Former WWE Superstar Raven has revealed that he saw a psychologist in order to deal with never winning the WWE Championship.
Scott Levy, better known to wrestling fans around the world enjoyed a fine career by any stretch of the imagination.
Following short stints in WCW and the then-WWF, the former Scotty Flamingo and Johnny Polo joined ECW in 1995 as Raven. After finding enormous success with the character, the star returned to WCW, before heading back to ECW, and eventually winding up in WWE in late 2000. However, he was released in January 2003.
During a new interview with SOUNDSPHERE, Raven discussed how he was unable to transfer the success of the ECW version of his character into WWE in the early 2000’s.
“It would’ve been if I would have made it to the top of WWE [Raven responded when asked if he felt his character in WWE was everything he wanted it to be] but, that was — WWE, I had heat with [Vince] McMahon, long story and so I never really got what I felt was the push I deserved in that company and… so no, I didn’t get to do everything I wanted, but what I did do, I felt the work I did in ECW will stand up against anybody’s work any time, anywhere, ever. Whether it’s work rate, whether it’s matches, whether it’s storyline, storyline especially.”
Expanding further, the star revealed that he saw a psychologist to deal with not reaching the top of WWE, which enabled him to then find happiness with what he did achieve.
You know, I had to spend time on a psychologist’s couch to be happy, to accept the fact that my career was incredibly successful but I felt like it wasn’t a success because I didn’t get the WWF Title, you know what I mean? Because I wasn’t used on — I didn’t need the title but being used on top in WWE but… if anybody else had came to me and said, ‘I’ve had this career’ and it was the same career that I had, I would have said, man, what are you — that’s so stupid.
Why are you not satisfied? You should be more than satisfied. But I held myself to a higher standard, you know, to a much higher standard than I held everybody else and I felt like, you know, even though when I got in the business, I thought if I tried it and I’m not successful, I won’t be a failure because I tried. That’s all that matters is to try.
To me, that’s all that matters but, then I hold myself to a different standard which I — after spending time on a psychologist’s couch, I learned not to hold myself to a different standard because what it — it’s just arrogant to be honest. It’s just pretentious and arrogant to hold yourself to a higher standard but it’s easy to fall into that trap though. It’s just hard to get out of it.”
Back in April Raven confirmed that he had undergone knee replacement surgery, while he has now announced that he will be getting the same procedure on his other knee soon.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.