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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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The New York Rangers plan to pay tribute to a legendary former Blueshirt.

Jean Ratelle’s iconic No. 19 will be lifted to the rafters of Madison Square Garden next season, the club announced Saturday.

The 76-year-old was named to the NHL’s list of its 100 greatest players and took part in the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles last month.

Ratelle ranks second in franchise history with 336 goals, and third with 817 points.

His 491 career goals combined with the Rangers and the Boston Bruins rank 47th on the NHL’s all-time list.

Ratelle was a two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner who spent parts of 16 seasons with the Rangers.

He was also a member of Canada’s victorious 1972 Summit Series squad and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

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After being treated to a smattering of boos from the Madison Square Garden faithful, Carmelo Anthony could only look to a familiar face for comfort.

Anthony drew comparisons to Knicks legend Patrick Ewing in describing the intense scrutiny that comes with being New York‘s star player.

“Without a doubt,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk when asked if he respected Ewing more after stepping into his shoes in New York. “As a student of the game, you know what people go through in their own respective situations.

“Knowing the history of the game and knowing the history here and the players, he was one of those guys who kind of can relate to what I’m going through. Being able to still try to perform at a high level and block everything out, I mean, that’s somebody I can say understands what I’m dealing with.”

As it happens, Ewing was in town on Friday as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets. The beloved franchise center had no advice beyond just accepting the circus that surrounds the Knicks.

“I just blocked it out and did my job,” Ewing told the George Willis of the New York Post. “You have to have tough skin. You can’t worry about what people think. As long as you’re out there doing your best, that’s all you can do.”

Much like how the declining Anthony is being chased out of town at the moment, Knicks fans also grew frustrated at Ewing two decades back. He was eventually dealt to the Seattle Supersonics in 2000 after leading the Knicks to 13-straight playoff appearances.

That same episode is now playing itself out 17 years later, although in the case of Anthony he hasn’t come close to what Ewing did for the Knicks. The parallels end with Anthony and Ewing’s situation, not what they accomplished while wearing the Knicks uniform.

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Miesha Tate is getting back in the saddle against a hungry top-10 opponent.

On Friday, the UFC announced the former women’s bantamweight champion will face No. 8-ranked Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York. It will be Tate’s first fight since losing her title to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 200 in July.

Tate claimed UFC gold with her dramatic rear-naked choke submission of Holly Holm at UFC 196, only to lose her first defense when Nunes submitted Tate inside of a round. Tate is currently ranked as the No. 1 contender, having won five straight fights before being defeated by Nunes.

Though the bout order has not been set, the quickly rising Pennington will likely compete in her first PPV main-card fight since a split-decision loss to Holm in February 2015. “Rocky” has won three straight bouts and four of her past five, including a split decision over one-time title contender Bethe Correia.

Tate-Pennington joins an increasingly stacked UFC 205 card. The promotion’s New York debut is expected to be headlined by a pair of title fights – a strawweight championship bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz has already been announced, while welterweight champion Tyron Woodley said he’ll defend his belt against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is demanding a Ronda Rousey fight, and she knows just the place to host it.

Speaking to the media in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nunes doubled down on comments she made last week about wanting to challenge Rousey. This time, she threw in the possibility of headlining the UFC’s upcoming Madison Square Garden card in November.

“That’s the fight that makes sense because Ronda was one of the best fighters of all time, and I’m the champion,” Nunes said, according to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “I also made history for my country, and this is a fight that makes sense for that huge event, one of the biggest pay-per-views in the UFC.

“I will take my country with me, and she will be fighting in her country. I want this fight in New York. It will be historic.”

No fights have been booked yet for the UFC’s first-ever event in New York. Nunes knows a thing or two about closing out major shows. She defeated Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 this past July to win the 135-pound title.

Even if Rousey is intent on coming back stronger following her first career loss at the hands of Holly Holm last November, Nunes isn’t worried about being added to her impressive hit list. The 28-year-old believes her own losses have prepared her for anything and that being the champion gives her a mental edge.

“She knows the power of having (the belt) at home, that’s why she doesn’t know if she (will return) or not,” Nunes said. “(The belt) gives you strength. That’s why Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo were champions for so long. Having this belt gives me extra strength.

“I’m hungry to fight Ronda now. It’s ‘The Lioness” Era now. Everything that happened has helped me. I will hold this belt with everything I have. I want to retire as champion, and I will make that happen.”

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Fans may have to wait until 2017 to see Ronda Rousey fight again.

The former women’s bantamweight champion underwent minor knee surgery Wednesday, UFC president Dana White said in an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Rousey has not fought since losing her title to Holly Holm last November and it appears that her comeback could be pushed back past the end of the year. The good news is that a title shot will be waiting for her.

“If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then she would probably fight at the New Year’s show at the beginning of the year,” said White, according to MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas.

White added, “If Miesha Tate’s still the champion, she’ll fight Miesha Tate. Whoever has the belt is who Ronda Rousey will fight.”

White’s suggested time frame would keep Rousey out of the running for a spot at the UFC’s highly anticipated New York debut at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.

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Ronda Rousey’s timeline for her much-anticipated return to MMA action remains unclear, according to UFC president Dana White.

Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, and has only recently begun training again. A timeline wasn’t set for her next bout, although some believed she’d be scheduled for UFC 205 in November.

White made it clear Tuesday that the decision lies with Rousey.

“She has as much time off as she wants or needs. Obviously, I would love her to come back sooner than later so we’ll see how that plays out but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to roll into New York with Ronda but I just don’t know if she’s going to be ready,” White said of Rousey on “The Michael Kay Show.”

The UFC’s bantamweight division continues to thrive in Rousey’s absence, but she still remains the marquee ticket in the weight class, as White alluded to.

“When she announces she’s going to be back, it’s going to be big,” White said.

UFC 205 is slated to take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.