Miz on His Acting Career and Dream Acting Roles

Can we please have quiet on the set? This past year has been one of the best of Miz’s career as his promos have been through the roof and he’s won a pair of Intercontinental Titles. It turns out that he’s also had quite the year out of the ring too with the release of a new movie in the Marine series.

Miz recently spoke with Uproxx.com on his new movie, “The Marine 5: Battleground”, his acting career in general and a host of other topics, almost none of which have to do with his actual wrestling career. Here are a few highlights of the fairly lengthy interview:

On Having Fellow WWE Superstars in the Film

“As soon as I knew they were all in the movie, we basically went at a Smackdown Live, I believe we were all there, and … this is before the draft happened, or the brand extension. So we went upstairs at Smackdown Live, and literally just sat down and read the whole script together as a complete unit; as a cast, just to really know that what we’re doing, what we want, and these guys really came to play. They weren’t messing around. They wanted to do a really good job and I think they really succeeded at it.”

On His Dream Acting Job

“My dream project? I mean, I think anyone’s dream project right now is how amazing the Marvel/DC comic book era is really coming together and really blowing up the scene. Anytime you have a movie, it’s breaking records, it’s doing great things, so obviously I’d want a Marvel character.

“Obviously, Deadpool is already taken and Ryan Reynolds did an absolutely fantastic job. That was always my dream role ever since I saw the video game seven years ago, I was like “Oh my god, I want to play this guy!” But, Ryan Reynolds took it and knocked it out of the park and did an absolutely incredible job, so I can’t fault him at all. But I think anyone would want to do Marvel or DC, maybe WWE can combine with them and do something, but you never know.”

And on His Three Favorite Acting Roles

Okay, three favorite movies? God, they’re all my babies, you know. I would have to go Marine 3 because it was my first, Marine 5 because it’s my latest, and then, it would have to be out of either Marine 4 or Santa’s Little Helper … are my other two. I don’t know, they’re all my babies.

You can read the full interview here.

Opinion: I know a lot of people try to get into acting outside of WWE but Miz really does seem to have started something there. He’s got a great natural charisma and shows up on various talk shows looking like a movie star. Throw in the gorgeous wife and he really does seem like a star in the making who could go somewhere with it after his in-ring career ends.

What is your favorite WWE Studios movie? Do you like Miz’s acting work? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bayley on Coming Home for “Payback 2017”

Hey we want some hometown girl! Anyone who has ever heard Bayley’s ring introduction knows that she’s from San Jose, California. As luck would have it, that’s where “Payback 2017” is being held with Bayley as the Raw Women’s Champion. Bayley recently spoke with her hometown newspaper to talk about what it means to her to come home as champion.

Speaking with the San Jose Mercury News, Bayley spoke on a variety of topics related to coming home, including what got her hooked on wrestling in the first place and how important it is for her to be performing in front of her family and friends. Here are some highlights:

On Randy Savage Being An Early Inspiration

“I was just hooked by the sight of him, his natural charisma. And when I was 11, 12, then 13, I started realizing how obsessed I was.”

On Early Training Injuries and Hiding Them

“When I first started to learn to run the ropes, that was really painful for me, it’s just cable wire wrapped in tape. It bruised my ribs so bad, it hurt to be hugged, it hurt to lay down. To have bruises all over and still train and not tell anyone about it, I knew I must really like this to keep doing it.”

And on Wrestling on the Same Show as the Hardys

“It wasn’t until the next night on Raw, that I started getting emotional. I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m on the same tour with guys I was watching when I was 12 years old!’

You can read the full interview here.

Opinion: Normally I would say that this might be the night that gets Bayley to the next level but it’s becoming pretty clear that WWE isn’t about to let her be used the way she was down in NXT. Then again there’s such a different style on “Monday Night Raw” that there isn’t exactly a way to make it work that way.

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Payback 2016: Roman’s Good Side

Payback 2016
Date: May 1, 2016
Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton

We’re off to the first pay per view after Wrestlemania and things are kind of on a roll around here. The main event is Roman Reigns defending the WWE World Title against AJ Styles with the question of whether or not Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows will be interfering on AJ’s behalf. Other than that we find out who will be in control of Monday Night Raw going forward between the Authority and Shane McMahon. Let’s get to it.

Pre-Show: Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was bumped from the main card earlier today. Corbin tosses him around to start and gets two off a hard right hand. Ziggler’s comeback is easily cut off with a modified hot shot as Corbin keeps casually walking around. A heavy clothesline sets up the chinlock to keep Corbin on Ziggler’s neck.

Ziggler gets out and grabs a sleeper for a bit, followed by a Fameasser for two. They head outside with Ziggler loading up a dive but getting kicked out of the air. Corbin loads up a powerbomb but it’s the old Big Show Alley Oop to send Ziggler face first into the post for a good looking crash. For some reason Baron takes way too much time getting back in, allowing Ziggler to roll Corbin up for the pin at 7:43.

Rating: C-. The match was a nicely done big man beatdown for the most part and then they do THAT ending? I don’t know how to make this any clearer to WWE but Dolph Ziggler isn’t going anywhere and it’s long past due to stop giving him wins like this. Corbin could be something on the main roster but now he’s losing his first major match less than a month after debuting. I’m sure it’s a surprise though and that’s what WWE must be going for, along with annoying the NXT fans who think they understand wrestling.

Pre-Show: US Title: Kalisto vs. Ryback

Kalisto is defending after Ryback beat him in a non-title match a few weeks back on Smackdown. The crowd is really not pleased to see Ryback here and bust out the tried and true GOLDBERG chants. Ryback blasts him with a right hand to start (that sounds so familiar) but Kalisto gets in a monkey flip to send Ryback outside.

A suicide dive sets up a springboard corkscrew plancha with Ryback barely getting underneath him in time to keep Kalisto from bouncing off the apron. Back in and a tornado DDT is countered into a suplex for two as we take a break. We come back to see Ryback sending him shoulder first into the post, only to grab a spinning DDT to put both guys down.

They head to the apron with Kalisto hitting a nice enziguri and another DDT to send Ryback onto the apron (Mauro: “MAMA MIA!”). Ryback comes up holding his shoulder but Kalisto goes with a spinning kick to the face and the hurricanrana driver for two. The Salida Del Sol is countered into a Shell Shock attempt but Kalisto flips out of that as well, only to eat a spinebuster for two. Ryback goes up for some reason but gets kicked in the head again to slow him down. Kalisto goes up as well and is promptly gorilla pressed face first onto the mat. The top rope splash misses though and the Salida Del Sol retains the title at 9:28.

Rating: B. That was an AWESOME match with both guys working very hard throughout. Now the problem here is WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??? Kalisto is another name on a long list of lame duck champions who never get to do anything with the title because they either never defend the thing or lose their non-title matches. At the same time, Ryback continues to flounder in his latest heel run because WWE keeps cutting his legs off in matches like this. Still though, awesome match and one of the best pre-show matches they’ve ever done.

The opening video is Bray Wyatt talking about how payback is the first thing we think of every day and how much it consumes all of us. This must have been made weeks ago.

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Here’s the New Day to open things up. They’ll be down at ringside watching and sipping on some lemonade like Becky with the good hair. Woods offers his services to help Beyonce get back at Jay-Z for cheating on her and Big E. hits the catchphrases.

Now we get a normal opening video with the standard highlight packages on the big stuff.

Tag Team Tournament Finals: Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady vs. Vaudevillains

The winners get a title shot at some point in the future. Enzo: “If my aunt had hair on her back, she’d be my uncle.” The Vaudevillains need to get in their DeLorean and go back to the future and Cass thinks they’re posing like Hey Arnold. Cass: “You never should have gotten off the stoop!” After saying they never should have left their stoop (another Hey Arnold reference), Cass calls the SAWFT to get us going.

Enzo and Gotch start things off with Simon working on the arm before it’s off to the partners. The tag to Cass is treated as a big deal but everything breaks down with Cass throwing Enzo at both guys. Enzo gets sent hard out to the floor with his head hitting the bottom rope in an ugly crash. He isn’t moving and a stretcher is brought out as the match is called off at about four minutes. I won’t be rating this due to the time and the injury but it was fine while it lasted.

The announcers talk for a good while with the camera only showing Enzo for a few moments at a time.

Long video on Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, the same one that aired on Raw and Smackdown.

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

They slug it out immediately and Kevin is sent outside for a big flip dive. JBL starts talking about a tiger attacking Roy of Siegfried and Roy, including ripping off Chris Rock’s line of “that tiger went tiger.” Back in and Owens gets in a hard shot before dropping Sami face first onto the apron. Zayn is sent hard into the steps as Cole tells us that Enzo is talking and moving his extremities. That’s such a relief.

Back in and Owens poses a lot while asking why Sami isn’t getting payback yet. A chinlock slows things down and it’s Sami slugging away with forearms. The hard clothesline puts Kevin down but Sami can’t follow up. Referee: “YOU GUYS GOOD?” Owens: “Shut up!” Sami hammers away in the corner before a Michinoku Driver (called the Blue Thunder Bomb by Cole) gets two.

The real Blue Thunder Bomb gets two more and Owens’ brainbuster onto the knee gets the same. Kevin drops a frog splash and a couple of Cannonballs (JBL: “He may roll a perfect game!”) but the Pop Up powerbomb is countered with a dropkick. The half and half suplex sends Kevin flying but he pops up and clotheslines Sami inside out. Another powerbomb is countered into a rollup as you can feel the chemistry here. These two just know each other so well and there’s nothing that can replace that.

Sami’s tornado DDT is countered into a backbreaker and Kevin’s face turns evil. A third powerbomb, this time onto the apron, is countered again with a backdrop to send Kevin spine first onto the apron and then the floor. The diving tornado DDT plants Kevin again but Kevin superkicks his head off and finally gets the powerbomb for the pin at 14:28.

Rating: A-. I was really feeling this one as both guys beat the tar out of each other for a long time and told an awesome story of knowing each other so well. I would have had Sami go over here but you really can’t go wrong with either guy winning. Both of them will be fine and Sami is the one who can lose most of his matches and be fine at the end.

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Post match Kevin beats him up some more and demands that Byron bring him a mic. Kevin: “Ask me about beating Sami Zayn right now!” Byron, who is taller than Owens, asks if the rivalry is over. Owens: “THAT’S NOT WHAT I TOLD YOU TO SAY!” Kevin says he finally proved that he’s the better man between the two of them and now he can refocus on getting back his Intercontinental Title. Byron asks if Kevin thinks Miz will retain the title, which Kevin takes as an invitation to do commentary on the next match.

Intercontinental Title: Cesaro vs. The Miz

Miz is defending and there isn’t much of a story here other than Cesaro wants the title. Miz goes for the shoulder to start but Cesaro shoves him away and shakes a finger at him. The delayed vertical suplex gets two (Owens: “He can keep him up for awhile but he can’t keep him down for three.”) followed by a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for the same.

Miz gets in a shot on the arm and cranks away on the shoulder as Owens is asked who he would rather face for the title. Owens: “I would rather face you but that’s not going to happen.” Back up and Miz poses a bit before hitting the sleeper. Cesaro gets caught in a bodyscissors but casually picks Miz up and throws him off for the break.

We hit the uppercuts with Owens saying he never wants to take another one of those. Cole: “Well if Cesaro wins you’ll have to…” Owens: “COLE STOP TELLING ME WHAT I’LL HAVE TO DO!” A running dropkick gets two on Miz as Owens calls Miz Mike by mistake. Byron interprets this as Owens cheering for his friend. Owens: “Byron go call your mom or something because no one else wants to listen to you.”

The spinning uppercut sets up Swiss Death for a very close two but Cesaro goes shoulder first into the post. Miz gets the Finale for two but here’s Sami Zayn to go after Owens and fight him into the crowd. Cesaro swings Miz for a long time and puts on a Crossface but Owens and Zayn get on the apron to distract the referee as Miz taps. The distraction lets Miz roll Cesaro up for the pin at 10:26.

Rating: C+. DANG IT WWE STOP DOING STUPID THINGS! This should have been the biggest layup on the card but instead they’ll keep the title on Miz because we haven’t waited long enough to give Cesaro a major win. This is up there with the League of Nations beating New Day at Wrestlemania on the scale of stupid booking decisions. I’m a big Miz fan but they should have changed the title here and moved on to Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Zayn. On a more positive note, this was some of the funniest commentary I’ve ever heard as Owens is one of the best jerk heels in years.

Owens and Zayn keep fighting and Sami takes another Pop Up Powerbomb. Maryse has to save Miz from a powerbomb of his own.

We recap Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho which started when Ambrose took over the Highlight Reel and turned it into the Ambrose Asylum. Jericho doesn’t like the idea of someone upstaging him and the match was set up as a result.

Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose

Jericho bails to the floor to start so Dean chases him back inside and hits an early cross body. Chris crawls over to the referee for protection before dropping Dean ribs first across the top rope. We hit the chinlock on Dean for a bit but Jericho’s bulldog is countered with a shove into the corner. Byron talks about both guys’ documented careers, prompting JBL to say that it’s documented because he and Cole have talked about him. Your lesson for this match: JBL needs to let Kevin Owens do the heel commentary.

Dean gets two off a bulldog of his own but the top rope elbow is countered into the Walls. A rope is eventually grabbed and Jericho is sent to the floor for the suicide dive. They head to the announcers’ table with Jericho trying the Walls but settling for a catapult over the barricade for a big crash. As expected, Dean dives back in at nine before escaping the Codebreaker.

The rebound lariat puts both guys down for a breather. Now the top rope elbow gets two but Jericho grabs the Walls again, only to have Dean make the ropes again. The enziguri and butterfly backbreaker get two each for Chris but Dean gets the knees up to block the Lionsault. An awkward sequence (with Jericho laying on Dean’s knees) sets up Dirty Deeds for the pin on Chris at 18:18.

Rating: C. It really is amazing how much damage that loss to Lesnar did to Ambrose as I just do not care about him anymore. This match went on for a LONG time and didn’t go anywhere other than two people doing moves (and missing a lot of them) for the better part of twenty minutes. Dean winning is the right call, even if it makes Jericho going over AJ last month all the more confusing.

Jericho throws a fit post match.

Sasha Banks is talking to Shane McMahon.

Women’s Title: Charlotte vs. Natalya

Charlotte is defending and has Ric Flair in her corner while Natalya has her uncle Bret Hart in hers. Charlotte WOOs at her to start but Natalya grabs the Sharpshooter. That’s flipped away so Natalya nips up to scare the champ a bit. Another takedown sets up a leg lock for a bit before Charlotte bails to the floor. A chase results in Natalya getting kicked on the way back in but the fans would rather have Sasha.

They trade some chops until Natalya sends her flying with a release German suplex. Charlotte starts in on the leg (“Hey Bret, you want to learn something?”) but takes too much time bragging and gets caught in an armbar. Natalya shoves her off the top for a big crash, allowing Flair to tell some fans to keep their mouths shut. Charlotte loads up a powerbomb onto the apron but Natalya counters into something resembling a hurricanrana on the floor.

Back in and a boot to the face stops Natalya’s discus lariat, only to have a slap (yes a slap) break up the Figure Eight. A quick Natural Selection gets two for the champ, followed by that great looking moonsault for the same. The Figure Four is put on but quickly reversed so Charlotte puts on Natalya…..AND IT’S FREAKING MONTREAL with Charles Robinson (a noted Flair megafan) ringing the bell without Natalya tapping to retain the title at 13:04.

Rating: C+. MONTREAL. It’s been nearly twenty years and they’re STILL doing that thing again? Would it freaking kill them to just put Sasha in the title hunt instead of giving us Natalya vs. Charlotte IV or whatever it’s going to be at Extreme Rules? Bret did absolutely nothing here and the whole thing feels like a huge waste of time and effort.

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Bret and Natalya put on matching Sharpshooters post match. I’m so glad Natalya got over that loss in all of 14 seconds.

Here’s Vince for his decision on the control of Raw but the fans cut him off with a CM PUNK chant. Vince talks about how amazing Raw is but gets cut off again, prompting him to ask how long it can go. Vince: “COME ON! YOU’VE GOT MORE THAN THAT!” He talks about all the different eras Raw has gone through and thinks it’s time for a new visionary. Vince brings out Stephanie to even more booing.

The fans are pleased with the idea of Reigns spearing Stephanie at Wrestlemania but she doesn’t want their support or sympathy. Stephanie brags about her success, including the debut of the Shield and the Divas Revolution. Their biggest success was the launch of the WWE Network which went from an idea to 1.8 million subscribers. That brings her to Shane, whose only qualification to run Raw is being a man. After the better part of five minutes, Stephanie brings up Shane blackmailing Vince to get back into the company after leaving for seven years. Cue Shane to break up the BORING chants.

Shane shows a bunch of media clips about how he’s made wrestling cool again. That brings him back to the WWE Network comment, which was Vince’s idea. Of those 1.8 million subscribers, we’ve got about 18,000 of them in the house tonight. Oddly enough, a lot of those people came on board around Wrestlemania XXXII, which was probably due to one match in particular. Fans: “YOU STILL GOT IT!” Stephanie: “Thank you, yes I do!”

Shane brings up the departure in 2007 and says it was due to his voice being ignored. In the void he left, the Authority took over and promptly ran the company into the ground. Shane came back to save the company’s future for all of the future McMahon generations. The fans are entirely behind Shane of course but Vince says Shane shouldn’t be here after the loss to Undertaker.

Then Shane came out the night after Wrestlemania and was handed Raw because he would fall on his face. However, Vince didn’t think Shane failed that badly but he doesn’t listen to these people. Vince wants to see them slit each others’ throats and disembowel each other…..so they’ll both be running the show together. Shane and Stephanie shake hands before leaving.

Pre-show recap.

We recap the World Title match. Reigns won the title at Wrestlemania and AJ became #1 contender the next night at Raw. The twist has been the debut of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, AJ’s former partners in the Bullet Club in New Japan, who attacked Reigns multiple times. AJ has denied being behind it but Reigns doesn’t buy it.

Enzo has been diagnosed with a concussion but all other tests have come back negative.

WWE World Title: AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns

Reigns is defending. AJ cranks on a headlock to start but is easily shoved away. Styles starts kicking at the legs but it’s still a standoff in the early going. They do a quick chase around ringside and AJ gets in a few kicks to briefly take over. A hard clothesline turns AJ inside out and a big old sitout powerbomb gets two. The Superman punch is countered with a quick enziguri (cool visual there) and AJ’s strike rush sets up the low forearm for two on the champ.

AJ elbows out of a Samoan drop and gets the Calf Crusher, sending Roman crawling to the ropes. Reigns bails to the floor and eats a GREAT looking Phenomenal Forearm to send both guys through the table in a big crash. AJ tries to throw Reigns back in but it’s a countout win for Styles….until Shane comes out to make this match no countouts. Ignore the fact that he runs RAW and not pay per views of course.

They get back in with AJ not being able to hit anything off the top. Another strike rush sets up a 450 but Reigns gets the knees up for two. AJ is up first but dives into a right hand below the belt for a DQ. As you might expect, here’s Stephanie to say not so fast because we’re restarting it with no disqualifications. Oh yeah it’s going to be all about the McMahons.

Reigns takes him outside and sends AJ into the steps before kicking him over the barricade and into the crowd. Thankfully Reigns doesn’t follow him to avoid being murdered. AJ kicks him again and they head back inside, only to have another Phenomenal Forearm countered with a Superman punch. Again, that looked GREAT. A second Superman punch drops AJ but here are Gallows and Anderson to go after Roman.

The champ is beaten down and another Phenomenal Forearm gets two with Reigns putting his foot on the ropes. Cue the Usos to go after Anderson and Gallows but Reigns shoves AJ onto all four of them to break up the fight. Now Reigns does his own big dive to take out the pile so AJ throws him inside for a springboard 450 (Not a shooting star Cole. Come on now that’s not even close.) and another near fall. Another Forearm misses and the spear puts AJ down at 24:58.

Rating: A. Oh yeah this was awesome with Reigns being the perfect foil for someone like AJ and his high flying offense. It’s clear that we’re getting a big gimmick rematch in three weeks at Extreme Rules but at least the first match was excellent stuff. Shane and Stephanie interfering was really annoying but that’s exactly what you have to expect going forward because they’re like interesting or something. Great match here though and better than I was expecting.


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Reigns poses until we cut to the back where Shane and Stephanie make AJ vs. Reigns II in an Extreme Rules match for the title. Shane supports Stephanie’s decision to end the show.

Overall Rating: B. Well that was…..something indeed. There was a lot of good action but the booking decisions (Miz and Montreal) really brought things down. AJ vs. Reigns and Owens vs. Zayn were both excellent but my goodness the McMahon drama feels like something that is going to go on for the better part of ever. I had a good enough time watching it though and the wrestling in the two big matches really brought things up. Find a way to fix the booking (read as STOP DOING STUPID THINGS) and this show goes through the roof.


Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady vs. Vaudevillains went to a no contest when Amore was injured

Kevin Owens b. Sami Zayn – Pop Up Powerbomb

Miz b. Cesaro – Rollup with a handful of trunks

Dean Ambrose b. Chris Jericho – Dirty Deeds

Charlotte b. Natalya – Sharpshooter

Roman Reigns b. AJ Styles – Spear


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The Miz On If ‘Total Bellas BS’ Will Return, His Dream Movie Project, Playing A Comic Character


The Miz spoke with Uproxx on topics both in and outside of pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Because he’s feuding with Dean Ambrose (and by extension, Renee Young) would he bring back Total Bellas Bulls–t:

“I don’t know. You never know what’s going to happen. That’s the best part about being a WWE Superstar and being a part of Monday night Raw, it’s live. You never know what’s going to happen and when it’s gonna happen. But when it does, you want to be there to watch it to see it live. So that’s why I love Mondays.”

His dream movie project:

“My dream project? I mean, I think anyone’s dream project right now is how amazing the Marvel/DC comic book era is really coming together and really blowing up the scene. Anytime you have a movie, it’s breaking records, it’s doing great things, so obviously I’d want a Marvel character. Obviously, Deadpool is already taken and Ryan Reynolds did an absolutely fantastic job. That was always my dream role ever since I saw the video game seven years ago, I was like “Oh my god, I want to play this guy!” But, Ryan Reynolds took it and knocked it out of the park and did an absolutely incredible job, so I can’t fault him at all. But I think anyone would want to do Marvel or DC, maybe WWE can combine with them and do something, but you never know…Yeah, I mean a lot of the main ones are kind of taken. I’ve always wanted to play Booster Gold. Do you know who he is?”

The Miz also discussed The Marine franchise and the Cleveland Indians. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Bayley On Which Wrestler Got Her Into Pro Wrestling, Origin Of Her WWE Character, Running The Ropes

Bayley spoke with The Mercury News about a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Who got her into pro wrestling:

“I was just hooked by the sight of him [“Macho Man” Randy Savage], his natural charisma…And when I was 11, 12, then 13, I started realizing how obsessed I was.”

The origin of her WWE character:

“When I started this character, it was me being 12 years old again. We would have other wrestlers come to our promos, and I’d geek out over them, and show my excitement. I would just grab them and not let go.”

Running the ropes when she first started training:

“When I first started to learn to run the ropes, that was really painful for me, it’s just cable wire wrapped in tape. It bruised my ribs so bad, it hurt to be hugged, it hurt to lay down. To have bruises all over and still train and not tell anyone about it, I knew I must really like this to keep doing it.”

Bayley also discussed returning to her hometown (San Jose). You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Naomi Discusses The Details Behind Her Ring Entrance

WWE “Smackdown Live” Women’s Champion, Naomi, recently had the opportunity to sit down with FOX Sports for an interview. Her great ring entrance, WrestleMania and being the champion were amongst the topics covered.

Below are a few questions, along with Naomi’s answers:

Fox Sports: How close was it to WrestleMania that you got to the point where you felt ready to compete? Was it a close call?

Naomi: “Yes, it was literally the week before. And even then it was still a possibility, ‘I don’t know if you want to risk it or give it more time.’ I fought and fought and fought and begged. Just had to really get them to trust me.

‘Trust me, I know my body. I can go, I can do this.’ And it was literally a week before. I for sure thought I wasn’t going to make it.”

Fox Sports: Your entrance is one of the best in WWE, and you change your ring gear for every show. Where do you get the inspiration for all your different gear, and how hands-on are you in creating it?

Naomi: “It’s all me. I have a very creative mind and I’m always looking for new stuff and new things. I’m really into EDM music and the culture of that, I just love all that stuff. Changing the entrance and just doing something different every time, I think it keeps it fresh for everyone. I like people wondering ‘what is she going to wear tonight? What’s she going to have on, what’s she going to do?’ I think it just keeps it new and something different. every time that I come out, and I don’t want it to get old.

What I have been learning… I’ve been trying to learn how to shuffle dance. It looks easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. That’s what I’m working on next, I want to come out with a cool shuffle dance routine.”

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Fox Sports: As the SmackDown Women’s Champion, perhaps you felt a little safer during the recent superstar shakeup – but were you worried about being moved and split up from Jimmy Uso?

Naomi: “Absolutely, we were so scared that we would get split. We went through this before with the WWE Draft. [Total Divas] was filming it and you got to see how I truly felt about it. I was really scared, because if we were to get split up, we would only see each other maybe a day and a half out of the week? And go from seeing each other every day and working with each other… that would have been tough. So going through that again with the shakeup, I was like ‘oh no not this again.’ But we made it through again together, I’m thankful for that.”

Naomi also discusses Charlotte, the difference between “Smackdown Live” and “Raw” and more.

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Charlotte is Excited About the Upcoming Women’s Tournament

WWE superstar Charlotte Flair recently sat down with Metro out of the United Kingdom to discuss a number of topics. Below are some questions along with “The Queen’s” answers:

You’ll be appearing in the UK next month as part of WWE’s May tour. Do you enjoy traveling over here?

“I love how excited the fans get, they even cheer the bad guys because of how excited they are to see the Superstars. It’s not that people in the US aren’t excited to see us, they just kind of get spoiled, so when we go over to the UK you can just tell how popular we are in other countries.

Performing at the O2 Arena is really cool too. The crowd are always great there.”

You’ve spoken before about how to deal with abuse on social media, but can you give some advice to your fans who may have dealt with similar issues? What can they do if they’re getting bad messages from people?

“Those people want a reaction and it’s not necessarily that they feel that way, it’s just a desperate attempt to get a reaction out of you. That took me a long time to process that because I can’t imagine saying something hurtful to somebody.”

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There will be a 32-woman elimination tournament in WWE later this year. Is this another step in the right direction and who would you like to see take part in it?

“NXT just recruited a bunch of women who I’ve been familiar with prior to them getting signed. so right now I’m looking forward to the company highlighting them in such a big way in the tournament.

I’m excited for the girls who have worked the independents to have their moment in the tournament, and it’s going to be awesome.”

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“Payback 2017” Preview

I’ve seen every pay per view WWE has ever produced and this is one of the most worthless they’ve ever put on. The Superstar Shakeup has changed the entire company and that means we have a bunch of pointless matches due to either the title not being on the line, people potentially switching shows and feuds that already have their followups started. Let’s get to it.

Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

Normally I do the Kickoff Show match first but I’m going with this just so we can get it out of the way and forget about it. Remember back in 2000 when Mike Awesome defended the ECW World Title against Tazz and it was a WCW wrestler facing a WWF wrestler at an ECW show? That might be less complicated than what we have here. Here we have the Smackdown World Champion facing off against a “Monday Night Raw” wrestler who had no chance of winning the belt back at first and now that this is non-title, the odds are even lower.

The winner here? The audience, as this feud is going to be OVER, meaning we can move on to…..Jinder Mahal. Three months ago AJ Styles and John Cena were tearing the house down over this title and now we have Wyatt looking like the weakest champion in years, Orton drawing reactions of “Him AGAIN?” and Mahal wondering what kind of a saint he was in a past life to be in this spot. I’ll go with Orton winning here, presumably by being the first person to figure out what a House of Horrors match is.

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Kickoff Show: Enzo Amore/Big Cass vs. Anderson and Gallows

These teams are somehow still feuding for reasons that I have no idea how to comprehend. There’s really not much of a reason for them to be fighting anymore so here they are on pay per view. This is a feud where they started fighting at one point and are still fighting because that’s all WWE knows how to do.

I’ll go with Anderson and Gallows here, as WWE doesn’t seem to like Amore and Cass winning. Then again they don’t like Anderson and Gallows winning either, but the Hardys are likely going to need some more challengers going forward and the big balds have only lost to the champs once so far. This match really does belong on the Kickoff Show and it’s very clear that there isn’t much of a reason to have it other than Amore warming the crowd up.

Women’s Title: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss

This is a natural feud with Bliss looking down on everyone that she’s in the ring with and Bayley as the hometown girl who is living the dream. The question here is how important the hometown aspect is going to be. Earlier this month Naomi won the Smackdown Women’s Title at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” seemingly on the strength of being from Orlando, Florida. The show is in Bayley’s hometown so the question is will they let the hometown girl win twice.

I think they will as it seems that the big match on the horizon is Bayley defending against Sasha Banks in a battle of (former by then) best friends. As good as Bliss is (and she’s awesome), there’s some real money in Bayley holding the title for several months before losing it to Banks in a big showdown. Bliss will have her day and she’s still rolling on the momentum that came with her two Smackdown Women’s Titles.

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Cruiserweight Title: Austin Aries vs. Neville

They had the Match of the Night at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” and it’s not out of the question for them to do it again. These two have an amazing chemistry together and they’re going with a different story this time around. In Orlando it was all about Aries being able to hang with and potentially beat Neville, but the last few weeks have been a much more personal feud built on Neville attacking Aries and the hunt for revenge.

This time around though, I think they’ll switch the title. Neville hasn’t lost a singles match since October and the company has been mentioning that far too often as of late. That suggests to me that they’re about to have him lose, which is going to be a huge moment for Aries. He’s been treated as the biggest star in the division save for Neville and it’s time to bring him all the way to the top.

US Title: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho

Now we hit the first match with next to no drama. It also doesn’t help that these two have barely interacted since “Wrestlemania XXXIII” due to the Superstar Shakeup sending Owens over to “Smackdown Live”. These two had one of the hottest feuds in the company just a month ago and now it’s nothing more than something that exists. Owens has completely moved on and is already looking at a title defense against AJ Styles later in the month.

Of course I’m going with Owens as Jericho is already booked to head off with Fozzy again almost immediately. Barring a last minute switch to Jericho and then dropping it back to Owens two days later, there’s no reason to believe that Owens is dropping the title here. This match feels like filler and that’s a real shame given how much effort they put into the build to its predecessor.

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Tag Team Titles: Hardys vs. Sheamus/Cesaro

While Jericho vs. Owens feels like it has no steam because of a lack of build, this one feels like it has no steam because it was never anything special in the first place. The Hardys made their huge return earlier this month and….that’s about it. Without the Broken characters they’re really just a nostalgic act and that’s not the most thrilling idea in the world, at least not for too long.

That being said, I’m certainly taking the Hardys to retain here. As much steam as they’ve lost, Sheamus and Cesaro have all the steam of a frozen lasagna. The only way I can see them winning here is through a good bit of cheating which would send Matt Hardy over the edge to set up a certain gimmick change to set the promotion on as much fire as it could possibly reach in the current environment.

Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe

This is the Match of the Night if they’re allowed to let it all hang out. I’d assume this match was scheduled for “Fastlane 2017” before Rollins got hurt (though I’m not sure he actually was, especially given how fast he’s gone from nearly crippled to just fine) and now it’s going to feel a bit bigger as Rollins actually got a big rub off his win over Triple H. Then again Samoa Joe has been on fire since his main roster debut and there’s a real chance he could get the biggest win of his career here.

I think I’ll go with Samoa Joe, likely thanks to some interference by a returning Triple H. Why would he return? Well that would be because STEPHANIE MCMAHON MUST BE AVENGED and that means the feud must continue for the next three months or so. So yeah, Rollins is about to win with the Rainmaker knee but Triple H interferes to give Samoa Joe the win, setting up a rematch at whatever the next “Monday Night Raw” pay per view is.

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Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

The last two weeks have made this interesting as WWE has decided that the way to follow up on Strowman’s amazing destruction of Reigns is to have him go 0-1-1 against Big Show and Kalisto. There was no way Reigns should have been on TV in the last two weeks and thankfully they’ve kept him away from TV, though I’m more amazed that him RETIRING THE UNDERTAKER has been forgotten a mere four weeks later.

I’ll take Strowman as he seems to be the challenger at “Great Balls of Fire 2017” and…stop laughing at the pay per view name. Anyway, Strowman seems to be the next challenger for Lesnar because we need to wait for a year to set up Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar and that would suggest starting with a major loss here.

Overall……I think you get the idea. I have no idea why they didn’t do the Superstar Shakeup this coming week for the sake of avoiding all of the messes that have come from the whole thing happening eight days after “Wrestlemania XXXIII”. Almost none of the matches on this show mean anything as we’re already setting up everything for later, making this show all the less important. I’m going to have enough issues staying awake during this show, let alone actually making sense of it.

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Watch: Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Time for the internet to explode, yet again.

WWE has posted a new video on their YouTube channel, which shows the full match between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns From “Payback” in 2016. The finish came when “The Guy” hit “The Phenomenal One” with a spear to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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Reigns is currently scheduled to take on Braun Strowman at this year’s “Payback” event. “The Big Dog” is coming off of a victory of the main event of WrestleMania, where he handed The Undertaker his second ever loss at the “granddaddy of them all,” and most likely sent him into retirement.

Styles is the current No. 1 contender for the United States Championship. At “Backlash,” he will take on the winner of Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho at this year’s “Payback” event.

Editor’s Note:

I feel that this match between Reigns and Styles proves how good of a wrestler “The Guy” is. I’ve said multiple times that he has all of the tools necessary to put on a great match, and WWE wouldn’t give him the opportunities that they do if they didn’t think the same. Don’t believe me? Watch the above match and let me know your thoughts.

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The Pipebomb w/ McCool & Company – April 29, 2017

 Time for the PipeBomb or #GTFH! The Director of Operations Derek Stoughton returns in a big way as we bring the honesty, laughs, singing and more! YOUR #3Count questions including Breezango, who’s the most underrated in WWE, ranting on negative independent wrestling fans and Kenny Omega, Jinder, and even a question about Moana! Follow the #PipeBomb twitter @ThePipeBombNAI, host @McCoolNAI, co-host @NotoriousJoshie, co-host/ producer @itsBRob, Director of Operations @Dericho06

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