Shelton Benjamin on His Prior Release, Working for NJPW

Shelton Benjamin was a guest on the latest episode of Edge & Christian’s Podcast Of Awesomeness where he spoke about being released from WWE and working for NJPW.

He first comments on his initial release from WWE:

“When the release came, honestly, I felt like I needed it. I had been there for 10 years and I said, ‘I had a lot of great moments, but I’ve never really accomplished what I wanted to, obviously, being WWE champ and there’s a whole list of things that every Superstar should aspire to be being the champ, being the WWE Champion is one of them. If you’re not there to be champ, then quit the [pro wrestling] business.”

“I had a lot of wonderful experiences, but I had a lot of frustrating experiences too, so by the time my release came, it was almost mutual, like I felt I had been spinning my tires, like, wow. I admit, I was getting complacent.”

On if he was aware of NJPW when he was in WWE:

“When you’re in WWE, you really don’t focus on the other somewhat large promotions because, ‘hey, I’m already with the king of the mountain. Why do I need to pay attention to those?’ A lot of people working there [in NJPW], I just didn’t know. I didn’t really pay attention. I mean, we’d see the magazines that would pop up in the locker rooms here and there, but I just didn’t know anybody.”

On what it felt like being in NJPW as ‘Invader X’:

“Japan, the best way to put it is rejuvenating. Going there, I never felt more appreciated, first of all, by management because, I mean, Jado and Gedo, New Japan, like, they really treated me well over there. And, again, I didn’t expect to be there. It was one of those things. MVP was over there and he brought me in on an angle where he needed a friend, and, obviously, he doesn’t have any Japanese friends.”

He ends by talking about how it felt being an English guy in a primarily Japanese locker room:

“[Working for NJPW]’s when I first met Shinsuke [Nakamura]. And again, I had no idea who he was. I just thought he was a Japanese guy who does a lot of Michael Jackson stuff. Like, ‘what’s going on with this guy?’ I couldn’t figure him out. And then, you see him perform and you figure out real fast who the top guys are because of the fan reaction. But, at the same time, in the locker room, I couldn’t tell. Do you know what I mean? The way that they treat each other was so much different in the locker room, as far as if you walk into a WWE locker room, you can kind of feel where people are on the card, just kind of based on how people around them are reacting. Do you know what I mean? Not that there [are], like, guys stepping on each other and things like that, but you can kind of get a feel for, ‘okay, he’s a locker room leader,’ ‘he’s a locker room leader,’ and things like that. It took me a while because everybody treated everybody well. Do you know what I mean? At least I couldn’t pick up on any egos or any hierarchy.”

With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Benjamin in action, we highly suggest you watch the video below where he and new partner Chad Gable compete against The Ascension on ‘Smackdown Live.’

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John Cena Explains Why His Match With Roman Reigns Is Happening At ‘No Mercy’

On the recent of E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness John Cena was a guest. During the interview, he was asked about why his match with Roman Reigns is happening at this Sunday’s No Mercy PPV. John Cena said: “In a very legitimate sense, my biggest hangup with Roman Reigns as a frontrunner of the WWE is the fact that he seems […]

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“No Mercy 2017” Preview

There’s something fun about going into a show where you don’t know what’s going to close the show. That’s the case we’ve got in front of us this coming Sunday at “No Mercy 2017”. This time around it’s a double main event of John Cena vs. Roman Reigns and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defending against one heck of a monster (among men to be exact) Braun Strowman. Hopefully the rest of the card backs it up. Let’s get to it.

Kickoff Show: Elias vs. Apollo Crews

This was announced on Friday and that’s about as much attention as it needs. It’s a thrown together match between two guys who have nothing better to do and there’s nothing wrong with that. Elias is a mile ahead of Crews at this point and actually has a character to him. Crews is far from a lost cause but he needs something to give him some momentum.

That being said, I don’t think it’s going to be this match as Elias should get the win. It’s clear that Elias is a bigger deal and someone the company is interested in protecting so there’s no reason to have him lose here. Crews has gotten over losses before and the fans are going to be behind him due to Elias’ song anyway. Just let them have about ten minutes and everything will be fine but Elias wins, as he should.

Tag Team Titles: Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins(c) vs. Sheamus/Cesaro

I’m just putting this one on here now to get it out of the way. I’ve been so bored with the tag team division on Mondays for months now and Rollins and Ambrose as the champs hasn’t really done anything for it. At the end of the day, they just need fresh opponents and Sheamus/Cesaro aren’t the kinds of guys who are going to be able to stir up any interest in a title match.

Therefore, as you can probably tell, I’ll go with the champions to retain the titles, as they certainly should. While they haven’t been able to jump start the whole division, there’s only so much of that which can be put on them. They should win though as we set up another good team to challenge them, which should make them some of the longest reigning champions in years without much effort.

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Intercontinental Title: The Miz(c) vs. Jason Jordan

I’m actually not sure on this one as all of the signs seem to be pointing towards Jordan taking the title in a walk, especially given the Kurt Angle situation. However, I’m thinking it’s a bit too easy. They’re setting it up on a silver platter and that makes me think that they’re not quite ready to pull the trigger on Jordan just yet, at least not in this form.

However, I do think they’ll give him the title. The Angle story isn’t working and the best choice they might have at this point might be to have him win the title and say he made the whole thing up in order to get a title shot on his own or something like that. Jordan has hit the ground running with the singles push with matches against Cena and Reigns and he’s done most of it without Angle helping him out. Jordan wins here, only to have Miz get the title back again soon enough to continue his march towards both Intercontinental Title records.

Cruiserweight Title: Neville(c) vs. Enzo Amore

Let’s get this one over with. On paper, Amore winning the title and holding it away from every more talented wrestler in the division (basically a face version of the Honky Tonk Man) sounds great but dear goodness I’ve been going nuts watching Amore on “205 Live”. He’s not funny anymore and he’s definitely not someone I want to see any more. Neville has turned into a star and should be ready for the main roster as a midcard champion contender, which means not losing to that rat faces weasel Amore.

But, of course, I’m pretty sure Amore wins the title here. If he doesn’t, they might as well just cut him off the roster now and be done with it. The only thing for him to do is win the title and be done with it, hopefully dropping it right back to someone a lot more talented in the near future. Amore does nothing for me without Big Cass and it seems that I’m not the only one who thinks this way. But yeah, he wins the title here, blast it all.

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Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

So this is a thing too and it’s starting to make me think of Dolph Ziggler’s “can’t win the big one” storyline. The idea here is that Wyatt can’t defeat the Demon so he wants to face Balor on his own instead. It’s like when Ziggler couldn’t win the World Title so he settled for the Intercontinental Title and called it the big one instead. No one looks good coming out of this story but WWE likes it all the same.

I’ll take Balor to win here, just in case he hasn’t been crushed enough yet. Balor should be ready to move up to the World Title scene in the near future and Wyatt should….I’m not even sure at this point anymore. When you have him lose match after match over and over anymore, the best thing you can do is just wait until something better comes along ala Cesaro and the tag division, since it’s pretty clear he’s never getting a long term push as a title contender. Balor wins here, which shouldn’t surprise anymore.

Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss(c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax

Well to be fair it’s been at least a whole five days since WWE last presented a “let’s throw a bunch of women together into the same match so we don’t have to actually put any effort into it” match. Emma is pretty clearly here just for the sake of having her take the fall, but the question is who gets to beat her and leave with the title.

I’m going to go with Bliss retaining the title here as we continue to wait on the long rumored Banks heel turn. Maybe they sow some more seeds here for the turn, but they need to actually do something about it already. There’s a chance that the Bayley injury slowed things down, but I’m thinking Bliss retains here, only to lose it in a singles match later, hopefully to Jax this time around.

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Universal Title: Brock Lesnar(c) vs. Braun Strowman

This one is ALL about the long term planning as the question is likely how do we get Reigns into the title picture all over again. My guess is very simple and it starts here with whoever walks out of the show with the title. They could just have Lesnar dominate the title until April and give him the year long title reign or they could go a different path and try something more interesting.

I actually think they’re going to switch the title here and put it on Strowman. That lets Reigns take it away at perhaps “Royal Rumble 2017” with Reigns holding the title until New Orleans where he successfully defends it against Lesnar, sending him back to the UFC. But yeah, I think Strowman wins here and that’s the best for the long term planning. If Lesnar is only going to be around every now and then, there’s no reason to have him go over Reigns and Strowman at back to back pay per views.

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Roman Reigns vs. John Cena

I have no idea how this couldn’t be the main event and I have no idea why it wasn’t the main event of a much bigger show (well ok I do as they needed a big match to hang onto all the people who got the free WWE Network month in August with a pair of huge matches). They’ve got a good story here and Cena being away this week helped Reigns a ton. Reigns now has something to fight for (proving himself as the big dog) and that’s been lacking for a very long time.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that WWE hasn’t lost its freaking mind and have Reigns take the loss here. Cena does not need this win and could give Reigns a big rub (you know, because he’s only had a dozen or so of them) on his way off to do whatever he has for his next project. Reigns winning makes sense after his complete destruction in the promos and I hope WWE sees that. There’s a way to have Reigns bounce back from the loss but I don’t think they need to go that route.

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Overall Thoughts

For the first time in a long time, I’m a lot more interested in a low level show. It’s almost like there’s something to this idea of building up a few matches and making them feel important. Why WWE refuses to do this a lot more often is beyond me, but I’d bet on it being because they’re not the best creative department in the world.

I’m rather interested in the train crash (not wreck) that is Strowman vs. Lesnar and Reigns vs. Cena does indeed feel like it’s one of the biggest matches the company could put together for a long time. The rest of the show might not be the best in the world but they’re more than capable of putting on a very good show, especially if the wrestling exceeds the not quite exceptional hype.


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Jim Cornette On ‘Why He Left GFW/Impact’

Jim Cornette left The Global Wrestling Force Wrestling. On ‘The Jim Cornette Experience’ Cornette opened up about the whole story. Jim Cornette talked about what happened between himself and GFW on The Jim Cornette Experience. He says he’s not going to bash anybody. He only announced he would be at Bound For Glory after receiving […]

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ROH Death Before Dishonor XV Results 2017

-ROH Death Before Dishonor XV Results- Here are the Results of ROH Death Before Dishonor XV 2017: The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan, Vinny Marseglia, Matt Taven) vs. Bully Ray and The Briscoes (Winner gets a shot at the ROH World 6-Man Championship) – Winners: The Briscoes and Bully Ray via Pinfall Chuckie T vs. Marty Scurll – Winner: Marty […]

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WWE NXT Live Event Results From Kingston Sept. 22, 2017 – Kairi Sane In Tag Team

-WWE NXT Live Event Results From Kingston Sept. 22, 2017 – 9/22/17- Here are the WWE NXT Live Event Results From Kingston: – Roderick Strong defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas – Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai defeated Billie Kay and Peyton Royce (In Tag Team Match) – Lars Sullivan defeated Oney Lorcan – Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford defeated Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli […]

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KickOff Match Added To ‘No Mercy’ Match Card

Apollo Crews vs. Elias has been announced for Sunday’s WWE No Mercy Kickoff pre-show at “No Mercy.” Here are the updated card for Sunday’s No Mercy 2017: WWE Universal Title Match Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar WWE Intercontinental Title Match Jason Jordan vs. The Miz Fatal 5 Way for the RAW Women’s Title Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Alexa Bliss […]

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“Impact Wrestling” Audience and Rating for September 21

Here we go again. At the moment, the biggest story of “Impact Wrestling” is the invasion by a group of wresting from the AAA promotion in Mexico. With about six weeks to go before “Bound For Glory 2017”, it should be interesting to see how the audience holds up for “Impact Wrestling”. So how did this week’s show do?

According to, this week’s episode drew a .05 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 277,000 viewers. These numbers are equal to last week’s and up 16% respectively over last week’s .05 and 239,000 viewers, the latter of which is the best since August 24 when the show drew 296,000 viewers.

here’s how the show went on the road last night.

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Opinion: And so, another week firmly in the standard “Impact Wrestling” range. The show has done the same kind of numbers for months now and that’s really not a surprise anymore. It’s good to see the audience bounce back up but they need to break out of this mold at some point. Maybe the AAA wrestlers can do that but so far it hasn’t done much for me.

Did you like this week’s show? What does the company need to do to break through the glass ceiling? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Goldberg’s Most Vicious Spears

Goldberg day continues. Twenty years ago today, Goldberg made his televised debut when he defeated Hugh Morrus on the September 22, 1997 episode of “Monday Nitro” (which you can watch here). Goldberg won the match with his signature Jackhammer, but there was one big move missing. There was no spear in the match, but WWE has you covered with a highlight reel.

WWE has released a video showcasing some of Goldberg’s most devastating spears. There’s a long list of victims on the video, ranging from jobbers to Hall of Famers to a referee at one point. While a lot of people have used the spear over the years, no one has done it with this kind of impact and Goldberg’s was always worth the look. Here’s the video:

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Opinion: There’s something to be said about watching someone plow through another person like they’re not even there. Goldberg did it as well as anyone else ever did and that’s what set him apart. The man could run people over like no one else ever could and that made him a star.

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Main Event Results – September 21, 2017

Main Event
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, California
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph

It’s time to get ready for No Mercy and that means the big hype for the two main events. This week is one of the biggest cards for a B show in company history and that means we might be in for a special night on Sunday. Therefore, you can pretty much guess what we’ll be seeing on this show. Let’s get to it.

In memory of Bobby Heenan.

Opening sequence.

Heath Slater vs. Dash Wilder

Heath is introduced as “one half of the tag team of Rhyno and Heath Slater.” Hang on a second as Slater has to remove the shirt, which Wilder takes and declares himself to be the daddy. Slater grabs an armbar to start but gets his head taken off by a hard clothesline. Wilder slugs him down without much effort and puts on a headlock to keep things slow. Back up and Slater scores with the side kick, followed by a running neckbreaker for two. Wilder gets the same off a powerslam, only to have Heath slip out of a suplex and hit Sweetness (implant DDT) for the pin at 5:24.

Result: Heath Slater b. Dash Wilder – Sweetness (5:24)

From Raw for the first time.

Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax

Non-title. Alexa bails to the floor to start before completely failing at a waistlock. Nia chokes her a bit and Bliss goes up the ramp, only to be cut off by Sasha Banks. Jax runs Bliss over again and we take a break. Back with Nia going shoulder first into the post and a dropkick staggering her again. Bliss’ high crossbody gets countered into a Samoan drop for the pin at 6:39.

Result: Nia Jax b. Alexa Bliss – Samoan drop (6:39)

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Sasha comes in and gets tossed down as well. Cue the returning Bayley (hometown girl) to help Sasha and Alexa clear Jax to the floor. Bliss celebrates with them and gets beaten down as well. Sasha and Bayley celebrate a bit.

Long video on Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month so here’s a video on Rey Mysterio.

Mustafa Ali/Lince Dorado vs. Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari

Nese shows off the bicep to start but still manages to send Dorado into the buckle a few times. Dorado hits his Lionsault press for two and a hurricanrana puts Nese down again. A double flapjack does the same to Daivari so the villains hit the floor and bail before the double dives can hit. We take a break and come back with Daivari clotheslining the heck out of Dorado to take over.

There’s a double suplex for two and it’s Nese grabbing a bodyscissors to keep Dorado down. The handspring Stunner finally gets Dorado out of trouble and the hot tag brings in Ali for his usual stuff. The rolling neckbreaker out of the corner gets two, followed by a moonsault using Dorado as a springboard. Back in and the tornado DDT plants Daivari, followed by the 054 for the pin at 11:20.

Result: Mustafa Ali/Lince Dorado b. Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari – 054 to Daivari (11:20)

We’ll wrap it up here.

Here’s Roman Reigns for a chat. Reigns gets booed but he thinks this should get booed anyway. Some people think Cena is the best talker of all time but sometimes he says some stupid s***. People have been talking about Reigns being the next Cena but he’s not a white guy with a military crew cut. If he was, he wouldn’t have a job here. If you don’t believe that, just ask Alex Riley.

Reigns calls Cena a fake guy and shows us a clip from five years ago with Cena talking about Rock being a part timer who keeps bailing to Hollywood. Reigns asks if Cena should come out here and brings up the loss to Rock at Wrestlemania. Roman will see San Jose next time and says he’ll see Cena on Sunday, movie star.


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