Posts Tagged ‘Vince McMahon’

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USA Today’s “For the Win” blog has a feature on former WWE superstar Ivory, whose real name is Lisa Moretti. In the piece, Ivory discusses the accuracy of Netflix’s GLOW series and how far WWE has come.

“I thought it was a perfect thing to make a show from,” Ivory told For the Win of Netlix’s GLOW: The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. “As far as telling our story and whether it was true to life, I thought they made a good mix. … I’m glad it’s not a documentary because it’s probably going to be way more entertaining with the really good writers and producers who put it together.”

Ivory competed in GLOW under the ring name Tina Ferrari, where she held the GLOW Championship, represented by a crown, not a belt.

GLOW was founded in 1986 and a reunion show was ran in Las Vegas in April 2012. While Ivory can’t pinpoint the exact reason for GLOW’s longevity, she has some ideas.

“I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler,” Ivory said. “I also think that anything that has a collection of women, there will be a sisterhood that people will relate to whether they are guys or girls. There is a power to sisterhood.”

“I also have come to learn that we had a large gay population that appreciates GLOW. In the mid-1980s, there wasn’t a representation of gayness on television,” Ivory continued. “Our glitter and our goofiness and our great costumes made in Vegas; the cheekiness and campiness of the show, it turns out little boys who were gay coveted our act. I went on one of the GLOW cruises last February and all the fans were gay guys. We had so much fun together. That was a new education to me.”

Ivory stepped away from the wrestling business in the early 1990s and was eventually brought to WWE in 1999 as one of the women that accompanied The Godfather to the ring. Vince McMahon ended up giving her a job and the Ivory character was born.

“They needed someone who looked good in a dress and could take a bump or two or three,” Ivory recalled.

While she went on to become a three-time WWE women’s champion, Ivory worked in an era where females in the company competed in gravy bowl matches, slop bouts and pillow fights.

“Everybody got fired or left and all the boobie girls came in and everything was very embarrassing, I thought,” she told For the Win. “At one point, the wrestling girls population referred to the GLOW girls, but at least we were falling down and trying to do legitimate wrestling. We didn’t have any legit training.”

“I don’t think they wanted the Divas Search girls to have any training. They wanted them to look sexy and stupid, unfortunately,” Ivory recalled. “A lot of those girls later on went to get trained and do great things in the wrestling world. I’m not badmouthing them. They were just put in a situation that was unfair.”

Ivory, 55, is thrilled to see the changes to how WWE pushes their female talent under the women’s wrestling revolution.

“They’re wrestling. They are entertaining to me now,” Ivory said of female superstars in WWE. “A few of them had different types of bodies. I was very pleased to see that things have come far, far away from the Diva Search days where it was, ‘Let’s have a bunch of girls in bikinis flop around and look stupid so the public can vote them on or off the show.'”

Ivory retired from professional wrestling in 2006. She was featured on WWE Network’s Table for 3, along fellow wrestlers Alundra Blayze and Molly Holly last January. You can read more comments from her exclusive interview with USA Today’s “For the Win” blog by clicking here.

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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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Few could argue that Dolph Ziggler isn’t one of WWE’s most accomplished performers.

The two-time World Heavyweight Champion – who last carried the belt more than four years ago – has been on our screens, under various guises, for more than a decade, and yet it seems as though his once-promising career may have ran into a brick-wall.

Ziggler has been floundering in the mid-card for an alarmingly long time, the upper-tier spot he once occupied having been filled by a host NXT graduates who arrived from the indie scene with big reputations.

The 36-year-old’s technical ability and industrious work-rate have not been affected in the meantime, and neither has his ability to connect with the crowd – of which last year’s Intercontinental Championship feud with The Miz, when he put his wrestling career on the line, was a timely reminder.

But the story-line – and Ziggler’s new-found momentum – quickly fizzled out after fans began to sense that it was all for naught (Miz, who had lost to Dolph at No Mercy, promptly won back his title the following month). And we are now back to square one.

Sporting News has suggested that his apparent inability to get to the next level may be tied to an inherent lack of faith in him from the WWE chairman. Apparently Vince McMahon – having ignored the pleas of Pat Patterson, one of Ziggler’s biggest supporters – had doubted whether the Cleveland-born performer had genuine star potential back in 2013; around the time he was carrying round the Money in the Bank briefcase.

That explains why his first cash-in, despite meeting with a raucous ovation from the post-WrestleMania 29 Raw crowd, never really went anywhere. Instead, he dropped the title back to Alberto Del Rio, from whom he won it a couple of months earlier, and slowly fell down the pecking order thereafter.

Still relatively young in wrestling terms, Ziggler has every chance of landing on his feet again – but, equally, it’s possible that he’ll have to get comfortable waiting in the wings.

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Source: Talk Is Jericho

Former WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho recently caught up with fellow WWE Superstar, Samoa Joe. Among other things, Joe talked about why he stayed in NXT for as long as he did, when he found out he was headed to the main roster, whether he has had a sit-down meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon yet, and the possibility of a match with current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.

According to Joe, he, Finn Bálor, and Shinsuke Nakamura stayed in NXT longer than anticipated because NXT became a third touring brand that needed their star power to sell tickets. ‘The Destroyer’ went on to compare NXT to ROH and ECW as far as being raided for talent.

“I want to say almost close to two years. Yeah, yeah, yeah, but I think a part of that too was about driving the brand. And I think that was kind of the issue with myself, Finn, and Nakamura. We were kind of these mainstays, it was a touring brand at this point, and it was like I felt kind of needed us, Bayley, is another consummate player, just it was kind of what people showed up and paid to see.”

Joe added, “NXT is at a level now where it is a third touring brand within the WWE spectrum and you have to now produce talent that have the risk of being gone. I liken it to a Ring Of Honor or an ECW where it’s like you’d build these huge stars, but eventually opportunity comes calling and now you have to start from scratch.”

Although going to the main roster became an “unspoken thing” for the SoCal native, he was told to get ready for the jump at NXT TakeOver: Toronto and got the game plan for his debut over Royal Rumble weekend.

“I think at a certain point it became kind of an unspoken thing. And then, I remember, I want to say, going probably after Toronto [Canada], NXT TakeOver: Toronto, it was mentioned to me, ‘hey, listen, there [are] probably going to be some opportunities for you elsewhere… so be ready. And I really didn’t learn about the debut until the day before the Rumble. Then, the plan was kind of laid out to me.”

Joe indicated that he has not had a formal meeting with McMahon yet, though ‘The Samoan Submission Specialist’ is under the impression that meetings with ‘Vinnie Mac’ tend to be unpleasant.

“We haven’t really had a sit-down meeting. We talk in passing and like I’m not big on like having real long, drawn out conversations and I guess that’s to my detriment. I’ll show up and be like, ‘hey, what do we need? Alright, cool.’ I’m out the door. Let’s go get it done.” Joe exclaimed, “I heard, if you do have a meeting, nine times out of 10 it’s not a good thing!”

With respect to Lesnar, Joe stated that he would like to face ‘The Beast Incarnate’ and that he has the legitimate offense to make such a match work.

“Absolutely. I think, and I’ve stated it a lot, I think it’s something the fans want to see and I’d definitely like to get into it with Brock.” Joe explained, “he’s very intense. It has got to be believable. I think that’s part of it too.”

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Eric Bischoff was a guest on AfterBuzz TV’s Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way to the Ring and opened up about his father who was paralyzed, that the WWE called him one year before Vince and why he turned them down, the funnest segment he ever did in the WCW and WWE, why he didn’t want his son to wrestle, his biggest contributions to WWE, how bullying was a part of his life and he ended it, his last interaction with Rosey and more.

Why he turned down WWE’s first attempt to bring him in:

“They had called about a year before and people don’t know this ya they called me about a year before you know Vince called me in whatever it was 2002. In 2001 I was in Wyoming in the summer and I got a call from JR, and JR wasn’t exactly excited to call me at the time you know he still had a chip on his shoulder a little bit and he called me and said, “hey you wanna come in and work a program?” and I said, “well, whats the program?” and he said, “well we’re working on it” and I said, “well sure, when would you want me to start?” “you gotta be here Monday” well this is like Friday and I had a house full of people, it was over the 4th of July, I had like twenty five or thirty people, friends and relatives that had driven in from all over the country for a family reunion and I’m thinking ya I’m not just gonna pick up go up there for a Monday Night Raw to participate in something what they’re not really sure what it is quite yet, it wasn’t right you know, so I politely passed and when I did I thought well that will be the last time they call me.”

How Vince McMahon convinced him to join WWE:

“We got on the phone and the first thing he said to me, and I’m paraphrasing this okay so it’s not exact words, but he basically said right out of the shoot he goes you know Eric I would like to think that if the situation would have turned out differently and you would’ve come out on top, that you would reach out to me for an opportunity to step back in… what a gracious, elegant, classy, humble thing to say.”

What Vince asked Eric when he called him:

“The one thing he did ask me, he said, well is there anything you won’t do? I said, ya I won’t move to Connecticut, other than that I’m your guy and I guess that’s all he wanted to hear is that I didn’t, I wasn’t bringing any stipulations, I wasn’t coming in with a list of things I would and wouldn’t do.”

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If the recently unveiled biopic on Vince McMahon’s life ever sees the light of day, the producers may not have to look far when casting the lead role. Pandemonium’s development is still at an extremely early stage, and details are scarce at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped John Cena putting himself forward to play Mr. McMahon.

When the Hollywood Reporter asked Cena about his dream acting role in a recent interview, the 16-time world champion had the following to say:-

There is a story out there about the life and times of Vince McMahon. Man, I think it is a wonderful script from word one. But unfortunately, that would be something I’d love to do, but I feel maybe a different actor should do that movie, just because of how powerful the story is, and I would hate for the audience to feel that it is a WWE-produced product. And that’s not in a bad way, it’s just I want them to feel the emotion that I felt reading the script. I can just tell you that it’s out there and that it’s awesome and man, if it were all different, I would certainly love to step into Vince’s shoes.

News of the film’s existence first broke in late April, when it was revealed that TriStar Pictures were in negotiations to make Pandemonium. The proposed script was obtained by several members of the wrestling media several days later, revealing a movie every bit as bold, colourful, and outlandish as its subject.

Linda McMahon has since stated that she doubts the project will ever see the light of day, whilst Cena’s latest film, The Wall, was released on 12 May. Seeing him playing Vince would be a jarring experience for many WWE fans, but while Cena recognises the issues associated with playing his boss, he’d clearly relish the opportunity.

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Source: Sportskeeda

Sportskeeda has another interview with new WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Below are some highlights:

What was the backstage reaction to your title win? Did Mr.McMahon say anything to you after your title win?

“The backstage reaction has been very good. Vince was very happy. He was really proud of me because Vince knows how much work I’ve put in. And, I told Vince, ‘Hey Vince, my goal is to come back every week and improve. Every time you see me perform I’m going to get better on the mic, going to get better in the ring and I’ll be in better shape every week.’

“I think Vince really appreciates that and WWE is a place where they reward hard work and I’m an example of that.”

When did you find out that you’d be winning the title last night?

“I found out the day of.”

You’re now going to be a full-time WWE Champion while your counterpart on RAW, Brock Lesnar, is a part-timer. What are your thoughts on that and do you have any message for Brock Lesnar?

“I have no problem with Brock Lesnar being a part-timer because he’s earned that spot. He’s a multiple time champion in WWE, a former UFC Champion, NCAA amateur wrestling champion so his accolades speak for themselves. He’s at a point where he calls the shots and he decides whether he’ll be part-time or full-time. I’m young, I’m hungry. This is my first taste of WWE gold. I only want more and I’m not satisfied. I want to retire, when it’s all said and done, as one of the greats.

“My message to Brock is that the Maharaja does what it takes to be a true champion, a full-time fighting champion willing to take on anybody – whether it’s Brock, Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns or anybody.”