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As noted, Triple H was recently interviewed by the Sky Sports Podcast, which you can check out here. Below are some highlights:

Balancing his office job with wrestling:

“There is no feeling other than standing in the middle of that ring at WrestleManiawith my wife [Stephanie McMahon], with her first time competing at WrestleMania, along with Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey, who was competing for the first time in a WWE ring in front of 70,000+ fans. There is no feeling like that in the world. Our WWE fans are the most incredible, crazy, insane, loud – and that is global. They are just the best fans in the world. Any time you have the opportunity to stand in front of them. It is an honor, it’s a thrill. That being said, every year the other things that I do, anything at this point that I am more engaged in.

“As far as the developmental system, which is where I am focusing on at the moment, so the competing part becomes more and more difficult every single year because the drain of my time in all these other aspects becomes more and more. After competing at WrestleMania, there was no day off. It was off to the next day and jumping from the plane to come to Saudi Arabia to get the deal done. No complaints though. I love doing it.”

How impressed he was by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania:

“I couldn’t have been more proud of everybody in that match. Like I had stated, Kurt Angle hadn’t been in a WWE ring in over a decade at a WrestleMania. Ronda Rousey, I can’t imagine having my first match ever in front of 75,000+ fans, oh my God. Stephanie… people take for granted what she does. Not because she is my wife, but I am in awe of her. Not only is she the Chief Brand Officer of WWE where she is traveling extensively representing WWE and doing all these amazing stuff. Not only that, but she is also a mom. The best mom to our three daughters, which is her priority in life. On top of that, she has to be ready to face Ronda Rousey, who is the baddest woman on the planet. You know that it is going to be physically rough regardless of how you look at it. She has to train twice a day. She is an incredible shape, and has the pressure of competing at WrestleMania. Even if you want to say that she has competed before, yes, but she has had one match since 2003. I think it is hard to place that in any context. They all did an amazing job. I think for me, honestly, I did my little part, but I kind of sat back in awe. We prepared everybody, but they executed it. I just sat back that day and watching it all come down thinking, my God, I am just blown away, especially with Ronda Rousey. I kept telling a lot of people she was going to surprise a lot of folks. She definitely surprised a lot of folks.”

The Undertaker’s future:

“I think, I’ve said this recently and I will say it on here. If it is one person that has earned the shot to call it the way he would like it is The Undertaker. I think this will all depend on him and it should all depend on him. It should be what he wants to and what he feels comfortable doing. I know him, as a performer always wants to give it his best, and if he can’t he won’t do it. I think that when he is in a position where he is now, he wants to be out there and show The Undertaker to the world, but it comes down to what he wants to do, and it should.”

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Ronda Rousey will challenge for Nia Jax’s Raw Women’s Championship at Money In The Bank this Sunday, but could fall victim to a heel turn.

According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company may have Natalya turn on her supposed friend during or after the Jax match, kicking off a summer program between the two.

This has been hinted for weeks. Nattie and Rousey have spent the past few months buddying up, and Natalya turned face specifically to join forces with ‘Rowdy’ after WrestleMania 34. Ronda has since saved her new friend on several occasions, including a beatdown at Jax’s hands a couple of weeks ago, which could be part of the turn.

Nattie sold a knee injury while working Nia on Raw, and WWE could go with her faking it to trick ‘The Baddest Woman On The Planet.’ Still, there’s no word on how the turn might play out. It Natalya wins the women’s MITB briefcase and Rousey defeats Jax, WWE could pull an immediate cash-in, or they may go for a straightforward interference in a title match that’ll likely be rife with smoke and mirrors.

We’ll see what happens on Sunday, but at this stage, it’d be a surprise if Natalya didn’t turn on Rousey.

WWE kicked off a campaign for a 2018 Emmy Awards nomination with their inaugural “For Your Consideration” (FYC) Emmy event at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California on Wednesday. “FYC” events are directed towards members of awards voting groups in the entertainment industry, including the groups that vote on the Academy Awards and the Emmys.

On the red carpet, Alexa Bliss spoke with Red Carper Report about coming into the main roster with low expectations from the fans and making the most of what WWE gave her.

“I didn’t expect it, I knew when I was drafted to SmackDown Live I was one of the more underwhelming draft picks,” Bliss admitted. “I wasn’t featured in NXT, I never had a TakeOver match, I never held a title. I wasn’t a featured athlete. I knew going in to SmackDown Live, I had to kick down the door and take every opportunity for what it was and sometimes in WWE – and in life – those opportunities don’t come back.

Before heading to WWE, Bliss had a background in gymnastics. She was asked if that helped with her wrestling training, in some ways it did, but ultimately her learning came from NXT.

“I would say so, it definitely helped me with the fundamentals, when I was in gymnastics the first things we learned was how to fall,” Bliss said. “My coach would push us off the balance beam and teach us how to fall. That helps with your body awareness, your air awareness, but even the training I had in cheerleading, gymnastics, bodybuilding, nothing prepares you for what you go through in the ring. It is such an unnatural movement and a high-risk movement and that’s where the training came into play at NXT. I would say it helped with my body and air awareness, but NXT is where I got my ring ability.”

Bliss is double-jointed and has used a trick in previous matches where she would make opponents think she’s hurt badly and then attacked them. Bliss was asked if any of this would benefit her in a match against Ronda Rousey, who’s known to finish opponents off with an armbar.

“I think it might. I don’t want to test that theory just yet,” Bliss laughed. “Who knows? It might. Everyone has that breaking point, mine goes just a little bit further, let’s just keep our fingers crossed.”

WWE’s Ronda Rousey will become the first women inducted into the Modern Wing of UFC’s Hall of Fame at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas on 5 July. The news was confirmed by the promotion in a video at last night’s UFC 225 in Chicago.

“This is an immense honour, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”

In the official statement, UFC President Dana White said the following:

“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey. Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

The ‘Baddest Women on Earth’ will be joining Matt Serra (Pioneers wing), Art Davie, Bruce Connal (both Contributors wing), and Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson (Fights wing) in the event.

Ronda Rousey’s impact on the UFC and the wider sporting world is unquestionable. The former Women’s Bantamweight Champion held a professional MMA record of 12-2, main-eventing six UFC events, including UFC 193, which drew a UFC-record attendance of 56,214. Among her other notable achievements is a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic Games. To say she deserved to be inducted into UFC’s hallowed hall goes without saying.

 

CM Punk took part in a UFC 225 open workout media scrum ahead of his upcoming fight with Mike Jackson (0-1) on Saturday in Chicago. While Punk made the transition from WWE to UFC, his friend Ronda Rousey did the opposite, going from the UFC to WWE. During the scrum, Punk was asked if he spoke to Rousey before she made her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34 this past April.

“The only thing I’ve told her is to just have fun,” Punk said. “I don’t know what it’s like back there in this current environment. I know she’d probably get treated differently, just as like I know I get probably treated differently here. The only thing I ever told her is that I know you’ve got a lot of people telling you, ‘do this, don’t do this.’ I just said, whatever you do, when you go out there for WrestleMania, make sure you have fun. Period.”

Punk noted that he did not watch Rousey’s WrestleMania match, where she teamed with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, although he saw some clips “here and there.” He noted that it’s hard for him to watch WWE because of how overproduced it has gotten.

“When I say it’s hard for me to watch wrestling, it’s not like an anxiety thing, it’s not like, ‘I can’t do it!’ I literally can’t get through eight seconds without being like, ‘OK, I’m bored, I gotta watch something else.’ They’ve got like… it’s like going to a baseball game at CitiField. I like Wrigley Field, it’s old school. Going to a baseball game at CitiField, it’s like a guy takes ball four and they blow off fireworks and there’s LED screens on everything and wrestling now is completely like that. There’s LED screens everywhere and there’s flashing lights and I feel like I’m gonna have like a seizure.”

Punk noted that he doesn’t watch wrestling outside of WWE either, stating that there’s a “disconnect.”

“I don’t know why,” Punk stated. “Subconsciously, there’s like a disconnect. I see clips of stuff, like I know Kenny Omega is the hot guy and he’s probably one of the better guys in the world right now, but it’s the same thing. I’ll watch clips of matches, I don’t see myself watching like a full match. I just can’t do it.”

Punk said that today’s product is too glossy, but it’s been that way for awhile. He noted that he liked the old school pro wrestling feel at house shows back in the day.

“I think it’s definitely too glossy, but it’s been like that for a very long time,” Punk said. “My jam was house shows before they started calling them live events, where it was a curtain and a ring and a light above the ring. That was my jam, that was my world, that was where I liked to thrive.”

When asked if he preferred the PWG-style more, Punk said that the promotion was very different when he worked there, adding that he might have had the worst PWG match of all time.

Earlier this month, it was reported Batista was one of the potential names to tag with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 34 against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Kurt Angle was eventually picked and the duo would go on to win that match. A reason why WWE passed on Batista wasn’t really known until Batista spoke with Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan and explained why the match didn’t go down.

“This is all insider stuff, and I usually don’t share. I’m really an old-school kayfabe guy,” Batista said. “But they reached out to me earlier this year to possibly come back and do that thing with Ronda [Rousey]. And I said that I would be willing to do it only if we teased something for me and Hunter to go to Mania next year. And they said, ‘Yeah, that would be great. I love that idea.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s great. I’ll come back a few times during the year, and we’ll tease it, and we’ll work it and we’ll milk it. And we’ll go to Mania, me and Hunter, next year.’ Oh, I love that idea. Let’s do it!”

Despite the initial interest in the match, things suddenly dropped off when WWE stopped calling Batista.

“So, we literally talked for about like three weeks and then they just stopped calling me,” Bautista continued. “I sent a text to Hunter. I was like, ‘Hey man, I don’t know if you put any more thought into what’s going on. I’m really excited about the possibilities.’ And I literally never heard back from them. They just stopped talking to me about it. Man, I don’t know what else I can do to try to … I want to end my career the right way. I’m faithful and loyal to the WWE. I’m proud of being from there and I want to do good business with them, but they just don’t make it easy. You know, they just don’t.”

Batista had previously said he didn’t want to go into the WWE Hall of Fame until he had one more run, but it sounds like next year is the last chance for WWE to bring him in for a match.

“I told them next year would be my last year. I’m turning 50 next year,” Batista responded. “I’d be willing to … I feel great. Physically, I’m in great shape. I’ve never let up on that. But I just don’t want to be the old guy in the ring and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I just want to end my career the right way and next year will be the last opportunity, so if we can’t make something happen by next year, then I’m just gonna officially hang it up.”

He continued that despite the negativity from fans during some of his last run and the difficulty working with WWE, he still wants to entertain the fans.

“I’m doing okay for myself, so I don’t need to be there,” Batista said. “I just, I love it there. Even thought the fans totally crapped on me the last time I was there, I would still go back in a heartbeat and love to entertain them, and I would have fun doing it, man. I’d be happy to be there. But, I just don’t get it, man. I don’t get that company. I just don’t understand.”

Batista also discussed his latest film, Avengers: Infinity War. You can hear Batista’s full comments by clicking here.

As noted, Natalya wrote her latest Calgary Sun column and mentioned how the transition from SmackDown to Raw went, along with her thoughts on Ronda Rousey and Ember Moon. Here are some of the highlights:

Bayley and Sasha welcoming her to the Raw brand:

“I have also enjoyed spending time with Sasha Banks and Bayley, who were also my tag-team partners on the tour. They always made sure I had first dibs on everything from the food in catering to my seat on our tour bus and the charter plane we flew on because as Sasha put it, ‘You have veteran status, Nattie! You deserve it!’

They went above and beyond to welcome me into the Raw locker room and to show me such respect. They are not only great friends, but good people. Bayleytruly makes every hug count and trust me, I never take them for granted. I have also loved collaborating with Sasha on our matches. She is so creative and really loves competing in the ring. She has a very unique style that makes me really appreciate her as a tag partner, but also makes me excited about competing against her in the future. Oh, the magic we can make.”

Working with Ronda Rousey on the WWE UK Tour:

“Ronda Rousey has also been one of my teammates on our tour, during which we’ve shared everything from locker rooms to long bus rides and flights. During that time, I’ve learned that I like her even more than I did before. It’s hard not to like her because she’s a very genuine person and is also sentimental, which I can relate to. For instance, when we were in Vienna, she talked about what the city meant to her and how she had competed there earlier in her career and that her favorite song was ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel and she made me listen to the words of the song as she serenaded me in catering.

As much as Ronda is a ‘student of the game,’ I can tell that there’s a part of her that wants to teach others about her life experiences and how she has grown from all of it. It was also very cool being a part of Ronda’s second match in WWE during our tour stop in Geneva, Switzerland. I loved the childlike excitement that she had where everything felt new again. Ronda’s energy made me extra excited to compete in Switzerland that night and to watch my friend discover the same passion that I have for what we do in WWE.”

Ember Moon:

“Ember Moon debuted less than two months ago on Raw. Prior to that, she was part of NXT and held the Women’s Championship. Ember loves video games and Game of Thrones and every city we were in, she wanted to try to see a site or taste a certain cultural food specific to that country. In the ring, she’s an incredible high-flyer. I loved watching her during our tag team matches.”

Natalya also talked more about the recent WWE UK tour. You can check out her full column by clicking here.


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