John Hennigan has a successful career as a pro wrestler and a writer/producer, so why did he decide to audition for “Survivor: David vs. Goliath”? As John tells Gold Derby the day after his shocking #BrochachoBlindside in Season 37, Episode 8 aired, “The idea of doing something where I’m completely unplugged — no phone, no internet — and spending time with people that I probably wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with and working on myself was very appealing.” Listen to our “Survivor” exit interview above.
“I was a huge fan of ‘Survivor’ in the early ‘Survivor’ era,” John readily admits. “I sent audition tapes in for Seasons 2 and 3. They’re horrible. I can’t believe that I thought it would be a good idea to talk in a German accent on those tapes, which I did for some reason.” He laughs, “It’s no wonder they didn’t call me.”
John’s Goliath tribe went into tribal council as a unified group, with the plan to eliminate Christian Hubicki. However, things went awry when Davie Rickenbacker used his hidden immunity idol to save Christian, and then Dan Rengering played one of his two idols for Angelina Keeley. Thus, John ended up on the receiving end of the #BrochachoBlindside that he actually predicted would happen to Christian.
“Classic split-the-vote strategy in my opinion,” John deduces about why the five David tribe members cast votes for both him and Angelina. “Everyone knew that Dan had an idol, and figured that if an idol was played for Christian and all of the Goliaths voted for Christian and then Dan played his idol for Angelina and they didn’t split their votes, that would mean a re-vote. Goliath has the numbers, so their side loses. So definitely they had to split the votes. It was the most logical choice.”
Also in our “Survivor” podcast, John tells us about his wrestling career and Netflix projects, what he’d do differently if he was asked back to play again, and what kind of person he’ll vote for to win the $1 million now that he’s a jury member. Listen to our prior exit interviews with Pat Cusack, Jessica Peet, Jeremy Crawford, Bi Nguyen, Natalia Azoqa, Natalie Cole, Lyrsa Torres and Elizabeth Olson.
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