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Former WWF Intercontinental Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock joined Wrestledelphia Radio’s Mark Whited to talk about his new podcast, the state of the pro wrestling business, CM Punk’s venture into MMA, and the possibility of returning to WWE. They sent us these highlights:

CM Punk entering UFC:

“I thought [CM Punk] took more of a risk than myself, Brock [Lesnar], or anybody else. His background isn’t in wrestling, as far as amateur. His background isn’t in mixed martial arts. His background is just in pro wrestling. So for him to go from pro wrestling, which he was a superstar in, into the MMA world – where he didn’t have any kind of background with submissions or grappling – and going into [UFC], that was a big risk…

“…I thought he did a great job and applaud him for what he did.”

A possible surprise entry into the Royal Rumble and a WWE return:

“I doubt it. I’ve been saying this for years. I’m not understanding that with everybody that I’ve seen come back – Kurt Angle, The Rock – how isn’t Ken Shamrock there? If anybody makes sense in coming back and doing something with those guys coming back, there is no other better person than myself.”

 

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As noted, actor and WWE alum Dave Bautista, also known as Batista, was a guest on The Ross Report with WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross. Among many other things, Batista talked about his favorite matches, being upset when fans booed Rey Mysterio at WWE Royal Rumble (2014), and his most recent run with WWE.

According to Batista, his favorite televised match was a Hell In A Cell versus Triple H, presumably at WWE Vengeance (2005).

“My favorite match is that Hell In A Cell I had with Hunter, actually. It was in a No Mercy pay-per-view, I believe. The reason why I love that match, and it wasn’t nearly as good as the one I had with Taker, definitely wasn’t as significant or as big, but the reason I love this match is because I think up until the very last second, and we beat the hell out of each other and that was in the good old days when you could do that and we were bleeding everywhere, we were going to war with each other and we started this match with people chanting, ‘boring! Boring!’ By the end of the match, we just had everybody just sucked in. This match they literally didn’t know what the outcome was going to be until the very last second, which is hard to get done. And I felt really accomplished coming out of that match.”

Moreover, Batista shared that his favorite match of all time was a house show match against Rey Mysterio in Mexico.

“My favorite match of my career was actually a house show match I had in Mexico with Rey. Yeah, yeah, I was [the big heel] and I begged and pleaded because we weren’t on the card. I was a short-termer in the company and we had torn it down. Working Rey as a heel in Mexico is a dream. It’s anybody’s dream come true. And I begged and pleaded with [Johnny] Ace to give me this match and I finally got it and we gave them a pay-per-view match, man. When we came back from the match, everybody was… I mean, people were applauding, the boys, they were applauding us. We turned a house show into a pay-per-view and we just gave everything. I mean, everything, all the bells and whistles.”

On his most recent run with WWE, Batista said he was heartbroken when Mysterio was booed at the Royal Rumble.

“That was one of my big issues when I went back [to WWE] last time. During the Royal Rumble, like, I had a real issue with people booing Rey Mysterio coming out, just because he wasn’t Daniel Bryan. And I get their love for Daniel Bryan, but at the same time, that’s not a reason to s–t all over Rey Mysterio because he’s not Daniel Bryan, man, that broke my heart. That broke my heart, man. If one guy doesn’t deserve that, it’s him.”

Batista suggested that the situation with Mysterio at the Royal Rumble was indicative of the disconnect he felt with the WWE Universe. ‘The Animal’ divulged that he did not have a meeting of the minds with the fans during his last run with WWE, as he did not understand why the fans chanted for ‘CM Punk’ after he walked out on them.

“But that’s what it was like the whole run. The fans, it just changed so much and I didn’t know where the fans were at. It was just a weird atmosphere and a lot of ‘CM Punk’ chants after he walked out, which I don’t understand and I love CM Punk, man. As a person, Phil Brooks, I love him. I love that guy. We’ve always gotten along. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I didn’t necessarily like the way he left the company and I thought, ‘the fans are cheering him like they’re martyring him, and he really just walked out on them.’ I didn’t love that.”

Similarly, Batista said he did not understand how the wrestleverse could think that Daniel Bryan was being held down.

“So a lot of that and ‘Daniel Bryan’ chants and it’s like every segment. And I thought, ‘man, these people, if they get 16 segments of Daniel Bryan, that’s going to get old real fast. Man, really? Just wait for the guy.’ And there [were] people saying, ‘Daniel Bryan’s being held down.’ Man, this kid’s living his dream! He’s featured on every show, he’s making millions of dollars, how in the hell is he being held down? I just couldn’t see eye-to-eye with what these people were thinking, man. It just didn’t seem to make any sense to me at all.”

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Cody Rhodes told FOX Sports that CM Punk’s infamous ‘Pipe Bomb Promo’ from the Summer of 2011 helped change the pro wrestling industry for good.

When asked about his recent success outside of the WWE bubble, Rhodes claimed it could be traced back to Punk’s words on the June 27, 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw and said promotions like Ring Of Honor have directly benefitted from the exposure ever since.

Back in 2011, Punk mentioned ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling and even said hello to good friend Colt Cabana during his tirade. To Rhodes, that helped put ROH on the map to a whole new level of wrestling fans, ones who possibly didn’t even know the company existed beforehand.

As the current ROH World Champion, Cody has had sterling matches in other organisations like NJPW and WCPW (where he also reigned as WCPW Internet Champion) since leaving WWE. Now a free agent able to pick and choose his own dates, Rhodes believes Punk directly talking about ROH and the fact there are alternatives to WWE has opened up the wrestling world permanently.

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Source: ESPN

Raven spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

How heavily scripted today’s wrestling promos are:

“I think it’s bad for the business. Now they write promos for people. In the old days, you got bullet points. They said, ‘Here are the points you gotta hit, so do it in your character.’ If you didn’t know how to be a character or how to be a star, you didn’t get over. Now they write for everybody, which is good for the lower-tier guys who can’t write, who aren’t creative enough yet or don’t have enough psychology yet. But for guys who have potential star power, you’re really killing it, because [Steve] Austin would’ve never came alive if they would’ve been writing his character for him. If they told him to just stay with these promos. It’s a whole different world now.”

Helping CM Punk in his Ring of Honor days:

“I never realized I helped him that much. Maybe he was listening when I thought he was arguing with me. I thought he would’ve looked back with less than fondness on me because we butted heads quite a bit, but I’m glad he didn’t.”

Talking over fans’ heads:

“Bischoff pulled me aside one time and said, ‘I think you’re talking over the fans’ heads.’ I go, ‘I may be, but I don’t think it matters because it’s mystifying and elegant and eloquent.’ The fans listen to Kurt Cobain music and get the point, but they don’t understand what every word means. They understand the concept of what he’s talking about, and that’s the same thing with my promos. You understood the concept. If you were a misfit, you felt, ‘Here’s somebody who gets me.’ If you were a normal person, you’re like, ‘I hate misfits. Misfits are a pain in the ass. They whine. They complain.’ It was a unique perspective on the world.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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CM Punk was recently asked during an appearance on ESPN Radio out of Chicago, IL if there was any part of him that misses professional wrestling.

“Not at all,” the former WWE Champion said to ESPN Radio Chicago (h/t Wrestling Observer Newsletter).

Punk revealed WWE has sent lawyers and people by proxy after him because they’re mad he “called them on their BS.” One example of this is WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann suing Punk for defamation over comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014. Cabana was a co-defendant in the suit.

Punk (0-1) stated he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White in several months but he wants to fight again. Punk believes he’ll know what is next for him in another month or two.

CM Punk, 38, left WWE suddenly after Royal Rumble 2014. He went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC that was announced in December 2014. His fighting debut took place last September, where he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2:14.

He has continued to train at Roufusport under the direction of Duke Roufus. Dana White is on record as to saying Punk is probably not going to fight in the UFC again.

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WWE is keen on the idea of bringing CM Punk back to the company, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (via Wrestling News).

The 38-year-old walked out in early 2014 amid frustrations over his injury concerns, as well as long-standing creative differences.

He would later publicly air his grievances on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, where he appeared to rule out a return to WWE.

But according to Meltzer, Punk has not completely burnt his bridges in the eyes of management, who would be open to the prospect of a reunion.

Speaking on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected wrestling journalist said: “No matter what is said, WWE wants CM Punk back.”

Few will be surprised to learn that Vince McMahon would be happy to roll out the red carpet for Punk, having previously done so for the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Goldberg – who also departed in acrimony.

But Punk himself has so far shown little indication he would be prepared to reverse his retirement. The Straight Edge Superstar is reportedly still pursuing a career in the octagon, having fought his first match – a defeat to Micky Gall – back in September.

Until he formally puts the latest rumours to bed, though, speculation around his future is likely to continue.