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Smash This Podcast – Saturday Night Shake Up

Discussing with Good Brotha CM Stylez the following topics:
Talking Smack Cancelled
WWE Wanting CM Punk Back &
Shield Return Spculation


Hideo Itami Trolls CM Punk In Latest Tweet

The new #1 contender for the NXT Championship, Hideo Itami made a cheeky little comment on twitter referring to Chicago and the home-town boy CM Punk. As we all know the upcoming NXT TakeOver special will be held in Chicago and streamed on the WWE Network. Hideo noted on Twitter that he will use “his” GTS [Go To Sleep] finishing maneuver in Chicago, eluding to the fact that the Chicago native, CM Punk also utilized that finishing move prior to Hideo coming to the WWE.

See his tweet below:

CM Punk Making A Return To Weekly Television Programming

MTV released the following press release revealing the cast members for the next season of “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.” Former WWE talent CM Punk will be features in the new season.

Ten of the Strongest Athletes From Across The Sports World Compete For Ultimate Bragging Rights During A Special Six-Week Series

NEW YORK, NY (April 24, 2017) – MTV expands one if its most popular and iconic franchises, “The Challenge,” with the debut of a special six-week event “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros” premiering Tuesday, May 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series answers the question – what will happen when ten of America’s top athletes go up against ten of MTV’s top competitors from “The Challenge?” Hosted by NFL star, Victor Cruz, “Champs vs. Pros” will feature some of the strongest competitors from the “The Challenge” franchise, going head to head with some of the fiercest competitors who span the professional sports world from football to skiing, UFC to surfing and more. The roster of Pros is outlined below. The Champs will be announced after “The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions” finale and reunion special on Tuesday, May 9.

“In what promises to be the most competitive clash of teams in Challenge history, viewers will finally get their wish to see how our champs stack up against professional athletes,” said Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming for MTV and VH1. “As a Super Bowl and a Pro Bowl champion, Victor Cruz is the ultimate all-star and we are beyond excited to have him as our MVP and host for this epic Challenge.”

“The Challenge” is an iconic MTV series that I grew up watching,” said host Victor Cruz. “The sports world is known for producing remarkable athletes, colorful characters and memorable heroes, but this competition will give my fellow pro-athletes a chance to test their skills against some of the absolute best Challenge Champs and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!”

Each episode of the six-week event will focus on a different strength: Agility, Ingenuity, Brawn, Brains, Endurance, and Guts. Every week the winning team’s captain will choose one member of their team to go into the elimination round and the rest of the team will vote in their opponent. The losing team’s captain is automatically sent into elimination and their team will also nominate their opponent. The final male and female competitors of the season will be put to the ultimate test, showcasing each strength in one heart-pounding race for the chance to win $50,000 to donate to their favorite charity.

Meet the Host and Pros of “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros:”

Victor Cruz

NFL Wide Receiver

Instagram: teamvic

Super Bowl champion and NFL wide receiver, Victor Cruz grew up in Paterson, NJ – just a few miles from the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium. After graduating from high school, Cruz continued his football career at The University of Massachusetts where he was ranked 13th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game. As an undrafted free agent in 2010, Cruz impressively played his way into the professional league and onto the Giants’ 53-man regular season roster. In Super Bowl XLVI, Cruz tied an NFL record for the longest play with a 99-yard touchdown reception and was an integral part of the Giants victory over the Patriots. Off the field, Cruz is recognized as a fashion icon and tastemaker and is the first football player to have a signature lifestyle shoe for Nike. In 2012, Cruz established the Victor Cruz Foundation to promote positive change in the lives of youth by providing innovative educational programs that equip students with skill sets to prepare them for a successful future. Now, adding MTV to his impressive resume, Cruz joins “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros” as the series host.


Tia Blanco

Professional Surfer

Instagram: tiablanco

Twitter: @tia_blanco

At just 19-years-old, Tia Blanco has become one of the most talked about amateurs in women’s surfing. Winning both the 2014 under 18 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Southwest Women’s and Surfing Prime America Women’s competitions, Blanco surfs with power and style. As a member of the USA Surfing Team, Blanco took 3rd overall in the 2014 World Juniors. Defending her title, Blanco was the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games Gold Medalist for the second time and the ISA World Jr. Games Silver Medalist. She is currently working hard to qualify for the World Tour for the first time. In addition to being a highly decorated athlete, Blanco is also an outspoken vegan. Blanco has become an ambassador for the animal rights association, PETA2, and is frequently featured in health media as a role model and athlete. In 2014 she won a PETA “Libby” Award for her service and was voted runner up in the 2015 PETA “World’s Hottest Veg Celeb.” Blanco is joining forces with “The Challenge” to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Louise Hazel

Olympian & Fitness Expert

Instagram: @louisehazel


Hailing from the UK, Louise Hazel is a celebrity competition veteran. In 2015, Hazel finished 2nd on Channel 4 reality winter sport show “The Jump,” and was the only competitor to attempt the K40 (the biggest ski jump) on live television during series two. Hazel has also competed in the Semi-Final stage of ITV’s “Ninja Warrior UK Text Santa Special,” and won “Celebrity Come Dine With Me”, “Celebrity Pointless,” and “Celebrity The Chase.” With so many celebrity competition accomplishments under her belt, there’s no question whether this personal trainer and fitness expert is ready for “The Challenge.” In the sports world, Hazel won a Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Heptathlon in 2010 and represented Team Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is widely known for her online fat loss plan “The Podium Effect,” the world’s first” 360-day online solution to weight management. Hazel is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit Save the Children.

Lindsey Jacobellis

Professional Snowboarder

Instagram: lindseyjacobellis

Twitter: @LindsJacobellis

Three-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis is arguably the most dominant snowboard cross rider in history. At 11-years-old, Jacobellis started racing snowboard cross at a local event held at Stratton Mountain, VT. She followed her passion for racing to the winter sports academy, Stratton Mountain School, where she was able to train each day without sacrificing her education. Jacobellis was first invited to compete in the X Games at the age of 15 and landed herself a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding team by age 17. Her hard work definitely paid off as she now holds the record for most Gold Medals won at the Winter X Games for any female. She has been on the World Cup Tour for 14 years and is looking forward to competing at another Olympic Games. Jacobellis is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit ASPCA.

Lolo Jones

Olympic Hurdler, Bobsledder & World Champion

Instagram: @lolojones

Twitter: @lolojones

Lolo Jones has conquered the Olympics no matter the season. The three-time Olympian competed in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games and 2012 London Summer Olympic Games as a hurdler. She came back in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to compete as part of the US Bobsled Team. With two World Champion titles for the 60M hurdles, in 2008 and 2010, and a Gold Medal at the 2010 USA Nationals, Jones knows how to win. She’s no stranger to celebrity competition either – Jones was a contestant in Season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Jones is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit Hurdles of Hope.

Gus Kenworthy

Professional Skier & Olympic Medalist

Instagram: @guskenworthy

Twitter: @guskenworthy

Professional skier, Gus Kenworthy is a viral internet sensation turned Olympic Medalist. At the age of 16, Kenworthy compiled footage of his skiing into a one-minute video submission for a prestigious free-skiing event. The clip took the internet by storm, and industry professionals began to notice. Kenworthy picked up his first sponsor, and his professional career began to take off. Now a legend in the sport, Kenworthy has multiple claims to fame, including the first ever double cork 1080 in a half pipe, the first ever double flip on a hip jump and the first double flip off a rail. At the age of 23, he earned the privilege of representing the USA in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and brought home a silver medal in slopestyle. In 2015, Kenworthy made the bold and courageous decision to come out as a proud gay man. Never one to shy away from the camera or his fans, he chose to deliver this news on the cover of ESPN magazine. With multiple Winter X Games medals and countless other championships, he continues to challenge his opponents on the competition circuit. Kenworthy is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit both The Trevor Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation.

Shawne Merriman

Retired NFL Linebacker

Instagram: @shawnemerriman

Twitter: @shawnemerriman

Commanding and fearless NFL powerhouse Shawne Merriman never met a quarterback he couldn’t sack. Largely regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in the league’s history, this former first-round draft pick and three-time Pro-Bowl and All-Pro linebacker is known as ‘Lights Out’ to the world, a nickname originating from his unmatched power on the field and ability to ignite his teammates while intimidating the opposition. Merriman’s excellence and drive for success did not subside when he exited the stadium. His undeniable tenacity and dedication has led to international success in both business and entertainment. It is not only Merriman’s strength and performance on the field that makes him so magnetic. His fervent desire to give back to his community and inherent entrepreneurial spirit are what make him a truly remarkable man. As a child, Merriman was the victim of two house fires, and he was homeless as a result. Now a father himself, he has worked tirelessly in an effort to give back to his community and assist homeless children and families in need. Merriman is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit his charity, the Lights On Foundation.

CM Punk

UFC Fighter

Twitter: @cmpunk

CM Punk, born Phil Brooks, is a UFC fighter. Prior to making his UFC debut, he was a WWE Superstar and two-time WWE Champion. In addition, he has worked with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL Network as a guest analyst. Punk has accumulated a large social media following and is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit PAWS Chicago.

Louie Vito

Professional Snowboarder & Olympian

Instagram: @louievito

Twitter: @louievito

Louie Vito was a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, a four-time Overall U.S. Grand Prix Champion and is a two-time Dew Cup Overall Champion. He has also accumulated six career X Games medals, including two Gold Medals. In an unprecedented streak between the 2010 Olympics and spring 2012, Vito managed the unheard of feat of earning podium positions in 20 of the world’s 23 major snowboarding contests, including three consecutive X Games medals, the overall championship for the Winter Action Sports Tour, and the overall championship in the U.S. Grand Prix (the third of his career at that time). In January 2014, Vito was the first athlete to ever both co-host and compete in the X Games where he won the Silver Medal in the Superpipe. Vito turned professional at age 17 and immediately became a familiar presence on winners’ podiums. Vito has won fans off the mountain as well – he competed on season 9 of “Dancing With The Stars,” was named Men’s Health Magazine’s Top 50 Most Fit Athletes in the World and appeared on numerous TV shows on Nickelodeon such as “100 Things to do before High School” and “Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life.” In 2015, Vito won a Young Hollywood Award as the country’s “Most Awesome Athlete.” Vito is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit Wings for Life.

Kamerion Wimbley

Retired NFL Star

Instagram: Mr_Wimbley95

Twitter: @Mr_Wimbley95

Former Tennessee Titans linebacker, Kamerion Wimbley is the epitome of a gentle giant. Hard-hitting on the field yet kind and warm-hearted off the field, it is no surprise that fans and media flock to Wimbley’s personality. Starting his football career at Florida State University, Wimbley quickly became one of the top defensive ends in the nation after he was awarded All-ACC and All-American honors by Pro Football Weekly. Turning his passion for the game into a career, Wimbley was a 13th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by The Cleveland Browns. After playing eight successful seasons as a NFL athlete, in 2015 he decided it was time to hang up his cleats to prepare for his future after football. Now focusing on his company, KW Growth Holdings, Wimbley continues to make it his mission to give back to the community. Wimbley is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit his charity The Kamerion Wimbley Foundation.

Candice Wiggins

Former WNBA Athlete

Twitter: @candicewiggins

Candice Wiggins is a retired professional basketball player. Wiggins played college basketball at Stanford University, where she graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Stanford and Pac-10 women’s basketball history. Throughout her playing career, Wiggins played for the Minnesota Lynx,[1] Tulsa Shock, Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and has played overseas in Spain and Greece. Wiggins has won a WNBA championship (2011) and WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2008). Wiggins is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit Greater Than Aids.

Fans can join the social conversation using #ChampsVsPros on Instagram: @ChallengeMTV, Twitter: @ChallengeMTV and Facebook: facebook.com/mtvthechallenge

“Champs vs. Pros” was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Scott Freeman and Lisa Fletcher serve as Executive Producers and Matt Ruecker serves as Co-Executive Producer.

About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (32 seasons on MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Mariah’s World, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Rob & Chyna, Life of Kylie, Total Divas, Total Bellas and So Cosmo (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime), Valerie’s Home Cooking (Food Network), Born This Way (A&E), The Gary Owen Show (BET), Earth Live (National Geographic), Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (History), The Healer (TLC) and Chachi’s World (go90). BMP has also produced films, including They Call Us Monsters, Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). BMP has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

About MTV:

MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).

CM Punk Says That WWE Was Never His End Goal

CM Punk recently spoke to ABC 7 in Chicago and talked about several subjects. One subject was Punk’s desire to be a WWE superstar.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m not sure. Obviously, I watched WWF as a kid, but when I made the conscious decision – WWF was never the end goal. I romanticized about Japanese wrestling. There was two companies in Japan, it was called All Japan and New Japan, and that was my thing. I was more about going over there and being a star over there, then coming home and just being completely – you can walk down the street and nobody knows you. That was my style, I liked it. But I worked so long and hard at it that it became so boring, it became the last frontier was WWE. I had to go see if I could conquer that so I gave it a shot.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

PHOTO: CM Punk Surprises AJ Lee For Her Birthday With Former WWE Diva

Former WWE Diva AJ Lee went to Instagram yesturday revealing that her husband, former WWE talent CM Punk surprised her for her birthday with another former WWE diva and “other lift partner” Celeste “Kaitlyn” Bonin.

See the posts below;

CM Punk would tweet out:

CM Punk Comments On Why He Didn’t Answer The Rocks Phone Call

CM Punk tweeted the following last night, explaining why he didn’t answer The Rock’s phone call following RAW:

Rock would also comment on the night telling fans he works off instinct.

VIDEO, FULL SEGMENT: The Rock Calls CM Punk After Raw – WWE Backstage Reaction

As reported, The Rock went out following Monday night Raw to film a few clips for his upcoming film about Paige’s wrestling family “Fighting With My Family.

Rock was met with loud CM Punk chants after mentioning how the scene being filmed would be based on Paige winning the WWE Divas Title from AJ Lee. This led to Rock pulling out his phone to call Punk. Rock ended up leaving a voicemail and also had no luck trying to FaceTime Punk. Punk did respond on Twitter later:

Based on reprots from PWInsider.com, Both Triple H and Vince McMahon were not happy about the segment, as you could imagine. Rock did this without any notice from WWE and was kind of a spur of the moment type of thing. Triple H was said to be the most upset about the segment. Word from the back eventually came for Rock to wrap it up.

Watch the segment below:

VIDEO: The Rock Comes Out Following Raw, Attempts To Call & FaceTime CM Punk

Following Monday’s broadcast of WWE Raw, The Rock came out and addressed the audience and to utilize them for the Paige Movie he is filming.

During one segment of the night, the Rock legitimately called CM Punk, but the phone call went to voicemail. WWE would even cut his mic during that segment.

You can view the video from a fan in attendance.

The Rock would also try to face-time CM Punk.

Alex Riley Comments on CM Punk’s WWE Exit & Issues With John Cena

Former WWE talent Alex Riley was recently on the Ross Report and spoke about several subject, which included his issues with John Cena and CM Punk’s exit from the WWE>

See what he had to say below:

CM Punk’s Exit From The WWE:

I don’t understand, and I didn’t really keep up with much of the complaints. I know there was something about a medical thing or something, but that’s the gig, that is what you signed up for. I don’t know what he ended up making because that wasn’t disclosed, but he ended up making a lot. If somebody is going to pay me over a million, or it doesn’t matter, but I think if you’re making that kind of money, if you are breathing you are working. I was begging for somebody to give me work, I mean begging. Asking people everyday, why am I not being used? Why can’t I do this, and never really getting an answer, so only receiving the runaround, so to hear him push for other opportunities and get it, and then exit in the fashion he exited, I don’t know, I can’t sympathize with that because I wouldn’t do that, I don’t know the details of what he went through, but who knows.

Issues With John Cena: 

I will put it this way; there was an incident, and it definitely changed the path in my career. I don’t want to discuss it right now, but I will one day for sure. It was a tough situation at times, we can leave it at that.

Check out the entire interview here. 

CM Punk Jokes About A WWE Return

CM Punk who usually likes to troll fans online, went to twitter and joked of a possible WWE return.

When a fan asked if Punk would attend the December 27th show in Chicago that features John Cena, Punk responded with this:

What a smart-ass. lol