Posts Tagged ‘NXT’

Source: Indepedent

Triple H spoke with the Independent on a number of topics including the future of WWE’s UK Division. He talked about how it takes time to put together a division and hoped things would have come together a bit quicker.

“Pete [Dunne] and all of those UK guys are very talented,” Triple H said. “Putting together a product of a television show and live events in the UK and doing what we do takes time. I would love for this to have happened quicker and sooner, but we are where we are.”

Triple H continued that he expects something more consistent to come together for the division in the near future with many of the talent training in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.

“We’re still in that process but we’re using those guys here and there and they are still doing their other bookings as well as working with us,” Triple H said. “As we move forward, I’m hoping something more definitive for them will be coming soon and we’ll certainly be letting everyone know. They are all very talent kids and a bunch of them are at the Performance Center now, training and constantly working with us as we try to improve them so that, when the opportunity comes, we are ready to go.”

Back in January of this year, WWE held a WWE UK Tournament in Blackpool, England that crowned Tyler Bate as the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Since then, Bate dropped the title to Pete Dunne and the division has been used sparingly, making appearances on NXT, and more recently, on Raw and 205 Live when WWE visited the UK, earlier this month.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: The Sun

Carmella spoke with The Sun to promote the current WWE European tour. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Going from WWE NXT to the main roster:

“After starting off in NXT and then getting here to SmackDown Live, all I ever wanted to do was to create history and be a part of the women’s revolution. Natalya, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, everyone is making history and I wanted to be a part of it and now my name will always be forever etched in history – and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.”

Traveling with her Money In the Bank briefcase:

“I have to carry it everywhere I go. When we fly I only get to have one carry on and one personal item. Sometimes I just have one little bag and my briefcase. A few weeks ago I was at baggage claim and a man asked me if I was in the banking business. I was like ‘Really? You think I’m going I’m going to be carrying around a briefcase with money in the bank written on it with money in it?'”

People calling SmackDown the B Show:

“I don’t know where people get that Smackdown is the B show – I couldn’t disagree more. Ever since the draft happened I know all the women in our locker room came together and vowed to make us the A show and show we are the best women’s division. It’s nice to have that rivalry because it makes you work that much harder and you always want to be better than the other side.”

Check out the full interview with Carmella at this link.

Source: PWInsider

As noted, former TNA X Division Champion Rockstar Spud is no longer with Impact Wrestling. PWInsider is reporting that WWE is looking to sign Spud and add him to the Cruiserweight division. Spud joined the TNA roster after winning the first TNA British Boot Camp in 2013. He had most recently been feuding with Swoggle, f.k.a. Hornswoggle in WWE, losing their blowoff match on the June 29th episode of Impact Wrestling taped in India.

PWInsider is also reporting that WWE is looking to finally call Hideo Itami up from NXT and join the Cruiserweight division. It was noted that while there is no date set for his debut, WWE intends to move him to 205 Live when they have creative plans for him. Itami signed with WWE in 2014, however had been plagued with injuries. He made one appearance on the main roster, competing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, where he was eliminated by The Big Show, who went on to win the match. Itami recently was defeated by Aleister Black at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 19th in Brooklyn, NY.

You can read the full report at PWInsider by clicking here.

Source: X-Pac 12360

Kevin Nash sat down with his longtime friend Sean Waltman for an episode of his X-Pac 12360 podcast recently and gave his thoughts on some of the current talent in WWE.

Nash joined TNA in 2004 and had a seven-year run with the company, so he’s very familiar with the current WWE superstars who formerly worked for TNA. Most notably, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe have found success in the WWE after making names for themselves in TNA. Nash said he knew how much talent TNA had on the roster when he joined the promotion as it reminded him of when he first joined WCW.

“There was so much talent there [in TNA]; there really was a ton of talent, and it reminded me of when we all came to WCW with the incredible amount of talent they had when they had Eddie [Guerrero], [Ultimo] Dragon, [Chris] Benoit, just that incredible amount of talent with Juventud [Guerrera], Rey [Mysterio], they just had a lot of incredible talent,” Nash said. “I always thought that Joe was special, and immediately when he got to NXT I thought that he was going to be the perfect opponent to Brock Lesnar. Bobby Roode was also really solid. I’m surprised it took him this long to get a hold of WWE.”

Nash, a two-time tag team champion in the WWE and a 12-time tag champ over the course of his career, doled out some praise for a current WWE that might surprise you. Instead of exalting The New Day or the Usos, Nash expressed his fandom for Breezango, saying their act has been refreshing and fun in an era of over-scripted characters.

“It doesn’t feel like their skits are written by anybody,” Nash said. “To me, WWE’s product seems to be overwritten and overproduced, but not Breezango; they seem to have a lot more free reign.”

Nash also touched on the recent legal issues between the WWE and the Young Bucks. After staging a Bullet Club “invasion” outside of RAW last month, the Bucks received a cease & desist letter from the WWE over the use of the “Too Sweet” hand gesture. Nash and Waltman were a part of the Kliq, the faction that originated the gesture, so Nash said if they don’t have a problem with the Bucks using it then the WWE shouldn’t have a problem with it either.

“To me it’s just like, you (Waltman) created that. That is your hand signal,” Nash said. “You are the one that came in and told us the story of seeing the hand gesture at a bar, it was a ‘Turkish Wolf’ so if anyone should get credit for that hand gesture it’s you because you showed it to the Kliq and we adapted it as our inside hand gesture, so if they want to call it ‘Too Sweet’ that’s fine, but to me it’s like, really? I’m sure somebody through the peace sign for the first time are you going to try and get intellectual property on that?”

WWE.com has today announced the release of Raw branded superstar Emma.

In an extremely brief boilerplate statement on their website, the company dryly noted that they have come to terms with the performer, before wishing her the best in her future endeavours.

The news comes just a week after Emma was selected as Asuka’s first opponent following her main roster ascension. Essentially a sacrificial lamb for the incoming former NXT champion, it wasn’t exactly a privileged position. After tasting defeat at TLC, she went on to lose a rematch on the following night’s episode of Monday Night Raw.

Emma, born Tenile Dashwood, joined WWE fold as part of their FCW developmental territory, transitioning to NXT when the finishing school was rebranded in 2012. She enjoyed a prosperous time with the yellow and black group, contesting excellent matches with the likes of Charlotte and Bayley, but she was unable to translate her potential to the main roster.

The booking did not help. Emma’s first stint on the big shows came at a time before women’s wrestling was treated with anything approaching seriousness, as she was flung into feuds with unevenly matched opponents such as Aksana and Summer Rae. After a brief spell back in NXT, the Australian returned to main roster, only to be sidelined by injury.

It was clear it wasn’t going to work out for Emma when a rebrand into the pin-up ‘Emmalina’ character was nixed after just one week. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer described the scenario as a “running joke” behind the scenes, with the company seemingly uninterested in pushing the former Shimmer star.

During a set of matches where she was expected to be squashed, Emma was surprisingly competitive in defeat versus Asuka. The context of her sudden release makes this stranger still – though few will be surprised at the news.

Source: RealSport

Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) spoke with RealSport on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

How the Fashion Files sets them apart from the roster:

Fandango: “I think we’ve obviously had segments and wrestling matches on Rawand SmackDown just being single competitors, but I think doing the Fashion Filesweekly right now brings a different entity to the SmackDown show. It’s something different, it’s comedic relief between matches, so it’s kind of something that separates us from the rest of the roster. It’s bringing something different to SmackDown every week, and we take pride in making these skits as funny as possible every week. We really take it seriously. But I think, like, when we’re getting ready to film the Fashion Files every week, we’re just two dudes having fun backstage. And it’s not overly micromanaged, where we have to perfectly hit everything on the script. It’s pretty much us getting some material and just having fun with it and trying to make it our own. I think it really comes across as us just having a good time. The looser it is, the more fun it is, and that’s when the best material comes out.”

If they have a dream matchup:

Fandango: “Earthquake and Typhoon? We pretty much based our entire careers, our whole tag team style, on Earthquake and Typhoon.”

A long pause before bursting out laughing.

Breeze: “Alright, it’s like, I don’t see the connection there, but okay [laughs].”

Tyler Breeze having unfinished business in NXT or happy to be on SmackDown:

Breeze: “It’s kind of a mixture of both. I think, especially at the time, when NXT was becoming what it is today, I like to think I was an integral part of that. If you look, Neville was NXT Champion, Sami Zayn was NXT Champion, and Tyler Breeze never was. Yeah! It’s one of those things where if I really thought about it, or if I wanted it bad enough, there’s always some unfinished business there. But SmackDown Live, we’ve got some unfinished business there as well: those SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships. We came close before with the Usos a couple of times. I think it’s time we get back in there as well.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: The CCW Podcast

Recently, WWE Hall Of Famer Razor Ramon, also known as Scott Hall, was a guest on The CCW Podcast. Among many other things, Hall talked about Road Dogg’s success behind-the-scenes with WWE, so-called ‘panicked’ booking by WWE, what makes NXT the hottest pro wrestling show, whether Triple H is the right person to succeed Vince McMahon as WWE Chairman, and whether any promotion can challenge WWE like WCW did during the Monday Night Wars.

According to Hall, Road Dogg is Triple H’s righthand man and doing very well for someone who has battled his own share of so-called personal demons.

“Road Dogg [has] done great and he [has] been down too. He [has] turned his life around in a big way. He’s like Triple H’s righthand guy because those Armstrong guys, his brother Scotty works there too, they tell it like it is. They grew up in wrestling, so they’re not B.S.ers. They tell it like it is.”

In Hall’s view, WWE’s booking is “panicky” at times and “change stuff at the last minute.” With that said, Hall described NXT as “the hottest show” right now, largely because of its one-hour runtime. ‘The Bad Guy’ professed that WWE Monday Night RAW is too long at three hours per episode.

“Well, he runs NXT completely, Triple H. And to me, it’s the hottest show out there and I think a big factor is… it is… I think a big factor is because it’s one hour and SmackDown [Live] gets better ratings because it’s two hours. I mean, three hours of RAW is hard to watch and I love pro wrestling.” Hall continued, “when business is red-hot and stuff, that’s great, but you’re giving away a pay-per-view every week and coming up with three hours of good TV starts to get hard. And, like, now the position that WWE is in is that because it’s a publicly traded company and it’s not a family business and they sell commercial time even if the show’s not that good, you’re still generating revenue off of those commercials, so they can’t [go back to a two-hour RAW]. I think if it was up to Paul [Levesque], he would go back to one-hour TV because it leaves you wanting more. But, I mean, things are what they are.”?

While Hall believes that Triple H is the right person to take over WWE, Hall quickly pointed out that ‘The Game’ used to be The Kliq’s lackey, carrying bags and acting as the collective’s designated driver.

“Don’t get me wrong, I respect Paul, I respect Triple H, and he [has] done some things. He’s the right guy for the job. He doesn’t sleep. He’s just like Vince. He’s a cyborg. But when I first met him, he used to carry my bag. He was kind of nobody and I was kind of a big deal. And I used to mess with him, like, do you know how you can walk behind somebody and walk right in their footsteps? Like, he would come in to TV and I was just doing it to him and he’s turning around like, ‘whoa.’ So I said, ‘I guess you’ve heard all the rumors about all the gay stuff here, right?’ And he went, ‘yeah.’ I said, ‘it’s all true!’ And the coolest thing about having him around was he was skilled. And I’m looking at him going, ‘well, here’s this rich boy from the country club and Razor’s gimmick is from the streets.’ I’m thinking, ‘oh, and he can go? Man, I’d love to work with him.’ And because he never drank or did a drug, still doesn’t, sometimes we’d pressure him to ‘drink it!’ and he would drink, like, one shot of Jack Daniels. But it was perfect for guys like me, and Shawn [Michaels], and [1-2-3] Kid, and Kev [Nash] because we were drinking and taking prescription drugs only. I can prove it, doctor. But we’re partying and going hard and we’d just get in the van and go, ‘drive, monkey!’ And we’d sit in the back and drink beer and he was totally straight, didn’t do a drug.”

When asked whether the wrestleverse will ever see another Monday Night Wars, Hall indicated that he does not see any real competition for WWE these days.

“I just think it would be great if there was somebody for them to compete with because it makes everybody better, but I don’t see anybody [capable of challenging WWE]. TNA ain’t going to be a threat. I think Ring Of Honor, Ring Of Honor may be the closest thing, but it’s still kind of bush. Their TV is kind of bush. New Japan’s TV is slicker, but I don’t think American audiences will really get behind Japanese guys at this point, so I don’t see any Monday Night Wars coming up.”