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March 23rd – TNA
I guess it’s kind of weird to be writing during the Road to WrestleMania, but be discussing TNA at the top. It’s not a protest or a directive to diminish what WWE has delivered lately. It’s purely based on the fact that after catching up on most of the Destination America episodes of Impact Wrestling, TNA is what happens to be on my mind. I have only 2 episodes left to be caught up, and I know the next one is a big one. Thankfully the TNA topics I want to discuss don’t really have much to do with the quality of the shows themselves, but the product overall.
One thing I noticed rather quickly, and it’s honestly not something I only recently took note but it has been even more apparent recently, is how diverse their main event scene is. Kurt Angle just won the TNA World title on Friday’s episode, defeating Bobby Lashley. In recent months, Lashley has had credible threats to his title from MVP, Eric Young, and Bobby Roode. There are former champions who are still relevant and could become a top contender without much effort like James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, and Magnus. On top of that, there’s a briefcase holding former champion Austin Aries, along with Drew Galloway and Ethan Carter III almost on the cusp of challenging very soon.
Basically, TNA has the benefit of replicating one of the forgotten strengths of WWE’s Attitude Era (1998-2001) with multiple top names. Yes, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were the top 2 names in the business at that time, but they weren’t head and shoulders more credible than their competition. Also in the mix along with being credible threats to the WWF Championship were HHH, Mankind, Big Show, Undertaker, Kane, and Kurt Angle. This is a stark contrast to WWE today, where Brock Lesnar has no equals, with John Cena as the face of the company, and everyone else struggling to be noticed.
For TNA, I’m not saying this is good or bad necessarily, but there are pros and cons, just as they exist for WWE with their current format. With multiple top draws in TNA’s case, the program is much less predictable, with much less chance of seeing feuds go into overkill like Cena vs Brock would have been for WrestleMania 31 had they gone that route. Lashley vs Angle from Friday night was a fresh match that had never been delivered before. That’s impressive. And as a fan who tuned in only every once in a while while reading results and spoilers, I could see Angle having rather fresh rivalries over the title with names he’s likely faced in the past. The company has evolved in many ways, so some of these previous feuds could have new life in 2015.
Another benefit to this setup is that their former TNA champions are always working with opponents who don’t ruin their credibility. Jeff Hardy, James Storm, Mr. Anderson and Magnus are all involved in feuds that wouldn’t headline a standard episode of Impact, but are still keeping them credible. Anyone of them could walk out next Friday and challenge Angle, and no one would blink.
The big part of this was most obvious on the March 13th episode of Impact Wrestling (I have yet to watch, but I know the card and results). There were 3 grudge matches that took place on what would have been an amazing PPV card. Had you added a TNA Title match to build a 2 hour PPV with those 4 matches would have been lauded as the best card of 2015. Basically, TNA is able to create great storylines from up and down the card. No, not everything is amazing, but credit is due to how well everyone who appears on Impact has been used. They also do something I’ve often suggested WWE do and keep their talent off TV when they aren’t going to be used creatively. Mr. Anderson was not on most of the Destination America episodes of TNA until he fit organically in the EC3 vs Rockstar Spud rivalry.
The downside of this setup is that nothing stands out. I know Destination America seems to like the idea of a former Olympic Gold Medalist as the face of the company, but Angle has been with TNA for 9 years now. If there is anyone who has exhausted their options, it is Kurt Angle. Destination America might like marketing around the current champion, but TNA could run into the same trap that WWE has faced with John Cena on their posters for a decade. There is no current face of TNA (and AJ Styles never should have been), and the man looking to be anointed to the position is likely a year or two from retiring. (I am still baffled that WWE didn’t sign him for something, either as an ambassador or NXT trainer).
While there are fresh possibilities from the names at the top, some of the names seem to have worn their welcome. I am not assuming WWE would hire them, but I think TNA could afford to let go of Boddy Roode, James Storm, Abyss, Jeff Hardy, or Mr. Anderson. They are all talented in their own way, but I don’t know how much more they can add to the product after so many years in the company. With TNA grabbing MVP, Tyrus, and Drew Galloway, while reinventing EC3 and Bram, and still untapped potential in Gunner and Samuel Shaw, I think the it could take releasing some of the dead weight at the top of the card to make room for these talents to reach their potential. It’s for this same reason I never had an issue with AJ Styles and Samoa Joe have their contracts expire, and I would say they were more valuable to TNA than the names I just listed.
Coming back to WWE, a big question mark leading into WrestleMania is actually something that would only matter after the show: is Brock leaving WWE or staying?
I think it’s fair to say Lesnar is not walking out of WrestleMania with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. His contract issues won’t change that in any shape or form. What is in question is how he would be used if he sticks around. Ignoring the title for a second, I think WWE might see potential in pitting Lesnar against other names like Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, or even Bray Wyatt. If the WWE Championship is kept in mind, he would likely draw decently in a rematch against Roman Reigns at an event like SummerSlam, or even another knockdown drag out battle with John Cena or Seth Rollins.
I won’t make predictions. I will however give 2 possibilities that I would get behind.
First, let him go to Mixed Martial Arts. I know, shocking. I’ve been a huge fan of how WWE have used Brock for the last year, including ending the streak. It was a major shock at the time, but it certainly worked itself out. Lesnar might only wrestle 3-4 times a year, but the WWE Championship was elevated in a way that could never have been replicated by the full time roster. WWE have painted themselves into a corner by building him up so strong, because obviously it’s going to be a major moment when he is defeated. Roman Reigns might not be the best option, but in all honesty there were no viable options. Without Cena taking him on for the 4th time in a match that wouldn’t draw much interest, WWE had a very shallow roster to challenge the Beast. I know Daniel Bryan had the storyline and fan support, but I still question how casual fans would have taken to the idea of someone who would likely compete in UFC’s lightweight division vanquishing the UFC’s largest Heavyweight champion. The debate on how much size and looks matter in wrestling will forever live on, but the fans who think it shouldn’t matter in the case of booking Bryan vs Brock are delusional. I think the match can work, but not at the biggest show of the year in the main event for the WWE Championship.
I already hear the comments about how wrong I am. Before going too crazy, I am not saying Roman Reigns is the better option. In fact, there was no stand out option. I would have gone with Dolph Ziggler, but my reasons are because he was the only full time face who had momentum against The Authority at the end of 2014. Dean Ambrose is another possibility. But let’s face it, all 4 options have drawbacks, be it Daniel Bryan’s size, Roman’s inexperience, Dean’s lack of momentum and proven ability, or Dolph’s constant depushes. There was no correct answer. And Roman is the most likely to become a top star in the long run, so WWE decided to take the risk now. I don’t agree with it, but I understand it.
That being said, with Brock unseated as WWE Champion, what else is there really for him to do that is worth his high paycheck? Is a rematch with Reigns worth it? Or the David and Goliath match between Bryan and Brock? Or Orton vs Lesnar? I really don’t think so. Brock has done his job elevating the championship, and no matter how Reigns handles the win (or Rollins with the possible cash-in), I think it is time to let the last of the part time wrestlers move on. Let the current full time wrestlers manage on their own.
Now, I don’t expect Vince McMahon (or the stockholders) to see it this way. I think he could sign Brock despite there being little for him to achieve after next Sunday. If they do sign him, I want Brock to publicly quit WWE on Raw the next night, and flat out say I’m going back to win the UFC championship. I would also have him use planned vulgar language that can be bleeped out of the broadcast. Make it seem as legit as possible. And let him disappear for a few months. Move his profile to the Alumni page. Then, when they do have a match that works, let him run out on PPV and demolish someone.
Basically, if he is staying, let him quit and make it look like a shoot, 100%.
But, if I were Vince, I’d let him go get punched in the face for real. Brock can’t go back to MMA after he’s 40 as easily as he could come back to WWE. Let him have a couple of octagon battles, and he can comes back to the squared circle in a couple of years, and more matches will make sense at that time. Either the rematch with Reigns will be even bigger, or maybe Rock will be available, or Stone Cold. Or hopefully WWE will have entirely new stars altogether.
I am REALLY liking Natalya’s new leather outfits. Goddamn.
And on that note, Peace out
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- Above is a preview for ESPN’s one-hour “E:60 Pictures presents WWE: Behind The Curtain” documentary that premieres on May 5th.
- WWE’s website has an article about “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan being inducted into the New York State High School Section 2 Wrestling Hall of Fame in Albany on March 14th. Duggan commented on his high school wrestling days:
“It was about perseverance and playing through pain. Amateur wrestling is about the toughest sport there is, hands down.”
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) March 23, 2015
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Full Content Listing For WWE’s ‘Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!’ DVD And Blu-ray Set
- Variety has a new article up on WWE and NBCUniversal’s “For The Hero In All of Us” brand campaign that was announced this morning.
It was noted that Triple H’s “grand entrance” at WrestleMania 31 will feature imagery from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator: Genisys” movie that comes out in July. Viacom’s Paramount has partnered with WWE and NBCU under the new campaign to promote Terminator. WWE will continue to promote the movie until the release in July.
It was noted that Triple H’s “grand entrance” at WrestleMania 31 will feature imagery from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator: Genisys” movie that comes out in July.
Viacom’s Paramount has partnered with WWE and NBCU under the new campaign to promote Terminator. WWE will continue to promote the movie until the release in July.
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Wrestlemania Breakdown: Day Four – Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
Mar 23, 2015 – 2:10:34 PM
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Day Four -
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
It’s Day Four of Wrestlemania Breakdown and I say we take a little break from the championship matches.
Though we have been blessed with a a number of title matches that have had a legitimate story behind them, it will be nice to cover a match that is ALL about a very personal issue.
Ever since Seth Rollins curb-stomped Randy Orton on the last RAW before Hell In A Cell, he has essentially usurped Orton from his place as the crown jewel of the Authority.
That very moment led to a downward spiral for Randy, who would lose to John Cena and Seth Rollins himself, before being dismissed from the Authority in brutal circumstances.
After a brief uncommitted return to the Authority, Orton showed his true colours and delivered an Attitude Era-esque beating. From a salute that would make Steve Austin proud, to a reference to a not-so-PG personal moment… you get the picture, I’m talking about Rollins’ photo op here.
In fact, that very moment will be covered in one of our categories, as we debate who the WWE trusts the most. Aside from that, we’re going to take a further look at the story and decide whether there’s a red herring in all of this.
I hear voices in my head and they’re telling me to start this preview.
A Matter Of Trust
From the moment that Randy Orton was kicked out of The Authority, we knew that we would be seeing a future Orton vs. Rollins match. With reports of a Randy Orton injury as well as an upcoming film role, we also knew the match was going to be delayed. Everyone thought they knew when Orton was returning, as PPVs like TLC and Royal Rumble seemed like perfect opportunities for the Apex Predator to come back and continue his story.
Eventually, it just seemed apt that Orton would return at Fastlane.
And he did.
We all like to act like we know a little something. What came as a big surprise just a few weeks prior to Randy Orton’s return was the Rollins photogate scandal.
First came the nude photo leak of NXT diva Zahra from Seth Rollins’ Instagram account, then came the pictures of the Architect stark naked and erect, leaked by his furious fiancée.
What made matters worse is that all of this happened on a Monday, with Rollins having a prominent role on that night’s Monday Night Raw.
Unsurprisingly, Rollins was kept off the following night’s Smackdown tapings, after the whole world had seen his Hound of Justice.
Nobody knows the full story, so who are we to badmouth the man. One thing that we can all agree on though is that it was the most unfortunate of incidents, considering that the self-proclaimed Future Of The WWE had been having one hell of a heel run.
Thankfully, nothing seems to have changed regarding the former Shield man’s booking. His Wrestlemania match remains intact, as does his place as one of the roster’s top heels.
The question is, has the result changed?
Now no one knows for certain who was originally going to win the match, but if Rollins was in line for the victory, does that still stand now?
The WWE have never been afraid to change plans as they see fit. Last year’s Wrestlemania main event was a result of that. Regarding this match, are they sticking with the status quo here to avoid more negative headlines?
The photo scandal news went global. Not only did it spread across all major American news publications, I personally read the UK Independent’s coverage of it, and I wasn’t even seeking to! There it was inside the paper during my lunch break.
With the story being perceived as that much of a big deal, ahead of WWE’s biggest media and pop culture friendly event of the calendar year, is the WWE just keeping Rollins sweet to avoid any further bad publicity? After all, Jon Stewart seemed to be drafted in almost immediately after to try and negate the negative storm.
Let me set the record straight here, I think Rollins is the victim in all of this. Whether you agree or disagree with what you perceive to have happened, one concrete fact is that Rollins had several images leaked without his permission, during the build to one of the biggest matches of his career no less.
Maybe just maybe though, Rollins may still avoid an alteration of destiny. After all, he’s facing a man who is no stranger to controversy.
Though Randy Orton has been trusted as one of the WWE’s top stars over the past decade and more, he certainly has had his moments. From defecating in a diva’s luggage to having two known wellness strikes on his record, the man has put his own career in jeopardy several times.
Back in May 2012, Orton earned that second strike, and subsequently he wasn’t featured in any top storylines following his sixty day suspension. Instead, Orton lingered in the upper midcard with non-title feuds against Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio and The Shield.
Orton’s fortunes changed in July 2013, the WWE made a very subtle amendment to their wellness policy. It stated that WWE talents could have a strike removed providing they successfully underwent an eighteen month rehab programme.
Now then, it seemed to be more than a coincidence that Randy Orton would go on to win the WWE Championship later that month, finally becoming a part of a major storyline once more. The WWE had put themselves in a position to be able to push Orton again.
Rollins seems to be well-liked by management as they have trusted him with one hell of a heel run despite the fact that both of his former Shield teammates had played the baddie role in FCW or NXT at the very least, so maybe he will benefit from the same type of support that Randy Orton has received.
What is for certain though is that Rollins’ scandal is still fresh as opposed to Orton’s last failure just under two years ago. When looking to choose a winner based on trust, you have to assume that the company have forgiven the same man that walked into last year’s event as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Though truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, the actual story of the match holds just as much value in determining a winner. Can Orton make it two for two?
Setting Up For A Fall
At the start of this column, I briefly recapped the trials and tribulations of the Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins story.
The great thing about this tale though is that there’s more to it than just interaction between the two men.
When we think of Rollins vs. Orton, it’s worth talking about Seth Rollins’ role this year in general.
Orton vs. Rollins isn’t just about The Viper’s revenge, it’s about Rollins’ forthcoming downfall.
Seth Rollins made his bed the moment that he destroyed the Shield last June. With a series of sickening chair shots, he created two bitter enemies.
Immediately after the Shield break-up, Rollins was targeted by a furious unstable Dean Ambrose.
Money In The Bank 2014 was the start of a chain of PPVs in which Rollins has avoided getting his comeuppance. Four other men prevented Dean Ambrose from unleashing a true beating on Seth Rollins. The Architect would be rewarded for his sins by becoming the new Mr. Money In The Bank.
A scheduled match between Ambrose and Rollins at Battleground never came into fruition as the Lunatic Fringe unleashed a surprise attack on the Authority’s favourite son.
One month later, the world’s most chaotic Lumberjack Match took place. Against all odds, Seth Rollins again emerged victorious at Summerslam, as Ambrose’s own stipulation backfired on him.
Rollins and Kane would then silence Ambrose on an episode of RAW by driving his face through a stack of cinder blocks. Finally, this was enough to prompt Roman Reigns to seek retribution.
Again, in some ways, Rollins continued his miraculous escape act. Reigns would suffer a legitimate hernia injury, which formed the perfect opportunity for a Dean Ambrose return. A smug Rollins’ open challenge at Night Of Champions was answered by the most unhinged former Shield member. Again though, Seth was able to free himself from the onslaught.
Rollins’ night wasn’t over there though. Despite being the victim of the Ambrose ambush, Seth would recover in order to interfere in the main event. Rollins attempted to cash in his Money In The Bank contract, however, he was thwarted by a furious John Cena.
The Architect left his mark though, as he Curb Stomped a defenceless Lesnar.
Having made another enemy, Rollins would become the target of both Cena and Ambrose’s rage. The latter earned himself a spot against the Architect in a Hell In A Cell match. At the gimmick-titled Pay Per View, Rollins would again escape a definitive beating thanks to a returning Bray Wyatt.
As Ambrose crossed paths with Wyatt, Rollins would find himself at odds with Randy Orton. As discussed previously, Rollins and Orton’s bad blood would lead to the Viper losing his spot in the Authority following a vicious beating on route to Survivor Series.
Though Rollins and Team Authority would lose a 5-on-5 elimination match to Team Cena, all thanks to a debuting Sting, Rollins would fight another day. The same couldn’t be said for The Authority.
Seth seeked retribution on the Authority’s behalf, which resulted in a Cena-Rollins Tables Match at TLC. A returning Roman Reigns would counteract an intrusive Big Show. This interference would lead to a Cena victory.
This was the closest moment to comeuppance for Rollins, however, the interference of Reigns ensured that the Authority member had a legitimate gripe over the result. The Architect would get one over on John by putting the Cenation leader in an unenviable position, threatening to break former rival Edge’s neck unless the Authority were brought back to the WWE.
Instead of being punished, the blonde-streaked antagonist was rewarded with a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble. Though Rollins was defeated that night in the triple threat contest, he managed to break a rib of The Beast and was widely regarded as the night’s show-stealing performer. Cena still didn’t gain any retribution over the Architect, and Seth left his mark on Lesnar once more.
Though Cena pinned Rollins a few weeks later to ensure that Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan were rehired, Rollins still managed to avoid a clean loss. Sting was responsible for the result once more.
Even the Fastlane PPV saw Seth standing tall. The likes of Ryback, Rowan and Ziggler battled for pride against the same unit that they lost their jobs to. Rollins wasn’t just on the winning team, he managed to avoid the returning Viper’s onslaught.
Phew, that was quite the trip down recent memory lane.
The point is that this match isn’t even just about the tensions between Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. Orton’s attack on Rollins on the 9th March episode of RAW was the closest thing to retribution that any superstar has achieved with the smug star. Even then, Rollins was back the next week to confirm a match against The Viper for Wrestlemania.
Having irked the likes of Ambrose, Reigns, Cena, Ryback, Ziggler, Rowan and Orton, WWE’s Public Enemy #1 is still on the run.
As entertaining and well built as the Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton portion of the Architect’s journey to the dark side has been, what we’re getting at Wrestlemania is the true culmination of the former Hound Of Justice’s list of sins.
Sometimes, a character seems destined for a particular result at Wrestlemania, the special event on the WWE calendar that is often seen as the ultimate blow-off extravaganza.
A Seth Rollins loss is extremely likely here, as he is still yet to receive a true definitive PPV revenge beating.
Even so, we can’t forget that the Golden Boy has the golden case.
That leads us to our final section of this preview.
Live Another Day
At Unforgiven 2008, Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho in a barbaric unsanctioned street fight grudge match.
Later that very night, a black and blue Jericho lucked himself into the evening’s World Title Championship Scramble main event; as a result of the Legacy faction taking out defending champion CM Punk prior to the match.
Against all odds, a battered and beaten Jericho would use the chaotic nature of the match to his advantage, securing the definitive fall with mere seconds on the clock!
The personal feud between Michaels and Jericho would continue, as they would square off in a Ladder Match at No Mercy 2008. That’s a tale for another day though, for today we are living in the dawning of Seth Rollins.
Even though there have been numerous “change of fortune” moments that have involved the Money In The Bank briefcase, I liken Seth Rollins’ potential path to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Chris Jericho’s sneaky main event inception more than anything else.
Sure, we may see Rollins pull a Dolph Ziggler by losing at Wrestlemania before cashing in the briefcase successfully just one night later, but Rollins’ rise to stardom seems extra special. Arguably, we haven’t seen a heel build this much heat following a turn since Jericho seven years ago. Even the incredible heel CM Punk took some time convincing the fans to hate him as a result of his ultra-popularity.
The point I’m trying to make here is though the story has been building in a way that a definitive win for Orton over Rollins seems likely, Rollins will continue to come up smelling of roses thanks to his Money In The Bank briefcase.
With reports that the WWE are worried about Roman Reigns’ lukewarm to negative crowd reactions, along with there being no certain news of Brock Lesnar resigning with the WWE, a Seth Rollins cash-in could be the perfect antidote to the WWE’s self-inflicted poison.
Like Jericho, Rollins would have a highly personal title feud at his ready, as it would be unlikely that Randy Orton would let the Authority’s golden boy walk away from a beating, holding the same championship that the Viper has been determinedly begging to be granted a singles rematch for.
Unlike Y2J however, Rollins would actually have a choice of unresolved highly personal feuds that could be elevated to the top tier:
Reigns would want his title back along with his retribution, the latter point is something that Dean Ambrose never truly gained. There have been numerous chapters of a Cena-Rollins rivalry, it’s a feud that has had an effect on the entire running of the WWE. Let’s even pose the thought that Rollins cashes in on Brock Lesnar instead of Reigns, the seeds have been planted at numerous stages over the past six months.
Let’s not forget, our next PPV is Extreme Rules; any path that Rollins has already mapped is far more personal than any other rivalry that the WWE could throw together. It almost seems absurd to have anybody else headline such a hardcore gimmicked event.
Fear not Markitects, yes I’m talking to you Samuel Plan, a Rollins victory isn’t necessary here. If Seth capitalises following the beating of his life, it only adds to his opportunistic slimy heel demeanour, and it keeps Orton strong for them to battle once more in one hell of a title match.
All signs point towards a Randy Orton victory, but the real winners are Seth Rollins and us fans. We’re about to witness a match between two of the company’s most consistent in-ring performers, fuelled by a story that has been brewing since last June, or even before that if you’d like to class Rollins and the Shield’s feuds with Orton’s Authority and Evolution.
Who says the WWE doesn’t do continuity?
For all of those reasons, this is the match that I’m most looking forward to. It’s almost as if the WWE can’t lose with this one, and we can’t lose as fans.
I’ve got to go with Orton here, but either way Seth Rollins has a chance to steal yet another show here, be it with his performance in this match or with a cash-in later that night. Even then, there’s always that big spectacle called “the night after Wrestlemania…”
I’m going to continue this returnee theme tomorrow, as we take a look at the rejuvenated AJ Lee. She’ll be teaming with Paige in the Brit’s Wrestlemania debut to take on Women’s Champion Nikki Bella and her sister Brie.
As always, feel free to drop me a line or two below. I’d love to talk Mania with you guys.
Otherwise, until day five, don’t stop boleafing and thank you for reading.
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- Roman Reigns recently spoke with BroBible.com to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 31. Below are highlights:
So are you nervous excited or excited excited right now?
That’s a good way of asking that question. I’m excited excited right now. I think the nervous-excited won’t kick in until we get closer to Sunday.
Did you think you’d be headlining a WrestleMania so early in your career?
A lot of people get into wrestling just because they want to wrestle or because they grew up watching as fans and they’re living out a fantasy. I have some of that but I got into wrestling with one goal –to be the top guy.
Since you wrestle almost 365 days a year, what does your average day look like?
My average match is 20-25 minutes. That’s probably the easiest part of my day. There’s a full day of training involved before I even hit the ring. I usually do 30-40 minutes of cardio before I even hit the ring. Eating right is tough. I have to be concerned about my meal, and while I’m eating, I have to think about my next meal. Sometimes you see guys lugging around 3-4 meals just in case. My body just expects it.
And how about rest?
You have to smart and implement your rest days. We don’t get a lot of them, so you’ve got to use them wisely. You need the time to rebuild.
Goldberg has been rumored to be involved in GLORY kickboxing which currently airs on Spike. Helwani immediately asked Goldberg about the rumors and if he was going to fight for GLORY.
“I’m actually considering kickboxing for GLORY. I’ve been a fan for a very long time. Nobody has ever really inquired about me training or not, but for the past ten years on and off I have,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg said that he got involved in a gym over a decade ago, and that his son also trains there.
“I go into the gym 3-5 times a week, mainly for cleaning. Gettng stuff out of my system. I didn’t intend for it to start out as a bucket list thing or a CM Punk thing, which it now is,” Goldberg said.
The former WCW and WWE world champion was glowing while speaking about Glory, comparing it to the early stages of MMA.
“GLORY didn’t realize how into kickboxing I was. 9 out of 10 MMA pay-per-views I’ve got over the years were between standup guys. It’s more like a video game than MMA has become,” he said.
Goldberg said that he would be willing to do anything to promote GLORY, saying “Whether you see Goldberg hosting a ‘Top 10 knockouts,’ or working in the front office, or donning the gloves– whatever it takes to bring this to the forefront to do that.”
Goldberg also dropped a major bombshell, saying that he was actually offered a fight on May 8 against Alberto Del Rio. He said that he didn’t think that was a good idea for the direction in which GLORY was going.
“I don’t want to be associated with anything that’s not done properly.” Goldberg said. “I wasn’t a big fan of the (Bellator) fight that they did with Tito Ortiz. I was there to see Melvin Manhoef and Pat Schilling. When done right something like that can be a kick.”
The fight now is no longer an option, as Alberto Del Rio sustained a partially torn quad muscle while wrestling in Mexico.
Helwani also asked about Goldberg being a possible figurehead for GLORY, much like Dana White is for the UFC.
“That’s a distinct possibility too,” Goldberg said. “I’m just getting to know everyone and the infrastructure there. We’re going to get together and find out what the best thing is. This is my life, this is my passion and a great appreciation of what these fighters go through. I’m not here to trivialize it or make it look like pro wrestling.”
Goldberg was asked about his passion for pro wrestling, to which Goldberg said as a child he never had that passion. He said instead, his passion was to be a pro football player.
“That passion was an acquired passion, but it will never leave me. Any time someone stops me in the street and asks me for an autograph, pro wrestling gave me that,” Goldberg said. “I’d love to get back in the ring so my son could see me, but that’s it. I’ve expressed my feelings once or twice on the phone. I’m not picking up my phone and calling anyone for employment. I’ve made my opinions known. Would it be an honor to be bestowed Hall of Fame credentials? Yeah. Does it define me as a person? No.”
Goldberg went on to talk about his training, and commitment to kickboxing during the interview. You can see the full interview at this link.
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Olympic Theater is the location of the Windy City Classic. It’s about a half block away from the Eagles Club.
Scarlett interrupts the open and talks about the building being the same. Scarlett makes fun of the locker room and says people she makes go back to nothing. Out comes Shane Hollister. Hollister talks about being champion again.
Justice Jones and Davey Vega def Marion Fontaine and Paco when Vega pins Paco with a shoulderbreaker after Jones lariated Paco
Allysin Kay def Athena when she holds onto the bottom rope
– She’s now 2-0 in AAW competition.
AAW Heritage Championship
Christian Faith def Louis Lyndon with back-to-back forearms after a distraction by Mr. Bernard.
AAW Tag Team Championship
Ohio is for Killers def Zero Gravity via Meteora by Dave as Jake held onto Gakiya leads to OI4K retaining
Dan Lawrence and Markus Crane came out before the match started. Lawrence actually corrected his dangling modifier. He and Crane announce that the tag team title match will be a three way elimination match. Crane eliminated with a tandem tombstone piledriver.
Falls Count Anywhere:
Ethan Page def Jimmy Jacobs with a Spinning Dwayne from the top rope
– A bunch of the wrestlers and the owners come out. Lyman says without Jacobs there’d be no AAW
Heidi Lovelace talks about her SHIMMER title match next month.
Josh Alexander def Johnny Gargano after a spinning tombstone
Alexander challenges Samoa Joe for April 10.
Chris Sabin def Mat Fitchett/DJZ/Candice LaRae when Sabin pins Fitchett after the Cradleshock
Dick Justice def Gregory Iron
Main event for the AAW Heavyweight Championship
Eddie Kingston def Silas Young with the sliding D to retain
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1. Bolt Brady defeated Matt Cage
2. The Soul Shooters defeated Ace Perry & Anthony Toatele
3. Trevor Court defeated Ryan Epic and Danny Shay in a Triple Threat Match
4. Skayde Jr and Bandolero went to a no contest as “Big” Russ Jones interefered in the match and took out both men
5. Roger Lanier defeated Brutus Dylan
6. Jake Omen defeated Christian Rose
7. Melanie Cruise defeated Mary Elizabeth Monroe
8. Shane Mercer defeated Scotty Young
9. Remi Wilkins defeated Tommaso Ciampa
10. Suger Dunkerton defeated Shannon Moore to retain the Strong Style Heavyweight title
Next show is April 11 for “Rise to the Occasion” featuring ACH vs Jake Omen 2 and Sugar Dunkerton (c) vs John Wayne Murdoch for the Strong Style Wrestling title.
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“Journey to WrestleMania” Documentary:
The Journey Begins
Chasing The Dream
The History of Yes!
Daniel Bryan: WWE Superstar
The Yes Movement
Training for WrestleMania
The Movement Grows Stronger
Hall of Fame
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Triple Threat Match
Reaching Your Dream
Power of Yes
American Dragon & Shooter Schultz vs. Brian Kendrik & Lance Cade
Austin, TX [SmackDown Taping] • February 8, 2000
Jamie Noble vs. Brian Danielson
Velocity • January 18, 2003
Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
NXT • February 23, 2010
United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Night of Champions • September 19, 2010
Money in the Bank Winner
World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan
TLC • December 18, 2011
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show
SmackDown • January 6, 2012
2 out of 3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
Extreme Rules • April 29, 2012
Team Hell No
SummerSlam Main Event
WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Referee: Triple H
SummerSlam • August 18, 2013
Great Moment / Short Reign
No Disqualification Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
RAW • March 17, 2014
The YES Movement
Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania XXX • April 6, 2014
Victory, Injury, & Recovery
Daniel Bryan’s Big Announcement
RAW • December 29, 2014
He Gave Me A Lot
John Cena vs. Brian Danielson
Velocity • February 8, 2003
Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal
NXT • April 13, 2010
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. Ted DiBiase & Maryse
RAW • December 6, 2010
Daniel Bryan and Kane Attend Anger Management
RAW • August 2012
The Wyatt Family’s Newest Member
Steel Cage Tag Team Match
The Usos vs. Bray Wyatt & Daniel Bryan
RAW • January 13, 2014
School of Wrestling
Just A Dude
King of the Indy’s
Yes / No ?
Book of Yes
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Going from a fan and student of the game to WrestleMania 31:
Obviously it’s really cool. It’s still like a little bit surreal and it’s weird that it’s so regular for me now. Like we were talking about Bret Hart. If I were to run into Bret Hart backstage at a show or if I run by Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and say ‘hey man, what’s up?’. They’re like — not that we’re buddies — but I have a friendly relationship with them. (laughs) They’re just regular people. Like if I walk by Hulk Hogan in the hallway it’s like ‘what’s up brother?’ ‘What’s up brother?’. All of that stuff is very surreal. WrestleMania is coming up and it’s my third one and I know the routine. The week is kind of a circus and you’ve got stuff to do. There’s a lot going on. Now I know the routine and I’m prepared for it. I’m very relaxed. I’ve always pictured myself on this stage so being here is very comfortable for me. Being in the main event on Raw is jarring probably at first but also, from the moment I got here, I was ready for this and was hungry enough and ready for it . Finally. Finally I can be in the main event on Raw. Let’s get down to it. It was never to me ‘oh my God I’m so nervous, it’s such a big opportunity I hope I don’t screw it up’. It was never anything like that to me. It was always like alright, FINALLY I’m going to get this freaking shot. Let’s get to work. I feel like I belong here.
If he’s gotten used to fans cheering him:
I’ve gotten used to it to a point. It’s very weird for me to get used to … Not so much the crowd cheering for you in a match because have cheered for me and I’ve spent my time as a fan favorite here and there. But I’ve always enjoyed more being hated and was always comfortable in that role. I’ve always found my best work feeding off negativity and loving in a — this sounds weird — living in a negative kind of mindset in space and using that as fuel. I feel that some of my best work has come from that. For me, kids and dudes are like ‘Yeah! You’re the man!’ And teenage girls or chicks are like ‘oh, Dean Ambrose’ and I’m like yeah, OK, that’s normal. But when kids are like ‘Dean Ambrose you’re my favorite’ and like the kid has the shirt and he’s dressed like me that like whoa, that’s trippy. Like little ten years old girls are like ‘oh my God, I love you Dean’ I’m like what? What? What happened to me? What’s going on? This is weird right? Anybody showing me super levels of attention or positivity … it’s takes a while to get used to.
The fan backlash against Roman Reigns:
To me on the whole, it’s funny. I was in the tin at the Royal Rumble when that was an issue, right in everybody’s face but at the same time is it really an issue because they’re making noise. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are going to fight at the MGM Grand finally. Which sound is the crowd going to be on? Who are the people going to be behind? Who cares? You’re not even thinking about it. You just want to see the product. Nobody’s considering who the fans are going to be behind in this match. Nobody cares. So to me, as long as their in to it and making noise, cheer for whoever you want. John Cena has been steadily booed in arenas for ten years. It doesn’t mean he’s any less popular. It just means sometimes people boo him because he’s that big of a star. The bigger of a star you are, the more backlash and hate you’re going to get. So, it’s not really that big of a deal to me.
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