World Series: JT Realmuto Learned Success From his Wrestling Family but Never Thought It Would Be The Way He Does It
He is the man who wrestled Ric Flair, and now he is one of the top wrestlers in the world. He’s 6-foot-4 with an 8-8, 215-pound frame. He’s the son of a former professional wrestler and has spent his entire adult life in the business.
And then he’s had a career filled with injuries.
“It’s almost like everything that people think is normal in wrestling is not,” he tells The Post through a translator. “We go to the gym three days a week. We work our butt off to stay in shape. A lot of the time, I don’t have any fun anymore. I feel like I’ve put all of the fun I’m supposed to have into the ring.”
But JT, as he’s known in the WWE, has learned from the hard way that he isn’t typical. He’s been successful while on the road to recovery, has the talent to go with the body and has taken the path of least resistance. And now, at 37, he has a chance — perhaps the greatest chance in years — to put his in-ring abilities on the national stage.
There still are some obstacles, but there is some hope. And as JT is prepared to go to battle with the WWE Universe, he’s already thinking about what he will do when he returns.
“Right now, I’m going to hang out with my friends and family,” he says. “I’m not going to be on TV. That is the goal.”
The last time JT was in the ring, he was just 21 years old, and though he was competing against legends for a