Posts Tagged ‘Comparisons’

Roman Reigns was interviewed by The Express during the current WWE tour in the U.K. Below are some highlights:

Steve Austin on his podcast saying that Roman Reigns should turn heel “to have the biggest run”:

“I think everybody has their opinions. Like ice cream, everybody has their flavor, everybody has their opinion. It’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. He definitely knows the area and the territory that I’m in. He knows what it’s like to pull the trigger and be a workhorse. So I think there’s definitely a lot of truth in what he has to say and I value his opinion. Is it going to happen? I can’t guarantee that. It’s one of those situations where you kind of got to take it week by week and just understand the role. I definitely think there is a lot of great truth to what he’s thinking and his knowledge in the game. But Stone Cold is not my boss.”

If he would turn heel:

“Would I like to turn heel? I don’t know. It’s a weird question cause, aren’t I already a heel? If I garnered that reaction, what’s the point? If it’s already happening, if I’m already being booed, why try and get booed?

“I think right now I’m in a cool situation and kind of a little bit different than anybody because the only person that’s really been in my shoes before is (John) Cena. But Cena is Cena, you know. I’m nothing like him, I’ve never been like him. I think I’m in a good place to kind of do whatever I want to do with this character and not necessarily just be a heel or be a babyface. I feel like my character can be so much more than that.”

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Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger have plenty in common, but how the veteran quarterbacks reacted to their respective teams using mid-round draft picks on their potential successors doesn’t fall into that category.

“There are no more surprises anymore in the draft,” Manning told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post on Monday. “That’s just part of the business. Not surprised, I guess.”

The New York Giants used a fourth-round pick on Kyle Lauletta, who will have a chance to eventually take over for Manning as the starting quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers took Mason Rudolph one round earlier with a similar line of thinking.

Manning and Roethlisberger both entered the league as first-round picks in 2004 and have spent their entire careers with one organization. Both own a pair of Super Bowl rings and both are in the latter stages of their careers.

“I know he’s very talented,” Manning said of Lauletta. “Just excited to get him in the facility, get him on the practice field and work with him.”

Manning’s response starkly contrasted that of his Steelers counterpart, who openly criticized the Rudolph pick and indicated he has no intention of helping the former Oklahoma State star.

“If he asks me a question, I might just have to point to the playbook,” Roethlisberger said of Rudolph.

As for Manning, the 37-year-old admitted he watched the draft this year with more intrigue than normal about how the team would utilize its picks. He endured a turbulent 2017 campaign, but the selection of running back Saquon Barkley instead of a quarterback second overall suggests the Giants are confident he has multiple strong seasons left in his arm.

“I didn’t know how it was going to play out,” Manning said. “I knew it was a possibility, but it wasn’t going to affect my outlook on what my job is or is going forward. I have a job to play and at this point every year it’s year-to-year. You have to prove that you deserve to be here and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Brian Burke doesn’t see a spot for Hartford on the NHL map.

Appearing on “Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup” on Wednesday, and asked whether the NHL’s return to the Connecticut capital is a possibility, Burke retorted, “You’ll see Jesus before you see a team back in Hartford.”

The former general manager of the Hartford Whalers – from 1992-1993 – described a desolate market that was known as the “roaring ’80s” during his tenure, noting that many big employers and high-paying jobs uprooted for nearby Manhattan.

The resulting loss of industry and jobs eventually stripped away at the local economy and contributed to the Whalers moving to Raleigh, N.C. in 1997, where the club rebranded as the Carolina Hurricanes.

Despite the loss in Hartford, the passion for the team still exists. Recent years have seen Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy leading those discussions, as he’s floated the idea of renovating the XL Center – the Whalers’ former home – to lure the NHL’s return. He also invited the nearby New York Islanders, then in search of a new arena, to make their digs in the old barn.

Earlier this season, the Hurricanes, under new owner Thomas Dundon, paid tribute to the franchise’s legacy, bringing back team gear with the iconic Whalers logo and the unforgettable Brass Bonanza goal song.

Meanwhile in Hartford, while the XL Center now houses AHL hockey, the market itself is still seemingly behind Seattle, Houston, and Quebec City on the NHL’s expansion radar.

As for Burke, the former president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flamesresigned from the club earlier this week, later accepting a role with Sportsnet as a playoff analyst.

Impact Knockouts Champion Allie spoke with with Real Sport on going from Cherry Bomb to Allie, Impact’s TV tapings, and working in front of crowds outside of Orlando. Here are some of the highlights:

Challenges with Impact Wrestling doing longer TV tapings:

“I would say that probably the biggest challenge is when we do long shoots. So, for instance, I wanna say it was last year we did a 9-day or 12-day loop, and the biggest challenge of that obviously was the toll it took on all our bodies. You know, it’s not like we’re just actors and we’re on set for stretches of time. We’re actually getting in there and getting beat up. So physically, it is incredibly taxing to do long stretches like that. Thankfully, it seems like we’re going in a direction where we’re not going to be doing that, and so that is a nice change of pace for sure. But I think in terms of filming ahead of time, like this is not something that’s totally unheard of. Lucha Underground also films in chunks ahead of time, and I believe NXT also films in chunks. I hate to say this, but I feel like there’s a weird light that gets shone on Impact for that, and I really don’t think it’s that out of the box.”

Wrestling in front of Canadian crowds and outside of Orlando:

“Definitely when you’re at a live show and it’s just wrestling fans, the energy in the building is going to be completely different because those fans are there specifically to see a wrestling show. Whereas when we shoot in Orlando, it’s a mix of wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans. You know, the reactions are a little bit different. I mean, the Canadian fans specifically are just insane. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a Smash Wrestling show or if anyone has been to them, but they’re crazy and they’re loud and they react to things. So yeah, it’s a totally different feel I think. And I’m crossing my fingers that we’re gonna be in Toronto specifically at some point soon, because I would love to wrestle in front of my hometown for sure.”

Having to portray a character (Allie) who, at first, didn’t know how to wrestle:

“It was very challenging. I mean, I’ve been doing this now since I was 18. So, you know when you’ve been doing something for such a long time it becomes second nature to you. Even the way you move in the ring and your footwork and your bumps and all these things, and that is like- it’s home to me inside the ring. So to then have to portray a character who can’t even step through the ropes, yeah [it was] very challenging. Very, very challenging. And I remember at the beginning there were so many fans that were fans of Cherry Bomb that would tweet at me and DM me and ask me, ‘What are they doing? Why are they making you this character that can’t wrestle?! We know you can wrestle! We know you can do stuff!’ And I totally totally empathize with them, because it’s difficult to see someone that you know is capable of doing something and then pretend like they can’t, I’m sure is very frustrating. But it was a good challenge. I learned a lot about myself, and what I was capable of. And I learned to put my trust in the writers. And I’ve said this a million times, Dave Lagana, not only did he trust me with Allie, but I really had to trust him with Cherry Bomb.”

Allie also discussed her upcoming Redemption opponent, Su Yung. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

Being chosen first overall by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday won’t do much to stop the rampant comparisons drawn between Baker Mayfield and Johnny Manziel, the Browns’ previous first-round quarterback selection.

Both check in at 6-foot, won a Heisman Trophy in college, and are known for on-field antics and off-field issues.

Shortly after Manziel finished a stint in the Spring League in an attempt to return to the NFL just four years after being selected with the 22nd pick, Mayfield says the comparisons will stop in due time.

“For me, I’m here right now because I have been myself,” Mayfield said on a conference call, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Johnny and I are two completely different people. That is nothing against him, but what I have been able to do is be able to be upfront and honest about who I am during these meetings. I’m confident that I have shown that with this coaching staff and with the management and throughout the process. For me, moving forward, it is just being myself. I am not going to go out and try to prove that I am not Johnny. I am going to be myself. To me, that is going to take care of the rest.”

Browns general manager John Dorsey addressed some of Mayfield’s in-game displays, which have been interpreted as cockiness and disrespect for his opponents, by saying the quarterback deserves the opportunity to prove himself.

“You guys are going to try to create. … Here is how I look at this: In doing all of our research on Baker Mayfield, he is an individual who has earned it all the way through his life,” he said. “As I look at this thing, whatever he has done from high school to college and now here, he’s earning. He has really worked his way up here.”

John Cena has been known as the quintessential company guy for the WWE for over a decade. He was recently a guest on ID10T with Chris Hardwick and had some interesting thoughts on the wrestling business.

Cena explained a unique correlation between wrestlers and comic book characters. Cena said wrestlers can be considered nerds in a sense because of how they create their characters and present themselves as superheros or villains.

“We are in the business of imagination, and a lot of that creativity rests on your own shoulders. When you say ‘nerdy,’ and the things that nerds are drawn to, the creativity to video games or comic books, if that is what defines a nerd then we are all nerds because our job is to go out there and be a superhero and a super villain. It’s not like, I want to run a 40-yard dash as fast as I can. Now, creating a superhero character, if your character can look muscular or big, then you have the advantage of having your character look like a superhero. So, it’s only in your best interest to be in superhero shape, so that comes with the territory. We are not in a pure sport environment,” Cena said. “It’s a comic book existence, so that is why we share on certain views on culture and that is why we are so nice about everything because we shouldn’t be doing it as a job. It’s not an occupation that should exist. I think all of us should earn a living because we are never home, and our body certainly takes a beating, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I think any of my colleagues would be saying the same thing. It’s like, the joke is on them for paying us to do it. I know personally that i wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I know that it is a time-dependent thing, so I am going to enjoy as long as I am on it.”

Cena was asked about wrestlers who get into the industry with the sole intent of becoming famous. Cena chided people who think that way because he believes the essence of the wrestling industry is about learning and performing. Being a professional wrestler is not easy, and he believes it takes a true commitment to the business to be successful.

“If your goal is, ‘I want to be famous’, what the f**k is the tangible of that? I don’t understand that. When I see a ring and I get in, and I say that I just want to learn, and I just want to sustainably do this for my entire life, for as long as I physically can, then the ups and downs will come. When it is up, you can keep the perspective of saying to yourself that you shouldn’t be here anyway, it’s a great perspective to have because it keeps you working hard,” he said. “Sometimes you see complacency in our workplace, and I don’t understand that, because if you really wanted to be here, and when put a microphone in front of them, and when they say that they have wanted to do this since they were a kid, then you have to take the bad s**t with the good stuff because it’s not all good, and it’s tough work, but you should enjoy all of it. You really get to test a person’s mental when things aren’t going their way. Oftentimes that is the case, but at the end of the day, you are a freaking pro wrestler. You may not have been paired with the person you wanted to work with, but at the end of the day, you are getting paid to perform in front of people, which is a good thing.”

Cena also discussed his status as a company guy. He gave a lengthy explanation about his love for the WWE and how he has grown over the course of his storied career.

“For the longest, my goal, I’m a weird case because I love the company I work for. I am a company man. I know that I will not perform anywhere else in Pro Wrestling outside of the WWE because I love the company I work for. You have this life ark of I would like to become a Professional Wrestler. I would like to earn a WWE contract. I would like to become a champion. Then, when you ask yourself why you would like to become a WWE Champion and when you broke that down, it was so more people could enjoy WWE,” he said. “I hate the fact that Pro Wrestlers are judged a certain way. I hate the fact that when you walk into a room and people scour and say, ‘Oh, it’s those guys.’ That is fact. That is the way it is. We run episodic television, with no reruns, no off season. We have an incredible global reach. We have a streaming model that is off the charts. Just now, after 40 years of doing this, people are like, oh, wow, okay, this kind of works. The acceptance is due to the fact that YouTubers can be successful. I guarantee YouTubers face the same stigma of only being popular because of YouTube. That just hit me the wrong way early on in my career and it made it a goal of mine early on that I would like to leave this place better than I found it, which is why I did The Marine early on. I didn’t want to do movies. I enjoyed living the life, and going town to town feeling the heartbeat of the excitement of that animal. You guys know that if you are out there and telling a joke, or if they are buying the bit, you get immediate satisfaction; or, if you are bombing, it’s also immediate notice, like, I’m going to change this.

“It is always another town, and it’s always another chance,” he continued. “It’s the passion of the live animal that is unlike any other thing in this world, but the business model made sense. If I take a WWE performer and make him a movie star, then that is more eyes on WWE. Got it! That works with my mission statement, I am going to do this. I did a string a movies that were unsuccessful, and I gave it everything that I had, but my heart wasn’t into it. My heart was in the ring, and now after 15 years of being in the ring, I have to strip it down to the bear minimal of why I keep coming back to this thing? I don’t need to. I have been well taken care of by the WWE, so what it is? Why am I not able to have myself drift away? I love the storytelling aspect of it. It’s not the physical bumps, it’s not like I’m going to do a stunt better than the next guy so that people can appreciate my athletic ability. I am in the twilight of my athletic ability, but I am drawn back because of the material. This guy hates you for this reason, or, if often than norm, when the Creative Writer comes to you and says that you are going to be working with this guy, you guys figure it out on what to do.

“A lot of our guys frown upon that, but I literally take the guy and go into a room and ask him why we are fighting. We can come up with anything. Did I look at your girl the wrong way? Are you jealous of me, am I jealous of you? That is the imagination aspect, which is what makes us nerds. We can take something out of nothing. That is what reintroduced me to film, and I have used my fortunate career in the WWE to not have to do movies. To be handed a script, to read a script, and be like, that was great. I can be whatever they want me to be in it because i just read the story. If the story is good, then you just tell me whatever piece I am and I will be that piece. It is a different thing because you don’t have the heartbeat of the live audience, but I get to still be creative in my own way, but to answer your question, I never thought of crossing over other than the reason to change perception of what it means to be a WWE performer. Now, I can get the thing I am most passionate about, which is telling stories for the audience, but under a different format.”

The Philadelphia 76ers have been off since April 24 after defeating the Miami Heat in five games to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, and after the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round series on Saturday night, the Sixers are preparing for the raucous atmosphere they will face at TD Garden.

“When we were in Miami … the gym was half-empty,” said Sixers forward Ersan Ilyasova to Ian Begley of ESPN. “But when you go to Boston, you will feel it. Even in the regular season, you know when you play that team, the arena is full, and they’re really committed fans.”

Philadelphia won both games at American Airlines Arena, which is known more for its late-arriving crowds than its intimidation factor. The atmosphere should be much more hostile when the Sixers roll into Boston and face one of the louder buildings the NBA has to offer.

“It’s as loud as it gets for the playoffs,” 76ers starting two guard JJ Redick told Begley. He also said his postseason games played at TD Garden as a member of the Orlando Magic “were as intense of any playoff games I’ve played in my career.”

The Sixers’ dynamic duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid weren’t fazed in their first playoff road trip to Miami and can prove they are up for one of the toughest tests in the league as Game 1 goes Monday night in Beantown.