Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com WWE In Serious Talks With Tapout Clothing For Sponsorships http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/wwe-in-serious-talks-with-tapout-clothing-for-sponsorships/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/wwe-in-serious-talks-with-tapout-clothing-for-sponsorships/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:20:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172585 What would the deal be?

WWE is apparently in talks with clothing brand Tapout for a partnership of some sort.

Tapout was once a major sponsor of UFC for Mixed Martial Arts attire and equipment. However, UFC has made an exclusive deal with Reebok that locks out Tapout for the forseeable future. This obviously has had a massive negative impact on Tapout’s business.

Tapout was founded by Charles Lewis, who built the company on grassroots MMA, has few options for major deals like this, and WWE was a natural partner.

While nothing is set yet, there is definitely talk that a partnership could be in the works for sometime soon.

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Dolph Ziggler News: Punished By WWE Management For Comedy Shows http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/dolph-ziggler-news-punished-by-wwe-management-for-comedy-shows/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/dolph-ziggler-news-punished-by-wwe-management-for-comedy-shows/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:44:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172582

What did he do?

Dolph Ziggler recently lost the WWE Intercontinental Title on Raw to Wade Barrett, and has subsequently been fired in the storyline.

Ziggler has been active on Twitter and at improv clubs working on stand up comedy. He had one show in California recently at Second City Hollywood that he booked outside of his WWE commitments.

It is because of this appearance, that some WWE insiders are saying Dolph was booked to lose the title.

According to a post on Reddit by user metsfan4Ever, a supposed WWE insider, that comedy gig was “a main reason why he dropped the I.C. title on Raw.”

Apparently Ziggler booked the event without going through WWE offices.

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WWE News: Additional Names For WWE Raw Reunion Show http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/wwe-news-additional-names-for-wwe-raw-reunion-show/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/wwe-news-additional-names-for-wwe-raw-reunion-show/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:21:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172577
Now who’s coming to the show?

WWE Monday Night Raw on January 19, 2015 is set to be a big reunion show.

Currently, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are both scheduled for the show, along with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels.

Now, four more names can be added to the list.

  • Ron Simmons
  • Jimmy Hart
  • Billy Gunn
  • Sean Waltman

There are more names and surprises still to be announced as well.

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Chris Jericho News: Fozzy, WWE, Rock vs Wrestling Fans http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/chris-jericho-news-fozzy-wwe-rock-vs-wrestling-fans/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/18/chris-jericho-news-fozzy-wwe-rock-vs-wrestling-fans/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:11:34 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172571 What does Y2J have to say?

In a recent interview, Chris Jericho spoke candidaly about his band Fozzy and the relationship between wrestling and rock.

Jericho on how pro wrestling prepared him for rock and roll:
Well, actually, it was almost the other way around. I was playing in bands when I was 12. That’s when I first started in bands. But both are aggressive forms of entertainment contingent on energy and excitement. You express yourself. You get your aggression out. And both hinge on the reactions you get from the crowds. I love a good performer and I loved the great frontmen like Freddie Mercury, David Lee Roth, and I wanted to be that style of performer. I wanted to be the Paul Stanley of wrestling.

Jericho on his theme music:
I’ve had the same song since 1999 and that will never change. I love the attitude of it. When I first came to the WWE, I sat down with the music department. Introducing yourself, you need to always pick something that is indicative of what you are as a performer and you have to be really, really careful.

Jericho on if fans of Fozzy are wrestling fans:
No. We have fans that have no idea about wrestling. But a lot of people are wrestling fans and see us because they’re Jericho fans, but we don’t care. We just want people to come and check out the band. The wrestling thing can only go so far. You know, we wouldn’t be playing with Metallica or Slayer or Theory of a Deadman if we weren’t a great band. I don’t want people coming to our shows just to see Jericho if the band isn’t good, because then it’s like, ‘Oh great, I saw Jericho but that band was shit.’ You have to have great songs. And some people are still like, ‘Oh, Fozzy is a wrestling thing. It’s a novelty,’ and they come just to see Jericho, but then they hear us—and I get this all the time—they hear us and say, ‘Wow! I can’t believe Fozzy is so good.’ You just have to listen to us. This is not a joke. I want to be a rock star. We kick ass and we know it. And it doesn’t matter if I’m a butcher or a baker or a candlestick maker.

Check out the full interview at Noisey
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WWE News: Heath Slater Charges Dropped, Drastically Changed MSG House Show Card For February http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-news-heath-slater-charges-dropped-drastically-changed-msg-house-show-card-for-february/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-news-heath-slater-charges-dropped-drastically-changed-msg-house-show-card-for-february/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:42:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172580 Some weekend news and notes…

Heath Slater, who had been subject to an investigation surrounding assault charges, had those charges dropped. The judge in the case basically felt the statute of limitation for the charges had run out. While the incident happened in 2011, alleged victim Corrine Oliver didn’t press charges until late 2014.

WWE has applied for a trademark for the name “Bragging Rights”, which could indicate that talks to resurrect the brand split could have merit.

The next WWE house show in Madison Square Garden is set for February 27, 2015, and has a completely revamped lineup.

The theme of the house show is now “Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night” with a tag team main event of John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & U.S. champion Rusev. One has to wonder if that indicates Cena/Rusev and Roman/Bray matches at Wrestlemania 31.

Other matches for MSG are Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins & Kane, as well as Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro.

Chris Jericho is scheduled for the show as well.

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Kevin Nash News: Invited To Raw By HBK, Now Scheduled For Show http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/kevin-nash-news-invited-to-raw-by-hbk-now-scheduled-for-show/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/kevin-nash-news-invited-to-raw-by-hbk-now-scheduled-for-show/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:15:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172574
The non-saga has a happy ending

Kevin Nash will indeed be at WWE Monday Night Raw next week for the Raw Reunion show.

Nash was reinstated by WWE and was added back the Raw Reunion show.

Nash tweeted:

then Shawn Micahels replied

WWE is promoting a big WWE Raw Reunion show for next week in Dallas. The show was originally supposed to be an nWo Reunion show, but was changed after Kevin Nash got into legal troubles.

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Harlem Heat Doing Reunion, More On Booker T’s Return To Commentating http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/harlem-heat-doing-reunion-more-on-booker-ts-return-to-commentating/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/harlem-heat-doing-reunion-more-on-booker-ts-return-to-commentating/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:43:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172560 Former WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat will be reuniting on a show in February.

Booker T & Stevie Ray, who held the WCW Tag Team Titles a record 10 times between 1994 and 1999 will be in the ring together for the first time in about 15 years. Booker T (49) and Stevie Ray (55) are real life brothers but Stevie Ray was never brought on by WWE.

The match will be on Booker T’s promotion – Reality of Wrestling – against the New Jersey-based Heavenly Bodies on February 21, 2015.

Booker T was also added back to the full time announce team on Monday Night Raw. WWE officials are hoping he will be a more aggressive positive voice to tangle with JBL. Lawler was too passive and not strong enough and was often overpowered by JBL’s strong commentary style, and many felt Booker T was more up to the task.
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WWE Considering New Brand Split For 2015 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-considering-new-brand-split-for-2015/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-considering-new-brand-split-for-2015/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:22:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172562 brandsplit

Could WWE be bringing it back?

There are some indications that WWE is bringing back a brand split for 2015.

For many years, WWE had separate rosters of wrestlers that appeared exclusively on Raw and Smackdown. Over the last few years it was quietly phased out, but there are some indications that WWE is looking to bring it back for 2015.

One of the pitches WWE had for moving Smackdown to Thursday was to assure Syfy that the show would be promoted strongly and be a focus for WWE booking.

WWE made a change to move around the announce teams, seeing Jerry Lawler move to Smackdown to signal to casual fans that the show is important.

Daniel Bryan was promoted to return to the ring on Smackdown for the Thursday debut. Then on the show, he did a storyline with HHH that resulted in a match being booked for later in the show. Then a followup Bryan vs. Kane match was made for the following week’s Smackdown, where if Bryan doesn’t win, he is out of the Royal Rumble match. This change – making Smackdown storylines that skip Raw – is the first step in the separation of the brands in a more official way.

There is talk in creative now about exactly how the brand split will work. It might end up being similar to the past with strictly separate rosters. Or something “softer” that would have guys that predominantly appear on one show or the other but nothing is completely official.

The show hovers in a high 1.0 to low 2.0 rating from week to week. WWE officials are hoping to steady the rating about 2.0 and more towards 2.5. At that point it would be very close to Raw’s rating on a normal week as well.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2015 PPV: Latest Card w/3 Matches, 10 Rumble Participants http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-royal-rumble-2015-ppv-latest-card-w3-matches-10-rumble-participants/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/wwe-royal-rumble-2015-ppv-latest-card-w3-matches-10-rumble-participants/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:55:36 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172551

The card is still light with 1 week to go…

Here is the latest card for WWE Royal Rumble 2015, which is only about 9 days away on PPV/WWE Network.

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match
Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins w/J&J Security

WWE Tag Team Title Match
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (c) w/Naomi vs. The Miz & Damien Sandow

2015 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

  1. Daniel Bryan
  2. Roman Reigns
  3. Big Show
  4. Kane
  5. Rusev
  6. Bad News Barrett
  7. Bray Wyatt
  8. Dean Ambrose
  9. Goldust
  10. Stardust

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Seth Rollins News: WWE Royal Rumble Triple Threat, Cena, Lesnar, Smackdown Moving To Thursday http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/seth-rollins-news-wwe-royal-rumble-triple-threat-cena-lesnar-smackdown-moving-to-thursday/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/17/seth-rollins-news-wwe-royal-rumble-triple-threat-cena-lesnar-smackdown-moving-to-thursday/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:13:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172555

The Rack Hosted by Lindsey Ward & Sir Rockin

Heard Live Thursday Night at 10pm ET on www.wildtalkradio.com & www.rackradioshow.com

Check Out The Interview Here: http://wildtalkradio.com/rocknsock/therack/therack011515.mp3

Former Tag Team Champion, current ‘Money in the Bank’ contract holder and the Architect of The Shield, Seth Rollins joined “Multi-time Award Winning” the Rack Thursday Night. In a nearly 10 minute interview, he discussed what it was like to be in the ring and curb stomping both Brock Lesnar and John Cena on RAW, his thoughts on Smackdown moving to Thursdays, who is he looking forward to working with from NXT in the future, his favorite Smackdown moment and what it was like working with The Undertaker, his reaction to Randy Savage going into the Hall of Fame in 2015, what he likes to do on his days off and so much more.

What it was like to be standing over both Cena and Lesnar at the end of RAW:
You know, it felt good; those big nights you were referring to are starting to pile up here and I’m starting to have them more and more and more. Last night on RAW, surely, standing over both John Cena and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, was a feat that, honestly, I don’t think there are any other men that can say they’ve done that; I might be the only one in the history of the WWE, so that’s quite monumental.

On his championship Triple Threat match at the Royal Rumble:
My strategy for this match is to go in full boar, 100 percent, 110 percent, whatever you want to call it and try to win the match. If things don’t work out and I don’t end up winning, the odds are against me for sure, I have back-up plans. I always got a Plan B and that is my Money in the Bank briefcase. It’s an unprecedented situation; I don’t think it the history of the Money in the Bank briefcase contract scenario that you’ve had a challenger with two opportunities essentially to win the title, so it should be a very interesting Royal Rumble. I think the fans are going to be at the edge of their seats the whole time.

What it’s like working with both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on TV weekly:
Oh, they’re phenomenal; two of the greatest mind in the history of our industry. You’ve got one, born and bred a McMahon so she knows all there is to know about what we do and she knows all the little tricks of the trade. She sees things from a completely different perspective, so you have that. On the other hand, you have ‘The Cerebral Assassin’, a man who’s been WWE Champion multiple times, who is clearly the heir-apparent to the company itself and already running the ship for the most part. There are really no better mentors; if you’re not learning something every single day, every single time you go out there, then you’re really just making a mistake trying to progress yourself. If people have kept track over the past 6-8 months, they’ll have noticed a lot of improvements in my game, at least I have, and a lot of that is due to having Triple H and Stephanie on my side, nurturing me all the way through.

On Triple H following his progress through NXT, The Shield and now:
Yeah, clearly, the man has an eye for talent, you know? It’s been good; NXT was a good experience for me. We were really the first group of guys who were involved in that project and if you look at what it’s become now, it’s pretty impressive to think about where it started and how it began, very humbly, in a warehouse in Tampa and now, basically, it’s its own brand. To have Triple H’s support, through and through the entire way, has meant more to me than people will ever understand. It’s really helped position me to where I want to be and helped me grow as a person and as a performer.

Is there anyone in the new crop of NXT talent that he’s looking forward to facing in the future:
I have a lot of friends down there; a lot of people who I traveled the road with in my previous life and I think those guys, the Adrian Nevilles and Sami Zayns, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Kevin Overs; these are the guys obviously making a name for themselves now in NXT. There’s also a lot of young guys too, who are pushing the envelope as well, really trying to make a name for themselves in the shadow, a little bit, of some of those bigger names.

You’ve got someone like CJ Parker, who’s been down in NXT for a while making waves. You’ve got Tyler Breeze, who is on the cusp of something big and stuff like that. So, there’s a lot of talent down there; I’m looking forward to seeing how the landscape up here in the WWE looks like in 2-5 years, with all of those names I mentioned, up here working with us. It’s going to be a very interesting period for the future of WWE.

If the shift of Smackdown to Thursdays gives people like yourself a chance to be the one the show is built around, like Edge and Undertaker in the past:
I would like to assume that both RAW and Smackdown will be built around me from this day forward, or maybe from the Royal Rumble forward. I talk a lot about how the future is now, well I’m not the future anymore; the present is upon us and I am a major part of that. Smackdown moving back to Thursday nights, where it originally began, is really exciting for me just because that’s the night I used to watch it when I was younger; all the stuff with The Rock, Edge and Christian, Eddie Guerrero and my *ahem* security guard Joey Mercury also played a huge role on Smackdown during that time as well. It’s an awesome move; I’m looking forward to reaching into another night in the week and just seeing what that brings and what that holds for us as a company moving forward. It’s going to be good for everybody involved.

On his favorite Smackdown Moment:
Man, there’s a lot of really good ones; I would be hard pressed not to say that one of my own personal favorite moments is me powerbombing the Undertaker through a table, that’s pretty iconic as far as a Smackdown Moment gets. If I’m going to reach back in the vault, I’m going probably to the very first Smackdown with the Shawn Michaels superkick on the Rock, that was pretty awesome and I’m a big Shawn Michaels fan, so when Rock is going for the People’s Elbow and Shawn just clocked him in the tooth, I thought that was pretty sweet.

What was it like finding out he’d get to work with the Undertaker on Smackdown:
It’s one of those things where you don’t even really think that’s ever going to happen to you in your career and not because.. I expected the level of success I have but I expected Undertaker to be long gone by the time I came around and the fact that he’s still here is a testament to him and the fact that we were able to, we in The Shield, were able to ascend to that level so quickly and get a chance to be in the ring with him before he stepped away is pretty awesome. Obviously, you know, he could still be around and maybe there’s a WrestleMania match for me and him in the future, but for now, I’ll definitely I’ll cherish those moments I got to spend in the ring with him.

His thoughts on the announcement of Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Class:
Yeah, my only real thought is it’s about damn time; I know there were a lot of issue with getting him into the hall and stuff like that but I’m really glad, after all these years, people made the decision that it was the right thing to do and II think everybody knew that, it was dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s a little bit and I think they put their personal pride aside and made it well known that one of the greatest of all time, the Macho Man, deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and it’s about time. I’m glad to be involved in it in some way, shape or form; just to be part of the company while that happens is pretty cool.
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TNA News: Contracts Renewed For Jeff Hardy, Gail Kim, Awesome Kong Signing Details http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/tna-news-contracts-renewed-for-jeff-hardy-gail-kim-awesome-kong-signing-details/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/tna-news-contracts-renewed-for-jeff-hardy-gail-kim-awesome-kong-signing-details/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:55:26 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172549 Who is back in TNA?

John Gaburick @JohnGaburick on Twitter announced that TNA had signed five wrestlers to contracts, including Jeff Hardy.

Jeff Hardy:

Awesome Kong:

Kenny King:

Gail Kim:

Manik:

The signing of Awesome Kong to appear on the live Wednesday Impact last week was reportedly finalized at the last minute. Despite heat in the past, TNA is reportedly happy to have Kong back on the roster, and the woman’s division is going to be a focus for 2015 for TNA.

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Goldberg News: Wants Final WWE Match, CM Punk Thoughts http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/goldberg-news-wants-final-wwe-match-cm-punk-thoughts/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/goldberg-news-wants-final-wwe-match-cm-punk-thoughts/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:47:35 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172539 goldbergbio

Bill Goldberg had some interesting comments in a recent interview, here are some highlights:

Goldberg on still being able to go in the ring:
I could still do it. I’m probably in the best shape of my life right now…I made the statement that I would never consider wrestling over the age of 40 when I was over 40 years old. Here I am two clicks away from the big one (50). Having children changes your outlook 100 percent of your life. If it came to fruition, I would seriously consider it. With that said, it’s not going to stop my heart that I didn’t attain that by any stretch of the imagination.

Goldberg on his dream match:
Who knows? I really don’t know. I wouldn’t know what they would want to do. If it was left up to me creatively, and with creative control, I think the dream match would be me and [Steve] Austin. That was the dream match 10 years ago, 15 years ago. Would it be a reality now? Probably not. Is there anyone on the current roster? I’d go with anybody. It doesn’t matter.

Goldberg on why he doesn’t usually watch wrestling on TV:
I probably watched it a handful of times since I retired. I think there is so much more on television. Number one, I don’t have the time to do it. I’m training most of the time and spending time with my family, my eight-year-old boy and beautiful wife. My life has kind of changed in that I don’t sit arbitrarily watching two hours of mindless soap opera. …We know it was a kind of a disgruntled marriage between myself and WWE. I don’t really sit down and watch the product with my son. If it was something he came up to me and asked me to do I would do it. He has yet to do it. We are a traditional sports family as of right now. Growing up, the last thing I want him to do is think he is going to become a professional wrestler at age 8. We are concentrating on Muay Thai, baseball and hopefully football here.

Goldberg’s thoughts on CM Punk moving into MMA:
It’s thinking outside the box. There are the guys who have worked their asses off on the independents and mixed martial arts organizations and get to the UFC waiting for that next big opportunity. Then here comes a guy with a zero-and-zero record and suddenly he gets the spotlight. The analogy I can give is that it was like me when I got into the wrestling business. I didn’t ‘pay my dues’ to get into the wrestling business. That didn’t mean I wasn’t able to, with the certain amount of training put a lot of asses in seats with the help of everybody else. Is it an eyebrow raiser? No question. I made the statement before that if they are able to steal a quarter of the pay-per-views from WWE and have people buying the pay-per-views for the UFC, then I believe they won. I don’t think they are going to turn any traditionalist off in that they aren’t going to buy a pay-per-view with CM Punk on it because these traditionalists and a lot of the MMA community wants to see him fail. They are going to want to see that.

Goldberg on Punk’s age and training camp:
He is in a great training camp. From what I’ve read, CM Punk is like a sponge when it comes to training. So as long as he can digest what is thrown at him, he is in a great camp. Anthony Pettis is a superstar in mixed martial arts right now. I think [Duke] Roufus was an underachiever in the kick boxing world, and he worked his ass off to obtain the level he attained as a coach. I believe he can see himself a little bit in CM Punk and work slowly with him. Age is nothing but a number. I wouldn’t be going down to Miami and be willing to train with American Top Team if I didn’t feel I had the ability to get in a cage or the ring with anybody. I’m not about emasculating myself. I’m not about doing something to waste people’s time. The fact is I train regularly. I’m looking to get better. I’m 48 years old, 12 years his senior or however it is. If I can do it at my age and seriously consider getting in there with competitive guys, he can do it.

I really do it for fun. I was supposed to train with Quinton [Rampage] Jackson. He got sick. King Mo was willing to hold pads for me at ATT. I learn the martial arts because no matter how old you are or how much you train, you don’t know it all. There is always room to grow. I’m a very competitive person. I truly believe if I didn’t do Muay Thai right now, then I would probably be in jail with my general ability to deal with the general public [humor]. For me, it’s fun and a challenge. I get hurt doing it all the time. Doesn’t make me want to stop, but makes me hungry. I have that competitive edge. I think Punk has that to. This is by no means a financial ploy for him. I think it’s something he really wanted to do for a long time. Who am I or anyone to say he can’t do it? If Dana White and UFC as a whole sees it as a smart business move and willing to take a chance on it, then why the hell not?

Check out the full interview at Miami Herald

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Chris Jericho News: WWE House Show Return, Unique Deal With No TV Appearances http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/chris-jericho-news-wwe-house-show-return-unique-deal-with-no-tv-appearances/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/chris-jericho-news-wwe-house-show-return-unique-deal-with-no-tv-appearances/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:36:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172532

What’s the latest with Y2J?

Chris Jericho debuted with WWE this weekend in 2015, doing a house show spot

He signed a unique contract that calls for 17 appearances – all at WWE Live Events and NONE on WWE TV.

Jericho started a little earlier than expected, this past weekend in Montgomery, AL.

The contract runs from January through March 1, 2015. At that point, Jericho returns to the road doing shows with his band Fozzy.

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AJ Lee News: WWE Return Planned, Injury Update http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/aj-lee-news-wwe-return-planned-injury-update/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/aj-lee-news-wwe-return-planned-injury-update/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:36:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172531

What’s up with the former Diva’s Champ?

AJ Lee has been off TV in the last few weeks. She has a neck injury and has been given time off to heal.

She is currently being advertised for the Janaury 24, 2015 show at the Izod Center in East Rutherford NJ. This is interesting because it is both her home state, but also the possible final WWE appearance at the arena, as it is closing down

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JR Blog: Lucha Underground Rumors, WWE Royal Rumble/Wrestlemania 31 Predictions, Vince McMahon’s Brass Ring http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/jr-blog-lucha-underground-rumors-wwe-royal-rumblewrestlemania-31-predictions-vince-mcmahons-brass-ring/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/jr-blog-lucha-underground-rumors-wwe-royal-rumblewrestlemania-31-predictions-vince-mcmahons-brass-ring/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172544 Jim Ross checked in with a new Friday blog, here are some highlights:

on reports of him negotiating with Lucha Underground
Word on the internet that I’m “negotiating” wit Lucha Underground which isn’t accurate whatsoever. I enjoy their show but I’ve had zero contact with any one there except Chris DeJoseph, who taped an upcoming Ross Report Podcast, (drops March 24) and Matt Striker who I worked with at Wrestle Kingdom 9. What a difference RAW is when they have their full compliment of talents available to them. I enjoyed all the chaos at the WWE Title Bout contract signing for the Royal Rumble main event featuring Lesnar vs Cena vs Rollins. This bout is unpredictable to me which adds to its marketability and appeal. I’m still thinking something big and/or quasi unexpected will happen in this match.

on Royal Rumble winner
I’ve waffled on the winner of the Rumble match itself several times, perhaps I should have been a professional politician, but my latest ‘gut feeling’ is that Daniel Bryan takes home the WM31 main event spot.

The Rumble much needs a little more steam IE momentum for my taste.

on Wrestlemania 31
Could it be Bryan vs. Rollins or even Lesnar at WM31?

If the rumors of Undertaker returning to WM31 to face Bray Wyatt are true, then it helps Wyatt amazingly well even if Bray loses. I have no info verifying his match but it’s making the rounds online.

on Vince McMahon’s Brass Ring
Been asked this a lot lately while doing media for my upcoming one man shows, do I agree with Vince McMahon’s take on talents being more motivated to ‘grab the brass ring?’ Absolutely. To me, WWE is a team with a locker room full of players wanting and needing more quality minutes which leads to more income. One has to break a few eggs to make a great omlet so to some WWE talents, get to cooking! What do you have to lose? A job that you are apparently not satisfied with doing? How can anyone be content to be just “one of the boys.”

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ
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WWE Main Event News: Show Not Likely To Return To WWE Network For Months http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/wwe-main-event-news-show-not-likely-to-return-to-wwe-network-for-months/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/wwe-main-event-news-show-not-likely-to-return-to-wwe-network-for-months/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:42:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172516

Legal problems prevent showing new episodes…

WWE Main Event is taped as the first hour of each week’s Smackdown tapings on Tuesday. It generally airs live on the WWE Network as a perk for Network subscribers.

However, as of the January 22, 2015 episode, WWE Main Event is off the WWE Network, as there is a conflict with the TV deal for Main Event in the UK territory, where the WWE Network is set to launch

Originally, WWE officials were hopeful that the legal impasse could be surpassed and that the show would be back on the network as of the January 28, 2015 episode.

Sources close to the situation indicate the contract issue between WWE and Sky Sports doesn’t at this time look like it will be resolved any time soon.

The WWE Network is a single feed – there are no restrictions on content by region. This type of technology – geoblocking – is being planned for WWE Network but isn’t in place yet. It is expected to be ready later this year, somwhere in the late summer or early fall timeframe.

Until there is a change in the contract or the geoblocking is ready, WWE Main Event is not going to air on the network.

The show will continue to be taped due to international broadcast commitments but it would have no television home in the United States, but will remain available on Hulu.

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NXT News: Next WWE Network Special/PPV Revealed http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/nxt-news-next-wwe-network-specialppv-revealed/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/nxt-news-next-wwe-network-specialppv-revealed/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:42:36 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172514 When will the next big live NXT special be?

WWE has been running semi-regular live 2-hour NXT specials as PPV-live events on WWE Network.

The last event was NXT Takeover REVolution which was a critical and fan success.

The next one was revealed at the NXT TV Tapings tonight.

NXT will next have a live special on February 11, 2015, live from Winter Park Florida.

Here is the card thusfar:

NXT Championship
Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens

NXT Woman’s Championship
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch

#1 Contender’s Match
Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville

The next NXT TV Tapings will be on February 12, 2015.

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Kevin Nash Reinstated By WWE http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/kevin-nash-reinstated-by-wwe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/kevin-nash-reinstated-by-wwe/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:42:36 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172515 Will he appear on Raw Reunion now?

Kevin Nash has been reinstated by WWE now that the domestic issues have been cleared up.

Nash was involved in a issue with his wife and son Tristan over the Christmas Holiday.

WWE issued the following statement tonight:
Now that Kevin Nash’s legal matter has been resolved with all charges being dropped, his “legends” contract has been immediately reinstated.

WWE is promoting a big WWE Raw Reunion show for next week in Dallas. The show was originally supposed to be an nWo Reunion show, but was changed after Kevin Nash got into legal troubles.

Now that the issues are cleared up, Nash could still appear on the show as a surprise.
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WWE NXT TV Tapings Results For Next 3 Weeks of NXT TV [Spoilers] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/wwe-nxt-tv-tapings-results-for-next-3-weeks-of-nxt-tv-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/16/wwe-nxt-tv-tapings-results-for-next-3-weeks-of-nxt-tv-spoilers/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:27:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172526

WWE taped the next three weeks of NXT TV, heading into the next NXT PPV Special in February:

Dark Matches

1. Solomon Crowe beat Jason Jordon. Crowe dark matches have become somewhat of a running joke by this point.

January 21, 2015 show

The show opened with a pre-tape where NXT GM William Regal announced that the next Takeover live special will take place on February 11. He also announced a tournament to determine the next No. 1 Contender to the NXT Championship.

1. Sami Zayn vs. Tye Dillinger never started. Zayn was fuming from last week’s attack by Kevin Owens so he attacked Dillinger before the bell and beat the hell out of him. Zayn called out Owens, but Regal came out instead. After some back-and-forth, Regal makes Zayn vs. Owens a match at the 2/11 Takeover.

2. Finn Bálor beat Curtis Axel in the first round of the No. 1 Contender Tournament.

3. Charlotte over Sasha Banks by DQ. Becky interfered in the match, which led to Bayley making the save. However, Bayley picked up the title belt and when Charlotte went to take it back, Bayley dropped her with the Belly-to-Bayley. (This wasn’t a heel turn as much as an angle to get Bayley over as a more serious competitor). Regal came out and announced a Fatal Four-Way for the NXT Women’s Championship at the 2/11 Takeover.

4. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy beat The Vaudevillains. [sic]

5. Hideo Itami beat Tyler Breeze in the first round of the No. 1 Contender Tournament. This one was described as ‘pretty darn good.”

January 28, 2015

1. Adrian Neville beat Tyson Kidd in the first round of the No. 1 Contender Tournament.

2. Bayley and Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch went to a double-DQ. Everyone started brawling, beginning with Bayley and Charlotte when Sasha and Becky ended up outside the ring.

3. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy defeated The Lucha Dragons to win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Yes, you read that right.

4. Baron Corbin beat Bull Dempsey in the first round of the No. 1 Contender Tournament.

There was a contract signing between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Regal said that if things got physical, he will cancel their match. Zayn cut a long promo about their history as a team and rivals; said he should’ve seen this coming but he didn’t, and now he’s going to beat the hell out of Owens. Owens noticed that the contract was for a non-title match and said he fights for the prize, and the prize is the NXT Championship, not Zayn. Zayn agrees to the stip and Regal makes Owens vs. Zayn for the NXT Championship at the 2/11 Takeover. Owens threw the pen at Zayn after signing and left while Regal held Zayn back.

February 4 show

1. Carmella defeated Emma.

2. Adrian Neville beat Baron Corbin in the semifinals of the No. 1 Contender’s Tournament. Bull Dempsey rammed Corbin into the ringpost, leading to Neville hitting the Red Arrow for the win. This was Corbin’s first loss since his re-debut. By virtue of this win, Adrian Neville advances to the finals of the tournament at the 2/11 Takeover.

3. Bayley defeated Becky Lynch. Sasha Banks cost Lynch the match and the two bickered afterward. Charlotte came out and watched from the stage as final hype for the match at the 2/11 Takeover.

4. Finn Bálor beat Hideo Itami in the semifinals of the No. 1 Contender Tournament. By virtue of this win, Bálor advances to the finals of the tournament against Adrian Neville at the 2/11 Takeover.

5. Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville defeated Kevin Owens and Tyson Kidd by DQ. Owens would not leave the ring despite not being the legal man so the referee was forced to call for the bell. Owens laid out Zayn with a powerbomb and stood over him as final hype for the 2/11 Takeover.

Note: The quality and pacing of these shows were said to be a big improvement over past tapings. Additionally, the three-show taping made for a significantly easier set to sit through and kept the crowd more energized throughout.

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TNA Status Report: Bully Ray, Ken Anderson, Chris Melendez http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/tna-status-report-bully-ray-ken-anderson-chris-melendez/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/tna-status-report-bully-ray-ken-anderson-chris-melendez/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:24:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172498 What is up with these three guys?

TNA Impact taped its first four shows for Fridays on Destination America.

Some notable recent Impact Wrestling wrestlers were not part of the tapings.

Bully Ray, along with Devon, has not resigned with TNA since the TV station change. He was one of the TNA wrestlers on a pretty lucrative guaranteed contract, and those types of deals are not really in play for TNA in 2015. However, there are still ongoing talks and many expect that Bully, if not Devon too, will end up in TNA this year.

Both Ken Anderson and Chris Melendez missed the early tapings, however they are part of the new TNA. The duo was with Dixie Carter in Los Angeles doing PR for the company at a Television Critics Association event.

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Triple H News: Randy Savage, WWE Network, What He Looks For In Talent http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/triple-h-news-randy-savage-wwe-network-what-he-looks-for-in-talent/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/triple-h-news-randy-savage-wwe-network-what-he-looks-for-in-talent/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:29:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172501

Triple H recently appeared on the Permission Granted Podcast, here are the highlights…

On the various hats he wears and the title at the top of his list
“Dad,” he said. He eventually tied it into the fitness DVD and said all the hats that he and his wife wear made them realize how difficult it is to find workout time. He said he and Stephanie rush home to see the kids before they go to bed, and it’s ten at night before the head downstairs to their home gym.

On what he looks for in a wrestler:
Triple H said charisma because it’s the one X Factor that you can’t teach. “All the other things can be brought out of somebody,” he said. “That’s a tough one.” He mentioned Mick Foley as being a guy who didn’t fit the typical WWE wrestler mold, but “he is charismatic, when you watch him you can’t help but be drawn into him. He’s intelligent, he speaks well, he’s humorous.”

On The WWE Network:
“We took the gamble and we’re ahead of the curve on a lot of this,” he said. He noted that others are following in their footsteps. He said Netflix has their model, but they don’t have the live stream like WWE Network does. He said it takes a while to condition fans to break from their patterns. “We’re thrilled with the progress, we’re thrilled with where it’s at, and we’re just starting to scratch the surface of where it can go.”

On wrestlers who have died young:
“To me, everybody makes personal choices in their life,” he said. “Even some of my closest friends, my best friends, made personal choices of how they wanted to live their life that I never chose, that I never went down those roads. And I will put the physicality of my career up against anybody. The majority of those guys made personal choices to live a certain way and you can’t live that way forever. It’s a short run, it’s fast and furious, and it’s a short run. Did it affect me? Absolutely. I’ve watched a lot of guys that I was close to and that I was friends with… There’s a certain point and time when even as your friends, you try to stop them, you try to talk them into it, and there’s no… And that’s not just in our business, that’s in any business. People are responsible for their own lives, their own personal decisions, how they live their life outside of a sport or a job or anything else. We try to protect our talent now in a way like never before with our wellness programs and our ability to try to stay ahead of them to see if there are problems or they are headed down a path or anything, but the reality of it is people have to be responsible for their own lives. I’ve seen this company tell guys listen, we can’t work together unless you get some help or whatever and they say, okay, great, I’m just going to leave then and I’m just going to go because this is more important to me. You can’t live somebody’s life for them and it’s tragic, and I’ve had to come to terms in my with that with some guys that were close friends of mine, but that’s just the way it is, unfortunately.”

On Randy Savage entering the WWE Hall of Fame:
“One of the biggest stars ever in the industry,” he said. “It’s so well deserved and a long time coming. I think for a lot of fans it feels like a long time coming and they are just so overwhelmed that it’s happening and I know we are and his family is. It’s just a great thing to celebrate a career like that.”
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Jim Ross News: Possible Lead Announcer For Lucha Underground http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/jim-ross-news-possible-lead-announcer-for-lucha-underground/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/jim-ross-news-possible-lead-announcer-for-lucha-underground/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:21:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172496

Lucha Underground could have a new lead announcer later in 2015.

On his podcast, Konnan talked about Ross being negotiated with to take over announcing duties on the show. The current announcers are Matt Striker and Vampiro. Ross recently worked with Striker on the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom show.

While Ross isn’t a great fit for Lucha Underground, he would be a big star to add to the mix. Ross specializes in play by play and telling the story in the ring, and some of the Lucha Underground matches veer more towards spot fests.

Lucha Underground thinks that the tradeoff of style clashes is worth it as Ross is really the voice of the generation that grew up watching wrestling.

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WWE.com: Tough Enough Returning For New Season On USA Network in 2015 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/wwe-com-tough-enough-returning-for-new-season-on-usa-network-in-2015/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/wwe-com-tough-enough-returning-for-new-season-on-usa-network-in-2015/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:09:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172492 Tough Enough will be coming back to TV. ]]> adb6ccd0-a6fe-4971-a9bf-70e87ecd253a

WWE has announced that its reality show Tough Enough will be coming back to TV.

It was rumored to be in production early on in the WWE Network lifecycle but was pulled back with cost cutting when the Network underperformed. Now it is being revived not for the Network but as additional new hours of TV as part of the NBC/Universal TV deal.

Full story from WWE.com:
USA Network President Chris McCumber has announced that groundbreaking WWE reality series “Tough Enough” will be returning to television on USA Network.

“I am pleased to announce that USA is bringing back ‘Tough Enough,’ the action-packed competition reality show from the ratings juggernaut, WWE,” McCumber said in a speech today during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “The show will have a completely new format, with live elements that will truly make this event television.”

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Daniel Bryan News: Injury Cure, Toning Down Style, Fan Support, WWE Return http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/daniel-bryan-news-injury-cure-toning-down-style-fan-support-wwe-return/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/daniel-bryan-news-injury-cure-toning-down-style-fan-support-wwe-return/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:23:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172489

In hyping his return to WWE, Daniel Bryan did an interview and was candid about his recovery and return. Here are some highlights:

on interesting treatment that cured his arm issues
I saw a naturopath who works with Carson Palmer, a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals who was having a horrible shoulder problem. He could barely even pick up a football. Then, all of a sudden, he was able to play.

That’s because he saw this guy in Denver who does something called “Muscle Activation Technique.” And so I went and saw that guy, and for the first time in months, after just one visit, I had strength in my arm.

on toning down his style
It’s hard for me to say. It’s all going to depend on how my body feels.

This has happened to me before when I was on the independents. I would go away—I wouldn’t get hurt or anything—but I’d go England for six months. And in that time period, I would be changing my style.

So, I’ve been home for eight months, watching WWE TV and seeing what I need to do to make myself better and make myself different than anyone else.

on returning to the ring with something fresh
I’m not worried about that. Especially now. I might worry about that in three or four months. But my brain works in wrestling. That’s how my brain thinks. It’s frustrating being at home, because that’s how I creatively express myself.

I’ve been coming up with wrestling ideas my entire adult life. And I’ve been doing that for the last eight months, too—I just haven’t been able to do any of them.

So, no. I’m not worried about running out of ideas and doing the same old stuff. Because it’s not going to be the same old stuff. I’m not going to be the same old Daniel Bryan. I’m going to be a different Daniel Bryan. A Daniel Bryan better suited to what’s going on in the WWE right now to make things more exciting and different.

on the fans not forgetting him
They’re constantly reminded of me. That’s different than when someone like Sheamus is out with an injury. When someone else is out, there’s just not any mention of them.

It helps that my wife is with WWE. When Brie comes out, a lot of times she’ll get “Yes” chants. And so they are reminded of me. When The Authority comes out, people are reminded about what they did to me. That’s helped keeping my name out there.

A lot of that is just luck and our fans being awesome. There are a lot of guys who have been top guys and don’t acknowledge the luck factor. (Laughs).

Check out the full interview at The Bleacher Report
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WWE News: Stephanie McMahon Reveals Reasoning Behind Elimination Chamber Being Dropped http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/wwe-news-stephanie-mcmahon-reveals-reasoning-behind-elimination-chamber-being-dropped/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/15/wwe-news-stephanie-mcmahon-reveals-reasoning-behind-elimination-chamber-being-dropped/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:23:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172483

What caused the change?

Although the Elimination Chamber PPV has been replaced by Fast Lane, it was assumed it was for booking purposes.

However, that might not be totally the case.

On a recent podcast, Stephanie McMahon revealed that the Elimination Chamber itself was the problem logisitcally.

The Chamber, which weighs approximately 10 tons or 20,000 pounds, is enormous. Built in 2002, arenas have evolved to have elaborate high-tech scoreboards above where the ring is set up. These gigantic scoreboards are conflicting with the setup needed for the Chamber, and became harder to find venues to book the event.

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