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Dolph Ziggler recently did an interview with CBS Local: Los Angeles to discuss his WWE career, his career as a stand-up comedian, natural chemistry with Seth Rollins, and how he deals with negativity on social media. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Dealing with negativity on social media:

“It’s pretty nuts. I live for it, though. I’m a quick smart-mouth kind of guy so my whole life I’ve been ready with a quick jab back, which is all of social media now. I try to make it as fun as possible. As a kid, being a smaller guy and getting bullied, I got used to zinging people back and making them pay for it. You try to do that and also have fun, because there’s so much negativity out there, and I don’t want to be part of it.”

Hecklers in the crowd during his stand-up routines:

“I feel like I’m quick enough based on whatever happened to get them. And mostly a crowd is just there to see you or see the entertainer, so they’re already on your side a little bit. So, as long as you get a little bit of a zing back on them, which I live for improv stuff on the fly. So, base it on if they have a [stupid] hat on or whatever is happening with them. You put that in a quick line right back and they shut up.”

Natural chemistry with WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins:

“When you’re as good as we are — and I mean that [humbly] — we know how good we are. You can still not have the chemistry. I’ve been in there with some of the best, and I was so frustrated because we just wouldn’t meld, or the story wouldn’t be correct, because two different people are telling two different things. He’s an up-and-coming kid, who is going to be one of the best of all-time. I have been there before, but also want to have this legacy that I can do whatever I want. If I’m ever given a chance, I knock it out of the park. And even if I don’t get given that chance, I snatch it up and knock it out of the park. So, the both of us, you have to know we are both draining our brains to go, ‘How can this be the best thing anyone has ever seen in any company, any year, any WrestleMania, any SummerSlam?’ We want to go out and outdo the other one, and that’s what makes good wrestling.”

Dolph Ziggler also discussed what gives him more stress: a comedy show or a major pay-per-view. You can read the whole interview here. 

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The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) spoke with TV Insider about social media, who they would like to face at WWE Evolution, and women’s tag team titles. Here are some of the highlights:

Who they would like to face at WWE Evolution:

Peyton Royce: “I’m just going to speak on behalf of Billie here too, but it would be a three-way tag team match with the IIconics versus LayCool versus the Bella Twins.”

Billie Kay: “I’m going to add another team in there.”

Peyton Royce: “I already know what you’re going to say but go ahead.”

Billie Kay: “I was going to say Natalya and Beth Phoenix.”

WWE creating women’s tag titles:

Billie Kay: “One hundred percent yes.”

Peyton Royce: “That has been our dream even before we got to the Performance Center.”

Billie Kay: “We have always spoken, and quite publicly, that we want to pioneer that. We want to be part of this era of the women’s tag team division.”

Peyton Royce: “We want to have a part of it when it does happen. I feel it will happen in time, so we want to have a positive influence on that.”

If it’s tough being a public personality on social media:

Peyton Royce: “You know, if it wasn’t for Billie, I would really struggle. I’m just being completely vulnerable here. You’re right. Being on the main roster, there is a lot more talk. Sometimes I can’t even go on Twitter for days because I just feel it’s negative comment after negative comment. I understand that I put myself out there, and everyone is allowed to have their own opinion and say what they want, but Billie reminds me I have to take a step back. It’s just social media. This is the highlight reel of my life.”

Billie Kay: “Sometimes I go into mom mode. Being a little bit older, I get more protective of Peyton. I feel like I always have to watch out for that because we do have thick skin. Being in this business you have to have thick skin. But in saying that, you do get a lot of negativity. That’s just how it’s going to be. Everyone has their own opinions, and I’m not going to let someone else’s opinion affect my life or feelings because I’m in control of that. We always try to bring each other up. That’s what is important in life.”

Peyton Royce: “There is the negative aspect of social media, but there is a lot of positivity that comes from it too. Like my favorite thing in the world is seeing someone wearing our Iiconics shirt. Billie and I try to highlight that on our Instagram story. That makes me genuinely smile. That makes me so happy to see.”

Billie Kay: “Because we appreciate our fans so much. They are the best part of our careers.”

Peyton Royce: “We wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have our fans and them supporting us too. I think that is a good way of looking at it. We have so much positivity, and that definitely outweighs the negativity.”

Kay and Royce also discussed being in WWE 2K19 and Tenille Dashwood. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

The Miz spoke with SPORTbible on fans letting him know about his title records and how Seth Rollins is doing as the current WWE Intercontinental Championship. Here are some of the highlights:

Fans making such a big deal about records:

“I feel like I have done so much in WWE that we just make up stuff now! It’s like, ‘I’ve had more combined days than every superstar besides one to be the Intercontinental champion!’ Is it cool? Sure. Do we make a bigger deal of it now, with social media? Absolutely. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you unless people tell me on the internet, ‘Hey, guess what – you have x amount of combined days until you are beating Pedro Morales for the longest-reigning Intercontinental champion, or, ‘You need one more reign to tie Chris Jericho!’ I think you guys care about it a little bit more than I do.”

Current WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins:

“I think Seth is doing a fantastic job with the Intercontinental championship. He’s had it for maybe a month and has probably defended it more times than I have in the past year! He’s on a hot-streak right now. His song says ‘Burn it down!’ and every time he goes out there that’s exactly what he tries to do. He elevates superstars every time they are in the ring; I saw a match with Mojo Rawley and it was the best match I have ever seen Mojo in, in his entire career. That just shows you not only how good Mojo is, he was able to showcase, but how good Seth Rollins really is. I don’t think he can elevate it any more than I already have but I think he’ll keep it at that same level.”

Miz also discussed past IC Champions. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella recently did a lengthy Q&A for the WWE website at this link. Below are highlights:

The SmackDown LIVE after WrestleMania, you cashed in on Charlotte Flair. What made that the right moment?

At WrestleMania, there’s so many big moments, and I didn’t want it to get lost. I wanted everyone to be talking about it. The SmackDown after was the perfect opportunity. Charlotte did the impossible and broke Asuka’s streak. The WrestleMania Week crowd is such a special vibe. Plus, my parents and family were there. I wanted them to see it. It was perfect.

Once the referee counts three and you have the SmackDown Women’s Championship in your hands, what’s going through your mind?

All of the hard work that I’ve put in over the last few years. Everything came full circle. I thought about being the last draft pick, not debuting with Cass & Enzo on the Raw after WrestleMania. I thought about everyone doubting me, telling me I’ll never be champion, that I’m just a hype girl. I thought about all of that and … the feeling I had was indescribable.

I love proving people wrong. I love doing things that people say I can’t do. I started my journey in NXT four years ago, and now I’m champion. People can complain and say whatever they want, but I’m still the champion. I did it. I’ll never forget that feeling.

You’ve still been dealing with your fair share of detractors on social media lately, including those who think your title win is tainted because of The IIconics’ attack on Charlotte. Ultimately, what do you have to say to those who think you don’t deserve to be where you are today?

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks I deserve. I don’t deserve anything; I earn it. I worked hard and put in the effort. People say that I went off what The IIconics did, but that’s what every single Money in the Bank holder did — wait for the perfect opportunity. You don’t just wait for the champion to be up and then have a normal title opportunity. You have to be sneaky. You have to do it in the way that guarantees a title win. I didn’t want to cash in and lose it. At the end of the day, I don’t care what anyone says because I did everything the way I wanted to do it, and I won.

Source: WWE

The Miz recently spoke with Yahoo Sports to promote WrestleMania 34. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Defending against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34:

“Even though my match is not called the main event, I plan on making it the main event and people to talk about it for years to come, moments that last a lifetime. We have all of the components. Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, as much as I make fun of them and degrade them, they are two of the top, elite, talents in WWE.”

Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon believing in him:

“To be one of the focal points of Raw, to know that Vince [McMahon], Hunter [Triple H], Stephanie [McMahon], Shane [McMahon], that all of the execs, believe in me and know that I can put out there and revolve a show around me, that my star power can bring people into an arena, make people watch at home, that is second to none. That trust, that is what you live for as a WWE superstar.”

Social media:

“I think social media is so huge nowadays. It’s like a reality show, if you really think about it. You’re learning about everyone’s life at every minute, I know exactly what The Rock and Kevin Hart are doing at every moment because they’re always talking about themselves and filming themselves doing it. I feel like I know them. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to know who you are as a person and as a character.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

Dennis Rodman still pops up now and then, including on a TMZ video Monday. Asked for his opinion on LiAngelo Ball’s game, the “Worm” didn’t mince words.

“He is not good at all,” Rodman said. “He’s awful. He’s just awful.”

The middle brother of Lonzo and LaMelo recently declared for June’s NBA draft, where he’s not anticipated to be selected. Rodman, however, thinks he has a small chance of being picked, and credits the very invention that helped make the Balls famous as a potential impetus.

“Just because of social media, I’d say a 10 percent chance,” Rodman said.

The Hall of Famer wasn’t particularly impressed by LiAngelo’s 72-point performance in Lithuania, either.

“Teams over there just pretty much suck,” he said.

Cue LaVar.

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Source: Fortune

Stephanie McMahon was interviewed at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, California on Wednesday. Here are some of the highlights:

Her father receiving death threats:

“He was invading their territories, and getting better television coverage. He thought he had the better product, and ultimately, he did, and they didn’t take to kindly to that. He told me a great story about a threat from a notorious gangster and being in this room, this old hotel, with the dark wooden panel walls and this big oversized man with a very unattractive face. He was threatening my Dad’s life and my Dad was willing to stand up to him and all these different people to make his dreams come true.”

WWE’s influence on social media:

“We trend on Twitter 52 weeks a year. We’re the No. 1 sports channel on YouTube, with 12 billion views a year.”

Delaying her memoir:

“I’m personally reassessing. It was originally supposed to be a memoir. But as the first book from my family, it needed to be so much more. I want to make it bigger and better. I gotta tell my family’s story.”