Vince McMahon Not a Fan of Women’s Wrestling?

Vince-McMahon
(WWE CEO Vince McMahon)
Impact Wrestling Knockout Gail Kim recently sat down with The Sporting News to discuss a number of wrestling topics and below are highlights from that interview

Why the WWE women’s division veered away from focusing on wrestling during her second run (2008-2011) and how that changed to what it is currently:

“My honest opinion, and this is only my opinion and I don’t know this as fact, I just think Vince McMahon did not like women’s wrestling. With this whole revolution that happened in WWE these past couple of years, it’s because of the fans. Remember they were saying ‘Give Divas a Chance’ that it got to the point where Vince is like OK, I’m going to give them a chance. It was really truly Hunter [Triple H] who created all these great girls in NXT. It wasn’t Vince. It’s almost like, thank God Hunter did it so that Vince could see the reaction that these girls were getting in NXT. Then it was OK, let’s jump on the bandwagon and let’s make it happen. I think he was never a fan of women’s wrestling whether he had talented girls or not and he didn’t want to watch that. When I was there, they really didn’t want us to do things. Even to do a superplex off the top rope, you had to keep it quiet until it happened and hopefully get approval from the agent. He would say do it and I’ll take the heat for it. It was just insane to me. To me, I always just feel like why would you hire a talent and not use them to the best of their ability? That’s the confusing part for me and that was the most frustrating part for me. But I just chalked it up to I was in that company at the wrong time.”

Sparking the women’s revolution:

“Honestly, recognition is nice obviously, but just being part of that change was a very magical time in my life. It was such a great satisfaction just having that women’s division become a success overnight and something that you fight for for so long. But most importantly, to have it from your peers. I feel like my peers know that and that was always the most important for me. Of course, you want the fans to recognize all of that. And when I meet fans one-on-one, they always talk about how they loved the feud with Awesome Kong and I. I still hear that to this day so that in itself is great for me.”

Why things worked so well with Awesome Kong:

“I don’t know. After that, I never thought there would be another magical moment again and I was lucky enough to have that with Taryn [Terrell] too. I feel like I have chemistry with every girl but I don’t know what happened with Awesome Kong. I never even saw her work before our very first match. I just heard so much about her and then we brought in this whole women’s division. She was my very first match with all these girls on board. I remember her coming out and thinking ‘whoa, she’s scary!’ I was legitimately scared. We just had a great chemistry and a mutual respect after that. I think when you have a mutual respect at that level and she’s OK with taking it as hard as I can bring it. …She would say you remind me of my Japan days. For me, I just felt like with Kong, the David-Goliath feud, I had to bring it. She took it. Same with Taryn. She was never afraid to go to that level. There are times when girls just don’t and that’s OK with me. I always change my style with each girl but if there’s a girl that’s willing to go to that level that I want to go, I feel like that’s the difference.”

Did Triple H Help Propel Chris Jericho’s Career?

Chris-Jericho
(WWE veteran Chris Jericho)

Just ahead of Sunday night’s Summerslam, Bruce Prichard took to his podcast to discuss Summerslam 2000. On his podcast, Prichard discusses Triple H, Chris Jericho and more. Below are highlights from the podcast

On Chris Jericho Being Seen As A Potential Star

“In the summer of 2000, I think everyone saw Chris Jericho as a guy who was stepping up and a guy that could be one of the next big megastars because, without a doubt, yes, when Jericho first came in, he had a lot of people who looked at him when he got there and said, ‘oh my God, he’s so small! Is he really going to fit in here? Will he be able to hang with our guys? He doesn’t fit.’ And The Rock’s stuff from that very first interview, talking about, ‘the last time I saw you, you were in the ring with some guy named Juventud’ didn’t help Jericho at all. And I think that he had his critics and Chris had an uphill battle and I do believe that Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, those two in particular, their in-ring work, they’re solid performance every single night, is what got them noticed.”

On Triple H Helping Chris Jericho’s Career

“The first time Triple H won the title is probably the first time Vince really saw him step up and thought that he is going to be a top guy. And as I’ve said before, Vince didn’t always think that Hunter was going to be a top guy. He felt that he was a midcard performer at best. But there was that period in the mid-90s, in Vince’s eyes, that he did step up and I don’t know if Vince ever saw him as that plodding, boring, what Wade Keller, and Dave Meltzer, and those types felt. I think that this was now a time when Hunter, what they saw was his consistency. They saw a consistency in his work and the fact that he could go out there night after night, pay-per-view after pay-per-view, and consistently deliver one of the best matches on the card.” Prichard added, “I felt that during this time, Hunter definitely helped make Jericho and take him to the next level.”

On Triple H’s Reputation

“I don’t know because I wasn’t one of the boys and listening to that gossip and rumor and innuendo. It never got to me because I was in the office. That wouldn’t get to me, so to listen to that and hear that, I never really heard any of that kind of s–t until much, much later, when he was more involved.” Prichard pondered, “I’m trying to figure out when, probably whenever it came out that he was dating Stephanie, around that timeframe.”

Major Update on Ronda Rousey’s WWE Training

In an update on one of our previous stories, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirmed that Ronda Rousey is indeed doing professional wrestling training with current WWE Superstar and former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick. Rousey is not just doing it as a hobby either. The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion is most likely getting prepared to perform inside the squared circle, either for a Four Horsewomen of WWE vs. Four Horsewomen of MMA match, or a big singles match, or possibly both.

How Much Would McGregor Lose If He Threw a Kick?

Conor-McGregor
(Conor McGregor celebrates his win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

The details haven’t been revealed, but expect Conor McGregor to face a ‘heavy fine’ if he throws a kick or any other mixed martial arts technique in his 12-round boxing showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26.

Mayweather and McGregor will compete under Queensberry boxing rules at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and ‘Money’ says the Irishman would ‘probably’ lose 90 percent of his purse if he decides to fight dirty.

“That’s a fine, that’s a huge fine,” Mayweather told Jimmy Kimmel after being asked what would happen if McGregor kicked him in the head. “I don’t think he’d want to lose, probably 90 percent of his money or even more.

“I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be a heavy fine.”

Although it’s highly unlikely that McGregor will throw a kick, many expect the UFC lightweight champion to use unorthodox movement techniques to throw ‘The Best Ever’ off guard.

During the May-Mac media world tour, Mayweather said he would be game to fight ‘The Notorious’ in the Octagon, and the 40-year-old boxing great didn’t rule out the possibility when asked by Kimmel on Tuesday night.

“As of right now, we gotta get past August 26,” Mayweather said. “Once we get past August 26, then we can talk about other things.”

McGregor, 29, plans to rule boxing and MMA with an ‘iron left fist’ after shocking the world against Mayweather.

The boxing spectacle takes place later this month, Aug. 26, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dillashaw vs Garbrandt Official For UFC 217

UFC confirmed through Instagram that their upcoming UFC 217 event will feature a World Bantamweight Championship fight between current champion Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and former champion T.J. Dillashaw.

26-year-old Garbrandt currently holds a professional record of 11-0, with his last victory being against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 back in December. Dillashaw, age 31, currently holds a professional record of 14-3, with his last victory also happening at UFC 207 when he defeated John Lineker by unanimous decisio

Lana Goes Back to Being Manager

During a backstage segment on last night’s episode of SmackDown Live, Lana seemed to indicate that she would be going back to a managerial role in order to help Tamina Snuka become a top Superstar in the SmackDown Women’s Division. Lana sent out the following Tweets:

I took @RusevBUL to the top. Now I’ll make history by being the 1st woman to manage another woman & take @TaminaSnuka to the top

Don’t worry, I will never stop training to be a wrestler because I love wrestling but I also want to make other women great that deserve it https://twitter.com/msheathermagick/status/897625895095209984 

I WILL never stop wrestling because I love wrestling. Think what you want but no one will kill my dream & ambition to work on my wrestling

Summerslam Main Event Spoiled?

Brock-Lesnar
(WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar)

According to the Barclay Center’s official twitter account, Sunday night’s Summerslam main event may have possibly been spoiled as it has advertised WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for Monday’s Raw

A few weeks back, Paul Heyman announced if Brock Lesnar did not retain the title on Sunday that Lesnar would leave WWE and return to the UFC

Reports are stating that the company went to great lengths to ensure that no one except Lesnar was made aware of the planned finish of the match

Bobby Lashley a Possible MMA Opponent For Lesnar?

Bobby Lashley (Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)

Impact Wrestling star MVP sat down to speak with The Miami Herald on various topics and below are highlights from that interview

On The Young Bucks:

“It’s a beautiful time on the independent scene because for the first time since the territories you can make a living on the circuit without having to be in WWE. I was at the House of Hardcore tour with Tommy Dreamer, and the Young Bucks were there. They had never been in the ring working for Vince [McMahon] or WWE television, but they were the hottest thing. They sold more merch and had the longest lines out of anybody. It’s a testament to how hot the business is today. Even though WWE’s brand saturation is insurmountable, pro wrestling is popular enough now that finally fans are realizing now there is a universe that exists beyond the WWE Universe.”

On Wrestling Evolving:

“I see all these guys making a name for themselves and doing extremely well. I see the business is in good hands as far as the entertaining, skillful athletes that respect the game. They are out there. I see a lot of the old-time veterans who piss all over the Young Bucks and all these guys saying, ‘You’re doing it wrong.’ Really? How are they doing it wrong when people are buying tickets to see them? They sell more merch than anyone, so how are they doing it wrong? Everything evolves. You started with the Model T, and now you have the Bugatti. You watch old action movies and you see John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, which I grew up on. Watch those fight scenes and choreography for them. Then watch a Jason Statham or a Matt Damon, Jason Bourne fight scene. Everything evolves. Looking at old school wrestling with Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair, that’s evolved. Now you have athleticism and ability like Ricochet and ‘Swerve’ Strickland. You can’t say it’s wrong if the people are entertained by it. I root for those guys and want them to do well.”

On a Potential Brock Lesnar vs. Lashley MMA Fight:

“Brock Lesnar is a move the needle MMA star, and Jon Jones has come back to put the exclamation point on being the greatest light heavyweight ever and make the argument for him being the best pure fighter of all-time. That’s a fight I would want to see. Then there is Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar. Who in MMA looks the part more than those two? Bobby Lashley is with Bellator and Brock Lesnar is associated with the UFC, so contractually that would be an interesting one to work out. In a wresting, it’s again a contractual thing with Bobby tied up at GFW for the foreseeable future and Brock at WWE. But to see them in a wrestling match or MMA match would be phenomenal and think would do great numbers. Though there are those pesky contracts and laws that would get in the way right now. That’s probably something we may never get a chance to see. Never say never though.”

X-Pac Talks Usage of “Black Face” On Raw

Former WWE Superstar X-Pac recently sat down for an interview with Uproxx. Below are highlights from that interview

If he did anything with DX that embarrassed him:

“Actually the only thing that I can honestly say I really regret now is the blackface thing. I did not understand. Here’s the thing: I consider myself pretty well, for somebody that didn’t go to high school, pretty well educated. I know a lot of things, but I never saw an actual minstrel show, blackface thing. Recently, I saw something about it and I was horrified, horrified at how mean-spirited all that stuff was. I look at it way different now.”

Chyna being the “magic ingredient” to DX:

“It was just a regular group [otherwise]. Not a regular group, because it was extraordinary talent, but there’s been a lot of groups with extraordinary talent. She was just so unique. It’s just that’s how I feel about it. I just wanted to acknowledge that. Then Brian James [acknowledged it] too [after I tweeted].”

What was the process of adding in The New Age Outlaws to DX:

“Before Shawn left, before WrestleMania where he dropped the title, they had been doing some stuff thinking about bringing them in on it. When Paul contacted me about being DX, he told, ‘We’re thinking about having Brian [Road Dogg] and Billy [Gunn],’ and that’s exactly how it happened. They were getting over on their own. …We all had really good rapport with each other. We all traveled a lot and hung out a lot together before that when I was there the first time when Billie was in the Smoking Gunns and Road Dog was with Jeff Jarrett. It was pretty easy for that to work.”

Paige to Return to WWE Soon?

WWE Superstar Paige appeared with Alberto El Patron for the Malik Rose Charity Bowling Tournament on Monday in San Antonio, Texas. KENS5’s Chelsey Hernandez asked Paige for an update as to when she will be returning to WWE television, to which she responded:

“Hopefully within the next couple of months, fingers crossed. Now I have to get cleared by WWE doctors.”

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