Posts Tagged ‘WWE Brand Extension’

Source: Indepedent

Triple H spoke with the Independent on a number of topics including the future of WWE’s UK Division. He talked about how it takes time to put together a division and hoped things would have come together a bit quicker.

“Pete [Dunne] and all of those UK guys are very talented,” Triple H said. “Putting together a product of a television show and live events in the UK and doing what we do takes time. I would love for this to have happened quicker and sooner, but we are where we are.”

Triple H continued that he expects something more consistent to come together for the division in the near future with many of the talent training in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.

“We’re still in that process but we’re using those guys here and there and they are still doing their other bookings as well as working with us,” Triple H said. “As we move forward, I’m hoping something more definitive for them will be coming soon and we’ll certainly be letting everyone know. They are all very talent kids and a bunch of them are at the Performance Center now, training and constantly working with us as we try to improve them so that, when the opportunity comes, we are ready to go.”

Back in January of this year, WWE held a WWE UK Tournament in Blackpool, England that crowned Tyler Bate as the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Since then, Bate dropped the title to Pete Dunne and the division has been used sparingly, making appearances on NXT, and more recently, on Raw and 205 Live when WWE visited the UK, earlier this month.

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Source: Bleacher Report

Becky Lynch spoke with Bleacher Report on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Working as a heel in her earlier days:

“When I was on the independent circuit, I always played the heel role, but I always felt that no matter what, I was able to connect with the fans. Whether I was good or not, there was a connection there because I think I just really love wrestling. If you’re a fan, you love wrestling. When you can feel that radiating off somebody, I think you tend to gravitate toward them. I think that’s the same with a lot of the babyfaces throughout WWE history. Fans pick up on that energy. It’s a passion we have for the industry. That resonates with them.”

Staying away from Total Divas:

“It’s not something I ever wanted for myself. It’s a great opportunity for the women. But I never envisioned myself in that role. And there’s a certain mystique about myself that I’d like to keep. I don’t want to give out too much of Rebecca Quinn.”

Wrestling James Ellsworth and intergender matches:

“With that match, my whole hope was that people didn’t get up in arms about a guy touching a woman. And that it just became about the storyline as opposed to ‘Oh no! What’s going on in the world?’ It was more about entertainment than making any political or social statement.”

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Source: The Ringer

Paul Heyman spoke with The Ringer on his career in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Staying relevant in pro wrestling:

“Tell me somebody who was in the NWA who was relevant then and relevant now. Sting’s not. Lex Luger’s not. It’s Ric Flair and Paul Heyman. Tell me someone from that entire era who is relevant today. Vince McMahon. Jerry Lawler. And of all those people that I’ve named, how many of them are in a prominent position on television today? The only one is me. So, how? The manner in which you were treated behind the scenes did not promote longevity. You were going to be used up and spit out. And here I am as the advocate of the number-one attraction, the highest-paid commodity, the top champion on the flagship show in the company that owns 99 percent of the market share. Obviously whatever I was doing back then, that people perceived as career suicide, gave me the ability to survive long enough to have a longevity that no one else enjoys.”

Being the number one believer in ECW:

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

Working with others in WWE aside from Brock Lesnar:

“As long as Brock is in WWE. I don’t think it makes sense to work with someone else.”

Managing The Undertaker (before he was The Deadman) in 1990:

“[He was] shockingly mature for someone so new to the industry.”

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Source: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has an interview with Nikki Bella, who discussed her elimination from Dancing With The Stars this week. Below are a few highlights:

Do you think you’re cemented as the defining woman wrestler of a generation?

“Through my neck injury, a lot of people have said, ‘You’ve done all you can do.’ But in my heart, I truly don’t [think I have]. There’s so much more to do, so many more women to empower and uplift. I never want to walk away and be like, ‘I did all I can.’ Women have such a far way to go in WWE until we truly are where we could be. I’ve yet to hit the level of where my fiancée John [Cena] is at, or even the Rock, and I would love to be the first female to do that.”

In the sense of their crossover success or iconic in-ring stature?

“It’s kind of both. When you can be that character that comes in for WrestleManiaknowing you are gonna headline, and when you are the guys that go out into this mainstream world and people automatically know, ‘Oh, the WWE person, they can host the ESPYs or Teen Choice,’ and Brie and I are on our way there but not quite there. WWE will always be my home. I always want to come back, have fun in that ring and tell a story, but also — whatever venture I was out on — bring people back to that ring. I’ll never turn my back on WWE, and that’s something Rock had done and John, of course.”

And per those rumors, might we see you as a female SmackDown GM soon?

“[Laughs] I’m not gonna lie, I totally pitched hard to do that. The company thought it was a great idea, but creatively at the time it wasn’t going to work out because I did sign on with Dancing With the Stars and no one knew yet, so it was going to be too short of a run. But they were positive about it, so I’m hoping that door stays open. I would love to come back and be a bad guy. I feel like I’m where John stands — I’m better used as a good guy. But can you imagine me coming back as a bad girl and having some fun with Shane [McMahon]? It would just be amazing. So we’ll see.”

Nikki also discussed appearing on DWTS, how much her career has evolved since first starting with WWE, women in entertainment standing up to harassment and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

WWE has confirmed that Roman Reigns will appear on tonight’s Raw.

The former WWE Champion has been absent from television over recent weeks owing to an illness he picked up on the eve of last month’s Tables, Ladders & Chairs.

It was originally reported that he would be out of action until after Survivor Series, but his earlier-than-expected return could now see him play a role in Sunday’s show.

After Jason Jordan took the final spot on Kurt Angle’s five-man team – which, we’re told, was originally meant for The Big Dog – Roman is not currently scheduled to be involved in any official capacity.

However, with WWE promising another Shield “reunion” on Monday, it seems unlikely that the trio will be left off the event altogether – regardless of whether they find their way into a match in time.

Eric Bischoff was recently interviewed by Isaac Wenzel for “All Things Wrestling Radio.” You can listen to the full interview at Spreaker.com, they sent us these highlights:

Roman Reigns being a face / heel hybrid:

“You have to make a choice and you have to commit to a character. You’re either a babyface or a character that the fans relate to, support, love and aspire to be, or you’re not. And if you’re not, you’re heel, you’re despicable and they need to learn to love to hate you. And I think when you take that safe road in-between and let the fans decide…to me, it’s a cop-out. To me, that’s kind of like raising your hands and saying, ‘look, I’ve got ideas. I really don’t have a plan, so let’s just put him out there and let the fans choose.’ I think that’s just the most cowardly creative cop-out that I’ve ever heard.”

There being too much WWE programming:

“It’s kind of like football… there’s just too damn much of it. It’s all day Sunday, it’s Monday Night Football, it’s Thursday Night Football… [there] is just so much of it out there that none of it feels special anymore and I think that’s really acute when it comes to Sports Entertainment and Professional Wrestling… I used to produce three hours of Nitro, so I know what kind of monster that is. I would think that it’s harder to watch three hours of content than it is to produce it.”

Paige will return to WWE programming on next week’s Raw, according to PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson.

The former Divas Champion was cleared to return to action in September after a lengthy injury lay-off which dates back to the summer of last year.

It was originally reported that the 25-year-old would be assigned to SmackDown, but PWInsider now believes she will end up on Raw, where could be set for a starring role straight away.

Johnson says his WWE sources have indicated that she has been penciled in for a slot on the Raw Survivor Series team, who will meet the female cast of SmackDown on November 19.

It is reported that Paige could be a last-minute addition to the already-advertised Triple Threat qualifying bout between Mickie James, Bayley and Dana Brooke on Monday.

Whatever the case, fans of the British star will be relieved that she remains in her employer’s plans after a controversy-laden 12 months which appeared to put her future in doubt.

It has also been suggested this weekend that Paige has split from fiancé Alberto Del Rio after posting a Snapchat video in which she indicated she is now single.