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Ricky Steamboat spoke with Ring Rust Radio on training today’s wrestlers, wanting to turn heel, and his WrestleMania III match against “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Here are some of the highlights:

Since leaving your in-ring career behind, you have focused on working with younger talent. How much pride do you take in bestowing your knowledge on the next generation of wrestlers?

“Right now in my life, it’s what I do a lot of and happy to do it. I remember the first couple of years when I was coming up through the ranks, some of the old-timers would take me aside after the match and critique me. I understand today’s guys, a lot of guys when they get in the ring, they’re looking across the ring at a guy with the same amount of ring time.

Some guys six months, some guys one year, some guys two or three years, but when I was coming up, most nights I was looking across the ring at a 15- or 20-year journeyman. Every night he was taking me to school and he knew what his position was and it was to pass the torch and hopefully by doing this, he would help to keep the business going. Help bring up guys that were green and rookies and show them the way. I find out at this point in time in my life, this is what I’m doing.

I understand that wrestling now has changed as opposed to what it was when I worked, but I still think you can apply some of the things that I talk about and just put you 2018 twist on it and still make it work. It is a lot of pride for me and it’s a way for me giving back. A way I am passing the torch and hopefully some talent will look back at the day I was there teaching them, reflect on that and hopefully they will understand how it helped.”

Is there any part of you that wishes you would have had even a brief run as a heel, and how do you feel you would’ve fared in that role?

“I’ll tell you a true story. Back in ’91, I went to Vince and Pat Patterson and asked to do a turn and they both shut me down without hesitation. They said it would not work, I was the premier babyface, and I told them that I’ve been in the ring with the best feels in the business. I actually believed that I could work as a heel because I’ve been in the ring with the best of them.

They said bottom line, it would probably hurt your career and they shut it down. Now, at the time guys I was a bit turned off. I was a bit disgruntled because I wanted to be able to work as a heel. At that time, I had been in the business I was approaching around 17 years and I knew I was get into the twilight of my career and I just wanted to be able to experience working on the dark side. Being able to feel what that’s like and I was upset about not being able to do it at the time. Looking back at it now, I’m happy and pleased that they did talk me out of it and not allow it.

Like you said earlier, one of the few guys in the business that wrestled close to 20 years actively and stayed the same way as he started in the business. There’s just a few of us that have done that and I’m happy to say that I’m one of those few guys now. I reflect back and I’m happy that I was turned down.”

In regards to your WrestleMania III match against Randy Savage, is there something specific that stands out to you about that match that perhaps fans may not be aware of or you feel goes overlooked?

“A lot of Q&A’s that I do at appearances, comic-cons, or conventions, they always ask about that match and I’ll say that match was completely scripted and put together. The reason was Randy and I did not have any opportunity to work with each other leading up to WrestleMania III. A lot of main event guys are able to work with their partner and fine-tune their match before a big pay-per-view, but Vince wanted my debut to be on that day. The only thing we could do was put together something that would work just from gut feeling.

We didn’t know if it was going to work with the fans and we didn’t have a chance to try and fine-tune it. Thank God what we did put together worked. I think the biggest thing I wanted was to make it a championship match. That was my answer to Randy because he is asked, ‘What do you want to do Dragon?’ So, I told Randy that we got to make it a championship match. He told me that I should go after his throat since he came off the top rope with the bell on my throat. I said what I kind of think is everybody would expect that.

If we could have a moment in the match where I get a little payback and then let’s move on to making it a championship match. What I meant by that was we had 21 false finishes in a match that went less than 17 minutes, and I thought the story that we were trying to tell here Randy is that I’m going after your belt, and you’re trying to hold onto it. So, with all those false finishes and finally number 22 was the final 1, 2, 3. We were talking about my dive off the top I did and I think everybody again would kind of expect that so let’s catch them out of the blue. It was a simple he picked me up for slam and I hit him with a small package.”

Steamboat also discussed more about babyface work today. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

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As noted, Triple H was recently interviewed by the Sky Sports Podcast, which you can check out here. Below are some highlights:

Balancing his office job with wrestling:

“There is no feeling other than standing in the middle of that ring at WrestleManiawith my wife [Stephanie McMahon], with her first time competing at WrestleMania, along with Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey, who was competing for the first time in a WWE ring in front of 70,000+ fans. There is no feeling like that in the world. Our WWE fans are the most incredible, crazy, insane, loud – and that is global. They are just the best fans in the world. Any time you have the opportunity to stand in front of them. It is an honor, it’s a thrill. That being said, every year the other things that I do, anything at this point that I am more engaged in.

“As far as the developmental system, which is where I am focusing on at the moment, so the competing part becomes more and more difficult every single year because the drain of my time in all these other aspects becomes more and more. After competing at WrestleMania, there was no day off. It was off to the next day and jumping from the plane to come to Saudi Arabia to get the deal done. No complaints though. I love doing it.”

How impressed he was by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania:

“I couldn’t have been more proud of everybody in that match. Like I had stated, Kurt Angle hadn’t been in a WWE ring in over a decade at a WrestleMania. Ronda Rousey, I can’t imagine having my first match ever in front of 75,000+ fans, oh my God. Stephanie… people take for granted what she does. Not because she is my wife, but I am in awe of her. Not only is she the Chief Brand Officer of WWE where she is traveling extensively representing WWE and doing all these amazing stuff. Not only that, but she is also a mom. The best mom to our three daughters, which is her priority in life. On top of that, she has to be ready to face Ronda Rousey, who is the baddest woman on the planet. You know that it is going to be physically rough regardless of how you look at it. She has to train twice a day. She is an incredible shape, and has the pressure of competing at WrestleMania. Even if you want to say that she has competed before, yes, but she has had one match since 2003. I think it is hard to place that in any context. They all did an amazing job. I think for me, honestly, I did my little part, but I kind of sat back in awe. We prepared everybody, but they executed it. I just sat back that day and watching it all come down thinking, my God, I am just blown away, especially with Ronda Rousey. I kept telling a lot of people she was going to surprise a lot of folks. She definitely surprised a lot of folks.”

The Undertaker’s future:

“I think, I’ve said this recently and I will say it on here. If it is one person that has earned the shot to call it the way he would like it is The Undertaker. I think this will all depend on him and it should all depend on him. It should be what he wants to and what he feels comfortable doing. I know him, as a performer always wants to give it his best, and if he can’t he won’t do it. I think that when he is in a position where he is now, he wants to be out there and show The Undertaker to the world, but it comes down to what he wants to do, and it should.”

Ronda Rousey will challenge for Nia Jax’s Raw Women’s Championship at Money In The Bank this Sunday, but could fall victim to a heel turn.

According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company may have Natalya turn on her supposed friend during or after the Jax match, kicking off a summer program between the two.

This has been hinted for weeks. Nattie and Rousey have spent the past few months buddying up, and Natalya turned face specifically to join forces with ‘Rowdy’ after WrestleMania 34. Ronda has since saved her new friend on several occasions, including a beatdown at Jax’s hands a couple of weeks ago, which could be part of the turn.

Nattie sold a knee injury while working Nia on Raw, and WWE could go with her faking it to trick ‘The Baddest Woman On The Planet.’ Still, there’s no word on how the turn might play out. It Natalya wins the women’s MITB briefcase and Rousey defeats Jax, WWE could pull an immediate cash-in, or they may go for a straightforward interference in a title match that’ll likely be rife with smoke and mirrors.

We’ll see what happens on Sunday, but at this stage, it’d be a surprise if Natalya didn’t turn on Rousey.

Tony Schivone spoke to CBS DC on WCW, returning to announcing, and Ric Flair’s promos. Here are some of the highlights:

Keeping his composure during Ric Flair’s over-the-top promos:

“Yeah, the one that I remember was one that we did on the set of World Championship Wrestling back in the 80s. He was doing the angle against Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin and Precious, and he was trying to woo Precious, and he brought out a mannequin. He kissed and made love to the mannequin, while I was holding the microphone. If you go back and watch it, I think you catch me laughing. He and I talk about that often, when I talk to him and I talk to him about how nutty he was. I say, ‘Yeah but, I was there when you kissed a mannequin.'”

Getting back to announcing with MLW after being away from it for years:

“Yeah. Court [Bauer] got in touch me, and we started in October, and he said, ‘Listen, I’d like for you to come down and call some action for us.’ He said, ‘I don’t have much money to give you, but I wondered if you’ll consider doing it.’ And he told me how much he would give me to do the first show. I said, ‘Well that’s kind of nostalgic because that’s what I got my first show back in 1982.’

I thought about Court and MLW and said, he and Conrad Thompson had done a lot for me by opening up the world of podcasts, and I might as well go down and try to do it. I was really apprehensive, because I didn’t think my voice could handle it based on what I used to do. It was really kind of an unknown world for me to go back and do it.”

Despite being unhappy working for WCW at the end of the company’s run, would he have stayed if WCW continued on:

“I would’ve continued on because the money back then and the benefits were just too good. There’s no question. It’s funny because when we finally did go down, everything was so bad, and it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’ve often said, ‘You can’t put a price on happiness’ and I really wasn’t happy. It was just too much pressure and I remember Eric used to say, ‘I know things get nutty here and I know there’s a lot of pressure and we drive you pretty hard, but buddy that’s why you make the big money.’ I didn’t make the big money compared to the guys, but I made a very good living. But again, you can’t put a number on happiness.

The last show that we had when Vince took over we were down in Panama City, [Florida] and I got in my car and drove back to Atlanta that night and just felt great. I knew we were going down, and I knew eventually that WCW would go belly up. I didn’t know what would happen, but there was a lot of questions leading up to that moment through the months leading up to it. I had shed the tears about the business and what my life was gonna be moving forward before that moment. But when that moment came, I was really, really relaxed.”

Schivone also discussed more about MLW. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

NXT brought another spectacular TakeOver event to the table and left fans blown away with the level of storytelling and in-ring action. The only issue is WWE’s main roster is going to have to follow that incredible set of performances the next night at Money In The Bank. Drew McIntyre might not be booked in a match at Money In The Bank but he certainly has a word of warning for anyone on the Raw roster who is willing to listen.

Ever since Drew McIntyre’s return on Raw he’s been sticking with Dolph Ziggler and reminding the Raw Superstars that they need to step it up a notch, especially if they happen to be in a tag team. McIntyre is a former NXT Champion as well and was obviously watching as his old brand tore the house down several times over at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Now McIntyre’s agenda to wake up the members of the main roster that might be a tad lazy is even stronger after seeing such a fantastic showing from WWE’s developmental territory. After all, WWE’s main roster is going to have to step up their game in a big way if they are expected to compete at all with what NXT delivered in Chicago on Saturday night.

McIntyre said he suggested the Raw roster checks out NXT TakeOver: Chicago and ask themselves if they’re working hard enough to deserve their spot on the roster. Only time will tell if his words hit home, but apparently, there could be some guys taking up space on WWE’s Red Team and it’s Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre’s job to hunt them down and make sure they either step up their game or get out of the way.

Jimmy and Jey Usos spoke with Fox 45 News to help promote SmackDown coming to Baltimore. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting ready for matches:

Jimmy: “It’s all about longevity. Gotta keep that body, that car tuned up. That car can look nice on the outside, but if the engine ain’t runnin’ right you’re going to break down.”

Jey: “[We] play some Bob Marley, get in our own little corner. We get dressed and go over the game plan.”

Getting to be themselves on TV:

Jimmy: “Our characters – we’re lucky – we basically get to just be us out there. Some guys actually have to be somebody [else] or a character. I’m glad we get to be us, so that works. It’s easy, because it’s real.”

Being together for so long and how they got into wrestling:

Jimmy: “We are the longest running tag team ever in WWE History. … Four brothers, we grew up beating each other up, watching my Dad and family on TV. Breaking coffee tables, putting holes in walls, jumping off couches, it’s natural [being in the ring].”

BodySlam.net are reporting that WWE have planned a big return for Dean Ambrose when he makes his comeback following injury, that will culminate in a heel turn and possible challenge for the Universal Championship.

It’s claimed that the Lunatic Fringe, who is rumoured to be back from the triceps injury he suffered in December last year around August/September, will immediately turn in order to enter into a feud with one of his former Shield brethren, Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins.

With recent reports stating current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar’s contract is set to expire around SummerSlam this would all seem to make sense. Lesnar could drop the title to either Rollins or Reigns, return to the UFC, and we could see a new challenger for the main belt on RAW.

A Rollins vs. Ambrose feud seems to be the preferred contest for fans, what with the Architect being arguably the most over wrestler in the company at the moment and it being a reversal of their roles from previous encounters a few years ago. It has also been suggested there could be a brief Shield reunion prior to this.

Ambrose recently relocated to Alabama in order to be closer to WWE’s medical facility and focus on his rehab. With SummerSlam taking place on 19 August, the aftermath of the PPV would seem like the ideal time for him to make his eagerly awaited return.


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