Anderson is a graduate of Washington High School in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. During his time there, Anderson excelled at swimming and track & field. He also announced school basketball games and did a radio assignment in his Mass Media class. When doing this, a friend suggested to Anderson to repeat the surnames again to make it funnier. That element was eventually used again in his wrestling character when encouraged by Paul Heyman.
Before starting a wrestling career, Anderson worked at a nuclear plant as a security officer and as a personal trainer. He also served time in the United States Army.
In his time off, Anderson enjoys playing video games and watching the show 24. Anderson is also trained in Taekwondo and Eskrima.
Anderson married his girlfriend Shawn Trebnick on January 9, 2008