WWE Champion, Bray Wyatt was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated and spoke on several subjects.
Here are some highlights:
Wanting to Work With Bo Dallas (real life brother):
“Bo Dallas is, quite possibly, the most talented wrestler on either roster. He is the most underrated superstar of all time, in my opinion. He has so much to give. At some point, I would love to form an alliance with him because I know who and what he really is. Whether people want to look at him like that, well, then I’ll show you. It’s very, very possible.”
People Saying Bray “Broke The Mold” as Champion:
“That generic outlook of what a WWE champion should be is a joke to me. The casual fan walks in and expects to see a guy in short trunks with abs and a shaven body. I do not believe in that. When you watch UFC, there is not a cliché champion who looks the same every time. I am a well-spoken, educated person, and I’m also an extremely accomplished athlete. For me, it’s disrespect and a slap in the face when people say I broke a mold as champion or I don’t fit as champion. I know what I’m capable of, and I knew I’d be here.”
Playing a “Character” in WWE:
“When people use the word ‘character’, I find it offensive. To do what I do, you can’t be a character. I’m a sick individual, and it takes a sick individual to do what I do. Becoming WWE champion was the number one goal all along. This was a power play, and now, this is truly the Era of Wyatt. This is my time, and it was the power that I sought all along.”
Check out the entire interview here.
Based on reports, WWE and Sinclair Broadcast Group have been in talks for the last few months of a potential buyout. The talks between the two companies have been said to be progressing well. If the buyout is confirmed WWE would take full control over ROH with the weekly television shows being broadcasted on the WWE Network. At this time it would not be known which ROH stars would remain with the company.
Nothing has been finalized at this time.
WWE Issued the following:
Natalya will induct her best friend and former tag team partner, Beth Phoenix, into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday, March 31, live on WWE Network.
“There’s nobody that I can think of that deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame more than Beth Phoenix,” Natalya told WWE.com. “She’s a pioneer for women in our division. Beth did extraordinary things for women in WWE.”
The Glamazon stood out in many ways during her incredible run in WWE, becoming a four-time champion and the second woman in history to enter the Royal Rumble Match.
“Beth broke down a lot of walls for women in the industry in the sense that she wasn’t a cookie-cutter-type female wrestler,” Natalya explained. “She was bigger than the other girls, she was muscular and dominant, she was strong. At different stages in WWE, that wasn’t always the ‘in’ thing. Beth did it her way and stayed true to who she was. She believed in herself and blazed her own trail.”
For Natalya, inducting Phoenix is an honor, though one she joked that she knew was coming.
“It’s not a surprise,” the third-generation Superstar said. “Beth knows I’d put her in the Sharpshooter if she asked anybody else.”
Kidding aside, Natalya can’t wait to present The Glamazon to the WWE Universe as a Hall of Famer for the first time.
“Beth is one of my best friends,” she said. “We’re close as sisters. It’s such a huge honor for me to induct her into the WWE Hall of Fame because I feel like we shared so many incredible memories on the road, traveling thousands of miles together. We did it all together. While Beth is getting this honor, I want to help share her journey and do her justice.”
How will Natalya honor her close friend? Find out when she inducts Beth Phoenix into the WWE Hall of Fame at the 2017 Induction Ceremony, live on WWE Network Friday, March 31 at 8 ET/5 PT.
WWE issued the following:
WWE-inspired footwear and apparel to launch in limited-edition at Foot Locker
Ever wonder what it would be like to walk in the shoes of Andre the Giant? Well, now you can … but with a twist!
Today, Foot Locker announced its partnership with WWE to bring limited-edition footwear and apparel to select Foot Locker stores around the country.
For its first WWE product drop, Foot Locker will release a collection of Puma products designed by Alexander John, featuring exclusive art of six WWE legends: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Ultimate Warrior, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ric Flair, André the Giant and The Undertaker.
The collection will include 600 pairs of WWE-inspired white Puma Clydes – 100 pairs per legend – in custom boxes. Additionally, 23 pairs of black Puma Clydes will be sold, touting Undertaker imagery and packaged in a collectible casket. The WWE legends will also be featured on exclusive Puma T-shirts.
The new collection will be exclusively curated by renowned DJ, host and WWE enthusiast, Peter Rosenberg.
“I’ve been a fan of WWE forever and am also an avid sneakerhead, so having the opportunity to curate this line exclusively for Foot Locker is incredibly special,” said Rosenberg. “WWE has an amazing following and sneaker culture just keeps growing; I know this product will get a crazy response from that community.”
In celebration of WrestleMania 33, Foot Locker will sell the WWE-licensed product in 33 select Puma Lab Powered by Foot Locker locations around the country, slated to hit stores on Saturday, April 1, one day before the big event. For release procedures and store locations, visit Foot Locker’s Launch Locator.
Based on reports, WWE has officially laid out a contract for the Hardy’s for a potential WWE return.
Talks between the two have been ongoing since the Hardy’s Impact Wrestling contracts expired few weeks back. WWE is said to have offered a new contract to the Hardy’s but no deal has been reached as of this writing.
As reported, The Hardy’s have signed a short term deal with ROH which allowed them to win the ROH tag team titles at “Manhattan Mayhem.” Jeff Hardy has confirmed that it will only be short term.
Matt Hardy is also still in the process of legal issues with Impact Wrestling and Anthem over the “Broken” gimmick. At this time there is no word on whether WWE is planning on using the Broken Character if the Hardy’s return, but if legal actions continue, it’s very unlikely that they will use it.
During the Smackdown & 205 Live event in Uncasville, CT WWE announced that they are bringing back the Bad Blood PPV. Bad Blood is advertised for July 9, 2017 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut and will be a Raw brand exclusive.
The Bad Blood PPV was used previously for a short time in WWE during 2003 & 2004.
Here are your WWE Smackdown Live highlights from last night:
Source: Wrestling Observer Radio
Based on reports, WWE is said to not be planning on punishing any of the talents involved in the leaked Paige sex video [Paige or Xavier Woods.] Brad Maddox is no longer with the company.
WWE is looking to wait for it to blow over and has not been requested by any sponsorship to act. Meltzer listed a few reasons why WWE wouldn’t punish any of them, two of which are that New Day are over with the audience, and punishing those who are victims of a leaked video would not look good on them. In addition WWE are also in talks for a Hulk Hogan return following his scandal involving a leaked sex tape, so again, it wouldn’t look good on them.
MOC: Personally I believe this is a good call by WWE, especially if reports are true regarding Paige’s mental health.
WWE COO Triple H was interviewed earlier today by several ESPN shows to hype WrestleMania 33. You can watch one of his interviews posted by ESPN:
Well it looks as if the leaks continue, as former WWE Diva Kaitlyn becomes the latest victim.
Celeste Bonin, better known as former Divas champion Kaitlyn has had nude photos of her leaked online today throughout Reddit, Facebook and twitter. It was rumored last week by the individuals who leaked Paige’s photo’s and video that more would be coming, and it appears they kept their word.
Please note, out of respect for the person, MOC will not be posting these images.