Posts Tagged ‘Work Ethic’

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Drew McIntyre recently spoke with The Orlando Sentinel to promote Monday’s WWE RAW in Orlando. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Being excited to join the RAW roster and shake things up, to push his colleagues to prove they were worthy to become Superstars when he returned last April:

“I looked at Raw [last winter] and I saw room for improvement. A lot of people there looked a little complacent, a little bit entitled, not giving their all, the way I used to look. But I worked very hard to take advantage of my opportunities, so I hoped I could come in and set an example.”

Finding his motivation again when he returned to the indies in 2014:

“When I first went back, I guess in the back of my mind I had a chip on my shoulder, but I don’t think that way anymore. Now I just work harder than those around me and hope that everyone else starts doing the same.”

Who convinced him to come back to WWE:

“Triple H convinced me it was time to come home. I’m proud of the different man I became during my time away. I came back as the grown-up version of myself.”

Being eager to win a WWE singles title now:

“Now all I need to do is become the first British heavyweight champion. I’m not shy to say that’s the goal. If it isn’t, why are you even here?”

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The Miz recently spoke with Brian Fritz of SportingNews.com to promote WWE’s Tribute to the Troops, which airs tonight on the USA Network. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

What’s it like for you when you’re not a part of a big show like TLC?

You always want to be a part of every show when you’re a WWE superstar. You want to be the main event. You want to be the talk of the entire the entire show. But, sometimes, you’re left off because that’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes you’re needed, other times you’re not. I looked at it as I need to work harder. I need to try harder but to be completely honest, I don’t know how to work harder because I don’t think anyone works as hard as me.

You’ve always been known for having a great work ethic. You’ve told the story plenty of times about how you had a hard time being accepted at first in WWE considering that you came from reality TV. You’ve been there for 14 years now and have been extremely successful. You’ve been WWE champion. You main evented WrestleMania. You’ve won the Intercontinental Championship eight times. You’re a Triple Crown winner. What’s the perception like for you now in the locker room among all your peers considering everything you’ve done and how long you been there?

I think that everyone gets that I work very hard. I think I’m starting to get the respect that I fought for since day one and it took a long, long time. But not only do I feel like the locker room is seeing it but also I’m seeing it from the WWE Universe. I can’t actually believe it because I never thought they would actually respect me. One thing that I always thought was that I’d always be looked at as a reality star and, in my opinion, reality stars were viewed as the scum of the earth. They were they were the worst type of entertainer. All they did was live their life on TV. Me, myself, I loved it. I loved reality TV. I loved The Real World. I loved MTV. I loved everything it did for me but the thing about it is the perception of what people will look at it. But now, everything’s reality TV.

You look at social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. You know what everyone’s doing at any given time and so now I look at it differently. And not only do I look at a different, I think people look at it differently. With “Miz and Mrs.,” now I’m not only the star but I’m also the executive producer and it’s one of those things where I look at our reality show and I call it a hybrid reality because you get an inside look of what it’s like to be first-time parents in the entertainment industry. The number one thing I always got when I was on “The Real World” was whether or not it was real? The number one thing I got when I was in WWE was whether or not it was real? And the number one thing I’m getting right now on Miz and Mrs. is if it is real?

What I’ve learned is that we’re like magicians and we’re not going to show you our hand. You just need to be entertained by it. Look at it like it’s a movie, like a television show. Look at it like its “Seinfeld” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or any type of other show that you wouldn’t necessarily go oh, is that real? You don’t care if it’s real because entertaining and that’s what it’s all about. And that’s what I think “Miz and Mrs.” does. And you should check out the marathon Thursday night right after the Tribute to the Troops.

On “RAW” on Monday night, we saw the McMahons talk about a fresh start for “RAW” and for “SmackDown.” Other than you having a bigger role, what changes would you like to see within WWE?

I want you to look at the past. Go look at every time there’s been a superstar shake-up. Every time there has been one, I have been moved and whatever show I leave becomes the show that needs a little work. The show that I go to becomes the must-see show, the show that everybody’s talking about. Right now, it’s “Smackdown.” “Smackdown” wasn’t having the problem, “RAW” was. Every time I was on “RAW”, “SmackDown” was having the problem. When I was on ‘Smackdown”, “RAW” was having the problem. So, obviously, I believe it is the superstar and it’s me.

That’s the person that’s needed I think that you know me being myself, I believe that I deserve to be the top superstar. The person that everybody’s talking about. And you might say that I am. But I am not. I’m not on every poster. I’m not front and center like John Cena was in everything. My picture isn’t on every poster or every chair. I was left off the TLC pay-per-view. I’m the type of superstar that feels like he should be needed at all times and should be front and center in every poster in everything.

Manny Machado has hit free agency as one of the top names available on the open market. He also has some red flags associated with his lack of hustle and occasional dirty play.

Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, whose team acquired the All-Star infielder from the Baltimore Orioles, said Tuesday that there was no buyer’s remorse and that he was well aware of Machado’s quirks before the trade.

“He got booed in Baltimore three weeks before we traded for him,” Friedman said, according to ESPN. “It’s not like it was a secret. I think it’s never a fun thing to watch, at least from my perspective and vantage point, but I do think it’s important to dig further into that, and I think there are times when guys do that and they don’t really care. And I think there are other times where guys do it and they really do care, and by care I mean the effort they put into their work, the type of teammate they are, and Manny checks all those boxes.”

It’s difficult to argue with the results on the field. The four-time All-Star has played in at least 156 games in four consecutive seasons and played a full 162-game slate in 2018. He also had his best offensive season, batting .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs, 35 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and 107 RBIs between Baltimore and Los Angeles.

The 26-year-old received negative attention during the Dodgers’ playoff run for questionable slides and for kicking Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar as he jogged out a ground ball. That play resulted in a fine and caused Brewers players to call him out as a “dirty player.”

Despite his antics, Machado’s talent and prowess with a bat are expected to garner plenty of attention this offseason.

New York Islanders farmhand Josh Ho-Sang doesn’t think he was given a fair shake at cracking the big club out of camp this season.

Ho-Sang, who’s been vocal about his lack of opportunity with the Islanders in the past, believes New York’s new-look regime under Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz had its team predetermined in training camp.

“I felt like they had their minds made up on what was going to happen and what the team was going to look like,” Ho-Sang told Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post. “It’s OK. They had the whole summer to plan that. I don’t know if you watched any of the games, but I didn’t play a lot. It’s OK. It is what it is.”

Ho-Sang was drafted 28th overall by the Isles in 2014. While he possesses an NHL-level skill set, his commitment on both sides of the puck and actions off the ice have shaped his reputation as a player.

Even in the AHL, he’s not sure he’s being deployed properly.

“They tell me they want me to be a top-six forward up there, but I’m not a top-six forward down here, so it’s confusing,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s like you’re sprinting with a rubber band on. You constantly have tension. You run until you’re exhausted and then the band is going to pull you back. If I was going to say anything, it would be: Just watch. I’m just pointing it out.”

In nine games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, Ho-Sang has recorded four assists. Over his NHL career, he’s amassed 22 points in 43 contests.

Chris Jericho has been keeping himself busy since leaving the WWE last year, and the Superstar showed up in New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Jericho appeared on Larry King Now last year, and the full interview was released couple of days ago. Chris was promoting his book ‘No Is a Four-Letter Word’, and when asked if Vince McMahon knew about him before he signed with the WWE, Jericho shed some light on if Vince keeps tabs on talent outside the WWE.

“I’m not sure he did”, Jericho revealed. “One thing about Vince is like, I always say that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done outside of those walls. Until you walk into a WWE ring and Vince sees you with his own two eyes, I don’t think it matters what you had done. I think his people had told him about Chris Jericho, and he might have seen a few things. But I don’t think he really knew who I was, or what I was, or what I could do, or what I potentially could do until I got there. And as good as I was after 9 years (of wrestling in other promotions), getting into the Vince world was a completely different thing.”

Jericho was also asked to give his thoughts on Cena acting in movies, and Jericho attributed his success to Vince McMahon’s work ethic.

“You talk about Cena, you talk about Batista, Rock or Chris Jericho, we all have that Vince McMahon work ethic. And the other thing is, there are no Prima Donnas in the WWE. You’re expected to do your job, you’re expected to do the press. You’re expected to do whatever it takes to represent the company, and represent yourself. So whenever guys like us come into Hollywood, a guy like John, work ethic-through the roof. Attitude-amazing. Press-‘What do you want me to do? What else can I do to promote this?’ It’s like a dream, a dream performer for the people out here.”

The current IWGP Intercontinental Champion was also asked about Dwayne Johnson’s success in Hollywood, and Jericho once again pointed to The Rock’s work ethic.

“Just work-ethic. Work-ethic, talent, charisma. And not taking no for an answer. It all boils down to that.”

When Larry asked Chris if he thought Dwayne would run for President in the future, Jericho said he would. Chris also played up The Rock’s chances of becoming a future President.

“Absolutely. We live in a world now, I call it ‘The era of the celebrity President’. Started with Obama a little bit, and now with Trump. No previous experience, knows how to work a camera, knows how to be charismatic. That’s what you need to be the President now. We’ve already established that. You don’t have to be a Governor. You don’t even have to be a Senator.”

When news first broke in September that Jimmy Butler had requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, teammate Andrew Wiggins‘ brother Nick reacted with joy. And given the reported tensions between Butler and some of his young teammates, it was believed the feeling was shared by Andrew.

Yet, with Butler seemingly stuck with the Wolves for the time being, Wiggins is spinning the current situation as a positive.

“All I know is, when we start playing the real games, Jimmy is someone you want on your team,” Wiggins said Sunday, per the Star Tribune’s Kent Youngblood. “At the end of the day, people can say what they want to say.”

Wiggins has reportedly been a target of Butler’s ire since last season due to his work ethic and defensive lapses. It’s a cloud that’s hung over the Canadian throughout his four NBA seasons, as many believe Wiggins’ passivity has kept him from making the leap into the league’s elite.

Butler himself told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the 23-year-old Wiggins is the most “god-gifted player” on the Timberwolves, but then essentially questioned his drive.

Whether the Butler saga can light a fire under Wiggins remains to be seen. They’re expected to start together on the wings when Minnesota opens the regular season Wednesday in San Antonio.

“He’s a winner,” Wiggins added of Butler. “I feel like, no matter where he is, he’s right here now. He’s going to give it all, because that’s all he knows.”

Lonzo Ball‘s unorthodox shooting form and weak percentages during his rookie campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers drew a great deal of criticism.

The 20-year-old point guard is at least self aware of his shortcomings as a shooter, which is why he took it upon himself to try and improve that facet of his game by reworking his form over the summer.

“”We didn’t want to bother him [his shot],” said team president Magic Johnson on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I think he decided to do that on his own.

“And, man, it is beautiful.”

Johnson said that Ball now brings the ball more in front of him and does the same with his follow through. Where he sets and releases his shot hasn’t changed.

“I think his shot looks incredible,” added general manager Rob Pelinka. “He was here every day. He was one of the most committed guys this offseason. … The way he’s shooting the ball looks a lot more fluid now.

“One of the things about his college metrics is he was an outstanding 3-point shooter. With this team, with so many different ball handlers, I think that’s a strength for him. If he pushes it ahead to someone and runs and fills a spot, and he’s a catch-and-shoot player, he’s going to have the ability, I think, to be a good shooter.”

Ball converted 41.2 percent of his 3-pointers during his lone season at UCLA, with that number dropping to just 30.5 percent during his first season in the NBA. The second overall pick of the 2017 draft shot 36 percent overall across 52 outings, including 33.5 percent on the catch-and-shoot and 31.7 percent on pullup shots.

Of the 154 players in the Association who played 1,700 or more total minutes, Ball ranked 153rd in true shooting percentage at 44.4 percent.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in July and will be ready for the start of Lakers training camp, although he’ll initially be held out of five-on-five drills.