Posts Tagged ‘NXT’

Tyler Breeze was recently interviewed by Planeta Wrestling, via WWENEWS.eu. They sent us these highlights:

You’ve had some amazing matches as a solo competitor in NXT, like the one Jushin “Thunder” Liger or Apollo Crews. What happened when you got called to the main roster? Why do you think you didn’t have that amazing run in singles competition?

“It’s all about timing. It was one of those things when I was ready to get out of NXT. I proved my point there and there really wasn’t much more for me to do and it was time to go. Whether it’s coming up here and for doing what I was doing, you have to adapt. It’s a new environment and basically that is what I was doing the first little while. I was kind of comfortable in my NXT role and up here is not like that. You can’t make the quick transition over, you have to adapt to new opponents, new environment, new TV shows and I was kind of minding my footing. Even getting paired with Fandango for the first little while, we where struggling to find where our chemistry was and we finally clicked. Being paired with Fandango really helps out. I help him out, he helps me out, and I think we’ve really done something special with that.”

Who came up with the idea of the Fashion Files and how do you create your weekly segments? What is the process of putting all the pieces together?

“It was kind of a mix of opinions. It was one of those thing when we were trying to find where our chemistry was and we just started to throw ideas out there and one of them was to be the Fashion Police. We just started with little ideas, little videos and all of the sudden it took off. We were having fun with it and other people were enjoying it and all of the sudden it became a thing. It was on Smackdown every week for about eight months and we are still doing it now, but we are trying to find the transition and try to focus on other stuff. But it was very important to get some momentum behind us.”

How does it feel to be one of the most entertaining duos in WWE and not been able to perform in one of the most funnest [Royal] Rumbles in the last decade?

“Ha ha! It’s one of those things… Everybody has their time, it’s all about patience. I know that is very easy to get frustrated and seated at home asking, ‘Why me?’ It’s all about patience. We have a extremely talented roster and everybody eventually get the chance and you just have to be positive and enjoy the ride.”

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Shinsuke Nakamura spoke with ESPN earlier this week following his big win at the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

The Rumble match win and fans supporting him during the match:

“I believe this is the biggest thing to happen in my career so far. That’s until WrestleMania this year which will be the biggest thing in my life.”

“I really felt the people behind me. You had (John) Cena, Roman, Randy (Orton), the biggest stars in the WWE and I feel like I’m a new guy, but the WWE Universe really supported me.”

His WWE NXT run and feeling like he’s at home now:

“When I came to NXT, I didn’t need to adjust. NXT fans are hardcore wrestling fans. I just had to wrestle and they reacted but when I got called up to SmackDown it was different. There’s just a difference in the live events. So last year I had to make an adjustment from NXT to SmackDown like others have done from NXT to Raw. It takes time to adjust but today I finally feel like I’m there. I feel at home. It’s hard to choose the words even if I was speaking Japanese. It’s hard to find the words.”

Facing WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34:

“One of the reasons to come to the WWE was to wrestle at WrestleMania, but to main-event WrestleMania? Wow! I live for this. I have experience wrestling Brock (Lesnar) and AJ, but I really think the people and the audience around the world want to see AJ and me. That’s the match everyone wants to see.”

Source: ESPN

Chase Field, home of baseball franchise the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been selected to host WWE’s Royal Rumble on January 27, 2019 (via PWMania).

The stadium, which has a maximum capacity of just shy of 50,000 for its primary function, will become the first Major League Baseball ground to broadcast a WWE pay-per-view in more than 15 years. Safeco Field, whose most famous tenants are the Seattle Mariners, is currently the last to date, having hosted WrestleMania XIX in March 2003.

According to reports, the oft-used Talking Stick Resort Arena – a neighbouring venue – will host NXT TakeOver, Raw and SmakDown events in the same week. The site of last year’s Elimination Chamber, and the 2013 Royal Rumble, this arena typically seats a modest 15,000 fans.

Sasha Banks spoke with talkSPORT about feuding with Bayley again, her top moments on Raw, and who she’d like to see show up at the 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match. Here are some of the highlights:

Feuding with Bayley again on the main roster:

“Over the past year I’ve been told if I was going to be heel or face and we kept going back and fourth on it. But that rivalry with Bayley is something I’d love to pick right back up because she actually has my number, which pisses me off because in my heart I know I’m the greatest women’s wrestler ever. It’s about showing her and the world that I’m the best and it would be great to pick up that rivalry again with her. I’m in no rush; I plan to be with WWE for a very long time so we can tell that story anytime. Sasha Banks is all about being me and it’s not arrogance it’s confidence, I am the very best at what I do.”

Her favorite WWE Raw moments:

“There’s so many! I loved everything ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin did to Vince McMahon, everything ‘Stone Cold’ and Kurt Angle did, and The Dudley Boyz putting Mae Young through a table. I remember my Mum saying ‘Oh my god, they can’t be doing this!’ because we were watching it together and she was horrified! And I was like this is what I want to do with my left, but now she’s my biggest fan. There are so many memories and so many memories I got to create myself too, winning the Women’s Championship in LA was a huge highlight for me.”

Who she’d like to see show up at the 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match:

“I would love to see Trish [Stratus] and Lita, of course. Beth Phoenix, Molly Holly, Jazz, Jacqueline. Just all the women I grew up watching – Medusa, that would be amazing. Even girls from NXT would be amazing too. But the potential to see who’s going to be in it is endless because we only have about thirty girls across the brands, so we do need those little extra for the Rumble. If I was the first entrant and I was waiting for opponent I would love to hear Trish Stratus’ music. Not only would I mark out as a fan, but also it would be something really cool. Her music is so iconic, she’s such a legend in this business that would be an amazing way to start off the Rumble.”

Sasha Banks also discussed her career highlights and goals. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, known as The Undisputed Era with Adam Cole, recently spoke with Byron Saxton for a WWE website interview. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Fish on their success before WWE:

“We’ve been the standard in tag team wrestling since November 2012. Our preparation is about precision, timing, sharpening our in-ring ability to its finest edge possible, its science. From there, we game-plan; each team is a new puzzle for sorting, calculating each move, complete with bad intent. Matches are won before the bell rings. First, we let you know the when, where, why and how — the verbal. Then comes the mental, the inevitability of what’s about to happen to you. And finally, the physical, when we put you out of your misery.”

O’Reilly on their chemistry:

“Our team chemistry is something unlike anything else on this planet. Bobby knows what I’m planning to do before I do sometimes. I think that we have such a relentless, unorthodox style, and we have designed a new system of attacking and defending that is very difficult to figure out and prepare for.”

Fish on The Undisputed Era conquering NXT:

“When you delivered at the level Kyle, Cole and I are accustomed to, there are no surprises. It’s a simple ‘if A, then B’ system. The process is in the work. Our work is never left unfinished; it’s always looked after, and, therefore, success follows us like a lost dog searching for a home. Come one, come all. The variety of challenge ensures the entertainment of those who follow our history. Watch as time and time again we prove there is no team walking this planet who can operate on our level. We are NXT, and this is our era!”

After months of speculation, WWE has at last announced the formal acquisition of Trevor Mann, better known as Ricochet.

The 29-year-old, introduced by the company’s website as an “indescribably creative” performer, is reported to have began work at NXT’s Orlando Performance Centre today. Further details around his contract, including its length, have not been disclosed, but it is likely to be a multi-year deal.

With stints in the United States, Japan and Mexico on his résumé, Ricochet heads to to Vince McMahon’s empire with a wealth of wrestling experience. His most recent outing came at PWG’s Mystery Vortex V, where he surrendered the promotion’s world title in his farewell appearance.

The Kentucky-native has also amassed a considerable fan following for his innovative style in the ring, which has drawn comparisons to that of a young Rey Mysterio. The series of matches he shared with Will Ospreay, in particular, caught the headlines early last year.

A nimble high-flyer, Ricochet is an obvious candidate to join WWE’s 205 Live ranks, which is short on star power after the departures of Neville and Austin Aries. Having already fronted highly-acclaimed shows around the world, however, it would be to the surprise of few if he set his sights higher up the food chain.

Episode 30 of The Triple Threat Podcast featuring “The Franchise” Shane Douglas and The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling is NOW available. In the following excerpt Shane, Chad and John discuss the upcoming and groundbreaking Women’s Royal Rumble match as well as Shane sharing recollections of his lone Royal Rumble appearance in 1991, the psychology behind a battle royal and what factors come in to play with that many superstars in the ring at once. The full episode can be downloaded at this link.

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The huge announcement of the first Women’s Royal Rumble:

“I’ve said it before that I am not and haven’t been throughout my career a huge supporter of women’s wrestling and I haven’t paid that much attention to it. But I will say this that with as over as the (Total) Divas show has gotten it seems to be the more buzz-worthy part of WWE these days. I think it is completely in line and long overdue. Why not let the women have the same crack at it that the men had? If you are a WWE fan (which I am not) and if you are a fan of that than I don’t see why you wouldn’t demand to see who will come out on top of this match.”

“I think it is completely appropriate and long overdue but sadly I think it has more to do with identity politics and that women are out there making a lot of noise right now and getting a lot of traction so let’s go in that direction. Be that as it may and if that is the reason or if it is not the reason I think it is long overdue. They’ve been the more spoken about part of the WWE now for several years so why not give them equal footing.”

“If you look at the WWE from the last several years it is the ladies division that has gotten a lot more press and far more traction and far more buzz than the men’s division. We’ve seen the men’s division side of it decline to an incredibly low level and seems like every year it is declining and that the women’s shows still have some punch behind them. I hear far more buzz about the women wrestlers than I do the men wrestlers in the WWE which leads me to believe that it has more buzz behind it. If that is not true go attack me on social media about it. It seems that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and it seems to me that is where the WWE has placed their assets and it is far more behind the women’s division than the men’s division.”

His appearance in the 1991 Royal Rumble:

(Laughing) “The orange tights were right after the Dynamic Dudes run and most of my gear was those bright pinks and oranges and yellows and greens so I continued to wear them there. But I do remember that Royal Rumble very well. The building was extraordinarily hot that night and I knew that I would have to go out and put in a substantial amount of time. Battle Royals are difficult to begin with but when you have a Battle Royal that is a very specific position of when you are going in and have a very specific idea of when you are going out, not everyone else in that ring is thinking what you are thinking. They are thinking of their long portion of that match and could give a sh*t less about yours so not only are you going out there and trying to shine (as we say in the business) and get yourself over but you are also trying to keep yourself from getting thrown out by one of these 900 pound monsters that were in the ring back then for the WWE.”

Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper putting him over on commentary:

“I wasn’t privy to what Gorilla (Monsoon) and Roddy (Piper) were saying about me obviously but to hear that they were putting me over and speaking kindly of me is pretty cool and I’ve never listened to the commentary and believe it or not I’ve never watched the match back. But it completely fits Gorilla who was a guy that I got a long very well with and Roddy Piper was a guy that I got a long very well with so it doesn’t surprise me that they said that. They also were probably privy to information that I wasn’t privy to at that point and that I was somebody that they were preparing to build.”

The psychology behind competing in a Royal Rumble match:

“Like I said you know your cue going in and you know your cue going out. Going out (to the ring) is the easy part because you are on deck and they’ll tell you that you are in five more spots, three more spots and one more spot and then say when you are ready to go and you’ve got to keep as a baby face especially some level of fire and that you are excited to be in this match. Going into that match as clearly one of the unknown guys when you are in the ring with the likes of The Road Warriors, The Nasty Boys and so many other of the WWF stars of that time you’ve got to go out there and make an impact. You can’t just go out there and float around and hide in a corner someplace. Secondly, you know you are going out in a very specific position as well. That is a lot more difficult because there is not someone standing there in the ring saying Shane you are next. You’ve got to be paying attention to what everyone is else is doing and knowing specifically who you follow and luckily for us back then and opposite of the way it is done today is that we were given the leeway and weren’t told what to do in the ring.”

“Everyone that was in the ring at that time were very much professionals and working on the same page. Even though they didn’t know specifically what time I was supposed to go out or what number, if someone did come over and grab me like Earthquake who could very easily throw me out anytime he wanted to all I had to say is not yet big man and we’d work it into something else. Everyone in the ring like I said was very professional and very supportive of helping me get through that. Everyone in the building was very well aware of how hot it was in the building because it was stifling hot and humid and to go that long in the ring took some doing because you aren’t just out there whistling Dixie you had to really focus on all those things. Just so many aspects you have to keep in your mind beyond what number you are going in because that is the easy part and now you have to pay attention to who you are following, how much time has gone, do you have to get out of there immediately after the guy in front of you is gone and do you have time to fill because the match has to fill out more time on the pay per view.”

“There are a lot of factors at work and luckily I had a ring filled with uber professionals that were all working towards the same common goal (thank God) but I also remember a lot of humor being in that match as well.”