Adam Cole On The WWE Success Of Kevin Owens And Sami Zayn, His Tryout With WWE, More

– WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently spoke with Ring Of Honor World Champion Adam Cole on The Ross Report about a wide variety topics, here are the following highlights:

“Yeah, it’s very cool and seeing those guys succeed is something, again, that I knew they were capable of. It was just wondering whether or not they were going to get the chance to do it. And now, they’ve been given the chance. Look, Kevin’s WWE Universal Champion now, so I’m really, really proud of those guys, both as coworkers and as friends.”

“I’m really close with Sami Zayn. I’m really, really close with Kevin Owens. We talk practically every day. He was a guy who really, really helped me, both in Ring Of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. He was a guy who really believed in me, believed in my abilities, and really helped me, so I think Kevin, as far as understanding an audience and knowing how to make them cheer, how to make them boo. I do think Kevin is one of the best at understanding a crowd, just the way he is with speaking and the way he puts matches together, so I’ve learned a ton from him.”

“Seth Rollins was just leaving Ring Of Honor when I was coming in, so I’ve heard him say very nice things about me in interviews and stuff. I always say nice things about him because of that respect I have for him. I watched him when I was working the independents while he was wrestling at Ring Of Honor and I used to be blown away by his work then.”

“Well, first and foremost, I think that the reason the rumors have kind of settled down as far as WWE discussion is it actually recently, a couple of months ago, got out when my Ring Of Honor contract is up. Before, everyone was kind of guessing when it was going to be and it seemed like every time I lost a match, [people would say], ‘oh, Adam Cole is on his way out – he’s going to NXT’, so that created a lot of interesting discussion. But, yeah, regarding the WWE thing, and this is the most truthful answer I can give you and it may seem like I’m beating around the bush, but it’s the truth: I haven’t really thought about it too much. And the reason being is, I just won the Ring Of Honor World Championship back. I’m about to start my career in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. I have to focus all of my mindset, all of my heart into making this run in New Japan the best I possibly can and making this run with the Ring Of Honor world title as best as I possibly can. But, of course, J.R., going off on the WWE thing, if I were to tell you I don’t want to have a WrestleMania moment someday, I’d be lying to you. I’d be lying! Of course I do. It’s just a matter of when this contract comes up, where I’m at, where WWE is at, where Ring Of Honor is at, so so many things can change in these next couple of months. But, yeah, right now, I’m just focusing all my energy on doing really well over in New Japan and trying to do my best with the Ring Of Honor world title.”

“I actually did a tryout with the WWE in 2013 and I remember thinking there were quite a few ‘yeses’. I remember thinking I was going to end up going [to WWE] and I was so excited. And then, it ended up being a ‘no, let him get more experience and then we’ll take a look at him later.’ And that was the best thing that ever happened to me as far as my career. If I would’ve gotten signed when I was 23 years old, I weighed a lot less, didn’t have the proper experience of dealing with pressure and pay-per-view main events, traveling the world, yeah, yeah, I wouldn’t be where I’m at. So now I look at it and say, ‘oh, man, I’m in a better spot. So, timing, obviously, you can’t always control, but I’m fortunate [for] the timing that has been put in front of me right now.”

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Bobby Lashley On Returning To WWE, If Dixie Carter Is Broke, CM Punk’s UFC Debut, More

– TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley recently participated in a interview with ESPN.co.uk to help promote his title match against EC3 at TNA Bound For Glory this Sunday. Here are the following highlights:

On possibly returning to WWE considering their demanding schedule:

“It does to a certain extent. It would have to be the right deal if it was. I don’t know if there is even an opportunity. There are certain people in the business who may not want you there and that’s why I left the first time. I don’t know if there is even a possibility of going back but their schedule is challenging. A lot of their guys are dealing with that. If I were to go back full-time, it would have to be something we sit down and really piece together and make it make sense. I would hate to say yes I’m doing it and get back and then it’s, “Oh no. Boo-hoo. What about my kids?” I don’t want to have a bad attitude. So I would have to really sit down and say this is what we can do.”

On Bound For Glory status for Sunday:

“Yes, because one thing people don’t understand is that [current owner] Dixie [Carter] is not broke. She was never close to being broke. Her parents are billionaires so it’s not like they don’t have the money. They are just trying to make the right deal and that’s what we have known all along. I think it’s just one of those deals where this is business and it’s going to happen every year. For at least the past five or six years that I have known, around that end of the year point there’s always this, “Oh no, is TNA going to be sold? Is TNA going here? Is TNA going there?” And then next thing you know, bam, everything is fine and then we run again. And then the next year it’s the same question. I don’t know why it’s the same deal every year and it gets to that point. I think right now they are just trying to make the right deals with the right people. I know a lot of people have their hands in the pot and a lot of people are trying to pitch different things. Whenever the deal is done, it’s done.”

On CM Punk’s UFC debut:

“I understand what he was trying to do, I just don’t know exactly if he was prepared for it. I take my hat off to him for going out there but CM Punk really didn’t come from an athletic and competitive background like myself. It was kind of a different situation.”

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The 2017 Royal Rumble PPV Set To Take Place At The Alamodome – Details

WWE has officially announced that the 2017 Royal Rumble will take place in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The announcement comes after an initial report that this would be the case earlier in the day. This is the first time the PPV has taken place in the Alamodome since 1997.

Tickets for the event go on sale on October 14th at 10 AM CT through Ticketmaster outlets. The announcement notes that the Royal Rumble will include stars from both Raw and SmackDown, with the winner receiving the traditional title shot at WrestleMania.

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New WWE NXT Superstar Makes Her Official Debut (Photo)

– It’s official, WWE NXT talent Bianca Blair made her in-action live event debut at last night’s show in Lakeland, Florida where she took the loss to Aliyah.

Blair was recently finished first as the top female talent at the WWE Performance Center Combine, she was an All-American and All-SEC track and field star from the University of Tennessee.

Seen below is a backstage photo from last night:

The #EST of NXT @binkyinthehouse has her sights on the brass ring tonight at #NXTLakeland

A photo posted by WWE NXT (@wwenxt) on

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WWE Star’s Night Out With Batista (Photo), 2017 Royal Rumble Location, Luke Harper’s Return

– As noted, Luke Harper is scheduled to be wrestling on the tour against Sami Zayn and might appear on Monday’s RAW show. Harper hasn’t appeared on WWE television since dislocating his patella and tearing his MPFL ligament this past March

– WWE officially announced earlier today that the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble will return to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

– WWE Superstar Natalya posted the following photo on social media of Tyson Kidd and herself having a fun night out with Batista and his wife Sarah:

A beautiful evening with friends!

A photo posted by natbynature (@natbynature) on

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Report: WWE Releases NXT Talent

– According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, WWE has released Stuart Tomlinson, also known as Hugo Knox, it was described as a “mutually agreed upon decision.”

Tomlinson was once a former soccer goalkeeper from the UK, who signed with WWE back in December 2013. He competed in his first NXT on November of 2014, and was defeated by Wesley Blake last month at a live event in Fort Pierce on August 13th.

When asked on Twitter when he would make his TV debut, he replied simply, “LOL”

LOL… https://t.co/0tIFKz9fpj

— Hugo Knox (@HugoKnoxWWE) September 30, 2016

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‘Broken’ Matt Hardy Reacts To Being ‘Electrocuted’ On Last Night’s TNA iMPACT!

Following his “electrocution” at the hands of Abyss on last night’s TNA iMPACT! Wrestling broadcast, “Broken” Matt Hardy posted the following on Twitter…

Did this just happen?!?!

What will the #GreatWar be like this Sunday? #IMPACTonPOP pic.twitter.com/jh5j5v6BkE

— TNA WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2016

Being electrocuted changed me.

I am different now.

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 30, 2016

People that knew me before my #BROKEN metamorphosis either don’t know or can’t understand how different I am now.

That is absolute gospel.

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 30, 2016

The world is ready for the #GreatWar.

Decay’s Day of DELETION is almost here. #BoundForGlory https://t.co/eziDjK6P8P

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 30, 2016

The electrocution has #BROKEN my mind’s walls down even further.

I smell colors.

I sense presence in everything.

I crave to DELETE more. pic.twitter.com/ML3pEn5NZj

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 30, 2016

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Gail Kim Talks Her Hall Of Fame Induction, If TNA Should Rename The Knockouts Division, More

– TNA Knockout Gail Kim recently participated in a interview with USA Today’s For The Win section and spoke about a variety of topics, here are the following highlights:

On being inducted into the Total Nonstop Action Hall of Fame at the Bound for Glory:

“I just have to be me,” Kim said. “I’m not necessarily one to be remembered as a great, great speaker in wrestling, but I want to share my feelings about the people who have influenced me over the course of my career. It will be very honest and from the heart.”

On the TNA sale reports:

“I think change is always scary but also always good. We were at a point where the talent never really knew everything that was going on and you hear rumors, but as of the last (TV) tapings, we had a clearer direction … The roster — whoever was there and no matter how many changes — has always been a family. Whether morale was high or low, you had to put in the work and nobody gave less than 100%. That’s never changed from the first day to now.”

On staying sharp between TNA Impact tapings:

“It’s actually really hard, but it depends on where you are in your career. I’ve been wrestling for 15 years so my body hurts. I do take the opportunity to rest in between. I think it’s harder to do the schedule we do. Your body has this instinct to start healing and then you go back to work and it hurts even more. It’s almost better to keep your body messed-up on a consistent basis. I do my best in between tapings to get massages and chiro and stretches and whatever it takes. At this point, I appreciate the rest. I don’t think I could do the four or five days a week in the WWE. I feel bad for them.”

On whether TNA should rename the Knockouts division:

“I feel like it’s great and I don’t think we need to change it. I could see where people don’t like diva because the idea that it comes with a certain attitude so I can understand why the WWE did that. I do hope for the WWE’s sake, that means the genders will be equal. But for us, I feel like the girls should still have a name and be special. I feel like it’s established and people know us as the Knockouts.”

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Big Match Changed For TNA Bound For Glory PPV

As noted, Drew Galloway revealed last week that he was injured and could be out of action for a few weeks.

Galloway was scheduled to face Aron Rex for the tournament finals at Bound For Glory this Sunday but it was announced today that Galloway has not been cleared for the show following a doctor’s visit earlier today.

“I’m upset. Clearly. This sucks,” Galloway told ImpactWrestling.com “I love nothing more than wrestling and this is a match that will make history. The fact that it was against Aron Rex made it even sweeter. I’ll be watching this match closely from the Impact Zone. Aron Rex got lucky. No one can keep me from being there on Sunday.”

No word on a timetable for Galloway’s return and an announcement will be made on Sunday for an opponent for Aron Rex.

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John Cena On If Vince McMahon Would Bring CM Punk Back, Wants Co-Hosting Gig, More

– WWE Superstar John Cena caught up with TMZ and answered a few questions including the possibility of co-hosting on Live With Kelly and if Vince McMahon would consider bringing CM Punk back to the WWE. Here are the following highlights:

On possibly being offered the position on ‘Live With Kelly’:

“I’ve made a pretty fortunate path for myself just by taking advantage of every opportunity. Unfortunately I don’t make the — I don’t say ‘hey you go there, you go there.’ If they give me the chance I’ll do the best I can. I would love to. I love working with The Today Show crew, anytime they’ll have me on, I try to go on they make me feel like a family, they make me feel at home, so I love that atmosphere. Me and you just BS’ing back and forth, I love to do that stuff. I don’t mind wearing a suit so — and it’s really cool to be able to sit down in a suit and tie on Tuesday morning, and then fly to SmackDown Live and be a WWE Superstar. Internally I really like that hustle, so if they call I’ll answer the phone but I’m not going to sit by the phone.”

On Vince McMahon possibly bringing CM Punk back to WWE:

“If I know one thing about my boss Vince McMahon, he always does what’s good for business, if it’s good for business it will work out. The name in the question doesn’t matter about that, if it’s good for business it’ll work out.”

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