• Scott Steiner Recalls Creating The ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Character
During a recent interview with Wrestlinginc, former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner recalled creating the ‘Big Poppa Pump’ character, his favourite times in pro wrestling & more.
Below are the highlights:
On creating the ‘Big Poppa Pump’ character:
“It was a culmination of my career. I first started pro wrestling right after I got out of college at the University of Michigan so I was in that frame of mind where I wanted to wrestle with my brother. After I changed my hairstyle, became a ‘bad guy’ and became ‘Big Poppa Pump’ that was kind of the way I thought at the time. There were a lot of politics and bulls**t in wrestling. That was the way my mind was. People seemed to like it, and took off with it. My interviews were the way I thought and the way I came across it seemed believable because that was the way I was thinking. The fans got with it and liked it.”
On his favourite times in pro wrestling:
“I think the moment sticks out when you win the World Title and World Tag Team Titles. Things like that. The nWo was the greatest time in professional wrestling because we were going into mixed stadiums like the Georgia Dome. That was one of the greatest times in pro wrestling and was the most profitable time in pro wrestling. That was the best, and unfortunately, unless another television company gets involved with pro wrestling that time will never return again.
Another thing that sticks out was when we went to North Korea with 193,000 people for three nights. That will be a record that would be hard to break. It was for New Japan Pro Wrestling. That was the best period that sticks out to me, but it is always great when the house is packed. Makes it fun for everybody.”
• Daniel Cormier Reveals The One Condition Where He’ll Refuse To Fight Brock Lesnar
During the UFC 226 post-fight press conference, the new UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier revealed the one condition where he’ll refuse to fight Brock Lesnar and that is Lesnar cheating (drug use).
Cormier, who was knocked out by Jon Jones at UFC 214 and later it was revealed that Jones had failed a drug test, made it clear that Brock would have to undergo every drug test in order for this fight to happen (Brock failed the drug tests for his UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt).
Below is what Cormier said:
“Brock’s gotta be clean. I’m not gonna fight him if he’s not clean. We’ll do USADA testing and we’ll do other testing. We’ll do testing above USADA to make sure that this man’s clean. I’m not gonna fight him if he’s cheating. I’ve done that on a number of occasions already. I don’t want to fight him if he’s dirty. Do it the right way.
I want him tested all the time. He’s gonna be getting tested even if I gotta pay for it. We’ll get him tested as often as we need to to make sure he’s clean.”