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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in training to become a pro wrestler, according to Fightful.com, who claim to have gained information from unnamed sources close to WWE.

Rousey has apparently started training with current WWE superstar (and trainer) Brian Kendrick, who currently competes on 205 Live. Her entry into the industry was apparently a big talking point backstage at the tapings of the recent Mae Young Classic (which airs on the WWE Network later this month).

MMA fans will be very familiar with Rousey, one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. She is a known wrestling fan, and memorably appeared at WrestleMania 31 in a segment alongside The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. At the time, this led to wild speculation that Rousey would be booked for a match at a subsequent ‘Mania – although nothing has come of it since.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, losing to Amanda Nunes in a matter of seconds. She has since teased a ‘big announcement’ on her official website, but it’s unclear whether this is linked to her rumoured venture into wrestling.

WWE SummerSlam Press Conference

Stephanie McMahon did a fan Q&A with the Quora website to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 32. Below are highlights:

What is it like to be portrayed as the “bad guy” on TV? Also considering, that your real life character is quite the opposite.

Growing up as Vince McMahon’s daughter, I’ve always had to fight perception of being a “princess” and not earning my place. On WWE programming, I get to project that villainous persona and play into who the audience wants me to be. And I have to admit, it’s a lot of fun. It’s not difficult to explain to our daughters because we compare WWE’s storylines to the Disney movies they love to watch. In every great story there is a good guy and a bad guy. If the good guy didn’t have anything to overcome then you wouldn’t care about them as much. I tell my children that Mommy’s character is no different than Maleficent or Ursula, and just like the movies, what we do on TV isn’t real life.

Do you miss the “attitude” era? Is the parental guidance era more profitable for the business?

WWE programming has been PG for the past eight years (as rated by our network partner, NBCU). This was a strategic move for WWE to reach more families, grow our business and partner with blue-chip brands and yes, it has been successful. The biggest challenge is to write compelling programming that appeals to all members of the family; it requires a different degree of sophistication. In terms of the McMahon-Helmsley era I would say that the Authority puts it to shame. Our characters are a lot smarter now and they are up to all kinds of antics :))). My favorite memory from that era would be the very beginning, the night I “turned” on my father at Armageddon and joined forces with Triple H.

What is it like to work with your father and husband so closely?

Working in a family business certainly has it’s challenges. The biggest advantage is being able to share the passion we have for WWE professionally and personally.

How do you feel after fans negatively react to a major pay per view event?

If we haven’t delivered a program worthy of our fans passion, then it is a huge disappointment.

If you had the opportunity to venture outside of WWE, what would you have probably done?

News anchor, dance choreographer, marine biologist, or poet.

Who was the recipient of your best power slap so far, stirred by emotion rather than script?

Hands down my best power slap so far was when I cracked The Rock last year at WrestleMania. I had so much adrenaline from the crowd and from the setup of where we were going with Ronda Rousey, that the slap may have had a little more sizzle than was originally intended.

What is your favourite part of your job at WWE?

WWE’s mission is to put smiles on people’s faces the world over whether it is through our programming or by giving back to the community. Whether it’s the reaction of our fans in the crowd, meeting families backstage, or getting hugs from the children at schools or hospitals we visit, interacting with our fans is the best part of my job.

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Bray Wyatt recently spoke with WKYC Channel 3 to promote Sunday’s WWE Fastlane pay-per-view. They have video from the interview at this link. Below are highlights:

Proudly carrying on the Rotunda family tradition:

“It’s bizarre that it’s not looked like that, at least not like that. We don’t look at it like that. I think it was something that was always flashed in front of our eyes, ‘Ah, this is kind of what everyone else does, and maybe, you could do this one day too.’ But there’s always that terrifying fear of failure. You don’t want to be the only one that failed, so it’s always been like this thing, like a carrot in front of my face, but I couldn’t be more happy with what I’ve been able to portray because I’ve really given the world a piece of me and I hope it lives on forever.”

Working with The Undertaker:

“Just being around Undertaker, I don’t even know how to explain it. There’s really not words. He’s that amazing. He’s ‘The Phenom.’ Just being around him and seeing how he handles himself and when he’s out there, how frightening he can be, it was a privilege. It’s something I’ll take with me the rest of my life, not just in wrestling, but through all facets of life. When you look at Undertaker, that was my mecca. The top of the mountain for me was to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania, and now that I’ve already done that, I have so much more to give now.”

The WWE World Heavyweight Title and his legacy:

“I want to win the title. I want to win the Royal Rumble. I want to do those types of things, and really cement my legacy so that one day, you’re sitting here with a young kid and it was an honor to be able to face me at WrestleMania. That’s what I want. That’s how I want my legacy to be.”

 

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WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard website. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:

The next goal in his career:

“Career-wise, I’d love to be working with the young guys at NXT. But I’m not going to sweat that–if it’s meant to happen, it’s meant to happen. I’ve been invited to go down there twice, but I wouldn’t mind a full time gig there.”

Sting in the WWE Hall of Fame and his WrestleMania 31 match with Triple H:

“I was there and obviously involved in his match at WrestleMania last year. We’re rehearsing the match in Cali last year at Levi Stadium, and it’s the Kliq and the New Age Outlaws out there, and we all know each other. And then there’s Sting, who doesn’t know anybody. He’s an outsider. I just think he never felt comfortable there. Being hurt was answered prayer for him–just let it end.

“You need to remember that Vince is never going to go with something he didn’t create. But we didn’t get anything done at the rehearsal the night before, so WrestleMania day, there were tents in the parking lot set up with rings for rehearsal. So we’re all in there again, and I’m next to Hulk on the ring apron and Triple H is going over the match and then he goes, ‘OK, he’ll break the sledgehammer, then I’ll hit him with the sledgehammer, and cover him, 1-2-3.’ I looked at Hulk, and Hulk looked at me, and I was thinking, ‘Sting, what kind of lawyer do you have, bro? You’re coming in the door doing a job? You weren’t even guaranteed to go over?’ That’s Vince just reminding you who won, even if he’s going to make money the other way.”

Roman Reigns winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title:

“He’s getting a big push, but I just wish his work supported it. I don’t know, but I saw him commit to it and really go old-school and earn it in the fans’ eyes. The building that he won the Rumble in last year in Philly was the same building where he won the title and was cheered. In a year’s time, that’s pretty good.”

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently interviewed Roman Reigns, who was promoting last weekend’s WWE live event at the Scottrade Center. Below are a couple of highlights:

Getting injured during his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania:

“Right off the get-go, I popped him and he scudded me up and ran me into the corner. I think right there I felt a rib shoot out of place. It was a struggle ever since that. From the get-go, I was hurt. He was throwing me around. That’s his thing. But I was throwing bombs at the end. He did his thing, and I did mine. I think you saw a couple of juggernauts go at it. We didn’t get the finish we had hoped, but it was a hell of a fight — the best fight I’ve ever been in.”

Why fans should support him:

“I say what I do. I don’t lie. I’m pretty straight up. I tell the fans, “I’m gonna come and fight my (butt) off.” I’m gonna bring a big fight. This ain’t gonna be a boxing match where we float around and dance. We’re gonna lock horns and we’re gonna go at it. You’re gonna see some awesome stuff and some great athleticism. Heavy-hitting, hard action: That’s what I do. It’s gonna be a strong-style match, and that’s the way I go at it. I bring the big fight. And if you are into that, please, by all means, come have fun with me. If not, come out and boo me. Just come out. It’s a great night. We have something for everybody. If you are not necessarily into me, I guarantee we have somebody that you can cheer for and enjoy to watch.”

If The Shield will get reunite:

“I don’t know. It’s tough. I don’t see it happening any time soon. Me and Ambrose are having a good time right now. At the end of the day, “The Shield” was awesome, but I think it was necessary for us to split because now we have three individual superstars. It’s not just “The Shield” — it’s Seth Rollins, it’s Dean Ambrose, it’s Roman Reigns, and we are our own individuals now. Even in an instance that we have now, me and Dean can team up and fight together. We are not “The Shield,” but we are still kicking (butt) together. We are still boys and having a good time. I think that’s the most important thing. Just have a good time with your friends and enjoy what you do.”

WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall was recently a guest on The Kevin Gill Show, and below are some highlights:

On WWE NXT and possibly working with the brand:

“I’m a huge fan of NXT. Believe me, my goal is to someday have a position there. So I’m throwing it out there to whoever is listening, like Triple H.

I watch NXT all the time. I’m more involved in wrestling currently, then I have been in a long, long time. Because I have a son who’s on the scene, so now we gotta watch NXT because those are his peers, those are his competitors, those are his co-workers, and maybe his buddy’s down the line. That’s who he’s gonna be doing business with. We watch stuff from Japan, from the UK, so I am immersed.. I feel more immersed in the wrestling scene than ever before. And it feels really cool because Cody is so excited and so young, and I get to vicariously live through him, and say whenever you have a question, I’m here!”

On WrestleMania 31:

“I was so happy to be a part of Mania, and to see the level of performances by guys and then to be there at Raw to go to see some of these young guys and talk to them and go BRO!”

On Curt Hennig:

“To me, Curt (Hennig) is a magical guy. He was so unselfish, and he was influenced by Pat Patterson who is a genius. So a young Curt was around a young Pat Patterson, and these are guys who all come from the school of helping guys.. especially if the guy has a clue! Teach Em! Team Em! Teach Em! If you’re winning, some guys are like ok, I’m gonna kick out on three. The school of Pat Patterson and Curt Hennig and then later me, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty and all these guys were like NO BRO. If you are going over, its your night. Bro, your gonna make a hell of a comeback on me, then beat me with your finish, and I’m gonna lay there for 20 while you stand there and let your music play. If it’s your night, it’s your night. Let the people get what they want!”

On helping out other talents:

“Ive always felt like, what we do in our industry is help. The guys who know help the guys who don’t know. I always tell any young guys, particularly my son Cody, I’m his biggest fan… I say listen to everybody, then make up your own mind, Do your own thing!”

WWE United States Champion John Cena was recently interviewed by talkSPORT and below are some interview highlights:

Defending against Rusev at Extreme Rules:

“Rusev is big, and bad. I always say he’s a three hundred pounder that moves like a two hundred pounder and has the strength of a four hundred pounder. But I’ve been in the ring with a lot of folks. I’m ready for anything – and I learned at Fast Lane that I have to keep my eyes out for Lana, too. She was put in check at Wrestlemania so I think I’ve got all the bases covered with him. I’m really proud to be US champion, not only because I’m patriotic but because of what I want to do with the championship, I have a vision for that championship. I want to take it to a new level and I’m not going to let a guy like Rusev stop me.”

Giving talents a chance with the US Open Challenges:

“I really think the WWE is filled with an enormous amount of talent. The complaint from the WWE Universe – and I listen – is they want new superstars to be given a chance. So I’ll open it up. I’ll give everyone a chance. But if they don’t bring their best, I’ll absolutely destroy them and be fully content with that. However, I’d like to think a championship match will bring out the best in folks and those that have accepted [including the likes of Dean Ambrose, Stardust and Bad News Barrett] have all entered unbelievable efforts. I say keep your eyes on the US Open challenge because you don’t know what you’re going to see next.”

Advice for Roman Reigns on handling boos:

“The advice I have for Roman is just be yourself because at this point if you try to change who you are to cater to the audience, especially the audience that is chanting, they will eat you alive. Over the 13 years I’ve been here in WWE, I get more obscure chants than anyone else. But the fans know I love this, they know I show up all the time for all the events, they know I put my life on the line, they know I pour my heart out and although they chant I think there is – or I’d like to hope there is, anyway – that underlying respect there. He will be fine as long as he remains true to who he is. If Roman tries to change who he is or tries to redefine himself that authenticity will be gone so he just needs to stay the course and keep doing well.”