Below are the top pro-wrestling (WWE & AEW) news stories of the day:
• Shawn Michaels Reveals What He Told Triple H After Heart Procedure
WWE Hall Of Famer Triple H underwent a heart procedure a few months ago, and hasn’t returned full-time to his backstage WWE job yet.
Triple H runs NXT (now NXT 2.0) along with Shawn Michaels & other team members.
During a recent interview with Jim Varsallone, HBK revealed what he told his fellow DX member after the heart procedure:
“I’ve told him, ‘I don’t care how good you are, you stay away, get healthy, concentrate on you’.
The thing is, he put in a fabulous team here, and that’s why it’s able to continue on without him because he put phenomenal people in place.
The team he put in place was prepared for these kind of days, and we want him to get healthy.”
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• “WWE has become a victim in many respects of its own massive, global success” – Eric Bischoff
During a recent interview on former WWE announcer Renee Young’s Oral Sessions podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff talked about WWE and the reason why their product isn’t what it used to be.
Bischoff basically blamed WWE’s past success for what they eventually ended up becoming, but he wouldn’t be Easy E if he wouldn’t have the solution for their issues.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“I think TV needs to change, especially episodic TV that’s on 52 weeks a year, particularly when you’ve got the sheer volume 5 hours in prime time, two of those on a major network. It’s a lot of content, and that’s part of the challenge, I think.
WWE has become a victim in many respects of its own success, massive, global success. But because they’re servicing that massive, global appetite, they’ve got to keep moving fast. They’ve got to move fast. I think there’s always an urgency when you’re trying to keep up with how TV audiences are changing, how the competitive landscape is changing.
And when you’re faced with the sheer volume of content that WWE produces and the natural evolution of the audience and the entertainment that it searches for, it’s tough to actually get anything done. Because in order to effect a change and determine whether it’s a good or bad change, you have to give it time.
It’s not like flipping a switch. You can’t walk into a dark room, flip on a switch and go, ‘Oh, I can see everything now.’ Sometimes you got to let the audience adapt to the change in order to register whether it’s a good change or not.”
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• “What kind of delusional nonsense is that?” – Eric Bischoff Reacts To Recent Incident With Madusa
On a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff revealed that former WCW Women’s Wrestler Madusa (aka Alundra Blayze in the WWF) seemed to have some memory issues on a recent Q&A panel, which they attended together.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“Here’s a funny thing about Madusa. I did a show with Madusa a couple of weeks ago in Milwaukee, and Madusa was absolutely convinced that I was the one that dropped the belt in the trash. We were doing a Q&A in a panel in front of a bunch of people, and Madusa is going, ‘I didn’t do it, you did it’.
I said, ‘Madusa, it was your idea, number one, not mine. And number two, you’re the one that dropped it in the trash’, and she denied it. Like she is in some kind of delusional alternate universe because she didn’t want the heat from being actually the person that dropped it in the trash. So, she tried to fade that heat to me.
I didn’t understand it at all, and low and behold, I went back and looked at the clip, and indeed, it was Madusa. It was Madusa who dropped the WWE Women’s Championship in the garbage. Disgusting thing to do! Disgusting! And then, even more disgusting, she tries to blame it on me. What kind of delusional nonsense is that?
Oh yeah, she is not opposed at all of making money off of it, but she wants to put the heat on me because she doesn’t remember anything the way it actually happened. She is delusional. Go ahead and sign little miniature trash cans. I don’t care. But damn, at least be honest about this stuff.”
Madusa wrestled for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling from 1991 until 1993 and again from 1995 till she retired in 2001.
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• “He had money dripping off of him” – Hall Of Famer On Seeing Hulk Hogan & The Rock For The 1st Time Ever
On a recent episode of the ‘Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw’ video podcast, Old School WWF Legend The Honky Tonk Man revealed his reaction of seeing Hulk Hogan for the first time, as well as him having the exact same reaction when he – several years later of course – saw Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for the first time.
Here’s what the longest Intercontinental Champion in history had to say:
“[Hogan] drew one hell of a house down there in Dothan, Alabama with Harley Race, they were at the football stadium there turning people away.
16-18,000 People they packed in there for that thing. I knew the minute I saw him though, I knew the minute I saw this boy walk in, he had this thing about him. I mean he had money dripping off of him.
It was like looking at that boy The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, that kid he had money dripping off of him at 12 years old. He was just that kind of kid. They just have it, some guys just have it.”
The Honky Tonk Man wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 until early 1991 and returned as a manager from 1997 till 1998.
He later appeared sporadically on WWE TV & PPVs between 2008 and 2013, before finally taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019.
WATCH: Brooke Hogan’s (Hulk Hogan’s Daughter) Private Photos Leaked:
• “I don’t think it’s right” – Ric Flair On Steve Austin Not Owning The ‘Stone Cold’ Nickname Trademark
On a recent episode of his new ‘Wooooo Nation Uncensored’ podcast, 2-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair revealed that Steve Austin does not own the trademark of his ‘Stone Cold’ nickname.
According to Flair, Austin doesn’t seem to own his intellectual property, but WWE does.
Here’s what The Nature Boy said:
“Steve doesn’t own Stone Cold, believe it or not, I don’t think it’s right and he should have it but when they get a hold of it, they’re going to keep it. They have their reasons and I’m not the one making those calls. I own my stuff.”
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• Former WWE Superstar Blames Evolution For Team Angle’s Split-Up
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, WWE Ruthless Aggression Era Veteran Charlie Haas talked about his WWE career and how he started out as a member of Team Angle, alongside Shelton Benjamin and WWF Legend Kurt Angle.
Here’s what Haas had to say about the former stable:
“It should have been longer. What people do not get is, at the time, we were getting hot on Team Angle on Friday Night SmackDown. Who was getting hot on Monday Night RAW? That was Evolution.
But when they have 4 guys and you have 3, when they do the mixed pay-per-views, we were getting better reactions than them. I really do not care what they say, you can ask Kurt Angle that, Shelton may not say because he is with WWE now, but we were getting a better reaction than they were.
I think that had a lot to do with, ‘okay, now it is time to split them’ because they kept Evolution going. That is just the way it is.”
Team Angle formed on SmackDown in December of 2002 and was managed by none other than Paul Heyman.
In June 2003, Haas & Benjamin were fired from the group and went on to be known as ‘The World’s Greatest Tag Team’ from that point onwards.
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• Shawn Michaels Makes A Bold Claim About NXT 2.0
During a recent interview on the Jim Varsallone podcast, Old School WWF Legend Shawn Michaels spoke about the current product and direction of the weekly NXT 2.0 TV show, which is WWE’s developmental brand.
The Heartbreak Kid currently works backstage as a writer and producer for the NXT 2.0 brand, and he went on to claim in this interview that NXT 2.0 is the only wrestling brand that produces real young and fresh talent.
Here’s what the 2-time WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“One of the really cool buzzwords…is ‘producing new, young, fresh superstars,’ and they are actually people who have been around for 10 or 15 years and are just now making it onto television.
We are the only brand in the entire world that is bringing real, true to life, young, fresh men and women that are going to be the stars of RAW and SmackDown in the next 5 to 10 years. It’s just that simple. It starts all here.
Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, Grayson Waller, numerous other people where you are watching their first, second, third, tenth matches. Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, they are going to go out there at WarGames, one of our biggest shows of the year, and it’s their 10th to 15th match.
Nobody has been thrown into the deep end like these young men and women have. They’ve done a fantastic job and it’s awesome to see.”
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• Jeff Hardy Sent Home By WWE
As we reported before, Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy & Xavier Woods defeated The Bloodline (Universal Champion Roman Reigns & SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos) in a 6-man tag team match in the main event of Saturday’s WWE Live Event in Edinburg, Texas.
Hardy spent most of his time inside the ring during this match, getting worked by Reigns & The Usos.
You can watch it below:
Jeff reportedly became more sluggish as the match went on. He then tagged in McIntyre and left the match. Hardy went to the back through the crowd with security guarding him. He didn’t return for the post-match victory celebration.
According to PWInsider, WWE sent Jeff Hardy home and he didn’t work tonight’s Live Event at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was replaced by Rey Mysterio.
No word yet on what exactly happened to Jeff, but we’ll keep you updated.
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