Backstage Update – A Rollins vs. Cena Long-Term Feud?

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

According to sources, WWE is expecting John Cena to be able to work the SummerSlam pay-per-view. At this time, the Cena vs. Rollins program is scheduled to be a long term program, and is booked as the main event at most of the key house shows in September.

The company will be marketing some “anti-Cena” shirts for Rollins. Two of the shirts will be “Never Shut Up” and “You Can’t See Knee”.

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Brian Kendrick On If NXT Will ‘Kill’ The Indy Scene, Talks Eva Marie, More

In an interview with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Brian Kendrick spoke about training Eva Marie and her current progress. Here are highlights:

On his recent matches in NXT: “Those experiences were great. I got to wrestle a couple of buddies in the two matches I had down there, one with Sami Callihan (Solomon Crowe) the other with Fergal Devitt (Finn Balor) and both guys I knew before they were signed and both are guys that I am also a fan of just as people and as performers. To get asked to get to do these things was a lot of fun. It was a treat to get to wrestle such talented wrestlers.”

On how his NXT cameo happened: “It was just a lot of luck. They brought me down just to go to the developmental system because I have a wrestling school out here in Los Angeles, it was a chance for me to get to go down to see how the Performance Center runs things for a week and observe some things. So they decided to throw me a dark match and of course I brought my gear because that’s what any good wrestler does and it just so happened that it fell into my lap.”

On if his time at the Performance Center a tryout for future use as a trainer: “I guess it’s true in a sense but it wasn’t an official tryout. It was more of a come down and see how the system works. For me the whole point was to go down there and gain some knowledge as far as how they run things and the drills they do so I could prepare my wrestlers in a way that they won’t be completely caught off guard if they are lucky enough and work hard enough to somehow get an opportunity to perform at the Performance Center or get a tryout. It’s top notch. They’ve got something like 5,6,7 rings. One of them is completely soft. So guys can try riskier stuff. They’ve got video rooms, they’ve got trainers on staff to both help you learn how to lift, trainers in a sense of medical care, they’ve got ice baths and all kinds of stuff. It’s as if you were going to any major NFL team or a baseball team it’s on that level.”

On if NXT will kill the independent scene: “I don’t think it’s going to kill it. To me it’s genius that they took a style, the “indy” style which is very high paced, high risk, high intensity style of match and are seeing how it works in front of a WWE audience. As far as I could tell, anyone who watches NXT is a repeat viewer, they can come back and watch more because they enjoy it. I don’t know if it is going to hurt Ring of Honor when people learn that Kevin Owens was a Ring of Honor superstar so if people have this knowledge I’m sure it can help Ring of Honor in a bizarre way. I think if Ring of Honor markets itself as a “stars of tomorrow” I think it could be unbelievable because all those stars that came out of Ring of Honor that move on to NXT are hot stuff. ”

On training Eva Marie and her progress as a performer: “She’s not the only one, they’ve sent a few women and they’ve sent hopefuls to me but she’s the only one contracted. Having somebody that like her knows the system, where also she’ll be able to go on and wrestle, what you saw in NXT that was her first match since going to wrestling school. As proud as I was of it, hopefully people in the next few months will become a big fan of Eva Marie’s work and so the fact that they can come out of my school and go directly to TV for me on a selfish level I get more instant gratification that I get to see them come up quicker. At the same time, if I get to see one of my students, like a kid who came off the street who never knew anything about wrestling go onto to success I guess I would feel a different kind of pride since I saw them when they were wide eyed.”

On who from WWE asked him to help: “The call wasn’t made from him but the call was made to me from Mr. Regal because we have a relationship from years past. He is one of the guys who helped train me and so the office knows our connection and he is the one who dealt with me. But as far as I know, Eva told me that she went to the higher-ups and asked to learn and train and they said that there is a school in Los Angeles so that way she can still do all of her appearances and so they can keep her in LA. Also it’s a way to see if I know how to train or not.”

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Update On Roddy Piper’s Final Film – Release Date, Plot & Videos

Deadline reports that Freestyle Releasing has signed a deal to release the last film of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, which is a faith-based movie called The Masked Saint. It will be released on January 8, 2016. The film is based on a true story about a retired pro wrestler who is a pastor by day and a masked vigilante at night. With problems at home and church adding up, he has to come to terms with his calling as a pastor and his secret identity. It’s inspired by the life of Pastor Chris Whaley, who released a book of the same name. Piper played “Nicky”. The film will be released n New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC and other select cities. It was originally set for an early 2015 release after shooting In Ontario in 2013.

Executive producer Gary Grandstaff of P23’s Ridgerock Entertainment Group said: “Everyone at Ridgerock Entertainment Group is devastated by the news of the recent passing of wrestling legend … Roddy Piper. We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans. He will truly be missed.”

On the film’s website, there is an interview with Piper about the film.

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The WWE NXT Weekend Schedule + WWE’s ‘Five Things’ (Video)

– NXT runs tonight in Starke, Florida at Starke Armory. Finn Balor, Bayley, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Carmella, and Tyler Breeze are advertised as appearing.

– NXT runs Friday in Orlando, Florida at Orlando Armory. Finn Balor, Bayley, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Carmella, and Tyler Breeze are advertised as appearing.

– NXT runs on Saturday in Largo, Florida at Minnreg Hall. Finn Balor, Bayley, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Carmella, and Tyler Breeze are advertised as appearing.

– Here is the latest edition of WWE Five Things, looking at five lesser known manager-Superstar pairings:

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Jerry Lynn’s Campaign Surpasses Goal – Lynn Reacts (Video)

The GoFundMe campaign to help Jerry Lynn pay for his neck and back surgeries has passed the goal of $16,000 in only 64 hours, a little over two and half days after Chris Jericho donated $2,000. It launched on Monday morning. Several wrestlers who worked with Lynn either donated or promoted the campaign through social media. At this time, it has earned $17,900. The original goal of $15,000 was raised to $16,000 to include GoFundMe fees.

Lynn has said that he would donate any money over the $16,000 to the Nashville Rescue Mission, which Middle Tennessee with food, clothing and shelter for the homeless and recovery programs to those with “life degrading problems”. Lynn will have neck surgery today. When he’s recovered, he’ll have back surgery. He recorded the following message for those who donated:

A special thank you from Jerry Lynn to everyone who helped with his #GoFundMe campaign this morning from the hospital before he undergoes surgery.

Posted by Brian Fritz on Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Ronda Rousey Featured In Sports Illustrated At Age 14 (Photo Of Page Included)

While Ronda Rousey’s popularity increased following appearances in Sports Illustrated magazine, including a full spread and cover shot on the popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the UFC champion actually first appeared in the magazine nearly 15 years ago.

Back in 2001, Sports Illustrated listed then 14-year-old rising judo star Ronda Rousey as one of the sporting world’s “Faces In The Crowd.”

Rousey earned the mention in the magazine at the top of the list after winning multiple gold medals in the competitive judo world, as she was on her way to becoming an Olympic medalist in the sport.

For a full-sized photo of the entire page in the magazine that features a photo of a 14-year-old Rousey, as well as the article attached to it, click here.

View the entire page of SI that features a 14-year-old Ronda Rousey

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WWE Diva Rosa Mendes Announces She’s Pregnant

The following is from WWE.com:

In February of 2016, the WWE Universe will be coasting at high speed on the Road to WrestleMania 32. Meanwhile, at that same time in winter of next year, Rosa Mendes will be welcoming a brand-new baby girl, as she very happily announced in an exclusive interview WWE.com. The Diva mom-to-be describes her excitement, the inspiration for her daughter’s name and the division she’s stepping away from in a heartfelt Q&A.

WWE.COM: What is the big news that you’d like to share with the WWE Universe today, Rosa?

ROSA: I’m pregnant, and I’m having a little girl. Her name’s going to be Jordan Elizabeth Schubenski and she’ll be born February 2016. Mom’s middle name is Elizabeth, and I’ve always loved the name Jordan for a girl.

WWE.COM: That’s incredible news! How far along are you, exactly, and how are you feeling?

ROSA: I’m three months, and I’m feeling really good. I’m past the morning sickness stage, so, I’m feeling awesome, but the hardest part was not telling anybody [and keeping] it a secret from all my friends and loved ones. That was the hardest part for me.

WWE.COM: So is this the first time anyone in the WWE locker room will be hearing this news, officially?

ROSA: Nobody knows. Everybody’s going be finding out after this interview.

WWE.COM: With this great news, what does this mean for you in WWE and your career at the moment?

ROSA: This baby has really motivated me and inspired me. I look at powerful moms like Stephanie McMahon. She’s a mother of three and she does it all, and her kids are bright and intelligent. So, this has truly motivated me. And, I look at my accomplishments — I’m a WWE Diva, I’m an entrepreneur and now I’m going to have the most important job in the world, being a mother and giving this baby an amazing life.

WWE.COM: You’ll no doubt be very busy in the coming months preparing.

ROSA: I’ve been keeping myself very busy. I’ve also teamed up with Rise Above Fitness, and I’m on a prenatal workout plan to keep me strong and healthy throughout my pregnancy and to get me back in shape after the baby’s born. [laughs] I’ve been really busy starting a new kids clothing line, which launched two days ago. It’s called Hoods Up Kids, and it’s really cool and edgy baby clothes with really good cotton that is perfect for a baby’s sensitive skin.

WWE.COM: Obviously, you’re going to take some time away from the ring. How difficult is it for you to step away from right now with so much buzz around the Divas division and the “Divas Revolution”?

ROSA: It’s been actually really hard adjusting, but I’ve been watching the girls on TV and they’ve been doing amazing. The new Divas are awesome in the ring and I’m really, really proud of them.

WWE.COM: On top of this awesome baby bombshell, Is there anything else you want to say to WWE, your fellow Superstars and Divas, or your fans around the world?

ROSA: I’d like to thank WWE’s executive offices, the talent relations staff, the medical team and everyone that has supported me throughout this.

I’m just really excited about this news. I’m really, really happy and I hope everybody’s just as happy as I am. I can’t wait to just keep everyone updated, post pictures and have everyone follow me on this little journey that I have for the next nine months.

WWE wishes Rosa a happy, healthy pregnancy. Follow Rosa on her road to motherhood on her official Twitter (@LaRosaMendes) and Instagram (@wwerosamendes).

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Will WrestleMania 32 Air On The WWE Network?, Production Trucks

According to sources, WrestleMania 32 will be aired on the WWE Network. There is a line of thought that WWE could make more money with it as a pay-per-vioew exclusive, but that would cause issues with WWE Network subscribers since WWE has promised that all PPVs including WrestleMania will air on the Network.

The production trucks recently got their WrestleMania 32 promo skins, which advertise the show as airing on the Network. The Rock and Nikki Bella are prominently shown on the skins.

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Backstage Update – The ROH/NJPW Relationship & Future Plans

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

According to sources, here is the latest on the relationship between Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Hirooki Goto was added to the August 21st event in Philadelphia, and will likely be added to the August 22nd show in Brooklyn. The feeling is that this is a make good from NJPW due to Liger working the NXT show on the 22nd.

ROH booker Hunter “Delirious” Johnson will be heading to Japan soon to have meetings with NJPW and set up business plans for 2016. At this time, it appears that ROH and NJPW will continue with their relationship into the New Year following the Liger situation.

Speaking of Ring of Honor, here is a video preview for next week’s ROH TV:

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Adult Website Sees Their Traffic Skyrocket After WWE RAW

UPDATE: On Monday night, WWE debuted the name “Submission Sorority” for Paige, Becky Lynch and Charlotte. As noted earlier, it looks as if the name will be changed. WWE found out that the name was associated with a porn site, and the name may be changed to the “Submission Sisters”. They have toyed with the “Horsewomen” name, but they do not want to step on Ronda Rousey’s toes by using the name.

TMZ has also picked up the story, noting that the search for the team points you to tons of links for a porn series called HazeHer, produced by BangBros. The article ads that BangBros traffic analyst Delilah Mcginnis says their web traffic shot up 56% overnight, and they saw a 35% rise in subscriptions. They plan to send Vince McMahon a thank you gift basket which I’m sure he’ll be just thrilled with!

ORIGINAL: WWE gave the trio of Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch a team name on Monday’s edition of RAW, similar to Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina being called “Team B.A.D.” and the team of Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox being called “Team Bella.”

“The Submission Sorority,” the team name for the babyface trio, is also the name of an adult website, something WWE quickly found out about after mentioning the name on RAW this past Monday night.

WWE is already talking about changing the name of the group to “The Submission Sisters.”

There were some discussions about giving the group the name “Horsewomen,” however the belief was that it could be seen as stepping on Ronda Rousey’s toes, and/or be a blatant ripoff of a pretty well established name.

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