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John Cena Talks Roman Reigns & If He Believes He Can Claim The Ring As “His Yard”

John Cena was recently interviewed by Justin Barrasso’s Extra Mustard column in Sports Illustrated and spoke on several subjects.

Here are some highlights:

Roman Reigns claiming the ring is his “yard”?

“Roman is in the trenches every night and he’s performing at an elite level with a champion caliber attitude. His performance and the response that he gets from certain audiences is indicative of an elite-level performer. He’s doing what I did in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He has all the justification in the world in saying it’s his yard.”

Why it’s a good time to be a WWE fan, more thoughts on Roman Reigns & Cena’s return:

“I’m not going to take anything away from Roman. He handles his business with the utmost professionalism. He’s doing it on his own watch. He’s not one of the those guys that comes over to me and asks me, ‘What happens next?’ He’s doing it his way, and I think that’s the best way to do it. He’s not trying to be the next John Cena, but he is being the only Roman Reigns-and that’s why it’s met with so much adversity.

“I can tell you from first-hand because I know. I wasn’t trying to be Stone Cold or The Rock, I was John Cena. That was met with adversity from people looking for the next Stone Cold or the next Rock. That’s what creates the dichotomy, the polarizing environment. I think Roman is doing a fantastic job, and he has an entire roster stacked with unbelievably gifted performers. It’s a good time to be a member of the WWE Universe. You’re seeing multiple brands operating at very high capacity, and I just can’t wait to get back. I’m doing what I’m doing now, but I really can’t wait to get back in the ring. As soon as they cut me loose from this movie in Atlanta, I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

Check out the full article here, 

Miz Comments On Being Cheered At WrestleMania 33, The Marine Film Franchise, & More

The Miz was recently interviewed by IGN in promotions for his new movie Marine 5. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Being cheered at WrestleMania 33 against John Cena & Nikki Bella:

“Weird. You know, I had no idea what to do. I’ve never had that experience of people cheering me. I was like ‘I don’t even understand what’s happening right now. They’re cheering me.’ So I just decided to accept it and have fun with it and go with it. And my wife and I had such an amazing time. Not only did we get to walk the aisle together, like we always do now in WWE, not only did we get to go in the ring, but we got to wrestle in the ring together and I thought that was really really cool.”

Difference between getting booed by fans while playing The Miz, yet play a hero in a film:

Every time I do one of these. [laughs] Every time I’m a good guy in a movie, which is the Marine, people are like “Wow, you can play endearing. You can play kind and nice and sweet. But yet hardcore.” And I’m like “Yeah. Just because The Miz is a jerk and an egotistical maniac doesn’t mean that there isn’t a softer side to Mike Mizanin.” I always think of Jake Carter as “Mike from Parma.” Because it’s kind of that guy who came from Parma who worked hard and did the right thing. He reminds me of a lot of my friends and of myself because as much as everyone thinks I love the spotlight and everything like that, there’s a part of me that just enjoys quiet time and relaxing and chilling out with my dog. And that’s the Jake Carter in me.

Completing his third Marine film:

Yeah, it’s my franchise, man! It’s the greatest thing I could ever imagine. If you had told me back in my first Marine movie that I’d be doing three of these things, I’d be like “No way. There’s not possible way.” I was surprised I didn’t die in Marine 3. I thought I was going to die at the end of it, to give the character a heartfelt send-off of sorts. And here I am in Marine 5 and still going strong too. As long as the fans enjoy them, we’ll keep making them and this one — as much as I love Marine 3 and Marine 4 — this one’s made the most noise. In the way of most WWE fans want to see WWE Superstars in movies and they want to see them together, and since this one has so many of us the fans really want to see it. They’re captivated by it.

Check out the entire interview here. 

Sting Talks Never Competing Against The Undertaker & Thoughts On Kurt Angle

In a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, WWE Hall of Famer Sting talks not competing against the Undertaker, Kurt Angle and much more.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Never competing against the Undertaker:

“There was a worldwide desire to see that match,” said Sting. “It was a dream match for me, too. I regret not being able to get in the ring with him one time,” said Sting. “It would have been great, but I’m OK with the way it turned out. Of course, if I had a chance, I’d do it. But look at ‘Taker’s career; did he miss out on anything? Look at my career. I don’t think I really missed out on anything, either.”

Thoughts on Kurt Angle:

“Kurt is a lot like Shawn Michaels,” said Sting. “It didn’t matter who his opponent was, he could tear it up every single night. Some of the matches that I had with Kurt were the best matches I had, ever. Kurt Angle pushed me to my limit. He pushed me physically harder than any other wrestler ever pushed me. He is a machine, he can go all night.”

Check the entire interview here. 

Kurt Angle Talks Vince Wanting Him To Debut As A Heel, Roman Reigns, The Milk Truck & More

WWE Raw GM & Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle recently spoke to Washington’s Top News and covered many subjects. Here are some highlights from the interview:

How The Milk Truck Was One Of The Best Moments Of His Career:

“It just said a thousand words without having to say anything,” Angle said. “It was a spinoff of Austin’s beer truck years prior. It really worked out to my favor and it really helped my character a lot. … That milk truck in Sacramento, California, was probably the best moment I had, including the wrestling.”

Vince McMahon wanting him to debut as a heel:

“I disagreed with him. I told him, ‘It’s not gonna work, I won a gold medal [with] a broken freakin’ neck! People are gonna love me!’ He said, ‘No, they’re gonna hate your guts.’ He was right.”

His Thoughts On Roman Reigns:

“I love him. The issue with Roman is he was utilized and pushed way too fast. When you skip the U.S. Title, Intercontinental Title, the King of the Ring and go right to the top, fans don’t like that. … Half the fans love him; half the fans hate him. Same with [John] Cena. When Cena came in, Vince pushed the hell out of him and fans were like, ‘Gosh, dang. This guy’s invincible. I hate him!’ … If Vince waits it out a bit, fans will start to accept [Roman Reigns], and if they don’t, then turn him heel.”

His Hall of Fame Speech:

“I had a lot of fun with it,” Angle said. “In recent years, a lot of the speeches were pretty serious [and] they wanted a different flavor this year. They wanted old-school Kurt Angle, so they asked me if I had any ideas and I came up with that little bit of entertainment. … I actually requested the milk truck that I could drive into the arena! But [WWE Chairman] Vince McMahon said it was a little bit too much.”

Read the entire interview here. 

Aron “Damien Sandow” Rex Clarifies Retirement Rumors

As reported, Aron Rex did a interview recently with Title Match Wrestling at WrestleCon where he revealed that he was no longer with TNA and that he potentially teased about retiring. Rex has since gone to his twitter to clarify those comments and address the Retirement rumor.

Charlotte Talks Being A Role Model, Body Image Issues & More

During a recent interview with Charlotte via RTE news to promote tonihgt’s Fastlane PPV, she spoke about being a role model, dealing with negativity and more. See the highlights below:

Women Having Body Image Issues:

“Negative comments in terms of body image are the hardest thing the women probably struggle with. But I think the best thing that we can do as WWE superstars is taking that negativity and using it in a positive way, because there are so many young kids on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to not send the message of hate on to. [We need to] ignore if someone is saying something bad, and not add fuel to the fire.”

Dealing with Negativity:

“No one ever has a chance to get to know the real me because I do play a bad guy, and sometimes it’s hard to soak in the comments or the negativity because that’s the response you want to illicit. I am a normal person, but that’s part of the job. I’m playing a character and that’s my role.”

Being A Role Model:

“This wasn’t a journey I thought I’d ever take. To know how far I’ve come as a person and an entertainer and a businesswoman, I just hope I represent independence and intelligence and athleticism – everything that a woman should want to be. That is a message I hope to send and that I know all the other women hope to send: that no matter what your job is or what you want to achieve in life, anything you set your mind to, you can do.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

VIDEO: Vader Talks About His Health, Doctors Saying He Has Two Years To Live & More

Vader was recently interviewed by Hannibal TV and spoke about his latest health problems, doctors telling him he has two years to live and more.

See the interview below:

Will The Rock Be At WrestleMania 33?

The Rock was recently interviewed by WSVN-TV Entertainment in promotion for the animated film MOANA. During the interview the Rock was asked about leaving WWE and if it was to pursue his career in acting.

Here;s what he had to say:

“I wanted to challenge myself. And I wanted to be better. And I didn’t want to settle. I was really fortunate to accomplish what I accomplished in wrestling. I loved it. There’s nothing like wrestling. That crowd, I love it. But I also wanted more and there’s that interesting thing when you’re lucky enough to get that little bit of success and then you want to do something else that’s not your forte, that clearly is not, but you’re willing to take the challenge on, you’re met with a lot of cynicism. You gotta fight through that and you gotta listen to the voice inside and then you gotta bring it.”

See is below:

It’s interesting to note though that Van Vliet (The interviewer) noted on twitter that the ending of the interview was cut where he asked the Rock if fans would see him in April in Orlando (referencing WrestleMania 33). The Rock reportedly answered:

“Sure, ya I’ll see you there.”

TJ Perkins Talks The Cruiserweight Classic, Coming To Raw & More

Newly crowned WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins spoke with WWE.com about the Cruiserweight Classic and more.

Here are the highlights.

 

What does the Cruiserweight Classic mean to you?

“I think about the Super J Cup, because it was one of my favorite things when I was younger and really enjoying wrestling as a fan. I thought it was amazing that they had all these global companies coming together and putting together these great talents — Jushin Liger, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko. The Cruiserweight Classic is the rebirth of that. It’s an opportunity for the best guys at this style of wrestling to have a platform to showcase what they do. It has been several generations since fans have been able to see this. It’s amazing because I think that’s a benchmark for the industry.”

What does the future hold for T.J. Perkins?

“A lot more flash. [Laughs] I try to take each moment at a time. I hold no expectations and try to stay in the moment. I used a Zen proverb after the Semifinals – that’s how I approach a lot of things – Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

How are you feeling about walking into Monday Night Raw?

“Monday Night Raw is something that has been a part of my childhood, adolescence and now, my adulthood. To be a part of that, with such a great crew, great performers like Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins … I’m in very good company.”

You can read the entire interview here.

Adam Cole Talks Reconnecting With the Audience, Jay Lethal & More

Adam Cole was recently interviewed by Slam Sports, where he discussed reconnecting with the ROH audience after returning from injury, Jay Lethal and more.

Here are some highlights:

Reconnecting with the ROH audience following his injury:

“Fortunately for me, there’s something that happens too with a wrestler when he’s out for a while and you come back — the fans don’t realize that they missed you until you’re gone, so when you come back, you have a different perception with the audience, and a different relationship with the audience. Focusing a little bit more on what the actual character is as opposed to what move I’m going to do has certainly changed when it comes to my outlook on wrestling. Of course, you’re always trying to reinvent yourself and do new things to keep the audience excited. But there are other things as a character, whether it be promo-wise or mannerisms or little things that the fans can go along with. Like the ‘Adam Cole Bay-Bay’ thing really seemed to take off after I got back from injury.”

Chemistry with Jay Lethal:

“I think the skillset of me and Lethal allowed us to go down that road of traditional heel and babyface scenarios, whether it be promo-wise or in-ring angles, or even the in-ring matchups that we’ve had in tags and things like that.”

How The Bullet Club might affect his reactions:

“You have your die-hard supporters of the Bullet Club and then you have the people that boo the Bullet Club, even though predominantly you see people really, really behind the Bullet Club. In terms for strictly Ring of Honor, but again you can see this across the board, is we’re just trying to create a buzz, we’re trying to create interaction and people getting invested in these characters. So because of the Bullet Club’s popularity, again, there’s not really much you can do to turn the tide on the people who support the Bullet Club. But in turn, if people are wearing Bullet Club t-shirts and people are talking about the Bullet Club and talking about Ring of Honor, that’s a positive in our mind.”

Check out the entire interview using the link above.