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May 17, 2022 5:05 pm
Today, Nikita speaks with good friend Angelo Banister for another great episode of Questions and Answers!
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I would be your friend, your actual banister. Welcome to the Q&A show. Thank you for having me am excited for this one loves great to have you here, Angelo. Good to have you in studio.
It's always more fun.
I enjoy calling people doing the call is connected with people through the phone, but is just more fun just to have somebody used to go so great to have you here and off I want to do this for we jump into courses Q&A with cloth.
That means you get to ask me the question. But before we do that, let's slow want our listeners to know who Angelo Bannister is so just give us a little backdrop on on on your story sure yeah so to keep it as brief as I can so I my name is Angela like you said.
I ended up here in beautiful North Carolina from all the way from the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, and you might be wondering how and why did I end up here in the Bahamas and it's been it has been since 2008 since I've been here as well, but I came here with aspirations to play baseball in which I was fortunate enough to go all the way to college and play baseball. So you know my history might my story is for ever since I was a little boy on the islands of the Bahamas baseball was was my one of my love. Send so I ended up going to high school here because I figured out that that might be the best opportunity that I can get to be able to be seen by scouts and then after after playing three years in high school. I ended up getting a few offers from college is one of my one of my offers was all in Mississippi and I think if I took that offer 20 because it was probably the best offer I had and if I believe there was something DD.he saying this is in the one for me and I think if I took that offer my whole life would've been different. I mean this you know I am married to Jessica banister. She is she's oh beautiful lady from from this area actually born in Hawaii but her family has a lot of roots here family or the burst feels in Concorde North Carolina and they have a gym that's called the SportsCenter which is a 60,000 square-foot facility with tons of amenities, pools, CrossFit must sell saunas, hot tubs, you name it, racquetball, tennis well yeah everything that I really and anything you name. Actually, we have we have salon in there to hear stair salon. Not that you need to go to one, but you have to grow my hair out, go to the salon so okay yeah so there's a lot of roots there and currently I run the CrossFit over there, which is another funny story besides wanting to play professional baseball. My other thing that always went to his owner, Jim.
So while the fact that the Lord orchestrated back to me in the position that I am today because I do take ownership in parts of the source areas is it's very special and a cake is not nothing that I did. This is happened even though the Lord leading and guiding and directing your path would you say yes absolutely close doors that I should go through and open them that I should go through well yeah I am now here pointed Mississippi right got up I would venture to say yeah you what to Mississippi. It probably would've turned out quite a bit different. I think it would be a whole I Anna you know I sometimes I think about it I wonder what that would be like. But here the ties on my I really don't care why not I get that in smokers like it like I didn't dream. I grew up like you. You dreamed about being probation baseball player play in the major leagues. I dream about playing in the NFL. Okay play football yeah right I never dreamed about being a pro wrestler the door of opportunity opened up and I just took advantage of it took a risk and took advantage of course the rest will cliché goes, the rest is history. Yeah bought and so do you have this love for baseball as a child playing.
There are no you shared with me the past playing night and day is as often as you could. There in the Altamont all like to grow up on the on the islands. What was that life so a lot of people think when you grew up on the island. It is a vacation all the time, and unfortunately is not, and also a lot of people think that that in Nassau it would be of Third World countries. So some of the things that we have here in the US will is is, foreign to what we grew up with, which is also not really. Truth is, if you've ever been to Nassau. It's very much a a I would say between first and second world country to be five malls. We have some of the fast food restaurant chains you have here actually have.
If you're familiar with the little bird scooters you can get giant in metropolitan delis.
Yet we have those so it is not necessarily, if there will country so growing up going up there, you know we we did do stuff that you know you may have not helped opportunity here like spearfishing.
I think we talked about that one point spirit went out to the beach every day. Yeah.
Going out to the beach every so it's funny because here now. We like to go to the beach Myrtle Beach or Wrightsville Beach or something like that.
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He still loves the beach but my why is your and my friends they they want to be on the beach by 9 o'clock in the morning I'm more like lets me tell you why you know we'll be there all day on your backyards out right still like it, but I know a little bit of it is you question of all of this is pop pop up but you might. The so here's a question for Joe and I made a number of trips to the Caribbean to the Bahamas redistribute Crusades and the biochemist is a big crusade in Jamaica actually the largest audience I've ever ministered to or shared my story with it was in Jamaica almost 73,000 in Blanco's outdoor crusade while, but Joe is this taught growing up for everyone like you asking the question they say no problem on the I did. You know what I think that is so beyond my time at times he is shown as a terrace. I think that is how I guess I had a fire alarm. Now II think it's I think it is people do say that and I think going up in the Bahamas. I know that there are people that are behaviors that say it to Tauris just to make the tires feel like they're there where they always wanted to be. That makes more set out, that makes more sense fact I was just there industry for years ago in in in Nassau okay and and brother Derek who have a community that we did school assemblies.
I did also shows article yeah presumes some different events there for them and exhaust went over the over the government center. The matter of of the island there anyway had it had a great time there always look look forward to going to the Caribbean. It's great to see a place yet so to come to American by the way I you the birch you made reference to the virtual family who live love their family for years and years and years, Bruce Birchfield and I know he's been like an accountability partner over the years how calm a battle buddy, LK, he's been like a battle but outline over the years and we go way way way back to when when they came back for why why am from my wish for those listening out that you want to why Jessica was born in Hawaii that was where the why Wham youth with a Mission base was in Hawaii and her older brothers were born overseas in India thinking, fun, fun fact about why Wham I believe one of their first locations was the Bahamas okay yeah that's that's pretty interesting. Okay it is send what it what an amazing organization that is if you're not familiar with. Why Wham go go look that up in an dollars. Hundreds and hundreds of thousands and thousands of kids have been impacted in the world's been impacted by why we and show to love the Birchfield family SportsCenter been there many times it occurs.
So are you a hard-nosed trainer so yeah so the kind of the kind of trainer I am yeah like I enjoy seeing people suffer know what your CrossFit and much among us suffer. So I try to read.
I try to read clients I try to figure out what they will respond to well and I think that that makes it a Trina really really good because some clients may not respond to the yelling at him.
And if that's if that's you that I won't do that. But if you do respond to that way then I'm going to let out the horse you know so that's an interesting express yeah and and and your clients of all ages. I do so on yeah I have I have clients as young as my youngest right now it's 18. I have over 25 personal training clients, but my youngest is 18 and my oldest is 7676 elder quite a variety of age range yeah and that the little lady that I Trina 76 she's from the islands of Tennessee so I enjoy treating her because I get to sit there and and talk to her about different things are today.
You know you can you can imagine what what what it was like with the turmoil between African-Americans and and Caucasians back in the day so yeah it's pretty, pretty cool again and get a Mountain express all yeah yes yes no electricity up there anything like allowances different. You're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com Nikita cool off here if you're needing to buy a car and have marginal credit and considering using buy here pay here that's worse than taking the Russian sickle Winston-Salem motorcars will put you behind the wheel of a car you can rely on wall helping rebuild, repair or establish your credit score conveniently located on Silas Creek Pkwy. in Winston-Salem. Be sure to check them out today at W. S. M. C. The number one.com because you are number one you're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com will be no indoor plumbing should have electricity probably probably not, probably not yet enough that but I would assume yeah I would imagine yeah mountains of Tennessee. That's amazing. So show it in and your family. Jessica, you got your three beautiful children yeah yeah I do I have a six-year-old.
She's very, very sweet, a four-year-old who is is pretty much my personality wrapped in wine and then a one-year-old has me wrapped around her fingers. Go figure.
Yes, all three girls three girls, one of the names so LMA is the oldest Reese is the middle child and then arrow is the youngest one-year-old and hopefully in the future we can have one that's going to take my name. I know soon you all all and all God's plan. I been consistent so far there.
Well I did it I raised four girls so I get the added no regrets and organize not having a boy in an unknown or not redesigned so because your your your bride just because the difference with with what one of my daughters are Kendra yeah I should. Kendra cobia both spent lots and lots all my daughter spent time with the Birchfield Lander off ALMOST kind of different parallel age is a juvenile yeah yeah sure wish a lot of time together but we could talk quite a quite a bit will masterfully before we flip the switch year so hot. If people want to find out more information on the sports gender how how they do that was so the easiest thing to do is to just go on Google and type in SportsCenter and see or you can just search the webpage SportsCenter NC.com SportsCenter NC.Scorsese.com yet well this is the Q&A show questions and answers. Wacoal often so listless, flip it around here and give you the chance to ask me a few questions and so far away.
What all right first quinine you know what I think.
I think I'll start easy and then gave martyrs and get harder as we go. But I guess I'm training my first question is would you go back into wrestling with the uniform. He wrestled it that's assured after no you be like everybody else and do a one off or whatever telling me what I liked what my staying staying who is loving is younger than me. Okay, this is still jumping off of railing on my goodness yeah, like, dude, what are you thinking I'm praying that were not in nicely for you now just in your head you listening out there staying on praying for you black exhaust you know I realized at my age it's more fun to go to, concert ledges, autograph signings and meet all the fans and hear all of their story versus me getting in the ring. Now I will say for the record, double-click up a couple guys Christendom Alexander Cole often, and Neil Cole off there like my adopted neck never okay that's kinda part of the story. Occasionally I'll show up at a show with them and you may see my finishing move is called the Russian sickle. Okay, you might just say for posterity sake I a Russian sickle. What's funny about that is all the guys who are in wrestling now who grew up watching me everyone I'm standing in line to take one of those sickle's from me. Now I get is like to live like yeah so every now and then a special situation with that. That's the extent of it. I have no desire to get back at ring and I'm one of the few may be the only one who's actually retired and actually stayed retired, while Joe out of holders have like seven retirement now something is at about 20 so you you and Hogan and flare you. You guys honestly knew each other personally. Lately we did the obscene, the Sammy I probably had 200 matches against flare allowing the ring Hogan. We were in all that we were never he came over to WCW after I had already retired. Okay yeah she went head-to-head when he was with WW half. I was within the BA/WCW, but our paths will cross it out and yes we knew each other on on a personal level that figured out go that's awesome. So I guess my second question as we ramp up a little bit would be what is there a moment that you can remember that you've had a major parenting fail or even even if it's just something you can laugh out today. You know, for example, of the other day. My oldest was was doing something that she should not of been doing so it required me to cannot get a handle get a pulse on it so I sent her turn around and and then she started to kinda ramp up in her room where she started to get a little louder and start banging on the door and all that stuff.
So then I bust and then I'm like you better stop right now before you get in trouble and she honestly looked at me and in my my daughter said she looked at me and said breaking my heart all pulled up and I know I see are also a new iPhone.
I can do something to mess her up.
I will mess it up as a parent, but is there a time that you can remember that parenting fail for you mass a really great question and in and we can probably do an entire show just on that topic alone of parenting team is additional notebook out there on how mean you become apparent in this trial and error. Along the way right and I think it's the funniest thing is from the oldest down to the young as you know he always shifted the oldest complain that the youngest got away with so much, but as a parent you realize and how strict you are with the old right and things you learn that didn't didn't work, you lucent, you seem to loosen up as they come along in an so it does appear as though the younger one gets old quote away with more. Essentially attributed to things you learned along the way of what to do or not to do it so I guess I look back and say I was super strick with our oldest with with Taryn and much less strict with with Colby and Anna and as I grew as a person and I grew as a parent I saw where I can if you want to say loosen the reins and just not be as strict with Colby. As I was with Taryn and add to Colby's benefit but not to Taryn's right so I made at the end of the day you do it what's what you feel is best for for your child and in making that decision.
I've had those conversations with all of them look into some of the decisions I made over the over the years.
Looking back, yeah, I was probably too strict on this. Some of the discipline and as you're dealing with right now and I like to think though that I learned through trial and error over the years and so not know know anyone answer on that but for me I kinda generalized in the answer. That way if that's yeah yeah I know that helpful is helpful. That's good again.
I think what I'm realizing having 33 cases. Honestly, that the one-year-old doesn't require a lot of discipline right but you know the other two. What works for one man. Probably not work for the other. So loving – that's a good point to let me I'll interject this real quick to him just thinking to my daughter Kendra just recently had their second child so there oldest child you know is three. Got my math right here got 10 grandchildren trying to get all the birthdates and butt so she she asked for prayer recently because Munro is used to just have in mom. Yeah. And now there's another child in the picture a little sister yeah and it seems like Munro is maybe having some challenges adjusting to not being the only child now yeah and show Kendra and Brandon are saying, hey, pray pray pray that God gives us wisdom on how to navigate dad how to you know hot with with Monroe. Yeah and help her understand this at that age.
It's so hard for them to communicate how she truly it is in the you know, especially with a three-year-old and an child who been use to being the only child and now she's got a split time with mama and daddy and all show that don't know it is all trial and error. My another question for you is tell me about when you got saved okay so I take the elevator version on that is, is that growing up in Minnesota where okay I did not know that you do all you know now, Minnesota had not Russia, not from Russia enough Russia of group in Minnesota, but we didn't really grow up in church yards. Youngest of four raised by single mom starting in in the projects, the ghettos of Minneapolis later to move out to the suburbs and and butt but never attended church really are. Maybe a handful of times it Christmas or Easter couple of special occasions right guy call me. I think we were CEOs, Christmas and Easter only and and and and then of course to my wrestling days. I'm not real God. Jesus said that wasn't on the forefront of my thoughts to me. My wrestling career.
My success was and it wouldn't be till after I last left wrestling. You know I turn 34 and meta-Christian couple through business ventures invited me to their church and in October 1993.
In it, which is where I actually met the Burchfield okay at this church. At first assembly church in and in Concord, North Carolina. But it was at that church very first service ever walked into that I had really what I call an aha moment in my that meaning I was successful. I was a world champion wrestling and traveled all over the world experience life alike like my heart. Not many people do and yet something was still missing could put my finger on it but that they when an invitation was given hey, if you're here and you've never surrendered your heart and your life to Jesus want to give you that opportunity as I and I covered and show just a stirring in my my heart and led by the Holy Spirit down to that altar on my knees surrender my life in an Elisha's never been the same since 93 while S 11 months after I left wrestling less often. Don't tell me about this man up this man How to discard how did this become an idea show so Lex Luger nine another arresting peer united fact that he at our last man He made a very vivid drove home a very vivid point of his first major title was when he beat a guy in greens in a cage in Greensboro North Carolina named Nikita: sure all the guys knew who he beat for the US heavyweight championship and so we were peers in the wrestling industry. We got reconnected in Phoenix Arizona at an athletes conference in 2006, almost to the day, two months after he got saved. Okay, gave his life to the Lord after a series of drug and alcohol battles that he had in and out of jail now all the fans saw was the glamour and the glitz on television from the as he was known, the total package Lex Luger behind-the-scenes.
His life was a train wreck falling apart back eventually. His marriage fell apart.
His whole family and all that we are reconnected, reunited, and then we created an instant bond with the common thread of Jesus in both of our lives. We did a lot of ministry together speaking to churches and things at schools all that in 2015 he came and lived with me for 10 months. Okay, it was during that time that was birthed the man up conference. It's a one-day conference that we do in local churches around the country and that feeds into second appetizer into the entrée, which is the man camp yeah which is a five day catalyst we do it in North Georgia little town called Royston, and the goal of the vision God gave us was to take our experience. Him and I with with me and bodybuilders professional athletes lovers of Jesus and combine all that together and teach and train men who come in teaching true no matter how healthy you appreciate that you work in health industry but no matter how healthy they are right now physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, our goal is for them to come into camp and and teach and train them, equip them and empower them and then deploy them back home to be even better than they already are godly men godly husband and God in the person. If you want to say some tools in their toolbelt or tools in the toolbox that can help them walk that out, but given your question about parenting, you know, especially Mary got a lot of married guys, guys come from all different backgrounds from 18 uphill attachment 73. Welcome on a retired pastor of 50 years and and so men of all walks of life come and we hear wonderful wonderful stories upon them return home. One last thought last fall we had a guy named Rick Pinion who came okay. You came in at 248 pounds you're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com. I will be sure to check out the man up show now available on television broadcast and go to MorningStar TV.com or the troop radio network. Check out your local listings or better yet, download the troop workout today.
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He was inspired by what Lex taught on on the body what the Bible has to say about body, and he recently sent me a picture as he is now hundred and 71 part from 240 871 barely related to recommending a devil but what inspired him was was the camp and what Lex taught him at the camp about Temple body and the obligation will the mandate that God puts on you so yeah right yeah that's the camp. So yeah, this you're listening out there go to man camp.M4 co-op.net to find out more about the man camp so I have one last question like this one of the easy for you to come would you choose having $1 million, or having to stop at a red light for the rest of your life. Every red light oh $1 million. Never stop at a red light or you have to stop at a red light.
Every red light.
I'll take the million dollar law. Although I'm better I'm better and better. I am a lot there. There are more cautious, I rarely run a really rare rarely. Okay I stretch on the yellow ice stretching on the yellow bag.
I have a friend, the guy would be something I think it was radical it was yellow it was yellow yellow stunning red and I think if you get in intersection by time and it is yelling to get technically you are supposed to clear the intersection of everything when it a on the yellows. No wow. That's a red questionnaire is a bit as before. What what prompted you to do you have a list that we have this running debate in one of our Crossway classes. Okay there is a handful of people that said they they will stop at red lights for the rest of their lives.
And there's a handful that said they'll take the million dollars. I personally said, you know, and I'll take the million dollars in and maybe try by helicopter to fly past well and I again and I become more more more more conscious of that and especially when I'm at a red light, not to just jet out into the inner cell yeah you're right because of how many people actually do now run a red light. Also try to be more conscious of them myself.
Great question and make great having you on the show today absolutely. Thank you Angela Bannister SportsCenter NC.com go check it out and I tune in for another episode of Q&A with coal off and I'll look forward to bringing you another great show. God bless you.
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