Mike Bennett Comments On Working For ROH During Their “Reboot”, Talks Addiction Issues

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On sobriety and inspiring others: “Whenever I get fans, or get people that I know that say things like that, there’s nothing else in this industry that means more to me, because at the end of the day, winning world titles and having a legacy is great, but if you can affect somebody’s life personally, what else matters? To me, the best feeling I ever get is when fans come up to me and say, “my story helped me do this,” or “your story helped me do that.” I’ve had fans reach out to me and say that just the fact that you (Mike) tweet about it led to a conversation with me and my wife where I came out to her that I had an addiction. Those stories, it gives me goosebumps to know that I can have an affect on people like that just by talking and just by being open and honest. I feel like we’re not open enough. I feel like we demonize people when they talk about their issues or their problems and we tell them they’re strange or weird when everybody deals with something. Everyone either knows someone who went through an addiction, everyone has a relative that deals with mental health issues like depression, OCD, or anxiety. It’s something that is so common and so prevalent in this country, but we shy away from it when it gets brought up. It’s like we can’t talk about the fact that huge amounts of people in this country deal with depression, let alone the fact that we just had a pandemic and we were all locked in. Now we’re dealing with horrible suicide rates and horrible mental health problems and we won’t talk about it? Won’t be open and honest about it? I don’t have a huge platform, but I have enough of a platform that I can say to people that I don’t need to put up this false bravado. I’m human. I have kids. I’m a husband. I deal with mental health issues just like everyone else and I can still find a way to live a healthy, successful career. If I can do it, so can you. I think that’s important to get out because there are so many people in the entertainment industry that deal with mental health issues and if we can stop putting on this fake perfect face that everything’s perfect when it’s not and be like I have bad days and I have good days, and sometimes my bad days are really, really, really bad. And I need you to know that that’s ok. You just have to figure it out and get through it. It doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t make you strange. It makes you incredibly human.”

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