Samoa Joe’s Long Term Goal in WWE is Winning Gold

Current WWE superstar Samoa Joe recently sat down with the Press of Atlantic City to promote WrestleMania next weekend. He discussed a number of topics, including his run so far in WWE as well as what his long term goals are.

He was asked a number of questions, and answered them as follows:

How perfectly does the “Destroyer” monicker fit you?

SJ: “I think it’s very, very perfect. I was kind of tasked with a mission, and whenever I’ve been given a mission at any point in my career I’ve fulfilled it. Right now, my mission is to run through the WWE roster, wreck as many people as possible in the most efficient fashion. Me being called the ‘Destroyer’ is a monicker I seek to live up to.”

Your runs against Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura were some of the best matches NXT has ever seen. How proud are you of the work you put in with those guys?

SJ: “Tremendously. Obviously (despite) whatever differences manifested our having those matches. Finn Balor is somebody I’ve known for over a decade, Shinsuke Nakamure is somebody I’ve known for over a decade and had a hand in their emergence as global superstars. So to come full circle and face them at NXT in front of jam-packed arenas, there’s kind of a special twinge of satisfaction that goes with that.”

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Now that you’re here and you’ve accomplished quite a bit in NXT and now on the main roster, what is the goal for you?

SJ: “The goal is gold. I think that goal has never really changed. I’ve been a champion everywhere I have gone and WWE will be no different. I will be a champion here. I will capture as much gold as humanly possible. That’s my mission right now.”

What can we expect from Samoa Joe going forward?

SJ: “I like to give people the formula. I will show up, I will wreck somebody’s shop, I will walk away and I will show up again and kind of rinse, dry and repeat. There’s nothing really complicated about what I do. Expectations shouldn’t be anything different from that. I’m here. I’ve made my statements and now it’s time to deliver. So here we go.”

Joe also discussed WrestleMania, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins and more.

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Bray Wyatt Issues a Warning to Goldberg, Brock Lesnar

As of right now, it looks like the Universal Championship match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will be the main event of this year’s WrestleMania, but the opposing brand’s champion, Bray Wyatt, feels that his match with Randy Orton will end up being the more memorable match of the show’s two world title matches.

During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Bray was asked about Goldberg vs. Lesnar being the main event, and whether or not he thinks the two Raw stars should be worried about having to follow his match with Randy Orton.

“If I were Goldberg or Brock Lesnar, I wouldn’t want to have to go on after me and Randy. From their standpoint, I wouldn’t want to be them and have to go on after us.”

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One thing is for sure, Randy vs. Bray will be given a lot more time than Goldberg vs. Lesnar will. So, overall, it’ll probably be a better match. But, which of the two do you think will be more memorable when the show is over? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Is AJ Styles Mad That Goldberg Vs. Lesnar Will Be The WrestleMania Main Event?

AJ Styles has had an incredible year, as he pretty much carried the SmackDown brand while John Cena was taking time off, and he’s clearly deserving of the WrestleMania main event. But, that wasn’t in the cards this year, as Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg are currently scheduled to go on last. Does that mean that AJ resents the two “part-timers” for getting the main event spot at WWE’s biggest show of the year? No, not exactly.

During a recent interview on the Gorilla Position podcast, Styles talked about WWE’s part-timers, such as Lesnar and Goldberg, and whether or not he has any hard feelings towards them for being in the spot that he wants to be in.

“I can tell you this: Goldberg, and what him and Brock have done together, have made sure that people are going to come and watch WrestleMania. They want to see this match, and if they have to come see them they also have to come to see me. And now I have the opportunity to impress them, while they’re there and I’ll make AJ fans and Shane McMahon fans out of them. That’s my job, and so, am I mad at these guys for being Superstars like, the ultimate, that everybody knows? Absolutely not. When they [said], ‘Oh, part-timers, yeah, [they] come in and do that.’ You know what? Let them be part-timers, if they can do that, then they have earned it and to tell you the truth, when they’re not here that’s more money in my pocket. So that’s not a bad thing, ya know? Let’s work together. I don’t care who’s on top, just as long as we’re all able to pay our bills.”

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Do you think that AJ Styles should be in the WrestleMania main event? What’s your opinion on the part-timers such as Lesnar and Goldberg? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Report: WWE Officials Believe Now is the Time for This Legend to Retire

It looks like we might finally see the end of a legendary career at next Sunday’s WrestleMania 33, as it’s once again being rumored that The Undertaker will retire following his match with Roman Reigns on April 2.

In recent weeks, WWE has teased The Undertaker’s retirement by having Roman Reigns claim that he’s going to retire The Deadman during the buildup to the match. Furthermore, they put a poll on their website asking fans if Reigns will be able to retire The Undertaker next Sunday. So, WWE clearly wants you to think that we’re going to see the last of The Phenom next weekend.

According to PW Insider, there is some talk within WWE that The Undertaker won’t wrestle again following this year’s big event due to the amount of pain that he’s in. The report also claimed that the WWE legend was not in the best mood during last week’s Raw show because he was in so much pain.

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Of course, we hear this rumor every year and it never turns out to be true. But, one of these years it will turn out to be true. Will it be this year? Let us know in the comments section below, or over on Facebook!

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Watch: WWE Lists Top Ten Firings

It happens to the best of us. One of the biggest catchphrases in the history of wrestling is Mr. McMahon’s YOU’RE FIRED! People from all walks of the WWE have heard it before and it almost always results in a big moment. This week’s episode of “Monday Night Raw” included Mick Foley being fired and that gave WWE an idea.

WWE has released a Top Ten of the greatest firings in company history. This list includes talent on all levels from Steve Austin himself and all the way down to Vickie Guerrero, along with multiple authority figures. It’s not even just McMahon doing the firings either as several people get to say the magic words.

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Opinion: These are always fun and it’s a big deal when something like this happens. While they don’t always stick, sometimes people really do leave and there’s a certain realism to having the boss fire you from the show. WWE’s lists are often good as they know how to pull up some good and rare stuff to really fill it out.

What is your favorite firing? Who would you like to fire? Let us know in the comments below.

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WWE is Teasing a Legend Appearing on “Monday Night Raw”

Well it would make sense. It’s Wrestlemania season and that means it’s time for the bigger names to come out. Making this even more obvious is the fact that we’re coming up on the go home edition of “Monday Night Raw”, meaning almost everyone worth anything for the pay per view is going to be making an appearance. That may include a certain Deadman.

WWE.com has released a preview of this week’s show and mentions a potential Undertaker appearance for a showdown with Roman Reigns before their match at “Wrestlemania XXXIII”. Undertaker made an appearance at the end of last week’s show and took a spear from Reigns a week after chokeslamming Reigns to really ignite their feud.

The Undertaker emerged in Brooklyn to strike fear into the heart of Roman Reigns, but The Big Dog was ready, delivering a thunderous Spear that left The Deadman dazed … but only for a moment. Like a scene out of a slasher flick, The Undertaker snapped up from the supine position and rose to his feet, letting The Big Dog know, in no uncertain terms, that it will take more than a Spear to keep The Phenom off his feet. As an eerie mist surrounded him on the entrance ramp, Reigns gazed awestruck at his otherworldly WrestleMania opponent. Perhaps this isn’t Reigns’ yard after all.

Opinion: Well it’s not like it would be a big surprise. Undertaker is a staple of Wrestlemania and while I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last match on the grand stage, it’s almost a guarantee that he’s going to show up on the final TV show before the match. Reigns vs. Undertaker has potential and a good build could help it a lot.

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Who do you think will get the last laugh before “Wrestlemania XXXIII”? Will Reigns beat Undertaker? Let us know in the comments below.

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Who Does Gail Kim Think Started the Women’s Revolution?

I’ve heard this somewhere before. In August 2015, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks made their main roster debuts on “Monday Night Raw” in a moment known as the Women’s/Divas’ Revolution. The moment changed the direction of women’s wrestling all at once and in a very positive way. However, there was a big question to come out of it: who started the whole thing? Over the last year and a half, Stephanie McMahon, the Bella Twins, Charlotte and probably others have taken credit for starting the movement. Now another name can be added to the list.

On her official Twitter page, Gail Kim said that she thought “Impact Wrestling” started the women’s revolution. She says she never had a real opportunity until then and it never stopped. While Kim doesn’t give a date, she signed with the company in September 2005 and became the first ever Knockouts Champion at “Bound For Glory 2007”.

 

 

My opinion is @IMPACTWRESTLING did. No shade just truth and my personal opinion. I never got my opportunity till then and it’s never stopped https://t.co/5HbWH1DNbX

— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) March 25, 2017

Opinion: I can buy what Kim is saying but I’m not sure she’s exactly right. While “Impact Wrestling” certainly did start treating the women as something important, WWE was also having major matches between women like Trish Stratus, Lita and Mickie James. Now after the first two of them left the division went WAY downhill for a long time and “Impact Wrestling”’s Knockouts stuck around for a long time, but I’m not sure I can say they started the trend. Kim isn’t necessarily wrong but I’m not sure I agree with her.

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Who do you think started the revolution? Where do you see it going? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Sami Zayn Cuts Heartfelt Promo at Montreal House Show

He’s certainly good at it. Sami Zayn is one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE today and he keeps getting one loud reaction after another. One of the things that people seem to like about Zayn is how well he can tap into emotions and make you care about him. Over the weekend though, he showed how much he cared about the fans.

On Friday, Zayn defeated Kevin Owens in a street fight in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After the match, Zayn cut an emotional promo, talking about how much he didn’t like Owens but he certainly respected him after spending fourteen years coming up the ranks together. Owens was given a chance to respond and said (in French), something equivalent to “I hate you Sami.” Zayn then thanked the crowd to end the night.

 

 

Full Zayn/Owens post match promo at #WWEMontreal. SO great, especially with Kevin crying. https://t.co/17r6Dfcbfr

— Danny (@dajosc11) March 25, 2017

Opinion: This is the kind of thing that you only get at house shows and that makes it feel special. These two have been friends for years and it’s always cool to see them get a major moment like this. It’s not something you can script (though you know WWE would try) and that’s what makes it feel important.

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Do you think Zayn will be at “Wrestlemania XXXIII”? Will Owens defeat Chris Jericho? Let us know in the comments below.

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Could “Impact Wrestling” Keep Its Bigger Audience?

Back to the drawing board. Earlier this month, “Impact Wrestling” almost completely reset with a ton of new talent, new personalities and fresh stories. While there has been a huge investment in the new format, the question is how well does it work. One way to tell is the audience and we now have the third week’s results.

After last week’s strong improvement over the show’s debut, “Impact Wrestling” saw its ratings and viewership come crashing back down to earth this week. According to 411mania.com, the show brought in a .07 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 304,000 viewers, down 30% and 11% respectfully. On average, the show has had a .072 rating with 297,000 viewers so far this year.

Opinion: Maybe this is just a one off number but this happens to “Impact Wrestling” quite often: they’ll pop a rating (by their standards) and then it comes right back down the following week. Maybe the fans didn’t like the new stuff or maybe there wasn’t much else on, but it’s clear that the fans aren’t sticking around for the show and that’s not a good sign so soon into a relaunch.

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Have you liked the new show? What would you change? Let us know in the comments below.

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AJ Styles expected to be back in the WWE title picture after Wrestlemania.

AJ Styles who’s a 19-year veteran of the professional wrestling industry, won his first WWE Championship in September of last year by dethroning Dean Ambrose, then went on to lose his belt to John Cena in January of this year. He’s currently involved in a feud against WWE’s part-owner, on-screen SmackDown commissioner and part-time performer Shane McMahon.

Wrestlemania 33 will mark Styles’ first appearance at The Showcase of the Immortals, in a singles matchup against Shane O’Mac. Now although it’s more than obvious that the WWE would ‘put over’ Styles with a win over Shane, what’s  interesting is that they intend to use the momentum from his Mania win to once again include him into the WWE Championship picture.

It’s safe to say that this year’s Mania bookings have been less than stellar, to put it mildly. But with that being said, when Styles beats Shane O’Mac on the grandest stage of them all, the WWE will manage to ‘get him over’ with the millions and millions of fans that’ll tune in. That in turn, would somewhat justify his quick re-inclusion into SmackDown’s post-Mania championship storyline, given that he just lost the strap this January.

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