In a recent interview with Tommy Dreamer as part of the House Of Hardcore podcast, former WWE, WCW and TNA Wrestling superstar Shannon Moore opened up on how WWE-sponsored rehab saved his life and who reached out to him to get him that help.

“Towards the end of that last TNA run, during the time Hulk Hogan and Jeff Hardy were in there, they were all over the place. Bruce Prichard came in and he took control, but it just kept switching from person to person running the show. I felt like I was lost in the mix, I think it was Austin Aries and Zema Ion, we were supposed to have a three-way for the TNA X-Division Title, I was supposed to win the TNA X-Division Title and that changed again.

My contract was coming up in the next 3 weeks, I knew I didn’t want to negotiate, I knew I just wanted to take some time off. That night, I was supposed to be on the pay-per-view and then, they sent me to do this big physical that night. I didn’t pass the physical because of a concussion I had, they wouldn’t allow me to wrestle that night. That set me off, I went home and then a week later, Bruce wanted to re-sign me and give me more money. I told him that I am not interested, I just need to take some time off. Bruce was cool, he was trying to re-sign me and said we will do something better with you. I don’t know if it was my ego or being burned out, but I said I don’t want to re-sign, I took some time off and that was the worst thing I could have done.

It’s our passion and whenever you don’t have a passion for anything else and you are sitting home, you get depressed, that is when my drug use took off. I was married at the time to Julie, she was on the road doing costume stuff two or three days a week and I was sitting at home, I didn’t have any purpose. For me, that sent me spiraling out of control with opiates and pills to the point where it caused issues in my marriage. Financially, things started going crazy, I started spending all my money, it got out of control to the point where me and Julie ended up splitting, she kept the house and all that stuff. She deserved it, I was a horrible husband at that point, I was kind of homeless, I left there, I ended up with a girlfriend and moved in with her.

I didn’t know where I was going, I was lost, I bought some real estate off the cuff in North Carolina, I opened another tattoo shop there. When I did that, it sent my drug use up, I couldn’t afford pills at that point and then I started shooting heroin and fentanyl. I became this horrible person, I hit rock bottom, I didn’t care about anything and I had no purpose, I didn’t care about myself, I wanted to die every day. I was hoping that the next time that I shot dope, it would kill me, I felt like my career was over, because I walked away from TNA and felt that I had heat from that. I didn’t know what my status was with WWE, if I would ever do anything with them again. My drug use got to the point where I was spending $500 to $1000 a day on heroin, I wanted it to end, I either wanted to die or be locked away, maybe if I went to prison for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t have to depend on these drugs for the rest of my life.

At that point, I was physically addicted and couldn’t get off it, I would shoot large amounts of heroin, hoping I would not wake up. I drove to Florida to see Julie, she was at her house, I borrowed somebody’s truck, because I traded my car for heroin. Looking back, I was hoping that she would have a way to put me out of my misery, my excuse for going was that I needed to get my divorce done. She said to me, you look horrible, you need to pick a lane and stick with it. I’ll never forget those words, either get help or you’re going to be dead. Road Dogg popped into my head, because I partied with Road Dogg in the past and we know Road Dogg’s story. I saw Road Dogg at shows I would pop into and I saw how he got sober and how he was thriving and living with purpose, I thought, why can’t I be like Road Dogg, he is sober, got a job with WWE and got his life together, he was right here where I am at right now.

I reached out to him, I sent him a message on Twitter and I said I need help with drugs, I’m going to end up dead or in prison this week, that’s the only two options I have right now, I just want to be happy again. He sent me back a message and said God wants you to be happy, he said help is on the way and within 24 hours, WWE had me sitting in a treatment center. My intention was not to get a job with WWE after treatment. WWE saved my life. At that point, four months after I was sober and feeling good, I knew WWE owed me nothing, they just saved my life. I would do a lot of service work after I went through treatment, I saw other people’s lives change and I thought, this is where it’s at, it’s amazing being able to save somebody’s life. Once I started doing that, I felt I had a purpose again away from wrestling, it started there and then the CEO of the company said that you should work for the treatment center. I get to work with pro athletes and wrestlers that come through here and at the same time, I am doing a service. It was one of the greatest feelings I had since I first stepped into a pro wrestling ring.”

The interview is available in full at this link.