Dr. Chris Whaley: How can we help friends and family when tragedy strikes?
Dr. Chris Whaley is an International Author, Southern Baptist Pastor, former Professional Wrestler, Actor & Motivational Speaker. Chris competed in Florida as a Pro Wrestler using the ring name “The Saint”. Whaley was trained by The Great Malenko. In the 1980s Whaley wrestled professionally in Florida and the southeastern states for 10 years, competing with the Undertaker, the Freebirds, the Ultimate Warrior, “Flamboyant” Eric Embry, “Iceman” King Parsons, and many others. His last three years he wrestled in Texas with Wild West Wrestling, WCCW and independent shows. After retiring from Professional Wrestling, he pastored 3 churches in Florida. His last 5 years he was on staff at the First Baptist Church of Orlando. Drawing on real-life experiences from both wrestling and his career as a pastor he wrote his first novel The Masked Saint. That novel turned into a movie in 2016 and won “Best Picture” at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival.
In episode 343 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out how he dealt with bullying as a kid, why he decided on Palm Beach Atlantic University, how he became a professional wrestler under the name “The Saint” for 10 years, whether professional wrestling is fake and choreographed, what it was like competing with wrestlers like The Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior, what drew him into the church as a pastor, how much of the movie was accurate where he decides to moonlight as a masked vigilante fighting injustice, how we can help friends and family when tragedy strikes, and advice for college students who are struggling right now with depression and anxiety. Enjoy!