Posts Tagged ‘Gimmick’

The Undertaker will be making his first non-WrestleMania wrestling appearance this Sunday at Super Show-Down since the Greatest Royal Rumble this past April, and only his second televised non-WrestleMania match since competing in the 2017 Royal Rumble nearly two years ago. At 53, Undertaker still relies on being one of the most popular characters in WWE history to continue to awe the fans in attendance.

Recently, Undertaker was a part of a series from Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church called Wrastlin, which documents the strong connections between wrestling and the Bible. Undertaker was a guest, and did a rare, out-of-character interview about the pro wrestling business.

Having nearly 30 years of experience from the WWE regarding his character being able to transcend eras, Undertaker commented on how important this element is in the success of a competitor.

“Wrestling and sports entertainment is not about the moves, it really isn’t,” said Undertaker (h/t Sky Sports). “It’s about being able to evoke emotion in one facet or another. You either have to make people love you or you have to make them hate you, it doesn’t really matter either way. If you can’t bring that emotion out of your audience then you’re not going to have them for long.”

Undertaker added on how many matches in this era of wrestling cause fans to focus more on the moves than putting the wrestlers over.

“What happens with these young guys is they’re so athletic and so gifted, they’ll do some crazy double backflip off the top rope and land on somebody on the floor and then that’s what the audience takes away from it, that this guy does crazy stuff,” said Undertaker. “But you can only see that so many times before you need something new, and then the person has to up that. They have to keep upping the ante and by doing that you increase your potential for injuries.”

Undertaker highlighted characters such as The Rock, Ric Flair, and John Cena being people who had the ability of making people love them or hate them. Although wrestling moves should be used to further tell the story, it ultimately “boils down to the character and being able to bring either love or hate out of your crowd.”

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Recently on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, ‘The Rocket-Strappers’ were joined by NXT’s Ricochet. Among many other things, Ricochet talked about athletic aspects of pro wrestling coming easily to him, looking forward to developing his character, and getting more comfortable with promos.

During the interview, Ricochet admitted that though things come easy to him from an athletic standpoint, he struggled with ring psychology up until last year.

“In terms of athleticism, I always felt like I kind of caught on to the athletic part of it pretty well, but I was trash until last year.” Ricochet explained, “it really took me a while to grasp the concept of everything and even as far as athletically, I don’t know. Things kind of come easy.”

According to Ricochet, he is excited to be in NXT partly because he has never had the opportunity to work on his character on the indies. ‘The High Flying Ace’ suggested that some people liked his Lucha Underground character, Prince Puma, more than Ricochet because of the character development that took place on Lucha Underground.

“One of the main reasons I was excited about coming here to NXT is because I know they focus on [character development] and not just in TV tapings, but in general they focus on that sort of thing.” Ricochet continued, “so that was one of the main reasons I was really excited to come here because, before coming here, I was always just kind of the ‘dream match’ guy. Like, Ricochet versus this guy and this guy, ‘I can’t wait for him to wrestle this guy’. Like, to give some guy a good match, do you know what I mean? That’s who I was. And so now I’m excited coming [to NXT]. A lot of people message me, or Instagram, or tweet, whatever, and they’ll talk about how, like, they liked Prince Puma more than they like Ricochet. And I feel, because I didn’t really change my in-ring style, so I feel like it has to do with the story-driven connection. So I feel like that’s why I’m excited to come to NXT because, obviously, the story is the biggest part of the match, whether it is before, during, or after. So I feel really excited about that, coming here.”

Additionally, Ricochet indicated that he will start developing his character on NXTTV more now.

“I feel that [character development] is something that I’m going to focus on because I’ve been thrown into the mix, kind of, since my debut. It has just been, ‘okay, we’ll pull you in this way’ and there hasn’t really been a reason about who I am, where I come from, or why I am where I am. There hasn’t been any

.” Ricochet added, “some of [the NXT audience] know me from my indie days, but there [are] going to be a lot of people that don’t know who I am, or where I come from, or whatever, what I do, or why I’m here. So that’s something I think we’re going to try to start focusing on moving forward.”

With respect to promo skills, Ricochet acknowledged that he is starting to feel more comfortable on the mic and confident in what he’s saying. ‘Mr. High Fly’ stated that he is more comfortable cutting an in-ring promo than doing a backstage segment.

“I starting to feel more comfortable.” Ricochet divulged, “I feel like my biggest thing is just the comfortability of it, like to be comfortable. Do you know what I mean? Like, be comfortable and to, like mean what I say. Confidence is what I’m looking for! Comfortable and confident in the things you say. I feel like for me that’s the hardest part, the confidence. But I feel like when I’m out in a live crowd situation I’m like 10-times more comfortable and confident cutting a promo. But then, like, backstage, camera in your face, ‘okay, go!’ That’s when I’m like, ‘oh, I’ve got no emotion to go off of.’ I can’t feel the crowd.”

Ricochet claimed that he needs more experience to get comfortable on the mic.

“I feel like mine is a matter of more repetition. Because, like, each time I do one, people say, ‘I can tell you’re getting more comfortable out there.’ So for me, that’s good. All I need is to know that every time I go out there, I’m getting at least a little better. Do you know what I mean? So that’s good. As long as I’m still progressing, a little better is good for me.” Ricochet said, “that’s the thing, you have to believe it. If you’re not confident in the things that you’re saying right there, the fans are going to notice that.”

Though Bray Wyatt’s Deleters Of Worlds tag partner Matt Hardy will be out of action for the foreseeable future, ‘The New Face Of Fear’ won’t be stuck in untelevised limbo for long.

According to WrestleVotes and Wrestling Inc., Wyatt is set for a renewed singles push with a “refreshed” babyface character, and is expected to make a full return to Raw within the next few weeks.

Though traditionally a heel, Wyatt played face throughout his Deleters run. He was in the role on WWE’s recent UK tour, where he competed against Jinder Mahal, which likely served as a trial run before bringing a new act to television.

WWE have teased a babyface singles run for Bray in the past. ‘The Eater Of Worlds’ appeared to be heading that way after WrestleMania 32, when he teamed with Roman Reigns against the League of Nations in a crowd-popping moment, but he was injured soon after, and brought back as a heel months later.

There’s currently no word on what Bray’s “refreshed” gimmick will entail, but tagging with Hardy helped revive his character after years as a hokey villain. Let’s hope that trend continues when he comes back.

Tenille Dashwood spoke with the Illawarra Mercury about working outside of WWE, what WWE did for her career, and the opportunities women are now getting in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Being involved in the current women’s boom in wrestling:

“It’s taken a long time to get there, but women’s wrestling is really having a boom right now. It’s everything – it’s the production of the shows, it’s having opportunities for the women, and the women delivering on those opportunities. I’ve been fortunate enough to main event a number of the shows that I’ve been on since I started the independents at the beginning of this year. That’s a huge opportunity for me, and somewhere I can showcase just how much I love wrestling, and how fortunate I am to be in this position.”

Working for WWE:

“Wrestling for WWE has definitely helped me a lot to get me to this platform where I’m able to do that, to be as busy as I am and travel the world. I’m very lucky to have that, and lucky to have the fan-base I have. But wrestling is very popular again right now. The talent that’s out there, and the production that the independent companies are putting into their shows is just bringing more and more fans in worldwide. So I think as a whole we’re all putting in that effort, and bringing a better product for the fans worldwide.”

How she’s enjoyed her career after WWE:

“Awesome … I’ve probably been busier than I was before. It’s been a really fun journey so far, and I feel energized and alive again for my career with wrestling.”

Dashwood also discussed wrestling back on the Australian indie circuit. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

Stu Bennett performed in WWE as Wade Barrett, Bad News Barrett, and King Barrett before deciding not to re-sign his contract in 2016. He left to pursue other interests including acting and his new film I Am Vengence recently premiered after two years in post-production. The differences between professional wrestling and fighting on-screen are vastly different. While admitting professional wrestling can be “corny,” Bennett further elaborated on his transition from wrestling to acting on Build where he also explained why his 2016 exit from WWE was the right decision for him.

“I think the biggest difficulty from transitioning from professional wrestling to the acting world is generally toning down your performance,” Bennett said. “So in the pro wrestling world, everything is massively over the top and every reaction that you do in the ring is kind of corny if we’re honest — it’s not supposed to be serious — it’s a comic book world.

“One of the things they used to say when I was beginning in wrestling was that you need to do huge emotions. Every time you react in any way whether you’re happy or sad or angry, make it one hundred times bigger than it would be normally because the guy in the very back row in these giant arenas in Row Z or whatever it is, he needs to see that reaction. So you do everything huge and over the top.

“So one of the hardest things really was transitioning into bringing everything a lot further down for the screen roles. When you’ve got a camera right in front of your face it picks up every little crease in your face and every slight hint of emotion and things like that. So bringing that down was definitely important. For me personally, one of the things I did when I was getting ready for this role [in I am Vengence] is I studied some of the older action stars like Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood because I felt they played their roles very stoically and very reserved vs the kind of action roles you see these days which is a lot more over the top — which is great — but I felt for me personally, I had to study guys who had very, very small emotions and that kind of thing.”

Bennett was asked by one fan if he could help him get a job in NXT or WWE. He joked about Vince McMahon blocking him after his exit from WWE, but he had some advice for the fan on how to start his journey in professional wrestling. Bennett also took the opportunity to explain how some of the best professional wrestlers on the planet work their entire careers to end up on the bottom level of WWE just to work their way up in Vince McMahon and Company.

“I think when I left WWE, Vince blocked my phone number so he never wants me calling him again,” Bennett said. “So I don’t think he’s going to answer my call, but what I would suggest if you’re interested in pro wrestling is doing what I did. Finding yourself a good school — I take it you’re not actually in a wrestling school at the moment? No?

“The best bet is finding a good wrestling school who are gonna teach you the ways of doing it properly and there’s a whole kind of production line of wrestlers who are kind of climbing that ladder. Even to get to NXT now — which is the bottom rung of the WWE ladder — you have to be really good just to get there.

“They generally don’t take guys who can’t wrestle. You have to have been out there on the wrestling circuit for a number of years perfecting your skills and have something to offer them. Then they’ll say, ‘okay you’re now one of the best wrestlers in the world. You now come to our bottom rung of the ladder and start working your way up from there.'”

Bennett wasn’t happy in WWE during his last run as King Barrett and discussed some of the reasons why he felt stifled with the character. He considered it a sad time because it was the end of a fun career, but Bennett was confident in moving on from WWE to follow his other passions.

“So my last run in WWE I was portrayed as The King Of The Ring,” Bennett explained. “I won a tournament called the King Of The Ring tournament and I became The King of wrestling which I was hoping at the time when it initially happened that it was gonna springboard me into bigger and better things in WWE.

“I felt that the direction the character took was a little hokey. I was kind of asked to wear a plastic crown and a ridiculous outfit and stuff like that — which if you go back to the ’80’s worked great, there were some great King Of The Rings back then like Haku and Harley Race and all these legends of wrestling and that worked for them. I felt that in 2016 that I was doing that character that I thought it was a little hokey and I wasn’t being allowed to have the kind of creative latitude with the character to do what I wanted to do and do the things that I felt an audience would enjoy as The King of wrestling.

“So that was one of the reasons why I kind of soured on my job and my contract came up to an end around April 2016 and I decided not to extend it at that point and move onto new ventures like I Am Vengence. So yeah, it was kind of a sad run for me because it was the end of what had been a lot of fun, but I knew for me it was time to move on.”

Dolph Ziggler was interviewed by Lilian Garcia on the latest episode of “Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia.” You can listen to the full interview by clicking here, they sent us these highlights:

The origin of his name Dolph Ziggler:

“So I randomly got a call saying, ‘You’re going to TV to introduce something. We’re going into a meeting right now, we’re letting you know now your name is David Diggler, what do you think about that?’ In my head, I’ve been fired twice, this is my last shot, I go, ‘I hate it, this is the Reality Era and I’m going to be David Diggler? Do I have any say in this?’ They go, ‘Well, we’re going into a meeting right now, if you can have something in 15 minutes, but it’s got to be a ‘D’ first name and a ‘D’ last name.” I texted everyone I knew and I tried to think of things. I knew a great great grandfather who was Rudolph and Dolph Lundgren was from Rocky IV and I needed a ‘D’ and I go, ‘Dolph?’ and then I go, ‘Is there any way I can not do Diggler at the end?’ So then I got to RAW and there was a little piece of paper that said, ‘Dolph Ziggler’ on it.

“They didn’t really have long term plans for me which is fine, but I go, ‘Man, this might be my last chance.’ I found Vince and I go, ‘Vince, its Reality Era, we’re doing the stuff, you can google my name, we can mix my name up and switch it a little bit. Dolph Ziggler sounds like a cartoon wrestling name!’ And he goes, ‘It’s different. People are going to remember it. I love it!’ And he walked off before he finished the sentence. I go, ‘Alright. I tried.’

What being Intercontinental Champion 6 times means to him:

“I used be like, ‘I don’t get these chances that other people get.’ And after 12 years and 6 championships, Intercontinental champion, and plus a bunch of other stuff, you go, ‘I get the opportunity. I get them.’ We don’t always follow up on them, but that’s part of the business and sometimes you’re not meant to be a long term person. Everytime you get something, I go, ‘Wow, I was just focusing on being a tag team wrestler, which I haven’t done in years and became champion. How can I make this the most memorable thing I’ve done in the last 10 years?’ So I immediately went to work and I was focusing and I was watching different kinds of movies or studying different wrestlers from the 70s and 80s. I go, ‘How can I make this different?’ Because Seth’s done an awesome job. We’re not really tight, we’re not really close, but I know that he’s awesome at his job also and it’s great to see what he’s done with that title.”

How he and his family are dealing with his brother’s incarceration:

“Its rough for us together, but we’re all talking to him all the time and sending him packages and stuff. It’s a bummer of course, but we’re in a group text together and we talk to him and say who talked to him today and stuff like that. The best part is, I think its made us all a little closer family-wise, so if you take something good from it, that’s that.”

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Sheamus recently spoke with The Telegraph Herald, the full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Focusing on the future and if he looks back at what he’s done:

“Certain things happen in your career that bring you to your next point and then to your next point. My next great moment is not behind me, it’s in front of me. You keep moving forward.”

“I really don’t think about it to be honest. I’m always looking for the next challenge or looking for the next thing. Maybe when I’m retired in 30 years I can look back, but I’m looking for the next thing to achieve now. I still have a long way to go in this career.”

Teaming with Cesaro:

“It was new waters as I’d never been in a tag team before. It was an opportunity to do something different and prove to the fans what we could do. I feel like we did give the tag division on RAW a huge boost. We’ve had some epic feuds. We’re just always ready to go and no matter what happens, Cesaro is the best in the world. He’s the real G-O-A-T and one day he will be world champion.”

Showing a different side during the feud with The New Day:

“It took a while with our separate move sets and wardrobes, but we got on the right track. When we’re in the ring we’re on the same page and always thinking the same. With New Day, it brought me out of that ‘Celtic Warrior’ character. I love to fight and have been fighting my whole life, but I’ve welcomed the entertainment aspect more against New Day and that gives the WWE universe a chance to see a different side of me. I’ve let my guard down and I just go out there and have fun.”