Steve Austin Says John Cena Shouldn’t Rush Back From His Shoulder Injury, Much More

On the latest edition of his “Steve Austin Show” podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke about a variety of topics including the WWE booking The Wyatt Family, Chris Jericho losing a step and his thoughts on how John Cena’s return from injury. Here are some of the highlights below:

On WWE cooling off The Wyatt Family:

“[WWE have] really homogenized The Wyatt Family. They’ve got great music. They’ve got a great entrance. Bray cuts a hell of a promo and Luke Harper is starting to cut great promos. He has drastically improved too and I know this guy’s a veteran guy. These guys were some of the hottest guys in the company a year [or] a year and a half ago. Here we are now and, I mean, just quite frankly, it is what it is. They don’t mean what they should to this company. And Bray Wyatt, being the leader of this faction, is taking a huge hit. And that’s a travesty of booking right there because, again, these are some very talented guys within The Wyatt Family structure.”

On Chris Jericho not being as good as he used to be, but still being good:

“”Chris at 45 [years of age] is not who he was even five years ago and the guy’s going to go down in the [WWE] Hall of Fame and he’s going to be one of the greatest of all time, but, obviously, he can’t work like he used to work. But I mean that with respect. He has probably lost a step. He is 45. I couldn’t do what this guy’s doing. So, now that we have that out of the way, but here’s one of the things. He can’t do what he used to do physically in the ring, but Chris has always been so smart about the way he builds his matches to the crescendo. That’s what he always does. That has been one of his hallmarks. He knows when to put those big hope spots in there, or almost gets the Walls [of Jericho], or almost this [or] almost that.”

On his belief that John Cena should let his shoulder fully heal before making his WWE return:

“I don’t know how long John would like to wrestle, but as long as he wants to, I wouldn’t rush to come back [from injury too early] because, man, that dude’s a stud in the gym. His healing powers are phenomenal, but just don’t try to rush this thing back because it’s the shoulder and shoulders are tricky and it isn’t the time or place to try to jeopardize if you want another couple year run.”

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Christopher Daniels On ROH Stars Succeeding In WWE, Re-Signing with ROH, More

Christopher Daniels recently appeared as a guest on the PodNasty Podcast and spoke about former ROH talent achieving success in WWE, Daniel Bryan’s retirement and more. Below are some of the highlights from the interview, which you can listen to above.

On ROH paving the way for smaller, independent wrestling talents to be WWE main eventers:

“I certainly think that ROH was a little bit ahead of the curve when it came to the changing of the perception of what constitutes a main event star. You can argue WWE has always been the land of the giants, and it is still, but at the same time you talk about men like CM Punk, men like Daniel Bryan, men like Stth rollins who all came through Ring of Honor and conceivably 10 years ago wouldn’t have been in the WWF range in terms of what they look at as a top-level guy. So as the perception changed, as what is considered a main event star became more of an athletic thing rather than a size thing you had guys like Daniel and Seth and CM Punk, AJ Styles is another example, these guys who are a little bit smaller but wildly athletic.”

On the success of Daniel Bryan:

“Once he got there [in the WWE], the ball was his to drop of to run with and every time he got in the ring, he delivered, connected with the fans. Obviously there wasn’t preferential treatment, it wasn’t like they protected him specifically, they let him go out there and rise or fall on his own merits, and that’s what he did.”

On re-signing with ROH and transitioning to a behind-the-scenes role in Ring of Honor:

“Ring of Honor has always been a home to me, like when I needed a place to wrestle, they opened their doors to me. So I felt like at this point in my career, in addition to what I do in the ring, Ring of Honor gave me an opportunity to sort of help behind the scenes as well. And this is an opportunity for me to not just continue performing at a top level in front of the fans, but for me to help build what can be considered the next crop of great talent that you’ll see in a Ring of Honor ring. And if I can do that, that’s a small repayment of everything ROH has done for me over the course of the 14 years that they have been in business.”

On which ROH alumni currently in WWE is having the best run:

“You can’t deny what’s going on with AJ right now, the impact that he’s made in such a short period of time, the opportunity to work with one of my personal favorite wrestlers Chris Jericho and the matches that he’s had over the past two weeks, that’s been a great run for him. You also have to point at Kevin, as a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a former NXT champion he’s certainly made an impact pretty quickly, the matches that he had with John Cena. Also too you have to look at someone like Seth Rollins who, for a long time, was just on fire with his performance. Like, everything he did was spectacular, the stuff that he did with Brock, the stuff that he did with John, it’s all big stuff and I can’t wait to see him get back in the ring and be healthy again.”

On concussions in pro wrestling:

“I’ve been very fortunate, I haven’t gotten many concussions, I can’t really think of any off the top of my head that I know I’ve gotten. I’m not specifically concerned for myself, but the way the marketplace has changed in terms of what is important on the pro wrestling landscape—it used to be where the major events were either house shows, or live events or pay-per-views and the television shows sort of drove the audiences toward those events. Now, in this day and age, everything seems to be catered towards pushing to the TV audience. And especially you look at Raw, every week they do three hours of television, plus two hours of Smackdown, and more guys are asked to do higher impact style of matches, or at least higher quality matches more often. You look at it like that and you realize that the law of averages is catching up with a lot of guys. That’s why the injury rate is so high, and the possibility of getting concussions certainly increases the more often you’re asked to perform at a higher rate.”

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Jim Ross On WWE Signing AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura And Mauro Ranallo

WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently spoke with WrestlingInc ahead of his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on AXS TV announcing debut. Here are some of the highlights below:

On if he works for AXS TV, New Japan Pro Wrestling or both:

“I’ll put it this way, New Japan is on board with my hiring. New Japan is happy I’m affiliated with their product via AXS. Once AXS made their decision, I think they conversed with New Japan. I’m being paid by AXS. With the relationship between them, they’re on the same page. It wouldn’t have been good business if AXS hired me, then news filtered back to New Japan like ‘Oh, by the way.’ I’m not sure what everyone’s looking for, but New Japan, AXS and TV ASAI are all working together, but my contract is with AXS TV and I’m being paid by Mark Cuban’s company.”

On if he was surprised that WWE signed Mauro Ranallo:

“They haven’t been interested in 40 year olds in the past, so from that regard I was. I thought it was as strategic of a hire as WWE’s made in a while, a very smart hire. You can hear how smart he is if you watch Smackdown. He’s a fresh voice there that’s added energy to the show. Mauro did not fit their description of a WWE broadcaster, someone new. He’s a good hire, he’s going to do a great job. I’m happy for him. Even though he’s had great profile gigs, the Mayweather thing, he’s still a freelancer. You pick one here, one there, increase your payday, it’s still a unique existence. The fact that he’s got a regular paycheck coming in and can still do boxing and MMA, it’s the best of all worlds. Good things happen to good people, and Mauro’s a good person.”

On if he was surprised that WWE signed AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows:

“No I wasn’t at all, because when I got back last year from Wrestle Kingdom 9, I mentioned to both Vince McMahon and Triple H my experience and what I saw. I had AJ Styles on my podcast, and I discovered I had a chance to hire him when he was WCW folded, but he didn’t make the cut. I don’t think I ever saw him. He seemed to be fine without that. I’ve always enjoyed his work. He’s a good kid, a family man and the type of person you want in your locker room.

“The one I came back raving about was Nakamura, because I felt like he had as much natural charisma and uncanny timing. AJ’s timing and agility has a lot of Shawn Michaels’ traits. He’s effortlessly moving. AJ’s right in that conversation with the instinct side. I thought that he could be really good. I found out that a lot of the time that when people say a guy is too small, they’ve never had their asses kicked by a smaller guy, or they haven’t spent much time on a college campus that has a good wrestling program. On college campuses, football defensive linemen don’t want to screw with a 160 pound wrestler. It’s just not a good exchange, and the big guy’s gonna get humiliated more often than not. AJ is good and should have been there before he was hired, but Nakamura is the one I was raving about, because he’s so unique.

“Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are an excellent team, but they’re not a new team. They’re not something people haven’t seen before. I’m not saying they’re not going to come into the WWE and make an impact, because they can. If AJ stays healthy, he has the chance to be a main event level talent for the next few years, depending on when his bump card expires, and it will. Hopefully he’ll do well and stock some money away.

“Nakamura is unique because he’s Japanese, and has a different look, and is long and lean, and speaks English, and has had MMA training, he’s a student of the game. He posed for pictures with me, and someone said ‘That doesn’t happen much when you go backstage and one of the top stars wants a picture with you, does it JR?’ No it doesn’t, but he’s a student of the game. I think he’ll be just fine. I don’t care what they name him. I understand why WWE wants to own the name. It’s not an exact science, but it make sense to do it when they can. I got so many tweets about that. It’s not like he’s a household word. He’s not The Rock. I’m not knocking him. A name tweak isn’t going to hurt him. His fans are going to follow him no matter what. I’m not suprised. They were very interested and were tuned in to our discussion about those guys last year. Seeing how they’re loading up NXT, these guys might fit right in to the plan. Ironically you have AJ debuting for the Royal Rumble, Gallows and Anderson in the on deck circle, and Nakamura will be a part of NXT Dallas. It’s a good thing to shuffle the deck of the roster, it’s past due. You can’t go with the same people, the same roles without changing things around. For example, John Cena is going to be the incumbent babyface until the cows come home, and that’s fine. To make him more relevant and keep him successful, he has to have more dance partners that challenge him. He has to have people that stretch his creativity and physicality. That’s how you keep talent fresh without changing their uniform.”

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Michael Hayes & The Fabulous Freebirds To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

According to RollingStone.com, legendary faction The Fabulous Freebirds will be among current inductees for the 2016 class of the WWE Hall Of Fame.

The Fabulous Freebirds will be joining the previously announced inductees, Sting and The Godfather. The Fabulous Freebirds will finally take their well-deserved place in the coveted WWE Hall Of Fame during WrestleMania 32 weekend in April.

With WrestleMania 32 taking place in Texas, it is fitting for the legendary faction will finally be inducted. The group was a big part of wrestling history in Texas, particularly during their rivalry with The Von Erich’s in the now defunct World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) territory.

The Fabulous Freebirds will enter the WWE Hall of Fame and Michael Hayes has plenty to say about it https://t.co/nj3mU1Ly0W

— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 29, 2016

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TNA Announces “Kurt Angle Week” For March 1st – 8th

TNA issued the following press release, as well as the social media post seen below, to announce the details regarding “Kurt Angle Week,” which begins on Tuesday, March 1st and ends on Tuesday, March 8th.

In celebration of his storied decade-long career with TNA (Total Nonstop Action), IMPACT WRESTLING is dedicating March 1-8 as Kurt Angle Week.

The Olympic Gold Medalist and TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle will close out his illustrious tenure with the company as he fights in his final matches the next two weeks on IMPACT WRESTLING airing Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Pop.

On the March 1 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING, Angle, who is the first and 6-time TNA World Champion, will kick off the show in a penultimate main event that pits him against TNA original Bobby Roode.

On the March 8 broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING, Angle will battle a man many have called his protégé – a decorated amateur and professional wrestler whose career path is strikingly similar to his own, the Destroyer Lashley

Beginning Tuesday, March 1, IMPACTWRESTLING.com will deliver exclusive content spanning Angle’s 10 years with TNA, with never-before-seen footage, greatest moments and interviews with IMPACT WRESTLING Stars and Knockouts, past and present, on how Angle has influenced them and the entire professional wrestling industry.

Fans are also invited send a thank you video message to Kurt, or share a favorite Kurt Angle TNA moment or memory via social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using #ThankYouKurt and tagging @IMPACTWRESTLING. Select fan video messages will be featured on IMPACTWRESTLING.com and on the March 8 broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING.

Fans can also own a part of history with the commemorative Kurt Angle Farewell Tour bundle, which includes a Farewell Tour t-shirt, Farewell Tour poster, select 8×10 marking key moments in Angle’s career and other Angle-themed merchandise, available now exclusively at ShopTNA.com.

.@RealKurtAngle Week Kicks Offhttps://t.co/mK7FFIfXHR pic.twitter.com/5REtD1t3Q6

— TNA WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 29, 2016

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PHOTOS: The WWE Divas At E!’s Pre-Oscar Awards Show

Here are some images of Brie Bella, Natalya and Paige, working E!’s Academy Awards pre-show…

Such a fun day #Oscars pic.twitter.com/V2sx8qwIYr

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 28, 2016

Such a fun day #Oscars pic.twitter.com/V2sx8qwIYr

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 28, 2016

Such a fun day #Oscars pic.twitter.com/V2sx8qwIYr

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 28, 2016

A little Roosevelt selfie @johnpaulataker

A photo posted by Brie Bella (@thebriebella) on Feb 28, 2016 at 10:43am PST

We are here!!!!! #oscars #johnpaulataker @natbynature @realpaigewwe @johnpaulataker

A photo posted by Brie Bella (@thebriebella) on Feb 28, 2016 at 10:40am PST

Kitten alert… (Wrestling boots on of course!) #Oscars

A photo posted by natbynatur (@natbynature) on Feb 28, 2016 at 10:53am PST

Brie Oscars @johnpaulataker @stello

A photo posted by natbynatur (@natbynature) on Feb 28, 2016 at 11:04am PST

I’m standing by my answer!!! My favorite LEO Movie is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape… #Oscars @eonline

A photo posted by natbynatur (@natbynature) on Feb 28, 2016 at 12:56pm PST

100% DIRECT LINK (PHOTOS): Summer Rae In A HOT, TIGHT Outfit!! **MUST-SEE-NOW**!!

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Backstage Update – WWE’s ‘Brand Split’ Possibly Returning?

Here are the latest details on WWE apparently bringing back the brand split to TV. As previously reported, there has recently been talk in the company about bringing back the brand extension in some form or another.

According to reports, WWE has been having rumblings about giving another shot to the brand split for the last several weeks. It’s unknown how close WWE is to pulling the trigger on another brand split, but so far there has been some discussion over another brand split between Raw and Smackdown.

With Shane McMahon facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 and that matches stipulations, that does seem to suggest a return to the brand split with Shane McMahon in control of RAW, with The Authority controlling SmackDown.

100% DIRECT LINK (PHOTOS): Stephanie McMahon At WWE Holiday Party!! **HOT**!!

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PHOTOS: Finn Balor Fully Reveals New Bulletproof Balor Club Shirt

– We just posted a photo of Chris Jericho and his entire family including his son and two daughters + his smokin’ HOT wife! If you’re interested, you can click here to view a photo of the entire Jericho family! Chris’ son looks just like him.

– Finn Balor revealed a picture of his new Bulletproof Balor Club t-shirt on his Twitter account. You can check out the picture he tweeted below. Balor also tagged Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and WWE NXT for the tweet.

#BulletproofBC #BálorClub pic.twitter.com/FliLHKlel6

— Finn Bálor (@wwebalor) February 28, 2016

100% DIRECT LINK (PHOTOS): Hot New “SELFIE” Pics Of NXT Diva Sasha Banks! SMOKIN’ HOT!!

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