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Source: Hard Hidz

On episode 10 of Hard Hidz Wrestling Podcast, a press conference aired with current WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz talking about his title reign being better than Dean Ambrose’s recent run with the gold and his goals for the Intercontinental Championship, cutting his career revitalizing promo on Talking Smack, and live crowds hijacking in-ring segments.

According to The Miz, his current Intercontinental Championship title reign has been better than Ambrose’s stint with the strap. Moreover, ‘The A-Lister’ professed that he grew up with idolizing legendary IC champs who elevated the title and that is what he is doing today.

“I make this title relevant, so I have to keep this title. Now, Dean Ambrose in the ring, no doubt he’s very good at what he does. Yes, we know, we get it – you’re a big fan, but Dean Ambrose is someone to be reckoned with in the WWE ring and I know that for a fact for sure. But him as the Intercontinental Champion, his reign wasn’t as good as when I have the title and as prestigious as when I have the title because that’s what it’s all about to me because me as a kid growing up the Ultimate Warriors, the Shawn Michaels, the Bret Harts, they were all the workhorses of the WWE. They were the ones to make it prestigious and I am that guy. And as good as Dean Ambrose is, he’s not The Miz.”

The Miz stated that he wants the Intercontinental Championship title to be talked about more and given more time than the Universal title.

“When it’s more talked about than the Universal title, given more airtime, which obviously it has been because someone doesn’t show up a lot, but it’s quite alright. He is ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar and he has earned the right to do that because, I mean, let’s face it. When he’s on the show, you want to watch to see what’s going to happen next.” The Miz continued, “right now, the Intercontinental title is the title on the show, the single’s title, on the show, so applause to me.”

With respect to The Miz’s impassioned promo on Daniel Bryan from Talking Smack, ‘The Awesome One’ recalled that he was angry that day because he was the Intercontinental Champion and not doing anything and that many Superstars before him said they want to make the IC title prestigious again, but it is merely lip service. The Miz claimed he asked to be put on Talking Smack when he was told he was not going to be used on SmackDown.

“I was pissed. I was angry. And the main reason I was angry, so that day, I get to the building and I’m Intercontinental Champion. As Intercontinental Champion, I was doing nothing. I was like, ‘I have this title, it’s the title I remember as a kid thinking, ‘God, I love this title.’ I always wanted to be that guy. Everybody always says, ‘I’m going to make this title relevant again,’ ‘I’m going to make it prestigious,’ and everybody’s always chomping their gums doing that and it always seems like whoever was Intercontinental Champion would be losing every single match until the Intercontinental Championship match and win. I didn’t want to be that Superstar. I didn’t want to be that guy. So I get to the building and they tell me, ‘yeah, you’re not needed today on the show.’ I’m like, ‘excuse me? I’m the Intercontinental Champion.’ ‘Sorry, yeah, we’re debuting the new Tag Team titles and we’re debuting the new Women’s title, so we kind of don’t have enough room for the Intercontinental title.’ And I went, ‘huh. You’re telling me the rich history of this title, all the Superstars that held this title before me are just irrelevant because we have two new titles you need to put in there?’ And so, I go, ‘put me on Talking Smack tonight.’ And they go, ‘why?’ I go, ‘everything I’m going to unleash it on Daniel. He’s the General Manager. He’s the person to get things done, right? Well, he’s going to need to get things done.'”

Notably, The Miz admitted that he fully expected Bryan to deck him, but did not think he would storm off.

“We went in there and I had no idea he was going to walk away. I was actually planning on him hitting me, like, ‘when is he going to hit me? When is he going to hit me?’ And I knew I couldn’t hit him back. But I was just so angry and it got the attention it needed and I succeeded at doing what I wanted to do, which was making the title mean something.”

Interestingly, The Miz suggested that Talking Smack is great because sometimes the live crowd derails things.

“It’s great, right? Yeah, I love it. I love Talking Smack. I though they do an incredible job with it and they allow the Superstars to really shine, Superstars you don’t really get to see. A lot of it, I’ll be honest, the crowd messes up a lot of stuff. They can make a promo and elevate it and make it the most amazing thing ever or they can really shut it down. A couple of things that happen that people don’t realize, I’ll be cutting a promo and there will be one guy, one guy, and he’s like [shouting incoherently] and nobody else hears him… everyone in the audience hears him, but the people at home don’t hear him. I hear him, but I’m trying to get across what I need to get across and showcase what we’re doing for the millions at home, but one guy is ruining it for everyone. Or they’ll start the ‘what’ chant.”

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Think of the NFL player that’s most like LeBron James.

Chances are you aren’t imagining Eli Manning.

Yet James is the player New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison used when explaining why he believes his teammate Manning was slighted by not being included on NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2016.

“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron,” Harrison said Monday during an interview on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

“I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. If any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 (points), 15 rebounds, and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”

Manning threw for over 4,000 yards last season, but a dozen quarterbacks threw for more. Additionally, 11 quarterbacks threw as many or more touchdown passes than he did.

Manning certainly had a respectable year, but it wasn’t a grave injustice for him not to be included in the Top 100.

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Joe Montana doesn’t seem bothered by Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to land a new NFL contract. In fact, it makes perfect sense to him.

While some claim Kaepernick’s acts of protest have led to his unemployment, the Hall of Famer believes his fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s playing style doesn’t jell with the NFL’s current state.

“That style of quarterback, everybody thought was going to take over the NFL,” Montana told For The Win’s Charles Curtis on Tuesday, referring to Kaepernick’s tendency to play outside the pocket. “You look at guys who had success in college, that only had success one year. Usually those guys, the next year, it’s very difficult on them.”

Kaepernick looked like he was on his way to becoming a star when he broke through as a starter in 2012 and 2013, using his legs as his primary weapon, but struggled in the following three seasons.

“The league has figured out how to defend it,” said Montana. “If I’m playing defense, I want the quarterback to run so I can hit him. In the pocket, you can’t really hit him. So you look at Tim Tebow – he’s a great guy, does a lot of great things. But when you complete 40-something percent of your passes, even in the low 50s, you’re not going to make it.”

Kaepernick’s completion percentage has never dipped below 58.4 percent over a season in his six seasons, though his career high is only 62.4 percent.

Montana admits he has some admiration for Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but he understands how those demonstrations could affect the quarterback’s job prospects as well.

“I’m sure there are some distraction issues,” Montana said. “When we were playing with Bill Walsh, if you were a distraction, he didn’t care how good you were, if you didn’t mix in with the team, you weren’t there very long.”

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Source: NBC Sports

NBC Sports has an interview with WWE SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, ahead of his return on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live. It is his first appearance on WWE television since Bryan and Brie welcomed their daughter, Birdie Joe, on May 9th.

Bryan discussed fatherhood, as well as his role on SmackDown. He also had some poignant comments about the current product feeling stale.

“I think a change of presentation is absolutely necessary,” Bryan said. “I think the way that we present our superstars probably needs to change. Years ago they went through with this idea of having as much live stuff as possible on the shows, but I think when you watch say UFC for example, some of the things that are the most endearing, that make you care the most about the fighters are these backstage vignettes that get to show their real personality. You’ll see great fights that people will cheer maybe because they’re great fights, but the fights that have the most impact are the ones with fighters who people actually care about.

“I think one of the things that really endeared me to people was that people got to view more aspects of my personality than most because of the different things that I did within WWE. Seeing performers frustrated and being able to show that on TV and being able to show their experiences, their reactions to what’s happening to them on the show and doing backstage vignettes. There was a great one on NXT about Roderick Strong recently about being a new dad and all of that kind of stuff. Since I’ve been gone, they’ve been doing some really fun stuff with the Fashion Police. Not that there needs to be more of that exact kind of stuff, but it helps people get to know their personalities. I think one of our failings on SmackDown Live was American Alpha. They’re great and on NXT they did all of these fun little interview segments with the two of them that got to show the people behind American Alpha. (They saw) who Chad Gable is, who Jason Jordan is. I’d like to do more of that kind of stuff.”

Bryan noted that personalities draw in other sports, and bringing more of that to WWE would help the business.

“In combat sports, personalities are what draw,” Bryan said. “Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was one of the worst boxing matches I’ve ever seen, but millions of people watched it because of the personalities involved. I think changing that dynamic and highlighting the personalities is something we really need to do. Now, I don’t know how we do it. I think if anybody has a magic answer of what the best way is to present personalities in this modern day of television, they’d make millions of dollars, so I may not have the answer.”

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Naheed Nenshi wants Brian Burke to stop riling people up.

“Don’t try to make headlines,” Calgary’s mayor told the Calgary Sun’s Rick Bell when asked if he had any advice for the Flames president of hockey operations Thursday. “Don’t try to inflame people.”

Nenshi was critical of several comments the Flames‘ president of hockey operations made at a public speaking engagement Wednesday, including Burke’s soft threat of relocation if the hockey club doesn’t get a new facility and the executive’s comparison of the Flames’ plight to the Edmonton Oilers‘ arena situation.

The mayor says he saw right through what he believes Burke was trying to do.

“Seriously, it’s the script,” Nenshi said. “We’ve seen this movie before. The point is we need a different ending here in Calgary.”

The Oilers moved into their new arena, Rogers Place, last fall, and that building was constructed with more public money than Nenshi wants used on any future Flames facility.

“I want it to end in something that doesn’t look like Edmonton, that is a deal where any public money is very clear and it absolutely leads to public benefit,” the mayor said.

He added, “(The Oilers) had a very different situation. They had a derelict part of their city. They hadn’t had a skyscraper built in the downtown in who knows how long. They needed to try and really revitalize their downtown. We are a completely different environment. To ask for that deal in a completely different environment isn’t going to fly with taxpayers. It can’t just be, ‘Give us the deal the guys up the road got.'”

Flames president and CEO Ken King was quick to engage in damage control Wednesday, addressing Burke’s comments with a brief statement insisting Burke “is not our spokesperson regarding a new events center for our city.”

Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome is the oldest arena in the NHL that hasn’t undergone extensive renovations, having opened in 1983.

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Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson reiterated this week that the media antics of LaVar Ball will have no influence on whether the Lakers select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft.

“I don’t look at any parent when it comes to a professional league,” Johnson told ESPN LA 710’s “Marcellus and Kevin” on Wednesday. “I have no problem with LaVar.”

Johnson then drew a comparison to another only-in-L.A. story, the Kardashians.

“The Kardashians, we didn’t say the mom was bad, and she made them a lot of money, right?” he said. “I think it’s the same here, (LaVar is) saying ‘my son’s great’ and there’s nothing bad with that.”

Johnson went on the record earlier this month by saying the potential distraction of the senior Ball wouldn’t dictate the Lakers’ draft strategy. While most observers expect the purple and gold to select the UCLA product, other reports have suggested it’s not a given.

Last week, The Vertical’s Jonathon Givony said the Lakers were trying to set up a head-to-head workout between Ball and De’Aaron Fox, who torched Ball in the NCAA tournament. Johnson didn’t discuss that report, but did say the team was in the process of setting up a workout with Ball.

Despite LaVar’s earlier proclamation that his son would only work out for his hometown Lakers, a report surfaced Thursday that he would consider visiting the Philadelphia 76ers, holders of the No. 3 pick.

Johnson, meanwhile, reminded listeners that once players arrive in the NBA, they are all over the age of 18 and can be considered adults.

“This young man has been a champion in high school, he’s gone on to have a stellar career at UCLA, and his father was talking then and it didn’t bother (Lonzo),” Johnson said. “So as long as it doesn’t bother him, it’s not going to bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court.”

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Source: The Steve Austin Show

Recently on The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin shared his thoughts on WWE Superstar Seth Rollins’ connection to the audience, his character, and compared Rollins to WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart.

According to Austin, Rollins is only “somewhat over” with the WWE Universe. Moreover, Rollins needs the crowd to be more invested in him for a long match like ‘The Architect”s WrestleMania 33 match versus Triple H to work.

“Rollins is somewhat over, not all-the-way over, not by a long shot. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way. That’s just being honest.” Austin explained, “he [has] relied on his sequences and his athleticism to carry him. To take him to the next level, he’ll have to get more character development.”

Austin admitted that he still does not have a sense of the Seth Rollins character.

“When you say ‘Seth Rollins’ or if you want to say ‘Seth Freakin’ Rollins’, I still don’t have a sense of what or who this guy is. And so, that rests on Seth Rollins’ shoulders, as an individual, as a performer, to define or create that as well as the WWE because I still don’t get a sense of what kind of personality he is.”

Austin went on to compare ‘The Kingslayer’ to another top notch in-ring performer who was an introvert by nature, the legendary Bret Hart.

“Bret wasn’t an over-the-top guy. He was a pretty humble and a very quiet individual outside the ring, so in many regards kind of somewhat like Seth although Bret’s an entirely different animal, but there’s a case of a guy who’s not a showy kind of guy, but very conservative, but just a highly defined gimmick, a badass gimmick, and a world class worker, so Seth needs to work on this.”