Posts Tagged ‘Training’

Source: Times Of India

The Times of India recently interviewed Alexa Bliss, who was promoting next month’s WWE live event in Delhi. Below are a couple of highlights:

WWE signing Kavita Devi to a development contract:

“That it is a process; everyone starts from the bottom and has to work their way up. It is not a sprint, it is marathon and that’s what Sara Amato (Assistant Head Coach at NXT) always says. It is very tough, tough schedule, tough life. It’s a ‘Groundhog Day’ and you have to go through it. You have to realise why are you doing this and just learn the process, respect the process and love the process.”

If she is still learning:

“I learn every day, absolutely. There is so much I need to learn a lot, but for now I am just trying to get by.”

How she keeps pushing herself:

“On live events, it is always the place to try things. You know it’s all trial and error. Wrestling is always about crowd interaction, how you feel, how to make the audience react and every day is a learning process. Because something that works with one fan base may not work with the other one and so I try to use a lot of time in live event to try different things, see what works and what doesn’t and it is always a learning process, you never know everything.”

Alexa also discussed WWE’s popularity in India on social media, making her first trip to the country and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Ring of Honor

Brandi Rhodes spoke with Ring of Honor on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Having more to prove in the ring as Cody Rhodes’ wife and initially being known as a ring announcer:

“I absolutely have more to prove than anybody who steps foot in that ring. I’ve had a target on my back since the second I opened my mouth and said that I want to do more. People these days don’t really like that. It’s kind of ‘stay in your role.’ I don’t have a role. I’m not very good at staying in my lane, and I’m not confined to any role or by any rules. So, naturally, there’s always going to be a target on my back. Everybody’s going to look for any mistake they can find whether it’s in the ring or outside the ring. My job is to stay focused on what I’m trying to do. There will be haters along the way and there will be fans along the way. I am definitely very aware that I’m somebody who’s always got a target on them.”

Cody’s initial reaction to Brandi wanting to wrestling:

“His reaction was, ‘I think you should absolutely go for it if this is what you want to do.’ He said I just need to put 100 percent into it because wrestling is one of those things that you can’t do 50 percent. He’s very much been focused on making sure I put forth the same effort I did at the beginning all the way through, making sure there’s no point at which I get lazy or overconfident or don’t want to go in and train. I doubt that will ever happen with me because I’ve always been a student of whatever sport I’m in, but it’s nice to have him there to keep me fully focused.”

Her first attempt at training to wrestle and ring announcing in WWE:

“I was at first, but then I wasn’t. Part of the reason I left the first time is because I was a little down-hearted that I wasn’t getting to wrestle, and I wasn’t getting to announce in a very big role either. After Cody and I got married, that’s when I decided I wanted to go back and I only want to do the wrestling. We tried, and that worked for a while, but then it ended up being a situation where it made the most sense to take the path they were familiar with first to ty to get to the path they were unfamiliar with. So I went back on the road to announce and get in front of them again so that they could think, ‘Oh, yeah, we remember Brandi, we like Brandi. Let’s think about her in these other roles.’ But it turned into, ‘We really like her in this role. We can’t see her in any other role. We don’t even want to hear it.’ So then it was like, ‘We don’t want her training because we can’t have her hurt herself and miss shows. And we don’t want her to mess her face up.’ But sometimes you just have to listen to your heart, and my heart was saying that I need to do more, I’m not happy with this. Life is short. I can’t just do a job I’m not happy with. I’m happy that I made the choice to branch out and take a bit of a risk.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in training to become a pro wrestler, according to Fightful.com, who claim to have gained information from unnamed sources close to WWE.

Rousey has apparently started training with current WWE superstar (and trainer) Brian Kendrick, who currently competes on 205 Live. Her entry into the industry was apparently a big talking point backstage at the tapings of the recent Mae Young Classic (which airs on the WWE Network later this month).

MMA fans will be very familiar with Rousey, one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. She is a known wrestling fan, and memorably appeared at WrestleMania 31 in a segment alongside The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. At the time, this led to wild speculation that Rousey would be booked for a match at a subsequent ‘Mania – although nothing has come of it since.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, losing to Amanda Nunes in a matter of seconds. She has since teased a ‘big announcement’ on her official website, but it’s unclear whether this is linked to her rumoured venture into wrestling.

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Old Georges St-Pierre says you shouldn’t be worried about the old Georges St-Pierre.

By the time GSP makes his expected return to competition later this year, he’ll be 36, the age at which most athletes are getting ready to walk away from their sport. The former welterweight champion hasn’t said who he plans to fight next or even what division he’ll be competing in, but what he does know is that he’ll be the best version of himself when the time comes.

“I think for me it’s a good time to come back now because I’m 35 years old,” said St-Pierre in a video posted by his sponsor Hayabusa on Wednesday. “I just finished a training camp that I did to see if I can come back to the world-class level and I feel I’m at the best shape of my life. I feel better than I’ve ever been.

“Georges St-Pierre now would beat the Georges St-Pierre that was the greatest of the time that he used to compete. So I can’t wait to go back in there and show people, including myself, to test my skill, and see how everything goes.”

That’s a lofty claim considering that St-Pierre’s first run in MMA ended with 12 straight victories and a 25-2 record overall. If he has anything to say about it, the second chapter of his career will be even more memorable.

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Olympic wrestler Helen Maroulis has traveled to Ireland in search of her next challenge.

The 25-year-old gold medalist is visiting the Emerald Isle for a week of training at John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym, home of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Whether the Maryland native converts her interest in MMA to a full-on foray remains to be seen, but who better to help her test the waters than the Dublin camp?

Maroulis made history at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first female American wrestler to win Olympic gold.

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Aspiring mixed martial arts hopeful Greg Hardy could be facing some stiff opposition as he embarks on his new career.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the former NFL defensive end is going to try his hand at MMA and that there are already parties interested in working with him.

NFL analyst and longtime MMA advocate Jay Glazer responded to the news onTwitter, imploring his associates in the fighting community to keep Hardy out of the sport due to his involvement in a highly publicized domestic violence case.

Here is the full TwitLonger post:

“I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport. Many of us train women in self defense specifically to help protect vs domestic violence. Me and all my coaches at (Glazer’s gym) Unbreakable do and take great pride in that. Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege. There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him.”

A one-time Pro Bowler, Hardy gained mainstream notoriety in 2014 when he was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. The charges were later dropped when Holder did not appear in court to testify.

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Source: RockTape

Cesaro recently spoke with the makers of RockTape, which he’s been wearing on his shoulder since returning to action for WWE. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

What do most people not realize about training for WWE?

Most people don’t realize that we perform at 4-5 shows every week. There are two touring groups every weekend, one doing Friday, Saturday, Sunday and one doing Saturday and Sunday. Then we meet on Monday and film two days of TV Monday and Tuesday. We also tour all over the world, for example two week tours through Europe where we perform every night. We train in the gym on top of that. So it’s a very demanding schedule. There is also no off season since we have a live RAW every Monday.

We are responsible for staying in shape, so we do our own workouts. Everyone trains differently. I’m very into weightlifting at the moment. Seth Rollins is our CrossFit guy. And there are of course the guys who train bodybuilding style as well. You need to find something that works for you and something that you can keep up despite the crazy schedule.

What are your greatest achievements in WWE?

I would say winning the first ever Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30. Winning the Tag Team Championships with Tyson Kidd was a great too. And winning the US Championship within the first year of my career.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the Cesaro Section. That’s something the fans started for me. They just printed out simple papers that said ‘Cesaro Section,’ on them. It originated in Nashville and spread all over. There were over 7,000 in San Jose once. It means a lot to me because that was during a time when I was kind of down and unsure if I was doing the right thing and I was trying to get some momentum going. That support means the world to me. So I always work extra hard to make the Cesaro Section proud.