Tetris – Fighters’ Unexpected Pastimes — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio
It can be easy to forget that our favourite fighters and wrestlers have lives outside of the gladiatorial arena. More so, it can be surprising to learn that these athletes don’t just spend all day training or resting, but have hobbies they busy themselves with whenever they have the space and time to do so. Below are just a few of the unexpected pastimes of some of the biggest names in combat sports today.
Lesnar has earned a reputation as a deeply private person after having variously expressed his dislike of the sporting media. For someone with such a huge profile in the fighting world, being the only person to ever hold championship titles in both the UFC and the WEE, Lesnar very seldom consents to be interviewed. Even then it can be a challenge getting any information out of him beyond the bare minimum that human communication allows.
He lives a quiet life with his family near the US border in Saskatchewan and there’s only one place you can be reliably sure to see the champ out in public – that is, at the rodeo! Yes that’s right, when Lesnar isn’t dishing out massive amounts of pain in the ring he likes nothing more than donning a ten gallon hat and witnessing hardened athletes of the competitive equestrian sport battle it out against one another and their beasts of burden. Lesnar has been pictured smiling with fight fans who approach him at these events where his icy demeanour appears to temporarily thaw.
Kingston has one of the most successful records working within the WWE. Over recent years he’s been three times WWE United States Champion, four times WWE Intercontinental Champion and eight times WWE Tag Team Champion, including six wins as part of The New Day. Though Kingston, originally hailing from Ghana, has a first love that might loom even larger in his life than wrestling, and that is retro gaming. He’s been an avid gamer since the original Gameboy on which he used to play Mortal Kombat and first developed a taste for his favourite game, Tetris.
He’s a frequent guest on friend and fellow wrestler Xavier Wood’s YouTube gaming channel UpUpDownDown. In 2019 Kingston took on the then-reigning UpUpDownDown champion Gentleman Jack Gallagher at a match of Mortal Kombat 3 and won. Although Kingston failed to retain his crown, which he lost to Jey Uso on his home turf in a game of Tetris just one month later. Of course, Kingston is also partial to wrestling games and particularly enjoys WCW versus NWO, which came out in 1997 on the Nintendo 64. Nowadays with the ubiquity of smart devices and mobile internet connections, gamers like Kofi can play on the go, whether that’s seeking out a game of his beloved Tetris, diving in to online slots game or even participating in a 100 person battle royale alongside some of Fortnite’s 350 million registered players.
Hardy is a man of many talents and interests that reach far beyond his stellar track record in the ring. Hardy is a musician and plays in the rock band PeroxWhy?Gen with fellow wrestler Shannon Moore, and has tried his hand at Motocross before. But Hardy’s true passion comes out in his iconic face-painting. It turns out he is a painter and uses his characteristic face painting as an outlet to express his creativity when he’s on the road. His artistic endeavours are not only limited to 2 dimensions either. Hardy has previously crafted an artificial Volcano and jumped over it on his dirt bike, and made a 30-foot tall statue out of tin foil titled “Neroameee”. He has many paintings for sale on his website and his favourite theme to paint is expressionistic alien-like faces. It is from these creations that he often gets inspiration for his face paint designs.
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