Roman Reigns is heading into his first WrestleMania main-event Sunday night as he’ll be challenging WWE world champion Brock Lesnar. Reigns took a small detour on the way to WrestleMania 31 and stopped by the Camel Clutch to speak about WrestleMania 31 and a lot more in this CCB exclusive.
Roman Reigns will be one of a very few WWE superstars on Sunday to make his WrestleMania singles debut in the main-event. Reigns will earn that honor on Sunday amidst more controversy and criticism from Daniel Bryan fans and media. Facing more pressure than anyone in the industry, Reigns remains cool, confident, and prepared to prove the doubters wrong and conquer the challenge of Brock Lesnar.
Reigns was gracious enough to give me some time just days before the big match in conjunction with a SNICKERS “Who Are You When You’re Hungry?” contest. We hit on several hot topics including the pressure of making that historic WrestleMania leap on Sunday, the booing, thoughts on the Mania card, his Mania dream match, Brock Lesnar re-signing, and more in this CCB exclusive.
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The vignette of Mark Henry and Roman Reigns last week on Raw and the comments that have been made by the big veteran about Reigns’ potential title run hit the nail on the head for both wrestlers. If anyone knows about the battles in the ring, Henry has to be one of them. But his comments about Reigns and his place in the WWE are dead on. I like to think the comments he has made are more about the end of Henry’s career and what looks to be the start of a promising future for the soon-to-be world champion.
In a story on Yahoo Sports (https://in.news.yahoo.com/mark-henry-talks-roman-reigns-111515713.html), Henry said it was the match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 22 that had the biggest impact on him as a wrestler, that it “changed him.” It will take a match like that to have the same effect on Reigns.
“If Roman attacks Brock the way he attacked Daniel Bryan at FastLane, then he can do big things. People always run off at the mouth on what people should do. I believe people should sit back and enjoy and if they don’t like what they’re seeing, tune ..click here to read more
If Roman wins, we riot. Have you seen that sign yet? Don’t worry, you will. WrestleMania is right around the corner and you can be sure that sign will be somewhere among the massive crowd in attendance. Well, unless WWE takes it away. They will probably take it away.
The backlash against Roman Reigns has never been bigger, the hate toward him never more intense. And it’s not just because he’s still the one believed to go over on Brock Lesnar at Mania. Now the vitriol leveled against Roman has been amplified due to Lesnar’s recent resigning with WWE.
That’s right folks; The Beast has chosen his cage. Walking away from a possible UFC return and apparently unwilling to give the NFL the old college try once again, Brock Lesnar has decided to call Vince McMahon’s company home. And truth be told, that’s a good thing.
WWE is in desperate need of big time stars. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at who the top guys are. First there’s John Cena, the eternal Boy Scout and superhero come to life. Then there’s Brock, the monster that eats boy scouts and has superhero heads mounted on his wall. And that’s about ..click here to read more
The WWE has a lot of seats to fill in 2016. WrestleMania 32 will emanate from AT&T Stadium and will need some heavy hitters to fill the building. The Rock is one of those heavy hitters and he isn’t ruling out a return to his wrestling roots.
The Rock has been long rumored to be on the WWE “wish list” for WrestleMania 32. The WWE has had Rock penciled in the last two years to wrestle Brock Lesnar in one of the most anticipated rematches in WWE history. The rematch would come 14 years later and could go down as the biggest rematch since Andre vs. Hulk Hogan drew a record rating on the Main Event in 1988.
Rock was asked about the possibilities of the match in a recent interview and while he isn’t committing to anything, he certainly hasn’t shut the door on the option.
“In Dallas? Possibly. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air. Lot of things are up in the air. We’ll see. I would love that rematch, I would love… whatever it is, you want to create something that’s going to be special, memorable, especially in Dallas at that stadium you have a shot ..click here to read more
Welcome to another edition of Wrestling’s Greatest Finishers! Today I’ll be talking about the signature move of my all-time favorite wrestler, Shawn Michaels. It’s been called the Crescent Kick, the Superkick, and most famously by HBK, Sweet Chin Music. Whatever its handle, the side kick to the jaw has become an enduring, easily imitated maneuver.
“Gentleman” Chris Adams allegedly created the move, but the first incarnation I ever saw was when Haku began using it in the WWF, calling it the Crescent Kick. Haku was extremely agile for his size, and the Crescent Kick demonstrated his balance and flexibility while also carrying an aura of mystery appropriate to his South Pacific heritage. For a while Haku was the only wrestler I remember utilizing the move.
Then The Rockers arrived. Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty brought probably a dozen tandem moves with them to the WWF, one of which was the double superkick. Initially I didn’t pay that move much attention given how much more spectacular most of their other offense was. It wasn’t until that fateful Barber Shop segment in January 1992 that the superkick truly became a fearsome piece of in-ring weaponry. In turning on his longtime tag partner, Michaels demonstrated ..click here to read more
Vince McMahon got his man! WWE world champion Brock Lesnar has signed a new deal with the WWE which will keep him around after WrestleMania. The new deal has also shut down any chance we’ll see Brock in the UFC ever again.
The news came Tuesday night on ESPN Sportscenter. Brock appeared on the program to announce his future. It was there that Brock broke the news that made lots of pro wrestling fans very happy, while disappointing those interested in seeing a Lesnar vs. Frank Mir trilogy.
“Last night, old Vince McMahon put on the offer on the table that I couldn’t refuse. It really comes down to business and money and health and well being, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. I’ve been in a bad position with my health. I’ve been in a bad position with my money. Now I’m in a great position with both and I’m happy. I love what I’m doing. I work part time with full time pay like everybody wants but you can’t have. Just me. So I’m happy.”
It was widely reported that Monday night was a self-imposed deadline for Vince McMahon to get a new deal with Brock done. ..click here to read more
I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that Daniel Bryan is in a WWE title match at WrestleMania 31. The bad news is that it’s an intercontinental championship match, a match he would be far better off losing than winning.
A year ago wrestling fans all united around Daniel Bryan, emotionally investing in his quest for WWE gold at WrestleMania. We need to unite around Daniel Bryan once again this year in hopes that Bryan does not win his title match this year. The I-C title has become a career killer and a reign as champion would mean the end of the Yes Movement as we know it.
15 years ago we would be excited to see Bryan in the I-C title hunt. I grew up at a time when the I-C title was the “workers” title. It all started with Magnificent Muraco for me and evolved to Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Curt Hennig, and so on. That lineage took a dark turn about six years and has been on the road to ruin ever since.
I was inspired to write this blog by a blog I read elsewhere which demanded Bryan win ..click here to read more
There has to be some irony in the fact that the WWE did not want to “break the rules” by inducting Ray “The Crippler” Stevens into the Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania XXXI. The company, which has a policy of not inducting more than one deceased performer a year, will bring “Macho Man” Randy Savage to his rightful place amongst wrestling’s greatest on Saturday night, thus eliminating the chance for Stevens, a legend in the Bay area, of receiving the honor.
While so much is made about history and promotions and how stars became legends for the work they did in territories, Stevens should have been a no-brainer since wrestling’s biggest show is appearing in an area Stevens made his own.
As Charleston Post and Courier sports writer and wrestling expert Mike Mooneyham wrote, “Stevens, who died in 1996 at the age of 60, left an indelible mark on the profession during a career that spanned five decades.
“But nowhere was his presence felt more than in the San Francisco territory, where he earned a well-deserved reputation for being one of wrestling’s biggest draws and arguably its finest worker during the 1960s.”
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CM Punk may wish to put his WWE career behind him but it will always be a topic of conversation with the former WWE champ. Punk was recently asked about his WWE career and had some interesting reflections on the past and the future.
Punk is now removed from the WWE for over a year and training diligently for a career in the UFC. While Punk may prefer to focus on the future, his sudden departure from the WWE is still a fascinating topic. Punk recently stopped by Fox Sports Wisconsin for a Q & A that started with MMA questions but took a sharp left down the pro wrestling radio.
Punk on making the move to the UFC at this point in his life. “Because I’m not getting any younger. I’m the kind of guy that jumps at an opportunity. I’m sure you’re going to ask, and I understand all the criticism levied towards myself and UFC, but at the end of the day I’m the one getting in there, I’m the one putting my neck out on the line. If I fail, I fail in front of the entire world. To me that’s the juice, it’s all about the action. ..click here to read more
First off I’d like to thank Eric and Camel Clutch Blog for having me as a guest writer. I’ve been a fan of CCB for a few years now, so it’s great to be able to contribute.
For this inaugural edition of Wrestling’s Greatest Finishers I’ll be looking at one of the most popular of all finishing moves, the DDT. Such a simple maneuver, yet also one of the more treacherous and violent, the DDT was allegedly an accidental innovation from the man with whom it is most associated. Jake “The Snake” Roberts maintains he had grabbed his opponent in a front facelock when both men’s weight shifted, resulting in Roberts appearing to drive the other fella’s head into the mat. This origin story has been disputed over the years, but what’s unquestionable is the DDT’s lasting, visceral appeal, along with Jake’s success in making it one of the all-time great finishers.
In the 80s most North American wrestling holds (including finishing moves) were fairly basic. Hulk Hogan for example made a career of ending matches with the legdrop of all things; King Kong Bundy would simply squash guys in the corner; the Junkyard Dog used a rudimentary powerslam. Once in a ..click here to read more