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Bellator MMA’s Scott Coker On Signing CM Punk, The Success Of Bellator, & More

January 22, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker appeared on Tuesday’s edition of the MMA Hour and this interview had some gems in it. Down below are highlights from the interview.

When asked if Bellator MMA would ever sign CM Punk, Coker said:

“We had talked about it, honestly, but we never reached out to him or made that call. We were not in dialogue with him by any means. It was just like, ‘He’s never had a fight before. You think he really wants to fight?’ I didn’t even know if he really, really wanted to fight, so let’s see. Let’s see how he does in his debut.”

…and Alberto del Rio:

“I’m not sure. From everything I understand, he’s still pro wrestling and he’s very busy pro wrestling. Even though he’s had some great MMA fights – he fought a couple of big names – at the end of the day, it’s a different sport completely.”

“To me, I know that they’re still in dialogue, but is he going to become a MMA fighter? That I cannot answer.”

Currently, Punk is signed to a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will debut sometime this year.

When asked his thoughts on today’s free agent market in MMA today, ..click here to read more

WWE WrestleMania 32 Announcement and Press Conference

January 21, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It is official! WrestleMania 32 is coming to AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The WWE made the official announcement on Tuesday with some heavy hitters in attendance to answer questions. Check out the video and the press conference below.

The WWE will need to lock up some heavy hitters for this one. The WWE will be looking to break its own attendance record for WrestleMania. I can tell you now that the current roster of talent aren’t bringing 90,000 people in the way it is presented today. There are a lot of rumors surrounding Stone Cold Steve Austin and a match on this show. We’ll have to wait and see.

Check out the breaking news announcement and the press conference featuring the legendary Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, and more.

WWE WrestleMania 32 Is A Big Reason To Re-sign Brock Lesnar

January 21, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The big news today is the impending announcement that the WWE will officially announce its home for WrestleMania 32. The venue is expected to be AT&T Stadium. There probably is nobody more excited for this news in the WWE locker room than Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar is coming up on the end of his WWE deal. Lesnar’s deal expires with his WrestleMania 31 match or appearance. Due to the MMA war between Bellator and the UFC, Lesnar is expected to receive big offers from both companies to fight again. Most predicted that the WWE would be out of the bidding. I say, not so fast.

I was on board with this crowd until this whole WrestleMania 32 scenario hit me. The economics of the WWE and its business have changed. The WWE can no longer justify spending on high-priced free agents like Lesnar without PPV revenue and an under-performing Network. Quite frankly there is just no good reason to justify re-sign Lesnar and thus most expected him to walk. Now they have a reason and that reason is 92,000+ seats.

Vince McMahon and company aren’t looking to get into AT&T Stadium, draw half of a house, and lose their behinds. The WWE ..click here to read more

Matt Brown Talks CM Punk Fighting In The UFC

January 20, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welterweight Matt Brown recently appeared on the MMA Hour and he had a lot to say about the UFC signing former WWE champion CM Punk to a contract without him having any previous fighting experience.

“I thought the sport, the UFC, itself, was beyond that now, Bellator doing this, I could understand. I could see other organizations doing it. The UFC, I just didn’t expect it.

On CM Punk signing with the UFC: “I don’t have a problem with the UFC doing it. What I have a problem with is CM Punk being dumb enough to think he can do it,” Brown continued. “If he wants to come fight a real man I’ll be standing there. I’ll fight Tarec Saffiedine on [Feb. 14] and I’m the main event, everyone will be gone. I’ll fight him right after Tarec if he wants. Hopefully what happens here is that all these keyboard warriors that are like, ‘Oh I could go in there and fight’ see that a legit athlete — CM Punk is an athlete — and they see him go in a get demolished by a prelim fighter or someone that also shouldn’t be in there and they’ll see this shit is ..click here to read more

The People vs Vince McMahon: WWE’s Answer to George Lucas

January 20, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

George Lucas is one of the most prolific storytellers of his generation. The Star Wars franchise is much more than a series of films; it’s become modern mythology, completely ingrained into the American consciousness. The long lasting impact that his work has had arguably puts Lucas on par with Mark Twain and perhaps even Shakespeare; that’s how important Star Wars has been and how much it’s meant to so many people.

But these days, Lucas himself doesn’t really have that much of a fan following. Star Wars is still a monster of course, with billion dollar licensing deals and a new trilogy of movies on the horizon. Lucas though is not really viewed all that much as the groundbreaking creator that he once was. He’s basically become out of touch with his audience and a caricature of himself.

Sound familiar? The fact is that many pro wrestling fans have been saying the same thing about another creative genius, Vince McMahon. At first glance, the only thing that Lucas and McMahon have in common is that they share a fairly large percentage of the same audience. In other words, fanboys be loving some Star Wars. ..click here to read more

10 Things I Learned About Hulk Hogan on the Chris Jericho Podcast

January 20, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Hulk Hogan has never sat down for a so-called shoot interview outside of a WWE production. Yet Chris Jericho pulled off the scoop and delivered the closest thing we will probably ever get with the biggest star in pro wrestling history.

It isn’t often that Hulk Hogan sits down for a no holds barred interview about his pro wrestling career. But when he does you know it’s going to be newsworthy. Hogan was a recent guest on a two-part Chris Jericho podcast, offering one of the most fascinating interviews he has ever done. Hogan opened up on his legendary pro wrestling career telling many stories, some you have heard and some you may not have, yet all were interesting.

Now the caveat with a Hogan interview is that he is often a whipping boy for giving worked answers. I tend to take a different opinion than some of those critics. I think that Hogan is giving what he thinks is the real answer. However, I think after 30 years of bumps that he makes honest mistakes with names and time periods and has probably worked himself so much over the years with these stories that he himself truly believes everything ..click here to read more

RAWlternative Delivers Endless Stream of Fresh and Frenetic Action

January 20, 2015 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The stream began two minutes late. Not a big deal; I’ve attended independent wrestling shows that have begun an *hour* late. There was a running gag at a CZW show back in 2002 (which began 45 minutes late) that the “2:30 bell time” is actually what time the ring bell arrives via courier. Two minutes? Whatever.

That promoter Drew Cordeiro’s special “RAWlternative” stream began a touch later than the 7:30 PM start time is an inadvertent nod to the helter skelter nature of indy showmanship. The scene of independent wrestling bears uniqueness in its commonality, with absurd personalities weaving with globe-trotting strong-style warriors, putting together bouts with a million kickouts interspersed with moves you’ve never seen before. The crowds are all the same: Bullet Club and CM Punk-shirted chums with scruffy beards and Rivers Cuomo glasses.

To put it another way, if you’ve been to one quality independent show, you’ve by extension been to all of them. Chances are, if you’re any sort of wrestling fan, this won’t exclude you from going to many more.

Independent icon Colt Cabana welcomed viewers with a brief statement at the event’s outset, noting his own notoriety in light of his aiding CM Punk in shaming WWE ..click here to read more

Goldberg Up For WWE Return, Talks Punk in UFC, and More

January 19, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

““…We know it was a kind of a disgruntled marriage between myself and WWE. I don’t really sit down and watch the product with my son.”

Bill Goldberg is a name that has popped up over the last few years during WrestleMania season. Fans of his are clamoring to see the big man wrestle one more match in a WWE ring and if the former WCW star had the chance, he’d be down for it.

I must have written half a dozen blogs in the last year about Goldberg coming back to the WWE. The relationship with Goldberg and the WWE is quite an odd one. One month it is up, the next down, you just never know where the two sides are at. I do know one thing and that is there are plenty of fans anxiously awaiting a return to the ring from the former WCW and WWE champion.

The last word on Goldberg is that he was in negotiations with the WWE about a deal that would include video game promotion, a Hall of Fame induction, and one more match. Last word was that Goldberg was training hard for it and while the WWE were interested, the two sides were ..click here to read more

Pro Wrestlers and Personalities Missing from the WWE Hall of Fame

January 19, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

With the recent announcement of Randy Savage being inducted into to 2015 WWE HOF, and the recent inclusions of Bruno Sammartino and the Ultimate Warrior, the HOF seems to be more and more complete. However, there are still some glaring omissions. I’ve left out some of the more obvious ones (Sting, Undertaker, etc) and added some names people normally overlook.

Bill Apter Apter is someone that is never mentioned on any WWE HOF lists. Though never really an integral part of the WWE, Apter’s contribution to wrestling, more specifically wrestling journalism, cannot be overlooked. If you read a wrestling magazine in the mid 80’s to early 90’s, odds are Apter was reporting or photographing for it. Apter opted to protect the business, not letting people in on what happens backstage. If there is ever going to be a physical building for the HOF, Apter would be the perfect curator for it.

The Fabulous Freebirds The night Michael Hayes slammed the steel cage door on Kerry Von Erich’s skull is a moment that lives in infamy. It started one of the most heat rivalries in professional wrestling history. This feud was arguably some of the best wrestling of the 80’s. The Von Erich’s are synonymous ..click here to read more

TNA Wrestling, WWE Royal Rumble and Other Wrestling Thoughts

January 19, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

There are two things that TNA and Impact Wrestling do better than the WWE and it isn’t even close – they promote both their tag team division and the Knockouts better than their rival company and use both divisions as main event programming to keep its fan base interested.

The niche promotion that has more lives than a cat on steroids found a home on Destination America and gave an uneven performance for its first venture in the new year. The fact there are two heel stables and no real “face” faction other than Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and Kurt Angle to fight the good fight is concerning. But the match between the Hardy’s and The Wolves proved that extreme tag team wrestling is still alive and well. Here’s hoping TNA develops more tag team talent to challenge The Revolution and can bring in more X-Division style talent to build tag teams as a way to continue the high-paced style this company is known for.

The spot that may have been the best of the opening show Friday night was the confrontation between Havoc and Awesome Kong. If this is what TNA gives us on a weekly basis, then ..click here to read more