Silas Young has long called himself "the last real man of professional wrestling," and as of Ring of Honor Final Battle 2017, he's the latest Ring of Honor World Television Champion.
Young won his first title in ROH in a heated four-way battle to uncrown Kenny King. However, Silas Young took on a lot more than that earlier in life, when he overcame heroin addiction to be one of the most colorful characters in wrestling. He opened up to Sports Illustrated about his uphill fight.
There are certain situations in life that are character-building, and I feel like that was one of those moments in my life. Sometimes, the battles with yourself are the hardest battles, and that goes for a lot of people. Our own worst enemies are often ourselves, so it takes a lot of mental checking-in-with-yourself–almost giving yourself a daily mental pep talk–because our biggest opponent is our self.
You can see the full interview with Young and Sports Illustrated at this link. Fightful.com conducted our own interview with Silas Young in 2017, which saw him play "Manly or Not Manly," among other things. You can check that interview out at this link.