Mark Andrews On Working With Pete Dunne, Wrestling Taking A Toll On His Body, More

– Mark Andrews recently spoke with Wales Online about a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

Working in NXT:

“The idea of being a part of NXT is incredible for me. In my first match I was wrestling Pete Dunn who is a long-term friend. We started training together when he was 12 and I was 15. To have a match with him in NXT was incredible, the cherry on top, and has been the peak of my career so far.”

What takes the biggest toll on his body:

“A lot of people ask about injuries but I find the traveling takes a bigger toll on my body. I am not on landing on my back and taking bumps – I am just sitting in car. Because my body has become so accustomed to wrestling over the years it is used to it. When I go on tour with my band I have to do a lot of stretches and take my foam roller with me. I am only 25 but I feel much tighter now than when I was 21. It is not the wrestling – it is being squashed in cars!”

On his goals in WWE:

“I am not the largest wrestler. I am 5ft 8ins and about 150lbs. For me cruiserweight wrestling is the style I enjoy the most. Massive congratulations to Tyler Bates [who won the UK Championship] but I want that championship. After that I want that Cruiserweight Championship as well.”

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Big Show Says Shaq Is Terrified And He’s Trying To Back Out Of WrestleMania Match

Big Show recently spoke with the WWE website about his rumored WrestleMania 33 opponent Shaquille O’Neal, check out the highlight below:

“I mean, here’s the thing,” Big Show said. “We shot this off at the ESPY Awards, Shaq said he’s in, I thought this would be a good match for fans to see two giants go at it. And I see Shaq riding around, singing karaoke and stopping in at Krispy Kreme. I’m like, ‘Hey! If you’re not gonna take it serious, find something else to do!’ I’ve given 22 years of my blood, sweat and tears to this business and I’m doing this favor to Shaq. This could be my last WrestleMania. He needs to step up. I’m not trying to be mean, but my time’s valuable. I get it. I don’t have foot powder commercials, car commercials, insurance commercials. I get it. He’s a busy man. But if he’s gonna step in the ring, in my business, at our biggest event of the year?

Show me you’re serious. If anything, talk a little trash. Let me know you’re motivated. Because right now? I just get the feeling he’s terrified. He shot his mouth off, he’s in over his head and he’s trying to back out. So just let me know what’s going on, brother.”

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CW Anderson On His Final Days With ECW, Steve Corino Joining WWE Performance Center, More

– Today John and Chad are joined by a true ECW Original and member of the Extreme Horseman, The Enforcer CW Anderson, check out the highlights below:

His good friend Steve Corino joining WWE’s Performance Center as a Coach:

“There are so many times that he shied away from WWE. From being signed when we brought back the ECW thing and doing all the ECW Hardcore Homecoming’s and Extreme Rising he just never really wanted to do it. Steve’s always got the the fire and the fire to compete in the ring as like I do but he does realize what a great opportunity is given to him financially and to show what he actually knows in this business and I had heard he made a great impression when he did the tryout thing he had.”

“Steve was comfortable in Ring of Honor with the commentating and the little bit of wrestling and running the locker room and helping with the production and that is the side that they don’t see that I’ve known for twenty-something years is how smart he is to this business.”

The Final Days of ECW:

I was devastated. I had no idea. We had heard the rumblings even when we were in Arkansas everybody said this was our last thing and on the car ride back I was with Lou (E. Dangerously) and Jack (Victor) and Corino didn’t show up to that show and RVD didn’t show up to that show because they didn’t get paid and they saw the writing on the wall. Not me thought, I was die-hard to the end because I thought this can’t be it and ECW can’t fold because Paul will figure out something to be done. He always told us that he out in California working on a deal with USA for us but we’ve come to find out that he was filming the movie Rollerball.”

“I went into a depression spell after that because I was on a high being in ECW and than there was nothing. There was a lot of us like that and a lot of us weren’t told anything. No phone call, no kiss my ass or anything along those lines we weren’t given anything. It was just rumbles that we were done.”

His own issues with Paul Heyman:

“There was a lot of times that he didn’t show up and it was left to Tommy to run everything and that is where Tommy’s genius came in. He kept us afloat for the longest time. He (Paul) would always have big meetings with us before shows and give us this “ra-ra” speech and still throw it in there even while we weren’t getting paid and we still believed him. Guys would have their own issues behind the scenes by themselves and I think what would have been one of my downfalls as a wrestler is that I’ve never been a confrontational guy. The only time I ever lost it, I had met with him and Tommy one day and broke down because I was riding to the show with the Dupps and the car had broken down and we were in Boston so I had no idea how I was getting home since I was only making $75 a night at the time and was losing money. I said I’ve got to have a raise to continue. He wanted to know how much I wanted and I said I’ll leave it in his hands to pay me what he thinks I’m worth to him. He came back to me again and once I started getting pushed and wanted to put me under contract and guys that I was wrestling were making $3,000 a week and I’m making $400-$500 a week depending on how many shows we had. But he could make you believe anything. That was the gift he had and he knew his stuff when it comes to wrestling and that was his foray.”

Paul still being involved with WWE as a TV character:

“Paul will always have a job in one format or another. He is smart enough and wise enough to be able to work his way into anything like that. He is such a good talker and he is always going to have some kind of job in some format and it is perfect for him. The little weasley manager, you will always need that and Paul fits that role and he will always have some part in wrestling. I don’t think he will do anything booking wise at WWE and I don’t think that will ever be given to him but he is right where he is right now and he don’t have to make any decisions now and just goes out what they tell him from what I’ve seen when I do watch.”

Did WWE not have a full blown vision for the re-launch of ECW:

“I don’t think so. If they would have let Paul and Tommy run with it like they had intended to it would have been a whole lot better. It is hard to run guys from ECW and WWE and have everything form. It they would have let us run the little buildings like we did before we would have thrived and made so much money and instead putting us in those big arenas it just wasn’t ECW. It just didn’t work like that and it proved it didn’t work because it didn’t last long. After the first year they let so many of us go that they just started throwing guys that they didn’t use at WWE for Smackdown and RAW and putting them on ECW and it didn’t work and fans are not stupid. No matter how many times you bring it back, if you call it ECW and you don’t have the originals there it is not ECW.”

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DDP Reflects On His WWE HOF Induction, The Influence Of Dusty Rhodes & Jake Roberts, More

Diamond Dallas Page spoke with ESPN about a wide variety of topics including his upcoming Hall of Fame Induction, check out the highlights below:

On finally getting the call about his WWE Hall of Fame induction:

“He [Triple H] was down there with me at the Power Plant; he was Terra Rizin down in WCW. We rode together, we hung together. He’s talking about, ‘I never thought you could do it. This guy was like 35 and a half. What were you thinking? But you did it.’ He put me over to such a degree that I said, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Is it that call?’ I started getting choked up and I couldn’t even talk.”

On the influence of Dusty Rhodes and Jake “The Snake” Roberts:

“I always say that without Dusty Rhodes, there is no Diamond Dallas Page. But without Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, there’s no three-time world champion, and there’s no Hall of Fame.”

On being the underdog:

“How could I not be the underdog, starting at 35 and a half and going from a manager and a fourth-string color commentator to being a wrestler? I got my a– kicked. A lot. But I learned from all of the mistakes that I made.”

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WWE NXT Live Event Results From Miami 0(2/24): Bobby Roode Defends, Nakamura’s Birthday, More

– Check out the following WWE NXT live event results from Friday’s show in Miami, Florida:

* Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford defeated Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. Ford and Dawkins have found something that works for their duo, they looked great

* Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Oney Lorcan. Awesome match, Oney hits hard

* Ruby Riot defeated Mandy Rose. Not much memorable here but no complaints, Mandy is still pretty boring but she has improved her in-ring work

* Buddy Murphy defeated Elias Samson. Samson was wearing a lucha mask and calling himself El Vagabondo to play off what happened at the recent NXT TV tapings. He sang a song and played the guitar to tremendous heat

* Shinsuke Nakamura and Kassius Ohno defeated Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe of SAnitY. Really cool entrances by everyone, great match

* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka retained over Nikki Cross. Another awesome match, Asuka is just so good and makes it look so easy

* NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain defeated Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic. Heavy Machinery had a pretty decent pop going, good big men match

* NXT Champion Bobby Roode retained over Tye Dillinger in the match of the night. After the match, Eric Young came back out and attacked Dillinger but Shinsuke Nakamura made the save. This led to Ohno, Ruby, Heavy Machinery and several others coming out to lead the crowd in a “Happy Birthday” celebration for Nakamura. Really special ending to a great night

Props: WrestlingInc

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Terry Funk On Working For Vince McMahon, AJ Styles’ Rise To The Top, Goldberg/Lesnar

– WWE Hall Of Famer and wrestling legend Terry Funk recently spoke with the Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, check out the highlights below:

On AJ Styles’ rise to the top in recent hours:

“I don’t know if everybody would agree with me, but I like the way that he’s risen to stardom. AJ Styles is of a different genre, and he’s a wonderful part of wrestling, doing things that a lot of guys can’t do. No one can do what he does unless they’re in the ring with him. AJ Styles is an excellent in-ring performer, and he’s as good of a guy that they’ve got up there right now. He’s busted his a–. He busted his a– and made it.”

On Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar:

“Are they old-timers? I prefer to call them ‘fresh-timers.’ That means that they’re pulling people in from the outside with a fresh taste to it. They have a tremendous following from the wrestling universe. Who hasn’t heard of Goldberg? Who hasn’t heard of Lesnar? There are many people out there who want to see what is going to happen when you put those two into the ring.”

On what it’s like to work for Vince McMahon:

“It’s his vision. He’s the one that exists. You better work for him if you want to make a buck. I’m from a different era, but right now, you better be on the boss’ side. If not, there’s not much room out there anymore. There are no more Bolsheviks. The Bolsheviks, with radical views, they’re very few and far between now. People were more of their own boss. When you got done with one place, you could get your shoes, socks, jock strap, and tights, put them in your bag, and drive to the next territory. Now there is just WWE.”

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Christopher Daniels On ROH Title Run Being Overdue, TNA’s Ownership Changes, Samoa Joe

– Ring Of Honor star Christopher Daniels recently spoke with CBS Sports for an interview, check out the highlights below:

On paying his dues and whether he feels a reign as ROH Champion is overdue: “I think I paid enough dues a long time ago. But circumstances are what they are, and sometimes matches don’t go the way you want them to go. Certainly going into the 15th Anniversary Show I feel like there’s a lot of momentum on my side right now. If the fans’ feelings are that it’s about time I’ve had the championship, I’m not going to argue with that. It remains to be seen what happens…”

On if he’s frustrated that he hasn’t been pushed to the top spot in ROH: “Not specifically frustrated. Things go the way they go. It’s not up to me to say this is a good direction or a bad direction. It’s just the way it was. All of us as pro wrestlers try to put ourselves out there as the best product we can be. It falls to people above us to decide that’s the best direction for the company to go…”

On if he is surprised that Samoa Joe made it to the WWE main roster: “Not so much surprised, I’m just happy that it finally happened. I feel like one of the reasons that it took so long is that they were waiting for the right moment… I’m certainly interested to see where this goes. Coming off the Royal Rumble to go toward WrestleMania, I would think that would mean Joe is in a prime position to have a high-profile match at his first WrestleMania.”

On changes in TNA and the recent transition in ownership and management: “I can’t really comment on it with any sort of intelligence because all I know is the same thing that everyone else has seen and read. … I know when I left that I felt like there was some upheaval in management. But I couldn’t tell you everything that’s gone on. I’ve seen what everyone else has with the ratings and mishaps that have gone on.”

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