• “It was like a retired guy trying to sound gangster” – Roman Reigns On The Undertaker’s Comments
As we all know by now, The Undertaker called current WWE product “soft” during his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience and also said that he’s not a fan of the current locker room atmosphere (where wrestlers play video games) and prefers his old school locker room.
Goldberg agreed with Taker during his appearance on WWE’s After The Bell podcast this week.
During an interview on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns had the following to say about Undertaker and Goldberg’s comments:
“We do the same job. It’s not like the bumps got any worse or any better. You’re always hearing ‘a drop kick was a finish back in my time.’ A dropkick is like the second move you see in a wrestling match nowadays. We’re doing a lot more. And sometimes I think we’re a lot more physical.
And because the audience has seen so much more, we have to do a little more in order to peak their interest, in order to show them something different.
What we call a false finish, a pin that people believe will be the final move of a match, we go through those like Steamboat-Savage. You’ll see that on a SmackDown. You’ll see 15 false finishes on a SmackDown.
It’s strange. I really feel like he misspoke. Because Mark [Calaway] is a really good guy. He’s very knowledgable. Obviously, he has a ton of respect for the business. Goldberg is just Goldberg. Who cares? But he’s talking about guns and knives in the locker room.
Come on. You guys travel just like we did. Did you really get that stuff through security? TSA was just letting everything happen back then?
I choose to play video games sometimes on my own time. I don’t do it at work. As you can see, some of my character is based around it. I’ve always been one that networked and politicked and tried to communicate and work while I’m at work. Some guys choose to stay in the locker room. And for guys like the New Day who are uberly talented, they can get away with that.
I hope the younger guys in the locker room don’t fall into that because we’re not all the same. I have to put my whole mind into work as I come to work on a Friday. Sometimes my wife has to tell me to shut it off. She’ll be like, ‘Stop, be at home, be present.’ Because I can’t turn it off sometimes and I think to be at the highest level of anything, you have to be borderline obsessive.
So, yeah, I don’t always think there’s room for video games in the locker room, but when we’re running our regular touring system and it’s a live event and there’s nowhere to go, you got kicked out of the hotel because you couldn’t get the late check out, you already hit the gym, you already picked up your food and you’re sitting in the locker room, I’d rather my guys be playing video games than breaking into a bag of some sort.
It’s a different time and I think we’re smarter. I think you’re gonna see that from the financial side of it, from how we save our money, how we prepare for the future, having a life after the business when we can’t fall down anymore to our actual health.
I think it was just like a retired guy trying to sound gangster.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 29, 1983) – WWF Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1983, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Championship Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments involving the 1983 WWF Superstars.
Here’s the card:
Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco
Ivan Koloff vs. Barry Hart
Ray Stevens vs. S.D. Jones
Buddy Rose vs. Pete Sanchez
Tony Garea & Eddie Gilbert vs. Charlie Fulton & Mac Rivera
Big John Studd vs. Miguel Feliciano