On Friday, British pro wrestling legend Johnny Saint wrapped up his six-month stint as guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Fellow U.K. wrestling legend and NXT General Manager William Regal took to social media yesterday to comment on Saint finishing up as guest trainer at the facility this week.
“Johnny Saint is leaving today after his six months at WWE Performance Center,” wrote Regal via his official Twitter page (see below). “A treasure for everyone who had the pleasure of spending time with him.”
For more information regarding Johnny Saint’s stint with WWE in the first-half of 2017, visit WWE.com.
Johnny Saint is leaving today after his six months at @WWEPerformCtr.A treasure for everyone who had the pleasure of spending time with him.
Impact Wrestling (GFW) star Bobby Lashley recently spoke with ESPN to promote this Sunday’s Slammiversary XV pay-per-view.
Ahead of his match against Alberto El Patron tomorrow night, where Bellator MMA fighter Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal will be in his corner and the legendary Dos Caras will be in El Patron’s corner, Lashley spoke about the transition from WWE to Impact Wrestling, the recent changes in ownership at Impact Wrestling and whether or not he will compete in another MMA fight.
Featured below are some of the highlights of the new ESPN interview with Bobby Lashley.
On the transition from WWE to Impact Wrestling: “When I came over [to Impact Wrestling] from the WWE, I didn’t know what to think. Wrestling is wrestling. WWE is the flagship program, of course. But there’s just so much incredible talent [here]. …When I came over and worked with Bobby Roode, we did two matches together, I thought he was amazing. Amazing. The guy is really good. Bobby Roode is born to be their star. And I’m glad they found something with him. That ‘Glorious’ thing is pretty nice.”
On the recent changes in ownership at Impact Wrestling: “Now with the new ownership in, one thing everybody’s happy about is that they’re getting paid on time. Change is good, and change is bad at the same time. I think a lot of people are happy with it, but some of the bad things that happened saw some of our top guys leaving, like [Mike] Bennett, Drew [Galloway, now McIntyre] and the Hardy Boyz.”
On whether or not he will compete in another MMA bout: “It has to make sense for me right now. If the money and the matchup makes sense, I’m in. If it’s just a fight, I might not jump so much for just a fight. Roy Nelson just came in [to Bellator], Cheick Kongo has been on a winning streak. If there was something that was offered to me that made sense, I would definitely be interested.”
Check out the complete Bobby Lashley interview at ESPN.com. Make sure to join us here this Sunday evening for live play-by-play results coverage of Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV pay-per-view from Orlando, Florida.
There have been many occasions where a team has become a success much to the surprise of both the WWE and its fans. Team Hell No and Heath Slater & Rhyno are two very recent examples, and the Titus Brand which consists of Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, and Akira Tozawa is looking to be the latest in WWE’s surprise packages.
After years of being an on and off personality on WWE programming, Titus O’Neil looks like he has found his spot. The Titus Brand seemed like a random trio thrown together, but as weeks have gone by, a natural chemistry has come to life. Titus and Apollo have been quite the entertainers with their recent post-match press conferences on the WWE’s YouTube channel, consisting of one lonely WWE journalist asking questions.
Akira Tozawa’s inclusion has seemingly legitimized the Titus Brand, just like a real business, by expanding it has shown it’s stability and strength, and it has also shown the WWE fans this is officially a full-time act on Monday Night Raw. Akira Tozawa has also fit in perfectly with the absurdity of the Titus Brand, be it the group selfies or O’Neil picking him up like a child, Tozawa has definitely added to the Titus Brand.
Titus O’Neil’s new found role as the leader of the Titus Brand is perfect as it plays off his strong speaking skills, which he has showcased in many different events. O’Neil is one of the WWE’s main spokesmen at events such as their Make-a-wish campaigns, and he has also given a Ted Talk titled “The Domino Effect”. He has transferred his ability to speak in a formal, yet engaging manner to the WWE, and it has worked to perfection. Titus speaks like a business man, yet he still entertains the fans, and also shows his ability to promote his fellow teammates.
Voice of the Voiceless
While Tozawa and Apollo Crews are very talented in-ring performers, they have yet to fully showcase their personalities in WWE. The Titus Brand has not only given Titus O’Neil a platform to shine, but it has also given Tozawa and Crews a personality and a voice in the form of the “big deal” Titus O’Neil.
On the June 19th edition of Monday Night Raw, Tozawa defeated TJ Perkins, and after the match, Neville gave Tozawa a warning about challenging him. Instead of simply looking angry or speaking in broken English, Tozawa had O’Neil to do his talking. O’Neil questioned the “Neville level”, and also gave Tozawa a new catchphrase when he mentioned the “power of Tozawa”. He then got the fans chanting “AH” in support of Tozawa. O’Neil put on a great show for the fans, while also raising the profile of Tozawa.
The History of Titus
In the past, O’Neil has been a part of many short term acts on WWE television, and there are fears this may be another one of those short term acts. However, Titus has never looked better than in his new found role as the leader of the Titus Brand, and this act has also been drawing positive reactions from the crowd, which is certainly a positive sign.
After years of being on the sidelines, Titus O’Neil may have finally found his place on Monday Night Raw. The Titus Brand has shown signs of being a potential long-term act for WWE, and also shows signs of being a team capable of selling out merchandise stands with catchphrases like the “power of Tozawa”. The future looks bright for Titus and the Titus Brand, so it may be time for WWE and the fans to jump on board the Titus Brand.