Posts Tagged ‘WWE Intercontinental Championship’

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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].”

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Roman Reigns, who was scheduled to feud with Braun Strowman through the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, will be facing The Miz in his next program.

The feud was originally planned to begin after Extreme Rules, where Roman was set to lose an Ambulance Match against Braun Strowman. From there, Strowman would have moved on to to Brock Lesnar and Reigns to the Miz. With Strowman out of action, the Reigns vs. Miz feud is set to begin sooner than planned.

Our sources also mentioned that the original plan was for Roman Reigns to win the Intercontinental Championship from Miz, with the idea being that when Roman challenges Lesnar at WrestleMania 34, the Universal Championship will be the only Championship that he hasn’t won. It is not known if the WWE still plans to make Reigns vs. Miz an Intercontinental title program.

The Miz is set to challenge Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship this Monday on Raw.

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If rumors are to be believed, the current designs of the Intercontinental and United States Championships will soon be exchanged for new ones.

A Reddit user known as dvizzle – who uses the name “Da Belt Guy” on BeltTalk.com – recently posted that both championships were set to be redone, though he did not offer a timetable on the production. It should be noted that dvizzle correctly reported the return of the WWE Women’s Championship weeks before it actually happened at WrestleMania 32, and also accurately described the much-maligned design of the WWE Universal Championship before it was unveiled at SummerSlam.

The current United States Championship design is a slight update of a design that was used from 2003-2014 (excepting John Cena’s brief run with a spinner version of the title). The belt was acquired from WCW in the buyout of the company, but where the previous version had a small American flag logo, WWE decided to make the entire front plate of the title a garish red, white, and blue.

The Intercontinental Title, meanwhile, has existed in its current form (again, with a slight update in 2014) since 2011, when the current “throwback” look was revealed.

There have been no details offered about the new designs, except that they’re not giant logos a la the world and women’s championships.

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Source: Ric Flair Show

Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair spoke with Jeff Jarrett on episode 22 of The Ric Flair Show. Among other things, Jarrett talked about the ongoing feud between Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg. Also, Jarrett talked about his second departure from WWE.

According to Jarrett, the Lesnar/Goldberg Survivor Series main event was “magical” and said that Lesnar will receive a massive payday for the impending rematch.

“The big buzz is the whole Goldberg/Lesnar situation. I think that was a piece of work. I think it was done magically. If they’d’ve gone 8 or 10 minutes, everybody would’ve the rifles out, but wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. Holy crap! And to me, Brock just, as they said in the old days, ‘he just backed up to the Brinks truck for a rematch.'”

As for leaving WWE in 1999, Jarrett explained that he did not hold up WWE on his way out of the company because he was owed backpay.

“All the issue of I held Vince up, who in their right mind would believe that? Honestly.” Jarrett said, “at that time, pay-per-views were monthly and you get paid about every 90 days. We had done a pay-per-view over in England, so I had about four or five pay-per-view payoffs coming. Obviously, Cleveland [Ohio] that night was coming. And then, I don’t know, five, six, seven. house show runs, whatever the checks I haven’t been paid for. And I thought it was going to be real simple because I think Jim Ross didn’t have a real happy day because of how all of that went down, that Vince McMahon, and to defend Ross and sort of defend the situation, Vince was traveling legitimately around the world, nonstop, because was taking his company public, and, so, when you take a company [public], IPOs and all that, you’ve got to go meet with all these investment bankers and presentations. So Vince didn’t have his thumb on all the pulses, that was Jim’s job, obviously, Jim and creative, and all that. So it sort of created a perfect storm or perfect situation, so I was working and doing the honors and never had any intention of not doing it.”

Jarrett continued, “I knew once I walked out of that building that night, for all my payoffs of the last three or four months, I had zero leverage. And the guy who, Vince may sign off on it, but the guy who comes up with that number was J.R. and J.R. was in a unique situation, so I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I wanted to agree on a number and that’s what we did. And I got my money that night and Vince, I can assure you this [and] Ric can attest to this: if Vince McMahon did not want to pay me, what in the hell was I going to do? He gladly paid me and did not hesitate.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Ricochet was featured on this week’s ‘Five Questions with…’ section of Sports Illustrated. Ricochet talked about people stealing his moves, being proud of his achievements and more. Below are some highlights from the section.

People stealing his moves:

“There’s nothing you can do about it when someone takes your stuff. Everything in wrestling has been borrowed, but this was a certain sequence of moves I put into a combination. There’s nothing you can do about it, but it’s not what you do – it’s how you do it. I’m going to keep doing the same stuff I’m trying to perfect.”

Wanting to be Intercontinental champion:

“I would love to be Intercontinental champion in 2017. That would be exceeding my goal. I’ve met Triple H a couple times, and he and William Regal are awesome guys. I would love to be with NXT. I feel like the Performance Center has a bunch of tools that I could benefit from – all the classes they have available could make me better. I don’t have a contract at the moment, but I want to focus on New Japan. It’s a super cool place, it’s gaining steam, especially with AJ and Nakamura coming from there to WWE. And I really want that junior heavyweight belt.”

Wanting to follow the footsteps of Finn Balor:

“The guys on the 205 Live cruiserweight show are awesome – my boy Swann is killing it. But that’s not the route I want. I want to go the Fergal Devitt route. Seth Rollins. Kevin Owens. That’s the route I want to take. I want to work my way up from NXT champion to U.S. or Intercontinental champion. I have goals, and I’m not willing to settle. This is nothing against the cruiserweights on 205, but it’s just not for me.”

He also talked about who he grew up watching, AJ Styles having a good year and more. You can read the full story here.