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Paul Heyman has been causing “controversy” backstage by changing Brock Lesnar’s segments to meet his own tastes, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The Beast Incarnate’s “advocate” is said to have enough sway with Vince McMahon that he is able to change the direction of promos in which his client is involved without being challenged.

Despite the support of the chairman, Heyman’s decisions are supposedly causing tension with WWE writers, who believe that Lesnar would be more open to different ideas without his friend in his ear.

Heyman – who has previously worked as a booker – does not officially hold any creative privileges in his current capacity with WWE, although Lesnar has made no secret of how much he values his opinion.

Former UFC star Lesnar returned to the company in 2012 after an eight-year absence, and has been working a part-time schedule ever since.

It has been reported that the 40-year-old is stalling over new contract negotiations, amid speculation that he could make a permanent return to MMA when his current deal expires after WrestleMania 34.

Lesnar allegedly met UFC officials in the summer to discuss a potential return, although he has not commented publicly on the rumours.

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WWE Hall of Famer Madusa recently appeared on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360. You can download the podcast version on iTunes, they sent us these highlights:

Dropping the WWF Women’s title in the trash can on Monday Nitro:

“I was so hurt… I had a lot of come to Jesus talks with myself. You know those lonely nights by yourself crying yourself to sleep where people don’t know.”

Working on a biography:

“I was approached here recently to do something totally different with the biography and I don’t think it’s been done. So all I’m going to say is I don’t have a publisher yet. I did have one and then I turned him down and that was probably stupid but things happen for a reason.

What she never had in her 18 year career:

“I really would like an action figure, of course. If it happens great, if it doesn’t, oh well…

“So here’s a cute story. So my husband was like, ‘Why don’t you have an action figure?’ This was before the Hall of Fame. I was tearing up inside I was getting so mad. I was like, ‘oh, I don’t know, I don’t know.’ He goes, ‘well, weren’t you with WWE?’ I’m like, ‘yeah, but I was in that one era, Allen, where it was kind of a lost era.’ You know, it just wasn’t happening. I didn’t know what to say, I guess I wasn’t popular enough or I just I don’t know. Don’t talk about it!” I snapped at him and I walked out.

“A couple months later a frickin FedEx came. He goes, ‘open those packages.’ I’m like, ‘okay maybe something from Tiffany’s.’ Hell no! I open it up and they’re action figures! And the dude who makes these WWE (custom figures) it was in a WWE box… I’ve got two of those action figures, one is Madusa, and one is Alundra Blayze and it is spitting images. I said, ‘oh my gosh!'”

Whether or not she can still wrestle:

“Well after this knee, I feel pretty damn good! You never know, but listen to this, it’s not my time, it’s not about me. People ask me all the time, could I still go? Damn right! I probably could if I got back to training for a month or two. You know what I would like? Why not be the woman version of Paul Heyman. (laughs) You know what I am saying? Why can’t I go up there and get a few women in a stable? What about the Dangerous Alliance of Women? Or how about, ‘these b—–s will turn you to stone!'”

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Former WWE superstar Al Snow says Vince McMahon gives his talent creative freedom, they just misunderstand.

The comments come in a new feature piece by The UK Sun where the publication examines what turned out to be Snow’s failed gimmicks in WWE before reinventing himself in ECW. Snow explained his first gimmicks in WWE – masked wrestlers known as Avatar and Shinobi in the mid-1990s — failed because he mishandled opportunities.

“Those were opportunities that I mishandled – I didn’t have enough of an understanding or knowledge to take full advantage,” said Snow. “At that time, I made the mistake that a lot of pro wrestlers do and pointed the finger at everyone else and and never took responsibility for not succeeding.”

Snow debuted in the then-WWF on the October 23, 1995 episode of Monday Night RAW as Avatar.

“I was given a stage and platform,” said Snow. “The Avatar character was new and different and neat, but knowing what I know now, I could have made that so much more than what it was.”

Snow, 54, believes it’s a misperception that Vince McMahon is burying younger talent with gimmicks. In fact, he says Vince gives talent creative freedom and wants them to succeed.

“Vince McMahon genuinely wants every wrestler to succeed. He’s a businessman,” Snow explained. “Not to mention his ego. The more his wrestlers succeed, the more his business succeeds, the more he succeeds – and he gets to take credit.”

“Guys misunderstand – in WWE Vince gives you creative freedom. Once in you step in that ring, there’s nothing Vince can do to help you get over – and there’s nothing he can do to stop you getting over.”

In the late 1990s, Snow was sent to ECW as part of a cross-promotion with WWE to combat the rise of WCW. He believes it was an opportunity where he was able to reinvent himself.

“I had to go away and reinvent myself,” said Snow. If I stayed in WWE I was never going to be in a better spot. Chris Candido spoke to Paul Heyman on my behalf, Heyman spoke to Vince, and I was kind of put on loan to ECW.”

Snow explained that he himself created the gimmick that put him on the map and that Heyman had nothing for him.

“Paul had no plans for me, so I was free to do whatever I wanted. I was trying to demonstrate that I had suffered a nervous breakdown, and had mental illness,” said Snow. “I was reading books on abnormal psychology and read a case study about a woman who heard voices from inanimate objects. She thought they were talking to her.”

This was the beginning of Snow’s legendary “head” gimmick where he came to the ring with a mannequin head and had the words “Help Me” written backwards on his forehead. As a result, crowd chants such as “We want Head” and “Head! Head! Head!” were born.

“I picked up this mannequin head that was backstage at a show and remembered Mick Foley jerking around in the car with this Styrofoam head he kept his mask on,” said Snow. “He would pretend it was his girlfriend and I thought, ‘You know I’m going to take this to the arena and talk to it.’ It just took off.”

Snow was recalled to WWE in 1998 where he brought the “head” gimmick back with him and he was inserted in hardcore programs. Snow went on to serve as a trainer for the original episodes of WWE Tough Enough and returned to full-time wrestling in 2006 when WWE resurrected the ECW brand. He then worked as a developmental trainer for the company through their affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling until 2008.

Snow has since worked on the independent circuit and served as an agent for Global Force Wrestling. He founded the Al Snow Wrestling Academy with multiple locations in the United Kingdom and has a new sportswear brand called Elbow X Collar. You can read more comments he made to The UK Sun by clicking here.

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Sports Illustrated are reporting that Paul Heyman is pushing the idea behind the scenes that Samoa Joe should hold WWE’s Universal Title at some point in the near future – possibly as soon as SummerSlam.

It’s no secret that UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones has challenged Brock Lesnar to make an MMA return and face him in the Octagon. Should Lesnar wish to start training for that fight as soon as possible, then there’s a chance he’ll agree to drop the Universal Title on August 20 and take a sabbatical from pro wrestling.

For Heyman, the man best-placed to take over Brock’s mantle as Raw’s top champion is Samoa Joe. Heyman has been a long-time advocate (ahem) for Joe’s work, and sees him as the kind of performer WWE should grant a lengthy title run to.

Should Joe win the title at SummerSlam, he wouldn’t necessarily need to pin or submit Lesnar. The Fatal-4-Way match allows for the belt to change hands even without the reigning champion being involved in the finish, so it’s not impossible that Joe could beat Roman Reigns or Braun Strowman.

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Source: E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness

Recently on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, WWE Superstar Mike Kanellis, formerly Mike Bennett, talked with sports entertainment greats Edge and Christian about his departure from Impact Wrestling, why he and his wife Maria did not want to re-sign with Impact, the pair’s WWE debut, and why the timing is right for their current WWE run.

According to Kanellis, he and Maria were offered deals to return to Impact, but the one-time X-Division Champion was unsure about whether he wanted to stay with the promotion.

“We had finished up our contracts with TNA, but we were still working there. The way I was raised in the [pro] wrestling business, it’s once you decide to leave, you leave the right way, so we wanted to make sure that we would tie up any loose ends and storylines, which we did. Maria did the whole wedding angle and I was kind of slowly pushed off TV and just doing that stuff with her, so I could help those people do what they needed to do, so I was just kind of in the background in that storyline because that’s just what I believe in. So we promised that we would finish up and at that point we were in between contracts. TNA had offered us to stay and they were offering us a pretty good amount of money. And at that point, I didn’t know if I wanted to stay.”

Kanellis said he reached out to Paul Heyman for guidance and ‘The Advocate’ advised ‘The Miracle’ to contact Triple H.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do because I was in that weird position where I want to take care of my wife and my family, but there’s still that itch, so I actually reached out to Paul Heyman and he actually was like, ‘yeah, I think you should reach out to Triple H and talk to him and see what he says.’ And so, I did. I sent him an email. And asked him what was… I said, ‘I was done with TNA and this and that and blah, blah, blah.'”

While Triple H replied to Kanellis’s email, Kanellis still accepted that it may not ultimately lead to a spot on WWE’s roster. Eventually, Kanellis got a call from WWE’s ace recruiter William Regal about signing with WWE for its main roster.

“He emailed me back and he was really nice about everything and he was like, ‘alright,’ he was like, ‘I’ll have someone be in touch with you.’ And I’m so used to… I’m kind of jaded in [pro] wrestling, just through everything, so hearing that, he was really nice, so that was great. The most I took out of it was, ‘wow, that was really great – he was really nice about everything. Cool.’ And I was like, ‘but, if I don’t hear from anybody, I’m not going to be surprised.’ But a week later, or maybe, yeah, a couple of weeks later, I don’t know, Regal called me and they offered me a contract and I was just kind of blown away. I was just kind of like, ‘holy cow!’ I think it was like the end of January or so and I was just blown away. I remember looking at Maria and I was like, ‘yeah, they offered’ and she was like, ‘oh, well, what is it? Is it NXT?’ And I was like, ‘no, they want to bring us right up to the main roster’ and she was like, ‘holy cow!’ And I was like, ‘well, we’ve got to take it.’ And so we had to reach back out to TNA and be like, ‘oh, we’re going to go in a different direction.’ It’s this weird dynamic because you want to keep everything a secret and quiet, which is impossible to do in the [pro] wrestling business nowadays.”

Kanellis divulged that he and Maria almost re-signed with TNA, but Kevin Owens told the former Kingdom stable member to wait for a week or so before deciding.

“We had talked to TNA and we were actually really close to re-signing and it was like maybe a, maybe a week before we re-signed where Kevin Owens reached out to us and he was like, ‘what are you guys doing? I heard you are re-signing with TNA. I don’t think you should do that. That’s a stupid idea. You should come here.’ And we were like, ‘well, we’re going to re-sign’ and he said, ‘I think you should wait off a week or so.’ And when we saw him the first time at TV, he was like, ‘aren’t you glad you listened to me?’ because he actually put the brakes on us re-signing with TNA. And we waited and that’s when Regal had called.”

Kanellis indicated that he and his wife had to tell Impact that they were taking a break from pro wrestling instead of saying they were going to WWE because the duo was concerned that Impact would have broken the news.

“We then had to reach out to TNA and just be like, ‘yeah, [for] personal reasons, we aren’t going to re-sign’ because if you say something to them about WWE, it’s going to get out there because what do they care at that point? And you can’t blame them, but we were like, ‘yeah, it’s personal reasons – we’re going to do other things and maybe take a break from [pro] wrestling for a little while.’ Whatever you can think of at that point. It sucks for me because I had a great time at TNA, like the locker room, the roster, and I didn’t really get a chance to say that because everything was so quiet and, like, hush-hush about WWE, so it really hurtful me because guys like EC3 and Rockstar Spud, like, the Hardys were so great there, Eli [Drake]. Like those guys, the locker room was great and I think that’s what bothers me the most about all the crap that goes on because that locker room is fantastic.”

Apparently, the couple waited nearly three months to debut at WWE Money In The Bank. Kanellis said that the waiting was very difficult, as he and Maria are better on the road together than at home.

“Right around the end of March is when we officially signed our deal with WWE and we were just ecstatic. And then it was, ‘alright’ and we waited until they were ready for us. It felt like 10 years. You’re sitting there and in theory it’s lovely. I’ve been wrestling for 15, 16 years and in theory it’s great, ‘oh, I’ll have three months to sit at home and relax.’ But after 2 weeks, me, and Maria, and the dogs were all ready to kill each other. So yeah, it’s in your blood. You’re born to move, and go, and be on the road and wrestle.” Kanellis added, “we’re better on the road than we are at home together. If we’re at home too long together, that’s when we argue and fight. When we’re on the road, and it’s stressful, and we’re going through security, and have to find hotels and rental cars and where we’re going to eat, nothing. No problem. Smooth as can be.”

On the subject of his WWE debut, Kanellis claimed that he was excited and he admitted that he would not have been ready even after 10 years of experience.

“So we were sitting [at home] for three months at that point and finally we got the call from [Director of Talent Relations] Mark Carrano and he’s like, ‘alright, it’s going to be Money In The Bank’ and I’m like, ‘oh, wow.’ Then it hit me that it’s really happening.” Kanellis explained, “I like to think that everything in life happens for a reason and when I got to the building I was very relaxed and excited and I thought to myself, ‘do you know what? The reason it took 15 years was so I could be feeling this way right now’ because five years ago, having been wrestling for 10 years, I wasn’t ready for this. And so I truly believe that it’s just like build up and build up for that moment.”

After his long journey to WWE, Kanellis indicated that he will do everything he can to stay in WWE now that he has made it.

“I want to do everything in my power to make sure I stay here and never go back to where I was and I’m going to do that.” Kanellis continued, “I just want to be here now and that’s it. I’m going to do what I need to do to be here. And I did everything I needed to do to get here. Now, I’m going to do everything I can do to be here, and stay here, and just finish off here.”

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WWE announced the following today:

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat to induct “Ravishing” Rick Rude into WWE Hall of Fame“Ravishing” Rick Rude will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by one of his greatest rivals, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. The news was broken by Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview with the 2009 inductee.

The two locked horns several times in WWE in the late 1980s, including a memorable bout that kicked off the first-ever Royal Rumble event in 1988. However, their rivalry reached its boiling point in the early 1990s in WCW. With Rude as the centerpiece of Paul Heyman’s nefarious Dangerous Alliance, “The Dragon,” one of the most heroic competitors ever, was one of the first to stand up to the villainous faction.

Steamboat zeroed in on Rude, the reigning United States Champion, in a series of matches that thrilled WCW fans. Their rivalry came to a head at Beach Blast 1992 in a grueling 30-Minute WCW Iron Man Match, where Steamboat eked out a narrow 4-3 victory in the waning moments of the battle.

Now, “The Dragon” will have the chance to reflect on the impact “Ravishing” Rick Rude had on sports-entertainment as he inducts his late rival into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. What will Steamboat have to say? Tune into the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, live on Friday, March 31, at 8 ET/5 PT, exclusively on WWE Network!

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Source: The Whig

Former ECW and WWE superstar Sandman was interviewed by Jan Murphy for The Whig. During the interview, Sandman talked about Kurt Angle blowing out the Crucifixion angle in ECW out of proportion, leaving ECW for WCW and more. Below are some highlights.

On The Crucifixion angle in ECW:

“That whole thing got blown out of proportion by Kurt f–king Angle. It wasn’t Kurt’s fault because Kurt didn’t know wrestling back then. He was a f–king gold medalist. Everything to him was a shoot, you know what I’m saying?. I tell you what, later when Undertaker hung Austin on a thing that was almost exactly like a cross on WWE, I guarantee you (Angle) didn’t go into Vince’s office and complain that night. I was so mad that night when we got back there,” Sandman recalled. “First of all, I don’t give a f–k. I like Kurt; I’ve got a s–tload of respect for him. But back then, I was hot. I told Raven, ‘Do not go out there, do not apologize, you’re f–king crazy if you do.”

His character:

“Dude, that character is me. I used to sit in the locker room, smoke cigarettes and drink beer and then go out and wrestle. Wrestlers are characters, but my character, everybody’s walked into a bar, seen a guy just like me playing a game of pool, wants to play it for money and when he loses, wants to begin a fight, you know what I mean? Everybody knows a Sandman.”

On leaving ECW for WCW:

“I was pissed off at Paul E. because he told me I was always going to be his highest paid player and then I found out he paid Sabu like $15,000 and me $14,000 for a pay-per-view or something. So I quit on principle alone. I knew damn sure I was going to end up back in ECW because I knew WCW was a sinking ship. They were hemorrhaging money.”