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Kevin Nash interview

August 12, 2009 has a very interestling interview with Kevin Nash on a variety of topics. Excerpt:

AC: So you don’t stand out that much in terms of age. Is it a problem that that much of the TNA roster – especially the guys on top – are in the – not even over 40 – but over 45 or 50 club?

KN: You know, the biggest problem that I’ve seen in our business – and I remember a few years ago when Triple-H and Shawn Michaels came into Daytona Beach for a house show. Paul [Levesque] has a coach now that he travels in. We were just sitting in the coach talking. We were kind of going through the rosters and saying who are the guys who are going to replace us. Which guys are going to replace us when we retire? And everybody through names around and there weren’t a whole lot of names of guys who we thought were going to replace us.

You look at a guy like Edge, and now he’s starting to realize – and, gosh, I don’t even know how old he is but he I think he’s in his 30’s. And he’s getting to the point where he’s had a ton of injuries. John Cena has had a ton of injuries. With these guys, it’s almost [a question of] who can last.

You can check it out here


Missed Connection: Tito to WWE

August 2, 2009


It was a match nearly made in heaven: Tito Ortiz and the WWE. In his latest blog entry, Jim Ross reveals that Tito almost made the leap to Stamford. With his dyed blonde hair, his unique charisma, athleticism, and real life reputation as a bad ass, Tito had all the tools in place to be big in the WWE. Real big. But Ross, who’s job it would have been to sign Ortiz, thinks he made the right decision to keep his day job.

I remember meeting Tito, who was attending a WWE event with Rick Bassman many years ago in Anaheim at the Pond, if memory serves me correctly, when Tito had an interest in discussing a potential career in WWE. Tito had/has a great look, charisma, is obviously very athletic and would have likely done very well in WWE. However, Tito’s true calling is MMA and for an athlete to be able to perform only a few times a year for big bucks and not endure excessive travel is the only way for some athletes to go about their professional lives IE Brock Lesnar.

The Lord Speaks Through JBL

July 31, 2009


Recently Alex Marvez interviewed Tully Blanchard. Tully was considering a return to the business when a JBL tirade brought him to his senses.

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember ever meeting him. All I could say was I hope he could forgive me because it was very possible I treated him like crap since I treated a lot of people like that in those days. But one thing he said turned on a light in my mind. He said, ‘You don’t belong here.’ God used him to say those words and the door shut right there.”

Blanchard and the other original Horsemen will be at a wrestling reunion next week.

Worst of the Worst: Koji Kitao

July 31, 2009


Lance Storm took a different tact than most wrestlers. Instead of his favorite guys to work with, he has pointed a long accusing finger at the worst of the worst. The anti-champion worker? Koji Kitao.

His kicks were bone jarring, his slams and moves were crushing and there has never been a person I hated getting in the ring with more. Fortunately his most painful move, a near 400-pound Senton, I managed to avoid. I’m not sure whose idea it was to have this 400-pound man start jumping up and back bumping on top of guys but it was brutal. If the 400-pounds wasn’t bad enough Kitao wasn’t particularly careful of where he landed and often landed on guys heads.

Mr. Kennedy Screwed Mr. Kennedy

July 30, 2009

Mr. Kennedy must really be bored. While he waits for his non-compete agreement to end he’s both blogging and posting videos online. In his latest entry at Crave Online, Kennedy says being released was his fault for conducting a series of ill-advised interviews.

“That mistake set in motion a chain of events that allowed my detractors, both inside the company and outside, to jump all over me. I left myself open,” Kennedy said in his Crave Online blog. “Vince McMahon didn’t screw ‘Mr. Kennedy.’ WWE didn’t screw ‘Mr. Kennedy.’ Ken Anderson screwed ‘Mr. Kennedy.'”

Austin Aries: “You Need That Special Aura”

July 29, 2009


On June 13th, Austin Aries became just the 12th ROH Champion in the company’s seven year existence. To many of wrestling’s hardcore fans, it’s been this strengthening of the title, the emphasis that being champion is something special, that has helped contribute to the company’s success. Aries talked titles and more with SLAM!Sports. Money shot?

“We are a new company and as a new company, when you start the lineage of your title you want to keep that as strong and important as you can. It should be what everyone is striving for. There will always be personal issues and other storylines going on behind the scenes. Those other factors play in but everyone should be striving to be champion. The difference between ROH and other companies, a month for us is like two weeks for them because they are putting on more shows and are more visible. I like the fact that our belt has meaning, that being #1 contender has meaning. The guys work hard just to get there much less get a shot at the belt. You need that special aura and it is something that helps the company, and helps people strive to be the champion.”

CM Punk: TNA not in His Future

July 29, 2009

Exclusive interview with The Sun

Finally, would you ever consider a jump ship to another company?

No, I’d not jump ship, this is the place to be, nowhere comes close and I’m happy here. We don’t really have any competition and if you want to be a top class professional wrestler in the US you have to be working for the WWE.

Highspots needs help with upcoming shoots

July 28, 2009


Highspots, the online wrestling superstore, will be conducting a few shoot interviews during this weekend’s NWA Legends Convention in Charlotte, NC, and have asked fans for help coming up with questions.


Let’s Get the Band Back Together

July 27, 2009

The original Four Horseman will all appear together at Greg Price’s charlotte Fanfest.

That’s right. The original Horsemen. The one with Ric Flair and Ole Anderson. That in itself should be worth the price of admission.

It’s been years since Flair and Anderson have crossed paths. The two actually were in the same venue at the same time during last year’s Fanfest, but were strategically placed in different parts of the building. This year they’ll be sitting together at the same table, signing autographs, posing for photos and mixing with fans at the Charlotte event.

Ric Flair: “Who is Bret Hart?”

July 25, 2009


Ric Flair still inexplicably taking shots at Bret Hart, this time on Canada’s Live Audio Wrestling.

“He has the nerve to compare himself to me! Let’s get realistic. If you put Bret Hart in your left hand and me in your right hand, compare the career…who is he?

“I wrestled everybody in the business, for an hour each night. Harley Race, Dory Funk, Jack and Jerry Brisco, who is Bret Hart?

“He is a legend in his own mind. He lives in his own little world…he screws his own family around. Who is Bret Hart?

“In my world he is a nobody!”

Everyone who’s not insane understands both men were great performers. Hart led the WWF during some of the company’s most challenging years financially, losing his top spot when the business started to turn around under Stone Cold Steve Austin. While Flair lost the wrestling war to Hulk Hogan in the 1980’s, he drew big houses around the world with some of the best matches of all-time.