Steve Austin To Do Monthly WWE Network Interview Series

WWE announced today, via press release, that Steve Austin will host Stone Cold Podcast, Live!, described as a “no-holds-barred, in-your-face monthly interview series,” which stars on Monday, June 1 at 11PM ET. Paul Heyman will be the guest for the interview. The press release describes the series and teases some big time guests…

Each month immediately following Monday Night Raw, which airs on USA Network, the WWE Hall of Famer will sit down with the biggest names in WWE including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Sting and other celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment for an exclusive interview on WWE Network.

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Mick Foley Blogs On Last Night’s WWE Payback PPV, More

Mick Foley has posted a new Facebook blog, discussing last night’s WWE Payback PPV. Here is what he wrote…

SOMETHING SPECIAL
I’m really not looking for any controversy here, but I think our current generation of wrestling fans can get a little bit jaded sometimes. As some of you may know, I’m closing in on 50, so I grew up in an era where it wa s extremely rare to see a good, competitive match on the old WWF broadcasts that aired at midnight on Saturdays, after the horse-racing from Yonkers. Every once in a while, we’d get a moment of greatness, like Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas defeating The Wild Samoans in December 1983, but for the most part the programming I grew up on were a series of one-sided squash matches, designed to make stars look good, without much emphasis on the overall quality of the matches,

Things are different now. We expect not only several good, competitive wrestling matches a week, but coherent story-lines, and character development that is seldom accomplished with just a string of lopsided victories. I really think that we have gotten so used to good wrestling on such a regular basis – in WWE, NXT, TNA, ROH, NJPW, the Indys. etc., that we’ve just kind of become jaded.

I watched much of ‪#‎WWEPayback‬ like the jaded fan I’m sometimes guilty of being. I wished Ziggler and Sheamus had gone longer, and I wished ‪#‎WWE‬ had shown some extreme close-ups of the nasty gash on the Zig-Zag man’s head. I even caught myself using the phrase “back in my day” in front of my son. I chose not to focus on how John Cena – WWE Universe and Rusev were working their butts off, and instead focused on why referee Mike Chioda (not sure if I spelled that right…I’ve only known him for 19 years) was asking “do you wanna quit” instead of allowing the wrestlers to control the microphone as they/we had in every classic ‪#‎Iquit‬ match I can remember – from Flair/Funk to Magnum/Tully to Cena/JBL, to a couple of the ones that I was involved with. Like so many of us, tweeting about the matches we kinda/sorta watch has become just as important as actually watching.

I really wonder if trends went down during the ‪#‎Fatal4Way‬. If so, I hope it’s not interpreted as a sign of disinterest, but instead as a sign that guys like me realized that something special was materializing in that ring, and chose to put down their phones and actually enjoy the hard work, sacrifice and dedication that guys like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose put forward in an awesome match.

As I’ve often mentioned, great moments are what manke great matches – or at least great memories – and that that moment where Reigns told Ambrose that “loser buys the beers” gave me legitimate goosebumps. It was also a match that served notice that Ambrose belongs in these type of main event matches, and that the ‪#‎WWEUniverse‬ absolutely buys him as a main-event performer.

Feel free to share your thoughts…if you made it this far…if you didn’t get tired of the old guy shaking his fists and screaming “get off my lawn!” How about Cesaro & Kidd? Amazing, right? Win, lose or draw, those guys are my tag-team of the year!
Who’s ready for ‪#‎NXTTakeover‬ ‪#‎Unstoppable‬?

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Friday’s TNA iMPACT! Wrestling Rating Rebounds – Details

Friday’s episode of iMPACT! Wrestling continued the show’s trend of rising and falling by heavy degrees. The show drew 395,000 viewers and a 0.12 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic; those numbers are up 10% and 50%, respectively, from last week’s 358,000 and 0.08 demo rating. This is after last week’s was down 14% in viewership and 20% in ratings.

The iMPACT! replay at 11 PM drew a 0.04 demo rating and 125,000 viewers.

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A New Article Takes A Look At Mason Ryan’s Life After WWE

The Daily Post has an article about Barri Griffiths, better known to WWE fans as Mason Ryan. He went home to Wales for a show, but still lives in the US after his WWE release (on April 30, 2014).

He said: “Tampa Bay, Florida, is a slightly different world to Porthmadog (Wales). I have a house there and my girlfriend is from Florida, so I’m quite settled now. The lifestyle is very enjoyable, it suits me at the moment but who knows what the future holds. I received my green card a few weeks ago, its a long process but I’m safe for the foreseeable future! My heart is still in Wales though, and I’ll always be proud to be a Welshman through and through.”

He’s also working independently in the US and for the IGF promotion in Japan.

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Tonight’s WWE RAW Dark Match, Today’s Birthdays & More

– John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Rusev is the dark match main event for tonight’s RAW taping.

– The Blue Meanie turns 42 years old today.

– Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka turns 72 years old today.

– Here is the preview for this weekend’s edition of ROH TV…

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Chris Jericho Discusses Daniel Bryan’s Health, Corgan/TNA, More

Chris Jericho recently appeared on Busted Open Radio, here are the highlights…

Chris Jericho gives his thoughts on Daniel Bryan vacating the Intercontinental Title: “I feel bad for Daniel because I am a huge Daniel Bryan fan in the ring and out. I’m not just talking personally, but I’m talking about his love for wrestling. He loves wrestling. He is a guy that fans can look up to as far as someone who made it even when the powers that be thought he had nothing. I knew he would make it from the moment he walked in because he made it in other places before. When you get over, it doesn’t matter that you get over in John Schwartz’s Sunday Night wrestling at the Vermont Auditorium on a Sunday afternoon or if it’s the WWE. If you get over, you know how to do that, and he has done it. He got over huge, huge, huge. More than anyone thought. He is a great performer and he has a great mind for the business. Now it seems like his body is breaking down. When you have to give up two major titles basically within a year of each other, especially with the way we think as wrestlers. If you’re hurt, you go out there and the show goes on, no matter what. Daniel is like that, I mean he worked with a detached retina. If he is being told to stay home, it’s worse than you think in my opinion. Because I know me, if someone told me to stay home, I would be like “F that, I’m coming back.” I don’t know what he does. Does he go away like Shawn Michaels did for a couple of years? Now with the Network, there is a lot of ways to still be involved. He can still do a show, or still be involved with Tough Enough, or do commentary, because it seems like he is not ready to come back. If he is vacating the title, this is not a month injury. This is something deeper and more serious than that. I have heard nothing or know nothing. I just know how we think as performers in the business, and the last thing we want to do is vacate a title again. Something is wrong and I hope that he can go away for maybe a year or two like Shawn Michaels did and maybe that will heal him.”

His thoughts on TNA signing Billy Corgan: “I respect Billy immensely because for me he is the only guy besides me that made it in wrestling and in music beyond what we expected. We are the only two guys that can honestly say we are in a rock band and in the wrestling business at a high level, obviously in reverse roles. Billy is coming into this for the right reasons. A lot of people might think “well Billy is not from the wrestling business, how can he be a booker? How can he be a writer?” Let me give you one name if you’re a hockey fan…Scotty Bowman. Scotty Bowman is the greatest coach in NHL history and he never played an NHL game in his life. So if Scotty comes to coach you team you’re going to go “he never played a game, what does he know?” It’s stupid. Billy knows wrestling. He understands wrestling. He is a student of the game and not just figuratively and literally. He has that ability to see things. I learned a lot from talking to Billy Corgan about how to build homegrown talent, about how to restructure the roster and repair some the damage that was done. I was just really enthralled by him. Being in the business for 25 years and listening to how he spoke and I’m sure he might feel the same way if I told him my theories on rock and roll. I’ve used a lot of the things I learned from wrestling in rock and roll and he is using a lot of the things he learned from building The Smashing Pumpkins into TNA. I will also say this. I think TNA got him just in the nick of time. I know for me, I wouldn’t say I gave up on TNA, I never really watched it. I was never interested. It was there, I wished it well, but I didn’t participate. Now I am interested. I want to see what Billy does. I am curious to see what kind of changes he can make. I hope they give him the opportunity to do that. There is nobody there to kind of pee in his oatmeal. There is no Eric Bischoff or Hulk Hogan, or those type of really dominant personalities. They don’t have that there. They have a lot of young people. They have an office that is pretty green. I mean Dixie knows a little. She has been running the company for ten years, but it’s not like Vince McMahon. John Gaburick , not like a Pat Patterson. They have got a lot of newer type of people there. I give them credit for bringing Billy in and I’m really excited to see what he can do. I believe in him as a creative element to that company that they never had before. Just because he hasn’t been an actual wrestler, I don’t care. I think he is the right guy at the right time for them.”

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Finn Balor Says He’s In No Hurry To Get To The Main Roster, More

Finn Balor recently spoke with MTV UK, here are the highlights…

On Moving up to The Main WWE Roster: “A lot of people keep talking about this call up to the main roster but for most of us at NXT we all believe what we’re doing at the moment is equally as important and we’re all fully committed to that. I’m not in any rush to make a move to Raw or SmackDown. I’m very content at NXT and there’s a lot of challenges and a lot of milestones still to be achieved in NXT before I make any move.”

On NXT’s Growth: “I’ve heard a couple of whispers we’ll be travelling overseas so nothing’s been confirmed – but watch this space. I want to be part of the growth of NXT. I’m one of the leaders of what we’re pushing. It definitely feels like a renaissance period for wrestling right now, there’s definitely a ‘boom’. We’re on the verge of another boom period and I want to be one of the people at the forefront of that.”

Could Some Old Friends Join Him Now That WWE Has Trademarked “Balor Club” and the “Too Sweet” Hand Sign?: “Never say never,” he said, with a grin. “But at the moment Finn Balor is one of two people and whether you see me or you see the Demon is yet to be determined… but it’ll be one or the other.”

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Samoa Joe Advertised For Two Indy Shows In August

There were rumors over the weekend that Samoa Joe signed a multi-year deal with the WWE. Now, Northeast Wrestling has announced that he will be featured in two of their events during the summer.

They wrote: “There are many rumors where Samoa Joe may be going or where he may end up. NEW fans there is one thing for sure – this is not a rumor this is a fact. Samoa Joe returns to Northeast Wrestling as a part of our Wrestling Under the Stars Tour on Saturday, August 1st at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY and Sunday, August 2nd at a location to be announced next week. On August 1st he will be joined by Rey Mysterio, Alberto El Patron fka Alberto Del Rio, The Young Bucks, Mickie James, Velvet Sky, NEW Champion Matt Taven, Brian Anthony and many other superstars to be announced. Tickets for this event are on sale now at www.northeastwrestling.com. ”

After the announcement was made, Joe wrote on Twitter:

Promoters. Spend less time being “smart” & more time putting together a crisp, & professional live event experience for your fans. #Business

— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) May 18, 2015

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The Entourage Cast To Guest Star On RAW Next Week

WWE sent out the following announcement today, announcing that the cast of Entourage will guest star on Raw next week…

HE CAST OF ENTOURAGE TO GUEST STAR ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW®

STAMFORD, Conn., May 18, 2015 – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara, cast members from the upcoming movie, Entourage, will guest star live on Monday Night Raw, Monday, May 25 at 8/7C on USA Network.

Entourage, the much-anticipated, big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the hit show’s original cast, led by Connolly, Grenier, Dillon, Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Monday Night Raw is the longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history and is the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on cable, airing live every Monday night on USA Network. Each week, it is rated one of the most socially active shows on cable television and continues to be a “must-stop” for celebrities to reach WWE’s TV audience and its nearly half a billion social media followers.

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Possible Elimination Chamber IC Title Match **SPOILER**

Participants for the IC Title Elimination Chamber match are expected to be announced tonight on RAW. At this time, Sheamus is scheduled to win the title at the May 31st Elimination Chamber event.

Some local advertising has started to pop up for shows following the Elimination Chamber event, advertising Sheamus as the IC Champion.

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