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Steve Austin and Sean “X-Pac” Waltman recently discussed Kazuchika Okada on an episode of The Steve Austin Show. In it, Austin talked about Okada standing out because of his ability to sell.

“When [Okada] started selling with his match against Kenny Omega; I don’t want to relieve parts of previous podcasts a few weeks when New Japan was in town, but holy smokes that kid can sell,” said Austin. “You know what he is really good at? The subtlety and nuances. That kid, when he goes to selling, I think in today’s United States scene, it’s more of an oversell and its losing the effect because it’s too much. I think guys need to dial it back.”

“For a while guys weren’t selling at all, and now they are overselling, but I don’t want to nitpick that,” continued Austin. “Anyways, not to get off topic, but one of the things I liked about that match was that they didn’t go crazy trying to work that crowd, they keep the majority 98% of their attention within the ring, but it looks like an athletic contest, and when you look at Okada, you ask yourself what it is that he does that is so popular?”

“He’s got a great drop kick, he sells awesome, has great fire but with that first match that lasted 47 minutes with Omega and then that 60 minute Broadway, there was a couple of crazy bumps in there, but the guy doesn’t do anything super crazy as far as high maneuvers,” said Austin. “He’s bigger than you think he is; he’s about 6’3, 220, but he’s a tall 6’3 so he takes up space; great looking robes, which you can take out of the equation, but he’s just a really good looking kid; he’s not overly flashy.”

Waltman and Austin talked about how Okada plays a straight babyface and will sell anything. Waltman mentioned how he was with TNA Wrestling and they didn’t do anything with him. Sean put over the fact he doesn’t speak Japanese but how Okada’s great promos still translate.

“I don’t know what it is about the kid that sets him apart, because you saw his two matches against Omega,” said Austin. “Dave Meltzer gave one a six-stars and the other six and a quarter stars, okay, whatever the star rating is, but I will say, as many great things as Omega and Okada did during those matches, it’s a different style. If you are just a smashmouth, strong style kind of guy, it may not be up your alley, but as far as hitting the gas pedal; vicious attacks, going for the win, all of that is there. In the 60 minute, I can see them buying time, but both of them were just tremendous, fantastic matches. They have a bit of a different style, but the business has evolved.”

Waltman replied to Austin by explaining that he feels everything in the business today is just so routine.

“When you do a 45 minute, or something like that, I can’t imagine starting the match off with the same kind of intensity and ending it with that kind of intensity,” said Waltman. “I mean, we only have so much gas in the tank, but yeah, I get it with the way they were pacing it, but the spots that they had done, I would have liked to see them be shorter, more concise, and not look like spots anymore.

“When I see Brock [Lesnar] and [Samoa] Joe, or matches like that; you’re not seeing tackles, drop down and knee drops,” said Waltman. “I kind of want to see wrestling get away from that a little bit. Just change the spots up a little bit because everything is now so routine.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Kenny Omega is fresh off one of the biggest weekends of his career. ‘The Cleaner’ was the star performer in NJPW’s G1 Climax In USA shows, putting on outstanding singles bouts with Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, and Tomohiro Ishii, and leaving Long Beach as the first ever IWGP United States Champion.

Omega has been one of the most talked about wrestlers in the world throughout 2017, and has now become the face of NJPW’s US expansion. He’s not only drawing praise from the fans, but some of the biggest names in the business, including a guy who knows a thing or two about making it in WWE.

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had NJPW commentator Don Callis on his Steve Austin Show Unleashed podcast this Thursday, and he had high praise for the Bullet Club leader:-

“I think he could be the next big thing in the United States. I think he could be the guy. First of all, if that’s what he wanted to do. If WWE brought him in and just gave him everything that he needed or pushed him in the way that he needed to be pushed. If it was a green light push and everything was all systems go on making Kenny Omega the guy then he can be the guy.”

Austin and Callis continued praising Kenny throughout the show, with special mention for his promos and Brian Pillman-esque energy.

Omega was reportedly close to signing with WWE in January, but chose to extend his NJPW stay instead. It’s hard to tell what his long term future holds, but with his current contract apparently expiring next February, the speculation isn’t going away any time soon.

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Source: The Steve Austin Show

Recently on The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin shared his thoughts on WWE Superstar Seth Rollins’ connection to the audience, his character, and compared Rollins to WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart.

According to Austin, Rollins is only “somewhat over” with the WWE Universe. Moreover, Rollins needs the crowd to be more invested in him for a long match like ‘The Architect”s WrestleMania 33 match versus Triple H to work.

“Rollins is somewhat over, not all-the-way over, not by a long shot. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way. That’s just being honest.” Austin explained, “he [has] relied on his sequences and his athleticism to carry him. To take him to the next level, he’ll have to get more character development.”

Austin admitted that he still does not have a sense of the Seth Rollins character.

“When you say ‘Seth Rollins’ or if you want to say ‘Seth Freakin’ Rollins’, I still don’t have a sense of what or who this guy is. And so, that rests on Seth Rollins’ shoulders, as an individual, as a performer, to define or create that as well as the WWE because I still don’t get a sense of what kind of personality he is.”

Austin went on to compare ‘The Kingslayer’ to another top notch in-ring performer who was an introvert by nature, the legendary Bret Hart.

“Bret wasn’t an over-the-top guy. He was a pretty humble and a very quiet individual outside the ring, so in many regards kind of somewhat like Seth although Bret’s an entirely different animal, but there’s a case of a guy who’s not a showy kind of guy, but very conservative, but just a highly defined gimmick, a badass gimmick, and a world class worker, so Seth needs to work on this.”

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Source: CBS Sports Radio

2017 Hall Of Fame inductee Kurt Angle recently joined Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray on The Moose & Maggie Show on CBS Sports Radio to discuss his induction and look back on his career in the industry. Here are some highlights:

Being inducted into the Hall Of Fame:

“I got a call about [seven] weeks ago from Triple H and – I was surprised I got it this early. At 48 years of age I’m not even done wrestling yet so it was a huge honor. I didn’t spend a lot of time in WWE, I think I was there six and a half years, so to make the kind of impact I did to be a Hall Of Famer in six and a half years made me feel pretty good.”

Who will induct him into the HOF:

“I don’t know, I thought you got to pick but I don’t think you do. I don’t know, they haven’t asked me. They did notify me today that they’ll make the person who’ll induct me public in the next week or two. My guess is, who I asked for, was Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or John Cena. I just wanted to have the guys that made the most impact in the business and I think those three have. I look up to all three and they’re all incredible wrestlers and all had hugely successful careers. Those are the ones I asked for and I did also asked for, if possible, Brock Lesnar. Brock is a man of very few words.”

Could he be returning to WWE in a more significant role:

“I honestly, I talked to Triple H and I did throw that at him and he said ‘Listen, we’re not gonna talk about all of that until after the Hall Of Fame.’ He did say we will talk afterwards. My guess is I will return. I’m not talking for WWE, I’m speaking for myself. I’d imagine it will occur sometime I just don’t know. But right now the main focus is the Hall Of Fame.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated has a new interview with Kurt Angle, who discussed headlining the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class. Below are a couple of highlights:

Who should induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame:

“That’s a no-brainer. I had just started with WWE and had a program with Austin right after I beat Rock for the world title. I had a quick skit with Stephanie and Triple H, and then it was right on to Austin. We had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments, so he is at the top of my list.

“Steve was one of the most giving individuals. He took me in and allowed me to shine even when it was still his time. I don’t ever compare myself to Stone Cold. He is the guy who elevated wrestling to a level that nobody ever went before, but he enabled me to show my talents when he very well could have said no. He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”

If he spoke with Vince McMahon:

“I have yet to speak to Vince, but I did talk with Triple H. It was a great conversation. This is all about the Hall of Fame, nothing else, and I’m OK with that. WWE wanted to show their appreciation for my career there. Even though I feel it was short-lived at six-and-a-half years, I made enough of an impact that they felt I was worthy of the Hall of Fame.”

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It was one of wrestling’s most infamous storylines of all time. Who was the ‘Higher Power’ that The Undertaker and his Ministry Of Darkness were taking orders from during their feud with Vince McMahon?

After months of a strong build up it was revealed to be…. Vince McMahon, swerving his rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. For years, fans have regularly cited the reveal as a missed opportunity and a bit of a letdown. In the build-up to it, everything from Jake “The Snake” Roberts to Shawn Michaels were rumoured in 1999 to be the person pulling The Undertaker’s strings but one intriguing and unusual name has emerged in recent times.

Former longtime WWE agent Bruce ‘Brother Love’ Prichard has revealed on his latest podcast that then future TNA and Ring Of Honor star ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels was pitched to McMahon as the ‘Higher Power’.

This backs-up a claim that former WWE creative wrier Ed Ferrera made last year that he was the one who pitched Daniels to management.

At the time Daniels had not been signed to a contract but was working a lot of big independent shows and was already portraying his evil priest gimmick, ‘The Fallen Angel’. The character had caught Ferrera’s attention and Prichard believed this new young talented performer with this great gimmick would be the perfect fit for the reveal. Prichard revealed Vince McMahon took one look at Daniels and said, “Nah.” and that he did not like his size.