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UFC Star Rips CM Punk, Says Signing Is Ridiculous

December 15, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

He might do great, but why does he get a chance? He’s an amateur. You’re going to put an amateur in there with pros? That makes us all amateurs, so I think it’s ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, f-ck him, f-ck the whole situation. Anybody who takes that fight is tripping.

Not everyone is excited about CM Punk coming to the UFC. Punk has now become the target of one angry UFC fighter who believes that Punk’s UFC deal is making a complete mockery of the sport and guess what…he’s right.

It didn’t take long for CM Punk to get a taste of his own medicine. Remember, Punk has been outspoken for the last several years of guys walking into the WWE and getting WrestleMania main-events while the rest of the crew are working house shows and putting their time in. Punk is now in a similar situation on the opposite side in the UFC. The biggest difference however is that many in Punk’s new locker room don’t believe he has earned any of it.

UFC veteran Nate Diaz is the first big UFC star to publicly bash the signing. Diaz went off on Punk over the weekend and while he doesn’t wish any warm on Punk, he believes the entire situation is terrible for the UFC fighters and the sport as a whole.

I don’t dig it,” Diaz said. “He has got no fights. I know he’s a big draw. I looked him up. Everyone’s going to buy tickets. It’s going to be great for the venue and the UFC, but at the same time, it downgrades all the fighters.

Whether you are a Punk fan or not, you can’t argue with Diaz. Having a guy fight in the UFC with no fights under his belt or no amateur pedigree makes the entire sport look like a circus. It hurts the credibility of the sport and the fighters. What does it say about the UFC if Punk walks in, without any experience, and wins? It says exactly what Diaz is saying.

If I want to, I can’t go play in the NBA – not even Stefan Struve’s big ass,” Diaz said. “He can’t go play in the NBA if he wants to because he feels like making a change. For a publicity thing? They wouldn’t pay him no money, and they wouldn’t even let him play. It’s ridiculous.”

I don’t think you should just let some millionaire WWE guy just come on over and play a little game, like have fun with his career. I’m over here busting my ass, fighting for 10 years and doing my thing and having a serious job that I have to do for this. And this guy is going to come over and probably get paid more than everyone in the room.

Hey, that kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it. CM Punk’s own words on a similar situation are coming back to haunt him.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

This whole situation is making Punk look like a bigger hypocrite by the day. Once again you have to keep in mind, Punk has been the one beating this drum for the last three years in the WWE. This was his fight and unfortunately for him he is the one that opened up the comparisons to his situation and the ones he whined about for the last three years.

I’m sorry, but this guy’s making a joke out of my serious life and getting compensated more for it,” Diaz said. “I don’t mean no harm on him, but I don’t think it’s right.

Nate Diaz isn’t a popular guy but it is hard for any objective fan to disagree with him. This whole situation really is a complete joke.

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Objects Of My Disaffection: WWE Waters Down the Appeal of the Weapon

December 15, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Close to a decade ago on Monday Night Raw, WWE was in the process of hyping the groundbreaking (as in, breaking old ground at a time where doing so permeated the room with daisy-freshness) ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view. On the Raw in question, Chris Benoit raved about his memories in the land of Extreme, and agreed to take on Yoshihiro Tajiri, an ECW icon past Benoit’s seven-month tenure, in an Extreme Rules match.

The problem was plain to an ECW fan: Benoit wasn’t associated with weapons in ECW. His time was measured by breaking Sabu’s neck on a lifter-gone-bad, ragdolling a waifish Al Snow with a Brock Lesnar-like barrage of throwing suplexes, and teaming with Dean Malenko for a six-week reign as Tag Team Champions, overthrowing Sabu and Taz. Very rarely did Benoit alter his character from emotionless mat machine to fit the stereotypical view of the ECW wrestler.

Taz said it best in one of his many identifiers: “I don’t need a weapon; my hands are my weapon.” Taz was more prone to suplexing some poor soul onto his neck than diving off of a ladder.

ECW was about embracing your inner animal to the nth degree, and if it just so happened to involve sadistic use of weapons (Sabu, New Jack, The Sandman), then great. If you were a technician or daredevil that didn’t seek constraint by those fancy-pants sanitized promotions (Benoit, Rey Mysterio, Jerry Lynn), then steal the show with your literal body of work.

Weapons have a place, no doubt, but when they’re applied incorrectly, it cheapens their aura of danger. Weapons for the sake of weapons kills off the appeal quicker than you’d think.

In 2014, ‘extreme’ is passe without innovation or a story to tell. That wasn’t any more evident than during TLC on Sunday night, with no less than five (!) gimmick matches promising carnage and the eradication of a fighter’s will to carry on.

Problem: none of the stories were particularly potent. The lack of a meaningful World Title bout (or *any* World Title match) was bad enough, but TLC was an incredible misfire. Making matters worse, there was the report that the WWE locker room didn’t want to be upstaged by the fantastic NXT Takeover: R Evolution event this past Thursday. It was going to take a major effort to outdo Finn Balor’s transformation, Charlotte and Sasha Banks’ enjoyable bout, the rise of Kevin Owens, and the culmination of Sami Zayn as he finally took down Adrian Neville.

Sadly, what we got out of TLC, I believe, was WWE’s idea of ‘topping’ NXT: weapons for the sake of weapons. Somebody should bring up at the next closed-door meeting the idea that maybe, just maybe, a broken table might be about as fresh as VHS.

The opener was as good as it would get, a high quality ladder match for the Intercontinental Title with Dolph Ziggler capturing the belt before his hometown Cleveland fans, besting Luke Harper. Ziggler is a viable hero, and Harper a capable monster heel. The two lost plenty of unintentional blood and gave it their all. Ziggler’s hot as a performer at the moment, so that buoyed the weightless story (no fault of the performers). Ziggler and Harper’s willingness to sacrifice their bodies held the bout together, and Ziggler’s win felt special.

The next gimmick bout had to follow a screwjob finish, and it was sent out there to die: Big Show vs. Erick Rowan in a “stairs” match, where the metal ring steps are the only legal weapon. Begs the question, if Show bashes Rowan with the steps, but then doesn’t break an armbar on five when Rowan has the ropes, is it really sensible to disqualify him?

Quirks of the rules aside, the match was plenty dreadful. Faint “NXT” chants were heard in the distance, which said it all. The match came to be when he, brace yourself, hit Rowan with the steps on Raw a couple weeks back. They even modified the event name, tacking on “and Stairs” with a soldering iron, for eleven minutes of tedium. It’s hard to fathom anyone purchasing WWE Network solely to see a match with this background.

At the 9 PM hour, John Cena went over on Seth Rollins in a table match to preserve his shot at Brock Lesnar for the Royal Rumble. Admirably, they got the crowd back after Show and Rowan’s debacle, which was trumped only by Johnny Manziel for worst outing in Cleveland on the day. The match, by the standards of the men involved, did drag, and became extra convoluted with a false finish (Rollins went through a table with the referee down), a double-finish (the match resumed after both men went through another table), and the interference of Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, and Show. Roman Reigns evened the odds and Cena managed to put Rollins through, seen by the referee, to win.

By this point, we’ve seen tables breaking, dives off of ladders, blood, and copious use of metal ring steps. It’s four matches into the show, bear in mind.

The fourth ‘special’ bout was almost as dull as the stairs one, featuring Ryback and Kane in a match where chairs are legal. While it’s somewhat silly (but wholly understandable) that two hulking brutes don’t swing the chairs at the other man’s skull like Miguel Cabrera in the Home Run Derby, there was nothing exciting about the match. Kane is dead as a performer, and Ryback simply isn’t catching on, no matter how much metal he wielded. The smattering of boos he received for six minutes off and on was suddenly drowned by a “FEED ME MORE” chant that started at the highest decibel. Well, comparing him to Goldberg is a bit wrong, but at least they have the heat machine in common.

Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt were tasked with heading off the downward slide with a TLC match, combining chairs, tables, and ladders from the prior bouts (but no stairs, the athletic commission put their foot down). Nevermind that WWE found a way to put two compelling performers, with endless personality, into a feud with as much depth as a steam tray, now they’re tasked with blowing off the PPV with something memorable, using implements that had already been, pun intended, beaten into the ground.

The match wasn’t bad, but there was no impact. Ambrose swings a chair? Ryback did it. Wyatt goes through some tables? So did Rollins. Ambrose off a ladder? Ziggler was there.

Ambrose’s manic antics woke the crowd up in the latter stages, but that was merely the prelude to quite the corny finish: Ambrose blinding himself with a TV monitor that was still plugged in, so that when he tried to yank it in for weapon usage, the sparks from the disconnection temporarily blinded him. Wyatt pinned him with Sister Abigail seconds later.

The lure of the event was destruction through specific weapons. WWE delivered on its promise, but yet it feels as though nothing was accomplished.

For a company that brags that it ‘tells stories’, it sure does lean on props to fill the dead spots. Compared to smaller-fries NXT, those dead spots are becoming more and more frequent.

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WWE TLC 2014 Results and Recap: Reigns Returns, Cena Wins

December 15, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Tables, Ladders, and 2014 will be remembered for the stunt show it was intended to me. The final special event of 2014 featured the return of Roman Reigns and the set up for what may be the most unexpected WrestleMania match of 2015.

Roman Reigns returned to the WWE after an extensive layoff due to injury. Reigns returned during the John Cena vs. Seth Rollins match to give Cena the win. J and J Security interfered constantly throughout the match. At one point the referee went down and between three referees the match was called a draw. The match continued and out came the Big Show. Show went for a choke slam in which at that point Reigns came out of the crowd. Reigns Superman punched Show and speared him through a table. Reigns Superman punched Rollins as well. Cena wound up hitting the Attitude Adjustment for the win.

Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE world title was immediately announced for the Royal Rumble. I don’t think this was any surprise here. I liked the match a lot. I just don’t understand why J and J Security are even employed at this point with the Authority out of power. I also don’t understand why Show, who aligned with the Authority for his best interests, would continue to align with them when they are out of power? There wasn’t a whole lot of logic here if you ask me, but hey what do you expect these days?

In the main-event, Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Rollins in a TLC match. This was a heck of a match but by this point I had already seen enough gimmicks. Wyatt pinned Ambrose after hitting a Sister Abigail. Ambrose gave Wyatt several flying elbows off of subsequently higher ladders at one point in the match. If you didn’t see TLC I’d recommend starting off with this one because this would probably have come off as one of the best matches of the year to someone who didn’t sit through over two hours weapons by that point.

Why put Wyatt over? The buzz is that Wyatt is getting ready for the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. You read that right! I’ll actually have a full blog on this tomorrow. As of now, the working idea is for Wyatt vs. Undertaker. With that in mind, there was no way you could have Ambrose go over Wyatt here. I am just starting to get aggravated at the way this company continues to do whatever they can to stifle guys who get over, in this case Ambrose. Ambrose should be getting a big push right now and the company needs to ride his momentum. Instead, they are doing everything they can to cut his legs off and that is disappointing.

Full WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2014 results and winners…
The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) defeated Gold and Stardust
Dolph Ziggler defeated Luke Harper in a Ladder match to regain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow by disqualification in a WWE Tag Team Championship match
Big Show defeated Erick Rowan in a Steel Stairs match
John Cena defeated Seth Rollins in a Tables match
Nikki Bella defeated AJ Lee to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Ryback defeated Kane in a Chairs match
Rusev defeated Jack Swagger by submission to retain the WWE United States Championship
Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose to win a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match

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WWE TLC 2014 Thoughts on PPV and the Future of the Company

December 15, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Six weeks and counting. If the WWE wanted to leave us pondering what can happen in six weeks at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, it did a good job by setting the table at the TLC pay-per-view Sunday night.

The most compelling matches lived up to the hype in what can only be termed as the true demolition derby of professional wrestling. The problem with a show that I believed was a solid “B” is we now wait a month in a half for the company to set build its road to not only the Royal Rumble but eventually WrestleMania XXXI.

Kudos for making much of the night bearable as the night was started with a gripped match between Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper and ended with arguable the two best hardcore wrestlers in the business today – Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt.

The burning excitement I feel must be tempered because I know at some point, the WWE will somehow slip a bit. Momentum is something that wrestling programs gain as they build, but the story behind the feud must match the excitement the fans want to see for it to maintain a stretch like the WWE is going to go through.

Rock/Austin, HBK/Hart, Rock/Cena – they all could carry because the promos for the matchups were that intense. I do not see the company working that hard to promote Cena/Lesnar unless the focal point will be Paul Heyman and not John Cena. While Cena is great at getting in the ring and talking a great game, Heyman is the master of taking it to another level.

Does he have the catalogue to carry a match – without the reoccurring act of Brock Lesnar for that long a period and the match be able to live up to the hype?

Will Seth Rollins somehow interject himself in this title match – hopefully without his goons?

Who challenges Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title? Will eh and Luke Harper continue their battle in the ring? Right now, besides Rollins and Ambrose, Ziggler is the best the WWE has in terms of entertainment value. While he has been called the “new” Shawn Michaels in the past, he is finally living up to an HBK-like character that provides some of the best performances the fans can buy at an arena.

I love the Erick Rowan-Big Show angle, but it only has so many miles. Who jumps in and challenges either of them? I like Harper and Rowan at opposite sides of the ring, but it loses its luster since the connection to Bray Wyatt is buried in the past. Can the creative team make some effort to further tap into the mystery of both performers?

Does Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt continue? I hope so. It’s better than watching Kevin Sullivan wrestler in the early 1980s in Florida. There is something to be said for wrestling as a work and the ballet of the match. Each competitor tells a story and it looks like ballet, much like Steamboat and Savage or Steamboat and Flair in the late 1980s.

And finally, what happens to the company now that appears Armageddon has come to the WWE in the way of Roman Reigns? I agree that if he wants to make a huge splash in the Royal Rumble and state the obvious of going to WrestleMania to wrestle in the main event, he needed to make an impact now. That, he did.

The fact the company did not make Cena and Rollins the main event match of the evening tells all of us a lot about the direction the company is moving. It would appears there are major changes on the horizon in just a few weeks. All we need to do is hold on and wait.

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WWE SmackDown Results and December 12 Recap

December 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s episode opens with John Cena making his way down to the ring. He says in two days, it’s the TLC PPV. That means that in two days…

Seth Rollins wastes no time interrupting this segment. He comes out, flanked by J&J Security, and tells Cena to do us all a favor and shut up. How many times in the last ten years has Cena come out before a huge match and told everyone what he was going to do in the ring? Rollins gives him credit: Cena is in the spot he’s in because he’s always stepped up, and 99 times out of 100, the things Cena says he’ll do have happened. That’s how good he is. But after this Sunday when Rollins beats him, there will be a new standard set for the things he says he’ll do 99 times out of 100. Cena talks all the time about how the future has to go through him. The future doesn’t exist without Rollins. All Cena wants to do is talk. Well, spare us. On RAW, Cena said it was about stepping up or stepping aside. Cena’s time is up, and Rollins’ time is now. At TLC in the tables match, he doesn’t have to pin Cena or make him submit.

All he has to do is send Cena’s ass crashing through a table. Cena tells the crowd to mark this day on the calendar: the day Rollins has finally become a man. He doesn’t see the Shield or the Authority; what he sees is a confident Rollins standing on his own two feet. That’s exactly what Cena wants. After he beats Rollins on Sunday, Rollins will have to look in the mirror and say, “I am not ready.” Rollins is good, but he’s not ready to go face-to-face with the man who runs this place. This Sunday, they have a tables match, and Rollins is about to find out that, for over a decade that there is no safer bet than Cena. Rollins calls himself the future, but that future isn’t Sunday, next week or next year, because Cena is here. Rollins says Cena doesn’t get it. He keeps talking about the future like it’s a far-off distant place. Rollins is the embodiment of the future. It’s right in front of him. Cena has been living in it for two years since Rollins came in. Every step he has taken has led to this Sunday in the match with Cena. When he puts Cena through the table, he won’t just be beating him or taking away another shot at the WWE World title; this Sunday marks the beginning of the end for Cena. This is a paradigm shift, and what that means is when Rollins wins, everything Cena has worked for goes up in smoke. Cena will fade into the background. He’ll become a ghost and a memory. This will be the end of Cena, and the rise of the new standard-bearer in WWE, Seth Rollins. Cena says his confidence makes him a fool. Rollins is good, gifted and has a bright future in WWE. However, this is Cena’s life, and if Rollins thinks for one second that Rollins will shove him out the door, Rollins can line up with the 10,000 who thought the same thing and wound up eating those words. From Rene Dupree to Triple H, from Orlando Jordan to the Rock, he has survived them all because of passion, focus, heart and the guts to never give up. Here’s a piece of advice: Rollins will show up thinking Cena has lost a step, and that foot he thinks is missing will be placed right up Rollins’ ass.

Tonight’s main event will be yet another 6-man tag team match, as Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback face the Big Show, Luke Harper and Corporate Kane.

We get a video for Adam Rose, as if anyone still gives a sh*t.

This is then followed by a video for the Ascension. Glad to see they’re finally getting called up. They come off a bit like Demolition in the video, which makes me very happy.

MATCH 1: CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA) VS. THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY)
The Miz and Damien Mizdow are on commentary. We get a cut-away promo from Cesaro and Kidd. They call themselves two of the most talented and underrated talents in WWE history, and they are the perfect guys to grab the brass ring. Kidd and an Uso start, with Kidd applying a side headlock. He slides under Uso’s legs, and Uso then hits a shoulderblock. Uso blocks a hiptoss and hits a headbutt as we see Naomi watching from the back, meaning this is Jimmy in the ring. Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey, who comes off the top. Kidd rams him into the corner and tags in Cesaro, who stomps Jey down. He hits a European uppercut, then nails a knife-edge in the corner. Jey comes back with a couple of his own. Cesaro rips his shirt off as Jimmy tags in. He nails a shot in the corner and hits a snapmare for 2. Cesaro fights out of an armbar by hitting a powerslam for 2. Cesaro applies a rear chinlock, but Jimmy escapes and hits a seated dropkick that sends Cesaro to the outside. Jimmy hits an over-the-top suicide dive, then rolls Cesaro back in. He goes after Cesaro in the ropes, and as the ref pulls him back, Kidd tags in. Jimmy winds up on the outside, where Kidd nails a kick to the face. Miz gets a phone call from his agent, and he apparently has to leave to go talk to Naomi. Commercials.

Back from the break, Uso fights out of a side headlock, but then runs into a bearhug that is turned into an overhead belly-to-belly for 1 as Jimmy gets in the ropes. Kidd tags in and applies a side headlock. As Jimmy tries to fight out, Kidd hits a spinning back kick. He goes for a legdrop on the apron, but misses. He crawls back in and tags Cesaro, who knocks Jey off the apron with a big boot. He turns around and gets hit with a back-body drop by Jimmy. Cesaro hits a running European uppercut in the corner for 2, then calls for the Cesaro Swing. He tags in Kidd, hits the Swing right into a seated dropkick from Kidd for 2 as Jey breaks it up. Kidd tosses Jey to the outside and tags in Cesaro. He hits a slingshot legdrop to the back of Jimmy’s head, and Cesaro comes off the top with a double-stomp for 2. Cesaro misses a corner charge and collides with the ring post. Jimmy crawls for the tag as Jey pulls himself up. Jimmy hits a reverse Dragon Whip, then tags in Jey, who hits a top rope cross-body. He nails several more shots, knocks Kidd of the apron, then hits a Samoan drop on Cesaro for 2. Jey beats Cesaro down in the corner before hitting a running hip attack for 2. Kidd breaks up the pin, so Jimmy tries to launch him to the floor. Kidd reverses, but Jimmy lands on his feet. He avoids a dropkick through the ropes, pulls Kidd to the floor and lays him out with a superkick. In the ring, Cesaro rolls up Jey for 2 with his feet on the ropes. Jimmy shoves Cesaro’s feet off the ropes, and as Cesaro argues with him, Jey blasts him with a superkick. Jimmy tags in, hits the Samoan Splash and gets 3.

WINNERS: THE USOS.

We see Naomi celebrating in the back, when she’s approached by Miz and Mizdow. Miz doesn’t know why her husband is mad at him. He says things aren’t going well for her in WWE, so she should try Hollywood. She knows Miz is messing with her head and trying to get to her husband before the title match, causing the Usos to lose focus. Miz says this is exactly her problem. He got a call from his agent, who wants to take Naomi’s offer off the table. Her and her husband are drama-prone, but he’s got the agents calmed down for now. She has a jealous husband problem. This isn’t about him; it’s about helping her. Associating his brand with her damaged persona could ruin him. He’s sticking his neck out for her, but she needs to get this sorted out quickly. He thinks she’s talented, and he thought she should know that.

After some commercials, we see Naomi pacing in the back. The Usos approach her, and Jimmy says he’s happy for her. She gets mad, saying he’s treating her like she’s incapable of making her own decisions. She storms off, and Jey says she may have a legitimate point. Jimmy is getting riled up, and Jey says this is exactly what Miz wanted. Jimmy needs to get his mind right, or Miz has played everyone.

We get a video package for the history between Rollins and Cena.

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen, and he says he offered Dean Ambrose the path to salvation, but he chose the road to damnation. Ambrose is just like you, and you, just like him, deserve everything you get. This is no longer about what could have been; it’s now about what must be. 2000 years from now, people will be talking about the great things Wyatt did. 2000 years from now, the children will learn about him in school. This Sunday, Ambrose’s demise is his salvation. Tables, ladders and chairs…run.

MATCH 2: WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA (W/BRIE BELLA) VS. ALICIA FOX (NON-TITLE)
AJ Lee is on commentary, cradling her new Slammy. They lock up, and Nikki applies a side headlock. Fox escapes and hits a dropkick. She leaps over Nikki, hits an armdrag and then goes into an armbar. Nikki escapes and hits a monkey flip, but Fox lands on her feet. She tries to avoid a corner charge by leaping to the top rope, but Nikki knocks her to the floor. Back in, Nikki stomps Fox down, then hits a suplex for 2. Nikki applies a modified surfboard as Fox literally squeals. Fox tries to get back to her feet, but Nikki whips her back down before hitting a release hammerlock slam for 2. Nikki goes back to the surfboard, and Fox hits the worst variation of an armdrag I’ve ever seen to escape. Fox hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one from Nikki and botches a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, apparently hurting herself in the process. Fox hits a northern lights suplex for 2 and goes for a clothesline. Nikki catches her arm and hits a facebreaker before missing a charge in the corner. Fox then misses a high kick in the corner, and Nikki drops her with a forearm. Nikki hits the Rack Attack (ugh) and gets 3.

WINNER: NIKKI BELLA.

After the match, Nikki picks Fox up and hits another Rack Attack while staring at Lee at ringside. Lee stands up and simply stares the Bellas down.

MATCH 3: BIG E (W/KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. GOLDUST (W/STARDUST)
We get an inset promo from Gold & Stardust. Something about blotting out the sun and darkness falling on the New Day. Goldust goes on the attack with punches. E comes back with a back elbow, but then runs into a powerslam for 2. Goldust hits an uppercut, a kick to the knee and a DDT for another 2. E comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly, then goes for the Warrior Splash. Goldust pops up and catches him with a spinebuster. Goldust calls for the Final Cut, but E escapes and goes for the Big Ending. Goldust escapes and drops tot he apron. E hits him with a right and goes for his spear through the ropes. Goldust instead nails him in the head with a knee. Back in, E hits a vertical splash, waits for Goldust to get up and hits the Big Ending for 3.

WINNER: BIG E.

Wow. When was the last time E won a singles match?

MATCH 4: TITUS O’NEIL VS. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger goes right into a lock-up, and the two jockey until Swagger backs Titus into the corner. Titus shoves him away after the break, so Swagger takes him down and nails some rights. He hits a corner clothesline, gets whipped across the ring, blocks the charge and sends Titus to the floor. Outside, Swagger hits a boot from the apron, but then gets yanked shoulder-first into the ring post. Titus rolls him back in for 2, then nails a series of forearms. He yanks Swagger down by the neck, then hits a standing fall-away slam. Swagger rolls to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Back in, Swagger ducks a clothesline but runs into a big boot. Titus rakes Swagger in the eyes and goes for the sidewinder. Swagger swings through and applies the Patriot Lock. Titus taps out.

WINNER: JACK SWAGGER.

The Russian flag drops down, and Rusev & Lana walk out onto the stage. Rusev simply holds the US title over his head, rendering this part of the segment meaningless.

After a video package for the Wyatt/Ambrose feud, we cut to Ambrose in a room somwhere, sitting under a ladder. He says that, when Wyatt talks, he makes it sounds like they’re viking gods, battling in the clouds while the world burns. Ambrose isn’t a mythical warrior; he’s a gutter rat. He’s just a dog that likes to fight. That’s all this is: a fight. Truth be told, he couldn’t be having any more fun. He and Wyatt weren’t meant to rule together; they were meant to tear each other apart. No matter what happens to him, he won’t stop. Maybe he doesn’t know any better. When it’s all said and done, “the Eater of Worlds” will be swallowed, and when Ambrose has the whole world in his hands, he will crush it.

MATCH 5: DOLPH ZIGGLER, ERICK ROWAN AND RYBACK VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION LUKE HARPER, CORPORATE KANE AND THE BIG SHOW
Ziggler and Kane start, with Kane applying a side headlock before nailing a shoulderblock off the ropes. Kane goes back to the headlock, gets sent into the ropes and hit with a dropkick. Ziggler hits a cross-body into some mounted punches, then tags in Rowan. Rowan nails a couple shots and hits a bodyslam. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is legal for his team, and Rowan is clubbing him down near the ropes. Show gets kicked to the outside, and Rowan backs him into the ring post. Rowan charges in, and of course Show sidesteps him, sending him face-first into it. Show hurls Rowan onto the apron, opens the top of his jumpsuit and lands a big chop. Show traps Rowan under the bottom rope, then tags in Kane. Kane nails a series of shots in the corner, then hits a corner splash. Harper tags in and drops a quick elbow for 1 before applying a rear chinlock. Rowan gets back to his feet, but Harper floors him with an elbow. Kane tags in, misses a clothesline, and he & Rowan crash into each other in the middle. Rowan tags in Ziggler, who hits a missile dropkick. He nails a corner splash and follows up with a neckbreaker. The Shot to the Heart connects for 2, and Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper. Kane blocks it and goes for a powerbomb, but Ziggler counters into a sit-out facebuster for 2. Harper causes a distraction, which allows Kane to nail a big boot for 2. Show tags in, and we go to commercials.

Back once more, Harper has tagged in, and he has Ziggler in a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out and goes for a dropkick. Harper blocks it and slingshots him underneath the middle rope for 2. Kane tags in and hits an uppercut, then goes for a suplex. Ziggler lands on his feet and hits Kane in the knee with a seated dropkick, sending him face-first into the middle buckle. Show tags in and prevents Ziggler from making a tag by dropping an elbow across the back. Ziggler gets whipped into the corner, and Show hits him with a hip attack. Show bounces off the ropes, and Ziggler drops him with a dropkick to the knee. Show grabs Ziggler by the foot, so Ziggler tries to hit a few rights. Show shakes them off and goes for the chokeslam. Ziggler escapes and applies the scissored sleeper. Show is still standing, however, and he snaps Ziggler off his back. He goes for the chokeslam again and hits it, but Ziggler kicks out at 2. Show drops his straps and loads up the Knockout Punch. Ziggler ducks and hits a surprise Zig-Zag. Ryback and Harper tag in, and Ryback cleans house on everybody before hitting Harper with a Thesz Press and a standing splash. Harper comes back with a knee, but then runs into a standing spinebuster for 2 as Kane breaks it up. Rowan drops Kane with a big boot, then sends him into the barricade on the outside. Show takes him down with a running shoulder tackle. In the ring, Harper goes for a powerbomb, but Ryback counters with a back-body drop. He hits the Meat Hook and goes for Shell Shocked, which connects for 3.

WINNERS: ERICK ROWAN, RYBACK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Kane brings a chair into the ring and drops Ryback with it. Outside, Rowan sends Show into the stairs. Ziggler enters the ring and drops Kane with a superkick. Rowan drags a ladder into the ring as Ryback grabs Kane’s chair and begins assaulting him with it. Rowan and Ziggler hold the ladder and run it right into Harper and Kane, sending them to the floor. Ryback and Rowan hold the ladder next to the ropes as Ziggler climbs up and wipes out the opposing team with a plancha.

End of show.

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Dean Amrbose Talks WWE Formula and Hell in a Cell Match

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

In between his stints as a rock star and WWE superstar, Chris Jericho has quickly become a great interviewer. Jericho’s recent podcast with Dean Ambrose is no better example as he got the current star to share some candid feelings on the current WWE style.

The Talk is Jericho two-part podcast with Ambrose may be Jericho’s best since he entered the venture. Jericho and Ambrose sat down for a no-holds barred discussion about Ambrose’s career and the WWE. One particular theme popped up throughout the interview and that was Ambrose’s personal taste and distaste for the current WWE product.

Now don’t misread this blog. I am not trying to start any trouble for Ambrose here. I don’t think he said anything that should land him in the proverbial dog house. I just found it refreshing to hear one of the bigger stars in the WWE come out and say what most of us have been thinking for a long time.

Ambrose was asked about his Hell in a Cell match with rival Seth Rollins. Ambrose touches on the subject here when he talks about how he and Rollins wanted to have something different than what most of us are used to seeing on WWE events.

I wanted it to not feel like a WWE match. If you watch John [Cena] vs. Randy [Orton] on that show, it felt like a good WWE main-event. Finisher, counter, kick out, the same stuff. They’ve kind of created and popularized what the WWE main-event style is, I guess. But I wanted it to feel different, I wanted it to feel a little bit dirtier, and grungier, especially because it’s Hell in a Cell, it’s supposed to be an ugly thing. I want it to be ugly at certain points, like, a little bit uncomfortable. Like people are getting hurt right now. People aren’t smiling, or doing trademark things. Two dudes are just trying to kill each other right now, this is just a little bit uncomfortable. I just wanted to have a stripped-down feel. That was my vision for it.

Another theme that popped up a couple of times throughout the podcast was the micromanagement of the product. In part 1, Ambrose reveals that he does not think any of his promos in the WWE have been that good. He says that he cringes sometimes when he is handed the material and wishes that he could just go out there with bullet points like he did on the indys. Ambrose expands more when he talks about the WWE “formula” with Jericho.

“I don’t think you should have a formula. That’s the thing, there’s a TV formula and a WWE formula, and there’s such a formula. I think the fans get conditioned to that formula, which probably makes it harder to shock them after a while, because they get the formula. I don’t know if any of my matches are any good, but I like people to think at any time that anything might happen, whether it makes any sense or not. I like to just throw something in that doesn’t make any sense on purpose, just because nobody sees it coming.

“If you watch enough wrestling and you’re watching a match, you can kind of tell what’s going to happen next almost all the time. You know the match isn’t going to end until Kofi [Kingston] has done his hand slap gimmick, or until John [Cena] does the Five Knuckle Shuffle. But in real fights, like in boxing or UFC, anything can happen at any time, a match could just end, a dude could grab his leg and break it.

Both parts are highly entertaining, especially one particular exchange in part one which I’ll cover in a future blog regarding the origins behind that hideous mannequin doll segment several months back on RAW. Check out both parts on Talk is Jericho.

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Roman Reigns wins Fictional Award, Threatens to Bring About Armageddon

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns won the Slammy award for WWE Superstar of the year on Monday Night Raw. The big Samoan has been out of action for a while due to injury and his appearance on the program was surely a great moment for fans that have been anxious for his return.

And for everyone else the world came to an end; cats and dogs living together, its mass hysteria. According to this little batch of crazies, Roman had no business winning that silly little gold trophy. That recognition belonged to Dean Ambrose, the man that has taken the company by storm while simultaneously trying to make everyone forget about CM Punk.

But that did not happen. And despite the fact that a few days have passed since the Slammys, many fans are still sitting in front of their mirrors smearing on lipstick and brushing their hair with way too much intensity. However, there is cause for optimism. There is a reason to let go of the disappointment and begin to once again live in the here and now.

Why is that? Gather round, kids have I got a shocker for you. The Slammys are a work. Period. Oh, WWE advertised the event everywhere and was begging for votes on every category all across the board. They encouraged the audience to participate and let their voices be heard, to determine just who would walk away with those coveted awards.

But yeah, it’s all a work. Notice I didn’t say the votes were not legit. I’m not suggesting that WWE didn’t see the numbers and God knows I don’t want to be accused of being a smarty pants here. What I am saying is that the votes probably didn’t matter all that much in the end. The company will put guys into spots because it wants them there, not because the fans vote a Slammy into his hands.

By the way, I’m not saying the word Slammy anymore. WWE is already rife with one bit of nonsense after another, there’s no need to call these fictional awards by such a ridiculous name. So, I’m over it. You want to use it, be my guest.

The fact is that the award-that-shall-not-be-named is nothing more than a prop. But the fans love them and if you don’t believe that then just go to Twitter and see for yourself. Be prepared however; hilarity will ensue. Don’t get me wrong here; I have no problem with fans that have allowed themselves to be so completely absorbed into the product that they have totally dismissed reality. In fact, I take no issue with that at all.

After all, isn’t that what a fan is supposed to do? Aren’t fans supposed to suspend their disbelief of the real world long enough to enjoy the manufactured world that’s been created for them by WWE? Aren’t fans supposed to care about the product to the point that it becomes real to them? Isn’t that kind of the point?

Yes, it is. And maybe I should just follow along with them and just have fun with it. Maybe I should forget the fact that people lost their minds and just go crazy with them. Imagine letting go of everything and spending countless hours complaining about the fact that your favorite Superstar did not win the pointless award that you voted 47 times for him to win.

Imagine what it must feel like to abandon all sense of reality and just become one with WWE. Unfortunately for me, I can’t do that. I’m one of those guys that sit back and watch the insanity unfold before him. I marvel at the things that are said, shaking my head at the number of times “Ambrose should have won” was uttered in social media. It’s an amazing sight to behold.

And no, I’m not anti-Ambrose. Not at all. In fact, I think the guy has never looked better. I think that Dean will be the most popular number two guy that WWE has seen since the aforementioned Best in the World. And when it happens, you’ll all sit back and remember that Tom told you so. So there.

But at the end of the day, Roman is the next top guy. That’s it. You can hate that, you can ignore that, you can do everything in your power to forget about him and his award-that-shall-not-be-named and focus all your energy on Dean Ambrose. If that’s what you want, go with God.

That will not change the fact that Roman is the heir apparent to John Cena. It’s his torch to receive and before anyone thinks I have now lost my mind as well, let me assure you I’m well aware of how much money John makes for that company. He equals dollar signs to them and that will not be easy to replace one day.

But WWE will have to at some point. Cena is only getting older and one day, his time will be up. For the company to ensure its existence past Cena’s shelf life, it must begin building toward the future. Roman Reigns is the cornerstone of that future and if getting some frivolous award is part of paving the way for him to get there, then so be it.

Dean is still getting it done in the ring and he’s still the one that many fans are paying to see. No lack of trophy will change that. So go on about your day, continue to complain if you want and gosh darn it, have fun with it. As for me, I’ll be sitting back a little saner and a little more reserved than some. Maybe I am a smarty pants after all.

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Flashback: Steen vs. Generico Feud ends at ROH Final Battle 2010

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Editor’s Note: In light of the recent Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn angle in WWE NXT, the CCB is re-publishing a blog from 2010 documenting their classic rivalry from Ring of Honor. This blog was originally published on December 9, 2010.

It has literally been one year in the making. At ROH Final Battle 2010 it all comes to an end in the same place it started, the Manhattan Center in New York City. It has been the best wrestling feud in all of 2010 and if you don’t believe me go back to watch it all for yourself. The feud I am talking about is Kevin Steen vs. El Generico.

I had the pleasure of attending my first Ring of Honor event one year ago in the Manhattan Center in New York City when the feud between Kevin Steen & El Generico actually began. It was there where we saw the one-time best friends, tag team partners and former Tag Team Champions split apart from one another. Steen turned his back on Generico and in the process became one of the most insane characters in wrestling for quite sometime.

It was similar in ways to a feud that really grabbed people’s attention in the late-90s between Sabu and Taz. The similarity came in the sense that while Taz & Sabu never touched for an entire year, it was a period of time where El Generico did not touch or lay a hand on Kevin Steen. El Generico was confused & heartbroken that Kevin Steen had turned his back on him after all this time, while Steen made sure to take every opportunity to lay a hand on El Generico.

There would be stare downs in the ring between El Generico and Kevin Steen where the fans wanted to see El Generico retaliate. Already in the early stages of the feud people would realize that these two very underrated wrestlers could hold the crowd in the palm of their hands. The fans could see El Generico battle with himself over wanting to strike Steen while “Mr. Wrestling” would provoke his one time friend.

Fans would finally see El Generico snap almost 5 months later in April of 2010 at the ROH Big Bang show. It was there, where once again, another city, another place, that the fans wanted El Generico to strike Kevin Steen. Fans would get their wish as Generico would finally snap and send this feud from the 4th gear it was already in, into a 5th & 6th gears.

During this entire feud it was able to take other wrestlers, veterans even, such as Steve Corino (who would side with Kevin Steen) and Colt Cabana (who would side with El Generico), to make it fresh and fun to watch. Fans still wanted more, even though it was Colt Cabana in the ring with Kevin Steen, or El Generico in the ring with Steve Corino, the fans were hooked. They knew that while it wasn’t Steen/Generico, it was the work of art being displayed through this storyline.

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It would finally come ahead at the Death before Dishonor show from June of this year. The match was billed as “six months in the making” and would be the first time the two would battle it out in the ring. The feud was so intense that it was El Generico who interrupted the first match of the show to get Steen out in the ring for that very moment to be the opening match. The hatred that was built between these two in the squared circle has been something we haven’t seen in quite sometime.

The match was great and had the fans in the palms of their hands. The emotion was there; the crowd was into it and loved every moment Steen & Generico wrestled. It was two underrated wrestlers attempting to steal the show based off of their great in-ring work, mic skills and grabbing the crowd’s emotion & placing it in the middle of the ring.

While Steen would come out on top that night, the match would be moved to its next chapter and most definitely its darkest chapter, at New York City at the Glory by Honor IX show in September. Once again I had the honor of being at the show and witnessing the emotion in the building that night. It was most arguably the most anticipating match on the entire card, a chain match that would come on just before intermission.

It would be a tag team chain match with El Generico & Colt Cabana taking on Kevin Steen & Steve Corino. Once again the veteran secondary wrestlers were involved in the match and that didn’t matter, the fans were hooked. There was brutality, violence and the word you keep hearing throughout this entire blog, emotion involved.

Generico & Cabana would come out on top after a very good match and it would turn into the next chapter of this entire feud. As Generico was placing Steen on the top rope for his trademark brainbuster, it was at this time Steen would unmask El Generico in front of the crowd, for a glimpse Generico’s face was shown before being quickly covered up. It was at this point the great feud became darker after this very match and moment.

With El Generico now unmasked and having to use a secondary mask, one that was completely black, made this once loveable character a monster that no one thought would happen when this feud started. Generico & Steen were able to complete 360 their in-ring characters and make them from once loveable people to the darkest of character’s wrestling has seen in sometime. It was where this feud was also sadly seeing its final stretch run.

On ROH on HDNet it would be Kevin Steen creating a final match, one to settle the score, at Final Battle 2010 in New York City. It would be Steen vs. Generico with stipulations that would change the face of ROH in 2011. If Steen won it would have to be El Generico who would have to unmask in front of the crowd, if El Generico won it would make Kevin Steen leave Ring of Honor. It is now a make or break match; one that is becoming the favorite match everyone wants to see on December 18th in NYC.

We are days away from seeing one of the best feuds, if not the best feud in Wrestling for 2010 come to an end. When people look back at Kevin Steen & El Generico’s careers it will be this feud that defines them. They have made themselves some of the top Independent wrestlers in the business based on all the intangibles wrestlers need to be top stars. In-ring work, promo skills and making the crowd feel your emotion.

It’s sad to know that on December 18th this feud will come to an end because it has been one of the most entertaining feuds we have seen in quite sometime. For an entire 365 day span, Kevin Steen and El Generico have perfected the art of a wrestling feud. If you haven’t checked out this feud yet then do yourself a favor and start getting the DVD’s from the last year for Ring of Honor wrestling because these two wrestlers have made wrestling very fun for any fan feeling letdown by the WWE or TNA.

Congrats to Kevin Steen & El Generico on perfecting the art of a wrestling feud. I hate to see it end but it will end with probably the most emotional match/angle that these two of done the past year and they have done some pretty audience grabbing stuff. This has been the best wrestling feud in the past year and if you don’t believe me then just check it out, it will be worth every penny you spend.

At Final Battle 2010, we will see the war come to an end.

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Don’t Expect New WWE Champions Any Time Soon

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

What if I told you that you may never see the WWE World Title around the race of a Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose or even Roman Reigns? What if I told you the stars in the company are there to tease and please you and give you a false sense of hope, would you believe me?

I have reason to believe that 2015 could be a lot like 2014 and other years where we begged and pleaded for the WWE to go in another direction, only to see a glimpse of change, then revert back to the status quo. The business of wrestling has always been that way, as deception is a major part of the lure that gets us come to the arenas and shell out money for pay-per-view events – or now $9.99 for a struggling wrestling network.

The fact is the WWE doesn’t have enough belts to go around and has too many wrestlers they make main event talent. John Cena may be the biggest draw in the company, but when he wrestles the likes of Seth Rollins, or Bray Wyatt or Ambrose, there is no chance of a cross over because the chase is too important to the storyline and the company.

Bob Backlund chased Bruno Sammartino. Barry Windham chased Ric Flair. Until he won the title, Daniel Bryan chased Randy Orton.

Maybe the best example of this is Verne Gagne’s use of Hulk Hogan when he first came to Minnesota.

After Gagne’s retirement in 1981, he focused the promotion on Nick Bockwinkel, a loyal employee of several years who was a mat-wrestling technician like Gagne had been. Bockwinkel faced numerous challengers for the title during the early 1980s including eventual champions Rick Martel and Otto Wanz, former champion Mad Dog Vachon, and perennial contenders Wahoo McDaniel, and Brad Rheingans, but perhaps his most famous opponent would be Hulk Hogan.

Starting in 1982 and accelerated by a role in the hit film Rocky III, Hogan rapidly caught on as a babyface with AWA fans, and became the AWA’s top draw. But even as his popularity grew to unprecedented levels, Gagne refused to make him the AWA World Heavyweight Champion, as Hogan was a powerhouse wrestler. He recognized Hogan’s showmanship and charisma and was well aware of his potential drawing power, but still believed a wrestling company should be built around one of its best technical wrestlers (e.g., himself and Bockwinkel).

On the Spectacular Legacy of the AWA DVD, Gagne denied bias against Hogan and defended his actions by reasoning that he believed that Hogan’s pursuit of the title was the draw for the audience and that “we really didn’t need him to be champion”.

Other wrestling promotions used that same kind of tactic with popular wrestlers – Junkyard Dog, Butch Reed, Ricky Morton – to prove their popularity as a bridesmaid made them more popular, that the man chasing the title holder was “white hot” and was better served in that capacity.

Today, that theory has not changed. Dolph Ziggler will never be a WWE World Champion again and if Rollins cashes in his MITB contract, he may not achieve the success of winning the title – which would be music to the WWE’s ears because then his failure leads to a another great story angle.

Who is to say that upon his return to the ring, Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble (a foregone conclusion) and wrestles Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, only to lose and then chase the champion until another man is chosen to do the honor?

Every week it seems, JBL has something to say, referring to him as a “future WWE champion.” It’s great in theory, but poor in execution. In most cases, like in Wade Barrett’s and Titus O’Neal’s chances, it will never happen. It hate to be the one to say he has some bad news, but you might add Reigns, Ambrose, Rollins, Cesaro and Wyatt to the list. Right now from where I’m sitting it may never happen for them either. And all we have done is allowed the WWE to draw us in and give us the impression it will happen.

It’s like it’s 1982 all over again.

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CM Punk talks UFC, AJ’s Thoughts, WrestleMania, and More

December 11, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk is once again a hot commodity. The former WWE champion is on everyone’s minds after signing with the UFC. Punk is doing a lot of media and as expected, is shooting straight about his trajectory from the wrestling ring to the octagon.

It’s been less than a week and people still have questions. It is still hard to wrap my head around a guy with 0 fighting experience, amateur or pro getting a UFC deal after suffering numerous injuries as a pro wrestler, including several concussions. Yet that is exactly what Phil Brooks is going to do and he isn’t shy about discussing it.

Punk has talked to a lot of media and a recent stop at RollingStone.com may be one of the most insightful interviews he has done yet. The interview doesn’t touch on the WWE much at all but asks the questions we have all been wondering about Punk’s plan, his mindset, and what the hell is exactly going on here with the straight-edged superstar.

Punk was asked about whether critics and fans should reserve judgment until after Punk steps inside of the octagon as opposed to jumping conclusions. Punk says yes and even someone as confident as Punk isn’t going to make any bold predictions.

For sure. I’m not gonna sit here and make bold predictions about first-round head kicks and beating ranked opponents. This is about me and my journey to get there. I understand other peoples’ point of view about, “Oh, there’s great fighters out there like Ben Askren.” My only point on that is, “Don’t be mad at me, Ben. Be mad at [UFC President] Dana [White].” I’m sure Ben Askren’s a nice guy. If he’s mad at me, I understand. But if the Blackhawks came to me before Dana and Lorenzo did and were like, “We’re gonna put you in goal,” I’d be like, “That’s great. I played a little hockey when I was a kid.” You know what I mean? I’m not gonna deny myself some opportunity because somebody on Twitter thinks I shouldn’t have it.”

I do agree with Punk on one thing here. He is not the enemy. If you are upset that he is signed to a UFC deal, don’t be mad at him. Be mad at UFC management for signing him. Ironically, you could have said the same thing in regards to Punk whining for the last three years about The Rock and Brock Lesnar but I digress.

Punk isn’t quite sure whether the UFC will be more positive for him than the WWE, but he is happy with the way things are moving. Punk offered an interesting comparison between both companies to Rolling Stone.

I’m not sure I did know (whether UFC is more positive). If I can maybe throw out an example of how things are different – the lack of communication from the WWE office was astounding. They said they suspended me and never contacted me. They were in my town, about an eight-minute drive from my house multiple times, and didn’t feel like it was necessary to come try and talk to me, so I assumed that they didn’t want to talk to me.
Then, you’ve got Dana and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta wanting to talk to me, and they get on a jet and fly to Chicago to talk to me. So that pretty much told me exactly how Dana and Lorenzo do business. I’m sure there are other people out there who have different situations with them, but they’re playing straight with me. And being backstage [at last Saturday’s UFC 181] and introducing everybody to my wife, it was such a great experience. And I’m sure part of that is the name value and who I am, but everyone seemed to be happy, which is different and odd for me.

I think most of us were curious as to what his wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee thinks of this. I think many of us wondered what his wife of less than one-year is thinking after hearing that her husband has signed to be a UFC fighter.

After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that’s when it got serious and that’s when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I’m gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, “She’s gonna shut it down, and I’m gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don’t take no for an answer, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.” Right off the bat she recognized that. She’s been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she’s not somebody that’s gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.

Finally, Punk is asked whether he is still itching for that WrestleMania main-event spot.

No, absolutely not.

All in all this is a fantastic interview with plenty of more details about Punk’s transition into UFC, reaction, and path to the octagon. Check out the entire interview over at RollingStone.com

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