Posts Tagged ‘Monday Night Raw’

cm-punk-212422-1280x0

WWE is keen on the idea of bringing CM Punk back to the company, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (via Wrestling News).

The 38-year-old walked out in early 2014 amid frustrations over his injury concerns, as well as long-standing creative differences.

He would later publicly air his grievances on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, where he appeared to rule out a return to WWE.

But according to Meltzer, Punk has not completely burnt his bridges in the eyes of management, who would be open to the prospect of a reunion.

Speaking on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected wrestling journalist said: “No matter what is said, WWE wants CM Punk back.”

Few will be surprised to learn that Vince McMahon would be happy to roll out the red carpet for Punk, having previously done so for the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Goldberg – who also departed in acrimony.

But Punk himself has so far shown little indication he would be prepared to reverse his retirement. The Straight Edge Superstar is reportedly still pursuing a career in the octagon, having fought his first match – a defeat to Micky Gall – back in September.

Until he formally puts the latest rumours to bed, though, speculation around his future is likely to continue.

53a095324a346_-_cos-the-miz-de

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.”

wrestlings-big-event-laguardia-plaza-new-york-usa-04-mar-2017

Zak Bevis, the real-life brother of WWE superstar Paige, noted on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that he’s “very worried” about his sister.

“I’ve got too say I’m very worried about my sister,” Bevis wrote (sic). “Please keep a eye on her, she had one Prick Known as brad Maddox who took advantage of an 18 year old girl. Physically and mentally abused her. And now she’s with a control freak who think he’s a tough guy cause he’s beats my sister and has money too cover his tracks..”

News broke on Monday that Alberto El Patron was detained by police at the Orlando International Airport on Sunday following a domestic incident. Paige claimed the incident was not between herself and Alberto but rather with an angry fan that allegedly threw a drink on the GFW Impact World Heavyweight Champion. Audio of the incident revealed Alberto telling someone to “call the cops” and Paige crying. A witness claimed the wrestling couple were arguing at a restaurant in the airport.

“I love my sister she will end up like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse,” Zak wrote on Facebook. “….please share this,,I want the world to know that i care about my lil sister…..everyone keep an eye on her …you’ll be argry at me but I love you, I’m writing this on behalf of all the Knights.”

Zak also noted that their father, Ricky Knight, will weigh in later, noting, “Thanks for all the messages. Yes this is very hard to do. Ricky Knight is the head of this family and will have his say later.”

Knight has been an outspoken critic of Paige’s relationship with El Patron, something that has even boiled over into a wrestling match between them.

royalrumble

Breaking records and making history as been a key focus of WWE’s women’s division lately. Charlotte and Sasha Banks became the first females to headline a WWE pay-per-view at Hell In A Cell 2016, and we’ve just witnessed the first two women’s Money In The Bank ladder matches in the past few weeks. Now, it looks like the company could be heading towards another big first.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE are considering a women’s Royal Rumble match next January. Details are scarce, and it’s unclear if they’re actually making plans or just throwing ideas around, but this isn’t the first time the match has been mentioned.

Bayley spoke on the possibility of a women’s Rumble back in January, and Becky Lynch recently stated that she felt the match was inevitable, but still “a year or two away.” The booking now sounds like a real possibility, and the upcoming Mae Young Classic could be used to fill out the numbers.

The Observer also mentioned that next summer’s big Network tournament could be a tag team competition. It’d take a similar format to the 2015 and 2016 Dusty Rhodes Classic, but would likely involve outside talent, much like the women’s tourney.

the-miz-and-maryse-9

Source: Hard Hidz

Recently during a media conference, via the Hard Hidz Wrestling Podcast, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz shared his thoughts on a number of topics including Maria and Mike Kanellis in WWE, a possible babyface run, mixed crowd reactions, and who he would like to induct him into the WWE Hall Of Fame eventually.

When asked whether The Miz and Maryse will ever face off against the Kanellis clan, The Magistrate of The Miztourage pointed out that the couples are on different brands right now, but put over the power of love gimmick as being a heat magnet.

“Oh, maybe [they will get a chance to face Mike and Maria Kanellis]. They’re on SmackDown Live now, and I mean, I think their, I don’t want to say ‘gimmick’, their whole thing is the power of love and I find it interesting. I think it’s going to generate a lot of heat, and I think people are not going to like them, and I think it’s going to be something really, really good for SmackDown Live.”

On the subject of a possible face run, The Miz admitted that it depends entirely on his reactions from the WWE Universe. If the fans start cheering ‘The Most Must-See WWE Superstar Of All Time,’ he will have to go that way. The Miz went on to say that he was surprised at the positive crowd response he got at WrestleMania 33 in his mixed tag team match with his wife Maryse against the team of John Cena and Nikki Bella.

“It all depends on what the crowd does. If the crowd starts cheering, guess what: good, I’ll go into it. I mean, at WrestleMania, they were cheering me. Half the crowd’s cheering me and I’m like, ‘wait, are you chanting, ‘The Miz’?’ I don’t think I ever heard that before in my entire career in WWE.”

Also during the interview, The Miz compared the mixed crowd reactions generated by Cena and Roman Reigns.

“Roman gets the biggest half and half [crowd reaction] now and I’ve seen it from Cena too. When he was wrestling Kurt Angle a long time ago, it’s kind of like when I first started up on WWE, it was 2006, I remember for the first time I ever heard, like, ‘let’s go Cena’/’Cena sucks’ and I was like, ‘wow, man, and this is like the face of the franchise and people don’t like him’. You’d hear the little kids go, ‘let’s go Cena’ and the men go, ‘Cena sucks’. It was incredible. Now, I think Roman has that kind of effect on the people where you either really love him or really hate him.”

According to The Miz, he would like Maryse to induct him into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

“I’d want my wife [to be the inductor]. I think she’d want that. I think if I didn’t ask her, she’d be very angry with me. If you thought she’s angry with me now, wait till I don’t ask her to induct me. So I’d want my wife for my top ballot Hall Of Fame [induction].”

005-bikini-maryse-1482340858-800

Source: WWE Network’s Table For 3

On the WWE Network‘s Table For 3 episode entitled ‘Divas Champion Club’, former WWE Divas Champions Maryse, Eve Torres, and Kelly Kelly shared a meal together and discussed a number of topics including Maryse’s recent success on WWE programming with her shoot husband, The Miz, and the so-called Women’s Revolution.

According to Maryse, the feud she and The Miz had with John Cena and Nikki Bella was good because it came from a real place. ‘The French-Canadian Beauty’ said she and The Miz are doing so well on their current WWE run and she would never have predicted their success.

“There’s a lot of truth and everything that has been happening is 100% the way it is. To be able to come out and tell the story, yeah. I always say karma is a thing that is real. The biggest positive for me is definitely working with Mike [Mizanin] and we just complement each other so well and we do great together. And you see where we were when we first started at the WrestleMania last year, this year, I mean, thank you, we’re doing so well. If you would have asked me before, five years ago, even when I came back last year, I would have told you ‘no.'”

On the subject of the Women’s Revolution, Maryse claimed that people need to remember their place in history.

“It’s funny that everyone talks about Women’s Revolution and I’m the first one to be behind all of them and be with them, but you can’t forget that behind every Women’s Revolution, there was a pack of women before them and before every single generation fought for something.” Maryse continued, “the Women’s Revolution has been going on for years prior. It didn’t just start last year or two or three years ago. It [has] been a fight for us for a long time. We had amazing matches. On live events, we would have 20 minutes. When we get to television, we get [four minutes with entrances], so you’re trying to relate to a crowd and you can’t really relate because you don’t have the chance they do. I’m glad that they’re taking that chance.”

Eve echoed this sentiment, saying that every generation has done its part.

“Everyone plays their part and you just chip away at it. And then, the next generation chips away. And then, the next generation chips away. And eventually, it breaks and they say, ‘okay’ and they see that it’s something worth investing in. So I think it’s fair to say that every generation did their part.”

Kelly divulged that she does not like that the term ‘Diva’ has been cast off in favor of the unisex term, ‘Superstar’ and that the Divas Championship is no more.

“We always recognized the women that came before us. Do you know what I mean? And then, when the Divas Championship came along, and I feel like they totally wiped that out.” Kelly added, “what about us? Do you know what I mean? We gave it our everything when we walked through that curtain every night. Like, we went out there and we gave it our all. And so, I feel like even the Divas Championship itself, like, just wiping that out and kind of like forgetting about that, it’s kind of like, [a knife to the heart].”

usa_today_10126372-0

The always outspoken LaVar Ball and the world of professional wrestling seem like a match made in heaven.

With “Monday Night Raw” airing live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 26, World Wrestling Entertainment is reportedly interested in having LaVar – the father of the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, Lonzo – appear on its programming that night, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin.

The two sides have been in talks, but nothing is yet set in stone.

While livestreaming Thursday’s NBA draft from their seats, LaVar and the rest of the Ball family in attendance were overheard discussing what sounds like the possibility of him being on the show.