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Chyna Talks About The Last Time She Saw Triple H, What Happened During Her Trip To WWE Headquarters

I recently spoke to Chyna about her new documentary The Reconstruction of Chyna, not being in the WWE Hall of Fame, winning the Intercontinental Championship and more. The full interview will be posted here at Wrestling Inc. this week. During the interview, Chyna revealed that she has not spoken to Triple H or Vince McMahon since leaving WWE in 2001, although she did see Triple H when he picked up Sean Waltman to take him to rehab.

“The day Stephanie [McMahon] and Vince booked me at TV, it was like the Red Sea,” Chyna said of her last day with the company. “Hunter never spoke to me. The only time I ever spoke to Hunter again, which wasn’t really speaking again, was when he physically came to pick Sean Waltman up for rehab. He just showed up outside my door one day. I was incredibly surprised to see him, but I don’t think we even spoke two words. I don’t believe I could have spoken two words, either.”

SEE ALSO: Chyna Talks Confronting Stephanie McMahon About HHH Affair, Vince’s Reaction & More

As noted, Chyna recently visited WWE headquarters as part of the documentary. She discussed why she made the trip to their office.

“We’re documenting all of that. But really, I’d like to meet with them. I’ve repeatedly called and wrote and will continue to do so until I get that sit-down meeting. Personal reasons, financial reasons, contractual—let’s see what’s going on. I need to know.”

Despite making the trip, she admitted that she was ultimately turned away.

“We were abruptly turned away,” she said. “It was as cold as ice in there. I went to take the picture, then we’re told to basically take our leave. They weren’t having any of it. [It was] definitely an icy atmosphere.”

Fans can help support the documentary on Kickstarter by clicking here. The minimum donation is $15, and fans who donate will get a credit in the movie. The campaign ends this Tuesday.

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EC3 And Other TNA Stars At Destination America Sponsored Event, EC3 Talks GFW And Jeff Jarrett

– In the video above, TNA World Heavyweight Champion EC3 leads the crowd into a “USA” chant at yesterday’s “Red White & You” party in Oroville, CA, which was sponsored by Destination America. Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne were also at the event. Thanks to Wrestling Inc. reader David Montalvo for the video.

– Speaking of EC3, he also appeared on the latest episode of the Wrestling Compadres podcast, which you can download on iTunes or at Podcast One. During the interview, EC3 was asked about Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA.

“I really don’t know what’s going on,” he admitted. “But he really helped me with my character early on, so it was good to see him again.”

EC3 also talked about what’s been the most memorable about his undefeated streak.

“Obviously the match with Spud in London, the Texas Death Match with Bully Ray, but this match with Kurt Angle is the one for me, it’s my favorite,” he said.

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Today In Wrestling History 7/5: Vince McMahon's Steroid Trial Begins, CM Punk Apologizes, & More

* 23 years ago in 1992, WCW held a house show at the Omni in Atlanta Georgia that featured two title changes. Bill Watts had the idea of making the Omni “WCW’s Madison Square Garden” to boost house show business, but it didn’t really work, as this card drew 2,500 fans on a holiday weekend with a lot of hype. The main event saw Steve “Dr. Death” Williams and Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy, known in Japan as the Miracle Violence Combination, defeat the Steiner Brothers to win the WCW Tag Team Championship. While the teams had good to great matches together, Doc and Gordy were not close to the box office attraction Watts wanted them to be and they fell super flat.

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The other title change saw Brad Armstrong defeating Scotty Flamingo (Raven) to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, ending his reign at just 15 days. As much of a great, smooth wrestler as Armstrong was, he was not a great fit as champion coming off of what Brian Pillman and Jushin Thunder Liger had set as the tone for the division. Less than two months later, Armstrong would vacate the title due to a knee injury and the promised tournament in “January” never happened, leaving the championship abandoned.

* 22 years ago in 1993, the WWF taped two weeks of Monday Night Raw at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York, New York. While the live show itself was largely uneventful (the big angle was a tape from the previous day’s event on the USS Intrepid where Lex Luger became the first wrestler to slam Yokozuna), an open challenge from Mr. Fuji did set up the next week’s main event of Yokozuna vs. Crush.

So on the taped show, Yokozuna defeated Crush with the Bonzai Drop after Mr. Fuji interfered. He then proceeded to repeat the move over and over, while also cutting off Tatanka’s attempted save. Finally, before the fifth Banzai Drop, Randy Savage left the announcers’ table and ran him off. Savage had been hyping Crush up as his friend and protege for a while, but he also had to maintain objectivity as a broadcast journalist. Crush would be out for three months, and, well, he resented Savage’s inaction.

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* 21 years ago in 1994, Vince McMahon‘s steroid distribution trial officially began with jury selection. Out of a pool of about 100 prospective jurors, 35 were excluded for biases or conflicts, which included having relatives that worked for the pharmacy that Dr. George Zahorian (the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission doctor who supplied many of the wrestlers with steroids) used, being wrestling fans who were worried about hurting the WWF/Titan Sports, and non-fans who said that pro wrestling being a work could affect their judgment in the case. Yes, really.

After a number of the potential jurors made comments to the effect of the trial possibly being fake because pro wrestling was, the judge addressed them:

Do not question whether wrestling is sports or entertainment…It’s not whether wrestling is pure entertainment or sport. The only issue at stake is the case of distribution and to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the substance, not whether wrestling is phony or sports or entertainment.

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Hulk Hogan Thanks Triple H, Kevin Nash Movie Box Office, Jim Ross – KC Media

KansasCity.com has an article here about Sporting Kansas City using Jim Ross commentary in the video above for last Wednesday’s Sporting Kansas City – FC Dallas soccer game.

The Advertiser has an interview here with Hulk Hogan. During the interview, Hogan talked about Triple H being the person responsible for bringing him back to WWE.

“The ambassador position means I can still be part of the big show, and I thank Triple H for that,” Hogan said (props to The Inquisitr for the transcription). “If not for him, this thing between Vince McMahon and I — this heat — would still be bad. Vince made me feel so welcome when he explained to me that I’m the glue that bonds the father, the son and the grandson that watch wrestling.”

Magic Mike XXL – which features Kevin Nash reprising his role as Tarzan, opened to $27 million over the five-day holiday period, which was good enough to put it at #4 at the U.S. box office. While it is $12 million less than the opening of the original, the budget for the movie was only $14 million.

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Sting At Public Appearance (Video), Beast In The East Announcing Error, Jeff Jarrett Interview

Sting made a recent appearance at ComicPalooza. Title Match Wrestling was present and posted a video of the former WCW Champion, which you can see above.

– During WWE’s Beast in the East show, whoever made Michael Cole’s notes made an error, saying Sumo Hall was the biggest indoor sports arena in Japan. There are actually several bigger in the country.

– GFW and TNA founder Jeff Jarrett appeared on Squared Circle Radio this week to talk his current situation in wrestling. GFW has posted the full video in four parts, all of which you can see below.

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Notes And Results From Paragon Pro Wrestling's National TV Show, Several Former WWE Superstars

Paragon Pro Wrestling ran it’s first show on POP! TV this Saturday. Here are some notes from their first broadcast.

– The promotion secured the rights to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and used it for their intro, as well as repeatedly throughout the first show. They also used Victoria/Tara’s original WWE theme from Tatu.

– Former TNA announcer Todd Kenely called the action on the show. Gangrel, Jesse Sorenson, Tara/Victoria, and Joey Ryan were also on the first show.

– Here are quick results from the first show, which ran directly against WWE’s live airing of Beast in the East.

– They showed highlights of Jesse Sorenson becoming the PPW Champion.

* Caleb Conley won a battle royal to become number one contender to the PPW Title.

* Darin Corbin defeated Crash Test Cody via pinfall.

* Espiritu defeated Mercurio Jr via pinfall.

* Kevin Cross defeated Sugar Brown via pinfall.

* Jesse Sorensen defeated Graves via DQ to retain the PPW Heavyweight Title.

– There was about 22 minutes of wrestling on the entire show, with no matches going longer than five and a half minutes.

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NJPW Dominion Results (7/5): New IWGP Heavyweight Champion Crowned, More Notes From Show, More

New Japan Pro Wrestling held their Dominion show this weekend at Osaka-jo Hall, drawing an estimated 11,400. The event saw major title changes, including a new IWGP Heavyweight champion. You can see full results below:

* Sho Tanaka, Manabu Nakanishi, Mascara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Yuji Nagata defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Satoshi Kojima, Yohei Komatsu, Tiger Mask, and Hiroshi Tenzan when Dorada pinned Komatsu

* IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks defeated Roppongi Vice (Baretta and Rocky Romero) and reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) when the Bucks pinned Rocky Romero with More Bang For Your Buck to retain the titles.

* Tomoaki Homna and Tetsuya Naito defeated Bullet Club (Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale) when Honma pinned Takahashi diving headbutt.

* Katsuyori Shibata defeated Kazushi Sakuraba via pinfall with the PK.

* KUSHIDA defeated IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega via submission the Hoverboard Lock (Double Wristlock) to win the championship

* NEVER Openweight Champion Togi Makabe defeated Tomohiro Ishii with the Knee Drop to retain the title

* Bullet Club (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows w/ Bullet Babe) defeated IWGP Tag Team Champions Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett W/ Maria Kanellis) after Anderson pinned Taven with the Magic Killer to win the championships

* Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Toru Yano with High Fly Flow

* IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki Goto defeated Shinsuke Nakamura with the Shouten Kai to retain the title

* Kazuchika Okada defeated IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles with the Rainmaker to become the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

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Jim Ross Blogs About Rumored Backstage Problems With WWE Superstar, EC3 Winning TNA Title

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Jim Ross posted his latest blog on his website, where he show down rumors that he didn’t like the Big Show. You can see excerpts below:

Rumored problems with Big Show:

“One question I’ve been asked many times regarding the Big Show apparently saying on a podcast that he was “never one of my guys” while I was in charge of talent roster in WWE. That’s news to me. It was Jerry Brisco and who I who made the first contact in person with Show to begin recruiting him to come to WWE which was the smartest thing that Paul Wight ever did. It was my wife who invited Show and his former manager into our home where she cooked him a meal fit for a king including home made biscuits and apple butter which we have given him as a gift occasionally through the years. I have always thought the world of Paul Wight and still do.

“Yes, Vince McMahon and I decided to send Paul to developmental to help him with his fundamentals and to give him the opportunity to lose some needed weight to improve his overall health and to help us maximize our significant investment. If that was being unfair, then so be it. The role that I fulfilled in assembling our talent roster as EVP of Talent Rations was a thankless one but I knew that when I took the job. Tough decisions have to be made and if encouraging someone to lose weight is a bad thing then I was guilty. Show wasn’t the only performer with who we addressed this matter. Plus, how many 500 pound men do you know that live long, healthy lives? We also addressed these issues with Yokozuna and Vader who we both wanted to achieve optimum health. Our system of scouting, signing and developing talent seemed to work pretty well because, in the opinion of many, the best roster that WWE ever had or will have was during the time around the Attitude Era. I hope that roster is surpassed some day but only time will tell.”

Ethan Carter III becoming TNA World Champion:

“Congrats to EC3 and Kurt Angle for having, along with The Wolves and the Dirty Heels, a helluva wrestling match Wednesday night on Destination America and it’s unfortunate that the TV ratings did not reflect the effort and execution of talents involved. EC3 has been well programmed for his new role and getting the torch passed from Kurt Angle is one of the best things that will ever happen in EC3’s career.”

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Vampiro Explains Why He Didn't Go To WWE, Talks Issues With Konnan, His Work In Lucha Underground

Donald Wood of Ring Rust Radio spoke with Lucha Underground color commentator Vampiro recently about his issues with Konnan, why he didn’t go to WWE, and tons of other topics. You can read the full interview below, or listen to it on the video above.

Donald Wood: While many wrestling fans know you from your time in the ring, you are now the lead color commentator on Lucha Underground every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the El Rey Network. As someone who gets to sit front row for all the action, what has it been like seeing the growth of Lucha Underground and what are your expectations for Ultima Lucha on August 5?

Vampiro: “I would like to say hello first of all and thank you for having me on your show. Real quick, I’m not the lead anything, I’m part of a phenomenal team and my partner Matt Striker kind of carries the ball a lot more than I do. I am just really glad to be there. Sometimes it’s really frustrating to me watching it because it’s so exciting and I wish I could still be in there. The whole experience is pretty exciting for me, everything from the talent, the phenomenal athleticism of the guys, the crowd reaction, and the whole vibe. I’ve been around the wrestling business since 1984 and I have never seen anything as cool and smooth as this. I think it’s just scratching the surface of what’s to come and it’s only going to grow. The whole concept of how they do the TV show and how we are going to take a break, nothing like this has ever been done before. You know very well that in this stage of the game it’s very hard to do something new. The way we do wrestling and the business is going to catch a fans eye and bring new people into the game. I think Lucha Underground is breaking ground and we won’t know the impact just yet since its just starting.”

Donald Wood: How about Ultima Lucha? We think of PPVs in the traditional sense as wrestling fans, but Ultima Lucha seems to be almost the culmination of a season of wrestling. What are fans in store for with such an event?

Vampiro: “Devastation. It was a wild night man let me tell you. I have seen and done a lot in this business all over and in different countries since 1984. That show we did was a pretty insane night. For me personally, I would say it was the top of the game and definitely number one. For the fans, holy s–t, that was the first time you could actually feel a building shake from the response of the fans. It was pretty intense.”

Donald Wood: Lucha Underground has really taken the wrestling world by storm and there are a lot of fans sitting on pins and needles waiting for a definitive announcement with regard to a second season. What are your impressions of how things are progressing on that front, and what’s your confidence level that a second season is going to happen?

Vampiro: “My response would be that wrestling people are pretty paranoid and insecure as a group. Pins and needles, gossip, and paranoia, it’s all unfortunately part of the game. The he said, she said, oh my god you do this, you better watch out, you’re going to get heat for that, it’s like f-cking relax dude. I have never seen anything like this from the dressing room, office, staff, writers, camera people; this is just such a f-cking cool thing. The season style is just such a cool and innovative way to do it you know what I mean? What other wrestling company takes a break when they are at their peak? It’s never been done before. If you were an investor, don’t matter if you’re a f–king billionaire dude, if you had 28 or 38 million dollars invested in something, would you do that because you’re a wrestling fan, or would you do it because straight up you have a 7 to 12 year plan that’s going to school it? I think I would put my vote on the 7 to 12 year plan. I think guys with 28 million dollars would have something better to do with it than just throw it away because they want to see a couple of guys take bumps. That’s just me though. So my confidence is pretty high is what I’m trying to say.

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​WWE Diva Natalya Discusses The WWE NXT Women’s Division, Total Divas Returning & More

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The Miami Herald recently interviewed WWE Diva Natalya, who discussed the new season of Total Divas. Below are some highlights.

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Natalya on the NXT women’s division: “It was has been so interesting to watch this NXT division evolve because when you are in WWE we are all in the same tree. I feel like people on the main roster are not the only divas. The NXT divas are divas, too. I feel like we are all under this same umbrella. We are part of the WWE umbrella, so to be able to work with the girls of NXT on their show, it was awesome. Triple H and I actually had an in-depth conversation about this. Triple H believes that it’s the stories. The women are being allowed to tell stories. They are getting build and time to tell the story. It’s the story more than the wrestling.”

On the new season of Total Divas: “There is no season that can compare to this season coming up because the crazy drama that happened was more explosive than anything we’ve had in the first three seasons. The drama is still going on. I’ve always said there is no place more dangerous than the diva’s division. There is no place more dangerous in the WWE than in the diva’s locker room. I truly believe that, especially this season. The lines in the sand have been drawn. There are two different sides. It’s like every girl on the show from me to Paige to the Bellas to Alicia Fox. We all have our own opinions of where we stand with the situation. It’s just crazy to me that it has become so divided. So I’m hoping everyone can work it out. It’s gotten very uncomfortable in the locker room. Even the events that we do, it’s uncomfortable doing them because of where people stand on the situation.”

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