– Another WWF Legend Returning To In-Ring Action
Old School WWF Legend Triple H will be returning to in-ring action at a WWE Live Event in Santiago, Chile. This will be Triple H’s first match since WrestleMania 33 (where he lost to Seth Rollins). Below is what he tweeted:
— Triple H (@TripleH) October 21, 2017
– Triple H Reveals His Favorite Match
During a recent interview for Facebook Live in India, 14 time World Champion “The Game” Triple H talked about his favorite match, his favorite wrestlers & more. Below are the highlights:
On his favorite performer in Pro-Wrestling:
“My favorite competitor of all time is probably Shawn Michaels, just I know he’s one of my best friends and I just think he’s one of the greatest performers of all time. If I had to pick somebody, overall it would be Ric Flair. Modern Shawn would be my favorite, but if I had to choose an all-time favorite, it would be Ric Flair.”
On his favorite opponent & match:
“I had a lot of tough battles with Mick Foley, but if I had to pick one, it would be The Undertaker. He’s just a legend and getting in the ring with him at high profile events, nobody’s better. Hell In A Cell, WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee, it’s probably one of the most significant matches of my career completely from a meaning standpoint. It was called ‘End Of An Era’ and it was.
There was a moment with the three of us standing on stage together after that match was over and that was very real to us and it’s still very meaningful. I have that picture in my office and I made a plaque with all… for all three of us that has that picture and memorabilia from the match. It was very important and very meaningful to all three of us.”
On who came up with The Pedigree:
“The Pedigree was something that I came up with, but the name actually came from Michael Hayes of The Fabulous Freebirds. When I started in WWE, I was ‘The Greenwich Blue-blood’ and I was doing that move and they needed a name for it. And he thought it felt like handing someone their pedigree and that became the name, so Michael Hayes of The Freebirds, thank you very much.”
– Raw Star Not Happy With Her Current Position In WWE, Having A “Creative + Cash” Problem
As we noted before, Raw Star Nia Jax has been given a leave of absence and she won’t be shooting for Total Divas as well. Nia was originally scheduled to face Sasha Banks at TLC 2017, but that got changed to Sasha vs. Alicia Fox with Nia not being available.
Word going on is that Nia has a “Creative + Cash” problem, where she isn’t happy with how she’s being booked and also doesn’t like her pay.
There’s also speculation that she isn’t happy with Asuka being brought to Raw, who by the way will be booked like a bada$$ (which is kind of Nia’s character as well).
– Real Reason Behind Eric Bischoff Signing Bret Hart To WCW, Vince Russo Says Bret Was Great On The Mic
During a recent edition of “The Brand” podcast, Vince Russo, Glenn Gilbertti (WCW’s Disco Inferno) & Jeff Lane (co-host) discussed Bret Hart ripping Eric Bischoff in a recent interview. Below is the conversation:
Jeff: Bret Hart had some strong comments about Eric Bischoff this week in an interview . He was talking about WCW and he said that the money they paid him was insane. He would be flying first class, he would be in luxury cars, luxury hotels, he’d get at the arena. And then like five to ten minutes after 6:00, assuming the show starts at 8:00 if they’re Eastern, Eric would tell him that he’s off, he’s off tonight. He’s not on the show. And then he said:
“Why did I fly all the way down here and then he would tell me not to work. He would just tell me not to worry about it and enjoy the day off. I don’t have a good thing to say about Eric Bischoff or anything he ever did. Talk about the Midas touch, he was the opposite. He would kill your career. He was too stupid to know what a career was.
It’s like if you had passion for your matches, it didn’t mean anything to Eric Bischoff. He was the worst loser maggot. He was a nice enough guy, but he was just the worst. We look at wrestling today it’s like monopoly. The wrestlers have no leverage. But before, if wrestlers weren’t going to get paid you could have told them you’re going to WCW like the old days.
That was so much better for the wrestlers because we had a bargaining table. But today? No. And that’s all Eric Bischoff’s fault. He killed the wrestling business. He was the worst.”
Russo: I was there when Bret went from WWF to WCW. I was there, bro, so like I know everything that went on. Here is the bottom line, and this is why Bret’s saying what he did and that’s why I think there’s a lot of truth, I know how Bret was booked before I got there. I know how Bret was booked at the WWF before he left. It was freaking night and day. Here is the bottom line.
Eric Bischoff went after Bret Hart not because he wanted Bret Hart, because he was going after Vince McMahon. You know, Bret Hart was such a huge star and icon in the WWF. That’s what Eric Bischoff wanted. It’s not like Eric Bischoff was looking at that WWF roster and saying – “Oh my god if I could have Bret Hart here in WCW”. That’s not what he was looking at. He was looking to hurt Vince McMahon by offering, as Bret said, by offering him a truckload of money. it was another dagger in Vince McMahon’s heart – “Oh look we’ve got Bret Hart now”.
He never cared about Bret Hart to wrestle. I sincerely doubt that Eric Bischoff was even aware of anything Bret did creatively at the WWF. I can guarantee you he didn’t see 90% of it. Because if you look at how he was booked there compared to what we did with him at the WWF, I mean, bro, it’s like all of a sudden the star of the movie had a walk-on role. I mean that’s literally what happened to Bret at WCW.
Russo: Nobody ever talks about Bret’s mic skills. Bro, I guarantee outside of a couple of guys at WWE right now, maybe The Miz and maybe Cena, Bret Hart was great on the mic.
Glenn: His interviews were never that entertaining like catchphrases. What he did have was is a level of seriousness in his tone of voice that strengthened the angle that he was in. A lot of guys don’t have that these days.
Jeff: And not only the believability in the promo, you look at his in-ring work. I guarantee you if you took somebody who’d never seen professional wrestling and you show them like a match from today, they’ll see it okay this doesn’t look real but then you can show them a Bret Hart match and they might be thinking this one is real. Because he looks that believable in the ring and I always thought that.