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Scott Steiner on Initially Leaving TNA, the WWE Hall of Fame and Promos of Today

In the wrestling world, many believe Scott Steiner to be one of the most controversial figures to come from the industry. Whether he is cutting another obscene promo, talking down other wrestlers or flexing his muscles, he tends to offend the masses. Despite this, many still follow Steiner as a favorite, respecting his honesty and interesting perception on reality.

“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner recently sat down with Ring Rust Radio to talk about initially leaving TNA, the WWE Hall of Fame and promos of today in comparison to promos from his own.

Steiner was first asked about his decision in leaving TNA previously, to which he explained was due to former TNA/Impact Wrestling owner Dixie Carter being in charge. Her bringing in guys like Hulk Hogan made him want to leave, which he credits as a good decision as he watched them lose money from afar. He says Jarrett is much better and the reason he signed in the first place.

“When I left nothing impressed me; that’s why I left. The change of management which was a problem because Dixie Carter is an idiot and then she brought in these other idiots like Hulk Hogan. I was just like damn; I got to get the hell out of here. I watched them from afar and their pockets kept getting run down and then thank God, someone else bought it, ran her out and now the right guy is back in charge being Jeff Jarrett. That’s basically who I started with before when Jeff started Impact Wrestling. I definitely wanted to come back and work for the organization again.”

In reference to being in a Hall of Fame, Steiner explains that he is in many of them and doesn’t care nor wants to be in the WWE version. He says there is no physical location for the WWE Hall of Fame so he doesn’t see any reason for being in it. He then takes a shot at Triple H and Stephanie McMahon by claiming the statue of Ric Flair is in their bedroom and if there was a statue of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage it would be in Stephanie’s room.

“I am already in a couple Hall of Fames like the Michigan Hall of Fame and the Dan Gable Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame so my accolades speak for themselves. Let’s just say I’m not losing any sleep over any Hall of Fame induction. The one Hall of Fame that I refuse to go in is the WWE Hall of Fame because do you know where it’s at? Where is it? Do you have an address? It’s a bunch of bulls—. If they called me up, I wouldn’t go because there’s no address; you can’t go see it, so, where is it? What do you think they do with that Ric Flair statue, the one he was jumping up and down over? Where do you think that statue is at right now? If you had to guess right now where do you think it’s at? I say it’s in Triple H’s bedroom. Let me ask you this, do you think they made a statue of Macho Man? If they made a statue of Macho Man where did you think it would be? It would be in Stephanie’s bedroom. It’s a freaking joke. If you can have a Hall of Fame, at least have an address. That’s the only Hall of Fame I laugh at. Come on man, give me a break.”

Finally, he spoke about the current state of promos, focusing specifically on WWE. He says back during his day wrestlers had to get themselves over by making their own promos rather than being fed what to say. That way you knew if someone was tough, not just pretending to be. He also takes a shot at WWE wasting writers, wrestlers and attempting to buy other promotions, as previously reported WWE had been interested in purchasing Ring of Honor.

“I think why the fans could relate to me is because when I went out there, you could tell I was telling the truth. You could tell I wasn’t bulls—ting and I was putting it on the line and if people don’t like it, then do something about it. A lot of my frustrations were with management and a lot of my frustrations were with candy asses in wrestling like guys who weren’t tough, but try to come across as such. People could really tell how I came out and in the way, I spoke my mind, I was to the point, direct and really no bulls—. I think that’s why the people related to what I was saying. As far as nowadays, I feel sorry for guys, especially with what they do in the WWE. They are cookie cutters. You got 20 or 30 idiot writers with the two biggest idiots being Stephanie McMahon and Hunter McMahon. I say Hunter McMahon because I can’t tell which one is the bigger douche, her or him. I’ll give him her last name because he’s a man without a backbone. So, got those two and the 30 writers trying to write for all these guys and they all got the same mindset trying to make all these characters. When I came up, it was Macho Man and all these other guys and you had to come up with your own stuff. If you didn’t come up with your own stuff, you weren’t getting over. If you can’t relate to the crowd, can’t make people hate you, can’t make people like you, you didn’t have a job. Now it’s like do this, do this, do this, and everything is way too staged. It’s hard to watch, it really is. I feel bad for the fans because they are cheating the fans and that’s what happens when you don’t have competition. Look at the WWE, their ratings are just horrific. I don’t know what to say or what they will do. Go buy another company so you can bury some other guys? They are a bunch of a–holes. When you got competition, it makes people think outside the box. When the ratings are down you got to reach to a higher level and come up with different ideas. Nowadays you can put crap out there and if it doesn’t work, who cares? What else are they going to watch? That’s their mindset and it’s just disgusting.”

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Editor’s Note:

I hate Scott Steiner. He is pathetic. Enough said. However, I do wish competitors could craft their own promos and the writers had more control.

What are your thoughts on Steiner’s comments? What do you agree and disagree with? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.

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First Four Official Participants in the “Mae Young Classic” Revealed


Fans all over the world have been debating about the competitors they want to see in the upcoming ‘Mae Young Classic’ that is to happen over the coming months. Today, WWE has really started to hone in with teasing fans about the tournament which draws closer by the day. today revealed the first four official participants in the upcoming ‘Mae Young Classic’ set for later this year and their impact is being felt.

As an update to a story we ran yesterday where PWInsider confirmed several participants expected to appear in the ‘Mae Young Classic,’ today WWE have announced their own initial four participants that will undoubtedly appear in the women’s tournament. Here are a list of the competitors and the information provided by WWE via their official website.

Toni Storm

“Twenty-one-year-old Toni Storm (pictured above) is the first and reigning PROGRESS Women’s Champion in the United Kingdom. Already an eight-year veteran, Storm has carved out a reputation worldwide: Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and based in the U.K., she wrestled in 13 countries before age 20, capturing championships along the way. With an aesthetic flair that finds inspiration in ‘80s rock, plus a ring style that is equal parts technical and hard-hitting, Storm looks to impress on her biggest stage yet in the Classic.”

Lacey Evans

“Lacey Evans, of Parris Island, S.C., is a familiar face to WWE Network subscribers. A newcomer inside the yellow ropes of NXT, Evans joined the WWE Performance Center in April 2016. Prior to pursuing sports-entertainment, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, including time spent as military police and a member of the Special Reactions Team, which is the Marine equivalent of a SWAT Team. Nicknamed “The Lady of NXT,” Evans has said she hopes to use her platform in WWE to show women all over the world, including her 4-year-old daughter, that there are no limits on what you can achieve.”

Sarah Logan

“Hailing from Louisville, Ky., Sarah Logan is proud to have been “born in the woods and raised in the mud,” as she puts it. Like Evans, Logan is an NXT competitor and recruit at the Performance Center. She began her in-ring career on the U.S. independent scene in 2011, and quickly gained notoriety for her rough-and-tumble fights. She refined her skills in Japan under former WWE Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku before signing with WWE in October 2016. Logan, who has also won Olympic powerlifting competitions, made her NXT TV debut earlier this year.”

Princesa Sugefit

“One of the most esteemed grapplers in Mexico, the masked Princesa Sugehit, from Monterrey, brings 20 years’ experience to the Classic. Since turning professional in 1996, Sugehit has earned countless accolades while competing in her home country’s top organizations, CMLL and AAA. Not only that, but she has claimed the masks of numerous rivals over the year, which is considered the ultimate sign of triumph in lucha libre. She is also the current Mexican National Women’s Champion.”

It is expected that WWE will reveal more participants over the coming weeks, possibly four at a time leading up to the actual show. We have noted several participants that may potentially appear in the tournament, but as of now these are the only four WWE has confirmed themselves.

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Editor’s Note:

Four great participants to start the official confirmation. I am particularly interested in seeing Logan and Storm. It should be a great tournament with many amazing participants but until they are confirmed, we can for the most part only speculate on who will be involved. I hope Kay Lee Ray and Candice LeRae are both in the tournament. They are two of my favorite independent female wrestlers.

Which participant confirmed so far are you most looking forward to seeing compete? Who do you want to be included in the tournament as the announcements continue to roll out? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.

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Scott Steiner On Why He Left TNA, Never Going To WWE Hall Of Fame

Source: Ring Rust Radio

Scott Steiner spoke with Ring Rust Radio on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Why he initially left TNA:

“When I left nothing impressed me; that’s why I left. The change of management which was a problem because Dixie Carter is an idiot and then she brought in these other idiots like Hulk Hogan. I was just like damn; I got to get the hell out of here. I watched them from afar and their pockets kept getting run down and then thank God, someone else bought it, ran her out and now the right guy is back in charge being Jeff Jarrett. That’s basically who I started with before when Jeff started Impact Wrestling. I definitely wanted to come back and work for the organization again.”

Hall of Fame inductions:

“I am already in a couple Hall of Fames like the Michigan Hall of Fame and the Dan Gable Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame so my accolades speak for themselves. Let’s just say I’m not losing any sleep over any Hall of Fame induction. The one Hall of Fame that I refuse to go in is the WWE Hall of Fame because do you know where it’s at? Where is it? Do you have an address? It’s a bunch of bulls—. If they called me up, I wouldn’t go because there’s no address; you can’t go see it, so, where is it? What do you think they do with that Ric Flair statue, the one he was jumping up and down over? Where do you think that statue is at right now? If you had to guess right now where do you think it’s at? I say it’s in Triple H’s bedroom. Let me ask you this, do you think they made a statue of Macho Man? If they made a statue of Macho Man where did you think it would be? It would be in Stephanie’s bedroom. It’s a freaking joke. If you can have a Hall of Fame, at least have an address. That’s the only Hall of Fame I laugh at. Come on man, give me a break.”

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Jessica Troy: Growing Up, Being an Australian Woman in Wrestling, Goals

With the recent campaign from Mick ‘The Rapscallion’ Moretti about Australian and New Zealanders being overlooked, we have noted multiple promotions, fans and wrestlers notice the movement in an effort to increase the exposure of talent over in that part of the world.

We recently interviewed Mick Moretti himself, speaking about the entire revolution sparked by his video and #youreGonnaNoticeUs hashtag and now we are bringing you another interview with an incredibly talented, interesting Australian female wrestler known as Jessica Troy.

Hey Jessica! Before we begin, I wanted to thank you for joining me for this exclusive interview with Wrestling Rumors. I first want to ask you about what inspired you to become a wrestler. Was it a wrestler? If so, who?

“When I was young I would always get mad at my older brothers when they tried to watch wrestling on the TV (I’d much rather be watching Powerpuff Girls). Then I actually sat down and gave it a chance, from that moment on I was hooked. I remember one day they advertised a match between Lita and John Cena, it was a girl vs. a boy and I was so excited to see a girl kick butt just like in The Powerpuff Girls! This, and great wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels inspirited me to become a wrestler.”

As a female wrestler, can you explain how you broke into the business and what the perception was from your family, peers and the wrestlers where you would train?

“I first started training in January 2014 at a promotion called Newcastle Pro Wrestling with Adam Hoffman and Jack Bonza. The trainers there are amazing, they make sure everyone is treated the same whether you’re female or male. If any of the boys tried to go easy on me Adam would come in and say “NO! Hit her, she can take it!” he would then clothesline me just to prove his point.”

“My family were nothing but supportive, my dad would drive me to every training session and make sure I was keeping up with all the boys. He still comes to every show I have in Newcastle! I’m pretty sure he’s my biggest fan.”

When did you debut, and can you list some of the promotions you work for?

“I debuted in a Rookie Rumble for Newcastle Pro wrestling in May 2014, since then I’ve wrestled across Australia for places such as;

Pro Wrestling Australia

International Wrestling Australia

Rock ‘n’ Roll Wrestling

Wrestling GO

Melbourne City Wrestling

Riot City Wrestling.”

When do you feel like you’re at your best?

“Anytime I’m in the ring, whether it’s at training or on a show, being in the ring is my happy place. I haven’t reached my best yet though, that’s still a long way away but I’m constantly training to become better and better.”

Ultimately, what is your goal in wrestling?

“My ultimate personal goal is definitely WWE, that has been my dream ever since I started watching wrestling and its everything I’ve been working towards since I started training. Besides that, I would also love to travel as much as I can, my goals are to wrestle in the U.S. (which I now have), the U.K., Japan, Mexico and just as many places as I possibly can.”

Do you have any matches you’d like to be involved in throughout your coming years?

“Since being here in the US I have been lucky enough to compete in CHIKARA which has always been a goal, so I would love to come back and be a part of that again. SHIMMER is another promotion that I would very much like to be a part of throughout my career.”

“There are so many matches I would love to be involved in, I really want to wrestle Nicole Matthews, Toni Storm, and sooooooo many others.”

Where do you see the women in wrestling heading?

“I can only see women’s wrestling getting bigger and brighter. It has already grown so much in the past few years and I don’t see that momentum slowing down. I’m very much looking forward to women headlining WrestleMania!”

“Coming from Australia has been a major plus when it comes to women’s wrestling as there are so many great inspirations. We have Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Emma already in WWE, as well as the girls back home like Madison Eagles, Shazza Mckenzie and Charli Evans who are all crazy talented and motivational for me.vI feel very lucky to have had so many strong female figures influence me when it comes to wrestling.”

Do you feel that being Australian has limited what you’ve could do, as ‘The Rapscallion’ Mick Moretti has suggested with the revolution he has started?

“I don’t think being Australian has limited my potential, I just think the world has a limited knowledge of Australian wrestling. However, the Rapscallions Revolution is going to change that! We want to show the world all the world class talent that is living in Australia.”

Would you say NXT and WWE is a goal for you as an Independent wrestler? Or do you feel that it isn’t necessary nowadays’?

“For me personally, yes. That has always been my main goal and it will continue to be. I don’t think it’s a necessary goal for every independent wrestler though, everyone can have completely different goals and still be successful.”

Are there any specific places in the world you’d like to work in, such as Japan, the U.K. or elsewhere?

“Like I said before, I want to travel everywhere possible, the U.K., Japan, Mexico, German… EVERYWHERE!!”

Can you give the readers some information on your character?

“I am a wrestler that needs no moniker or parenthesized nick name, my in-ring talent speaks for itself. I may look sweet but I’m a dangerous technician that combines a strong grappling with Lucha inspired agility moves. So basically, I might look cute but I can rip off your kneecap.”

Where can people find more of you if they would like to follow what you are doing?

“They can find me on Instagram @jessica_troy1

Twitter @_jessicatroy

And Facebook @JessicaTroyWrestler

Well thank you for joining us, Jessica! Before you go, is there anything you’d like to say?

“Thank you so much for having me here!”

Once again, Wrestling Rumors would like to thank Jessica Troy for her time today and allowing us the pleasure of having her and Mick “The Rapscallion” Moretti with us to talk about something that could change the face of wrestling as we know it.

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Editor’s Note: 

It was a pleasure having the opportunity to interview Jessica. She gave me a great insight into how wrestling is over here and the perception of female wrestlers breaking into the industry. Wish all the best to her and Moretti, who are a couple.

What are your thoughts on women’s wrestling? Will you check out Troy’s work? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.

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Conor McGregor Is ‘100 Percent Positive’ He Beats Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor finally got his bout against Floyd Mayweather, but the question is whether he can succeed in the ring. Of course, there is no debate where the Irish fighter is concerned.

“He is absolutely 100 percent positive that he wins this fight,” UFC president Dana White said on SportsCenter Wednesday, via Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting. “I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago.”

Mayweather confirmed Wednesday the highly anticipated matchup between the two superstars is set for Aug. 26.


— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017

McGregor has never competed in a professional boxing match, but most of his success in UFC came through his punching ability. He has a 21-3 career record, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout.

However, Mayweather comes with a lot more experience while compiling a 49-0 record in his boxing career.

The betting odds don’t agree with McGregor’s confidence either, with Odds Shark currently listing him as a 5-1 underdog. It takes a bet of $800 to win $100 while betting on Mayweather. With that said, Justin Hartling of Odds Shark noted the shift in odds over the past few months:

Mayweather vs McGregor line first opened on November 17, five days after UFC 205. Money has been steadily coming in on Conor since.

— Justin Hartling (@justinhartling) June 14, 2017

This might be one of the most unpredictable fights in boxing history, but that will only keep fans on the edge of their seats.

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Money in the Bank 2015: A Long Night for Ladders

Money in the Bank 2015
Date: June 14, 2015
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole

It’s already time to crown a new Mr. Money in the Bank, just two and a half months after Seth Rollins cashed in during the main event of Wrestlemania XXXI. In addition to the ladder match, the main event is…..another ladder match! Seth Rollins will defend his WWE World Title against Dean Ambrose after saying he doesn’t need the Authority’s help. Let’s get to it.

Pre-Show: King Barrett vs. R-Truth

Before the match, Truth says dressing up is fun and he’s going to become King What’s Up. Barrett comes out with a new silver outfit which he says was tailor made in London. Truth starts fast with a headscissors before sending the King to the floor as we take a quick break. Back with a boot to the face putting Truth down as JBL name drops all the famous British women that have been trying to get together with Barrett.

Cole: “R-Truth has every bit as much right to call himself King as Barrett.” No Cole, he doesn’t. Truth jumps over him in the corner but takes a kick to the ribs for two. Back up and the Winds of Change is countered into a crucifix for the pin at 5:49. Cole treats this as a huge deal because he has the memory of a drunken elephant.

Rating: D+. Just a Raw match here with Barrett losing again. I don’t know if this makes Truth the King, but why not at this point? Barrett needs to get far, far away from WWE because it seems that he tortured and murdered Stephanie’s pet Feline Animal Champion (pick a hashtag for it) who was destined to revolutionize our industry one day with groundbreaking forms of entertainment at a WWE Pay Per View Event which everyone would be talking about on social media, thereby earning WWE a very prestigious award due to Stephanie’s leadership. How else can you explain the way he loses so much?

Truth gets the crown but throws it at Barrett and leaves.

As expected, this show is dedicated to Dusty Rhodes. We also get a ten bell salute with the roster on stage, complete with Dusty’s theme song playing as everyone claps along. Dusty deserves this and so much more.

The opening video focuses on how there can only be one, meaning a briefcase holder and champion. Wouldn’t that be two? Also, I’m sure that theme is in no way connected to last night’s UFC 188 theme of “there can only be one.” There’s actually no sarcasm there. It really is likely just a coincidence.

Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Neville vs. Sheamus vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

Money in the Bank. Kofi is one third of the Tag Team Champions. Everyone brawls to start and Kofi goes for the ladder but everyone stops to look at him in a funny spot. We get the rapid fire climbs with almost everyone getting a hand on the case until almost everyone is knocked down. Kane stops Sheamus from climbing but eats the running DDT from Ziggler.

It’s Sheamus back up first and cleaning house with ladder shots on the floor but having to run back inside to shove Kofi off a ladder. Neville comes back in but takes Trouble in Paradise, followed by Sheamus taking the same. Kofi’s next climb is broken up by Neville and Reigns takes Kingston down as well. With right hands not working, Reigns blasts Neville in the face with the ladder but has to deal with Kofi.

Reigns powerbombs Kofi onto a ladder bridged over the bottom rope and then powerbombs Neville onto Kingston for a big pileup. Kane is back up to stop Roman but Orton remembers that he’s in this match and pulls Kane down by the business pants, followed by an RKO. The second RKO puts Kingston down but Neville springboards over Randy onto the ladder, only to get pulled down into RKO #3. Sheamus can’t get over Orton to grab the briefcase either and a backbreaker puts him down.

That earns Orton a Brogue Kick but Ziggler (where has he been?) runs up the ladder for a save. Ziggler and Sheamus slug it out on top of the ladder with Sheamus teasing White Noise from way up there, only to have Ziggler counter into a sleeper. That changes into a Zig Zag for a massive crash. The Red Arrow drills Sheamus but Neville comes up holding his hand or wrist. He’s fine enough to knock Ziggler off the top of the ladder but Kane pulls Neville’s leg to break it up.

Kane hits Neville and Ziggler with the ladder and throws everything outside, only to turn around into a Superman Punch. Reigns, ever the genius, dives onto the pile instead of climbing a ladder. Cue Big E. and Xavier Woods because this match needs more people. They get Kofi most of the way up but Reigns makes a save and powerbombs Kofi over the top and onto everyone at once.

Orton comes back in and takes a spear, leaving Reigns all alone. He goes up but we’ve got Wyatt! Bray lays out Reigns with Sister Abigail (remember that Reigns cost Wyatt a match against Ambrose a few weeks back) and leaves, allowing Sheamus to climb up the ladder but Neville is there for the save. Sheamus rips at his face and shoves Neville down to win the briefcase at 20:33.

Rating: B-. This was one of the more entertaining Money in the Banks in a few years, but the standard problems hurt it. At the end of the day, this needs to have five or six people instead of seven. The extra people makes this a rotating triple threat with guys like Orton and Ziggler just laying around for long stretches and some, mainly Ziggler, just being there to fill in a spot instead of really adding anything. Fun stuff, but they need to cut the roster down.

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Paige talks about the Bellas dominating the Divas division for years and how they do it all for themselves. Tonight Paige is going to change all that and she’s going to do it for Dusty.

Divas Title: Nikki Bella vs. Paige

Nikki is defending. Paige is ready to go but Nikki wants to do jumping jacks. That’s fine with Paige as she takes it to the floor and slams Nikki down, only to get dropped face first onto the barricade. Nikki takes it back inside for some pushups as the rest of the Divas are watching in the back. Paige comes back with a knee to the jaw for two but eats a slingshot suplex. JBL calls this creative but thankfully credits it to Tully Blanchard.

We hit the bodyscissors and a chinlock on Paige for a bit before she kicks Nikki in the face. Why make things more complicated than they need to be? Something like PTO (minus pulling on Nikki’s arms) has Nikki in trouble but she grabs the ropes. Because no one was pulling on her arms you see. An attempt at the actual PTO is kicked away and Nikki hits her spinning kick out of the corner to the…..side?

The Rack Attack is countered into the Rampaige for two because All Hail The Bellas. They fight to the corner and fall outside for some Twin Magic, but Paige reverses Brie’s small package for the pin. They don’t even bother ringing the bell though as Brie rips the stuffing out of her top, allowing Nikki to come back in with the forearm and Rack Attack for the pin to retain at 11:17. JBL wants to know how that’s not a DQ (fair question) and points out that Paige has alienated all the other Divas so no one wants to help her.

Rating: C+. Annoying Bella finish aside, this was one of the better Divas matches in a long time, and one of the reasons is the time. That was the longest Divas/Women’s Title match on pay per view since 2006 and only the second female singles match to get over ten minutes in that time span. However, I’m beyond tired of Nikki keeping the title as they try everything they can to make us accept the Bellas as top stars on Lita and Trish’s levels. Either that or they’re making us wait until Nikki is the longest reigning Divas Champion ever so we forget about AJ.

We recap Ryback vs. Big Show, but here’s Miz with something to say. He sucks up to his home state fans but reminds them that they don’t count if they live in Los Angeles or New York. His team is working on giving us the Intercontinental Title feud that we deserve, but tonight he’s creating an audio visual masterpiece.

Intercontinental Title: Big Show vs. Ryback

Miz is on commentary and Ryback is defending. Ryback hits a spinebuster and Meathook in the first 20 seconds but Shell Shock is broken up. That’s fine with Ryback who knocks Show over the top rope but stops to beat up Miz. Back inside and Big Show gets in a shot to the ribs to slow things down. Ryback throws on an armbar of all things before nailing a suplex. The Meathook is countered into a chokeslam for two and the KO Punch knocks Ryback to the floor. Show goes to get him but Miz attacks with a microphone for the DQ at 5:30.

Rating: C. Not bad here and now they can go to the triple threat that they clearly wanted to do all along and didn’t do here for reasons I don’t quite understand. Miz interfering and ending the match makes sense and hopefully leads to Miz rising up the card a bit more. I’ve always (well almost always) liked the guy and he’d be great as a shorter form Honky Tonk Man: he gets a title from more deserving people and brags about how awesome he is.

We recap Owens vs. Cena. Owens beat Cena two weeks ago in his WWE in ring debut and talked about how this made him a better wrestler than Cena. John countered by saying he was still a better man because he fights for the right causes. Tonight is the rematch for bragging rights.

Kevin Owens vs. John Cena

Owens’ NXT and Cena’s US Titles aren’t on the line. Cena grabs a headlock to start as they’re trying to make this feel as big as they can. A wristlock earns Cena a right hand to the face but Cena blasts him with the big clothesline. The fans are WAY into this and it’s really helping things out. Owens dropkicks him down and hooks a chinlock before busts out Cena’s finishing sequence, including the Shuffle.

Cena escapes the AA (that’s a weird one to type) and puts on the STF. That goes as far as the first STF is going to go so Cena busts out a reverse suplex for two. A Codebreaker of all things staggers Cena but Owens has to escape an AA of his own and hits a release German suplex, followed by the Cannonball for two more. The big man goes up top for a Swanton (but he’s big! I thought big guys couldn’t wrestle a fast paced style.) but Cena gets the knees up. Again, shouldn’t that hurt his knees?

The AA gets two (why is Cena even surprised at this point?) and Cena spends way too much time arguing with the referee. Cena takes him to the corner for a super AA but gets countered into an electric chair, which Owens spins into a Batista Bomb for a very close two. The Pop Up Powerbomb is countered with a hurricanrana but Owens nails him with a superkick for an even closer near fall, causing Owens to headbutt the mat in frustration. There’s a tornado DDT for two for Cena as frustration is really setting in.

Cena misses the top rope Fameasser and eats the package slam for two. Owens keeps things even by missing the springboard moonsault and another AA gets another two count. They head up top again with Cena’s superplex being countered into the swinging fisherman’s superplex for an even closer fall.

With nothing else working, Cena slaps on the STF but Owens gets the ropes again. In a very unique move, Cena tries a sunset flip but can’t get all the way over, so he pulls up and flips Owens down into a sunset bomb for two more. The Pop Up Powerbomb out of nowhere gets another near fall and both guys are spent. Back up again and the springboard Stunner sets up the third AA for the pin at 19:19.

Rating: A+. Yep. This was one of the best matches they’ve had in a long time and these two were just trading bombs for nearly 20 minutes. Cena respected Owens the entire way and could barely hang in there with him. This is one of those matches where Owens doesn’t lose a thing by getting pinned so everyone comes out looking great.

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Post match Cena offers a handshake to a real champion but gets kicked in the ribs and tastes the first apron bomb in WWE. Owens walks off with the US Title but throws it down because “The real champ is here!” and laughs like a villain. He calls for a stretcher which is probably match #3 for them. Cena limps off, not being able to put much weight on the knee.

Ambrose talks about getting ripped off by Rollins and Kane last year at this very event but he knows he’s earned this title. It was about respect last month but now it’s about a payday. Of note here: Ambrose called Rollins an errand boy, which was an old Dusty insult.

We get a video dedication to Dusty Rhodes. This felt like something very special, just as it should have.

Tag Team Titles: New Day vs. Prime Time Players

Xavier/Big E. are defending for New Day here and Kofi is off recovering from the ladder match. Woods refers to Kofi not winning as a travesty and Big E. rips on Ohio State for their NCAA sanctions a few years ago. However, Kofi needs some power of positivity right now, so the Clap Nation needs to give him the clap therapy that he needs. Woods tells Columbus that they really suck but Big E. says nothing will deter them. Xavier looked like he was about to explode.

Darren flips out of a Woods wristlock to start but it’s quickly off to Big E. to slam Young down. A double splash gets two on Darren and Big E. puts on an abdominal stretch, complete with New Day Rocks slaps to the ribs. There’s a belly to belly for two before it’s off to Woods for a cobra clutch. Darren’s sunset flip to Woods isn’t quite as good as Cena’s was earlier and it’s a blind tag to bring in Big E. for the save. Big E. comes in but goes into the post, finally allowing for the hot tag to Titus to clean house. Everything breaks down and the Clash of the Titus is enough to pin Woods at 5:48 to give us new champions.

Rating: C-. This was in a very tough spot on the card as they were coming after the Owens vs. Cena classic and the Dusty video, but at least we saw a finish that made sense: New Day was down a man and finally in a fair match and lost the belts as a result. I don’t picture the Players as a long term team on top but it’s cool to see them get a run.

The pre-show panel does their thing.

We recap the ladder match. Reigns vs. Wyatt is already confirmed for Battleground.

We recap the World Title match. Ambrose pinned Rollins at Elimination Chamber but wound up winning by DQ, meaning it’s time for a ladder rematch.

Rollins walks past the Stooges in the back but runs into Kane. The big man says this is what he’s been waiting for since Wrestlemania and tonight the future is history. The Authority comes up and says a loss is all on Seth. HHH gives Rollins a pep talk and wants Rollins to show the fans why he chose Rollins to be the man. Show them all.

WWE World Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Ladder match. Rollins is defending and comes out all alone. We start with some wrestling as Dean takes him down to the mat and works on the legs in a smart move. A kick to the back has Rollins crawling to the corner but he snaps Dean’s throat across the top. Dean is able to stop Seth from getting to the ladder and drops him with a big clothesline.

They head outside for the first time with Dean taking a slam onto the floor. We get the first ladder brought in (not exactly a dramatic introduction) but Seth springboards onto it and goes inside, only to have the suicide dive hit the steel. Both guys go for a climb but Dean is smart enough to ram Seth into the ladder to take over again. A butterfly suplex sends Rollins into the ladder in the corner and Dean goes up.

We get the spot that we’ve been waiting on all night as Dean does the Flip Flop and Fly before diving into the standing elbow drop. Lawler seemed genuinely happy to see that. Rollins is in trouble but blasts Dean in the knee to stop a climb. Dean’s knee gets crushed in the ladder as we get some rare psychology in one of these things. Seth slaps on the Figure Four around the post and Dean is in even more trouble as Rollins shouts that Dean can’t climb with one leg.

The champ follows it up with a regular Figure Four in the middle of the ring before tying Dean up in the Tree of Woe. You know that’s not all he’s doing as he cracks Dean in the knee with a chair. He adds a double stomp to Dean’s chest but Ambrose is still caught in the Tree of Woe. Somehow Dean is able to shove the ladder over and knock Seth down for a huge crash.

The rebound clothesline is countered with a ladder to the face though and both guys are down. Rollins goes to the top for some reason and gets a chair pelted at his head, followed by a clothesline to knock Seth back down to the mat. A Cactus Clothesline puts both guys on the floor and everyone is down. It’s Rollins back in first and chucking a ladder at Dean, only to eat the rebound clothesline instead.

They fight into the crowd with Dean being knocked into a wall. Rollins heads back to ringside but can’t lift a ladder up, allowing Dean to charge back (while limping) and knock Seth down. The ladder is bridged between the ring and announcers’ table and Seth is quickly backdropped (mostly) through the ladder to leave Dean all alone in the ring. Dean is spent and takes a long time to set up the ladder, plus he only has one good leg. Rollins gets back up and tries a powerbomb, only to be hurricanranaed out to the floor.

They crash over the announcers’ table and Seth tries a Pedigree, only to be countered into Dirty Deeds (THUD). The table doesn’t break so the fans want one more time but Dean can’t get up. Eventually Ambrose does the slow climb but Rollins comes back in with a monitor to crush the knee one more time. The champ climbs but Dean grabs the leg, only to eat a Pedigree, allowing Rollins to…..not quite retain as Dean grabs the leg again. Ambrose pulls him down and sidesteps a charge to send Seth outside one more time.

Rollins pulls Dean out as well and sends him face first into the bridged ladder, following a running powerbomb against the barricade. That’s not enough as he does it again against the other barricade to knock Dean out. Seth still isn’t done as he piles a bunch of chairs onto a ladder for a running sitout powerbomb. Rollins makes sure to bury Dean under a bunch of metal objects but Ambrose gets up AGAIN. Both guys climb on the same side and they pull it down at the same time with Rollins coming up with it to retain at 35:53.

Rating: A-. I really liked the match for the most part but they got a bit ridiculous with Dean getting up over and over so many times. They nailed the drama part though with Rollins never being able to put Dean away until the very end. Very entertaining match here and hopefully the end to the feud.

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HHH congratulates Rollins but Jojo comes up for an interview where Seth gets to say he told us so. He declares himself the greatest champion of all time as Dean looks defeated to really end the show after 11pm, which might be a first.

Overall Rating: B+. This followed the Money in the Bank formula with the ladder match headlining things and then two other big matches filling out the card. Unfortunately the supporting matches aren’t as good and held this back from being a great show. That being said, you had six matches and half ranged from good to great so it’s hard to say this wasn’t a very good show. WWE has found the pay per view groove again and haven’t had a bad one in a very, very long time.

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“Slammiversary 2017” to Feature Special Commentary Team

Say that again. One of the most important parts of a wrestling show is the commentary team. They’re the fans’ guide to the show and tell you what you need to know about a wrestling show. If you get used to a pair of voices, it makes you feel more at home during the broadcast. That makes the commentary team at “Slammiversary 2017” a bit tricky.

According to Impact Wrestling’s official Twitter, the pay per view will feature commentary by former full time commentator Don West and former ESPN broadcaster Robert Flores. The regular commentary team of Jeremy Borash and Josh Matthews are having a tag match during the show, meaning they can’t do the broadcasting.

BREAKING NEWS: @RoFlo and @DonWestDeals to call #Slamm15!



Opinion: It says a lot that this is some of the best news I’ve heard about the show in a good while. I don’t have to listen to Matthews and Borash running their mouths about how awesome their match is going to be because one of the two top stories in the company is the battle between two announcers.

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205 Live Results – June 13, 2017

205 Live
Date: June 13, 2017
Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Corey Graves

It seems that we have a new challenger to Neville’s Cruiserweight Title as the champ called out Akira Tozawa last night on Monday Night Raw. Hopefully that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a lot of Titus O’Neil as a bonus because he’s been hitched to Tozawa for reasons unclear. We should also be hearing something about Austin Aries’ future. Let’s get to it.

Tozawa is getting ready in the back when Titus comes in to say he’s gotten Tozawa a main event match against TJP tonight. Akira tries to say something about the Titus Brand but Titus cuts him off and says Tozawa signing would mean, in song, that it’s raining yen. Tozawa really doesn’t seem impressed.

Opening sequence.

The announcers (with Joseph being welcomed to the team) preview the show.

Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari

Cedric flips out of a wristlock to start and the threat of a kick to the head sends Daivari running away. Back in and Daivari drives Cedric back first into the corner but he comes right back with a dropkick for two. Cedric’s springboard clothesline is broken up and we hit the neck chinlock. One heck of a jumping knee to the head gets two on Cedric and it’s off to the chinlock again. Cedric fights up and hits the handspring enziguri for two, followed by the springboard clothesline. Hang on though as here’s Noam Dar with Alicia Fox on his phone. Cedric kicks him down and grabs the Lumbar Check for the pin at 6:53.

Result: Cedric Alexander b. Ariya Daivari – Lumber Check (6:53)

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Post match Cedric grabs the phone and ignores Fox before hanging up on her.

Here’s Austin Aries for his first comments after losing to Neville again. He was thinking this would be a bit of a different kind of moment but he’s out here without his Cruiserweight Title. While he’s ready to keep going, WWE thinks he needs to be medically cleared and he has to take some time off.

This brings out Tony Nese to say to say Aries needs to get out of the ring before he starts fading into the past. Aries brings up making Nese tap out recently, which means violence is teased. This brings out Jack Gallagher to say this is a city about having fun. If Nese thinks he’s Aries’ replacement, that makes him the biggest joke of all. Nese swings so Gallagher takes him apart with the umbrella.

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TJP runs into Rich Swann, who thinks the fans were starting to believe in him again but that changed in a hurry. Swann wants the old TJP back.

Video on Mustafa Ali but it’s cut off by Drew Gulak, who doesn’t think Ali has the fans’ best interests in mind. On the other hand, Gulak only cares about making fans happy, albeit in a safe way. They square off next week.

Gallagher vs. Nese next week as well.

TJP vs. Akira Tozawa

Tozawa shouts a lot and grabs a headlock. A kick to the chest and the screaming backsplash give Tozawa two as Titus O’Neil is watching in the back. TJP finally gets in a dropkick to knock Tozawa out of the air but his arm is a big banged up. He’s fine enough to work on a neck crank with an arm trap as things slow down a bit.

Back up and Tozawa hits a nice springboard forearm into a nipup, making him like Shawn Michaels with worse hair. For some reason this brings up a CM PUNK chant until TJP puts on a something like a standing Indian Deathlock. That’s switched over to a butterfly lock until Tozawa comes back up with a hurricanrana. TJP bails to the floor and eats a suicide dive for little reaction.

Back in and Tozawa gets crotched on top, setting up the double chickenwing gutbuster for two. They slug it out with Tozawa getting the better of it, only to have TJP grab a quick kneebar. Tozawa grabs the rope so TJP kicks his mouthpiece out. Not that it matters as Tozawa comes right back up with a Saito suplex and the top rope backsplash for the pin at 11:16.

Result: Akira Tozawa b. TJP – Top rope backsplash (11:16)

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Post match Titus is singing It’s Raining Yen in the back when Neville comes up. Neville really doesn’t care about any of this because Tozawa isn’t ready for the Neville level. Titus says Tozawa is the future to end the show.

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Lana on Her Upcoming Debut at “Money in the Bank 2017”

Simply ravishing. One of the more interesting stories about this Sunday’s “Money in the Bank 2017” is the in-ring singles debut of Lana. While we’ve seen her in a multi-woman tag match on the “Wrestlemania XXXII” Kickoff Show, this Sunday will see her first televised match in over a year. This has given her some extra attention, including a new interview with “USA Today”.

In the interview, Lana talks about her training down at the Performance Center and in NXT, along with the influences from various trainers, including Fit Finlay and her husband Rusev. As you might expect, she also covers her time on “Total Divas” and the aspects of her personal life that the show covers. Here are some highlights.

On the Upcoming “Total Divas” Season

“I’m really excited about showing my in-ring journey because I have been training a lot over the last year. It wasn’t always a skip in the park, but I was just so hungry to learn. My past is very, very different than (the other performers). But I am a strong believer to follow your own path, no matter what people think.”

On if This is a New Character

“I’m the same ‘Ravishing Russian’ that you’ve always known. It’s funny to me when I hear people say that it’s a new character. I embody ‘Ravishing.’ I come out in the most ravishing dress. I have a ravishing entrance. I’m ravishing people’s hearts. I was managing Rusev and wearing a suit because if you’re managing someone or an agent in real life, you are going to wear a suit to work. I’m the same woman, I’m just going to be crushing people myself.”

And on the Philosophy of Her Career

“I’ve had learning disabilities my whole life and I’m dyslexic. That doesn’t stop me from reading slowly and still trying to learn. … If I get knocked down, I’m going to get back up and try again. I am the slow and steady is going to win this race type. That has applied to me with everything with wrestling, with this match this weekend or our career with Rusev. Everything is what you make of it in life. Are you going to look at your cup half-full or are you going to look at your cup half-empty? I choose to look at my cup as overflowing. I count myself as so blessed every day that I can do what I love to do and that I can be with Rusev, the man that I love, and travel the world.

You can read the full interview here.

Opinion: Lana seems like someone who could make quite the impact if she has the slightest bit of wrestling ability. Not only is she gorgeous and have an excellent athletic background but the fans already know her and she has some great charisma. If this Sunday is a success, you could see her as a top star in the division for a very long time.

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Cody Rhodes On if he Misses WWE

This isn’t smoke and mirrors. You don’t often hear about wrestlers leaving WWE and having a major career upgrade elsewhere. Sometimes you’ll hear about a minor success here and there but a lot of the time it doesn’t go anywhere. In the case of Cody Rhodes though, he seems to gotten better after leaving. This brings up the question of what does he think about leaving the company.

Earlier this week, Rhodes was asked if he misses being in the WWE. Rhodes responded to the Tweet by saying that while he doesn’t miss the company, he does miss some of his friends in the locker room. He also says that WWE gave his career a start and it was only himself that was holding him back.

No. I miss my homies a bit. If anybody was holding me back, it was me. WWE put me on the map and in the game.

— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) June 14, 2017

Opinion: It’s always nice to see someone leaving the company and not complaining about it on his way out. There’s nothing wrong with being glad to leave a company but that doesn’t mean you have to trash the place after you’re gone. Rhodes is right that WWE put him on the map and there’s no reason to act like that’s not the case. They’ve parted ways now and Rhodes seems happy, which is fine.

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