Sean Waltman is ready for a return to the ring, even if that means having to have his last run outside of WWE.
Sean Waltman recently underwent knee surgery and openly stated that he was hoping the surgery would allow for him to have one final run in the world of wrestling.
Whether known as X-Pac or the 1-2-3 Kid, as a member of the New World Order or D-Generation X, Sean Waltman was always seen as a pioneer in the ring for his early reliance on high-flying maneuvers and a keen eye for talent.
Now, Waltman, just under a month away from being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the New World Order, has revealed to Sports Illustrated that he is starting a new podcast venture, explaining that wrestling has always been the easiest way for him to express himself.
“If there is anything in this world that I don’t struggle to express myself about, it’s wrestling,” Waltman says. “Y’all have seen me on TV since I was 19 when I was on ESPN [with the Global Wrestling Federation]. I’ve been setting up rings since I was 10. I’m a wrestling guy, and I’m really excited about this new show with Nick [Hausman].”
That show will be called “Pro Wrestling 4-Life,” and will premiere on April 1. Waltman also divulged his hopes to have a final full run in the industry feeling like he wasn't able to leave wrestling on his own terms due to his personal demons in the past.
“I’d be psyched to have more matches in a WWE ring,” says Waltman. “If they’re not interested, there are a lot of other places putting on great matches, too.”
He continued, “I didn’t leave this business on my terms. I wasted a lot of years of my life wandering around in the darkness, but I’m grateful that I still have some time left and the style has changed, which is good. The bumps are more meaningful than in my era, which is a difference, but they bump less. That extends your shelf life.
“I watch the product now and I think, if I had both knees under me, I could keep up with a lot of these guys. If people want me, I’ll do it, but I am also mindful of being an older guy taking up too much oxygen. That’s not what I want. If there is some room for me to have a few matches, that’s all I want.”
As it stands right now, the Hall of Fame ceremony on April 6 will feature the 2020 class including the New World Order and a 2021 class that already features Molly Holly. Learn more at this link.