Posts Tagged ‘Triple H’

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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.

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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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Source: E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness

Recently on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, WWE Superstar Mike Kanellis, formerly Mike Bennett, talked with sports entertainment greats Edge and Christian about his departure from Impact Wrestling, why he and his wife Maria did not want to re-sign with Impact, the pair’s WWE debut, and why the timing is right for their current WWE run.

According to Kanellis, he and Maria were offered deals to return to Impact, but the one-time X-Division Champion was unsure about whether he wanted to stay with the promotion.

“We had finished up our contracts with TNA, but we were still working there. The way I was raised in the [pro] wrestling business, it’s once you decide to leave, you leave the right way, so we wanted to make sure that we would tie up any loose ends and storylines, which we did. Maria did the whole wedding angle and I was kind of slowly pushed off TV and just doing that stuff with her, so I could help those people do what they needed to do, so I was just kind of in the background in that storyline because that’s just what I believe in. So we promised that we would finish up and at that point we were in between contracts. TNA had offered us to stay and they were offering us a pretty good amount of money. And at that point, I didn’t know if I wanted to stay.”

Kanellis said he reached out to Paul Heyman for guidance and ‘The Advocate’ advised ‘The Miracle’ to contact Triple H.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do because I was in that weird position where I want to take care of my wife and my family, but there’s still that itch, so I actually reached out to Paul Heyman and he actually was like, ‘yeah, I think you should reach out to Triple H and talk to him and see what he says.’ And so, I did. I sent him an email. And asked him what was… I said, ‘I was done with TNA and this and that and blah, blah, blah.'”

While Triple H replied to Kanellis’s email, Kanellis still accepted that it may not ultimately lead to a spot on WWE’s roster. Eventually, Kanellis got a call from WWE’s ace recruiter William Regal about signing with WWE for its main roster.

“He emailed me back and he was really nice about everything and he was like, ‘alright,’ he was like, ‘I’ll have someone be in touch with you.’ And I’m so used to… I’m kind of jaded in [pro] wrestling, just through everything, so hearing that, he was really nice, so that was great. The most I took out of it was, ‘wow, that was really great – he was really nice about everything. Cool.’ And I was like, ‘but, if I don’t hear from anybody, I’m not going to be surprised.’ But a week later, or maybe, yeah, a couple of weeks later, I don’t know, Regal called me and they offered me a contract and I was just kind of blown away. I was just kind of like, ‘holy cow!’ I think it was like the end of January or so and I was just blown away. I remember looking at Maria and I was like, ‘yeah, they offered’ and she was like, ‘oh, well, what is it? Is it NXT?’ And I was like, ‘no, they want to bring us right up to the main roster’ and she was like, ‘holy cow!’ And I was like, ‘well, we’ve got to take it.’ And so we had to reach back out to TNA and be like, ‘oh, we’re going to go in a different direction.’ It’s this weird dynamic because you want to keep everything a secret and quiet, which is impossible to do in the [pro] wrestling business nowadays.”

Kanellis divulged that he and Maria almost re-signed with TNA, but Kevin Owens told the former Kingdom stable member to wait for a week or so before deciding.

“We had talked to TNA and we were actually really close to re-signing and it was like maybe a, maybe a week before we re-signed where Kevin Owens reached out to us and he was like, ‘what are you guys doing? I heard you are re-signing with TNA. I don’t think you should do that. That’s a stupid idea. You should come here.’ And we were like, ‘well, we’re going to re-sign’ and he said, ‘I think you should wait off a week or so.’ And when we saw him the first time at TV, he was like, ‘aren’t you glad you listened to me?’ because he actually put the brakes on us re-signing with TNA. And we waited and that’s when Regal had called.”

Kanellis indicated that he and his wife had to tell Impact that they were taking a break from pro wrestling instead of saying they were going to WWE because the duo was concerned that Impact would have broken the news.

“We then had to reach out to TNA and just be like, ‘yeah, [for] personal reasons, we aren’t going to re-sign’ because if you say something to them about WWE, it’s going to get out there because what do they care at that point? And you can’t blame them, but we were like, ‘yeah, it’s personal reasons – we’re going to do other things and maybe take a break from [pro] wrestling for a little while.’ Whatever you can think of at that point. It sucks for me because I had a great time at TNA, like the locker room, the roster, and I didn’t really get a chance to say that because everything was so quiet and, like, hush-hush about WWE, so it really hurtful me because guys like EC3 and Rockstar Spud, like, the Hardys were so great there, Eli [Drake]. Like those guys, the locker room was great and I think that’s what bothers me the most about all the crap that goes on because that locker room is fantastic.”

Apparently, the couple waited nearly three months to debut at WWE Money In The Bank. Kanellis said that the waiting was very difficult, as he and Maria are better on the road together than at home.

“Right around the end of March is when we officially signed our deal with WWE and we were just ecstatic. And then it was, ‘alright’ and we waited until they were ready for us. It felt like 10 years. You’re sitting there and in theory it’s lovely. I’ve been wrestling for 15, 16 years and in theory it’s great, ‘oh, I’ll have three months to sit at home and relax.’ But after 2 weeks, me, and Maria, and the dogs were all ready to kill each other. So yeah, it’s in your blood. You’re born to move, and go, and be on the road and wrestle.” Kanellis added, “we’re better on the road than we are at home together. If we’re at home too long together, that’s when we argue and fight. When we’re on the road, and it’s stressful, and we’re going through security, and have to find hotels and rental cars and where we’re going to eat, nothing. No problem. Smooth as can be.”

On the subject of his WWE debut, Kanellis claimed that he was excited and he admitted that he would not have been ready even after 10 years of experience.

“So we were sitting [at home] for three months at that point and finally we got the call from [Director of Talent Relations] Mark Carrano and he’s like, ‘alright, it’s going to be Money In The Bank’ and I’m like, ‘oh, wow.’ Then it hit me that it’s really happening.” Kanellis explained, “I like to think that everything in life happens for a reason and when I got to the building I was very relaxed and excited and I thought to myself, ‘do you know what? The reason it took 15 years was so I could be feeling this way right now’ because five years ago, having been wrestling for 10 years, I wasn’t ready for this. And so I truly believe that it’s just like build up and build up for that moment.”

After his long journey to WWE, Kanellis indicated that he will do everything he can to stay in WWE now that he has made it.

“I want to do everything in my power to make sure I stay here and never go back to where I was and I’m going to do that.” Kanellis continued, “I just want to be here now and that’s it. I’m going to do what I need to do to be here. And I did everything I needed to do to get here. Now, I’m going to do everything I can do to be here, and stay here, and just finish off here.”

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Source: BBC Radio 1

Triple H appeared on BBC Radio 1 with Greg James today while in the U.K. During the appearance, Triple H talked about how they would often try to make The Undertaker laugh and break character during matches at non-televised events in the 90s. He brought up The Rock doing The People’s Elbow before it was a known move.

“You’re trying to make each other laugh and one night The Rock did The People’s Elbow,” Triple H recalled. “[It] wasn’t known as The People’s Elbow, it was known as ‘watch this move that’s going to make all of you lose it in your corners’.”

Triple H noted that the Rock would do the elbow move at a couple of events and then Mick Foley dared him to do it during a match on television, which would go on to become one of Rock’s trademark moves.

“These things morph in those ways, but they catch on,” Triple H said. “Trust me, we’re quick to go, ‘oooh, they like that, I’m sticking with that.'”

James described the People’s Elbow for the listeners, calling it a “ludicrous finishing move.” Triple H pointed out that he loved working with The Rock, but it was “the hokiest looking move ever.”

“You’ve gotta wait for like 20 minutes while he takes his elbow pad off and works the crowd,” Triple H said. “He runs back and forth, then he comes up and drops an elbow on you that looks like it barely touches you, except that a lot of times the point of his elbow hits you right in the mouth and you come up bleeding and you’re like, ‘how can you bust me open on that?’ It’s also so funny that you’re running away to the bank with it.”

Source: The National

Stephanie McMahon spoke with The National while in Dubai last week for a Women In Leadership panel and the announcement of WWE’s new “Wal3ooha” Arabic show. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

There being two Women’s title matches on the card at WrestleMania 33 in April:

“I am incredibly proud every time I watch our women perform, but I am especially proud at WrestleMania and to have those two matches, and see the performances that they all delivered, I was incredibly proud.”

The challenge of finding new ideas for WrestleMania entrances for Triple H each year:

“In terms of the entrances, yes, it is a challenge to top ourselves every year. But it is a challenge to top ourselves with the matches every year. But that is absolutely our goal to do that and I have been so privileged to have those opportunities and hopefully there will be another one.”

Working with new RAW General Manager Kurt Angle again in the future:

“I can’t wait to work with Kurt. Kurt is so entertaining. He is really funny. I think it is going to be so much and hopefully having that interaction and this time the situation is a little bit different as I am the boss.”

Stephanie has been off TV since WrestleMania and says she’s not sure when she will return to RAW. She said, “Honestly, I don’t know and that is the God’s honest truth.”

Check out the full interview with Stephanie at this link.

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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: Nick’s Strength And Power

Former WCW and WWE Star Scott Steiner recently did an interview with Nick’s Strength And Power. You can check out the highlights below:

If he still keeps up with bodybuilding:

“Not as much as I used to, I still look at the magazines and stuff. Back in the day with Ronnie Coleman, there’s a fairly famous photo with me doing the bicep pose with him. I also did a pose with Arnold at the Arnold Classic one year in Columbus, Ohio. I did but not as much.”

Has he been to the Arnold Classic lately:

“I haven’t in a while, I’ve been way too busy. That was a pretty cool event.”

On the WWE:

“F*ck the WWE.”

Why he feels that way:

“Who’s in charge and who runs it. There ain’t two bigger d*uchebags than Triple H and Stephanie.”

If he watched Wrestlemania 33:

“Hell no. Let me ask you something? Why did Triple H make that statue of Ric Flair? So where is it now? Where do you think it’s at? There’s no Hall Of Fame. You got the address to the Hall Of Fame? Where’s it at? Where’s your guess? Exactly! (Triple H’s house). And they better not make one of Macho Man. She (Stephanie) made one? Oh, that’s definitely in Triple H’s house then (laughs).”

Has he ever measured his biceps:

“I never measured them, I never checked my weight, I just lifted to get big. I just lifted heavy and if I looked good then that’s good with me.”

Had he ever considered doing body building when he was younger:

“No, I wrestled in College. Right after College, I got right into professional wrestling so – I was always a big fan of Arnold, Ferrigno, the guys back in the day. After College I never really knew what I wanted to do, so that’s why I got into professional wrestling.”