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Legitimizing the WCW Legacy? DDP Talks Hall of Fame Induction

Diamond Dallas Page’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame has been long overdue. You can quibble about whether his career justifies his going in ahead of many other deserving stars, but there’s no argument that his role behind-the-scenes in turning around the lives of past legends like Jake the Snake and Scott Hall makes him more than worthy of WWE’s top honor.

WWE broke the news through Rolling Stone earlier today, and the venerable magazine featured an interview with the honoree. When asked about how he received the call, DDP’s humble enthusiasm was on full display.

“We were filming Positively Living, the Diamond Dallas Page three-DVD set. I’m a Jersey boy, so I was on the Jersey Shore in my hometown, and it was the end of the day and we were filming one more thing. They handed me the phone and said, “Boss wants to talk to you.” It’s HHH. I called him a couple weeks earlier and he hadn’t gotten back to me yet, so I thought this was that return call. So we’re talking about casual stuff, and then I start to hear him talk about my career and where I’ve been and how I got here, and then it hits me – is this that call? I’m not a guy who has trouble talking, but I couldn’t talk. Tears are running down the sides of my cheeks and I just said, ‘Bro, I love you man.’”

There’s no question that DDP’s best days were in WCW, and while he’s had several appearances in WWE, his career with the former juggernaut forms the bulk of what he’s known for. So with both himself and Sting in WWE’s Hall of Fame, does DDP think the legacy of WCW has been legitimized?

“I think absolutely. Nature Boy [Ric Flair]’s been in every federation, so the Four Horsemen going in I thought was the beginning of that. But then when Stinger went in, I thought OK, this is huge. And now that I’m in, wow. And Rock ‘n’ Roll Express too. People don’t realize how over they really were. They were like the Beatles man, and they’re out there wrestling the Road Warriors. Before the Midnight Rockers, they were the guys. It’s just gonna be a great night for all of us, and more than anything the fans.”

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Live Fans Will See a Special Match After Raw Tonight

They might have been jobbers in NXT, but they’re on WWE’s main stage tonight.

As previously reported, the Rock will be backstage at Raw tonight as part of production for the upcoming film about Paige and her family. It seems that portions of the movie will be filmed in front of the live audience tonight, including a big match between two prolific indie stars who have previously appeared in NXT.

Rock made an Instagram post earlier today including an image of the pair training. Thea Trinidad will be portraying “our Divas Champion” and Tessa Blanchard will be “our bad ass ring/stunt double,” presumably filling in for Florence Pugh as Paige.

It’s tough to fill an arena, so taking advantage of an existing Raw crowd makes a lot of sense. If you’re going to be at the Staples Center tonight, enjoy your shot at big-screen immortality.

We know Rock himself will make a cameo in the film, but we don’t know if he’ll make an appearance on Raw tonight. It seems a safe assumption that he’ll appear in some form in front of the live audience, since it hasn’t exactly been a secret that he’ll be backstage tonight.

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New Day Have a Big Role at WrestleMania 33

It’s a new gig, yes it is. Since becoming the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time, New Day hasn’t exactly had a lot to do. There’s not much of a point for them to go back to the tag division and that really just leaves them to go after singles titles at this point. Or, perhaps there’s something else they could do: hosting.

According to TMZ.com, New Day will be the official hosts for “Wrestlemania XXXIII”. While that can include a variety of jobs, it can also involve being in one of the highest profile roles on the show. Wrestling names such as the Rock and Hulk Hogan have hosted the show, along with the occasional celebrity host such as Kim Kardashian.

Opinion: This has potential. If nothing else, there’s the possibility of a payoff to the whole New Day Ice Cream idea that they’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. Really, New Day doesn’t need to be in a tag match or something like that so this is probably the best move all around. Let them do something memorable instead of something like last year’s six man tag.

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Do you think New Day will be good hosts? Are you expecting ice cream? Let us know in the comments below.

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#1 Contenders Match Announced for “Monday Night Raw”

Well they could use some new blood. With “Fastlane 2017” coming up, the Raw Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows don’t have much to do. They’ve fought Sheamus and Cesaro multiple times and with New Day seemingly done with the Tag Team Titles for now, new #1 contenders are needed. That’s where “Monday Night Raw” comes in.

According to WWE’s Twitter account, Cesaro and Sheamus will face Enzo Amore and Big Cass for the #1 contendership tonight on “Monday Night Raw”. Cesaro and Sheamus are the former champions and lost the titles to Anderson and Gallows back at “Royal Rumble 2017”. Amore and Big Cass accidentally cost them their rematch and a feud has begun since.

BREAKING: @WWEAaLLday21 & @BigCassWWE will face @WWESheamus & @WWECesaro in a #1 Contender’s Match for the #RAW #TagTitles TONIGHT on #RAW!

— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2017

Opinion: Please let it be Amore and Big Cass. Please don’t make me sit through Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Anderson and Gallows again. I could make it worth your while if you don’t. That feud has taken away any and all interest for me and I have no idea why I would want to see it again. Oh and please no triple threat match. That’s been done to death and I really don’t need to see it again.

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Who do you think wins the match? Will they win the titles? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kurt Angle’s Final Independent Match Announced

So long, farewell. With Kurt Angle going into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017, his time on the independent scene is starting to wind down. Over the last year or so, Angle has been taking a much more relaxed schedule and only wrestling on very select weekends. With the Hall of Fame induction coming in about five weeks, Angle’s last independent match has been announced.

According to 411mania.com, Angle’s final indy match before heading back to WWE will be a steel cage match against Cody Rhodes. The match will take place on March 3 at the Wrestlefest show in Danbury, Connecticut. This will be the third match in a series between the two of them with both having won a match already. Angle will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31 over “Wrestlemania XXXIII” weekend.

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Opinion: Angle always talks about wanting to put new talent over and having a trilogy on the independent circuit against someone like Rhodes is a great way to do just that. Rhodes is one of the hotter names in wrestling at the moment and having a series of matches against Angle is going to do nothing but good for him.

Do you think Angle or Rhodes wins? Who will induct Angle into the Hall of Fame? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Hulk Hogan in New Dutch Insurance Commercial

Feel the power of…..Dutch insurance? It’s very common for celebrities to go overseas and do commercials for various things. Since Hulk Hogan is one of the most famous names in wrestling history, it’s no surprise that he has the opportunities to do the exact same thing. Therefore, let’s go to the Netherlands.

Hogan is now appearing in a commercial for Centraal Beheer, the largest insurance company in the country. In the commercial, Hogan is seen attacking a man who may or may not be a criminal (the video is in Dutch) and using various wrestling moves which intentionally don’t connect. Here you go, in its entirety:

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Opinion: It’s not like Hogan has anything else to do right now. He’s certainly a major name in pop culture so there’s nothing wrong with him making some money while he can. This is a lucrative market for celebrities and Hogan doesn’t have any WWE commitments to hold him down at the moment. If nothing else, the commercial is funny, though he’s no Ric Flair.

Do you think Hogan will be back for “Wrestlemania XXXIII”? Will he ever be back? Let us know in the comments below.

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Raw Promises a “Clash of the Titans,” and the Rock Is There, Too

We’re just two weeks away from the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania, and that means it’s time to kick it into gear in the Fastlane on the road to–oh, sorry, a little too much WWE marketing speak leaked in there. Let’s try that again.

After beating up Mark Henry last week, Braun Strowman is set to take on WWE’s other most prolific big man–the Big Show himself. While I’d have yawned at this match up six months ago, Strowman has been such an effectively-built monster that I have to admit I’m curious how this one will go. Especially considering that these two have had tons of practice together.

Of course, either Strowman wins or Roman Reigns interferes in anticipation of their Fastlane match. What can you do?

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The Rock’s in town and backstage for the production of the upcoming Paige biopic, and with the Great One around there’s every possibility that he’ll make an on-screen appearance and deliver a few catchphrases. If he does show up, there might even be a tease of some WrestleMania plans–assuming there are any, of course.

The venue is also advertising an appearance from Brock Lesnar–whether that’s on the show itself or a post-show dark segment remains to be seen.

Bayley captured the Raw Women’s Championship last week, but the story on social media has been Charlotte’s displeasure over Sasha Banks’ interference in the match. The easy money is on a Fastlane rematch, and you can expect some setup for that tonight.

.@MsCharlotteWWE Sasha has always had my back but I was focused on beating you myself…..Again. I had no idea she would do that.

— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) February 15, 2017

Similarly, last week’s Festival of Friendship sets up a heartbroken rivalry between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. While Owens is going on to face Goldberg at Fastlane, the seeds for Y2J vs. KO are being planted for WrestleMania.

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Samoa Joe is also seeking out a new opponent for Fastlane, since we’re temporarily absent one Seth Rollins. The target is looking like Sami Zayn, and it seems that this pair is a safe bet for the Fastlane card.

Raw broadcasts from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, live as always on the USA Network at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central. We’ll have live coverage of everything as it happens, so stick with us!

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“Payback 2017” Date and Location Announced

We can pencil that one in. With all of the WWE pay per views on the calendar, it remains interesting to see where some of them might be taking place. With most of the Big Four shows being announced in advance, the only announcements we’re likely to get are the minor pay per view details. In this case, one more can be checked off the list.

According to 411mania.com, “Payback 2017” will be taking place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on April 30 with tickets going on sale this Friday. The arena held the “Monday Night Raw” after “Wrestlemania XXXI” and regularly hosts WWE events. There was even a pay per view held there with “Great American Bash 2007”.

Opinion: It’s always nice to see some different cities getting pay per views. San Jose had “Wrestlemania XXXI” about two years ago and it’s no surprise that one of the ten biggest cities in America is a regular stop for WWE. I could go for some more shows near me but at least they’re branching out a bit.

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Where would you like to see get a WWE show? What’s your favorite city to air WWE TV? Let us know in the comments below.

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Breaking: Another Hall of Famer Has Been Officially Named Today

It’s him, it’s him! After a morning filled with rumors, Diamond Dallas Page has been officially announced for this year’s Hall of Fame.

We heard just a few hours ago–thanks to a Reddit post which has since been deleted–that the announcement would come today, and WWE just confirmed it. DDP was the very first name rumored for 2017’s Hall of Fame late last year, and today marked the official confirmation of the choice.

He joins Rickey Morton and Robert Gibson of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Teddy Long, and the headline name of Kurt Angle. Page has been keeping in shape, and you might be able to trace that to DDP Yoga. He competed in the Royal Rumble just last year.

BREAKING: As first reported by @RollingStone, @RealDDP will be inducted into the #WWEHOF Class of 2017! https://t.co/76Kxz8PcBr pic.twitter.com/qcG47uhnJe

— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2017

Looking purely at in-ring careers, there are several names you might be able to imagine going in ahead of Page, but his behind-the-scenes role in turning around the tragic stories of several WWE legends has made a Hall of Fame spot long overdue. The most famous is the transformation chronicled in the 2015 documentary, the Resurrection of Jake the Snake.

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Fans Thought an NXT Star Used Slurs at a Show, But It Ain’t So

Those accents just get in the way sometimes, you know? Such was the case for Nikki Cross this weekend, after some members of the audience thought she’d gotten even crazier than usual.

Some folks coming out of a recent NXT house show say that Nikki crossed the line in using a homophobic slur that we won’t be reprinting here. Naturally, in the largely family-friendly environment of modern WWE, fans were a more than a little disturbed.

But it ain’t true.

In a series of Twitter posts, fellow Sanity member Killian Dain–formerly known as Damo–offered some agitated clarity.

“She said maggots. Stop spreading lies Internet Wrestling community. She’s an advocate for equality if you bother paying attention. We literally shouted exact same thing last week and no one thought it was anything else.”

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story eh?

— Killian Dain (@KillianDain) February 19, 2017

This is a joke right? She said “Maggots” stop trying to ruin people just to get attention.

— Aleister Black (@WWEAleister) February 19, 2017

And that’s your daily controversy averted. Keep on keeping on, Sanity.

While Sanity lost one of their original members, Sawyer Fulton, due to injury, the team has still been one of the best parts of recent NXT shows. Eric Young is still leading the group in a crusade against the “Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger, and Nikki Cross was recently even contending for the NXT Women’s Championship.

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