Jeff Jarrett On How Vince & WWE “Destroyed” WCW, Styles-Joe Succeeding In WWE

– Global Force Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett recently spoke with RealSport101.com about his return behind-the-scenes to Impact Wrestling, check out the highlights below:

On how Vince McMahon and WWE “destroyed” WCW: “Oil and water, if you want to compare the two. Vince McMahon, he’s third generation, and his enormous empire, he ran it much like the territories. The buck stopped with him, he made the decisions, that’s how a company should be run. Feast or famine, right or wrong, the WWE is driven off his decision making and always has been. WCW was a corporate world. Eric Bischoff, I have a lot of respect for the guy, because he not only survived, but he thrived in a corporate environment that was so difficult to succeed in. Was he the only decision maker? Not at all. It’s a corporate entity, and a publicly traded company, so it’s really not a knock on Turner and Time Warner and that organisation, but that’s the reality. An entertainment property, specifically a wrestling property, you have to have a decision maker. You have to have somebody who sits on top, that is guiding the ship, that makes the decisions. They were polar opposites, and in the end, the WCW money got them in first place for a while, with Eric’s leadership and the hot talent, but in the end, Vince destroyed them.”

On other wrestling companies using intergender matches: “Obviously in that time [Attitude Era], it was the right time. I think as a constant, it doesn’t work, and it hasn’t worked. That’s been proven over history. But in the right time, in the right circumstance, with the right talent, and in that era, Chyna was one of those characters. She was one of the real personalities that defined the Attitude Era. Stone Cold, Rock, DX – when you think of DX, I immediately think of Road Dogg, his persona just oozed that attitude, and then you look at Chyna. She was the ninth wonder of the world, and everything that went with that. The timing and the situations that we were put together, eighteen years later we’re still talking about it, so something was done right.”

On seeing former TNA stars like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe succeed in WWE: “I couldn’t be more happy for those guys. I saw AJ in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. It was great to see him. We’ve stayed in contact, obviously through the New Japan relationship I got to see AJ quite a bit. Proud is a word, happy is a word. Going back to AJ debuting at the Royal Rumble, and the reaction he got, it put a huge smile on me and Karen’s face, because AJ and his family are a huge part of my professional life, and personal life to a certain degree, from 2002 on. He was a young kid, go back and look at the pictures from North Georgia, that had a – pardon the pun – phenomenal ability in the ring, very athletic, and the matches that we had that are some of the best I ever had, give him the credit. AJ, Bobby [Roode], Samoa Joe, Eric Young’s coming in – it’s very obvious that I had nothing to do with their departure, and of course from a business point of view it’s unfortunate, but also just to follow that up from a business point of view, it’s one of the things that energises me most about 2017 and beyond, is who is that next AJ Styles, who is that next Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe. They’re out there – they’re in this country actually – so that’s one of the things that really excites me about the future of Impact and Global Force.”

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It’s Time To Stop: “You Deserve It”

 

It seems recently the WWE audience can hijack a show with their chants; there is nothing wrong with that, but it is what they have been chanting that is getting on some of our nerves. “You deserve it” was recently chanted when Bray Wyatt stepped inside the ring on Monday Night Raw after capturing the WWE World Championship for the first time in his career. By all means, I am a fan and I’m not trying to take away from the fact that he does deserve it, but that being said the chant is a bit played out and overused now don’t you think?

 

It probably goes further back, but this trend seemed to begin when Kevin Owens won the championship, then Sasha Banks, then Bayley, then… well you get the point. This feels like a blatant ploy for the audience to get over on that person’s success. There are plenty of people who deserve to be put over in wrestling and if/when they do, will this chant become over used like some of the other chants?

 

Let’s talk about “What?” for a moment. I remember the inception of this Stone Cold catch phrase being used on Kurt Angle. It was funny and at the time it was only used when Stone Cold was doing a promo, but now, even a decade later it is still being chanted in the audience. Maybe it has become a staple of being in a WWE audience like the Ric Flair “Woo’s” you’ll hear before or throughout a show, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t become annoying. I feel like Kurt Angle now any time “What?” rains down from the audience whenever a heel pauses for a moment during their promos. You can also tell when the wrestlers have become fed up, turning to insult the audience in order to get a stream of “boos” just to stop the constant “What?” chants.

 

Finally let’s talk about two more overused chants in the WWE Universe. “This is awesome,” and “Holy S**t”. I am so happy that the WWE is putting on better matches then they were during the PG era, but sometimes you hear this chant and it befuddles you. For me, the first time I ever heard these chants was on TNA and they were well warranted. Only the top notch matches got a “This is awesome” chant or the craziest moments got a “Holy S**t” chant. When you heard that, you knew you were seeing something special. Recently all you need to do to induce a “Holy S**t” chant is to go through a table. Now you can almost guarantee when AJ Styles steps in the ring you’re going to hear a “This is awesome” chant. It’s time to stop! These were meant for those extraordinary moments, but now they’ve been used so often they’ve lost their meaning. Come up with something original WWE Universe! And no I don’t meant chanting about an equipment malfunction.

 

It’s time to stop!

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Jeri-KO: The Beautiful Breakup

Kevin attacks Jericho during the Festival of Friendship (wwe.com (2017)

“Give the audience what they expect, but not how they expect it”.

The quote above is something screenwriters, actors, and storytellers all follow because so often audiences know what to expect from a film or television show, however, it’s not about the event, it’s about the story leading up to it. The breakup of the “best friends” seemed inevitable, but no one quite knew when it was going to come and with Chris Jericho booking a match on behalf of Kevin Owens against Goldberg for the Universal Championship at WWE Fastlane, we thought we had our answer… Little did we know, Jericho and Owens would go on the “fast lane” to break up this friendship.

On the 13th of February 2017 edition of Monday Night Raw, Chris Jericho hosted the festival of friendship to celebrate his longstanding (fictitious) friendship with Kevin Owens. The duo’s chemistry has been incredible, playing off one another with ease and adding little nuances to their act (e.g. The List) to constantly keep their act fresh and entertaining for the WWE audience. This friendship was certainly deserving of a celebration, however, all good things come to an end and although we knew the end was coming sooner rather than later, it still shocked and broke the hearts of a large portion of the WWE faithful.

The festival of friendship started off with Chris Jericho coming out with showgirls and presenting an array of terrible gifts to a very agitated Kevin Owens and the breakup was once again being teased, but it seemed like once again, Jericho and Owens would walk away as best friends. Chris Jericho has always been the fan favourite of this duo and when Chris Jericho poured his heart out to Kevin Owens and the fans during the festival of friendship, in what seemed like a very real and heartfelt speech about how his time with Kevin Owens has been one of the highlights of his career – fans could only cheer and applaud the legend for his honesty and heartfelt speech, and it was also the reason fans were about to hate Kevin Owens more than they ever had before.

Jericho reveals The List of KO (wwe.com (2017)

The List has been Chris Jericho’s weapon of destruction, as he has put the “stupid idiots” he and Kevin Owens have encountered on the dreaded list, and through this whole period it was understood that Jericho and Owens could never be on the list. “It’s perfect, a new list!” Jericho said as he unwrapped his gift given to him by his “best friend” Kevin Owens…  “How come my name is on this?” a confused Jericho said as he lifted the clipboard and revealed “The list of KO” written on the back, fans gasped as they realised they were witnessing the end of Jeri-KO.

March 5th at the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view, seemed like the date fans believed this friendship was going to end and not only did they get it three weeks before the pay-per-view, they also witnessed the impossible – Chris Jericho was put on THE LIST!

As much as, Chris Jericho has been positioned as the bad guy on WWE television, his list has become one of the most popular things in the WWE. Prior to Kevin Owens ultimate betrayal, Jericho endeared himself to the fans once again by expressing his love for the time he has spent with Kevin Owens and moments later when the tables were turned and the list was used against him and his best friend betrayed him, fans could only feel sympathy for poor Chris Jericho.

“The Festival of Friendship” was actually “The Festival of great storytelling” as Jericho and Owens masterfully told the story of their breakup and not only drew audiences in, but made them emotionally invested as they were gasping at sound of Chris Jericho being on the list and legitimately angry by having to witness Kevin Owens betray his best friend by smashing his head into the glass that read “WELCOME Festival OF FRIENDSHIP”. The WWE gave the fans the break up they had been anticipating for months, but just not the way fans expected it and by doing this they have set the stage for this incredible story to continue and become bigger and better!

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No Way Jose Talks Growing Up Watching The Rock And Stone Cold, Representing His Country

– WWE NXT Star No Way Jose recently spoke with ESPN about a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

On representing his country:

“It’s cool to get into this from what I grew up watching, but now I’m representing a country. You have to go back and actually see everything that’s going on in there. It’s cool to see the support and the love I’m getting representing the Dominican Republic. I’m out here trying to represent the Latinos as a whole, you know, and having fun doing it.”

On who he grew up watching:

“It’s something that when you grow up, you know, I started watching The Rock and Stone Cold. Valenzuela people, in my family and from my generation, [went] back and watched people from the island [like] Jack Veneno. He’s there and he is one of the heroes, the hero of DR. It’s cool trying to get in there and get lost in the world that is wrestling. I wanted to be part of that, and here I am.”

On comparing NXT to college:

“This is what NXT does, you go there and work every single day. It’s just like college. You have the professors, who are your coaches, the students, who are the recruits. Everybody goes in there and works hard every single day. You work hard in the ring, work hard outside the ring, you work hard in the gym. You do things, paying your dues. You look yourself in the mirror every single day. You try to get better and better, and make it to a place where you can be this larger-than-life persona that everyone tries to get into.”

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Kevin Owens Takes Shot At Goldberg Wrestling Part-Time

– As noted, Goldberg and Kevin Owens have been firing back and fourth on twitter over the past few weeks. Most recently, Owens took a shot at Goldberg’s part-time wrestling status with WWE.

Check out the tweets below:

Approximately 9 days, 5 hours and 4 minutes until @FightOwensFight loses his Universal Championship. #WWEFastlane #OwensIsNEXT

— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) February 24, 2017

Good luck with that, man! Sorry I only just saw this now but I was busy wrestling at a live event in Germany like true @WWE Superstars do.☺️ https://t.co/JgxHiMPMJV

— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) February 25, 2017

WWE Fastlane is scheduled for Sunday March 5th.

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Jim Ross On Kevin Owens’ WWE RAW Promo, Big Show Getting Over Braun Strowman, More

– WWE Hal of Famer Jim Ross posted on his latest blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights:, check out the highlights below:
Kevin Owens:

“From my perspective, Kevin Owens was the star of Monday Night Raw as his show opening, in ring promo was excellent and was arguably Owens’ best verbal work since arriving in WWE. His pending WM33 bout with Chris Jericho has show stealing potential and should prove to be a major win for KO at the WWE’s biggest event. Owens is blessed that he’s in a program with Jericho who is as good a performer as WWE is currently featuring.”

Big Show:

“Hats off the Big Show for doing a terrific job of shining up Braun Strowman who has been strategically booked by WWE, particularly over the past several weeks. Strowman is still a massive, work in progress but the is making positive strides and presents a compelling potential, finished product over time. Big Show represented himself and the business well Monday night in the show closing match.”

Alexa Bliss:

“Enjoying the TV persona development of Alexa Bliss who has arguably improved more over the past few months as any female in WWE. Alexa is arguably the best, heel female in WWE these days.”

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