Posts Tagged ‘WWE’

Jon Moxley is making many headlines these days competing in NJPW and AEW, however, a number of fans know him from his time as Dean Ambrose in WWE. There, Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and current WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins joined forces to form the well-known faction, The Shield.

Since Ambrose has departed from WWE and rechristened himself “Jon Moxley” in the process, Rollins and Reigns have found their own individual storylines to focus on and move forward. Rollins sat down with WrestlingAc.com as a part of WWE’s recent tour of Saudi Arabia and recalled the final words he exchanged with Moxley before he left WWE.

“He gave me a big hug and he said to me, ‘I love you, my brother! It’s not goodbye. I’ll see you sometime.’ So, yeah, we’re always going to be bonded,” Rollins explained. “I wish him the best, and you haven’t seen the last of us together. I’m sure at some point down the road we’ll be putting the fists together. Some time; I can’t say when and I can’t say for sure, but there’s this feeling in my gut that we’re gonna be brothers and bonded forever.”

Rollins didn’t expand much more on how the reunion would exactly come to fruition, but he nevertheless believes that it will one day become a reality.

“Well, who knows [if The Shield will return], but never say never,” Rollins stated. “I just have a feeling in my gut that you haven’t seen the last of myself and Dean Ambrose.”

Recent months have seen Shane McMahon become a weapons-grade troll in WWE, with the 49-year-old dominating increasingly large portions of Raw and SmackDown every single week, having just flattened company golden boy Roman Reigns in a farce of a bout at Super ShowDown.

Shane’s push and presentation have sparked an intense backlash. Though he’s always been a divisive performer, the ‘Best in the World’ draws heat, but arguably not the good kind, and there’s now talk that this extends to WWE’s own backstage area.

Per Fightful Select, “the decision to heavily feature Shane McMahon in the middle of a Wild Card scenario that already limits screen-time for others is infuriating.”

That last word is critical. If the report is accurate (and the source’s track record suggests it probably is), then it sounds like the WWE locker-room has finally had enough of the boss’ son taking what could be their televised opportunities – and understandably so. Imagine being Ali or Buddy Murphy at the moment.

Last week brought reports that Shane may soon take Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship in a move that could spark another #CancelWWENetwork-esque revolt. A hilariously misguided move if true, but hilarious nonetheless.

EC3 made a tweet after last night’s WWE RAW that could be a good sign of how he’s feeling with his position in the company these days.

Last night’s RAW saw EC3 introduced as a potential Special Guest Referee for Baron Corbin vs. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins at Stomping Grounds on Sunday. Rollins had been attacking potential referees with steel chair shots all night, and EC3 was his next victim. This led to a comedy bit with The New Day, which ended with EC3 face-down on the ramp.

EC3 responded to a tweet from the segment and wrote, “Every time I make you laugh, I suffer more inside.”

EC3’s tweet was a hit with fans on social media, racking up over 11,000 “likes” as of this writing. EC3 took to Twitter this afternoon and acknowledged that. He wrote, “Is this the most favorited tweet from Monday night?”

EC3 has barely been used since being called up to the main roster from WWE NXT earlier this year, and he’s really never featured in any significant, serious angles.

Former ECW and WCW performer Perry Saturn spoke with Bill Apter at the New England Wrestling Fan Fest. During the interview, Saturn gave an update on his current health status. He also touched upon his living situation in the Midwest along with his defining moment during his ECW tenure.

When asked about his past problems with drugs, Saturn revealed he has positively moved past those issues and has been recovering. Saturn also admitted to feeling physically better from previous CTE injuries.

“I don’t have [the drug problem] anymore,” Saturn said. “Nothing’s going on now. I’m recovering. Getting better from the CTE. Huge gains. Gotten a lot better. It was very bleak at first. Some people, it goes good for. Some people, it doesn’t. I was one of the lucky ones.”

Saturn also admitted to being homeless at one point after his wrestling career. Fortunately, he said he found a way to overcome homelessness and now resides in Minnesota with his wife and her family.

“I have my own house,” Saturn said. “I moved [to Minnesota] with my wife because her family is there.”

Through Saturn has been involved in some of professional wrestling’s peaks in both WCW and ECW, Saturn recalled a post-match victory in ECW as his defining moment. He stated that fans responded well to him victoriously raising a championship atop a ladder after defeating Sabu and Rob Van Dam in a tag team match.

“Me and John defeating Sabu with [Rob] Van Dam,” Saturn said. “We got up on the ladders and held up the belts and the people were very receptive.”

Regarding his fanbase, Saturn simply wanted to relay gratitude and thanks to those who have supported and followed him throughout his life. Additionally, he apologized for how he treated certain people in his past.

“Thank you,” Saturn declared. “What else can I say other than thank you? Sorry I was such an asshole at times. But that’s my personality and it’s not going to go over well with everybody.”

WWE legend Ric Flair took to social media to promote his appearance at the Greater Austin Comic Con. Before getting into the details of the event, Flair took a brief moment to apologize to Shawn Michaels after Flair called Michaels out in a previous social media post following his health scare in May.

“Three weeks ago, I got out,” Flair said. “Still alive. Still happy to be here and getting ready to take off for Austin, Texas. 

“I wanted to take one moment to apologize to Shawn Michaels. Shawn, I got excited. I was upset about some stuff and took it out on you. I apologize. You and Ricky Steamboat will always be the greatest wrestlers I’ve ever been in the ring with. Let’s leave it at that.”

Flair suffered a medical emergency in May which eventually led to him undergoing a successful heart surgery days later.Following his release from the hospital, Flair released two social media videos titled ‘Back In Action Parts 1 & 2’. The videos showed Flair energetically cheering himself on his youthful energy while simultaneously highlighting the severity of his medical scare. During the videos, Flair thanked his friends while also calling out Michaels.

“Shawn Michaels, I’m sorry… you’re not in a position to judge me, buddy,” Flair said at the time. “Telling me I’ll never know who Richard Fliehr is. Do you think I’ll ever know? I don’t know. Richard Fliehr, like I said before, was an irresponsible kid who was blessed with the greatest parents in the world, did everything wrong. 

“By the way, who are you to judge me? I mean, really? Come on, man. Let’s get serious. You’ve opened the door and I’m giving it back to you. Who are you to judge me, are you kidding me? You idolized me and then all the sudden contempt, for what? For what you grew up loving and for what you inspired me to be, who you are. I don’t think so, man.”

Toes are being screwed into executives’ shoes so tightly in Stamford, CT right now that they’re in danger of boring a hole right through dozens of pairs of designer brogues. The news that AEW’s All Out became Sold Out in double-quick time is further manure on a complete pile of a week for the company, which began with a record low rating for flagship show WWE Raw outside of holiday season.

The inversely proportional factors of a failing product propped up by ethics-free trips to Saudi Arabia against a vibrant, super-hot independent utopia is creating all sorts of internal misery for McMahon and co. WWE were caught cold when Jon Moxley pulled the wool over their eyes by alighting in AEW at Double or Nothing, and a slew of talent is said to be eager to follow their ex-colleague out of the exit door.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that the volume of those under contract at WWE who have contacted AEW is “mind-blowing”, adding that Vince did not see this coming.

Not everybody wants out – Meltzer noted Roman Reigns as an obvious exception – but AEW’s “insane momentum” has supposedly turned far more heads than WWE are comfortable with.

“WWE didn’t expect this […] to keep growing,” said the veteran journalist. “[They] would have thought it was beginner’s luck the first time, but now they can’t say that.”

And it seems that momentum is only set to blossom further. Some talent have already made public overtures towards the upstarts – notably Sasha Banks and The Revival. At this stage, we can only speculate who else is asking around for Tony Khan’s number.

Could one of them surreptitiously become the new Lex Luger when AEW launches on TNT this October? Keep your eyes peeled for disgruntled WWE stars shopping for frilly shirts…

WWE SmackDown Superstar Sonya Deville recently spoke with the WWE website to promote Pride Month. It was noted that Deville is the first openly lesbian WWE Superstar.

Deville was asked if she feels like a trailblazer being the first out female Superstar. She said she never intended to be a face of the movement.

“It definitely wasn’t my intention; it kind of snowballed and turned into that,” Deville said. “I think back to when I was in high school, to 17-year old Daria, who was dating guys and thought that that was the only way of life. I was very confused, and it was definitely manifesting itself in other parts of my life that were unhealthy. To look at me then, and to look at me now, and to see how much I’ve grown, [it’s amazing] how much happier I am. To force something that was not organic to who I am was tough on me, and so I can relate to all those girls and guys out there going through the same thing.”

Deville said she’s been met with nothing but support from other people within WWE. She was asked how people she works with have responded to her being out.

“Nothing but support from this company from day one,” she said. “Obviously, you get the backlash from social media, `cause that’s just life, but I tried to focus on the positive on how many people supported me.”

It was noted how Deville recently started incorporating the rainbow flag in her ring gear. She was asked if it was a conscious decision to openly broadcast her sexuality.

“I didn’t want my message to come across wrong,” Deville said. “I didn’t want it to feel like I was shoving my sexuality down people’s throats. I want to show [the flag] off for that scared little girl or that scared little boy at home who is afraid to come out to mom and dad, and here I am on national television with a rainbow flag in my back pocket. I want to do it because I’m proud of who I am. It’s been a learning curve. I was afraid of Sonya being defined by her sexuality because that’s not fair to her. I don’t want Sonya to be defined by who she loves.”

Deville was also asked if she’d be interested in having her own custom title belt, perhaps a rainbow-themed Women’s Title. She revealed that this has been a dream of hers.

“That is actually a dream of mine,” Deville revealed. “That would be so cool to me, but also something so cool for the fans to see. I think that would mean a lot to the LGBTQ+ community, especially the youth. I just keep flashing back to when I was that age, and if that were prevalent, it would have meant so much to me.”