Roman Reigns: “I’m the Best Performer, In-Ring, in the World Right Now”


Roman Reigns was recently a guest on the debut of Corey Graves’ new show on the WWE Network, entitled Straight To The Source. He discussed a number of topics; one of them was on how he perceives his in-ring ability.

Below is what Reigns had to say about his position in the company:

“Every day of the week. This is the top of the mountain here point blank, period. I’m going to bust my ass and do my thing. And it was his yard. It’s mine now.”

“I’m the best performer, in-ring, in the world right now,” Reigns claimed. “You can go to my matches and my pay-per-views over the last three years and you can say I’m an idiot or you can be like, ‘man, he has a point.’ Do you know what I mean? I didn’t come here for any other reason.”

You can see a clip of him discussing Dean Ambrose below:

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[h/t to WrestlingInc for the transcription]

Editor’s Opinion:

I still feel that Roman Reigns is the most important person in WWE today. He gets the most passionate reaction from the crowd, and is one of the best in-ring performers in the company; both on the microphone and in the ring.

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Ronda Rousey to WWE is Reportedly “Imminent”


It has been previously reported that Triple H wants to sign Ronda Rousey to a WWE contract. It would appear that this may be happening sooner rather than later.

According to a report from USA Today, Rousey is currently finalizing a deal that would bring her to WWE, and that the move is “imminent.”

She has made several appearances with the company recently; most notably was at the “Mae Young Classic” this past summer. You can see a clip of an encounter below:

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From the article:

“I love Ronda, and anything she can do to make money for her and her new husband then I am rooting for her,” longtime friend and legendary wrestler, martial artist and stuntman Gene Le Bell said. “She will get a lot of money and that’s great.”

 Le Bell said rather than being a permanent member of the staff, Rousey might be most effective as a spot wrestler, making occasional appearance at high-profile events.

Rousey is also good friends with Shayna Baszler, who she supported in the tournament.

Editor’s Opinion:

This is not surprising in any way, shape or form. I think most people knew that her coming to WWE would be happening; it was just a question of when.

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Earl Hebner Discusses Returning to WWE, Being Released From TNA


Former WWE and TNA referee Earl Hebner was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated and discussed a number of topics. Among them were being released from TNA/Impact, a potential return to WWE and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On being released from TNA/Impact:

“We thought the new company had it all worked out when they bought it, but they’ve been having financial problems,” said Hebner. “I feel like I’ve been paying them. It’s been pay cut after pay cut, so I asked for my release. Some of the wrestlers were only getting paid $100 a day. That’s a slap in the face to the wrestlers.”

On Impact paying independent referees instead of using their own:

“They wanted local refs because it was cheaper,” said Hebner. “But that’s a risk, especially when it’s live. They wanted to take a cheap route, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.”

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On returning to WWE:

“I would love to go back to WWE and finish my life in this business right there,” said Hebner. “Vince McMahon was always good to me, and he gave me the opportunity to be who I am and what I am. I would love to go back and, if nothing else, do one more match to say thank you very much for what you’ve done for me.”

They also discuss his son, Brian, and more.

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Ring of Honor TV Results – December 6, 2017

Ring of Honor
Date: December 6, 2017
Location: RP Funding Center, Lakeland, Florida
Commentators: Colt Cabana, Ian Riccaboni

Things are starting to pick up with two weeks to go before Final Battle. I’ve been liking the shows more and more as of late, which hopefully keeps up this week. They still need some more build towards some of the matches but they’ve certainly been doing more good than bad as of late. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Beer City Bruiser vs. Marty Scurll


Marty gets tossed outside to start so he gets a bit smarter by going after Bruiser’s fingers. Some forearms against the barricade have Bruiser in even more trouble as this is full on face Marty. Bruiser misses a charge and hits the barricade as we take a break. Back with Bruiser missing a frog splash and Jay Lethal coming out to watch. A superkick to the jaw and another to the leg have Bruiser staggered but a hard clothesline takes Marty back down for two.

Marty’s rollup with feet on the ropes gets two and Bruiser knocks him outside again. That means another missed dive and both guys are down on the floor. Bruiser dives back in at nineteen and it’s off to an octopus hold. The referee gets bumped (of course he does) and the fans say he deserves it. Marty hits Bruiser in the head with the umbrella for the pin at 10:16 with Jay teasing coming out for the save but standing his ground instead.

Result: Marty Scurll b. Beer City Bruiser – Umbrella to the head (10:16)

We look at Dalton Castle winning the first Soaring Eagle Cup tournament.

Castle talks about being a wrestler his whole life and it being who he is instead of what he does. Then he showed up here and worked his way to the top. It took a long time to get himself noticed and one person to notice him was Cody. They had a match earlier this year where Cody snuck in and attacked him. Cody even shipped the Boys out, which isn’t going to make him weak. Next week: they sign the contract.

Earlier this week, the Briscoe Brothers went to Bully Ray’s training center but he wasn’t there. The trainees introduced themselves to the Brothers and of course got beaten up. The Brothers went on to break a bunch of pictures with Jay shouting at a picture of Bully, asking what it’s going to take to get in the ring. One of the trainees takes a 3D to wrap this up.

It’s Coleman’s Pulpit time. Coleman’s guest is….himself. Coleman is ready for his TV Title shot and thinks Kenny King is just jealous. Kenny isn’t a king, a peasant or a pawn but rather a ho.

Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Kingdom

The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia this time) are challenging and this is from a show in Fort Lauderdale. The Guns get jumped from behind to start but come right back with some clotheslines. That means a double dive to the floor, only to have the Kingdom whip the champs into the barricade.

Back in and Marseglia gets punched out of the air, setting up something close to Poetry in Motion in the corner. The champs start in on O’Ryan’s leg and we hit a Figure Four. Marseglia gets one as well but both holds are pretty quickly broken. Everything breaks down with the Kingdom grabbing a spinebuster on Shelley to take over. The Kingdom holds up the titles and we take a break.

Back with Sabin hitting a high crossbody onto the two of them, only to have O’Ryan grab a Twist of Fate. Marseglia’s Swanton gets two and the assisted Regal Roll gets the same with Sabin driving O’Ryan into the cover for the break. With nothing else working, it’s time for the baseball bat and the ax but TK hits Marseglia by mistake. Something like a double One Winged Angle is needed to put Vinny away at 11:53.

Result: Motor City Machine Guns b. The Kingdom – Double One Winged Angel to Marseglia (11:53)

Flip Gordon vs. Adam Page

No transition here as we’re back in Lakeland for the main event. Flip gets shoved away but he backflips to stay on his feet. Page can’t clothesline him due to a series of nipups as the announcers plug the Being the Elite series. They trade flips off the apron and there’s the handstand into a headscissors to put Page on the floor. Another flip dive takes Page down but he’s still able to kick Gordon in the face to take over. It’s chair time with Page launching up into a hard shot to the face as we take a break.

Back with Page getting two off a bridging suplex but Gordon scores with an enziguri. They kind of botch a sunset flip and both guys are down for a bit. A running shooting star gives Gordon two but Page sends him outside for a big moonsault to the floor. Rite of Passage is broken up and the Samoan Pop (a reverse Regal Roll), followed by a springboard spinning Stunner for the pin on Page at 8:44.

Result: Flip Gordon b. Adam Page – Springboard spinning Stunner (8:44)

Post match the Young Bucks come in and superkick Gordon down, drawing the big face pop.

Cody says Gordon won’t take the Six Man Tag Team Titles, just like Castle won’t take the World Title.

 

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BootyO’s: They Make Sure You Ain’t…..Princess Leia?


When worlds collide? Wrestling is a funny subject as you never quite know how far it can stretch. Occasionally you’ll see things like a football player doing a wrestling pose or someone in a wrestling shirt, but not so often do you expect to see a certain wrestling cereal connected to a galaxy far, far away.

According to an article on Uproxx, the late Carrie Fisher had a box of New Day BootyO’s on a shelf in her kitchen. The display was a collection of various novelty items and the only wrestling item in the collection. BootyO’s were released in 2016 and Fisher died at the end of the same year, meaning they weren’t on display all that long. Here’s a photo of the collection with the box included.

This isn’t BootyO’s first honor:

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Opinion: I’ve been doing these news stories for a good while now and I really didn’t expect to ever write something like this one. In what might not be a surprise, I’m also a big Star Wars fan so seeing these two worlds coming together is rather entertaining. I doubt Fisher was a wrestling fan (though it’s possible) but she did seem to have a great sense of humor.

What is your favorite random celebrity pairing like this? Have you had the cereal? Let us know in the comments below.

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Former NXT Head Trainer Bill DeMott to Star in New Film


Former NXT head trainer Bill DeMott is moving beyond the professional wrestling industry and is now scheduled to appear in an upcoming film in what appears to be a big role.

DeMott is starring in the upcoming film titled ‘The Kamasutra Garden’ and as the title would suggest, the film is intended for an older audience.

Due for release on Valentine’s Day, the movie will see DeMott play a successful businessman who aligns himself with an exotic madam and a sex guru to start what they refer to as an ‘elite brothel’ called ‘The Kamasutra Garden’ in the state of Nevada.

In the realm of the film, it is the only brothel in the world where the girls are trained in the ancient art and science of ‘Kamasutra’ – lovemaking.

A brief outline of the plot indicates that DeMott’s character requests an award winning filmmaker named William to pay a visit to ‘The Kamasutra Garden’ to prepare a documentary about the brothel and girls that work there.

Please bear in mind that this film is intended for more mature audiences. If you meet that criteria, you may enjoy the film for what it is. The trailer is showcased below.

 

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What did you think of the trailer? Will you watch the movie?

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Spoiler on the Superstar in the Vignette on NXT


Following the vignette on the latest edition of NXT, Dave Meltzer confirmed on the Wrestling Observer Radio who the superstar is.

As many people assumed, ourselves included, the superstar appears to be former MMA fighter and Mae Young Classic runner-up Shayna Baszler.

When Baszler makes her debut, she is scheduled to have an altercation with MYC winner Kairi Sane. This will likely set a program up between them and establish Baszler as a legitimate threat. It is possible their match could take place at ‘TakeOver: Philly.’

As we have reported, one plan scheduled for ‘WrestleMania 34’ is to have Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte & Becky Lynch – WWE’s four horsewomen compete against the MMA four horsewomen, which includes Baszler.

If you didn’t get to see the vignette, we have provided it below for you. It is only approximately thirty seconds, so it isn’t long at all to watch. Note the hearts.

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Are you excited for Baszler’s debut? What do you want her to do in NXT before having her ‘WrestleMania’ bout?

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Rumor: WWE Considering 2018 Pay Per View in Australia

[asd2]WWE down under? To say WWE is a global promotion is an understatement. At the moment, the roster is over in Abu Dhabi before heading to India later in the weekend. This is in addition to occasional shows in Asia, Canada and Mexico. There’s one major area where WWE rarely goes but that might be changing in the coming year.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE is considering running a pay per view in Australia in 2018. The show, potentially called “Global Warning II”, would be a sequel to the original “Global Warning” in 2002. The show would be held at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds which holds over 100,000 people.

WWE is no stranger to Australia.

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Opinion: Cool. There’s something really fun about having these huge shows in different places. If nothing else it’s nice to see the fans in these other countries getting something a little better than just a run of the mill house show. They could do something good here with the show and even if it’s just a really amped up house show, it should do its job quite well. Hopefully it even airs on the Network.

Would you like to see this show on the Network? Which country should get such a special next? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss Make History in Abu Dhabi


WWE uploaded a video to their official YouTube channel featuring Sasha Banks talking about how her and Alexa Bliss made history in Abu Dhabi.

That they did, as Banks and Bliss became the first women to ever be able to compete in the United Arab Emirates in professional wrestling. Up until now due to various beliefs within the culture there, women have not been able to perform on such a level. There were strict laws against women performing.

While the women were able to compete, it did come at a slight cost. As you’ll see in the video below and in the cover photo for this article, Banks and Bliss both wore fully-clothed attires as opposed to the more revealing attire they wear on a weekly basis on ‘Raw.’

The Raw Women’s Champion took to her Instagram to showcase her attire for the night:

What an amazing and historic night ! Thank you so much Abu Dhabi , was such an honor ?

A post shared by Alexa_Bliss (@alexa_bliss_wwe_) on

The challenger had the following attire:

Also thank you @iammikaze for making into the baddest purple power ranger ever. ?? #wweabudhabi

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That said, they did their absolute best, as the crowd chanted “this is hope,” which would eventually bring Banks (and likely Bliss) to tears after the match.

This is certainly a huge leap in progression for the UAE and something that will certainly be an occasion to mark down in history.

From all of us at Wrestling Rumors, we would like to congratulate Banks and Bliss on their achievement and we hope that the shift in culture continues to change in the future.

Congratulations, girls.

If you want to hear what Banks had to say, we have provided the video below for you to watch.

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What do you think of this news? Did you expect it?

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Video: Triple H Confronts Shield in Abu Dhabi


Didn’t he just join these guys? A few weeks back, Triple H joined the Shield for a few house show matches while Roman Reigns was on the shelf with an illness. The matches were quite the treat for the live fans and little more than a way to make sure things were taken care of during a time of need. Now though, things have changed quite a bit in a short amount of time.

In a new clip posted to WWE’s YouTube channel, Triple H confronted the Shield at a show in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night. This is part of the build towards Triple H challenging Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Title on Friday night. In the clip, Triple H says he didn’t come around the world to go home with nothing so the Intercontinental Title will be his prize. Here’s the clip:

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Opinion: This is one of those matches where WWE is very lucky to be able to throw Triple H onto the card and give the fans a treat. He’s one of the biggest names of all time and it’s cool to be able to see him get in the ring. That feels like something special, which is exactly what you should be getting at a house show.

Do you like the idea of Triple H making these occasional appearances? Will it be better than their “Wrestlemania XXXII” match? Let us know in the comments below.

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