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A legal battle is brewing between Ric Flair and his former management team.

The WWE Hall of Famer is suing Legacy Talent and Entertainment, the agency that represented him from 2009 to October 2017, over money he believes he’s owed from his recent ESPN “30 for 30” special, according to TMZ Sports.

Flair claims Legacy Talent received $25,000 from First Row Films, the company that produced the documentary, but he wasn’t informed of the payment or given his cut. He also hired a lawyer to look into his finances and discovered a $12,000 royalty advance from Jake’s Fireworks, with whom he signed an endorsement deal earlier this year.

After reaching out to Legacy Talent about the money, Flair says he was told it was being used to cover legal bills – something he says he never authorized.

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Source: TV Insider

Carmella spoke to TV Insider on a number of wrestling topics and working on Total Divas. Here are some of the highlights:

Finding out about Big Cass tearing his ACL:

“It’s a struggle. When I did find out he got injured, it was minutes before a match. We had a live event at the same time as Raw was going on. I’m a professional and at the end of the day you have to keep going. The show must go on. So, I’m going to put on my mean face and walk through that curtain and carry that briefcase. You have to make the most of it because the show must go on.”

Who brought the “drama” out of her on Total Divas:

“I said from Day One I wasn’t one to get involved in drama. But one person who seems to bring it out of almost everyone from what I’ve seen is Lana. You’ll be able to see a little bit of drama between myself and her on this show. I’m not going to say over what. I’ll just say I had to put her in her place, which doesn’t happen very often. But when something like that happens I have to stick up for myself. … Overall, it’s the women making history and showing week after week that we deliver in and out of the ring. It’s going to be a great season.”

Being the first women to win the Money in the Bank Contract:

“I’m getting emotional thinking about. All I ever wanted to do was make history and be a part of history. This women’s revolution is happening and it’s going full force. To even be a female wrestler in the industry is crazy, never mind making history twice. My name will forever go down in the history books. For that, no matter in the future, I will always remember that. Now having that documented on Total Divas is something I will have forever.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Busted Open Radio

Despite not being cleared to compete with the WWE, Daniel Bryan still has his mind set on returning to the ring. Speaking with Busted Open Radio, Bryan talked about his future in the ring.

It’s been nearly two years since Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from in-ring competition in February of 2016. Since his emotional farewell, he’s returned to the WWE as Smackdown Live’s GM, but his passion for wrestling has not allowed him to rule out a possible return. Unfortunately, he believes that it’ll take more than simple medical clearance for some promotions to let him back in the ring.

“The frustrating part is it doesn’t necessarily have to do with how I actually am medically,” Bryan said. “It’s a lot of, I don’t want to say political, but it’s just the situation around concussions at the moment. Everything is so fear-based. The media is fear-based, all that kind of stuff. If this would have happened 10 years ago, for better or worse, they would have just put me right back out there. If this were to happen 10 years from now, it would be a different story because they’ve have better testing. They’re working on better testing now and you’d have a better understanding of where we’re at as far as concussions go.”

As of now, all tests Bryan has undergone have come back with positive results.

“All the tests that I’m taking are all saying that not only am I good, but better than your average person who’s never had any concussions,” stated Bryan. “And that’s the frustrating part.”

Though Bryan’s love of wrestling is intense, he admits that his family is his highest priority. His daughter with Brie Bella, Birdie, is now six months old and Bryan will not allow any potential issues risk the future of his family. If the results of any medical tests advise him against an in-ring comeback, he won’t return to physical competition.

“If there’s ever any tests that I take that says you’re not healthy, you shouldn’t do this, I’m not going to do it because I don’t want to put my family at that kind of risk.”

In the meantime, Bryan has been a fan-favorite as GM of Smackdown Live. This role puts him in a unique position, allowing him to build emotional rivalries with other superstars, however, without the opportunity to conclude the feud properly inside the ring. Such a spot is conflicting for Bryan, who is trying to be content while he patiently awaits his suspected clearance.

“I just did an interview in the ring with Sami Zayn a couple of weeks ago and you know that we could just go out there and the crowd would eat it up and it would be awesome,” Bryan said. “And the same thing with the Miz last year. There’s that very real disdain between the two of us that we could have really made something special. So missing out on those little things, part of me dies inside, but then I look at the bigger picture and I know that this is my role for right now. And come September, one way or another, I’ll be wrestling again. Or, if a test says that I’m not, then I won’t.”

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.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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.