Roman Reigns Once Again Comments On Potential Shield Reunion

Ever since WWE put Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins back together as a tag-team on television, the WWE Universe has been clamoring for a full reunion of The Shield.

As he has been in a number of interviews recently, Roman Reigns was once again asked about the possibility of reuniting with Ambrose and Rollins to have a full-throttle Shield reunion.

In a new interview with ESPN, Reigns explained why it isn’t likely to happen right now, given the fact that he has unfinished business of his own to attend to, such as his feuds with Braun Strowman, John Cena and his desire to become the WWE Universal Champion.

“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be able to see it play out,” Reigns told ESPN in an interview released this week. “But the main thing right now is I’ve been in the title picture for the Raw brand, so I can firmly say neither of those guys would leave [that situation] to rejoin The Shield [and] rekindle that flame.”

Reigns continued, “Maybe I’m a third wheel at this point. It just really depends. I feel like the next few weeks are really going to play out some important things for me. Obviously, I need to transition coming out of this big feud between the four monsters.”

Check out the complete Roman Reigns interview at ESPN.com.

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Zack Sabre Jr On Being Chosen For The G1 Climax

– Zack Sabre Jr recently spoke with New Japan Pro Wrestling on a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

Zack Sabre Jr reacts to being chosen to compete in the G1 Climax?

I knew if I wanted to wrestle in Japan, being a part of the G1 was really important. My aspiration was to be involved in the biggest opportunities from the get-go. So if I wasn’t in the G1 this year, I would have been really disappointed. I feel like my previous time in Japan gave me my foundation, and it’s helped me be a part of bigger things.

Sabre comments on facing Kota Ibushi in the G1 after many believed they would have faced off in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic:

I admire Ibushi’s approach to wrestling. He wrestles in the way that he thinks he should, and I would like to think that I’m the same way. Obviously you want to entertain, but I want to feel happy in the way I wrestle, in the style that I have. So I felt that in the match against Ibushi. There’s a genuine passion in the way he wrestles.

ZSJ comments on joining Suzuki-Gun and fans questioning the move:

I don’t think that just because there are fans that have an image of you, that’s what you should be doing. I’ve always felt I wrestle an aggressive style, that’s what I aim for. I never had any aim to be a fan favorite, or “babyface”. Maybe I’ve fallen into positions of that role elsewhere…But I feel if you are really a fan of what I do, you’ll see that my joining with Suzuki-Gun is really quite natural.

If Minoru Suzuki’s background in UWF and Pancrase was a factor in joining:

Yeah it was definitely a factor. I’ve admired the way Suzuki wrestles for a while now. I think he approaches wrestling in his own unique way, and I feel that’s really important. A lot of wrestlers follow the a uniform mindset, but he does it all his own way.

I grew up watching a lot of submission style wrestling. UWF, UWFI, Battlarts, Pancrase, things like that. So for me, it’s also a great opportunity to further my study of pro-wrestling.

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Nikki Bella On Returning To WWE, Working A Part-Time Schedule

– WWE Superstar Nikki Bella recently spoke with Inside The Ropes on a wide variety of topics prior to SummerSlam weekend, check out the highlights below:

On wanting to make a comeback with Brie:

“Definitely coming back. I want to come back when I have my sister by my side. It’s been over two years since the Bella Twins have been in the ring together, so I definitely want to make a comeback with Brie. I’m obviously still waiting for my neck to heal, so I’m hoping 2018 is gonna be the time when we come back. I hope before then, but I don’t know if that can happen. That’s the thing about bones, it’s like ‘c’mon!’”

On the possibility of working a part time schedule due to her neck injury:

“Unfortunately because of my neck, my surgeon… he doesn’t even want me to come back and ever be in the ring again, but, he definitely said you can’t ever be in the ring full-time again. We kind of saw that when I came back last Summerslam when I went to full-time through Wrestlemania; I ended up getting injured. It’s very tough on my body working a full-time schedule unfortunately.”

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Triple H On Mayweather – McGregor, Ronda Rousey Coming To WWE

– Triple H was a guest on ESPN First Take today; you can read a few transcribed highlights below, and watch the interview in the above player:

Triple H on the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight:

I think from a promotional standpoint, they did a lot of things right. They found two personalities, and that is really what this is all about. Floyd will be the first guy to tell you a personality is what sells fights. It’s what he does. He changed himself from ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ to ‘Money Mayweather’ and that was based around WWE, and the culture of changing Hulk Hogan to Hollywood Hogan, and reinventing yourself. He created that persona, McGregor created a persona, a lot of it having to do around what WWE does, but also what Mayweather does. When you have personalities like that and you put them in the ring, and have that type of conflict, it’s what we do on a daily basis, but they did it very well. It was a moment in time that I don’t think you could replicate. The great thing is, I think what people were afraid of was that it wouldn’t deliver; I think it did deliver. I think people got an entertaining ten round fight. It ended up where the educated person would imagine that it wouldn’t end up, but I think it was entertaining and it delivered on a lot of levels.

On big personalities like LaVar Ball or Rob Gronkowski being a good fit for WWE and how they engage fans:

LaVar Ball certainly has a pension for winding people up, and wanting to see people beat him. I think that’s an important factor, but you never know what’s going to connect with people. Those personalities, when you look at McGregor, you look at Ronda Rousey, you look at Gronk, you look at LaVar Ball, all of those people; what connects them is personalities. Whether you love them or you hate them, those personalities drive people. They create a connection, and that’s really what people pay to see. There are very few pure boxing fans in the world, there are very few pure MMA aficionados in the world, there are very few pure WWE, or NBA or NFL that really admire the intricacies of all of that stuff. The personalities drive them. Whether that be the team or the individuals.

On if Ronda Rousey ends up in WWE:

Ronda has been a fan of WWE her whole life, she’s been adamant about that and she’s done stuff with us before. You’re watching a clip [ESPN airing a clip from Wrestlemania 31] of her throwing me, I don’t know why you’re showing it, but she tends to throw me around when I see her. She’s a huge fan, I think it’s something she’s definitely interested in. I’ll throw it out right now; if she’s interested I’ll give her the opportunity. We’re all about personalities, and that’s what she brings to the table. I think she’s shown it in UFC, she’s shown it in Hollywood, she’s shown it everywhere. Her personality will drive fan interest.

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Sexy Starr Talks About Shoot Incident With Rosemary In New Video Interview

By now, the majority of the pro wrestling world has been made aware of the shoot incident that took place between Sexy Starr and GFW Knockout Rosemary at the recent AAA TripleMania pay-per-view, one that resulted in the latter suffering arm injuries.

Since the incident went down at the PPV show last weekend, Rosemary has come out with a lengthy statement giving her side of the situation, while Starr has remained silent for the most part.

Until now.

This week, Sexy Starr finally broke her silence in a new Spanish interview that surfaced on the internet today. Featured above is the interview, which originated from rderudo.com. Featured below is a rough English translation of the comments Starr made in Spanish during the interview.

“This have been very difficult days for me,” Sexy Star said. “Last Saturday, I was in a championship fight [and it] was very hard. I think everything got out of hand. I don’t know, I am still confused with the situation. I’d like to remain quiet and when the time is right I will speak on the subject.”

Starr continued, “Men and women want to finish me, make me retire from the sport. I am still here, as I stated in the beginning, I will not stop representing all those women that have been mistreated physically or psychologically. I believe that I have to [be] stronger. If at a moment I went through depression and got out of it, I will also get out of this one.

“I was doing what I had to do, what the people deserved, to go all in clawing until the end. That’s what happened, I submitted her. It appears the girl is injured, I don’t know, [it] is not something I am aware of. That’s all I can say.”

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Batista Reveals How He Came Up With His WWE Name, Talks Transition To Acting

Former WWE Superstar and emerging Hollywood actor Dave Bautista recently spoke with the folks from Uproxx for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On coming up with his WWE name: “I actually didn’t. All right, here’s the funny thing about that, because when I was …when I went up, when I was called up from OVW, which was our training facility, they changed my name and changed it to ‘Batista.’ I didn’t realized they changed the spelling of it. Well, I was told the reason they did that was so people would be able to pronounce it easier, and then I was told later by another wrestler, he said, ‘No, you dummy. They did that so they could own it. They just can’t own your name. They changed the spelling, now they own it.’ Which was true. I left WWE without my wrestling name, went back to my real name, and started over.”

On whether or not he feels WWE helped him transition to an acting career: “I don’t know if it did. I think as far as comedic timing whatever, I think that all comes from me really just being a fan of movies, being a fan of comedians, and not being afraid to embarrass myself. Not being afraid to make fun of myself. I think that’s where that comes from. As far as wrestling, it’s weird because it’s such a big, I don’t know, physical type performance. It’s hard to compare it to actual film acting. Yeah. Yeah, maybe. I mean, I never really thought about it as far as that kind of timing goes because when I was with the WWE the last thing I wanted to do was get on a microphone and actually speak because it would just terrify me.”

On his old “Deacon Batista” storyline with D-Von Dudley: “Only in WWE. When I first came up, I did this character called Deacon Batista, so it was the same last name, but I was working with this guy named D-Von Dudley and he was doing this televangelist preacher type deal where he was collecting money and I held this big, goofy box and I was a security guard of his money box. So ridiculous. It was horrible.”

Check out the complete Dave Bautista interview at Uproxx.com.

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Booker T Reveals Who He Would Like To Face If He Returned For One More Match

WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T recently appeared as a guest on Ring Rust Radio for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On his Reality Of Wrestling promotion debuting as a new weekly program on the FITE TV streaming service beginning in September: “Aw, man, it’s huge to actually have a platform and let the world see Reality of Wrestling as well as to be able to compete with all the other independent companies around the world. You’re only going to get better if you’re actually competing. It’s almost like the Monday Night Wars for me all over again. That’s the kind of feeling I get with Reality of Wrestling. My thing is we have a lot of young guys and I probably have the youngest roster in professional wrestling as far as our company goes. For me to actually let my guys get out there and show how good they really are is what’s important. For me, when I went to WWE, I wanted to compete with the best wrestlers out there and now Reality of Wrestling is going to be able to compete with the best indie wrestlers around the world and I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

On running for Mayor of Houston, Texas in the 2019 election and transitioning into politics: “I relate with the majority of the voters, I think. Everybody is not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. There are only a very small percentage of those types of people, you know what I mean? I think I relate with more than a few. I’m talking to the young people here in the city of Houston, the millennials, the ones that feel left out. The ones that feel like older people think they’re part of the problem as opposed to being part of the solution. I’m one of the guys that say respect your elders, but we are in a time now with social media is such a huge thing and we have to know how to respect our young people and bring them in the fold. We have to let them be a part of the process and not be the silent majority. I think that’s going to propel me to City Hall more than anything. Just knowing what young people want. I walked in a lot of those shoes and they know that. I want to give them hope and inspiration to be bigger and better than they ever thought they could be and I think that’s why I will win.”

On who stands out to him as his biggest career rival and who his dream opponent would be if he were to come back for one more match in WWE: “Booker T vs. Shawn Michaels in our prime, not now of course. He’s still looking real good, but even in our prime, I think Shawn Michaels and I could’ve went out and created some magic between us. He’s the one guy I never really got a chance to get in the ring and perform with. There’s been so many rivals, most of them Canadian guys like Rick Martel, Christian and Chris Benoit. Those guys were all ultimate professionals, every one of them. They went out and worked under the same roof for so many years with the same tenacity and they went out and performed just tirelessly. I was one of those guys. I felt like I went through that same school, but the Canadian guys were pretty much my all-time rivals in the business.”

On transitioning from a longtime active pro wrestler to a retired wrestler establishing himself as a WWE television announcer: “Man, I love it. I love having the best seat in the house and watching the young guys go out there and do their thing. It’s their time now and I embrace it. I push them to go as far as they can go and do much more than Booker T did. I love making the transition and changing my levels and being able to still be around what I love more than anything. Then to try and figure out the nuances of that game as well. Just being a commentator is not as easy as people think with going out there and talking for three hours. So, I don’t call myself a commentator, I call myself an analyst. I know my role and I go out there and try and have fun with it every week because you just never know when it’s going to be the last time. So, for me, making that transition and doing a job that I never imagined or dreamt of doing was surreal. I don’t have any broadcast experience or anything like that, but I used to play around doing commentary in the back. One day they said, ‘Hey Book, you want to try this out?’ So, I went out and tried it. The thing is you never know what you can do until you try it. Even if you try, you still may fail but that’s when you have to go and prepare because if you’re not prepared, you’re preparing to fail. That’s my advice to the young people is just prepare.”

Check out the complete episode of Ring Rust Radio podcast featuring the Booker T interview at BlogTalkRadio.com.

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WWE NXT Results (08/30) – Roderick Strong Vs. Bobby Roode Headlines

“WWE: Then. Now. Forever.”

The NXT intro brings us to a strange scene outside Full Sail, as we find Alexander Wolfe among others laid out. Regal is brought to see what’s going on, before we head to ringside as new NXT Champion Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring, the crowd fully behind him as he gets into the ring and gets a mic from ringside.

Drew McIntyre addresses the NXT Universee

Drew says this is his life: all the work, the dreams, the bumps and bruises, the sacrifices, the ups and downs over the last seventeen years led to right now! This is my life’s work, but I’m not naive; this title comes with a big target on your back. I hadn’t even won this for a minute before they were already lining up, and that’s fine with me. It’s one thing to win the title, it’s a whole other game to hold onto it so I’m not going to waste any time. I’m going to get my mission statement out right now. Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole, every single person in that locker room, I’m putting you on notice right now. This is Drew McIntyre’s world now, and if you want a shot at the champ…all you gotta do is walk down to this ring, step between those ropes, walk up to me, look me in the eyes and ask me to fight!

This brings out Roderick Strong, who walks down to the ring and gets a mic of his own. Roderick will be the first to congratulate Drew, but he’ll also be the first to agree that the title puts a target on Drew’s back. Roderick saw what happened at Takeover, but doesn’t care about all that…all he cares about is himself, his family, and that NXT Championship! Tonight, I beat Bobby Roode, the guy you beat to gain that title…and after that, you said you wanted someone to step up to you and fight you like a man…well, here I am! Drew says this is what he wants, Roderick stepped up to him like a damn man…I just hope you’re ready to get knocked out like a man. Drew drops the mic before leaving the ring, staring down at Strong from the stage as commentary hypes our main event later tonight as Roderick Strong takes on former NXT Champion Bobby Roode.

We go back to last week’s interview with Roode after his Smackdown Live debut, when Roode promised to embarrass Roderick Strong one more time before challenging Drew and getting back his NXT Championship. He’ll walk into Smackdown Live and make it…GLORIOUS. With that, commentary hypes Ruby Riot taking on Peyton Royce coming up next!

– AD: Mae Young Classic –

Back from break, we see an update on Asuka who will return next week to update everyone on her future. Back at ringside, Peyton Royce is accompanied by Billie Kay as she makes her way to the ring for the opening match of the night. We go back to three weeks ago when Ruby Riot defeated Billie Kay, only to be verbally assaulted by Peyton Royce. Out next is Ruby Riot, who makes her way to the ring before this match is underway!

Peyton Royce vs. Ruby Riot

Dueling chants for both women as they lock up, and Peyton gets taken to the corner by Riot. They lock up again, and this time Riot is in the corner…only to take Peyton down with a headlock takedown. Peyton reverses with a head scissors, working the neck of Riot on the canvas before Ruby gets to her feet. Exchange of holds ends with an arm drag and a dropkick by Riot for a nearfall. Riot with an armbar on Peyton, who struggles to get out. Peyton back on her feet, hitting Riot with a forearm only for Riot to twist the arm even harder. Peyton gets Riot to the ropes to break the hold, hanging her up on the top rope before hitting a knee to the face. Peyton taunts Ruby as she continues the attack, the dueling chants continuing as Peyton taunts Ruby some more with forearms and a boot to the face. Ruby fights back, but Peyton takes her out of the ring by Kay as we go to break.

– AD: WWE 24: Women’s Evolution –

Back from break, Peyton is in control with a sleeper on Ruby who manages to reverse. Peyton stays on the attack as she taunts Ruby some more, but Ruby fights back with some hard right hands and some kicks leading to a dropkick. Peyton in the corner as Ruby drives the face of Peyton into the corner for a nearfall. Ruby climbs up top, but is cut off by Peyton as she looks for a superplex. Ruby blocks it, but is distracted by Kay allowing Peyton to hit a spinning heel kick to the head, before setting Ruby up on her shoulders for a fireman’s carry Death Valley Driver…but Ruby kicks out at two! Dueling chants continue as Peyton tries to whip Ruby to no avail. Ruby dodges a spinning heel kick to deliver a powerbomb on Peyton for a nearfall. Kay pulls Peyton out of the ring, but Ruby runs the ropes hitting a dive on both women! She brings Peyton back into the ring, but the ref is distracted as Kay hits a hard kick to the face of Ruby who is brought back in the ring by Peyton, who hits the fisherman suplex for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Peyton Royce

Kay and Peyton celebrate in the ring as we get replays from the match. Backstage, William Regal is asked about the attacks from earlier when Kassius Ohno walks in, saying he’s feeling better and ready to go. Regal agrees having seen the report from the trainer, and gives Ohno a rematch against Hideo Itami next week. Ohno says that after what Itami did last time, he has one request…make it a No DQ match. Regal allows it, a grateful Ohno thanking him as we see Roderick Strong in the back, gearing up for his main event match against Bobby Roode later tonight.

– VIDEO PACKAGE: Heavy Machinery –

– AD: WWE partners with the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF.org/hurricane-relief) –

Back from break, Heavy Machinery make their way to the ring for the next match. Already in the ring are their opponents, and this match is underway.

Tag Match
Heavy Machinery vs. Damien Aleel and Edwin Negraune

Otis takes Damien all the way to the corner, Damien stepping up onto the top to get leverage but gets taken down by Otis who tags in Tucker. They double team Damien before Tucker locks in a front face lock. Damien fights back just enough to tag Edwin in, and they both get taken out with a cross body by Knight! Stinger splashes on both men before a tag to Otis, and a Compactor gives Heavy Machinery the win!

Winners via pinfall: Heavy Machinery

They celebrate in the ring as we get replays from the match. Commentary talks about the actions of Lars Sullivan before we go back to last week, when Lars absolutely decimated No Way Jose. From there we go to earlier tonight, in the office of William Regal who scolds Lars for his actions before issuing a three on one handicap match. Lars just glares at Regal before walking off, and we see Bobby Roode getting ready for the main event against Roderick Strong. That match is coming up next!

Back from break, we see Roode and Strong making their way backstage to their entrances before commentary hypes Cezar Bononi taking on a newly-focused Andrade “Cien” Almas next week, as well as a No DQ match between Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami! Back at ringside, Roderick Strong makes his way to the ring for our main event. With Strong in the ring, the lights cut out…

“GLORIOUS, NO I WON’T GIVE IN, I WON’T GIVE IN TILL I’M VICTORIOUS, AND I WILL DEFEND, I WILL DEFEND”

…and out walks Bobby Roode, the now former NXT Champion who made his Smackdown Live debut last week and looks to settle things once and for all with Roderick Strong here in NXT. Roode enters the ring, milking his entrance for every second he can get as the crowd chants “THANK YOU BOBBY”…the bell rings, and this main event is underway!

Main Event
Roderick Strong vs Bobby Roode

Roode taunts Strong, calling him a failure and saying this is still his NXT…and it is GLOR—Strong shoves him into the corner, telling him to bring it on. Roode charges at Strong, but is met with a double leg takedown that sends Roode down hard on the mat as Strong lays into him. Roode gets Strong in the corner now, driving his shoulder into the midsection of Strong before hitting a hard chop. Roode continues the attack until Strong goes for a backbreaker, only to be taken down by Roode with a takedown and a side headlock. Roddy struggles to his feet, turning things around with a dropkick and laying into Roode some more. Another chop in the corner, but Roode gets a back elbow to get some space. Roode tries a boot to the head but takes a backbreaker for his troubles. Roode on the ropes allows Strong to hit another backbreaker. Roode’s on the apron, but he blocks another attack by Strong…who gets shoved into the ring post by Roode! Strong catches Roode from the apron, but Roode blocks the backbreaker attempt only to take a boot to the head by Strong. Roode responds with a spine buster onto the floor as we go to break!

Back from break, Roode is in control as he hits a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Roode continues on the attack, hitting a backbreaker of his own to taunt Strong. Roode lifts him up again, hitting another backbreaker before going for the GLORIOUS pose. Strong takes advantage, hitting some offense before Roode stops him in his tracks. Roode has Strong down, but Strong is back up and hits a double knee gut buster on Roode. They exchange right hands before Roode goes to the corner, taking a flurry of offense from Strong who hits another backbreaker for a nearfall. Roode blocks a suplex, but takes a butterfly powerbomb before Strong locks in a Boston Crab. Roode grabs the ropes to break the hold, and dumps Strong outside the ring. Strong back in the ring, but Roode gets him on his shoulders for a TKO and a nearfall. Strong hits some back elbows but Roode gets another spine buster on Roddy. Roode sets up for the Glorious DDT, but Strong reverses into an Olympic Slam and another slam for a nearfall. Roode on the apron, catches Roderick on the top rope against Strong’s jaw. Roode getting back, climbing to the top only to be stopped by Strong who fights Roode before being dropped…but Strong hits an enziguri on the former NXT Champion, sending Roode down hard with a superplex…but Roode kicks out at two! They exchange blows, with Strong getting the upper hand before Roode hits a Glorious DDT! Roddy rolls closer to the ring as Roode covers him, but Strong gets his foot on the bottom rope. Roode picks him up, calling him an embarrassment to his family which riles Strong up! Strong takes a slap to the face but hits two high knee lifts to the face of Roode, followed by a third knee and a hard backbreaker! Strong picks Roode up, blowing him a kiss before hitting the End of Heartache for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Roderick Strong

Strong celebrates in the ring as we get a replay. Drew McIntyre comes out to the stage, raising his NXT title before Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly run out and beat the champ down! They take off before officials and Regal can stop them, and they say this is their era now…and everyone is on notice. Regal and the officials chase the three men down as the show comes to a close.

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