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7 days ago

CCB Extra – Hot Topics: Stephanie McMahon, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Lana, and More

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Freelance writer and published author Chris Illuminati and the CCB’s own Eric Gargiulo talk about all of the latest pro wrestling news and hot WWE rumors. This giant one-hour plus podcast also touches on a lot of old school wrestling with plenty of talk about the wrestling Eric and Chris grew up watching in the 1980s. The list of news and rumors covered in this podcast are…

  • WWE Battleground results and reaction
  • WWE RAW and the big angle featuring Stephanie McMahon getting arrested
  • The controversy surrounding Lana and Rusev’s promo at Battleground
  • Sting in the WWE, will he wrestle, and against who?
  • The future of Brock Lesnar
  • The booking of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
  • Paul Heyman’s promo on RAW
  • Where is Vince McMahon?
  • John Cena’s longevity as a babyface
  • Rumors regarding possible legal action the WWE may take against CM Punk
  • And much, much more.

This podcast topped out at around 67-minutes. Check back soon for more podcasts from Chris and Eric!

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1 month ago

Paul Heyman Says CM Punk Was Unhappy For A Year

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The retirement of former WWE star CM Punk continues to stir conversation in the world of pro wrestling. Punk’s former manager recently spoke on the subject and while he was not surprised at Punk’s retirement, he is surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

Paul Heyman continues to be the only person who is close enough to Punk to give any real insight as to why the former champion walked out several weeks before WrestleMania. Many in and out of the industry continue to ponder and offer their opinions, but Heyman is one of the few offering up first-hand details of the sudden sabbatical.

Heyman recently appeared on his former ECW employee Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast to discuss a variety of issues in a lengthy, yet highly entertaining interview. One of the many topics discussed was CM Punk and according to Heyman, the biggest surprise was how long it took for Punk ..click here to read more ,

1 month ago

Cesaro Talks Paul Heyman, WWE Championship, and More

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Cesaro is one of the hottest rising stars in the WWE today. The former Claudio Castagnolii is days away from the biggest match of his career which in his mind, is days away from becoming WWE world champion.

There is nobody I am pulling for harder in the WWE than Cesaro. I had the honor of calling Cesaro’s matches at the start of his ascension about a decade ago in CZW and on the independents. It was obvious from the minute I saw him in the ring that he was destined for big things. So it is no surprise to see him just days away from becoming WWE champion.

Cesaro has been doing some media lately and for a guy who rarely talks on television, he is very good at it. He is certainly taking advantage of his media appearances by not only promoting the WWE, but promoting himself, and his character.

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2 months ago

The Frustrating Booking of Brock Lesnar in WWE

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Brock Lesnar is one of the toughest, most intense Superstars that WWE has ever known. From his first run in the company to his recent returns to everything in between, Brock has brought the pain every time he stepped into the ring.

And now there’s nothing left to do. Well, almost nothing.

It’s an issue we’ve seen before in Vince McMahon’s company. A veteran returns, he’s booked to the moon against the best and brightest that WWE has to offer and once he’s done, he’s done. Then it’s game over and he’s back to where he came from.

And no, I’m not hating on The Rock. Relax.

What I am a little frustrated with is how tiresome this routine has become. And it’s not that I don’t understand how it all works; trust me, I do. But that doesn’t change my frustration level at all.

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2 months ago

WWE Posts First Paul Heyman DVD Trailer

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One of the most anticipated WWE DVDs will hit the stores this summer. Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman is coming in August and the first trailer reveals a DVD and Blu-ray that is a must own for all of us.

A lot of mystery surrounds the upcoming WWE DVD, Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman. The only thing known up until now is that a Paul Heyman DVD is coming. No match listings or titles have been revealed yet the new trailer provides the firt glimpse into what is shaping up to be an intriguing docu-DVD. It will be very interesting to see how or if the story of Paul Heyman comes unfiltered or with WWE spin.

Paul Heyman himself claims that he doesn’t know much about the DVD. Heyman did some media interviews leading up to WrestleMania and was asked about the DVD by one reporter. ..click here to read more , ,

3 months ago

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker at WWE WrestleMania 31 Would be Huge

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Something has occurred to me lately as I have been listening to Paul Heyman gloat daily on WWE television and social media about his client Brock Lesnar ending the streak. If Undertaker can work one more match, a rematch would be massive!

The WWE may have fallen into a situation better than anyone could have even imagined. The wrestling world was shocked and even angry when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Most were upset about the streak ending, many angry about the man who ended it. But what if at the end of all this one of the biggest matches of this era comes out of this controversial decision?

It didn’t dawn on me right away but after listening to Heyman rant about the streak ending I started to wonder if this is exactly where they are going. I certainly could be reading too much into this but when ..click here to read more , , ,

4 months ago

Stone Cold Steve Austin Tempted By Brock Lesnar WWE Match

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Leave it to the world’s greatest master manipulator to goad one of the biggest stars in wrestling history into one more match. Paul Heyman may have done the unthinkable which is entice Stone Cold Steve Austin to get in a WWE ring for one more time.

The Steve Austin WrestleMania rumors have just started to die down as fans have become resolved with the idea that the Texas Rattlesnake is never coming back. While Austin has never said the word “never”, most assumed after Austin passed up a Mania match with CM Punk that he was indeed done. That was until Austin’s former manager Paul Heyman laid out the perfect scenario.

The former ECW mastermind was a recent guest on Austin’s podcast. The conversation ended with both fawning over Brock Lesnar. Heyman than brought up that he and Lesnar have had an interest going back to Lesnar’s UFC days in ..click here to read more , ,

4 months ago

What Cesaro’s Move to Heyman’s Side Really Means

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I am not sure what shocked me more form Monday night – the fact that Daniel Bryan remained the WWE World Champion after the show, or the solid move by the company to have Cesaro turn on Zeb Colter and become the newest “Paul Heyman Guy.” This is a move that will undoubtedly move Cesaro – although still a heel – toward stardom and a potential title.

My only question about the move is whether or not he will have to go through that other “Heyman Guy,” Brock Lesnar to do it?

The possibilities are now endless that Cesaro – the best performer in the WWE this side of Daniel Bryan – is now locked with the company’s greatest asset.

Brilliant, I tell you.

Cesaro was mired in the muck as a member of Colter’s team. While he and his partner Jack Swagger were tough and rugged and a bullying tag team, Cesaro is ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania 30: The Undertaker Will Win the Battle, Paul Heyman Will Win The War

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There are a few things you can count on come Sunday at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.

There will be a few surprises. Tamina will win WWE Divas gold and Paul Heyman will walk out of the “The Crescent City having been the highlight of the battle between he WWE’s longest tenured wrestler and the man they call “The Beast.” While this may be the biggest chance that Undertaker finally sees his record of 21-0 far, it still won’t be enough to unseat The Dead Man.

And after last year’s performance, the verbal assault by both Heyman and CM Punk, you thought Taker couldn’t walk out of New Jersey under his own power. So much is at stake in this match, that you cannot help but think the Streak ends in the cultured south.

You can guess again.

When it comes to “The Streak” and ‘Taker and his confrontation with Lesnar, like I have ..click here to read more , , ,

4 months ago

Paul Heyman Talks CM Punk and Chicago RAW Promo

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CM Punk’s sabbatical remains one of the biggest mysteries of the WWE Universe. Nobody within the inner circles of that universe has spoken about Punk…until now. Leave it to Paul Heyman to cross that line and speak freely on the taboo topic.

The WWE has Heyman on the public relations scene doing a lot of media over the last week or so to promote WrestleMania 30. It’s a double edged sword for the WWE. The great is that Heyman is a promoter at heart and probably the best man available to hype the show. The risk of course is that Heyman is a straight shooter and isn’t going to take the company line in exchange for his credibility on mum topics which is why I am not surprised that he is the first to break the silence on CM Punk.

Heyman wound up as a piece in the Punk puzzle when he ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania XXIII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXIII From Ford Field in Detroit, MI April 1, 2007

BACKGROUND Being World Wrestling Entertainment has its share of diverse ways in which it can present its product. With an impressive active roster, a tremendous amount of classic legends willing to appear, expansion into wrestling-starved foreign countries, and a stranglehold on social media and merchandise licensing, even when the product falters, WWE still manages to thrive.

In 2006, WWE found itself spinning its wheels. John Cena, while a popular champion to youthful audiences, was getting choruses of boos from the more “time tested” fans who were used to wrestling being more coarse, bloody, raw (pun intended), and risqué than a near-thirty year old man in rainbow-ish t-shirts, trucker caps, and sneakers running his mouth as if he were the Disney Channel’s version of Eminem.

Since WWE was keen on keeping Cena champion long term (a strategy that has paid off if you ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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