Posts Tagged ‘WWE’

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USA Today’s “For the Win” blog has a feature on former WWE superstar Ivory, whose real name is Lisa Moretti. In the piece, Ivory discusses the accuracy of Netflix’s GLOW series and how far WWE has come.

“I thought it was a perfect thing to make a show from,” Ivory told For the Win of Netlix’s GLOW: The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. “As far as telling our story and whether it was true to life, I thought they made a good mix. … I’m glad it’s not a documentary because it’s probably going to be way more entertaining with the really good writers and producers who put it together.”

Ivory competed in GLOW under the ring name Tina Ferrari, where she held the GLOW Championship, represented by a crown, not a belt.

GLOW was founded in 1986 and a reunion show was ran in Las Vegas in April 2012. While Ivory can’t pinpoint the exact reason for GLOW’s longevity, she has some ideas.

“I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler,” Ivory said. “I also think that anything that has a collection of women, there will be a sisterhood that people will relate to whether they are guys or girls. There is a power to sisterhood.”

“I also have come to learn that we had a large gay population that appreciates GLOW. In the mid-1980s, there wasn’t a representation of gayness on television,” Ivory continued. “Our glitter and our goofiness and our great costumes made in Vegas; the cheekiness and campiness of the show, it turns out little boys who were gay coveted our act. I went on one of the GLOW cruises last February and all the fans were gay guys. We had so much fun together. That was a new education to me.”

Ivory stepped away from the wrestling business in the early 1990s and was eventually brought to WWE in 1999 as one of the women that accompanied The Godfather to the ring. Vince McMahon ended up giving her a job and the Ivory character was born.

“They needed someone who looked good in a dress and could take a bump or two or three,” Ivory recalled.

While she went on to become a three-time WWE women’s champion, Ivory worked in an era where females in the company competed in gravy bowl matches, slop bouts and pillow fights.

“Everybody got fired or left and all the boobie girls came in and everything was very embarrassing, I thought,” she told For the Win. “At one point, the wrestling girls population referred to the GLOW girls, but at least we were falling down and trying to do legitimate wrestling. We didn’t have any legit training.”

“I don’t think they wanted the Divas Search girls to have any training. They wanted them to look sexy and stupid, unfortunately,” Ivory recalled. “A lot of those girls later on went to get trained and do great things in the wrestling world. I’m not badmouthing them. They were just put in a situation that was unfair.”

Ivory, 55, is thrilled to see the changes to how WWE pushes their female talent under the women’s wrestling revolution.

“They’re wrestling. They are entertaining to me now,” Ivory said of female superstars in WWE. “A few of them had different types of bodies. I was very pleased to see that things have come far, far away from the Diva Search days where it was, ‘Let’s have a bunch of girls in bikinis flop around and look stupid so the public can vote them on or off the show.'”

Ivory retired from professional wrestling in 2006. She was featured on WWE Network’s Table for 3, along fellow wrestlers Alundra Blayze and Molly Holly last January. You can read more comments from her exclusive interview with USA Today’s “For the Win” blog by clicking here.

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Controversial wrestling couple Paige and Alberto El Patron made headlines for an alleged confrontation at Orlando International Airport last week. The duo reportedly engaged in a public altercation involving a third party, with police stating that El Patron was being investigated on battery charges.

According to a new report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Orlando PD have now confirmed that detectives have determined that Paige should also be charged with battery, but the State Attorney’s office will make the final decision.

Paige initially claimed that she, not Alberto, was the one held on potential charges, but police later noted that El Patron was the only suspect at the time. The investigation into the current GFW Champion is still ongoing.

According to WWE’s domestic violence policy, Paige will be suspended if an arrest is made. A conviction would result in her contract being immediately, with WWE reserving their right to suspend, fine, or fire a wrestler if presented with “incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct.”

The former WWE Divas Champion has been absent from television since June 2016, following a string of injuries, suspensions, and other controversies. El Patron, meanwhile, was recently suspended by GFW pending the investigation’s outcome.

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Source: The Herald-Dispatch

Dean Ambrose spoke with The Herald-Dispatch on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

His “Unhinged” persona:

“I feel like I’m a pretty sensible individual. I don’t feel unhinged (another characterization). It is what it is. Michael Cole (WWE announcer on ‘Monday Night Raw’ and pay-per-views) said it on TV enough times it clicked. I’m used to it. You know you get labels put on. In the ring, I don’t care. I fly by the seat of my pants, do whatever I feel like doing. Don’t worry about the consequences.”

The Shield’s early days:

“They threw us right to the wolves. We clicked immediately. We go week to week. We’d figure it out, did a lot on the fly. It all worked out. It’s a means to an end. Three new guys come in and kick the door down. It’s very rare three personalities work like that. You could tell we resonate with people. I’ve made way more money, got a lot more things done, a lot more work without them.”

Winning/losing the title and how he feels physically:

“You know they’ll come and go. You long to hold a championship belt, know it’s going to leave and you work to get one again. One moment you win a battle royal, you battle with a kendo stick, whatever it is. I don’t know any other way. I’ve been doing it so long. How’s my body doing? Terrible, I feel like crap. Doing this for over than a decade, not bad.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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10 years on from the Chris Benoit tragedy, Chris Jericho is set to discuss the incident with the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer on this Friday’s Talk Is Jericho podcast.

Y2J made the announcement earlier today, along with news that Wednesday’s show will focus on his own childhood:-

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Jericho has used his podcast to talk about the tragedy on several occasions. The first in-depth discussion came during Chavo Guerrero’s appearance on the show’s 11th episode, and the most recent came in June 2016, when Sandra Toffoloni – sister of the late Nancy Benoit – featured on Talk Is Jericho.

A stark, sobering interview, it cleared up much of the misinformation surrounding the incident, and covered new ground on everything from the day Sandra first met Benoit to the capricious deterioration of his marriage. As wrestling’s most renowned journalist, Meltzer has never been shy of speaking on the subject either, so Friday’s show shouldn’t be short of depth.

The tragedy’s 10-year anniversary passed on June 24th, making this a timely discussion. It still casts a shadow over wrestling, and while WWE have understandably distanced themselves from it, it continues to influence the way they do business today.

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CM Punk was recently asked during an appearance on ESPN Radio out of Chicago, IL if there was any part of him that misses professional wrestling.

“Not at all,” the former WWE Champion said to ESPN Radio Chicago (h/t Wrestling Observer Newsletter).

Punk revealed WWE has sent lawyers and people by proxy after him because they’re mad he “called them on their BS.” One example of this is WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann suing Punk for defamation over comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014. Cabana was a co-defendant in the suit.

Punk (0-1) stated he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White in several months but he wants to fight again. Punk believes he’ll know what is next for him in another month or two.

CM Punk, 38, left WWE suddenly after Royal Rumble 2014. He went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC that was announced in December 2014. His fighting debut took place last September, where he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2:14.

He has continued to train at Roufusport under the direction of Duke Roufus. Dana White is on record as to saying Punk is probably not going to fight in the UFC again.

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Source: Pensacola News Journal

The Pensacola News Journal has an interview with Charlotte Flair, who was promoting Saturday’s SmackDown live event in Pensacola. Below are some highlights:

Growing up as Ric Flair’s daughter:

“Growing up with a famous father, and one who mastered his craft, it’s one of those things where do you really want to be in the same profession?” she said. “I can’t imagine the pressure on, say, Michael Jordan’s kids. But for me, I think it’s molded me into the character that I am today. I think I definitely work out of my father’s shadow, but it was hard in the beginning. But I would never change my last name, and I couldn’t be more proud to carry on his legacy.”

Being a babyface on SmackDown:

“This is a new transition for me, but I will take it as a challenge to be the best babyface I can be. Obviously, my comfort level with my size, my demeanor and my presence, and where I had elevated myself to, is definitely as a heel. But I’m ready to see what I can do as a babyface!”

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WWE is keen on the idea of bringing CM Punk back to the company, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (via Wrestling News).

The 38-year-old walked out in early 2014 amid frustrations over his injury concerns, as well as long-standing creative differences.

He would later publicly air his grievances on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, where he appeared to rule out a return to WWE.

But according to Meltzer, Punk has not completely burnt his bridges in the eyes of management, who would be open to the prospect of a reunion.

Speaking on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected wrestling journalist said: “No matter what is said, WWE wants CM Punk back.”

Few will be surprised to learn that Vince McMahon would be happy to roll out the red carpet for Punk, having previously done so for the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Goldberg – who also departed in acrimony.

But Punk himself has so far shown little indication he would be prepared to reverse his retirement. The Straight Edge Superstar is reportedly still pursuing a career in the octagon, having fought his first match – a defeat to Micky Gall – back in September.

Until he formally puts the latest rumours to bed, though, speculation around his future is likely to continue.