Courteney Cox was ”uncomfortable” by David Arquette’s move into wrestling.
The 49-year-old actor crossed over to the world of professional wrestling in 2000 and was crowned WCW’s heavyweight champion of the world, and his then-wife admitted she was confused by the sudden career move.
She said: ”I was on ‘Friends’, everything looked pretty good with our careers, then all of a sudden he wants to start wrestling, and I remember feeling embarrassed because there was nothing small about the way he embraced wrestling.”
David – who also has 16-year-old Coco with Courteney – admitted he’s done some things that have ”embarrassed” himself so he’s pushed himself even more.
He informed The Guardian newspaper: ‘‘At a certain point I realised I would put myself in positions to embarrass myself, so I would then beat myself up more. It’s like putting yourself in a deathmatch – why? It’s numbing yourself with pain.
”But I don’t want to keep making the same mistakes again.”
The ‘Spree’ star’s wife, Christina McLarty Arquette – with whom he has six-year-old Charlie and three-year-old Gus – admitted David’s love of wrestling ruined his acting career.
She said: ”His involvement in wrestling really hurt his career.”
Courteney and David – who split in 2010 – are set to reunite on screen in the upcoming ‘Scream 5’ but the actor insisted it won’t be any issues between each other.
He said: ”No, it’s been 10 years now, so there’s been a lot of healing.”
At the heart of the actor’s love of wrestling is the fact it reminds him of his late father Lewis and it’s a way to stay connected to him.
He stated: ”My dad used to take me to matches, and he was the voice of Superfly Jimmy Snuka [on Hulk Hogan’s cartoon, ‘Rock’n’Wrestling’]. He died when I was 29 and I really miss him.”