Posts Tagged ‘Vince McMahon’

Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley’s friendship seemingly came out of nowhere, with the 205 Live high-flyer first appearing in a brief hype-up segment last week, before indulging in a spot of verbal sparring with Elias on his new ally’s behalf on the 17 September episode.

It’s a surprising development, as ‘The Man Of The Hour’ was only promoted from NXT to 205 Live on 26 June. He’s still making a name for himself on the cruiserweight show, where he remains active, but now looks set for a considerable Raw role on top of this.

According to PW Insider’s Mike Johnson, Vince McMahon is the driving force behind all this.

Having cut a promo on social media, Rush supposedly took it to the Chairman directly, and Vince was extremely impressed with what he saw. Thus, Lio was promoted to his new position as Lashley’s sidekick.

The nascent alliance is already delivering wild entertainment, with Rush’s charisma and freakish athleticism on full display this Monday night. If it continues, it may be the tonic needed to revive Lashley’s career, as the big man has struggled to capture the audience’s imagination since returning in April.

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Dave Meltzer has suggested in the latest edition of his Wrestling Observer newsletter that WWE may be looking to hire more managers from the independent circuit over the next few months.

205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and Cruiserweight star Lio Rush have both been turned into mouthpieces (for AOP and Bobby Lashley respectively) over the past few weeks, and it’s understood that Vince McMahon wants to add more managers to his roster.

If true, that’s quite the change of heart.

In the 1980’s and part of the 90’s, WWE’s heel contingent were backed by an army of ringside nuisances like Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart, Jim Cornette, Paul Bearer, Mr. Fuji and more. Latterly though, Paul Heyman had been the only male manager of any note in the company.

According to Meltzer, that could be about to change. It’s also worth nothing that the Observer hinted other talent currently under contract might join Maverick and Rush as wrestlers/authority figures who have turned to management.

This is promising for anyone who enjoyed the sneaks of yesteryear, and for those who love Heyman’s work in the modern era.

Source: Whatculture.com

Editors note: The following story contains coarse language in excessive amounts, readers be for warned….

 

WhatCulture’s Simon Miller caught up with industry veteran Scott Steiner during All In’s Starrcast convention last weekend, and ‘Big Poppa Pump’ was his usual outspoken self. When asked how he was finding the the festivities in Atlanta, Steiner veered into a typical tirade in the direction of ex-employers WWE:

They sold out in, like what, thirty minutes? For an independent show, I’ve never heard of that before. This is like, the first, and now they’re doing it at Madison Square Garden. It just goes to show that nobody wants to watch that bullshit WWE puts out right now. You know, their product’s fucking horrible.

The ‘Genetic Freak’ then proceeded to lay into Vince and co. when asked about his time in Stamford:

It was f*cking brutal. The times I was up there were the two times I thought about quitting. They’re fucking weirdos, man. The bullshiy you gotta put up with, and now it’s worse, ’cause you got one of the biggest cunts running it. Stephanie McMahon – what the fuck does she know about wrestling? And then Triple H…fuck. You fucking kidding me? I feel bad for the wrestlers, ’cause they pigeon hole them into these stupid characters, make everybody do the same interviews that they print out. You can’t expand and be creative. It’s not what my picture of wrestling was. I think something like this proves that. They’re bullshit.

Steiner further lamented WWE’s hegemony, reflecting on the damage WCW’s demise did for the business.

Oh, it was the worst thing that happened. Competition keeps people on their toes, trying to beat the other show. As you can see, when WCW closed, they didn’t pick up any of our fans, any of our viewers – they just turned them off. I mean, look at the ratings now. Stephanie and Triple H go out and do the same bullshit, do their interview at the beginning of the show. Fuck that shit. It’s old, man. It’s like, take your brain off, and watch it for a while.

Could something like All In emerge reignite a wrestling war? Scott certainly thinks so:

All you need is another big network. Mark Cuban’s doing that. So you just never know; there would be competition in the next day. I always said if like, Rupert Murdoch or somebody like that who has a network or TV station, it’d be on again

Steiner concluded that competition for WWE would be good for everything involved in the business – fans and wrestlers alike.

Right now, all the boys are getting screwed. Independent contractor: that’s bullshit. Nobody’s an independent contractor under the actual law. It’s bullshit. We’re not independent contractors. They demand too much of our time. So how he gets away with it I don’t know. At some point, that’s going to be a lawsuit.

Blimey. Good ol’ Scott: he never lets you down.

Although Chris Jericho had previously claimed that he’d never work a non-WWE show in America out of respect for Vince McMahon, the 47-year-old has now changed his tune.

‘Y2J’ appeared at ALL IN, where he disguised himself as Pentagon Jr. to ambush Kenny Omega, and now has his sights set on another landmark non-WWE show: Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s upcoming G1 Supercard (6 April 2019) at Madison Square Garden.

Per the man himself on a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, Jericho is open to all possibilities as a free agent. He didn’t confirm anything, but said there’s a chance he’ll work the G1 Supercard, provided his schedule allows it.

2018 has seen the former WWE Champion take his career into his own hands. He wrestled Omega at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January, then took Tetsuya Naito’s IWGP Intercontinental Title a few months later. Up next is his Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager cruise (27-31 October), then, surely, a New Japan return.

It’s hard to imagine Vince McMahon being best pleased at this, particularly as the G1 Supercard takes place over WrestleMania weekend, though his control over Jericho is now non-existent.

Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas has come a long way in the past few months, going from feuding with Sin Cara on the Extreme Rules Kickoff Show to scrapping with the likes of AJ Styles on SmackDown.

Most recently, the former NXT Champion has been playing a secondary role in the ongoing Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz saga, and while he isn’t exactly raking up the victories at the moment, he’s in a solid position.

The reason for this? Vince McMahon.

This is according to Fightful, who claim their WWE sources have told them that ‘Cien’ first caught the Chairman’s eye during his work with Styles, prompting Almas’ promotion into the Miz/Bryan programme.

Last week saw Andrade wrestle Daniel for the second time in as many weeks. He then charged to the ring with manager Zelina Vega after Miz had fallen to R-Truth in the night’s main event, but the duo found themselves trapped in tandem Yes! Locks from Bryan and Brie Bella at the show’s conclusion.

Fightful add that while Almas was thrown into the spotlight against AJ, nobody expected him to come off as well as he did. Vince noticed, however, and now that he has the boss’ attention, ‘Cien’ may be set for big things.

The worlds of professional wrestling and politics don’t often intersect, unless Linda McMahon’s name is brought up. She is, of course, the wife of Vince McMahon and is one of the co-founders of WWE. Today she is an official in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and serves as the Head of the Small Business Administration.

Earlier this week the New York Times published an article written by a member of Trump’s administration in which an anonymous author criticized the President. Many have speculated as to who wrote the piece, and Linda McMahon was quick to distance herself from it by denying being the author.

I am not author of the anonymous @nytimes op-ed. @realDonaldTrump has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable. I am proud to serve as a member of President Trump’s @Cabinet to advocate on behalf of America’s 30 million small businesses.

— Linda McMahon (@SBALinda) September 6, 2018

The op-ed piece claimed that many in Trump’s staff are trying to thwart some of his controversial policies and that there have even been whispers to invoke the 25th Amendment, which relates to removing the President.

Trump, the WWE and the McMahons have always had a good relationship which dates back decades. Trump Plaza in New Jersey hosted both WrestleMania IVand WrestleMania V in the late 1980s with Trump in attendance.

Trump also appeared at Mr. McMahon’s “Fan Appreciation Night” on Raw in 2007 which then led to a “Battle of the Billionaires” match at WrestleMania 23.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation reports that Vince and Linda McMahon were the top donors to the foundation from 2004 to 2014. The donations were reported as coming from WWE, but the Foundation clarified that and said the money came from Vince and Linda personally.

In 2013 Trump was the celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame and Vince McMahon was who presented him.

Source: Linda McMahon’s Twitter

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is known for creating some of the most memorable characters in the history of pro wrestling. On a recent episode of his Something To Wrestle podcast, former WWE producer Bruce Prichard explained the origin of one of Foley’s most likeable characters, Dude Love.

Foley had established himself as the odd, risk-taking Mankind. He later introduced the hardcore psychopath Cactus Jack. Fans loved both characters, and it was especially impressive how Foley was able to create two entities that were completely different from each other. Prichard said Foley had an idea for a third character that would be similar to a wrestler like Shawn Michaels and he started discussing it backstage.

“I was one of the few people to hear about Dude Love as far as I know in that dressing room. We were in Toronto, Canada, and it was myself, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Pat Patterson, and I don’t know if Undertaker was there, but it was after the matches and Mick Foley was talking to Shawn Michaels saying something along the lines of Cactus Jack, Mankind and that type of character,” Prichard recalled. “Mick made a comment along the lines of talking about, ‘always wanting to be somebody like you, being the hot babyface that all the girls love, as a matter of fact I did promos with my friend, and my name was Dude Love. I saw myself, in my eyes, I was you.’ And we all got a good laugh out of it.”

Even though it was funny at the time, Prichard thought there was an opportunity to do something with the character, so he made a pitch to Vince McMahon. Prichard said it was great for younger kids to see Foley play three different characters because it would inspire them to possibly create their own personas.

“I went back to share the story with Vince McMahon. I said, can you imagine this deal? Mick Foley, as a human being had such an interesting story, and that is where the Three Faces of Foley came about,” Prichard said. “We started going into the Mick Foley, Cactus Jack, and eventually Dude Love, that it was so damn rich where every kid can imagine being in their basement cutting promos and being some character they create.”

The idea for Dude Love was so unique that when Foley heard it was approved, he didn’t believe it at first. Prichard said adding the character was great for Foley’s career and helped him develop a stronger connection with the WWE Universe.

“I was like, yeah, we are going to do Dude Love. He thought I was ribbing him. At first, I think Mick Foley thought it was a rib, but once you saw how he played it and how over the top it was, it was like, damn, it was like, you are getting two characters for the price of one, four characters if you include Mick Foley,” Prichard said. “It was interesting storytelling and it was something people can identify with Mick Foley because I think everybody can relate to wanting to be somebody else growing up and now he is realizing his dream.”