AJ Lee to Return at All Women’s PPV?

There have been rumors over the past few weeks that WWE officials have reached out to former three-time WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee about possibly appearing at the upcoming Evolution pay-per-view on October 28th.

In an update on that, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter stated the following:

“Regarding this week’s rumors, the idea of A.J. Lee in the Evolution PPV would sound very difficult given the circumstances. As of two weeks ago, there was nothing to it and there were rumors, but it sounded like a very difficult deal.

“The whole situation with the lawsuit against her husband (C.M. Punk) would seem to make it almost impossible even with the suit being settled. Stranger things have happened but this would be high on that list.”

Kane Denies Steroid Usage

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(Triple H and Corporate Kane, photo via wwe.com)

Former WWE Superstar and Knox County, Tennessee mayoral elect, Glen “Kane” Jacobs has responded to steroid use allegations made by the founder of Protect Our Youth from Steroids (POYS) founder Al Thompson. Thompson wrote a letter to to the Tennessee Attorney General and the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Finance on Tuesday in an attempt to connect Jacobs to what he calls “WWE’s rampant steroid use.”

In interview with the News Sentinel, Jacobs responded with the following.

“I do not condone steroid use or the use of any illicit drugs,” he said. “I think that’s very bad. I’m a bit of a health nut, and I just think it’s just really bad. No, I’d never do that.”

Alexa Bliss Talks Heavy Disney Influence in WWE

Alexa Bliss was recently interviewed by Not Sam Wrestling and revealed how she used her love of Disney movies to develop her character in NXT whether she was portraying a princess or a villain.

On Her Babyface Character:

“So that was me, okay? That’s the thing! “I love all things Disney and it was my idea to throw glitter and wear a tutu and if you ever look back at my first tutu it went down to my knees, it was really embarrassing.”

On Her Tryout:

“My tryout — I was asked why I wanted to be in WWE, Mind you my tryout, I had submitted a video. I was apparently the only person who submitted my own video to get the tryout and it was a casting call so there were all these models walking around and I texted my mom like, ‘Well I’m not making it.’ I texted my mom and I was like, ‘I’m five foot, these girls are Hollywood models walking around.’ They told us to do something to make us stand out and I remember thinking of American Idol people making themselves look like idiots so I wasn’t gonna do that.

“So I was asked why I wanted to be in WWE and just to get the attention — because I was a fan too, you know what I mean? Like I walked in and I saw Triple H and I said, ‘Oh my god do you know you’re Triple H?!’ Oh that was me — totally me. I did that.

“I remember these other girls in the tryout who walked in and didn’t know who he was and I almost had a heart attack — ‘Oh my god, you’re Triple H! Did you know you’re Triple H and you’re in the same room as me?!’… very embarrassing, but they asked me why I wanted to be in WWE. And to stand out I said, ‘I really want to be Tinker Bell at Disney and I’m hoping this gets my foot in the door.'”

On Her Use Of Glitter Getting Banned:

When I was ‘Glitter Glitz’ I pitched for the whole room to go blue like Rey Mysterio,” Bliss revealed, “they were like, ‘no.’ I was like, ‘what if it rained glitter?’ they were like, ‘no.’ Actually, I got banned from using glitter for a little bit because the match after me Tyler Breeze had glitter all over his back.

“They made me wear little gloves on my hands to blow the glitter and take them off, but they were socks because I never had gloves so I had to cut socks — I’m thrifty.”

On Being A Surprise Draft Pick:

“Because in NXT, obviously, I wasn’t a 4 Horsewoman, I wasn’t something that people were excited to see. But, it’s true! I’ll admit that! You know what I mean? I was a very underwhelming draft pick, I was. I remember my first promo on SmackDown, it was during the Draft I remember thinking, ‘Okay if there’s one thing I can do it is somewhat speak on a microphone and if that’s gonna set me aside’ — because we had everyone drafted at the same time. So what’s gonna separate you from everyone else? I was like, ‘okay I can kinda talk some crap.’

“Then my first promo had a word like ‘Blissertation’ and I went, ‘What the hell is this?’ I was like, ‘This is my moment and I’m gonna mess up?’ It was that moment when I was in Gorilla [Position] and I was standing back there and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m not gonna lie people are not excited to see me here so I gotta come in under the radar and kick down the door and show that I deserve to be here.’ I wasn’t an indie wrestler, I was never a 4 Horsewoman, I was never in a TakeOver match, I never held a title… I was a manager and so I had to show that I deserve to be here and if they’re not gonna see it I’m gonna force them to see it.”

On Her Favorite WrestleMania:

“I would say my favorite WrestleMania, in general, was 30, but in my career, it was last year,”  “Because I got to do that really cool entrance. That was so cool. I was terrified, but it was really cool. I loved last year’s WrestleMania because it was in Orlando and my family got to be there.

“It was just a lot of fun. Like I didn’t know in Orlando’s WrestleMania, I didn’t know I had pyro. You can see it on film. So it was so funny because all of the other girls got pyro and I’m like, ‘that’s crazy, they get pyro! Do we get pyro?’ The other girls were like, ‘no I don’t think we get pyro.’ And I walk out and there’s pyro and I jump because no one told me that I was gonna have fireworks going off behind me. It was a good surprise but you see me jump about a foot on the entrance.”

Transcript courtesy of WrestlingInc

News on The Rock’s Return and Neville’s Release

(The Rock, photo: Divulgação)

Via Ringside News, Joe Peisich Of Barnburner is reporting that The Rock will be filming just an hour from where Smackdown’s 1,000th Episode is set to air in Washington DC and the WWE is negotiating with him to make an appearance at the show.

 

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the reason why WWE froze Neville’s contract for 10 months is because they didn’t want talent to be able to walk out and work for NJPW. Neville is reportedly not under a noncompete clause since his release and is free to work anywhere.

Kevin Owens Talks on Feuds With Braun and Shane McMahon

Kevin Owens was recently interviewed by CBS. Below are his comments as well as the full video of the interview.

On the his feud with Braun Strowman:

“It hasn’t been a lot of fun to be honest but it’s like any other job, it’s not always fun. There have been ups and downs in my career and let’s just call this one a down.”

On his HIAC spot with Shane McMahon:

“I’m still standing and I’m still walking and it’s a moment a lot of people will remember for a long time so I guess that’s a positive in my career.”

On the “Festival of Friendship” segment:

“I haven’t realized the impact it had on people. Every element of it was something that had come along months before. It was really a team effort between me and (Chris) Jericho. We came up with something special and it worked out.”

Becky Lynch Talks Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey

Becky Lynch recently spoke with the In This Corner podcast earlier this month prior to Summerslam and made a comparison between her arm bar and Ronda Rousey’s.  Below are highlights from the interview 

On Conor Mcgregor’s chances against Khabib Nurmagomedov: 

“I think he’s been working so hard with the wrestling, and you can see that with the athletes he’s brought into SBG. I think [Conor] might just catch him because Khabib’s stand-up game isn’t—he’s a great wrestler—I don’t know.”

On whether her arm bar is better than Ronda Rousey’s: 

“Me. Me undoubtably. Here’s why. Her’s is of course—have you been in a straight armbar before? Very painful. Very painful, it will snap your arm. But from my location, I can snap your arm, and choke you out with my leg at the same time. It’s a double whammy.”

On if she would do a gimmick that involved wearing facepaint:

 “Oh, absolutely. It seems fun. I like putting on facepaint. I studied theatre.”

Mike Perry Praises Logan Paul and Promises Death to Cerrone

The fallout between Donald Cerrone and the Jackson-Wink MMA gym continues to unravel, with fighters and trainers alike providing their insight into what the situation is really like at ground zero. The catalyst for the fallout according to “Cowboy” was that fellow Jackson-Wink fighter Mike Perry called him out and the gym backed Perry instead of him.

“Platinum,” who only started training with the Jackson-Wink team earlier this year, has now weighed in on Cerrone’s comments.

The 26 year-old started by addressing Cerrone’s criticism that the gym “just lets any bums in off the street” by praising popular YouTuber Logan Paul who recently competed in a boxing match against fellow YouTuber Olajide Olatunji.

Perry followed up with another tweet, this time aimed directly at Cerrone, claiming that “Cowboy” doesn’t know what it’s like to have money problems before assuring him of a “Spartan Death” when they meet.

If that wasn’t enough, Perry also provided a recording of himself shouting “I’m coming for you! I’m coming for you in front of the whole world, motherf**ker! You earned it. You earned it.”

Cerrone is set to do battle against Perry and the Jackson-Wink team on Nov. 10 at UFC Fight Night 139

Invicta Expands Roster Adding UFC Veterans

The premier women’s mixed martial arts promotion has added eight new fighters to their roster, five of which will compete in Invicta Fighting Championships’ loaded strawweight division.

Three of the eight recent Invicta signings are Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans, with Jamie MoyleDanielle Taylor and Viviane Pereira all joining the promotion.

Moyle (4-3) actually began her professional career with Invicta and will return to the promotion after being a contestant on Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and a three-fight UFC stint.

Meanwhile, Taylor (9-4) has also been signed to compete at strawweight. Taylor was a two-time King of the Cage champion before joining the UFC, where she fought five times, which included a victory over former Invicta champion Jessica Penne.

Pereira (13-2) is also a former UFC strawweight, with the 25-year-old Brazilian’s résumé highlighted by wins over former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau and current UFC contender Poliana Botelho.

Invicta also has an agreement in place with highly-touted Japanese fighter Kanako Murata (8-1), who will compete for the promotion in between her fights in Rizin Fighting Federation.

Valerie Wong and Caitlin Sammons will make their professional MMA debuts under the Invicta banner after successful amateur careers, while featherweights Zarah Fairn dos Santos (6-2) and former Invicta title challenger Faith Van Duin round out the recent list of Invicta signees.

No matchups have been announced as of Thursday, however fight announcements for all eight fighters are expected to be revealed shortly, according to the promotion.

Cody Talks TNA, ROH and ALL IN

Cody Rhodes was recently interviewed by Wrestling Inc. and spoke on several topics including the upcoming all in pay-per-view event, his impact wrestling run and Ring of Honor. Check out his comments below.

On Who Was Responsible For His Impact Wrestling Run:

“[Dave] Lagana was also one of the people who was close to my dad,” Rhodes explained. “We talk about the ‘rotating five friends’ that he had. Lagana was one of them. I just stayed close to Lagana. Lagana was the reason — I never signed anything with TNA, I just shook Lagana’s hand and did those Impact shows and I had a lot of fun. He’s the reason for that happening. His relationship with Billy [Corgan] and what they intend to do they’re running the real long form, the long game and I really admire people out there doing the long game. Because in a world where independent ‘let’s see if this can go viral’ wrestling, the long time is sometimes forgotten and they seem to have a good bead on where they want the NWA to go.”

On The Small Details Regarding All In:

“I took all the little details of All In like all the detail work,” Rhodes said. “All the stuff as simple as ‘are we using Sears Centre bike rack covers?’ and things of that nature for the show. So every day has been a different very long email, very thorough, this and that so it’s cool though. It’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to cover all the details.”

Diego Sanchez Tears Into Cowboy Cerrone Amidst Gym Departure

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The fallout from Donald Cerrone’s unceremonious departure from longtime training camp Jackson-Wink MMA, which ultimately chose to train his opponent, Mike Perry, instead.

Now, one former teammate at Jackson-Wink, Diego Sanchez, is defending the gym while tearing into Cerrone for his recent comments in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Cerrone said that coach Mike Winklejohn “just drove that place into the ground… (he) literally turned it into a puppy mill. It’s only about making money.”

Sanchez took exception to Cerrone’s statements and blasted the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight in the process:

“No lie I have been here longer than anyone and seen the many stages of our evolution of this team!” Sanchez wrote on Instagram. “We’re stronger than ever. Our defeats only helped us to grow and we are coming into the prosperous stage just and see! “Cowboy” Cerrone had been so busy building his empire the past three four years and he’s done a fantastic job doing it but that’s been his focus he’s never been here! Maybe a grappling class here or there a sparring every six months? That’s not a teammate it’s just someone who is out only for themselves.

“I’d try to give him a round if we crossed paths here or there the last time he got me real good with a side kick to the liver. I see it all! I treat this like a job 9 to 5. I come everyday I stay when everyone leaves to rest and eat. So I see it all. And in the past ten years “Cowboy” never went out of his way to help me get ready for a fight not once! That’s why I posted previous about why I was Team Platinum. Mike Perry is here to give me rounds if I need them and helped me more in one camp than “Cowboy” did in 10 years.”

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