• What Did Bret Hart Say To Roman Reigns 7 Years Ago Today After WrestleMania 31?
7 Years ago today, WrestleMania 31 took place. This event featured Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns facing each other for the first time ever.
This was also Roman’s 1st ever WrestleMania main event.
In April 2017, Roman appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast and discussed this match with Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Below are the highlights:
On what was it like to work with Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman:
“No, it wasn’t easy, by any means. But the thing I had a lot of confidence in is I knew it was just going to be a fight. I knew it was going to be brutal and I like that sh*t.
Like, hey, if you want to bang, I’m all for it. I’m never scared. But it was just weird. It really was. It was last minute. It was one of those deals where it wasn’t a lot of talking, didn’t seem open to ideas because, essentially, in their minds, and when I say ‘their minds’ I say Brock and Paul, which, that is a powerful pairing right there.
But those two, they’re something else. They wanted to kill me. They were convinced however many people were there 80,000, whatever, they wanted to see me get crushed. They were there and they just want to see Roman get his a$$ beat. And I can’t disagree with them, but brother has got to fight. Hey, you can kick my a$$ all you want, but I’m going to fight.”
I knew he wanted to get straight to the Suplex City, and I was like, ‘f**k it. Here we go!’ And nobody does this, like, it was ‘ding, ding, ding’ and I went right into him.
For me, it was just about taking that a$$-whooping and I’m thankful to Brock because he has got a name. Brock is legit, ‘I’ll break your face and I’m not scared to go in there and have someone break mine’. I’ve seen him crush people. I’ve seen him get his a$$ whooped too, by who was it? Cain Velasquez or whatever.
But just to have the balls to go out there and like do that, you’ve got to be a man and I respect him, I respect his name, and the fact that he went out there and he built it.”
On what Bret Hart said to him in the WrestleMania 31 after-party:
“The coolest part of that match was, I got to the after-party and I walk in, me and my wife, and the first person I randomly see is Bret Hart. He just shook my hand and he goes, ‘instant classic’. He was like, ‘there will never be another one like it.’
I’m proud of that match. I don’t know if it was like…I don’t know if it’s my favorite of all of them, but, like, I think it might be my best one. Like, story-wise and just the moment, and the crowd switched and with Seth Rollins coming, it had a little bit of everything. It was just really good. It was really good business.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN NWA HISTORY (March 29, 1986) – NWA World Wide Wrestling
On this day in 1986, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Wide Wrestling’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments featuring the 1986 NWA Wrestling Superstars.
The card can be found below:
– Pez Whatley vs. Golden Terror
– Jimmy Valiant vs. Ron Rossi
– Midnight Express vs. Ligon/Zane
– The Italian Stallion & Rocky Kernodle vs. Thunderfoot & Leo Burke
– Jimmy Garvin vs. George South
– Ron Garvin vs. Mike Simani
– Arn Anderson vs. Mark Fleming