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Earlier this week, former Lucha Underground star Angelicoconfirmed he signed with All Elite Wrestling. Angelico had been working in Europe for the past year and noted he was looking for a change.

Last month before the announcement was made official, Angelico spoke with German Wrestling Federation about AEW and how when a wrestling promotion is fresh it’s something he’s always interested in pursuing.

“Anything that’s new in wrestling—much like Lucha Underground—has a bit of a boom around it because the same companies and the same wrestlers have been around for decades now,” Angelico said. “So, whenever a new company comes in and they offer something new I think that always has something interesting to it. You kind of don’t know where it’s going to go, you sort of have to play it by year and I’ve always kind of been like that in life.

“I work as hard as I can day-to-day, but don’t have an end goal. It’s just every day, just a process of trying to be a better person, trying to be a better wrestler and eventually I trust that will lead me to wherever I’m going to be, eventually. Definitely new projects are interesting to me. … The same as Lucha [Underground], I didn’t know what the concept was until I filmed an episode, but that’s part of the allure to it, it’s new. AEW definitely has that going for it, for sure.” 

Angelico also commented about WWE and how it’s not really a concern to him if he never ends up signing with them in the future.

“When I had the notion to be a professional wrestler, I didn’t want to be a WWE wrestler,” Angelico said. “That was never part of my plan. My personal goal was just to achieve just being and becoming a professional wrestler, to live and work in this business. Even though WWE is undoubtedly the mecca of wrestling, to me it wasn’t the end goal to becoming a wrestler. Even though obviously no one would turn down a fair or good deal by WWE, I don’t think that I’ll feel any less about myself if I don’t arrive there at some point.”

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It appears “The Great Eight” has his sights set on The Great One’s all-time goal record.

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has collected 658 career tallies over 14 NHL seasons and needs 237 goals to break Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894. The 33-year-old understands that he’ll have to stay in prime condition if he’s going to eclipse Gretzky’s famed record.

“I have to be healthy. I have to be in good shape,” Ovechkin said, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti. “I’m going to try to do it, but you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.”

The 6-foot-3 sniper became just the third player in NHL history to record eight 50-goal campaigns – after Gretzky and Mike Bossy – this season. With Ovechkin playing for one of the league’s elite teams and showing no signs of slowing down, Gretzky knows his record isn’t safe.

“He’s a good athlete, he plays in a great organization, he plays with good players, which you have to do, and there’s no question he has a legitimate chance,” Gretzky said. “Good for him. … If he does, I’ll be the first guy to shake his hand. I think it’s great for the game.”

Ovechkin – a seven-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner – is on pace to lead the league in goals for a record eighth time. He currently holds a four-goal advantage on John Tavaresand Leon Draisaitl with two games remaining.

Ember Moon recently spoke with GuideLive.com to promote next Monday’s WWE RAW in Dallas. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

How she used WWE and comic books to get through her childhood:

“I was just bullied really bad in school, and my only escape was to turn on WWE SmackDown or Raw. Just go into a different world and see all of these larger than life characters defending their ideals. Not afraid to defend themselves and stick up for what they believed in.”

Wanting to become champion in WWE or headline WrestleMania:

“We all want our name in the history books, and I want to continue to keep writing Ember Moon in those slots anywhere I can.”

The higher purpose she believes her career can serve:

“I just want to show people that it’s OK to be you. That it’s OK to defend everything that you want in life to accomplish your dreams no matter what other people say. That’s my main goal.”

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss spoke with The Mirror to promote Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam match against Ronda Rousey. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Her match with Rousey having potential to headline SummerSlam:

“You have the five-time WWE Champion going up against a UFC Hall of Famer. Why not let it be the main event? I do I believe that with the women’s evolution going the way it is, then why not? But if not, then it is still great that I get to have a match with Ronda, who is making her SummerSlam debut.”

Her two years on the main roster and wanting to headline WrestleMania:

“It has been an amazing two years at the WWE and I am very fortunate with the opportunities that I have been given. I am looking forward to seeing women evolve and now I am ready to keep our division going. But for me, the ultimate goal is to main event WrestleMania. That is the big one and is on all of the women’s bucket lists. It really is and would be the epitome of what this evolution is. I am also just happy to help continuing to elevate the women’s evolution.”

Which WWE Hall of Famer she would want to face at the all-women’s Evolution pay-per-view in October:

“Trish Stratus, because I watched her when I was growing up and was one person I would love to get in the ring with. I always watched her and think it would be fun to be in the ring with her.”

Shinsuke Nakamura was interviewed by Lillian Garcia at the Ace Comic Con and was heavily applauded for his achievements so far since joining the company. Garcia put over the fact that he won the NXT Championship just four months after joining the company, won his first-ever Royal Rumble match, and went to compete against AJ Styles in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 34, which was also his first-ever.

Garcia asked Nakamura if coming to WWE was always a goal of his, which he responded no. Nakamura then went into detail of why he decided to leave New Japan Pro Wrestling to sign with WWE.

“In Japan, I thought I accomplished everything,” said Nakamura. “So, I tried other things. So, then in 2015, [I thought], what should I do next? At the time, my friend, who works in WWE, called me. Probably it’s time to challenge next. Then I [decided to join WWE]. So, I didn’t follow the WWE history, but I knew big names like Andre the Giant [and] Hulk Hogan, because they wrestled in Japan. When I was a kid, [it was] hard to watch WWE, because I needed to go to [the] video shop, [but] I didn’t have any money.”

Nakamura added that he did not do any research about WWE before he signed, because he wanted to feel the element of surprise regarding how the company is.

Since joining WWE, Nakamura stated that he is surprised at what he has witnessed, mainly because he is used to the style of New Japan and the indies including a lot of “dangerous moves.” Instead, WWE “tries to keep simple,” and is much different than other companies.

Regarding his series with AJ Styles, Nakamura admitted that both he and Styles were nervous at WrestleMania 34 since it was such a big stage. However, he went on to say that as they started to compete in more matches against each other, the matches started to become good. He also showed his interest in competing against Styles again, because he knows that their matches will get better and better.

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Former WWE Women’s Champion and Virginia native Mickie James was interviewed by Virginia This Morning to promote her upcoming country music album as well as her current WWE run. James stated that although she learned how to play the violin at eight years old, she did not start diligently writing music until her WWE career, as she would listen to the radio and have time to write during the long travel hours.

Since the life of a WWE superstar can have both a physical and emotional toll, James stated that writing music actually became a balance to her hectic schedule, and she feels blessed to have a music career outside of WWE. James also commented on her current WWE run, and how she has different goals than her first one.

“It’s incredible,” said James. “I just came back for my second run, and it was kind of a surprise for me. Especially coming back after having a son, and he’s going on four years old… but to come back after that, it’s definitely changed my perception and my goals, I think, of why I’m doing a lot of the things that I’m doing. When you’re young and you’re having fun and you’re traveling around the world, you’re just spending money and doing whatever. But now, it’s like, [I’m thinking about] college funds.”

Although James used her spare time during her first WWE run to write tunes, she took advantage of her time in Impact wrestling to really get her country music career off the ground. With her “Hardcore Country” theme song, James had the opportunity to showcase her music walking to the ring, as well as the promotion from the company. She even had the opportunity to perform the song at a TNA event in 2010, with some help from Eric Young before having a melee with then-rival Tara (Victoria).

James made her WWE return in 2016 in NXT against Asuka, and re-debuted on the main roster by assisting Alexa Bliss during her feud with Becky Lynch. Although she had a short feud with Bliss over the Raw Women’s Championship, James has spent most of her time in her current WWE run as the fall person for Bliss’ feuds with Lynch, Nia Jax, and Ronda Rousey.

 

Former Impact Wrestling Knockout Chelsea Green, aka Laurel Van Ness, spoke to The Roman Show at the annual Florida Supercon. They sent us these highlights:

Her relationship with Zack Ryder:

“He inspires me. I want to be there (WWE) more now because I want to spend time with him.

“We do try to keep wrestling separate from our relationship. I always wanted to be there no matter what and I want to stay true to that. I worked up kind of the wrestling ladder to get there. I hope we can be there to be together. He does inspire me with my character. Sometimes we sit down and go through different things I can do things with my character because he has been doing it for so long.”

If she knows if she will participate in the Mae Young Classic:

“Not yet. So stay tuned. I think there is so much amazing talent to be uncovered so I am waiting Ill know when you guys know.”

WWE signing Io Shirai and Kairi Sane:

“I knew that they would. I am glad the world opened their eyes to female Japanese stars. I think people for so long paid attention to Mexico, Canada, Australia and England and never Japan. It was kind of crazy. Now, they see how fearless they are.”


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