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RAW Women’s Champion was a guest on the latest episode of PodcastOne’s Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia. In the interview, Bliss discussed growing up as an athlete, her start in the WWE, the challenge of transitioning from cheerleader to WWE Superstar, her move to the main roster and more.

You can download the full episode from PodcastOne at this link, they sent us these highlights:

Her journey to WWE:

“My trainer, Mike at the time had told me that he had heard that WWE was having tryouts and so I went online on WWE.com and there was actually a link and it was like, ‘Do you want to be a WWE Superstar?’ I was like ‘Yes I do!’ So I clicked on it and it had all these instructions, it was like, ‘Make a video, do this, do that, send in the video.’ I made a video trying to cut a promo, you know just trying be as Diva as I could I guess. I sent it in and didn’t think anything would come of it and I got a call from Canyon saying, ‘Hey, we’re actually having a casting call in LA and we’re going to send you out there for a day and like, see how that goes.’

“Went to the casting call, I walked in and Triple H was in there and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re Triple H!’ Like I totally had that fangirl moment, cause you know watching it and then seeing somebody for the first time and you’re just like, ‘Oh my gosh that’s so cool!’ So I just started talking and talking and talking about like these just terrible wrestling ideas I had. I was like, ‘I want to be like The Great Kabuki, but with the Green Mist I want to blow glitter-I want to spit glitter out!’ Just like all these kinds of things and I’m sure he thought it was a terrible idea.”

“And then I was told I made the thirty day trial after that which was you get in the ring for thirty days and you know, just learn as much as you can and they pick you from there. I got a call on the flight home saying I made it to the thirty day trial. I was super stoked and then I got a call a week later saying that I wasn’t going to the thirty day trial and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ Canyon was like, ‘We’re going to sign you. You’re going to move to Florida if you pass medical. Let’s just hope you’re as athletic as you look.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, no pressure.’ So it was basically WWE just kind of taking a chance on me, you know what I mean? Just giving me a chance and I knew I had to run with it as much as I could.”

The challenge of being accepted as a wrestler:

“I didn’t wrestle before coming here. There’s a respect thing here, you know what I mean? This whole business is based on respect and because I wasn’t wrestling in the indies beforehand, it was very hard to be accepted. It was very very hard because it’s a whole culture here, you know what I mean? You have to learn and it wasn’t the fact that anyone was telling me what to do, it was I had to learn by messing up. And so because I didn’t know these girls, I didn’t know these ways, you know it was very hard to adapt, it was very difficult and I was very lonely for a really long time.

“Coming into NXT, Charlotte took me under her wing immediately and saw you know, how I wasn’t being accepted because of my background, they just saw me as another fitness model coming in and I had never done fitness modeling and it irked me so bad anytime anyone would call me a fitness model, you know what I mean? These girls were so good and they already knew, you know the fundamentals, they knew the psychology, they knew everything that I had just come into this, you know what I mean? And one of the people that helped me a lot through that too was Shaul Guerrero. I became really close with Shaul in NXT and she always had my back for everything and she would help me as much as she could, Charlotte helped me as much as she could and they became my really good friends from that. It was super helpful because you know I had been in a locker room with girls my entire life, but when you go somewhere that you’re not used to, it’s kind of like a little bit of a culture shock.”

Learning how to cut promos:

“My mom helped me a lot. We’d have promo classes in NXT once a week and me and my mom would make it our thing to come up with a promo and it would be fun. So I was always doing these promos in front of my mom and she’d be like, ‘Hmm, that didn’t sound very convincing.’ She would just be like honest, you know what I mean? It was just like in cheer when I would have a routine, she would be like, ‘Stop, start over again, stop, start over again.’ So it’s kind of like the same kind of thing with promos and then we had Dusty (Rhodes) as a promo coach who was amazing. He was brilliant at everything he did. I started getting comfortable in promos when I was partnered with Scott Dawson in NXT. It never debuted on TV, but I was playing his girlfriend in promo classes for like a few months and that’s what really kind of got me comfortable with promos because I was out of the box, I was reenacting, I was reacting off of people, you know?

“When I joined Blake and Murphy, that’s when i was able to really hone in my character as to who Alexa Bliss is because I didn’t have to be in the ring and try to portray a character at the same time and worry about a match and this that and the other. But the fact that I was able to be a valet and to establish a character, work on characters, work on promos, and it helped so much, especially since we were all three really close-me, Blake, and Murphy. I was dating Murphy at the time and it was just like hanging out with friends and being able to do promos and work with people who are just your friends makes it so much easier and I think that’s kind of evolved into what I think about now in promos is like what we said, ‘You don’t just say things, you feel them.’ I’m that psycho person backstage, every promo I still have, even if it’s just two sentences or three pages, I’m backstage, I’m talking to myself, I’m pacing and just saying each thing, dissecting it, being like, ‘Okay now how would I really feel if I just said that?’ And then I say it to myself a couple of times, ‘No that doesn’t sound right.’ And I say it and I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s what clicks. Thats what how I feel.'”

Her friendship with Nia Jax:

“She’s very loud, I’m very quiet. We balance each other out like crazy. We’ll call each other out on crap all the time, we’ll joke around nonstop. I’ve always been friends with people like Nia, I’ve always been. I love Nia, she is amazing. She’s outgoing, she’s funny, we joke around all the time, we quote Bridesmaids like its going out of style, it’s the best! We’re always making each other laugh. Like when one of us is stressed, we always try to bring the other one up, you know? We sing songs on the top of our lungs on car rides. I’m pretty sure we’re the first like real best friends that have ever been on it (Total Divas) so I think that will be very interesting.

“When NXT has tryouts, they have some of the talent to come and help and like work the tryout, tell people where to roll, where to do this, basically boss everyone around. I worked Nia’s tryout and so I remember I was doing cardio while they were having a lunch break and she comes up and she starts talking to me like she knew me forever, like she’s never met a stranger in her life! And I was like, ‘Oh, hello!’ And then we’ve just become really close after that and became best friends shortly after.”

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Source: USA Today

Recent WWE signing Kacy Catanzaro most likely won’t face any speed bumps as she learns the physical side of wrestling. A former competitor on American Ninja Warrior, she has a fearlessness that should suit her well in the ring. But the real question is what will Catanzaro’s character be when she’s ready to make her debut.

Triple H, who’s had a hand in developing countless young superstars, told USA Today he thinks Catanzaro might find success as a cocky heel.

“I like to think of myself as a nice guy, (but) I made 90 percent of my career being the worst guy in the business,” he said. “She might end up being the bad guy that thinks she’s better than everybody else, because she was the hero on American Ninja Warrior.”

He continued: “She has a little twinkle in her eye. She might be the kind of person that embraces the evil side.”

As noted, Catanzaro has a different opinion and said she hopes for her character to spread positivity, the same way she does in real life.

“I’m not gonna be a bad guy,” she said. “I’m definitely gonna be a babyface (and) keep the same (positive) brand that I am in Ninja, which is honestly who I am in general.”

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Source: The Mirror

The Mirror has an interview with Seth Rollins, who was promoting this Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. Below are some highlights:

For two years you were arguably WWE’s top villain, but when you returned from injury in May 2016, we started to see a slow change in direction for you. How have you found making that transition and has it been more difficult than you anticipated to win fans over?

“No it’s actually been very natural, it’s not like I expected to show up on Raw and within moments everyone love me. Obviously when I got hurt the first time, people were upset about it and felt for me personally. I came back and there was an instant excitement and buzz about my return, but I didn’t expect people to instantly embrace me or trust me. So for me it was just a very organic process, to go from where I was, to where I am now. A lot of time when you’re out injured is spent with internal reflection and kind of looking at yourself in the mirror and deciding who you want to be and where you fit in. A lot of that real life stuff kind of carried over into what we’ve been doing for the last year or so now. It’s been a wild ride but I definitely feel like we’re pointing in the right direction and things are looking up.”

Was no longer using The Pedigree and debuting a new finisher part of that process of ending that stage of your career? What made you decide to use a wrist lock transitioned into a short-arm high knee?

“The Pedigree was a part of my life when I was in the Authority and it made sense for the time being, after sealing the deal and beating Triple H with it at WrestleMania, that was a good place to retire it. At the end of the day I want to be my own person, I want to be my own performer, and I want to have a finisher that’s synonymous with me and not with my mentor. I’ve always prided on doing things a little differently and I wanted to bring something to the table that people and fans of WWE maybe hadn’t really seen. The Ripcord Knee as it’s been called recently is something that’s very dangerous, it can come out of nowhere and I think if you’ve seen it in other places, you know the damage it can do. Plus I thought it was nifty that my biggest weakness, my right knee which has put me out of action twice now, has now become my biggest strength and it’s what I use to put my opponents away with. There’s a nice bit of storytelling there as well.”

Rollins also discussed beating Triple H at WrestleMania, how challenging the match was and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Triple H has heaped praise on Asuka, calling the NXT Women’s Champion the “anchor” of the female division in WWE’s developmental arm.

The executive vice president for talent, live events and creative told USA Today that he had insisted Asuka remain on NXT following the return of the brand extension last year.

“I would never want to limit someone’s growth or their opportunities, but when Vince brought it up to me, I said the one person who we can’t afford to lose is Asuka,” he explained.

The 35-year-old, who extended her record-breaking title reign further last night with victory over Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, has long been spoken about as a potentially revolutionary force in mainstream women’s wrestling.

And Triple H, who was said to have helped usher in the company’s ongoing Women’s Revolution, seems to agree.

“When we signed her, it made everybody already inside look at who we were bringing in and they were seeing what I was seeing – this girl is going to change the game,” he said. “She’s changed the main roster too and how the girls work and that intensity level.”

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Source: CBS Sports

Triple H appeared on CBS Sports’ In This Corner Podcast this week to promote NXT Takeover: Brooklyn this Saturday. Below are a couple of highlights:

Which competitor WWE needs to pay the most attention to:

“When you say, ‘What’s the No. 2 promotion?’ and ‘WWE doesn’t have a promotion knocking on its door and pushing them,’ Raw and SmackDown do. Raw and SmackDown have a promotion right on their tail pushing them to do more. That promotion is going to run a show on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, and it’s called NXT.

“[NXT] is going to set a bar, and the main roster is going to have to step up to that bar. And trust me, those are all people that are coming from NXT, and now the kids here are pushing them to do the same thing that they pushed the people in front of them to do.”

If the success of NJPW is forcing them to make any adjustments:

“I don’t think anyone forces anyone to make adjustments, I think it’s just that the world changes. What people will accept changes? What people will like changes?

“People’s styles that I bring in, I’m not trying to change these performers, I’m trying to give them a platform and then take them on that platform and make the biggest, global star you can make. Whether that goes on to NXT and then on to SmackDown or Raw, whatever that is. A lot of these kids, I want them to be headlining WrestleMania.”

Triple H also discussed Seth Rollins reaction to the first NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, signing Aleister Black and Kyle O’Reilly and more. You can read more from the interview at CBS Sports by clicking here.

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Source: Newsweek

Asuka spoke with Newsweek before her upcoming title match against Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. Here are some of the highlights:

Her goals in WWE:

“When I decided to sign a contract with WWE, I decided two things. I was determined not only to win, but to leave [breaking] records. That is something I feel like I can do as a return to WWE [for hiring me].”

When she got the call from WWE and filling the gap between men and women WWE Superstars:

“When I got the call from WWE, I asked them why they picked me, and they told me, ‘Among all the women’s wrestlers, you’re the one we want to pick.’ I felt a lot of expectation. I felt I had to do my best to [prove I’m the best to] them. I wanted to change women’s wrestling in WWE. In wrestling, men and women do the same thing, but sometimes the men look more powerful and more impressive. I am trying my best to fill the gap between men and women.”

Relationship with Triple H:

“I have a big trust in him. Whenever I have an idea, I always talk to him. He always gives me amazing advice.”

Who she still wants to face:

“I don’t use the words ‘respect’ or ‘admire’ toward my opponents, but I’m interested to have matches with Sasha and Charlotte. Those two women I’ve never faced before.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Mauro Ranallo is signed under a new two-year contract to provide commentary for WWE NXT, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. As part of his deal to return to the company, he’ll report directly to Triple H, who runs NXT, and Michael Cole, who produces NXT.

It was reported in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that comments made by John “Bradshaw” Layfield on the March 13, 2017 episode of “Bring It To The Table” on the WWE Network were “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and led to Ranallo leaving WWE and “suffering a severe breakdown.”

However, in the same report, it’s noted JBL was not the reason Ranallo left. There were problems between the two where it got to the point where JBL would block anyone that wished Ranallo well on his health or praised his work outside of WWE. But his comments on “Bring It To The Table” were not done on his own, which explains an issue that went deeper than a beef between two co-workers.

Ranallo’s statement on his return to WWE read as follows:

“WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on Smackdown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes. As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcast team.”

Ranallo’s contract replaces his old agreement with WWE. He’ll report directly to Hunter and Michael Cole, who were the two who made the original push to bring him to SmackDown when WWE was looking to make changes to the show for the move to live on the USA Network early last year.

It was Triple H that re-introduced Ranallo to the live NXT crowd at Full Sail, calling him the “Bipolar Rock’n’Roller,” a nickname he used years back but had not used previously in WWE.

Ranallo’s WWE NXT contract is for approximately 18-20 dates per year, opposed to the roughly 75-80 dates he had as the voice of SmackDown. His new deal includes NXT television tapings and the TakeOver shows, while his old deal had pay-per-views and his work on main roster television.

Ranallo has a studio in his Los Angeles home where he can do changes to his original commentary so he won’t have to fly to Florida or Connecticut for post-production work. His new deal with WWE is not exclusive as he’ll continue to work for Bellator MMA and Showtime Boxing.