Ryback Talk About His Time with Paul Heyman

Feed him more to complain about. Ever since his release from WWE, Ryback has complained to everyone who will listen to him about how things were against him in WWE. This time around he’s talking about his time as a Paul Heyman Guy and how Heyman and CM Punk protected their spots.

Ryback recently appeared on the “Ross Report” and vented some frustrations about Punk and Heyman. The problem stems from Ryback being pulled from his bully character and being put into the feud to help Heyman against Punk. Here are the comments with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:

“Paul needed somebody to buy him two or three months more on TV to extend his program with Punk. And they pulled me out of the bullying role that was going so well and put me with Paul.” Ryback recalled, “and that bullying role, even though ideally I would’ve still been babyface Ryback with the way things were the year before, I had embraced that role like I always did and I always did what was asked of me. It was actually a lot of fun. And I think they knew how much fun I was having with it and we stopped it, we put me with Paul, we let him do all his promos and do the majority of the talking, and I just stared and looked like the big, angry beast.“

Ryback went on to talk about his issues with Heyman.

“I respect Paul a lot and he has been in this business a long time, but we did not see eye-to-eye, Jim. And I had to have many discussions with Paul because, you have to remember, Paul and CM Punk were really, really good friends. And Heyman was supposed to be, from a creative standpoint, working with me and whatnot. And he was with Punk all day and they were discussing business and what they were going to do and it wasn’t doing me any favors and I knew that.”

At one point, Ryback cut a “two hour promo” on Heyman, airing all of his grievances in the process:

“I had one last discussion with Paul at the catering table in which he bought me beers for probably about two hours and I cut a two hour promo on him, everything, and just what I thought of him, and how he did his business with me, and I didn’t appreciate it. And he held a butterknife in his hand, holding it nervously for two hours. Jim, I kid you not, and Punk walked around [in] circles the entire time, like he was going to try to do something while I was talking with Paul, cutting this promo on him.”

Finally, Ryback vented about not being able to take one of the top spots in the company.

“You’ve got to remember, when you’re dealing at the WWE level, and you’re dealing with those top spots, you’re dealing with millions of dollars. The two guys that I had all my problems with, and everybody else there, I get along with just fine, was John Cena and CM Punk. And I’m not wrong on this, there [are] only a certain amount of slots up there, and those guys had those slots, and they wanted to keep those slots. And I think everything kind of stemmed from that.” Ryback said, “I think it is an issue of the whole when it comes down to that amount of money and those top, elite spots, I think [Cena]’s very sensitive to that and I saw it firsthand.”

Opinion: Yes Ryback, we’re aware that everyone held you back and gave you problems every day you were in WWE. At this point he’s been complaining about things almost as long as he was in the top spot and OF COURSE things were stacked against you. I’m not sure how much longer Ryback can go on complaining about things but it’s very tiresome at this point.

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Source: The Ross Report

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TNA and Matt Hardy Now Fighting Over Who Owns “Broken” Gimmick

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more troublesome when it comes to the Hardys and TNA, another bit of info slips painting the drama in an even crazier light.

According to ProWrestlingSheet, the company is now disputing Matt Hardy’s ability to use the “Broken” gimmick outside of TNA programming. They claim the contract states they own all intellectual property created during Matt’s tenure.

The details of those contracts are for the lawyers to sort out, but the Broken character did debut within the past year–so within the current contract.

Matt says that while Impact has the right to profit on any film generated by any gimmick he’s used while under contract, he retains ownership over the name and character.

While points over IP ownership are in dispute, the same report suggests that the Hardys don’t have a non-compete clause–meaning that they could appear with another company as soon as next week.

Don’t hold your breath for a WWE appearance that soon, however–paperwork and wellness tests would mean delays for that appearance. The impression we have is not to expect the Hardys in WWE before WrestleMania.

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Bad News Barrett Has a New, Not Quite Trademark-Infringing Gimmick

I’ve got some… something for you. Consider Bad News Barrett. Over the last few years, he was one of the biggest “what if’s” in wrestling as a lot of people wondered what might have happened if he was pushed like a star instead of just being a goon in various characters. One of the most intriguing was Bad News Barrett, which is still owned by WWE. However, Barrett might have found a way around that problem.

According to Barrett’s Instagram, he’ll be appearing at WrestleCon 2017 as Fake News Barrett, which seems like it could be a comedy character. There is no word about Barrett getting back in the ring at any point in the future though. Barrett was released from WWE last April and wrestled his last match on the April 4, 2016 Monday Night Raw.

Opinion: I’m not sure what to think about this but Barrett has shown the ability to be a funny guy and the moniker would suggest that this is going to be a potentially funny idea. I’d like to see Barrett, who is only 36 years old, back in the ring at some point as he always showed a lot of untapped potential.

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Opinion: I’m not sure what to think about this but Barrett has shown the ability to be a funny guy and the moniker would suggest that this is going to be a potentially funny idea. I’d like to see Barrett, who is only 36 years old, back in the ring at some point as he always showed a lot of untapped potential.

Would you be interested in Fake News Barrett? Where would you like to see him in the ring? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rusev Taking a Break From the Gym

Machka that gym. Rusev is one of the better power wrestlers around WWE today as he’s not only strong but also rather agile. There are very few wrestlers who can show off that kind of strength and still move around like Rusev can do. That kind of power makes a certain announcement a bit surprising.

In Bulgaria they say The rest makes the champion. It’s time to take time off working out. 30 days and counting.

— Rusev on the Roof (@RusevBUL) February 28, 2017

In a recent Tweet, Rusev is saying that he’s taking thirty days off from the gym, starting immediately. There’s no mention of an injury but based on Rusev’s statement, he’s simply taking the time off for the sake of resting his body. There’s no word on if he’ll be missing any time but it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Opinion: It’s not like Rusev doesn’t have some strength to burn. I’m not exactly the fitness genius but I’d assume that taking some time off is a way to help heal the muscles and allow Rusev to get a bit healthier. I’m sure he’ll be fine and it’s not like an injury is keeping him from being in the gym or the ring.

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Former WWE and TNA Star Returning to TV Soon

That could be part of the blueprint. One of the most interesting prospects in a long time was Matt Morgan, who seemed like he should have been a star based on his look, in ring abilities and talking skills but it just never clicked. With stints in both WWE and TNA, you would think he would have hit the ground running. For some reason it never quite worked but it might not be over yet.

Morgan recently appeared on the “Wrestling Inc.” Podcast and said he would be back on weekly wrestling TV very soon. While he didn’t name a specific wrestling company, he said that it would be sooner rather than later. We’ll also be seeing him back in the ring within the next four weeks.

Opinion: Whoever is signing Morgan is doing a smart thing. Morgan may be forty years old but there’s still some gas in the tank. When you have someone that size with that kind of a look, he can stick around for a long time and still look good. Something tells me it’s not going to be WWE or TNA but if it is, good for Morgan.

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Source: Wrestling Inc Podcast

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Huge Rumor on Kurt Angle’s Post-Wrestlemania Plans

It could be true! As you’ve probably heard, Kurt Angle will be headlining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. However, the question was what would Angle be doing after he was inducted. Angle still wrestles somewhat regularly on the independent circuit but word on the street is that he might have a more full time job going forward.

According to PWInsider Elite by way of wrestlingnewssource.com, Angle might be replacing Mick Foley as the General Manager of “Monday Night Raw”. This wouldn’t be Angle’s first stint with authority as he was previously the General Manager of “Smackdown” back in 2004. Foley is expected to take time off to have and recover from hip replacement surgery.

Opinion: I really don’t know why we need a second boss on the show but at least this one is someone who could get physical if need be. Angle might not be his old self anymore but at least he can still have a match if necessary and look good in the ring. He’d be a fine choice as the boss, assuming Stephanie McMahon doesn’t destroy him along the way.

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Y2J Update: Will Jericho Stick Around After WrestleMania?

WrestleMania is just around the corner, and as usual WWE’s biggest event promises no shortage of shakeups for the show. But what about Chris Jericho?

Y2J’s WWE appearances have been famously on-again, off-again in recent years, and though his most recent run is perhaps his best we still weren’t certain how long his latest comeback would last. After all, he’s still got Fozzy.

Kevin Owens versus Jericho has been a key part of WrestleMania plans ever since the first rumored card we saw, and given the success of recent story developments there’s no reason for that to change. But what about after the showcase of the immortals?

Well, Jerichoholics are in luck. Y2J is advertised for WWE events throughout the month of April, including TV dates and the first post-WrestleMania pay-per-view with Payback on April 30th.

He’ll have a tour with Fozzy in May and early June, but according to WrestlingInc he’s expected to return to WWE shortly thereafter.

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It seems that Jericho and Owens are still set for a US Title match at the show of shows, and Y2J himself is expected to be back on WWE TV sometime after this Sunday’s Fastlane.

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Former WWE Manager Now Head of TNA Creative

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TNA is going through some major changes this week, not the least of which is the loss of some of its biggest stars. On top of that–or perhaps part of the cause–is the backstage restructuring of the company, which is seeing some new faces in creative control.

According to PWInsider, Dutch Mantel–known to WWE fans as Zeb Colter–is now the head of creative for the company. This is reportedly info from an email sent out to the roster this week.

John Gaburick, who previously held a pivotal role in creative, will remain with the company, but will not be involved in booking beyond offering feedback to the creative team.

Above all of that, Jeff Jarrett will oversee the team as Chief Creative Officer. The report suggests that he won’t be appearing on-screen anytime soon, however.

Three of TNA’s biggest on-screen talents are out of the company, so the new team will have their work cut out for them in producing a show that catches on.

Drew Galloway parted ways with them earlier this week, and the Hardys’ coming departure has been a massive story since yesterday.

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Hardys Comment On Failed TNA Negotiations, Tease What’s Next

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Barring something miraculous in the next 24 hours, the Hardys are done with TNA. “Broken” Matt Hardy and Brother Nero will be taking their brilliance elsewhere. Their new home is increasingly looking to be that of Meekmahon, and that definitely has fans talking.

But the more interesting story at the moment is exactly what went wrong during the TNA contract negotiations. The Hardys had creative control over their characters, light schedules, and the freedom to make appearances and even wrestle at independent shows. None of those options would be available with WWE.

Yet things went poorly enough that it seems that’s where the family is heading. Matt was feeling gracious when discussing the departure on social media.

My stint with @IMPACTWRESTLING was DELIGHTFUL. EXCEPTIONAL talent & locker room. A great, respectful team that worked hard in tough times.

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 28, 2017

I wish @IMPACTWRESTLING all the best going forward, especially the INDUSTRIOUS talent. I hope they’re all treated with respect & fairness.

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 28, 2017

His wife Reby, however–not so much.

UNREAL WITH THE LITTLE BITCH SHIT. U N R E A L .

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017

Why try to do things the right way when you get bs & drama in return ? Matt is a nice guy. I’LL keep the shits “hostage”. Fuck outta here.

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017

The “shits” here seem to be the Tag Team Championships.

If mfers don’t start coming correct, I’m bout to melt some gold & have me some new gold hoops. Sigue y vas a ver. pic.twitter.com/Esjuh6tqYw

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 27, 2017

She was willing to give it up for TNA’s talent, but didn’t seem to have much time for the folks currently in management.

SURPRISE ! Yes, I am a HUGE BITCH if you disrespect me or my family ? Are you surprised ? Oh, no ? Okay, can we move on now ? ??

— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) February 28, 2017

On top of all that? A little WrestleMania tease. The “broken tailgate party” just happens to be the same day as WWE’s big event.

See you in Orlando. Google “Broken Hardy Tailgate Party” for details.

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Jeff Jarrett–TNA founder who has recently returned to the company–was more measured in his responses.

(1)For the record, it’s @IMPACTWRESTLING ‘s corporate policy not to make any comments on talent contractual matters….

— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 28, 2017

(2) I personally wish nothing but continued success for @JEFFHARDYBRAND @MATTHARDYBRAND @GallowaySpeaks . All three of them are fantastic…

— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 28, 2017

(3) talent and wherever they land they will obviously do very well. Wrestling business can be tough at times, but one thing is for sure…

— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 28, 2017

(4)…the business is ALWAYS changing! Ready for @UniversalORL and can’t wait for Thursday! #MIGA

— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 28, 2017

One thing’s for certain–Matt was right when he said this would be an “intriguing week” for the wrestling industry.

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2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match, Chairs Match, #1 Contender’s Battle Set for SmackDown

Raw’s got a pay-per-view headlined by Goldberg this weekend, but don’t think that SmackDown is taking the week off. The blue brand has already announced three big matches for tonight’s show, plus one more segment that promises big WrestleMania implications.

The main event tonight will see AJ Styles take on Luke Harper to become #1 contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. If you’ve missed the last couple of weeks, Randy Orton gave up his Royal Rumble-earned opportunity to take on his mentor, Bray Wyatt for the title.

AJ and Luke were the last men standing in a battle royal to determine a new challenger, but that match ended in its fair share of confusion.

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Much as I love AJ, the thought of a Wyatt Family triple threat at WrestleMania–made when Randy inevitably decides to turn on Bray–has me very excited. It’s also the most logical end point for this whole story.

Becky Lynch looks to finally settle things with Mickie James in a two-out-of-three falls match, and Dolph Ziggler is somehow still feuding with Apollo Crews–they’ll look for similar finality in a chair match.

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Meanwhile, tensions are brewing between WWE’s biggest power couples. The Miz eliminated John Cena from the battle royal last week, and Maryse decided to attack Nikki Bella with a pipe. Now Cena will be making an appearance on Miz TV tonight.

We’d heard rumors that a mixed-tag match pitting the four against each other would be on the card at WrestleMania, and as unlikely as that seemed at the time it appears it’s actually happening.

We’ll have live coverage of the show as always, so stick around for the news! What are you looking forward to most tonight? Let us know in the comments, here or on Facebook!

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