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The Honky Tonk Man is best known for holding the WWE Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks. In a recent interview with Andy Malnoske of Wrestling Inc., he discussed losing the title to The Ultimate Warrior in the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988.

By 1988, The Honky Tonk Man was one of the biggest heels in the wrestling business. He said at that point he had made himself a pariah to audiences, so they were wishing for anyone to beat him and take his title.

“It’s like, every kid out there that was eight years old when I said, ‘I’m walking down the streets, I’m the greatest of all time, I’m looking for a fight, nobody can beat me,'” Honky explained. “Every eight-year-old kid out there that’s 38 now would say, ‘Boy if he comes down my street I can kick his rear-end, I’ll kick this guy’s butt.’ So then when I go out and they wanted anybody to beat me, they didn’t care who it was, they wouldn’t have cared if it was the milk man that beat me, they just wanted somebody to beat me, just get the belt off this guy.”

The Honky Tonk Man was originally supposed to face Brutus Beefcake, but he had was pulled out of the match due to a storyline injury. So Honky got on the mic and made an open challenge, which The Ultimate Warrior responded to. The Ultimate Warrior pinned him in just 31 seconds, sending the crowd into a frenzy. But Honky remembers how deflated they were when they realized who was the new champion.

“So when I did lose, there was such an explosion in the building if you go back and listen,” Honky said. “Then I lose to The Ultimate Warrior and then the people are like, ‘Yes! Yes, he lost!’ And then the second breath is, ‘But not to that guy! We wanted him beat, but not to that guy.’ So you can’t win.”

Honky said he knew his run at the top of the card was over, so he wanted to go out on his own terms. He said he had complete control over how he would lose the Intercontinental title.

“My time was up and I knew it. The one time I had creative control over everything, was that match,” he said. “I put it all together, it was my idea, they let me do it that way. It was good for him, it was good for the company and people still hated me anyway.”

Honky also discussed how he became a top heel in the WWE. He said it was through learning from the great wrestlers that came before him. He would take certain aspects of various heels and apply them to his character and that helped him get on the audience’s bad side.

“Being the bad guy with my mannerisms and the way I would do stuff, I studied the good ‘bad guys’ in the business back then,” he said. “I would watch and see Harley Race, how he would have a match with Jack Briscoe, or I would watch Terry Funk have a match with someone and see what they did and how they did it and how they made people mad. And then I would listen to interviews, those key words that guys would say… Those things make people mad. So I was able to capture the audience that way.”

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The name of WWE star Roman Reigns has been included in a list of alleged clients by jailed steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez.

A video uploaded to YouTube purports to feature Rodriguez, whose Miami gym was raided last year by US federal agents, speaking via telephone to documentary filmmaker Jonny Bravo. At the four-minute mark, he begins to list celebrities he claims are associated with the racket, the first of them being Reigns.

No evidence to support the claim is cited, neither has the 32-year-old been linked to the scandal in any local news sources. As such, there is little reason at present for WWE, which enforces a strict drugs policy among its full-time workforce, to make any official comment in rebuttal.

Roman, a three-time WWE Champion, is widely regarded as one of the company’s biggest assets, having headlined each of the last three WrestleManias. He is expected to play a similarly important role at The Grandest Stage of Them All this year in New Orleans.

The former aspiring football player was suspended for a first violation of WWE’s wellness policy in June 2016, leading to a sharp (though short-lived) demotion from the top of the card. He issued a statement at the time via Twitterapologising to fans.

Goldust’s first WrestleMania match of his career took place at WrestleMania 12 when he faced Roddy Piper in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl. But many don’t know he was originally supposed to face Razor Ramon in a Street Fight.

Goldust had defeated Razor at Royal Rumble in 1996 to win the Intercontinental Championship. The feud was supposed to culminate in a rematch for the title at WrestleMania 12.

Former WWE producer Bruce Prichard revealed on his Something To Wrestle podcast that Razor refused to work with Goldust, so Vince McMahon nixed the match completely.

“Razor Ramon didn’t want to work with Goldust so Vince [McMahon] said to just cut that match off,” Prichard said. “He didn’t want Razor to ruin WrestleMania. If Razor wasn’t into it he felt that he wasn’t going to give it his all, and them going out and invest all this money into a Street Fight then why do that if he isn’t going to build up the right way?”

The backstage plans were for Piper to originally work an angle with Gorilla Monsoon, but Prichard came up with a different idea. Prichard said Piper was gracious enough to step in and work with Goldust in a non-title match. Despite the last-minute change, he said they put on a great match.

“Roddy Piper would always credit me for bringing him back and coming up with this idea. It was an idea born out of necessity and not having anything else with him and with Goldust,” Prichard said. “The whole original idea of bringing Roddy Piper back at all was to do something different with Gorilla Monsoon and to have a WrestleMania moment for Roddy Piper. A lot of things lined up; the stars and the moon lined up and we were all elate, especially because whenever you think about letting Roddy or leaving Roddy to his own device things can sometimes get a little hokey and not exactly what you wanted. I thought everybody in that match was phenomenal.”

Roman Reigns spoke to The Times of India to promote this past Saturday’s WWE live event in New Delhi. Below are some highlights:

What was more satisfying – defeating John Cena or The Undertaker at WrestleMania?

“Beating Cena was more satisfying but it was bigger moment obviously for me beating The Undertaker in one of the biggest Wrestlemania’s of all time. It was just one of those moments in my career that’ll shine no matter what happens or who I get in the ring with. Being in the ring with The Undertaker in the main event, that speaks for itself but there is something very satisfying about beating John Cena.”

How much of an influence The Rock has been on his career:

“To be honest, not that much. He’s such a busy guy that I don’t really get to see him that often. He’s always on the go so I can’t really say that he’s been able to mentor me as much people would think. But anytime I get to see him, It’s really good seeing him. I mean it’s the Rock. He greets you with a smile on his face; he’s always there to help with any advice or even if I just need someone to talk to. Anytime I get to see him, it’s a pleasure and it’s a positive thing. He’s been there and done everything, so the moment you think you’ve achieved a level of success just think about what he’s doing.”

His best rivalry:

“I believe I and Braun Strowman made for a great rivalry. The chemistry and the stories that we were able to tell were captivating. What I like most about it is that since we’re both younger talents, it was really a need for me to be able to help him and throw some of the experience that I’ve gained to put him on the fast track. And I think it’s definitely helped. From being a Wyatt to being a main-eventer, he’s been a featured guy and a scary dude. If I can just continue to do that with any young talent that I can get in the ring with then my career would be a success.”

If you could choose one of your brothers from The Shield – Seth or Dean – who would it be?

“Ambrose, no doubt. He didn’t swing the chair.”

Roman also discussed winning the Intercontinental Championship, his journey to WWE, long-term goals in WWE and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Bret Hart spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

The 1992 SummerSlam match against the British Bulldog:

“I’ll always be partial to Wembley. It’s one of my greatest matches, and it was special to have an outdoor show at Wembley. Everyone was scared it was going to rain and ruin the show, and it was supposed to rain, but everyone crossed their fingers and it never rained. There were 82,000 people and something that made the match so special was that nobody knew who was going to win. I was able to do that with Bulldog at Wembley; right to the very last pin, no one knew who was going to win. It’s hard to explain, but it’s a beautiful thing to watch in wrestling when someone loses in the exact perfect way. That’s why the pin was so dramatic. There was no escape, there was no shame, but I made a mistake and Davey capitalized. It was a beautiful story, and I believe that was the match that launched me into a world champion.”

Playing the hero to fans:

“I’ve always taken a lot of pride that people believed in me as a hero. I tried not to fail them in my life. I tried to live a good life, I have three grandchildren now, and I’m very content right now. I’m still mending in a lot of ways from the latest tragedy in my family, losing my brother. I’m living every day that it could be my last, and I’m grateful for every day. Another good thing I have in my life are fans all across the world. I appreciate every one of them, and I will always do the best I can to show the respect for them that they’ve shown for me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Hard Hidz

On episode 10 of Hard Hidz Wrestling Podcast, a press conference aired with current WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz talking about his title reign being better than Dean Ambrose’s recent run with the gold and his goals for the Intercontinental Championship, cutting his career revitalizing promo on Talking Smack, and live crowds hijacking in-ring segments.

According to The Miz, his current Intercontinental Championship title reign has been better than Ambrose’s stint with the strap. Moreover, ‘The A-Lister’ professed that he grew up with idolizing legendary IC champs who elevated the title and that is what he is doing today.

“I make this title relevant, so I have to keep this title. Now, Dean Ambrose in the ring, no doubt he’s very good at what he does. Yes, we know, we get it – you’re a big fan, but Dean Ambrose is someone to be reckoned with in the WWE ring and I know that for a fact for sure. But him as the Intercontinental Champion, his reign wasn’t as good as when I have the title and as prestigious as when I have the title because that’s what it’s all about to me because me as a kid growing up the Ultimate Warriors, the Shawn Michaels, the Bret Harts, they were all the workhorses of the WWE. They were the ones to make it prestigious and I am that guy. And as good as Dean Ambrose is, he’s not The Miz.”

The Miz stated that he wants the Intercontinental Championship title to be talked about more and given more time than the Universal title.

“When it’s more talked about than the Universal title, given more airtime, which obviously it has been because someone doesn’t show up a lot, but it’s quite alright. He is ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar and he has earned the right to do that because, I mean, let’s face it. When he’s on the show, you want to watch to see what’s going to happen next.” The Miz continued, “right now, the Intercontinental title is the title on the show, the single’s title, on the show, so applause to me.”

With respect to The Miz’s impassioned promo on Daniel Bryan from Talking Smack, ‘The Awesome One’ recalled that he was angry that day because he was the Intercontinental Champion and not doing anything and that many Superstars before him said they want to make the IC title prestigious again, but it is merely lip service. The Miz claimed he asked to be put on Talking Smack when he was told he was not going to be used on SmackDown.

“I was pissed. I was angry. And the main reason I was angry, so that day, I get to the building and I’m Intercontinental Champion. As Intercontinental Champion, I was doing nothing. I was like, ‘I have this title, it’s the title I remember as a kid thinking, ‘God, I love this title.’ I always wanted to be that guy. Everybody always says, ‘I’m going to make this title relevant again,’ ‘I’m going to make it prestigious,’ and everybody’s always chomping their gums doing that and it always seems like whoever was Intercontinental Champion would be losing every single match until the Intercontinental Championship match and win. I didn’t want to be that Superstar. I didn’t want to be that guy. So I get to the building and they tell me, ‘yeah, you’re not needed today on the show.’ I’m like, ‘excuse me? I’m the Intercontinental Champion.’ ‘Sorry, yeah, we’re debuting the new Tag Team titles and we’re debuting the new Women’s title, so we kind of don’t have enough room for the Intercontinental title.’ And I went, ‘huh. You’re telling me the rich history of this title, all the Superstars that held this title before me are just irrelevant because we have two new titles you need to put in there?’ And so, I go, ‘put me on Talking Smack tonight.’ And they go, ‘why?’ I go, ‘everything I’m going to unleash it on Daniel. He’s the General Manager. He’s the person to get things done, right? Well, he’s going to need to get things done.'”

Notably, The Miz admitted that he fully expected Bryan to deck him, but did not think he would storm off.

“We went in there and I had no idea he was going to walk away. I was actually planning on him hitting me, like, ‘when is he going to hit me? When is he going to hit me?’ And I knew I couldn’t hit him back. But I was just so angry and it got the attention it needed and I succeeded at doing what I wanted to do, which was making the title mean something.”

Interestingly, The Miz suggested that Talking Smack is great because sometimes the live crowd derails things.

“It’s great, right? Yeah, I love it. I love Talking Smack. I though they do an incredible job with it and they allow the Superstars to really shine, Superstars you don’t really get to see. A lot of it, I’ll be honest, the crowd messes up a lot of stuff. They can make a promo and elevate it and make it the most amazing thing ever or they can really shut it down. A couple of things that happen that people don’t realize, I’ll be cutting a promo and there will be one guy, one guy, and he’s like [shouting incoherently] and nobody else hears him… everyone in the audience hears him, but the people at home don’t hear him. I hear him, but I’m trying to get across what I need to get across and showcase what we’re doing for the millions at home, but one guy is ruining it for everyone. Or they’ll start the ‘what’ chant.”

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Source: Hard Hidz

Recently during a media conference, via the Hard Hidz Wrestling Podcast, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz shared his thoughts on a number of topics including Maria and Mike Kanellis in WWE, a possible babyface run, mixed crowd reactions, and who he would like to induct him into the WWE Hall Of Fame eventually.

When asked whether The Miz and Maryse will ever face off against the Kanellis clan, The Magistrate of The Miztourage pointed out that the couples are on different brands right now, but put over the power of love gimmick as being a heat magnet.

“Oh, maybe [they will get a chance to face Mike and Maria Kanellis]. They’re on SmackDown Live now, and I mean, I think their, I don’t want to say ‘gimmick’, their whole thing is the power of love and I find it interesting. I think it’s going to generate a lot of heat, and I think people are not going to like them, and I think it’s going to be something really, really good for SmackDown Live.”

On the subject of a possible face run, The Miz admitted that it depends entirely on his reactions from the WWE Universe. If the fans start cheering ‘The Most Must-See WWE Superstar Of All Time,’ he will have to go that way. The Miz went on to say that he was surprised at the positive crowd response he got at WrestleMania 33 in his mixed tag team match with his wife Maryse against the team of John Cena and Nikki Bella.

“It all depends on what the crowd does. If the crowd starts cheering, guess what: good, I’ll go into it. I mean, at WrestleMania, they were cheering me. Half the crowd’s cheering me and I’m like, ‘wait, are you chanting, ‘The Miz’?’ I don’t think I ever heard that before in my entire career in WWE.”

Also during the interview, The Miz compared the mixed crowd reactions generated by Cena and Roman Reigns.

“Roman gets the biggest half and half [crowd reaction] now and I’ve seen it from Cena too. When he was wrestling Kurt Angle a long time ago, it’s kind of like when I first started up on WWE, it was 2006, I remember for the first time I ever heard, like, ‘let’s go Cena’/’Cena sucks’ and I was like, ‘wow, man, and this is like the face of the franchise and people don’t like him’. You’d hear the little kids go, ‘let’s go Cena’ and the men go, ‘Cena sucks’. It was incredible. Now, I think Roman has that kind of effect on the people where you either really love him or really hate him.”

According to The Miz, he would like Maryse to induct him into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

“I’d want my wife [to be the inductor]. I think she’d want that. I think if I didn’t ask her, she’d be very angry with me. If you thought she’s angry with me now, wait till I don’t ask her to induct me. So I’d want my wife for my top ballot Hall Of Fame [induction].”