Posts Tagged ‘Work Ethic’

NXT brought another spectacular TakeOver event to the table and left fans blown away with the level of storytelling and in-ring action. The only issue is WWE’s main roster is going to have to follow that incredible set of performances the next night at Money In The Bank. Drew McIntyre might not be booked in a match at Money In The Bank but he certainly has a word of warning for anyone on the Raw roster who is willing to listen.

Ever since Drew McIntyre’s return on Raw he’s been sticking with Dolph Ziggler and reminding the Raw Superstars that they need to step it up a notch, especially if they happen to be in a tag team. McIntyre is a former NXT Champion as well and was obviously watching as his old brand tore the house down several times over at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Now McIntyre’s agenda to wake up the members of the main roster that might be a tad lazy is even stronger after seeing such a fantastic showing from WWE’s developmental territory. After all, WWE’s main roster is going to have to step up their game in a big way if they are expected to compete at all with what NXT delivered in Chicago on Saturday night.

McIntyre said he suggested the Raw roster checks out NXT TakeOver: Chicago and ask themselves if they’re working hard enough to deserve their spot on the roster. Only time will tell if his words hit home, but apparently, there could be some guys taking up space on WWE’s Red Team and it’s Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre’s job to hunt them down and make sure they either step up their game or get out of the way.

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Josh Ho-Sang doesn’t understand why he was demoted.

The 22-year-old, who has appeared in 43 games with the New York Islanders over the past two campaigns, is mystified as to why he has been left to mire in the minors.

“I love those guys, I want to make that clear,” Ho-Sang told Arthur Staple of The Athletic. “I know they’re working hard. But I got sent down for defense and what are they in goals against in the NHL? I only played (22) games up there this year. I don’t think it’s my fault. They really painted it like it was my fault at the beginning of the year and I didn’t like that.”

After beginning the season with the Islanders, Ho-Sang played just six games before he was assigned to the minors. He then returned in November, this time for a one-month stretch before his future was once against cast in doubt. Ho-Sang has not played an NHL game since Dec. 14.

As part of his assignment to the minors, Ho-Sang was instructed to further develop his game away from the puck.

“I do have things I need to work on down here, my game is far from perfect. It can constantly improve. But I do think a lot of the stuff was unwarranted, especially in terms of the rope that other people were given,” he continued. “I understand I have a history and that might be a factor. I don’t know. But it’s frustrating to me.

“Look, if you’re going to send me down because of defense, it’d be nice to see other people be held accountable. That’s all.”

As Ho-Sang alluded, it’s not the first time he has caused a stir in the organization. In 2015, he was cut on the first day of training camp after arriving late. Ho-Sang was dismissed, but not before he was made to run the stairs of Nassau Coliseum for three hours before he was delivered the bad news.

“Enough with the bull—-. It’s time to grow up,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said at the time.

It may have been the first sign that Snow’s patience with the talented but frustrating prospect was growing thin. After all, it was only a year earlier that Snow staunchly defended his selection of Ho-Sang, drafted with the 28th pick in 2014, when he said he “probably has the most talent of anyone in that entire draft” and that he’d have little trouble fitting into the Islanders organization because “they s— on me too.”

After keeping pace with the Tampa Bay Lightning for much of the season as the league’s most offensively dynamic club, the Islanders went off the rails in the second half, as their wealth of offensive talents could no longer make up for the team’s back-end deficiencies. Would a Ho-Sang recall have helped the team’s fortunes?

Ho-Sang, for one, thinks so.

“I feel like I’ve played games of substance and I’ve done well. More importantly, the team’s done well with me there,” he said. “If you’re going to tell me that I’m bad defensively, I do this, I do that, but you win more than you lose with me in the lineup.”

Becky Lynch recently spoke with The Phoenix New Times to promote tonight’s WWE SmackDown tapings. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Have the wrestlers in the woman’s division had to work harder to prove yourselves? Maybe twice as hard as the male superstars.

“I think so, yeah. You know what I mean? I think when you’re trying to overcome something and prove something, you always have to work harder and you always have to give that 110 percent. And I think the greatest thing about that is that’s the drive from all of us. So nobody rests on their laurels and nobody becomes complacent because everybody’s trying to be the best.

“But everybody’s trying to be that first woman to main-event WrestleManina. And any time you’ve got healthy competition, it always pushed you harder and I think that was the greatest thing with the Four Horsewomen. What we did is we came together while at NXT at the same time and we have a common goal and a common vision and that’s to strive to be the best and change things and change the way things work and I think that was what coached us all so much. We always just wanted to outdo each other.”

What’s your opinion about the WWE bringing in Ronda Rousey?

“So I think there’s a lot of good aspects, and I think that Ronda Rousey has obviously proven that she’s a superstar. Like, a colossal superstar. Before her, there were no women in the UFC. That’s remarkable. And she was an Olympian, and she brings in pay-per-view buys. There’s no doubt that she’s amazing.

“I’m curious to see what she can do in a wrestling ring, because it’s a different kettle of fish. And, obviously, with UFC and with such an incredible history and being so accomplished in judo, she’s going to take up everything so easily. So it’s just going to be a matter of seeing how she does in this business. I know she’s a huge wrestling fan so that’s always great, too. I think you learn better and you learn faster when you’re a fan because you know what it’s supposed to be and you’re able to emulate your heroes and stuff like that.”

Do you want to face off against her in a match?

“Of course, I would love to. There’s nobody that I wouldn’t want to either fight or wrestle. Any girl who comes in the door, I want to have a match with them and bring the best out of them and make a good, compelling story for our audience. There’s nobody I wouldn’t want to fight.”

Becky also talked more about the women’s revolution, being involved in the first women’s Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank matches, if women should headline this year’s WrestleMania and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Phoenix New Times

Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut at Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV in Philadelphia following the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, which closed the show and was won by Asuka. Rousey interrupted a post-match segment with Asuka, Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

Rousey came out and tried to shake Asuka’s hand but Asuka slapped her hand away. She also took a look at the titles before leaving the ring and shaking the hand of special guest commentator Stephanie McMahon. As the PPV went off the air, Rousey pointed at the WrestleMania 34 sign. Rousey is expected to receive a high profile match at WWE’s biggest show of the year, reportedly in a mixed tag match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Along with Lana, Natalya made an appearance on The Trend with Rebecca Granetand was asked if she thought Ronda Rousey should be given a top spot in the WWE, despite being new to the company. Ultimately, Natalya said Rousey is looking to bring more eyes to the WWE women’s division.

“We all do have different ways we could go about getting to WWE,” Natalya said. “Some of us have different backgrounds, I’ve been around wrestling my entire life, since I was a little girl, since I was born. Not everybody has that background. Not everybody was born into a wrestling dynasty. Lana’s journey is different, Ronda’s journey is going to be different and I think it’s situational.”

“With Ronda, yes, she absolutely does has to prove herself, but I know Ronda personally, I’m friends with her. Ronda has expressed that she more than anything wants to prove herself and she really wants to bring even more attention to the women of WWE, and I think it’s going to be incredible for all of us.”

WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE Champion Shawn Michaels is one of many guest legends who will appear at the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Michaels was recently interviewed by CBS Sports’ In This Corner podcast to discuss various topics regarding his personal Raw moments.

Michaels also discussed the WWE vs. WCW Monday Night War, which lasted from September 4, 1995 to March 26, 2001. Michaels was incredibly instrumental in WWE gaining momentum over WCW, as he led the D-Generation X faction to present a more edgy product. This shift planted seeds to Raw gaining more interest, and eventually winning the war when Vince McMahon acquired his bitter rival WCW.

Despite Michaels previously admitting on The Ric Flair Show in 2016 that he did have thoughts of joining WCW with his fellow Kliq members Scot Hall and Kevin Nash, he knows that he is a “WWE guy,” and there were never any contractual offers that made him want to leave WWE. Moreover, Vince McMahon told him that he would not have any creative freedom if he went to WCW, and he would not have the ability to “be himself.”

On why WWE ultimately defeated WCW in the Monday Night Wars, this is what Michaels had to say.

“I’ve always known the guy I work for, and the dude works 24/7, and that’s why it was always easy never to leave. There was absolutely no way that guy was going to give up. You didn’t know when, you didn’t know how long, or whatever. But there was absolutely no way he was not going to continue standing and continue fighting. So, really once you really know that, it’s just are you willing to wait it out. Of course, I was doing what I loved to do, and so I certainly didn’t mind. [There was] a lot of nerves, lot of concern, lot of worry, and stuff like that, I’m sure all those years from the higher-ups, but those of us who were the workhorses, so to speak, our job was to go out there and do the best we could, and quite honestly, let them worry about the more important stuff.”

After retiring from active competition in 2010, Michael has made sporadic appearances on WWE television, including being a special guest referee at WrestleMania XXVIII and appearing alongside Mick Foley and Steve Austin at WrestleMania 32.

With the New York Islanders bitten by the injury bug, a promising young forward remains in the minors with something left to prove in the eyes of the organization.

That would be Joshua Ho-Sang, who sits in Bridgeport despite some holes in the NHL lineup, the biggest of which was created by an injury to Josh Bailey.

But Ho-Sang was recently a healthy scratch in the AHL, and Islanders’ head coach Doug Weight believes it would be sending the wrong message to immediately promote the highly-skilled forward to the team’s top line.

“It’s a crying shame (Ho-Sang’s) not playing with John Tavares when Bails goes down,” Weight said, per Arthur Staple of Newsday. “We had six guys out. It was a perfect opportunity. And Josh should be upset with himself.

“Whether our view of the world is wrong is something we can argue later. But the fact is, we need to be able to look at how some guys are laying it on the line (in Bridgeport) and he’s a healthy scratch. So, to go from that to the first lineup here, where is he learning from that? That’s a big, big part of this.”

Ho-Sang has appeared in 19 games for Bridgeport this season, scoring four goals and nine assists. In four games since being benched, he’s recorded one assist.

Josh Ho-Sang‘s AHL head coach didn’t mince words about the New York Islanders prospect’s maturity level, but acknowledged the effort has been there recently.

“He’s a baby,” Bridgeport Sound Tigers bench boss Brent Thompson told Greg Joyce of the New York Post, before praising the young forward’s commitment.

“He’s a baby, he’s immature and he’s got a lot of growing to do. I’m excited. The upside of him is outstanding. He worked hard (Wednesday in practice), he’s been working really hard. We all make mistakes, we all have bad games. It’s how do we respond from those and what do we learn from them? Every piece of this season for Josh, with us, is a development piece. It’s just going to be a longer process with some people.”

Ho-Sang was a healthy scratch Wednesday for the first time this AHL season, not counting a game he missed in December that would’ve been his fifth in five days.

“I don’t think anybody can break my confidence, but it’s definitely put in a place where it’s not very good,” he said after practice Wednesday. “There’s certain things I can do on the ice to remind myself of what I am and who I am. But it’s just tough when you have people getting on you and sometimes when everyone’s talking to you about the negative, you may look at yourself negatively.”

Ho-Sang showed some promise with the Islanders at the beginning of the season, collecting 12 points in 22 games, but has been sent down to the AHL multiple times since.

The winger, who turns 22 later this month, has 12 points in 15 contests with Bridgeport.