine. I don’t judge them or look down on them, but it’s not for me. After 13 years of taking abuse I have aches and pains, and my wife calls me the old man a lot — more than I would like for her to call me. But I know that I can’t do this forever."

Anderson said he would like to continue acting once his career ends: "'E.T.' was the first movie I ever saw in the theater, and I remember looking at my mom and asking, 'How does somebody do that? I want to be Elliott.' It just so happens to be that I live in the greatest country in the world where you can do anything you want. And if you want to be an actor and you work hard at it, you can do that.

"I’d like to transition into movies, TV, maybe some behind-the-scenes stuff here at TNA, or as a commentator. Eventually, my plan is to move to Wyoming on a big place of land and hunt, and fish, and spend time with my family and travel, and do some charity work." To read the full interview, visit

Powell's POV: A lot of guys say they don't plan on wrestling into their forties, yet those who have the opportunity to do so generally do. Only time will tell whether Anderson, who is 35, will step aside. He did a lot of auditioning between his WWE and TNA runs, so his interest in acting is no surprise. Hopefully he's saving his money well so that if he ends up wrestling into his forties it's because he had a change of heart and not out of necessity.

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