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Don’t try to convince Dolph Ziggler his limited success is in any way his fault; he simply won’t buy it.

The current Intercontinental Champion is on his way to defending his title in an Iron Match this Sunday at Extreme Rules, and while he’s been flying a little higher on WWE programming, most of Dolph’s 2018 has been overshadowed by a lack of direction. He’s had failed runs at getting over and feuds no one seems to care about, all while trying to prove he’s one of the best in the business. It’s a situation he’s frustrated to still be in after 12 years of wrestling for WWE.

A recent guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast, Garcia came right out and asked why Ziggler thinks he’s not considered main-event worthy. Ziggler responded:

“I have no idea; but, I’ve done everything I can…. If you’ve done everything you can and creative has nothing for you sometimes they have nothing for you. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s not.”

Ziggler doesn’t reckon he’s been used to his full potential, and when he hears WWE Legends and Hall of Famers try to suggest it’s on him, he’s calling foul. He says the company knows how good he is, he knows how good he is, and the WWE should be finding more ways to use him.

Ziggler suggested even Shawn Michaels is baffled. He asked Michaels to watch one of his matches and provide feedback. “I said to Shawn, ‘I’m going to go out here in this dark match and you tell me why the hell I’m not on TV kicking ass.’ He goes, ‘Ah Ok.’ I had the match, came to the back and he said, ‘Yeah, I don’t know.’”

Ziggler admitted that seven years ago, he might have had to take a closer look in the mirror. Today, he’s pitching to Vince McMahon, working out in the gym more and trying to get noticed. None of it seems to be getting Ziggler past an unexpected run as the IC Champion.

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WWE Champion AJ Styles was recently a guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, which you can listen to here. Below are some highlights:

If he plays video games when he goes home:

“Everybody knows that [I need my alone time], that is why they have their Xbox and I have mine. My oldest son got one for Christmas a couple of years ago so he plays his. I got the XBox 1X, and I gave my other son the Xbox 1S, so everybody has their own Xbox and Nintendo Switch. There are times when they are up late at night playing their video games, and it’s really hard for me to get on them because I am up doing the same thing. There’s actually a proud part of me that is happy they embrace playing video games, but then there’s this other part of me that understands what other parents were saying [about video games] a long time ago. I am really making them angry here.”

If he would have felt accomplished if he never signed with WWE:

“I would have been happy in my career even if I hadn’t come to WWE. I have accomplished so much more than I thought I could. I have always had confidence in myself, but sometimes you need a little bit of help to get to the next level. So, the fact that I was able to accomplish as much as I did without WWE I believe is a big deal. It sure is a relief that I got here and am able to do well. If you can do well in WWE, you have accomplished something.”

Not taking as many risks now as he did in the independents:

“There was something that happened to me on the indies where it really made me change the way that I think. On the independent shows these guys were doing crazy dives, so I thought, ‘well, gosh, what am I going to do?’ I did a simple dive but made it look pretty and graceful and it got the same response if I would have done a crazy dive. I then thought, ‘wait a minute, so you have to make stuff look effortless, and smooth and the way you do it rather than what you do’. You have to have a mix of both to see where they fit, and the only way that you would know is through experience. People think that I have gotten older that is why I am slowing down, but that’s not the case. It just doesn’t fit, that is why it’s not there anymore. So many things are like that.”

Daniel Bryan returning to the ring:

“Selfishly, I was hoping he [Bryan] would have gotten cleared before. Did I expect him to be cleared? No, but the fact that he did is awesome. Reminded me of when Shawn Michaels came back. I remember just praying for him to not get hurt because you just never know, and then he goes out and becomes Shawn Michaels. I feel like I am in the best run of my career as well.”

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with Sky Sports in the UK to promote the upcoming WWE UK Title tournament in London. Michaels and Triple H will be appearing live at Royal Albert Hall that night.

Regarding a possible return to the ring, The Heartbreak Kid said he would be receptive to an offer but he gave the warning that fans would not be seeing the same competitor he was in his prime.

“I’ve been retired for eight years now and when it got to the five-year mark I thought people would start asking me but they just kind of stopped,” Michaels said. “I think it’s one of those that you would never say never about and if it was just for a one-off then it’s something that I would take a look at. It would have to be done the right way and just for one match rather than something that ran for longer. It could be possible but people would have to accept they wouldn’t be getting the Showstopper, Mr WrestleMania, and that I’m 52 years old now.”

Michaels said the most likely option for a ring return would be in a tag team match, perhaps another DX reunion, but he also said there are several current WWE Superstars who he would have loved to lock up with such as WWE Champion AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan or Johnny Gargano.

“If it was the Shawn Michaels of 10 years ago I would love to have gotten in the ring with so many of the guys that are competing today,” The Showstopper said. “AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan would be good, and then there’s the guys in NXT too. Someone like a Johnny Gargano would be fantastic. But for a one-off match now, I’d need it to be a tag-team match where Hunter (Triple H) and I can just do a few crotch chops and have some fun.”

On March, 27, The Miz and Maryse welcomed Monroe Sky Mizanin, less than two weeks before he was scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34. Miz showed his dedication to the business in not only defending his title, but continuing to appear on weekly television shortly following his daughter’s birth. In a recent interview with Complex, Miz shared how much he appreciates Maryse staying home with the baby while he is out at work, but also pulling daddy duties when he is at home.

“My wife and I make an awesome tag team,” said Miz. “I see this loving, maternal side of her when she’s taking care of Monroe Sky, and I’m in awe… [Fatherhood] affects every part of [my] life. I’m changing diapers. I’m feeding her. I’m putting her to sleep. I’m being a full-time dad.”

Before losing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, Miz was just 20 days away from being the longest reigning champion of all time, currently held by Pedro Morales. Miz explains how important this title was to him growing up, and how he wanted to carry on the prestige and legacy.

“My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior,” said Miz. “I used to run around with the tassels on my arms. And he held the Intercontinental title, and so did wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Ravishing Rick Rude. I want the Intercontinental title to be seen as more than just a mid-card belt. The Intercontinental Champion used to be seen as a threat to the WWE Champion. My goal is to return the Intercontinental Championship to that level of importance.”

One of The Miz’s most pivotal moments was on an episode of Talking Smack, where he got into a verbal altercation with then-General Manager Daniel Bryan. Angry at Bryan’s remarks that he wrestles like a coward, Miz lost his cool and stated that he has never been injured in the 10-plus years he has been a WWE superstar, and advised Bryan to quit WWE and “go to the bingo halls with your indie friends.”

Miz commented on the backstage reaction of this promo, stating, “people backstage were packing their bags and leaving, and suddenly, everyone just stopped. I only remember parts of that moment afterwards, because I was so angry. But I was just pacing. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Now, the feud between The Miz and Daniel Bryan has rekindled, since Miz is now on the SmackDown Live roster, and Bryan has returned to full-time in-ring competition.

Source: Complex

One of the most memorable matches from Shawn Michaels’ storied career was Ric Flair’s retirement match at WrestleMania 24. As a recent guest on the In This Corner podcast, Michaels discussed the match and said he choreographed the match himself to pay homage to his childhood hero.

“Truth be told, when it came to that kind of stuff, I am a bit of a control freak. Emotionally, I just knew where I wanted–especially with that match, that might quite honestly it was my ‘love letter’ to Ric Flair,” Michaels said. “My way of trying to show him, not only the friendship that we have, but also the impact that he had on a 15 year old me, and trying to convey that to him through a wrestling match, and knowing that I couldn’t be the only guy that he had that effect on. You hope that the other 80,000 fans out there get that; clearly everyone did, and the millions at home did.”

Michaels said it was important to him to take creative control on that match because it was more than just a match to him. He had a lot of feelings and emotions about sending Flair into retirement and he wanted to make sure that those emotions were conveyed in the match.

“It’s sort of making that decision as a performer to say, look, this is something I want to do, please let me do it. It’s not because you don’t want them to do anything to mess it up, it’s your feelings and emotion, so you have to be the one that is driving that match if it makes any sense,” he said. “That is why I was so adamant about that match. Honestly, that is how most of my matches were. I probably wrestled only one way too much from my heart than to my head, but honestly for me that is what made the difference in those matches, which was for me to do it in more from a 15 year old fan in me.”

Michaels has been working with NXT superstars in an advisory role. He said the biggest advice he can give them is to enjoy the pro-wrestling business. There is nothing easy about the business, especially early in their careers, so he wants them to find a way to enjoy the hardships as well. Michaels wants them to learn to appreciate the business, because when their careers are over they will miss it greatly.

“Believe it or not, I want to pass on to them about whenever everything is set and done, even if they are mentioned in the conversation, take that and be happy with it; be content and have peace with that. Enjoy this job; do it, and enjoy it,” he said. “It’s hard enough already as it is, you don’t need to make it harder by complaining about this and that, I don’t mean to make it sound bad, but everything is social media now, and my goodness, whenever everything is set and done, and when you are in your casket, do you know how many people from social media are going to be there? Not many. So, take the important things in life, make the most of those, enjoy the job, and have the opportunity to live out your dream. This is what I want to do with these guys; I want to instill in them and appreciate the opportunity that they have to be paid to travel the world and perform around people doing what we love to do. That is a great gig; just let the chips fall where they may because ultimately, if it’s between you, LeBron James, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan; does it really matter?”

WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE Champion Shawn Michaels is one of many guest legends who will appear at the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Michaels was recently interviewed by CBS Sports’ In This Corner podcast to discuss various topics regarding his personal Raw moments.

Michaels also discussed the WWE vs. WCW Monday Night War, which lasted from September 4, 1995 to March 26, 2001. Michaels was incredibly instrumental in WWE gaining momentum over WCW, as he led the D-Generation X faction to present a more edgy product. This shift planted seeds to Raw gaining more interest, and eventually winning the war when Vince McMahon acquired his bitter rival WCW.

Despite Michaels previously admitting on The Ric Flair Show in 2016 that he did have thoughts of joining WCW with his fellow Kliq members Scot Hall and Kevin Nash, he knows that he is a “WWE guy,” and there were never any contractual offers that made him want to leave WWE. Moreover, Vince McMahon told him that he would not have any creative freedom if he went to WCW, and he would not have the ability to “be himself.”

On why WWE ultimately defeated WCW in the Monday Night Wars, this is what Michaels had to say.

“I’ve always known the guy I work for, and the dude works 24/7, and that’s why it was always easy never to leave. There was absolutely no way that guy was going to give up. You didn’t know when, you didn’t know how long, or whatever. But there was absolutely no way he was not going to continue standing and continue fighting. So, really once you really know that, it’s just are you willing to wait it out. Of course, I was doing what I loved to do, and so I certainly didn’t mind. [There was] a lot of nerves, lot of concern, lot of worry, and stuff like that, I’m sure all those years from the higher-ups, but those of us who were the workhorses, so to speak, our job was to go out there and do the best we could, and quite honestly, let them worry about the more important stuff.”

After retiring from active competition in 2010, Michael has made sporadic appearances on WWE television, including being a special guest referee at WrestleMania XXVIII and appearing alongside Mick Foley and Steve Austin at WrestleMania 32.

As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Sting attended the Wales Comic Con in Wrexham last weekend and took part in a Q&A session. Here are the final set of highlights from the session from @paperchampions :

When you first got into the business who were the guys you idolized?

“When I first got into the business I knew nothing about pro wrestling. By the time I got it, I looked at guys like Randy Savage. I likes the way that he was so over the top. The gestures, the voice, the colors, the glasses, the jackets. He was so bizarre and I was drawn to that.”

What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in the wrestling industry?

“Be slow to speak and fast to hear. Keep your mouth shut, just listen and learn.”

What is your favorite match that you were not involved with?

“Just about any match Shawn Michaels has had has been incredible. Shawn could have a match with a broomstick and it would still be entertaining.”

Who would be on your Mt Rushmore of professional wrestling?

“Andre the Giant, gotta have him there. Hulk Hogan, for sure. The Rock and [Ric] Flair.”

What is next for The Stinger?

“I’m trying to get back into real estate. Back in the day I made real good money from it and my wife and I are getting back into that.”