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Hulk Hogan Talks About Being Fired By WWE

Hulk Hogan was released by WWE back in the summer of 2015 after a sex tape leaked which included him using racial slurs.

The WWE legend recently appeared on Fox News’ OBJECTified, where he talked about being fired. He also talked about why he thinks WWE got rid of him.

“When I heard this was going to happen, I called them on a Thursday or a Friday. As I hung up the phone that night, they fired me in the morning,” Hogan said. “It really caught me off guard, I didn’t expect it because the WWE knows who I am. I’m not that person, that’s not who I am and that’s not what I do.

“I think they did what was best for business. They were worried about losing sponsors and network support.

“It was tough, it hit me hard. When you look at a 40-year career, it’s just gone.”

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Goldberg On Possibly Returning To WWE Again

Ex-WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg recently spoke with WWE”s website to talk about the 20th anniversary of his in-ring debut, and in the interview, the former WCW megastar talked about possibly returning to WWE for another match.

“Ask your boss! Hey, man, never say never, dude. Stranger things have happened. I did sit [around] for 13 years and then suddenly appear back in the ring. Let’s just say it ain’t gonna take nearly the effort to get me ready again that it did last time. So, I’ll see you on the rebound for damn sure.”

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Hulk Hogan Featured On FOX New Channel’s ‘Objectified’

– The following was sent out today:

FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S OBJECTIFIED TO FEATURE HULK HOGAN ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

Wrestling Icon to Open Up About His Victory in the Courtroom Against Gawker Media

This weekend on FOX News Channel’s (FNC) brand new series OBJECTified host Harvey Levin will feature an intimate interview with wrestling icon Hulk Hogan on Sunday, September 24that 8PM/ET. Throughout the hour, Hogan will open up about his legendary career in the ring, the possibility of running for mayor, the death of his brother, the moment he almost ended his own life, and his legal victory against Gawker Media. In the episode, Hogan will also reveal the notepad he used during the infamous trial. Preview clips and transcribed bites below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Harvey Levin: Why did you sue in the first place?

Hulk Hogan: It was much bigger than me or much bigger than my career. This was something that and you know, I’ve said it before and I’m not joking around. You know as a wrestler, that was a great part of my life but now that I understand why I’m here – wrestling was just a setup. It was just a setup, a stepping stone for who I am and what I’m meant to do and be. No matter what happened in my career, this was so much bigger.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Harvey Levin: There was a low point in all of this where you literally had a gun in your mouth. How did you get out of that?

Hulk Hogan: Well, I got to a point where everything kind of hit me at the same time. The divorce, my whole world falling apart, both of the kids with Linda and that’s how I ended up playing with the gun.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Harvey Levin: It’s hard to believe when you see somebody this big that steroids is not kind of the common drug in the ring.

Hulk Hogan: Okay.

Harvey Levin: You ever do it?

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Ric Flair On His Recent Health Scare, Social Drinking Habits, Hospital Stay And More

– WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently called into the Dan LeBatard Show to talk about his current health and recovery, check out the highlights below:

Ric Flair talks about when he started to feel sick, and how bad his condition was in the hospital:

“I got sick. I had eaten some raw oysters and I told Wendy I didn’t feel right,” said Flair. “She took me over to the hospital on the eleventh of August, and by the 14th I was on life support.”

“They told my kids that everything had shut down — kidney failure, congestive heart failure, everything shut down. The joke was, with the doctors, that the only thing that was alive and kicking, sitting at the bar waiting for me, was my liver.

What I remember was that I couldn’t talk, but I could hear people talking about me. Which is even scarier.”

Flair says he was drinking socially to keep up appearances as the ‘Ric Flair’ character, but didn’t drink alone at home:

“You’ve seen movies where the guy’s got the little pint of liquor hidden someplace in his closet or drawer, or he’s carrying around a flask, where he just has to have the bottle there. I never, in my life, have drank at home, alone. The social part, that was me.”

Flair thanked those who helped him when he was in need:

“I’m happy for the people who put up with my bulls— over there, because I was hard to get along with, man. You’re sitting there, pushing a button to get someone to help you, you can’t go to the bathroom and you need someone to walk with you. I’m lucky that I had a congenial crew to work with that liked me as well.”

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WWE Reveals NXT Stars In-Ring Debut

– As noted, after TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Adam Cole has been accompanying fellow “Undisputed” members Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly to the ring, as well as attacking Drew McIntyre..

WWE’s Cathy Kelley has revealed that Cole will be making his NXT in-ring debut next week against Eric Young.

Check out the video below:

BREAKING: @catherinekelley has learned that @AdamColePro‘s in-ring debut in @WWENXT will take place NEXT WEDNESDAY against @TheEricYoung! pic.twitter.com/n9gYkkts1F

— WWE (@WWE) September 21, 2017

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Bobby Roode On Career Regrets, Looking Forward To WrestleMania 34

– WWE SmackDown Superstar Bobby Roode recently spoke with The El Paso Times to help promote weekend WWE live events in Texas, check out the highlights below:

On his all-time favorite match-up:

“When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan; I was a Hulkamaniac. Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka; that’s who I grew up on — ‘Macho Man’ (Randy Savage). As I got older and studied the craft, certain guys stood out: Obviously, Mick Foley and Ric Flair. I was a huge fan of Rick Rude and Arn Anderson. There’s many guys, many performers in the past who turned me into the sports entertainer I am today. But, if there was one guy (I’d like to wrestle against), it would be Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig). He’s my all-time favorite.”

On his main roster debut:

“I think timing is everything. I have no regrets in my career. I’ve been able to make a name for myself and build my own brand. I have a following of fans. Being in the WWE is special; NXT was a great experience; being the champion and the face of the company was amazing.”

On making his WrestleMania 34 debut next year:

“It’s a few months away, but WrestleMania is in the back of my mind. The ball is in my court. It’s what I do with the opportunity to see if I make it there. I’m just going to continue to do the things that made me successful and, hopefully, I’ll have a shot at my first Mania in April.”

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WWE NXT Results (09/21) – Tyler Bate And Trent Seven Vs. Kyle O’ReillyAnd Bobby Fish

“WWE: Then. Now. Forever.”

In Memory of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944-2017)

The NXT intro brings us to a packed crowd in Full Sail as commentary hypes the main event as Tyler Bate and Trent Seven take on Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, and Aleister Blacks speaks for the first time since his arrival in NXT!

Back at ringside, Johnny Gargano makes his way to the ring for tonight’s opening match. Commentary mentions Johnny defeating Riddick Moss last week, as he gets ready to face Riddick’s tag partner. Tino Sabbatelli is accompanied to the ring by Riddick Moss as he makes his way to the ring, and we go back to last week with an interview that sets up the match we’re about to see. The bell rings, and this match is underway!

Johnny Gargano vs. Tino Sabbatelli

The match starts a little slow before both men lock up, Tino sending Gargano to the corner before mocking him with a couple slaps. A shove by Tino gets Johnny riled up, but Tino responds with a big dropkick before sending him back in the corner. Whip to the corner sends Gargano spinning around, before Tino takes him down with a sidewalk slam for a nearfall. Tino wrenches the neck and back of Gargano, who struggles to break the hold. Johnny back to his feet, powering out of the hold with an arm drag before he dodges a charge by Tino. Gargano with some right hands and both men exchange blows before Johnny hits an enziguri. Gargano getting back in the swing of things, only to be taken down with a bodyslam by Tino! Tino mocks Johnny, calling him the weak link…and that only riles Gargano up more, as Johnny locks Tino in the Gargano Escape forcing Tino to tap out!

Winner via submission: Johnny Gargano

Johnny celebrates in the ring as we go backstage to the office of William Regal, where the NXT General Manager shares a Quiet Riot anecdote when a knock at the door brings in Roderick Strong, who says he told Drew McIntyre he would beat Bobby Roode and that Drew would be next, and since he’s done that he wants his shot at the NXT Championship. Regal agrees, saying Strong’s done everything that’s been asked of him so in two weeks it’ll be Drew McIntyre taking on Roderick Strong for the NXT Championship. They shake hands and Roderick walks off as commentary hypes No Way Jose taking on Lars Sullivan later tonight, and up next it’s Lacey Evans taking on Bianca Belair!

– AD: Brock Lesnar defends the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman at WWE No Mercy this Sunday! –

Back from break, we go back to two weeks ago during the emotional moment Asuka stepped down as NXT Women’s Champion to focus on recovering from injury and getting ready for the main roster.

With that we go to earlier tonight, with Sonya Deville claiming she and Asuka never faced off because Asuka knew if she got in the same ring as Sonya, there would be no winning streak. Now that Asuka’s gone, that championship is as good as mine…and if anyone has a problem with that, they can put their hair up and square up!

Back at ringside, Lacey Evans makes her way to the ring for the next match. Commentary mentions her Marine background and her looking for an opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship as Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring, commentary noting her background as well as both women being in the Mae Young Classic. The bell rings, and this match is underway!

Lacey Evans vs. Bianca Belair

Both women lock up, and Belair takes Evans to the corner before shoving her. Another lockup and this time Belair takes Evans to the ropes, a shoving contest between them leading to a waist lock takedown by Belair. Shoulder tackle by Belair and a cartwheel by Belair but Evans gets a leg sweep for a nearfall. Belair back up quick, pushing Evans to the ropes and taking her down by the hair. Belair continues the attack, but Evans blocks an Irish whip…only for Belair to hit a double chicken-wing slam for a nearfall! Evans is caught on the ropes as Belair drives her boot into the back. Evans manages to turn things around with another leg sweep and a slingshot elbow drop for a nearfall. Kick to the gut and a unique suplex get Belair another nearfall as she takes Evans to the corner, stomping into her hard. Evans gets back into with a hard palm strike and an attack in the corner, swinging neckbreaker and a backward roll into the cover for a nearfall. Belair catches Evans on the top rope to get back into it, hitting a hard hair whip that can be heard throughout Full Sail before hitting a reverse powerbomb for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Bianca Belair

Belair celebrates in the ring as we get a replay. Commentary hypes the big tag team main event as Tyler Bate and Trent Seven take on Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, and when we come back Aleister Black addresses the NXT Universe!

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Aleister Black Addresses the NXT Universe

Back from break, Aleister Black makes his way to the ring, dressed surprisingly dapper in a suit as he enters with a mic in hand. He says that fifteen years ago, he started a journey that led him here to NXT. In those fifteen years I travelled the world and saw a lot of things and experienced a lot. I put all those experiences on my skin in the form of these scars (referring to his tattoos) simply because I wanted to forget, from the heart on my throat to the devil on my back. But my journey in NXT is far from done, and I know now what I need to do because the next step.

Black is interrupted by The Velveteen Dream, who walks onto the stage with a mic of his own. Everything that fades to black must come to light. Here in NXT we have Aleister Black, the man who for fifteen long years walked through darkness…only to be blinded by the light that is your Velveteen Dream. And with all this blinding light surrounding the Dream, I still don’t see it…I don’t see any of it. I mean, where are your scars? Aleister, the Dream doesn’t see scars…what I see is a man who’s hurt. I see a man who’s in pain, and if I couldn’t tell by looking in your eyes, I could tell because it’s scribbled on your skin like lies. But that’s not your biggest problem…your biggest problem is not feeling, it’s fear. You look afraid to me, you seem afraid to show emotion but most importantly…you’re afraid of the light. And no matter what you tell anyone, I know that you have a heart…it’s just in the wrong place. Black responds to that with a swift roundhouse kick that sends Dream’s mic flying, before Black sits in the ring. Dream recoils from the kick before dropping to his knees, getting really close to Black before sliding out of the ring and up the ramp staring at the man still in the ring.

We go back to last month when Lars Sullivan destroyed No Way Jose before their match could begin. And two weeks ago we see Lars dominating with a win in a 3-on-1 handicap match before No Way Jose comes out to confront him. That resulted in another beatdown by Sullivan, leading us to the match coming up next!

– AD: WWE Supports Pediatric Cancer Awareness through Connor’s Cure –

Back from break, we get a promo from Dakota Kai staking her claim for the NXT Women’s Championship. She’s the captain of Team Kick, and she’s not afraid to kick heads in to make that title hers! Back at ringside, No Way makes his way to the ring for the next match. Out next is Lars Sullivan, and we notice the look of concern on Jose’s face as this match is underway!

No Way Jose vs. Lars Sullivan

Jose charges at Lars, hitting some forearms before being shoved away by Sullivan. Jose’s passion drives him to keep on the attack, but Lars hits a hard knee into the ribcage of Jose before throwing Jose out of the ring. Lars slams Jose into the apron, and drops him on it next. Jose’s back in the ring, but so is Lars charging into Jose, and now wrenching the head of Jose. Jose gets back to his feet, managing to get a sleeper hold on Lars but gets driven into the corner! Jose trying to fight back, but Lars doesn’t get off his feet before hitting a shoulder tackle. Lars climbs up top, hitting a big diving headbutt and a one arm slam for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Lars Sullivan

We get a replay as Lars celebrates in the win. We go backstage as Tyler Bate and Trent Seven are seen heading toward the ringside area for their main event match against Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, coming up next!

– AD: 205 Live, every Tuesday night after Smackdown on the WWE Network –

Back from break, commentary hypes the NXT Championship match between Drew McIntyre and Roderick Strong in two weeks! Back at ringside, Tyler Bate makes his way to ringside for our main event of the night and Nigel brings up the history of Tyler Bate and Trent Seven as Moustache Mountain (and my heart is full, thank you Nigel). Joining him on the stage is Trent Seven before they make their way to the ring. Commentary bring up their history some more, as well as the reason this match is happening as Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish make their way to the ring accompanied by Adam Cole (BAYBAY).

Main Event: Tag Match
Tyler Bate and Trent Seven vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish

Bate and O’Reilly start things off with a quick exchange of holds that ends with a dropkick by Bate. Tag to Seven, who lifts Kyle on his shoulders before a double team gets Seven a nearfall. Seven locks up Kyle but takes a knee as Fish is tagged in. Seven sends Fish out of the ring, but is blocked by Kyle before he tries a dive. Fish takes advantage by running right into Seven, Muy Thai knees and a snap mare followed by a senton off the ropes for a nearfall. Tag to Kyle and a double team into a double suplex for a nearfall. Tag to Fish again and they double team Seven some more before Fish gets a nearfall. Seven fights back with a chop twice over but is blocked by Fish. Seven fakes Fish out before hitting a snap DDT and goes for the tag…but Kyle cuts him off, dropping Bate off the apron! Seven and Kyle exchange holds as Seven gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Cole gets onto the apron, distracting the ref as Fish rams Seven into the barricade as we go to break!

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– AD: John Cena vs Roman Reigns at WWE Mercy this Sunday! –

Back from break, Fish hits a back suplex for a nearfall. Seven in the corner as Fish charges, but Seven blocks it only to be lifted up by Fish…Seven gets out, hitting a Seven Star Lariat! Hot tag to Bate as Kyle tags in, and Bate unloads a flurry of offense looking for a deadlift German suplex but Kyle blocks it. Kyle charges at Bate, but gets lifted into a modified exploder by Bate who hits a running Shooting Star Press for a nearfall. Seven sends Fish outside and they double team Kyle for a nearfall. Dive through the ropes by Seven as Tyler looks for the Tyler Driver…but Kyle gets a guillotine body scissors on Bate! Bate manages to get the strength to lighten the pressure as Seven goes to help but is stopped by Fish, who chops Bate down. Kyle lifts Bate up and they hit the move formerly known as Chasing the Dragon as Kyle goes for the cover…two count before Bate gets a foot on the bottom rope! They go for it a second time but it’s blocked as Seven is tagged in. Seven unloads on both Fish and O’Reilly, but Kyle hits a cross arm breaker until Seven gets out getting a hold of the leg of Kyle. Outside the ring, Cole drops Bate down hard with a superkick as Fish and O’Reilly hit stereo roundhouse kicks followed by a Total Elimination that gives them the win!

Winners via pinfall: Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly

Cole enters the ring to celebrate with Fish and O’Reilly as we get a replay of what went down. The three men continue to gloat until Drew McIntyre makes his way down to the ring. Cole and the former reDRagon take off out of the ring and through the crowd, with Drew calling them out from the ring when suddenly SAnitY appear behind them! SAnitY go on the attack, sending Kyle into the ring to nearly deal with Drew before they manage to get out. We see SAnitY standing tall outside the ring, with Drew doing the same inside the ring as the show comes to a close.

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Roman Reigns On His Relationship With John Cena

Roman Reigns, who will go one on one with John Cena at this Sunday’s No Mercy pay-per-view, recently did an interview with CBS Sports to promote the event.

During the interview, he was asked about his relationship with John Cena behind the scenes, and he said that while he and Cena have always been cordial, they’re not friends.

“I’ll be completely honest: me and John have always been cordial, but I would not say we are close friends by any means,” Reigns said. “There is a business respect, but I think that’s what makes this so special that we’re truly competing against each other and I think people see that. But it’s not like a situation where I’m taking anything he says to heart because I don’t really care what he thinks about me. If you care for someone and they knife you, it’s going to hurt. It will hurt your feelings and can depress you. But when you don’t really care about somebody or their opinion, it doesn’t affect you. And that’s how it is with me and John.”

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SmackDown Live Rating Drops Without Vince McMahon

The September 19 edition of SmackDown Live, which didn’t feature an appearance by Vince McMahon, did 2,510,000 viewers, which is down from last week’s number of 2,754,000 viewers.

On this week’s SmackDown, the Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens match for Hell in a Cell was made official, and Charlotte became the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Also, it looks like WWE is going to book a triple threat match for the United States Championship at HIAC between AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, and Tye Dillinger.

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Matt Hardy Comments On Impact Possibly Being Added To The WWE Network

WWE recently sent out a survey to their Network subscribers, and they once again asked about airing shows from other promotions on their Network.

One of the promotions that was mentioned in the survey was GFW/TNA/Impact Wrestling, and in response, Matt Hardy said that Impact being on the WWE Network would be “WONDERFUL!”

Looks like #TheFinalDeletion, #DELETEorDECAY & #TotalNonstopDELETION will be on the @WWENetwork before ya know it.

WONDERFUL! https://t.co/BPPw4mWPL0

— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 20, 2017

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