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Ronda Rousey doesn’t feel the need to tell anybody how she feels about the legacy she left behind in mixed martial arts and former opponent Miesha Tate wonders if that’s because she’s not happy with the way her career ended.

In a documentary shot for the UFC’s 25th anniversary, Rousey said she wasn’t sure anybody deserved to hear her feelings on her legacy because “how I feel about myself and my own legacy is something precious to me, so you don’t get to hear it, you just get to have your own opinion of my legacy”.

In the wake of those comments, Rousey’s most heated rival from her career weighed in on those comments and admitted that she wasn’t surprised to hear those kinds of comments from the former UFC champion.

“It’s very Ronda-esque,” Tate said on her SiriusXM radio show. “Look she’s not wrong even though it’s a bit arrogant but I think that’s the style that people have appreciated about Ronda. It’s not necessarily something I appreciate about Ronda but when you talk about her legacy this does sum it up in one quote really. It’s that she knows she has value and interest but she also really doesn’t give a s—t what anybody else wants to hear. 

“She’s not entirely an open book. She’s not their entirely for the fans selflessly. Ronda has always been about Ronda so it doesn’t surprise me. She’s continue to be exactly how she’s always been.”

Tate believes that part of the reason why Rousey is so unwilling to address her legacy is because of the way her fighting career effectively ended with back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.

Following those two losses, Rousey largely disappeared from the UFC radar until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. 

Since then, Rousey has been focused on her professional wrestling career and largely avoids talking about the UFC or her place in history. 

“When I listen to this, she almost sounds emotional. I don’t think she’s entirely happy with her legacy,” Tate said. “The point that Ronda about us not deserving to hear it and about the vulnerability, I think it speaks again to point that she left the sport worse than she entered in. 

“She has an inflated ego, she does have all of those things. I talk about myself and we’re polar opposites, that’s why we never really got along.”

While there are a lot of differences between Rousey and Tate, the retired UFC bantamweight champion says that humility was built into her DNA from her very first fight and that allowed her to maintain the same attidude throughout her career.

“I started my career off a loss. I started my career with the humble approach,” Tate said. “I’m a very open book. I’ve got nothing to hide. I have nothing to hide. I’ve won some, I’ve lost some, I don’t have the need to put myself on a pedestal or not be an open book. I enjoy being transparent because I hope somebody can take something away from my gains and my losses. I’ve lost horribly in front of the entire world and so did Ronda. 

“But she has a chance here to open up and to give some insight and perspective and motivation but she’s obviously not at that point where she feels good enough about her own legacy to be vulnerable and to reflect and give back. She’s obviously not in a good place with it.”

Tate believes that Rousey would rather remember the better days she had in the sport when she was hailed as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and UFC president Dana White was touting how she could beat boxer Floyd Mayweather in a fight. 

Those days have long since passed and now Rousey is staring back at her record with those two brutal losses sitting at the top of it. 

 “She wants to be the hard Ronda Rousey,” Tate said. “The one that was back from 2014 that I always said winning is easy. You don’t have to make any adjustments. You don’t have to make any changes. You’re on top of the world. You’re doing great. 

“When you lose, that’s when you see what you’re really made of.”

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Brian Pillman Jr was just four years old when his father died at the age of 35. The younger Pillman followed in his father’s footsteps and is now a professional wrestler signed to Major League Wrestling.

Pillman Sr was known for always willing to go the extra mile to put on a great show or give the boys in the back a laugh. Pillman Jr says he has many of those same characteristics when he chatted with Wrestling Inc’s Andy Malnoske.

“You’ve seen the videos of him wrestling a pencil or trying to work the boys,” Pillman Jr said of his dad trying to entertain others. “He runs back to the locker room and [screams], ‘Oh my God! He’s hurt. He’s killed.’ It turns out he’s just working the boys.

“He was always in a mood to entertain and to pop people and make people laugh. I feel like I share that similar trait and I think that’s what makes me a good entertainer to follow in his footsteps because I like to get people to pop and have fun. You can’t take life too seriously.”

The elder Pillman’s most memorable angle was when Steve Austin broke into the Pillman house on Raw which resulted in Jim Ross infamously screaming, “Pillman’s got a gun.” Pillman Jr. was just three years old when that happened but he vividly remembers Austin destroying his kiddie swimming pool in the process.

“Yeah, Steve broke into my house and there was glass on the floor for like three weeks,” stated Pillman Jr. “Like, wasn’t somebody gonna clean this up [laughter]? He literally broke into my house and rest in peace to that kiddie pool, I never saw it after that.

“He apologized and I’m still a little salty about it. We buried the hatchet and of course Steve Austin is someone great to have in your corner, constantly calling me up, giving me advice and looking over my matches. It’s great. I hope I can follow in Steve’s footsteps as well and hopefully become a huge star.”

Even though Pillman Jr. is carving out his own name in wrestling, he still owes a lot to his father and the legacy he left behind. Pillman Jr. was asked what message he would give to his father.

“I would say thank you,” stated Pillman Jr. “Thank you, dad. Thank you for this legacy. Thank you for giving me the name Brian. I know a lot of people don’t believe it, ‘Oh, it’s just a gimmick!’ But no, my shoot name is Brian Pillman.”

Pillman Jr. says that he and his dad have different middle names, so he’s technically not a junior, but still uses the suffix.

“If there’s a work, the junior is a work,” revealed Pillman Jr. “I’m not legally a junior but wrestling is cool and we can use that. I’m Brian Pillman II, Junior, the second coming, 2.0 – whatever you wanna call me. But thank you dad. Thank you for this legacy and thank you to the fans for not only loving him but also respecting my work as a separate entity because it’s all coming together now.”

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Kevin Durant is widely expected to opt out of his contract with the Golden State Warriorsand become the hottest name in the 2019 free-agent class. But whether he ultimately decides to stay put or sign for a new team, he’s certain that legacy won’t influence his decision.

“It … it doesn’t (play a role),” Durant told Kerith Burke of NBC Sports. “Like I said, I’m just focused on the day to day. How can I be the best player I can be? Can this environment help me be the best player that I can be every day? Am I still learning? Am I still having fun being a student of the game?”

Currently in his third season with Golden State, Durant has seemingly done it all. He’s been at the core of the Warriors’ back-to-back title runs in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season, earning Finals MVP honors on both occasions.

Durant was also named to the All-NBA second team and first team over the past two seasons, respectively. Despite a loaded list of accomplishments, the 30-year-old doesn’t feel like he needs to build something elsewhere.

“I don’t need anything in this basketball world to fulfill anything in me,” Durant said. “The NBA is never going to fulfill me. It’s going to make me feel good about all of the work that I’ve put in, but I think those days of me wanting to prove something to anybody or walk around with a huge chip on my shoulder is not my thing.

“It wasn’t before, and I felt like I had to program myself to play with a chip on my shoulder, but I’m never good in that situation. I’m more relaxed and letting these days flow. I’m the best version of me. I don’t feel like I need anything like that to prove who I am. I’ve been in it for too long.”

Durant is averaging 27.5 points, 6.9 boards, and a career-high 5.8 assists across 61 games.

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Well, it’s official. UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has retired from mixed martial arts.

The former welterweight and middleweight champion announced his retirement at Thursday’s press conference in his hometown of Quebec, Canada, stating that he’s ‘very happy’ to walk away from the sport at this late stage of his career.

“There’s no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” St-Pierre said earlier today. “It was a long process in my mind, but it’s time to do it. I always said I want to retire on my own, and not to be told to retire. It takes discipline to retire on top.”

UFC president Dana White was also present for the media conference, and the head promoter had nothing but praise for St-Pierre.

Speaking to reporters, White hailed ‘Rush’ as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all-time and credited the former UFC star for putting Canada on the MMA map.

“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He put Canada on the MMA map.”

St-Pierre retires with not just one, but two UFC world titles to his name and a legacy as the greatest welterweight champion of all-time.

 

As noted, WWE has announced D-Generation X as the headliners for the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class. The induction will see Triple H, now-two-time WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, Billy Gunn and “Road Dogg” Brian James go in together.

In the video above, Waltman talks with TMZ Sports about the induction. Waltman said the call caught him completely off-guard and blew him away. Waltman called it the honor of a lifetime and said more importantly, his former fiancee Chyna is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

“It caught me completely off-guard and I’m blown away,” Waltman said. “Wrestling is my life. This is a honor of a lifetime for me. And to be going in with DX, with my friends, the people that I had the greatest time of my life with. And more importantly, Chyna finally gets the recognition she deserves going into the Hall of Fame.”

Many fans are speaking out about how Chyna should be going in by herself first, not with a group. Waltman agreed that Chyna deserves her own induction, but he said this is still a win. He also pointed to her run with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

“Well, I totally understand where they’re coming from,” Waltman said. “Of course, she deserves to go in by herself. Her accomplishments that she made, even after leaving WWE, were huge. She fought a man in the Tokyo Dome for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Women never, ever, never before or since, ever wrestle in a New Japan ring. I mean, that’s huge. Of course she deserves to go in by herself, but there’s only so many spots per year for the Hall of Fame, because it is a show that people watch. The thing about me and my career, I’m just grateful to be going in. And I hope that the people that think that about her are still grateful she’s going in. Because this is a win, and sometimes we should take the win.”

Waltman was also asked how he thinks the induction would feel to The Ninth Wonder of the World and if it would mean a lot to her. He said he believes she would be very grateful to be going in with DX.

“Oh, of course. It was huge for her before she passed. This was one of the things that was most important to her. There was a big campaign. I think that she would be very grateful to be going in with all of us,” Waltman said.

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 6 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during WrestleMania 35 Weekend. There’s no official word yet on other 2019 Hall of Famers but it’s rumored that The Hart Foundation (Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart) will still be inducted as a group.

The first World Heavyweight Championship run of CM Punk’s career came to an abrupt end at Unforgiven 2008 when he was attacked backstage by Randy Ortonand Legacy. On a recent episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the former WWE producer recapped the pay-per-view and shed some light on the situation.

Punk won the world heavyweight title by cashing in his Money In The Bankbriefcase during an episode of RAW. Prichard revealed that the reason WWE put the title on him was because of injuries to top stars John Cena and Randy Orton. Despite not being considered a top star by many backstage officials, Punk had a dedicated fan base that mostly consisted of the younger audience and WWE figured it was the right time to give him a run with the title.

“CM Punk was somebody who was on the rise, and someone from the television studios – which is a much younger group of guys – really liked CM Punk for whatever reason,” Prichard said. “If you were to ask someone like me or Vince McMahon or Michael Hayes what the appeal was to CM Punk, we couldn’t tell you.

“It was until I took him up and sat him down and you actually take the time to know someone. John Cena is out, Randy Orton is out, all these guys are out. You have to make the move. It forces you to pull the trigger to make the move and pull the trigger, and with CM Punk we did that. We felt that this was his opportunity where one door shuts and the opportunity comes your way to make the most out of it. We went with CM Punk during that time, which was all there was to it. It wasn’t much more thought other than necessity that we lost all of those guys at once due to injuries that we had to put somebody else in there, you have to play the game and you needed players which were how CM Punk originally got in there. From my vantage point, and me speaking my opinion, I thought CM Punk deserved it and I thought that Punk would do well in that role.”

Punk was expected to defend his title in a Championship Scramble match during the main event of Unforgiven. However, the backstage assault that included Orton punting Punk in the face rendered him unable to compete in the match, and he was forced to forfeit his championship. Chris Jericho eventually won the title, and Prichard said it was because the WWE wanted to raise the stakes of his rivalry with Shawn Michaels. Prichard said it was a clear mistake to take the title off of Punk at the time because he needed it to elevate his status. Prichard revealed that Punk was not happy about the situation.

“CM Punk was confused. Really confused, and when you look back, to me [Chris] Jericho and Shawn [Michaels] did not need that title. They needed a prop for a ladder match, okay, but they sure as hell didn’t need the championship. I thought CM Punk needed the championship. I thought that the championship helped Punk, but at that point, it was needed for a prop to have a ladder match so as crazy and as many conspiracy theories people want to throw out there it is as simple as that,” Prichard said. “It sucked, and you can see, hindsight being 20/20 you see the interview with CM Punk where they [Legacy] jump him and Punk is not even into it. He’s frustrated and probably upset, all rightfully so by the way, so you feel before he even gets jumped he’s thinking, okay fine, I’m going to do this f**k it. It did suck because it made no sense.”

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Impact Wrestling superstar Tessa Blanchard recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. president Raj Giri. As the daughter of wrestling legend Tully Blanchard, Tessa was asked about her experiences growing up in a wrestling household. Blanchard told Giri that her father retired before she was born, but she did see him wrestle once and admitted it was a scary experience. She also had the opportunity to meet other wrestlers when she attended WWE shows.

“Well, I’m 22 years old now. My dad was out of wrestling before I was even born. Then, when I was younger my dad had come out of retirement so I was present for one of his matches. We were in New Bern, North Carolina, and I don’t even remember how old I was, but I was a little girl,” Blanchard said. “I remember being scared because my dad had bled in that match and that was my first–I think that was my first experience to see my dad in the ring, which scared me considering I was a little girl, but I also remember going backstage to a RAW and SmackDown meeting Hulk Hogan and Triple H. I didn’t really understand because I was so young, but looking back now, those were amazing memories.”

Blanchard revealed that she initially didn’t tell her father or any of her family that she planned on pursuing a professional wrestling career. She was estranged from them at the time and admits that she wasn’t in a good place in her life. Finding a wrestling school to join was her outlet, and she instantly fell in love. Her stepfather Magnum T.A. was the first to see her wrestle and he gave her advice that she still follows to this day.

“I actually got into pro wrestling without even telling my dad or anyone in my family for that matter. It was probably around 2012, the year that my dad was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I think that trip to Miami, Florida planted the seed that perhaps this is the thing that I wanted to do. My brothers and sisters all went to Miami with my dad, but they were all interested in checking out the beaches, or cool restaurants, but I was like, Dad, can I wake up at 5 a.m. and go check out WWE Axxess with you? That stuff intrigued me and being around people that work for WWE at the time, and being around people who are part of the roster, just being exposed to that was very unique for me. That was the trip that planted the seed,” Blanchard said. “Fast forward to when I turned 18 and I got kicked out of my house and I lived on my own for a year and during that year I didn’t speak to my family too often – in fact, I did not speak to them at all. I was probably heading down to a not-so-awesome path. I remember waking up and I asked myself what I was doing. I don’t know what it was exactly, I don’t really remember but something made me look up a wrestling school. I found out that Highspots was about 20-25 minutes to where I was living at the time. I went there and spoke with the owner of Highspots, and I told them that I wanted to be a pro wrestler. They had me watch a training that day with Cedric Alexander and George South were all in the ring, and they ended up pulling me into the ring and had me run the ropes and taking bumps. I remember it hurt so bad but I loved it, I loved it so much.

“I remember it was like three or four months in they came back and said that I couldn’t train here anymore because I know who your dad is and that he doesn’t know you were training,” she continued. “I didn’t want him to think that we were hiding something from him, so I was like, no, I will handle it, don’t worry about it. I remember calling my dad and my stepdad [Magnum T.A.]. I remember telling my step-dad because he lived in Charlotte, North Carolina–well, they still live there, but I told him, ‘hey, I am training to wrestle. It’s about 20 minutes to where you guys live and I wanted him to come and check it out.’ That week he didn’t come, but the week after that he did, and I got super excited to when he came in, as well as my brother. I told Cedric [Alexander] that let’s do our thing, to get in the ring and train and to do our spots. I remember my step-dad coming through the turnbuckle and we were talking for a moment; he was like, ‘Okay Tessa, you are not good, but you have got it. You just have to go out there and become undeniable.’ That is where my #Undeniable hashtag came along, but also that was how I told my family that I was wrestling.”

Giri also asked Blanchard about whether coming from such a rich wrestling pedigree raises expectations for her. She explained that while she embraces the pressure of living up to her family name, she also wants create her own legacy.

“Yes and no. I always say that it is a blessing and a curse. I am very–I feel very honored and blessed to carry on our family name and legacy in the business, but also, I want to forge my own path at the same time,” she said. “I always say, it does add pressure and that extra weight on my shoulders to be the best to do my grandpa [Joe Blanchard], my dad and stepdad proud. That type of pressure is what drives me. It drives me toward my purpose if that makes sense.”


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