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Shinsuke Nakamura To Kick Off SmackDown Live Tomorrow

– WWE has announced that Shinsuke Nakamura will kick off this week’s SmackDown with a message for the WWE Universe.

Seen below, this week’s show will also feature Charlotte Flair vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi in a title match.

TOMORROW NIGHT @ShinsukeN kicks off #SDLive at 8/7c PLUS, @NaomiWWE defends her #WomensTitle against @MsCharlotteWWE on @USA_Network! pic.twitter.com/Ygyd2LjC1f

— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2017

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Roman Reigns On His Brother Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i Passing Away, Facing Braun Strowman, More

– WWE Superstar Roman Reigns recently spoke with the WWE.com about the recent passing of his brother Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i and more, check out the highlights below:

It’s been a tough two weeks for you personally and professionally. On the personal side, WWE.com sends its condolences to your family. How are you doing and how is everyone else doing?

Right now, it’s one of those situations where it’s a lot of mixed feelings. When you live in a big family, it’s always great to be able to come together, but to have to come together to send off a brother — and not only was he my brother, but in our family, even when you’re cousins, we’re all so close that we feel like brothers. That’s the type of connection we have in our family. It was an extremely sad weekend, and it’s still really tough. Everybody’s grieving. But to see our family come together and have a hundred-plus family and friends come together to celebrate my brother’s life really meant a lot. It just continually picks up our family and keeps us moving on.

Obviously, as you just stated, you have your family around you. Can you talk about some of the support you’ve received from the WWE Universe and other Superstars during this time?

It’s crazy because it almost felt like Christmas times three. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many text messages from family and friends, especially within the company. So many guys in our locker room have reached out to me and sent their condolences and told me if there’s anything I need, don’t hesitate. I truly believe that. And talking to some of my family, that’s not just a saying. That’s real life. They want to do anything they can, whether it’s sending flowers, checking on me to try and talk, try and get down here to help out with any different thing we have to do with the services of a funeral. It’s really nice to be able to hear from all them. And, of course, through your social media, and Twitter is my main source of that, I’ve been overwhelmed with so many prayers and so many thoughts out there by my fans in the WWE Universe. Whether you’re a Roman Reigns supporter or a critic, everybody seems to understand the magnitude of the situation, and when it comes down to it, it’s a part of life but I think everybody gets it. Everybody’s been very sweet and really come to try and help me through this hard time. It really has helped.

Well, once again, we’d like to reiterate our sentiment. We wish your family the best during this hard time.

Thank you. I just want to thank everybody who’s reached out. All my fans, everybody has been so supportive. This is a tough time but like everything in life we can learn from it and get better from it. My only hope now is that I can continue to represent my family and represent my brother and continue to push our legacy. He was my number one fan. He never missed a match, he never missed anything I did in the ring, he always had great advice for me and always reached out to talk. Payback and 2017 and any chance I get to go in that ring I’m representing him.

Speaking of which, last time we saw you on Monday Night Raw was the incident at the hands of Braun Strowman with the ambulance. How are you feeling as you recuperate from that attack?

Physically, I’m as beat up as I am emotionally. This has been two of the roughest weeks of my professional career and life. I’ve never experienced a loss this close since it’s my only blood brother, but I’ve also never experienced a beatdown like Braun Strowman gave me. It’s unfortunate, because whatever point he’s trying to get across, he’s handling it the wrong way. And whether he thinks he’s a monster or not, I’m the top dog, I’m the big dog in this yard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I already took out the greatest legend of all time. If anybody should be worried, it should be Braun Strowman. He’s got a whole storm of payback that’s about to come his way this Sunday.

In this exclusive interview, @WWERomanReigns speaks out about the passing of his brother and plans for #WWEPayback. https://t.co/6NPAeuRKK9

— WWE (@WWE) April 24, 2017

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WWE Announces Tryouts In Dubai, Triple H Comments

WWE sent us the following:

WWE® TO HOLD TRYOUTS IN DUBAI

DUBAI, UAE and STAMFORD, Conn., APRIL 24, 2017 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it will visit the United Arab Emirates this week in search of the next generation of WWE Superstars by holding a four-day talent tryout in Dubai from April 26-29.

The event, which will be hosted at the newly constructed Dubai Opera House, will give 40 men and women from the Middle East and India the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the hopes of being recruited to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in the United States. The talent pool will comprise elite performers with a diverse background in sports and athletics, including power lifters, body builders, martial artists and fitness experts.

“WWE is dedicated to finding the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “Not only are the Middle East and India important markets to grow our business and reach new fans, but they are also key regions from which to recruit premier athletes who want to pursue the dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.”

The Dubai tryout is the latest example of WWE’s global talent recruiting efforts. In recent years, WWE has scouted rugby and soccer players from Europe, Kabaddi and Kushti athletes from India, and martial artists and boxers from China. In 2016, WWE held a talent tryout in Shanghai, which resulted in the signing of eight Chinese recruits, including Tian Bing, the company’s first-ever Chinese Superstar.

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WWE Star Arrives Backstage For Tonight’s Raw

– According to PWInsider.com, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns is backstage at tonight’s RAW.

It was noted that Roman flew into Kansas City this morning after being granted the weekend off to attend the services for his brother, Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i.

No word if he will be involved with tonight’s show, we will keep you updated on this developing story.

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Backstage News On Jinder Mahal’s WWE Push

– As noted, the reason behind Jinder Mahal’s big push is WWE’s hope for growth in India. WWE currently has a tremendous amount of social media followers from India and are now hoping to cash in on their popularity.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE officials are working towards getting the stable with Mahal and The Singh Brothers (formally known as The Bollywood Boyz) up and running here soon. It’s still unsure if Mahal will defeat WWE Champion Randy Orton at Backlash next month.

It was noted that potential NXT Superstars Jeet Rama and Kishan Raftar could be put with Mahal and The Singh Brothers. As noted, The Singh Brothers accompanied Jeet to the ring for a dark match at last week’s tapings.

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Vin Diesel Reportedly Not Afraid To ‘Flex On The Rock’

– Seen below, UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley was recently interviewed by TMZ and revealed a conversation he recently had with Vin Diesel, check out the highlight and video below:

“Vin Diesel yelled at me yesterday at the party because.. I said in a fight versus him and The Rock, I gave it to The Rock,” Woodley said – “So he pulled up on me, not in a violent way but he said ‘he would flex on The Rock.’”

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Jim Duggan On His “Hacksaw” Gimmick, Carrying The American Flag, Ideal Opponents

The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan to promote his standup comedy tour entitled “The 2×4 Tour”, check out the highlights below:

The locker room vibe of the WWF and who were the stand out “tough guys”:

“It was actually a snake pit of tough guys in that dressing and there was not hardly a weak link in there because if there was you would have been eaten up. Anybody could beat anybody on a given day if you got the first one in on them. It was mutual shared destruction and nobody was going to walk away clean and that is why everybody got along in a very high pressured situation. Of course there was a few flare ups but relatively not many considering the whole deal. Haku, who I’ve known for thirty five years and is known as one of the toughest men in our business and of course The Barbarian is right up there with him.”

Who were the ideal opponents for Hacksaw:

“To work with I enjoyed (Ted) Dibiase and I think really all the second generation wrestlers with guys like Curt Hennig, Jake The Snake, Dibiase and guys who grew up in the business were just a little more polished and they understood more. I didn’t start wrestling until I was twenty five and coming out of a football background I really wasn’t a big wrestling fan growing up and when I first started wrestling down there at the Sporatorium in Dallas with Fritz Von Erich and they said that my opponent was going to beat me in twelve minuets I would say: “Well I know I can beat him.”

Mid South’s Impact On The WWE:

“The library of the WWE Network has opened up my generation of guys to a whole new audience and I’ve got a lot of young kids that say they know the Hacksaw or saw me on Legends House. The Network is great and with all those libraries but I’m not sure what percentage of WWE Hall of Fame guys came through Mid South but it has to be an awful lot of them. It was a great training territory because you’d wrestle nine or ten times a week with a lot of traveling but we were all a bunch of young guys. You’d drive to Shreveport do a show and party, drive to New Oleans and do a show and party and it was just a bunch of young guys having fun on the road. It wasn’t only a great place to learn to wrestle but Bill Watts was very critical of your interviews so you also learned how to talk on the microphone too which is a lost art now. You wouldn’t do one generic interview it would be interview after interview until you got it right. In an example when I was up at WWE, a young man came up to me and said: “Hacksaw here is your verbiage for your interview.” And I looked at it and looked at him and thought how is some punk kid going to tell Hacksaw Jim Duggan how to cut his interview and I thought well send me the check okay (laughing). I have a very big respect though for actors who have to deliver lines because I was very robotic. I was losing all my mannerisms and my “hacksaw-ness” trying to remember lines so I really respect those actors and actresses that can do that.”

The long lasting impact of the “Hacksaw” character:

“It is being genuine. “Hacksaw” is part of Jim Duggan. It is an extension of my personality and I saw that in another guy and when I first met Daniel Bryan I thought there was no way this kid was going to make it in our business. But there was a guy who had the work ethic and desire, the hustle and he made it work and he was genuine. The fans got behind the “YES, YES, YES” and it reminded me of the “HO HO HO” (laughing) and I saw a lot of the genuineness in that young man that is what has helped me get through thirty plus years.”

The origin of HOOOO and carrying the American flag:

I joke and say that one time I was out with my 2×4 and I got a big giant splinter in my finger and said “ohhhhhh” (laughing). I don’t know but it is kind of like Flair’s “WOOO” or when One Man Gang had a yell going for a little while but it was just a way back in Mid South when I was really starting to develop the Hacksaw character that was a way to interact with the fans. I was a heel and I was interacting with the fans and when yelling at them, they would yell back and why I made the switch (babyface) and Ted Dibiase was put with Skandor Akbar I started carrying the American Flag and HOOO just stuck with it.

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