Thursday, August 30, 2012

WWE Superstars (FULL HD) August 30, 2012



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Matt Hardy vs. Fit Finlay


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Recently Released WWE Superstar Issues Statement

The following is from former WWE Superstar Tyler Reks:

WWE Superstar Tyler Reks Resigns to Spend Time With Family and Opens an Internet Marketing and Consulting Company

WWE Superstar Tyler Reks has abruptly and surprisingly resigned from the world of professional wrestling and sports entertainment. He has set a path to be a family man and has started an internet marketing and consulting company called Local Marketing 2.0.

Los Angeles, CA -- 08/28/2012 -- The life of a WWE Superstar is physically and emotionally demanding. Both of which Tyler Reks, AKA: the Dreadlocked Demolition Man, had no issues with until his first daughter was born last year. In a shocking and unforeseen event, the promising superstar threw in the towel this week to pursue family life and build his internet marketing company.

“Leaving my wife and my daughter to go to TV tapings was hard enough as it was. With the latest TV persona though, my tag team partner and I were scheduled to begin appearances on live events. Being based in California, I would be leaving on a Friday night red eye and not returning home until Wednesday afternoon. I just couldn’t be the father I had always wanted to be with the required schedule.”

With WWE being a global social media leader, Reks, (who’s real name is Gabe Tuft) is no stranger to the internet. In fact, he was quietly building his internet marketing company in the background over the past 6 months. Having formed a powerful team that includes several industry experts, Tuft has already garnered a considerable amount of notable clients which include Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Comfort Inn, Hilton, Best Western and a slew of web 2.0, dot com, and other local enterprises.

“If you want to boost sales for your business, you have to be seen on the internet. Simply put, Google is your new business card. If you’re not showing up on the first page for your keywords, then you might as well not exist as a business. Local Marketing 2.0 can absolutely get you there.”

The move from entertainment to corporate may come as a shock to some, but Tuft has an extensive background with the corporate world. He graduated Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in civil engineering and he’s previously owned two companies, namely Xclusiv Development and Xclusiv Fitness. The first was a land development company and the latter was a personal training center.

With regards to Tuft’s most recent company, Local Marketing 2.0 it’s a Northern California based company with offices in Sonoma and Napa County. The company tagline is “Internet Profitability Specialists” and Tuft guarantees that every advertising dollar spent on digital marketing will be justified through web analytics – software that shows you how many visitors your site gets and how many of them are converting into leads and sales.

“Numbers don’t lie. That’s the beauty of what we do. Using proven algorithms and formulas to boost online web traffic and turning them into leads can all be tracked using analytics. We give you the raw data at the end of the month so you know exactly how your money is being spent."

Here’s a quick video illustrating what the company does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aH8AnG9msw

Tuft is encouraging his WWE fans that need his company’s services not to be afraid to contact him.

“I don’t want anyone who may be a potential client to think they can’t call me because of my TV personality. In reality, I’m really a nice guy and I want to help as many people as possible be successful with their businesses. We’re all in this together; we are just different pieces of the same puzzle.”










Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: WWE Diva Arrested, Tries To Bribe Cops?

The following is from TMZ:

WWE superstar Cameron -- a member of the Funkadactyls -- allegedly offered police $10,000 to let her go after she was arrested for DUI last week ... this according to police.

TMZ obtained the arrest report filed by police in Tampa Bay, Florida ... which shows Cameron -- real name Ariane Nicole Andrew -- was arrested at 2:23 AM on Friday morning outside Tampa International Airport.

The report says Cameron blew a .20 ... more than twice the legal limit in Florida.

After cops took her into custody, the report says Cameron offered one of the officers $10,000 to "let her go because she would lose her job."

In the docs, cops say Cameron listed her employer as the WWE.

Cops say Cameron had a male passenger in the car ... who told police the two had been drinking martinis before getting in the car.

Cameron was booked for DUI ... but eventually released.

A rep for WWE ... "Ariane [Cameron] did not alert us to this matter, we are investigating and will take appropriate action."

Superstar Toyz With Kofi Kingston: #11


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Reveals #1 On 2012 PWI 500

It is being reported that number one on this year's PWI 500 is none other than current WWE Champion C.M. Punk!

Last year, the honor went to The Miz, while the 2010 award went to TNA's A.J. Styles.

FIRST LOOK At Brand New WWE Championship

The following was posted on the Instagram account of Rick Petko:


BREAKING NEWS: WWE Superstar Released!

The following is from Tyler Reks:

"I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request.

I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I'll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she's older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well."

WWE Inbox: #30


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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Awesome Kurt Angle Interview

The following is from WrestlingNewsWorld:

I first want to discuss my experience with Kurt Angle. I got to the restaurant where the interview took place. He was there with his wife and their daughter. He also had his business partner, part-owner, of Anglefoods there. Surprisingly, I had a connection with the guy so we actually were closer than we thought. It’s a small world! Kurt greeted me and my dad warmly. He was ready to attack the interview. Kurt’s wife and daughter left when the interview was conducted. The interview was a big hit. I interviewed Kurt a little more than 30 minutes. Everything that was said is down below. After the interview, Kurt, his partner, my dad, and myself talked. It was about different topics. Sadly, Kurt had to go as he had to take a call from Australia soon. He was staying longer than he was suppose to, so you know he didn’t mind and wanted to keep talking. I got a picture at the end with Kurt to wrap everything up. Overall, Kurt had a great spirit and was amazing to talk to. Meeting one of my inspirations was tremendous. Kurt gets a lot of heat sometimes, but if you get to know him, he is one amazing soul. I want to thank Richard for sponsoring this interview and all of you for sending in your questions. It was a real treat and I am glad to bring it to you.

I put the questions in bold and the responses in italics.

The Kurt Angle Interview:

Thank you Kurt Angle for taking the time out of your busy schedule and your off day to meet up for an exclusive interview. This interview is on behalf of WrestlingNewsWorld.com. They are promoting and sponsoring this time with you.

Alex: First of all Kurt, I have to ask, do you read any “dirtsheet” wrestling websites?

Kurt: No, I really don’t read any websites. I never really got into it. I really don’t know what to believe. A lot of it is true and a lot of it is not. I don’t involve myself in that. I am to busy with my family and my businesses…..Anglefoods and BarnDadNutrition.com – UltraFiberDX.com. Basically, no, I don’t read the dirtsheets. I don’t care about the dirtsheets. I get word from friends about certain things being said. Recently there was something being said and I had to retaliate. It was a disrespectful comment to TNA, so I did what I had to do it and it was one comment.

Kurt, you are an Olympic gold medalist, a multi-time champion from both TNA and WWE. You are also an entrepreneur and a current star in TNA Wrestling. I want to touch on your career from the beginning, your time in WWE, your present time in TNA, and your future.

Alex: I want to start off with your Olympic gold medal win. After you won the gold, you were contacted by both WCW and WWF. What made you decide to join WWF?

Kurt: WWE, F at the time, was going through the Attitude Era. I actually, thank God, met Ric Flair. I asked him about WCW and he straight up told me right to my face to not go there and go to WWE. Ric pretty much scared me off. WCW would do nothing with you. Vince McMahon would make you a star. Ric was right. I am very grateful what Vince did to me. He utilized me the right way. I believe if I would have went to WCW, it would have taken a heck of a lot longer to get to where I am now.

I took questions from our readers at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

Alex: Username “Thisguy” wrote: “If you would’ve made the cut for the Pittsburgh Steelers and played in the NFL, do you think you would have been as successful in football as you are in wrestling?”

Kurt: I would have been in the pros. I would have gotten a pension. I would have had a four to eight year career. I would have been an average fullback in the NFL. I don’t think I would have been extraordinary. I don’t think I would have been what I was in the Olympics, which was an Olympic gold medalist, which is something I wouldn’t trade in the world. Not even to be a 10 time all pro in football. That is just something that is one in a billion shot. I am glad I went in the amateur wrestling direction then to the pro wrestling direction. No; I believe I would have been a great pro football player. Would I be extraordinary? No.

You joined WWF, now the WWE, and you rose quickly. You were a fast learner as you transitioned from the amateur (which you have 20 years experience) to professional wrestling (where you have 13 years experience).

Alex: Username “Mr.Love” wrote: “What were your thoughts on the 6 man Hell in the Cell match that you had in WWE? Was it hard to work with four of the greatest wrestlers in that type of match?”

Kurt: No, it was very easy. Undertaker, Triple H, Austin, The Rock, and I remember Rikishi was in it too. Those guys were such great leaders. I think that is what is lacking today. The Attitude Era there were so many great wrestlers. I personally didn’t know what I was doing in that match. I just listened to Undertaker. I listened to Triple H. I listened to The Rock. I listened to Stone Cold and they pretty much carried me through the match. Even though I was champion and in the ring in that cage with five other great wrestlers, I did what they told me to do. I didn’t have to think. I just responded. What I did was take that kind of approach when I started pro wrestling. I didn’t have that “I know everything” mentality. I said, you know what, I am going to forget everything I learned the last 20 years, turn on my instincts, and I am going to soak it in. I’m going to listen to these guys and let them teach me. Thank God it worked out for the best. I have been working with great wrestlers from the beginning. You know, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and all of a sudden it was The Undertaker and Triple H and the Rock and all of a sudden it was Austin. So they were all great ring leaders. They taught me a lot. They taught me so much that I became a great ring leader with two years. It’s not a fluke; it’s a blessing that I came at the right time. I came at a lot of time when a lot of guys were injured and Vince McMahon was looking around and saying, “Who can we use next? Let’s try the Olympic guy.” Vince McMahon kinda said we are going to through you in the water and you are either going to sink or swim. Thank God I swam. It worked out well.

You faced the biggest names in the business. In the early 2000s, you went from Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. The landscape transitioned as a huge star came into the picture. That man is Brock Lesnar.

Alex: Username “Mike merante” wrote: “Did you really beat Brock Lesnar in a freestyle match or a folkstyle match years ago, back in the WWE days?” He says it was reported that you two fought but it was never confirmed. Can you put this story to rest?

Kurt: Brock Lesnar and I are smart but did I get the better of him? Yes. But Brock is a world class athlete. I would have considered him three or four years ago, before he got sick, God bless him, I would have considered him the baddest man on the planet. I have a lot of respect for Brock. He’s one of those guys who could have been the best at whatever he did: National champion in wrestling……he could have been an all pro football player if he stuck with it, but he didn’t want to go to Europe for a year. He was UFC Champion and now he is back with the WWE again. Brock Lesnar is a very rare athlete. You don’t find a 300 pounder that is that strong, moves that quickly, and that smart. Brock is one of a kind.

WWE transitioned into another era and you followed that as you became the face of ECW. Several months later, you left WWE. You signed with TNA and became the face of that company.

Many people still talked about your stuff in the WWE though. Therefore,

Alex: Username “RatedKing” wrote: “What would your say your best rivalry would be?”

Kurt: My favorite was Triple H and Stephanie. That is what really put me on the map. That was my first year wrestling. Triple H, God bless him, is a great leader . Talk about getting in the ring with somebody and just carried you through everything. I had a concussion at Summerslam that first year and I don’t even remember what I was doing. I don’t even remember the match, but I know watching it over again Triple H, Dawyne, The Rock, just kept telling what to do and carried me through it. When I was suppose to duck out of the way, they literally pulled my head down themselves to miss and hit the other guy. You can just tell if you look back that I literally knew nothing what I was doing. I learned a lot that year. But that storyline with Triple H and Stephanie was my favorite. That or the comedy I did with Stone Cold. That was different. We were both injured and Vince McMahon wanted both of us on TV. We just had great chemistry. One of those two.

On a more serious note, while you were in TNA, the Chris Benoit tragedy occurred. There were so many questions. Eventually, they were answered.

Alex: But Username “Jake” wrote: “What was the backstage atmosphere in TNA like when Chris Benoit passed away and after the details of the death emerged?”

Kurt: Not a lot of the guys really knew Chris. Some of them did. The young ones didn’t. The AJ Styles and Samoa Joes. For me……I guess……it was such a tragedy that I was more confused to what happened and tried to figure out how a tragedy like that could happen especially since Chris was such a nice and caring guy. So, I will never be able to figure it out, but the atmosphere wasn’t nearly, I would say tense, in TNA as it would have been in WWE at the time. I think everybody bowed their head out of respect out of Chris, his wife, and his son and said a quick prayer. I can’t imagine what the wrestlers were feeling in the WWE and I probably had more matches with Chris in the WWE than anybody. For me, it was a very difficult time. It was very hard to put it together to try to think why it happened…..trying to think of reasons why it happened. You know, whose fault was it, how it would have came about. There are no answers. Nobody knows. The only one who knows is God himself.

You had your fair share of rivalries and stories throughout the WWE and TNA. One in particular that I loved was your rivalry with Jeff Jarrett. That is one storyline that was actually real life. You rarely see that anymore. While your rivalry with him, we saw Karen join in but also your children.

Alex: Kendra Bunyon wrote: “How did you feel about your children being used in the storyline with Jeff and Karen? Did you have any misgivings about your children appearing on TV?”

Kurt: No. I didn’t bat an eye in it because, for me, I get to see my kids once a month because they live in Tennessee. For me, I was getting to see my kids every week because Karen and Jeff were on TV. Whether my kids were on TV or not, having Karen come down……she guarantees she will bring the kids. So, I was getting to see my kids every week, which was a bonus for me. Was it worth it to suck up my pride and put my real story life on the line? Yes, it was for my kids. So, I don’t regret it at all. It was a blast! I got to take them to Disney World during the day and have a blast with them and then at night play out the storyline. Everybody kept coming up to me and saying, “I can’t believe how you are handling this.” I said I am having a blast; I am with my kids. It wasn’t a hard decision.

While you were in TNA, you went over and competed in Japan.

Alex: Username Adam W. wrote: “What was the atmosphere like wrestling in the Tokyo Dome or facing for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?”

Kurt: I had some awesome matches over there. One was for Brock Lesnar. One with Yuji Nagata. One with Nakamura…..Tanahashi. They have a very high standard over there especially when they wrestle popular Americans. They put a lot of pressure on themselves to make sure they steal the show. I really didn’t like going over there, but TNA was booking me to do it out of relationships with New Japan. They were getting a pretty good chunk of money for me to go overthere. It was part of my contract that they can sublease me out. No longer can they do that anymore, thank God. But they would book me over there and make a good bit of money. I did that for about 3-4 years and I told them I couldn’t do it anymore. But it was a good experience……wrestling guys that didn’t speak english. The Japanese wrestlers are very respectful. It’s a great style, very stiff. I got pretty banged up going over there, but that’s the way they go. You got to respect their style and you got to give it back to them. If you don’t, they will have less respect for you because you aren’t giving it back. They expect that. There are very different and they have a lot of pride in their work. They want to make everything look real and sharp.

In 2009, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff joined TNA. It created a huge buz.

Alex: What was the feeling backstage when it was announced and would you ever believe you would be working for Eric Bischoff?

Kurt: No. At first I didn’t like Eric Bischoff. I didn’t think he would do anything to help the company. Hulk Hogan…..I always liked Terry. I didn’t have a problem with him. I thought he had one of the top three minds in the business because he was around Vince McMahon so much and when you are around Vince McMahon so much, you learn a lot! Thank God. I studied Eric Bischoff while he was down there and within the first two months, I could tell that he was very good at directing and very good at going over rehearsals for promos. You can tell he had a vision of what he wanted out of the wrestlers and the pretapes. You can tell he knew which direction he wanted to go with each wrestler as a character. Eric Bischoff actually surprised me that he knew as much as he did about the business. I thought he was just a guy that got lucky in WCW and booked Kevin Nash at the top and got Kevin to book the shows and made a bunch of money, but the guy actually knows what he is doing. I am glad I am working with Eric Bischoff. I like him. I do. Him, Bruce Prichard, and Hulk Hogan are going to take TNA to the next level. Have they yet? No, but it always takes time. Everybody is always expecting overnight result. It doesn’t happen like that. People always say, “Oh Eric Bischoff is coming in….well let’s see what he can do” and they expect it to happen overnight. It doesn’t happen overnight. Will it in the next year, 2 or 3? Yeah. Will we get to WWE level? Not in my career. But I believe in 10 years from now there is a possibility that TNA might just be getting the same or better ratings than WWE. There is a chance. There really is. So, TNA is around. Their around for good, thank God. Their staying. Their making enough money that this company is not going to go under. The Carter family is 150% behind it. Thank God we have another company and this is what bothers me about some of the other wrestlers. When you have two companies that are providing wrestlers jobs, you don’t want to disrespect either company. Because now you are limiting your opportunity to work in one of them. So, if an idiot wrestler makes a stupid comment about a company and calls it an indy company, he just limited his chance of working there. That’s very disrespectful. I would have never done that to TNA. I won’t do it to WWE because they are the monster and they are the top company in the world, but I wouldn’t even do it to Ring of Honor because you never know. Some day I might not want to be here or there or maybe TNA doesn’t want me anymore……I go back to WWE or WWE doesn’t want me and I go to Ring of Honor. You got to keep your options open. You don’t make idiot comments that basically take work away from you. You don’t want that to happen.

To combine both the WWE and TNA for a minute, there are a few quick answer questions.

Alex: Username “Dale” wrote: “Who do you travel with in TNA and who did you travel with in WWE?”

Kurt: TNA, I travel by myself quite a bit, but I was traveling quite a bit with James Storm. James and I were very tight. We were travel partners. Then, you know, the program got around to where him and I started battling against each other and nobody wanted us to travel together, so I just started traveling on my own. I do a little with Austin Aries. I think Austin is an amazing talent and a great addition to our company. He’s quite a character. Different personality. In WWE, I traveled a lot with Edge and Christian. We’re very tight. Besides them, I pretty much travel by myself most of the time. I never really wanted a travel partner because I always want to do my own thing. I wanted to get up at my own time. I wanted to go to the gym at my own time. I wanted to eat at my own time. When you have traveling partners then you got to please them and I don’t want to please anybody. I want to live the way I want to live and I want to travel the way I want to travel whether is saves me money or not. Whether I split the cost in half of renting a car and whatever, I would rather spend the money and do what I want to do.

Alex: What match of yours is your personal favorite? Also, what match is your favorite that you weren’t in?

Kurt: My favorite match was Shawn Michaels at Mania. Shawn and I didn’t practice anything. In the WWE, those wrestlers spend a whole week working on one match. Shawn and I sat down and just talked about old times. We talked about our faith, our Christian faith. We joked around with Pat Patterson, our agent. We went over one little move just to see if I can lift him up in the air. It was a keylock that we ended up doing a sunset flip. And then, we really didn’t put that much effort into putting the match together. It just happened. It was just 30 minutes of blessing…..blessed match…..magic….I don’t know what it was. My favorite match that I wasn’t in was when Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H in a Triple Threat when I wrestled Eddie Guerrero for the World Title. That or one because I wasn’t even wrestling yet, but I got to watch, was the Ironman Match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. The funny thing is, my favorite matches always seemed to either have Taker, Shawn Michaels, or Triple H in it. I don’t know why, but those three seem to be the best three, I would say, workers in the business. I am not going to say wrestlers or athletes. I’d say the best three workers.

You had a tremendous past, but you also have a huge future. You have your own food company and you are staring in a lot of movies. The question is your future in wrestling.

Alex: Username “Matt” and “TheRealFLegend” (from Twitter) wrote: “When you retire, will you ever consider being a road agent for TNA or opening your own wrestling school?”

Kurt: I will go back to coaching Olympic style wrestling. I will be part of the wrestling company as a, I wouldn’t say road agent, name and face where I make appearances….meet with corporations…..meet with sponsors. Be more of a consultant for the company. You know, work from the office side and try to help the company from the corporate standpoint. I don’t know if I will ever be an agent. I mean, I love doing that. My greatest gift, my biggest blessing is structuring matches. I haven’t had a match in ten years that I didn’t structure on my own except for maybe a couple four ways or whatever, but one on one, I do my own matches. I am very good at it, but I don’t see myself being a road agent.

Speaking about your future, you tweeted about running for office.

Alex: Will we see Kurt Angle be the next governor?

Kurt: Maybe. You know, crazier things have happened. People want to pick on me and say, “How can Kurt Angle do that?”….. “He’s made mistakes.” I’ll tell you this, I will not pick a politician that has never made a mistake because if he claims he never made a mistake, he’s a liar. The guys who go through the hard times and made mistakes are the guys that learn from them and that end up being better at what they do. Whether it’s in office…..whether you are a politican or not. Yeah, I am considering running for office in the future. I am not going to say what side (he chuckles)…..because that’s just be another big dispute. But, yeah I am. I have been considering it for the last four years. I will probably start out here and try to run for Mayor in Pittsburgh and go from there.

I asked for questions from our readers at WrestlingNewsWorld.com and this question was asked the most times. With that being said, I got to ask it.

Alex: Will you ever be back in a WWE ring again either on a limited contract basis or for one more match at Wrestlemania?

Kurt: I can’t answer that (he smiles). I will say that I signed a three year deal with TNA recently. They want to extend the deal. I probably will. But anything is possible. A lot of wrestlers like to retire at Mania. They like to go out with 80,000-100,000 fans watching you. I’m no different, but I like the way TNA treats me. I like the money they pay me. Put it this way, my schedule, which is a part-time schedule, Thank God, I’m making the same money in TNA, maybe more, than what I would make in WWE if I was on the same schedule, so why would I want to leave? It doesn’t make any sense.

We discussed WWE and TNA from past and present. We discussed your future, but how about wrestling’s future.

Alex: Username “Owen” wrote: “Who would you consider the future of pro wrestling? Which young wrestlers will carry the sport for ten to fifteen years?”

Kurt: Young wrestlers……I don’t know. Everyday is getting harder and harder and I have been watching a lot of young wrestlers. It seems like the art of pro wrestling is slowly dwindling away. Telling a story in the ring…..technique……wrestling isn’t about just going in the ring and doing a bunch of stunts. There’s got to be a real good story told to get the crowd emotionally involved. A lot of young wrestlers don’t understand that. When I look at young talent……I’m trying to think of young talent because when you are talking about the CM Punks, the Randy Ortons, and the AJ Styles…..their all in their thirties. That is not young talent……doesn’t mean their not new talent. There are guys….I’ll give you a guy that will be a huge star. He’s only 25 right now, but he will be a huge star in the next three or four years, whether it be in TNA or somewhere else and that’s Magnus. The guy is picking it up. He’s only 25 years old. He’s got an excellent look. He’s actually awesome in the ring. He’s learning. He’s from England, but he’s the kind of guy who gets in the ring, practices, and learns. When you have that kind of attitude and he wants to learn from the older wrestlers like me. When you have the young guys who go there and do a bunch of stunts that don’t mean anything just to try to get the crowd to chant “TNA”……your not going to have a very long career. You’re going to bang your body up and the fans aren’t going to get emotionally involved in you. Their going to pop for the big triple flip you did off the top rope onto the table on the floor and that’s all their going to care about and their going to want you to do something even worse the next time you go.

Finally…..

Alex: Username “mjledesma” wrote: “If there was one person who you would have a match with you but never did, who would it be?”

Kurt: Bret Hart. We called each other a million times about it to try to work it out…..try to turn it into a Street Fight….tried to do whatever we could, but Bret Hart knows he can’t have a Bret Hart style match with me. He wouldn’t have it any other way, so it’s just not possible. I was very hurt when he wrestled Vince McMahon, but when Bret explained to me that, “Kurt, I am not wrestling Vince; I’m beating the crap out of him.” It made sense to me because I asked Bret four years prior to that I wanted to wrestle him at Wrestlemania. He flat out said no. Now I realize why. He knew he couldn’t put on that Bret Hart preformance that he would want to against Kurt Angle. With Vince McMahon, it was just a straight up Street Fight. I think they even used kendo sticks, trashcans….and his family. It was a completely different match and now I understand that. And I understand why Bret did not want to wrestle me and I can respect that.

Kurt Angle, I really want to thank you for your time! It really means a lot. We at WrestlingNewsWorld.com really appreciate it. Do you have anything to add?

Kurt: No…..they were all good questions. I am glad that the fans gave you questions to ask. I’ve always been open and vocal with any media. I know TNA asked me whether I was going to do this today, and I thought they were actually going to make me cancel it but they didn’t. They said it’s okay just as long as we know you are doing it. I went by the guidelines that TNA wanted me to and I talked about TNA. I feel good about the interview. Thanks for coming and I hope the fans enjoyed it.

That concludes my exclusive interview with Kurt Angle, arguablly the best wrestler in the world and in history! For WrestlingNewsWorld.com…..I am Alex Barie with Kurt Angle!

WWE '13 Roster Reveal


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Chair Shot Reality #142 Part Two


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Santino's Foreign Exchange: #29


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Stephanie McMahon Interviewed About Possible Return

Z! True Long Island Story: #80


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Footage From Summerslam Kick-Off Party


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The Miz On Extra

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Chairshot Reality: #142 Part One

WWE Superstars: August 16, 2012


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CM Punk Is VERY ANGRY With AJ Lee


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WWE Releases App For Smart Phones

The following press release has been issued by WWE:

Download the official WWE app today on Apple iOS and Android

The OFFICIAL WWE APP experience is finally here! Take WWE with you wherever you go – any time, day or night – with the new WWE app, available on Apple iOS and Android.

The WWE Universe is now in the palm of your hands! Unlock breaking news, a colossal library of WWE videos – current and classic – as well as thousands of photos capturing the action of WWE. Plus, with a slide, swipe or tap of a finger, discover exclusive content found ONLY in the WWE app!

The WWE app provides instant access to your favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends. Save and store Superstar profiles for a quick look at extensive career milestones, biographies and social media feeds from their Facebook and Twitter accounts – all directly inside the app.

You can now watch the new and vintage WWE videos like never before. Want to play a clip on your TV from last night’s Monday Night Raw or Friday Night SmackDown, or maybe that unforgettable main event match from WrestleMania years ago? Access thousands of clips and activate Airplay to stream videos on your Apple TV device.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Big Show Does Drunk Driving PSA


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WWE To Make Scooby-Doo Movie Featuring Vince McMahon?

The following press release has been issued by WWE:

Warner Bros. and WWE Studios Form Tag Team to Solve A Spine-Crunching Mystery!

ANIMATED MADE FOR VIDEO FILM STARRING WWE SUPERSTARS AND DIVAS TO BEGIN PRODUCTION SET FOR A 2014 HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

STAMFORD, Conn., August 15, 2012 – Warner Bros. and WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced they will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania®. The announcement was made today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video and Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios.

WWE Superstars and Divas including Triple H®, John Cena®, Kane, The Miz®, Brodus Clay™, Santino Marella®, Sin Cara™ and AJ™ will appear in animated form and lend their voices to the project. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon® will also lend his voice and appear in animated form.

“We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. on this wonderful animated film,” said WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. “Kids and adults are going to enjoy seeing their favorite WWE Superstars in animated form join forces with an icon like Scooby-Doo to solve a mystery at the biggest pop-culture event of the year – WrestleMania.”

“Warner Bros. is thrilled to get into the ring with WWE Studios to bring fans an unprecedented animated adventure,” said Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Warner Home Video. “We’re excited to leverage the WWE’s family-friendly brand and passionate fan base and integrate some of the most popular WWE Superstars and Divas within the Scooby-Doo gang.”

When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. The film will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation. WWE will utilize its extensive global reach through its television, digital media and print assets to market the release of the film.

Bradley Buchanan, VP of Business and Legal Affairs negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Brock Lesnar Tries To Break Shawn Michaels' Arm


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WWE Issues Press Release Regarding Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

The following press release has been issued by World Wrestling Entertainment:

STAMFORD, Conn., August 14, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Party City today announced an alliance to "Help Make Wishes Come True," a joint initiative to support Make-A-Wish®. Party City, the official party store of WWE, is currently conducting a nationwide in-store fundraiser through August 18 where customers can support Make-A-Wish with donations collected at any of the 750 Party City stores across the country. One hundred percent of the donations collected will benefit the organization with a minimum financial contribution of $75,000.

Party City and WWE Superstar The Miz® will present a check to Make-A-Wish in the ring at SummerSlam® Axxess at Nokia Plaza at LA Live on August 18.

"Our support of Make-A-Wish is inspired by the children that are the very heart of our business," said Gerald Rittenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Amscan Holdings Inc. "We are excited to partner with WWE to help grant the wishes of children through Make-A-Wish and allow them the opportunity to celebrate life's special moments with friends and family."

WWE and its Superstars have been granting wishes for Make-A-Wish kids for more than 30 years. WWE and Make-A-Wish will continue their commitment to put smiles on the faces of courageous children and their families all over the world. Join WWE and help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions by visiting wish.org to learn more.


CM Punk Gives TRUE Feelings on The Rock

WWE Backstage Fallout: 08.13.12


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bret Hart & Lanny Poffo Shoot In This AWESOME Interview

TNA Issues Major Press Release Regarding No Surrender PPV


The following has been issued by TNA Wrestling:

On Sunday, September 9, TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and Direct Auto Insurance present "No Surrender" live on Pay-Per-View and online around the world at http://www.TNAOnDemand.com

"No Surrender" will feature the culmination of the annual "Bound For Glory Series" as one superstar will earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship!

TNA PPV events air on InDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Viewer's Choice and more - check your programming guide for availability!

"No Surrender" website - http://www.NoSurrenderPPV.com


Top 10 WORST WWE Wrestlers (According to BleacherReport)

The following is from The Bleacher Report:


By Drake Oz

Every WWE superstar brings something to the table.

Whether it's a unique gimmick, a bodybuilder physique, incredible promo skills or fantastic in-ring abilities, there is indeed a reason why every WWE star has a place in the company.

Unfortunately for some, they often lack the one thing that every pro wrestler should have: Solid wrestling ability.

Not every superstar is going to be able to put on five-star matches or wrestle technical classes, but some struggle to even put on watchable matches.

I applaud every guy who steps into a wrestling ring, especially those who work tirelessly to improve their craft. But for many of them, things just aren't clicking.

Here are the WWE's 10 worst in-ring wrestlers.



10. Sin Cara

While working in Mexico as "Mistico," Sin Cara became the biggest star in the country and an international sensation.

But for whatever reason, he just hasn't been able to catch on to the WWE style, which is considerably different from the lucha libre style he was accustomed to in Mexico.

Although Sin Cara can be entertaining at times and does have some amazing high-flying abilities, his matches are generally botch-filled spot fests.

Sin Cara, who's been given the not-so-flattering nickname of "Botch Cara," has become notorious for botching moves and failing to connect with the WWE audience like many expected him to.

I think that Sin Cara could perform well given the right circumstances, but up until this point, he's seemed unable to adjust to the style that the WWE wants him to wrestle.

He often no-sells and looks to work the right side of the body, which are two obvious indicators of his lucha libre background.

Until Sin Cara can tell a story in the ring and limit his botches (if that ever happens), he's going to continue to be one of the worst in-ring performers in the WWE.



9. Jinder Mahal

Jinder Mahal has been a victim of being rushed to the main roster before he was ready.

When Mahal debuted on SmackDown in April 2011, he was just 24 years old, had only been signed with the WWE for a little more than a year and appeared to have a pretty basic move set.

From what I've gathered, he's improved tremendously since largely disappearing from TV and has become a big player on NXT.

That's good news for Mahal, but judging by his short-lived stint on the main roster, he's still got a ways to go.
Although Mahal has a presence about him and is decent on the mic, his matches have never seemed to generate much of a reaction, likely because he's been either squashing people or getting squashed.

Mahal is still young (he's 26) and has all the time in the world to improve, but there's nothing about his in-ring ability that sticks out, even though it isn't particularly awful, either.



8. Ryback

Ryback looks like an absolute beast and performs like one in the ring as well.

But there's a reason why his in-ring work has been limited as both Skip Sheffield and Ryback: He's not very good.

Ever wonder why Ryback generally only participates in squashes or other short matches? Yeah, that's why.

Ryback has developed a reputation as an unsafe worker, and according to the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer (via whatculture.com), this is the main reason why Ryback spent so much time squashing local jobbers rather than lower-card WWE superstars upon his debut.

Ryback's unsafeness in the ring isn't the only problem, though.

Given that he spends most of his time squashing lower-card stars, he's generally inexperienced when it comes to working a full match with actual psychology, and his selling needs some work.

It's going to be hard for Ryback to wrestle lengthy matches down the road when he's grown so accustomed to being an aggressive monster who hardly ever sells.



7. Brodus Clay

Have a wrestler with some obvious limitations in the ring?

Put him in squash matches and try to hide those weaknesses.

That's the WWE's philosophy when it comes to guys like Ryback, and of course, Brodus Clay, who I don't think has participated in a match that's lasted more than five minutes since he became "The Funkasaurus."

While Clay actually showed flashes of some serious potential, especially for a guy his size, on NXT, he's backed into a corner with what he can do under his current character.

He generally only utilizes a handful of moves, sells very little and does nothing to make his matches seem special or unique.

I get that Clay's character is primarily being used as comedic relief, but when he's not particularly great in any one area and isn't overly athletic because of his size, his matches can be extremely difficult to sit through.



6. Camacho

Although wrestling is in Camacho's genes (his father is Haku), he's another one of those wrestlers who made it to the main roster before he was ready.

Initially brought in as bodyguard of sorts for Hunico, Camacho has stepped into the ring a lot more often recently, and his weaknesses have been exposed.

Why? Because he's still green.

I'm not sure how long Camacho has been wrestling, but as is the case with guys like Jinder Mahal, he appears to be very inexperienced. As a result, what he can do in the ring is very restricted.

Although he doesn't botch like crazy or seem to be particularly bad at any one thing, he's been protected by being primarily placed in tag team matches and has utilized a limited arsenal of moves during said matches.

He's new to the main roster, so he will undoubtedly improve over time.

But for the time being, Camacho is one of the rawest (and therefore, worst) superstars currently on the SmackDown brand.




5. Mason Ryan

Mason Ryan has the best physique in the WWE.

He look like he wakes up, works out, eats about 500 grams of protein, works out again and then works out some more every day.

But his major accomplishment in the company so far has been that he looks like the second coming of Batista. That's about it.

Ryan's got a look that 99 percent of wrestlers could only dream of having, but it seems like that physique is actually what limits him in the ring.

He was extremely raw when he first appeared on TV in January 2011, and after it initially looked like he was headed for a monster push, he quickly found himself plummeting down the card and hasn't wrestled a match on Raw or SmackDown since--well, I can't even remember when.

During a time where in-ring work has more value than it has in quite a while, Ryan's strength (his look) can't make up for the fact that he's still green and has a ways to go before he can succeed in the ring.

It's difficult to do that without getting on TV, though.



4. Ezekiel Jackson

Ezekiel Jackson has addressed his lack of TV time quite often recently, but I don't think he's going to get a firm spot on Raw or SmackDown anytime soon.

Like Mason Ryan, Big Zeke looks like a million bucks. Unfortunately, he's rather limited with what he can do in the ring.

Jackson has become well-known for having one of the simplest move sets in pro wrestling, which consists primarily of body slams and the torture rack.

Beyond that, there's not much to Jackson besides a massive frame.

The WWE has tried to push him on multiple occasions, even giving him a run with the Intercontinental Championship and making him the last ECW Champion in company history.

But Zeke has failed to get over with the fans as either a face or heel primarily because of his underwhelming in-ring work.

Although he's fine in some roles (like as a bodyguard, perhaps), there's nothing to suggest that he'll get any type of push as a wrestler in the near future.



3. Titus O'Neill

The Primetime Players are getting a golden opportunity to become the premiere tag team in the WWE.

I like what they've done so far, and I think that Darren Young has improved drastically since his last major TV run as part of The Nexus.

But the weakest link of that tag team? It's easily gotta be Titus O'Neil.

Like Young, O'Neil has improved a lot since his NXT days. However, he's undoubtedly inferior to Young when it comes to in-ring work.

As is the case with so many other guys on this list, there's just nothing about O'Neil that stands out, outside of maybe his barking. He's just a big dude with a basic move set who's been put in a tag team to hide his weaknesses.

Young does the majority of the work in their matches because he's the better worker of the two, and O'Neil's subpar wrestling ability is probably the main reason why the Primetime Players have yet to win the tag team titles.

They seemed destined to win the straps, but with O'Neil not exactly setting the world on fire with his in-ring performances, I'm sure that's a big reason why WWE officials are hesitant to push the duo as the top team in the tag division.



2. David Otunga

David Otunga is a good talker, and ever since he started sipping coffee non-stop, he's become a rather entertaining character as well.

But under no circumstances should he be pushed as a wrestler unless he improves dramatically in the ring.
I'm not sure I can recall a time in recent memory when a guy has struggled so much as a wrestler, only to get a sizable push over guys with far more in-ring talent.

Again, I like Otunga the character, especially when he was paired with John Laurinaitis. But he's as sloppy as they come in the ring.

He consistently botches simple moves like clotheslines and body slams, he doesn't do much beyond flexing, and he's not overly agile or athletic.

I'm guessing that the WWE pushes Otunga primarily because of his high-profile relationship with Jennifer Hudson and the occasional publicity it gets. But that push will not be warranted until Otunga steps it up in a major way wrestling-wise.

He's been in the ring with a ton of top stars recently, such as Randy Orton, John Cena and Sheamus.

You would think that would help him improve greatly. But it hasn't. At all.



1. The Great Khali

This one's a no-brainer.

Look, I get that the WWE has The Great Khali on its roster because he's a huge star in India and the WWE is trying to expand its market there.

But there's no other way to put it: the guy is flat-out awful in the ring.

Khali's massive size makes him more susceptible to wear-and-tear and injury, and as a result, his knees are shot, which severely hurts his already poor abilities as a wrestler.

It's hard to criticize the guy for being naturally huge, and thus, being at a big disadvantage with a body that prevents him from being nimble or athletic.

But that's the unfortunate truth for Khali, who makes me cringe every time I see him walk to the ring.
He has a place on the roster because of his international appeal and his almost superhuman size, but given his lack of athleticism and his broken-down body, he should be used the right way.

And that's not as a wrestler.

That being said, we still wish the big guy well as he recovers from surgery.

Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions on Formspring.

THIS IS NOT THE OPINION OF WRESTLERAP COLUMNISTS.  THIS IS SOLELY THE VIEWS OF DRAKE OZ OF THE BLEACHER REPORT.

This Week's Chairshot Reality (Parts 1-3)

Part ONE

Part TWO


Part THREE
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HUGE UPDATE Regarding Hurricane Helms & JCW Event

OUTSTANDING Card For JCW Event: Vader, John Morrison, Matt Hardy, MORE

Juggalo Championship Wrestling
Bloodymania 6
8pm Central Time
Sunday August 12th 2012
$14.95
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Live From The Gathering Of The Juggalos

If you miss it live, on demand replays will be available

Battle Royal: Carlito, The Masterpiece Chris Masters, Bobby Lashley, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, U-Gene, Shockwave The Robot, Zach Gowen, and more!

Tag Team Action: Scott Steiner and Vader will be teaming up for the first time ever!

Four Way For the JCW Tag Team Championship: The Ring Rydas (Reigning Champions) Vs The Head Bangers vs Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher Vs Rock n Roll Express!

3 Way Match: John Morrison vs The Hurricane Shane Helms vs Matt Hardy!

Vampiro vs Officer Colt Cabana

DOUBLE MAIN EVENT!!

A Match 15 Years In the Making: Corporal Robinson vs The Rude Boy

For the JCW Heavyweight Championship: 2 Tuff Tony (Reigning Champion) vs Kongo Kong

Plus The Weedman, Commissioner Violent J, and DJ Clay on the turntables!

Commentary by Shaggy 2 Dope (ICP) and "KG" Kevin Gill (Voted Best Announcer in Pro Wrestling today by the readers of the Pro Wrestling Torch)

www.juggalowrestling.com

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Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles (BFG Series)


Courtesy of TNA.

WWE Are You Serious: #28


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JBL Explains Why He Dislikes Evander Holyfield

The following is from the Facebook of JBL:

"One of best stories ever from commentary was at Madison Square Garden with Evander Holyfield.

I had met Evander before and he was a total jerk, complete jerk to both me and Ron.

He used the religious image while he was an absolute reprehensible creature. He’s had a ton of kids by a ton of women and professes to be a model Christian. I don’t mind people being what they are, but I abhor fakes. I can’t stand Evander Holyfield.

Soooooo……. On to MSG.

Evander is to box Matt Hardy in a ‘boxing match’ as MVP’s replacement in a Madison Square Garden event.

I am doing commentary and the whole show I am putting over Evander as this great guy, blah blah blah.
By the end of the show I am sick of myself. So during commercial I tell Michael Cole a true story of Evander and my wife at Fox News.

My wife had called me and told me she was in the ‘Green Room’ with a famous boxer but not being a sports fan she didn’t know who he was, she told me it was Evander Holyfield.

I explained to her he was one of greatest boxers of all time and told her the whole story of his career which I knew by heart as a huge boxing fan. She told me that he was ‘very nice’. I said “of course, he has had 9 kids by 9 women of course he is nice, leave now!” and of course I was joking, but half serious.

During the break I tell Michael this story, but of course I go further-I totally tear down Evander as a hypocrite and piece of garbage that I think he is. I have no idea this is being broadcast into his dressing room, I still had my headphones and mic on. Every word I say Evander hears.

Matt Hardy and MVP were in the room, ask them how tense it got. A spokesperson for Evander went to Vince and threatened to have him leave the show.

More importantly, how would you like to be Matt Hardy? He is facing the former heavyweight champion in what he hopes is a work and he now knows this guy is furious. While I was saying this Evander had one of his kids on his lap listening, and from Matt’s story he just got very quite.

Evander ended up doing business which I am sure Matt was thankful.

My headset was ringing to tell me to shut up.

After the show I went to Evander’s dressing room, not to apologize for what I said-I meant it and still do, but it was totally inappropriate for me to treat a guest of our show like that, I shouldn’t have let my personal feelings potentially screw up a show.

At his dressing room I encountered a security guard. I was expecting anything from a fight to him excepting my apology-I had no idea, but I had made my bed and I would lie in it.

I never apologized for what I said but for the venue I said it in as he was our guest. I meant what I said, but shouldn’t have said it to a guest of the WWE. The security guard looked at Evander who was less than five feet away and Evander shook his head, so I never spoke to him direct though that was my intention and he heard every word I said. And, I never apologized for calling him what I did, I apologized for doing it on a WWE show.

As I walked by the boys to Evander’s dressing room, no one knew what would happen. Ron Simmons told me, “leg dive him!’ which was my plan, it was a tense moment.

I have seen him since, I have no respect for him, but I do hate he is getting ‘punch drunk’ as no one deserves that. He is a great boxer but a rotten human being.

The next day I apologized to Vince, I was wrong to attack a guest like that. Vince said, “we almost lost him” and I responded, “we almost lost Matt” and we both laughed.

The day I almost got into a shoot fight with the former world heavyweight champ."

Vickie Guerrero Talks About Kevin Nash's Comments

For those that are unaware, Kevin Nash recently made some disparaging comments regarding the WWE Championship reign of Eddie Guerrero. For the first time, Vickie Guerrero responded to Nash's remarks using her official Twitter account:

@ExcuseMeWWE: "Comments from @realkevinnash, 'inlaws', or anyone else about Eddie, me, or my girls, just shows how insecure & unhappy they live"

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A.W. Verbal Assault Against WWE (EXPLICIT)

The following is from the official Twitter account of Abraham Washington:

"If I smoked crack or did steroids I'd get suspended but I made a joke and tweeted support Linda and I get fired. #Doesn'tAddUp #Hmmmmm."

"They didn't do shit to Randy Orton when he called Kelly Kelly a slut, you see the double standard? Fuck politics. #AWForLife."

"Im a HUGE Cena fan, but Cena made fat jokes w/ King, genitalia jokes n homo jokes. Orton bashes K2, Vince mocks JR! #FuckUWWE"

"so stealing a car, having a yng girl trying to fuck 3 guys at once and not to mntion the Tensai thing is ok, but no jokes? #BS"

"So Vince can continually bash @JRsBBQ by teasing his ball palsy but yet your comments where deemed worse? Be a star my ass." He then posted a photo of McMahon distorting his face to ridicule Ross, with the caption reading "MOCKING JR: QUALITY PG ENTERTAINMENT."

"VINCE MCMAHON CAN SAY THE "N" WORD ON NATIONAL T.V. BUT @AWPromotions CAN'T TELL A JOKE.............whats wrong with this picture???"

He re-tweeted the following: "You said one Kobe Bryant rape joke and you got fired.
Isn't Mike Tyson a convicted rapist? Yet he is in the HoF. Hypocrisy."





More On WWE Superstar's Firing

The following is from TMZ:

WWE star Abraham Washington has just been FIRED after making a Kobe Bryant rape joke on live television last week -- and he's PISSED ... claiming the WWE has "turned its back" on him.

As we previously reported, the WWE issued an apology for its July 30 live broadcast of "Monday Night Raw" -- during which Washington took the mic and said a wrestler named Titus O'Neil was "like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado ... he's unstoppable."

Now, according to Washington, the WWE has taken further action after the joke, terminating his contract entirely.

Obviously, Washington is NOT happy -- taking to his Twitter moments ago with a barrage of angry messages ... like, "It was the #WWE that made me bold and now it has turned it's back on me."

"Just be normal shut up and be a yes man so you can collect your check and feel like your special. #SELLOUTS!!"

"I remember a time when the WWE didn't care about breaking the mold but now everyone is so afraid of their own shadow. #RemeberTheFans"

"Thank you WWE for creating me and then killing me because I only portrayed what I grew up watching... The #WWE!!"

A rep for the WWE tells TMZ...."Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W. was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media."

WWE Foreign Exchange: #28


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WWE Friday Night Smackdown: 8.10.2012


Courtesy of WWE.

Important Summerslam Match Cancelled

Earlier today, Booker T released a video exclusive to WWE.com saying that the World Heavyweight Title Match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio will NOT take place due to Del Rio having fake policemen attack Sheamus on Smackdown.

We will have more information when it becomes available as to why this is happening.


Courtesy of WWE.

WWE Officially Releases Controversial Superstar

The following is has been issued by WWE:


"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar A.W. as of today, August 10, 2012. WWE wishes A.W. the best in all his future endeavors."



The following is from the official Twitter account of AW:

"AWPromotions is no more ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your support and hate, it's been a great run. Now I get to do me which isn't PG." ... "I've offended the wrong people that taught me how to have ATTITUDE It was the #WWE that made me bold and now it has turned it's back on me. Let this be a lesson to up and coming talent in the WWE don't try and be great like the Rock or Stone Cold. WWE isn't the same... Just be normal shut up and be a yes man so you can collect your check and feel like your special. #SELLOUTS!! I remember a time when the WWE didn't care about breaking the mold but now everyone is so afraid of their own shadow. #RememberTheFans"



Friday, August 10, 2012

CM Punk Interviewed by "The Score"


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Z! True Long Island Story: #79

Courtesy of WWE.

Rob Van Dam vs. René Duprée (Sunday Night Heat 8.15.2004)


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WWE Superstars: 8.9.2012 (FULL HD)

Courtesy of WWE.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

HUGE BREAKING WWE News!

The following is a press release issued by WWE:

WWE Electrifies Saturday Mornings

STAMFORD, Conn., August 9, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Saban Brands today announced a new, weekly half-hour show, WWE Saturday Morning Slam, that will debut on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. WWE Saturday Morning Slam will be part of the television premiere of Vortexx on The CW, a Saturday morning kids’ television block, reaching 114 million U.S. television households. This marks the first time, since 2001, WWE will have a program in a kids’ time slot and reinforces WWE’s commitment to kid-friendly entertainment.

WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and the WWE’s entertaining brand extensions into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe. The show will also include highlights from WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign and other community initiatives.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the WWE to bring their world-class brand of entertainment to Vortexx,” said Joel Andryc, Co-President, Vortexx. “With a focus on action, adventure and comedy, Vortexx is the perfect home for WWE Saturday Morning Slam and will definitely excite our fans.”

“WWE has a long history on Saturday mornings, and we’re thrilled to make our action-packed return on Vortexx with WWE Saturday Morning Slam,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “The new program enables us to further engage kids and families, a vital component of WWE’s passionate and multi-generational fan base.”

Alex Wright vs. Chris Jericho: 8.26.1998


Courtesy of WWE.

AWESOME WWE VIDEO: Top 10 Fantasy Matches


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chavo Guerrero Sr. Shoots On Kevin Nash

The following is from the official Twitter account of Chavo Guerrero Sr.:

@ChavoClassic: "this guy nash does not even know how to set up a wrestling ring never mind the basics hv u ever seen him in a wrestling pose much less a stance"

WWE Inbox: #28


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WWE Superstar Toyz: Episode 10 With Brodus Clay


Courtesy of WWE.

MVP Now Shoots On Kevin Nash's Statements In Recent Article

The following is from the official Twitter account of former WWE superstar, Montel Vontavious Porter:

@The305MVP: "Kevin Nash is right. Smaller guys don't draw. I mean who would pay any money to watch itty bitty guys like Mayweather or Pacquiao?"

This is, of course, sarcasm, with proof in fact that Floyd Mayweather's win over Miguel Cotto drew 1.5 million buys and earned $94 million, and Manny Pacquiao's fight against Shane Helms drew 1.3 million buys.

Chris Jericho Takes ANOTHER Shot At Kevin Nash

The following is from the official Twitter page of Chris Jericho:

@IAmJericho: "Hope @realkevinnash doesn’t tear his quad tweeting! #typicalbigman #nwothirdwheel"

Chris Jericho Fires Shot At Kevin Nash, Nash Answers Back

The following tweets are from the official Twitter accounts of Chris Jericho and Kevin Nash:

@IAMJericho: "Funny how @realkevinnash says wrestling “died” when Benoit and Guerrero were champs-Yet the worst year for WWE biz was 95 when he was on top"

@RealKevinNash: "Once again the puppet master pulls the marks strings .Knew Jericho was a closet mark.First one eliminated on a bullshit sing show...REALLY!!"

Kevin Nash Trashes Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, CM Punk, & Daniel Bryan

The following is from Grantland.com:

Kevin Nash's Next Angle

The controversial wrestling star has made a fortune in the ring and is making headway in Hollywood. So why can't he sleep at night?

By Thomas Golianopoulos on August 7, 2012

Last December, during his final match in World Wrestling Entertainment, Kevin Nash, one of the most successful and recognizable professional wrestlers of his generation, fell off a ladder and through a table. He thought the table would cushion the blow. Instead, it caused his second concussion of the night. Minutes later, Paul "Triple H" Levesque pinned Nash. It was a worthy swan song. Backstage, Nash ran into Vince McMahon. "I think we saved your best for last," the WWE chairman and CEO told him.

Once he returned home to Daytona Beach, Nash, 53, buzzed his long black mane, allowing it to grow in gray. He first wore the gray hair and beard a few years back in TNA Impact Wrestling to resemble one of his favorite movie tough guys, Wade Garrett, Sam Elliott's character in Road House. Now it keeps him grounded. "When my hair is dyed, I feel like I'm 35 again," he says. "Our business feeds that Peter Pan mentality."

During his wrestling career, the sarcastically charismatic Nash was the smartest guy in the room. The center of attention. Big Sexy. Big Daddy Cool. Here, sitting in a restaurant in Daytona, cupping a glass of unsweetened iced tea, the veneer's gone; he's introspective. His face is smooth, unwrinkled. (He denies having undergone plastic surgery.) His Native American features are more pronounced in person than on television. He is, of course, still massive — 6-foot-10, 295 pounds, thick chest, round biceps, and forearms the size of a normal man's quadriceps. And he is now in the midst of a career change. Kevin Nash, like so many wrestlers before him, is trying to make it as an actor. The results, so far, have been encouraging.
He didn't do much other than look tough as Tom Cruise's bodyguard in the musical Rock of Ages, released in June. But his work as Tarzan, a broken-down stripper, in the sleeper hit Magic Mike impressed and hints at a future. Still, he's not ready to give up wrestling.

Nash still works on the independent scene. He likes the weekend schedule — it allows him time to bond with his 16-year-old son, Tristen, but it's a hustle compared to WWE's global monolith. He peddles 8x10s at autograph sessions before events where the crowds rarely top 1,000. Still, it's hard for Kevin Nash to turn down a paycheck. "I'm a Detroit kid who grew up with that assembly line mentality: You go to work to make money," he says. "My wife is like, 'Why do you still wrestle?' If you go to an ATM for a hundred dollars and it keeps spitting twenties, when would you walk away? When it wasn't spitting twenties no more. As long as you can take the money out, you'd stay there. That's what the wrestling business is like."
Nearly every conversation with Kevin Nash leads back to money. He grew up in a working-class family in southwest Detroit in an 800-square-foot house. His parents met while working at Ford. Dad was in the graphics department; mom was a secretary. From his first job delivering newspapers, Nash has adhered to what he calls a "blue-collar, dollar-is-a-dollar outlook."

Then there came a point in his life when he realized that a million dollars wasn't a whole lot of money, especially for an athlete with bad wheels. He's haunted by the memory of Tony Conigliaro, a gifted outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in the 1960s whose career was derailed following a horrific beaning. "So many people buy the ideal that this money is always going to be there," Nash says. "I bought the ideal that this could be over tomorrow." It's what keeps him up nights.

He's struggled with insomnia since he was a child. It's intensified in recent years. Every night, after a few hours gorging on cable news, Nash lies in bed replaying the day's events. His mind races. He starts sweating. Sleep drifts further out of reach. Deep-breathing exercises are no help. Counting sheep is useless. He'll get to 17 or 18 and fall deeper down the wormhole. What kind of sheep? What are they hurdling? Is it a barbed-wire fence? Why are they even jumping? His brain won't shut down. Sometimes, he kicks around ideas for a screenplay in which he'll play a good Samaritan shot for his troubles and bound to a wheelchair. Sometimes, thoughts of China and the EU crisis creep in. That gets him thinking about his personal finances, which then triggers an anxiety attack.
"In '08 when, basically, we were going into a Depression, I was beyond hyperventilating," he says. "I had to go to the doctor and get Xanax. I almost couldn't breathe. My guy from Merrill Lynch, my guy from Edward Jones is telling me, 'It's just on paper.' 'So, it's just on paper but if I want to live on that tomorrow, where's it at?' 'It's 3.7 [million].' 'Dude, it's not on paper, it's fucking real.'"

Everywhere he looks around Daytona Beach, Nash is reminded of the recession. He points out of his black 2005 Mustang GT convertible toward a stock, one-story home that, he says, was once on the market for $599,000. Now, he bets it's available for $199,000. We pass a condominium built before the bubble burst. Nash doesn't think any of the lofts were sold. His own place, a duplex with pristine views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River, was recently appraised. It has depreciated $480,000 in value over the past three years.

It's tough for a colossus to get acting gigs. But 2012 isn't Nash's first Hollywood moment. He broke into the business in 1991, portraying Super Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. He waited 13 years before appearing as The Russian in The Punisher. He says he paused his acting career because of money. "It's hard," he says. "When you're in that upper echelon in wrestling, any movie you take is gonna be a pay cut. If you're gone for three months and they pay you 150 grand, you're getting killed."
Professional wrestling has always had a covetous relationship with cinema — wrestlers want to be actors. Dozens have attempted the leap. All, with the exception of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, have failed. Nash, however, has a plan: After dipping his toe into the genre,1 he's eschewing the D-grade action movies favored by his peers. He wants to be the next Paul Giamatti, not the next Schwarzenegger.

Last year, Nash auditioned for Magic Mike casting director Carmen Cuba over Skype for the role of Tarzan, the towering elder statesman of a male strip club revue. He met all of Cuba's requirements: He was older and had his own fan base; he was taller than Joe Manganiello, the 6-foot-5 True Blood actor who plays Big Dick Richie in the movie; fit enough to wear a thong; and he was accustomed to juggling a public and private guise.

"Who Kevin is as a person was very attractive to us," Cuba says. "In his personal life, he's an art lover and very sensitive. He's a family man and gets sentimental when he talks about his son. For us, the contrast between that and his larger-than-life persona, combined with his physique, was [appealing]."

Tarzan wasn't much of a stretch for Nash. "It mimics where I am in the other world," he says. "I'm beat-down." On set, he told Academy Award–winning director Steven Soderbergh that he wouldn't dance without his knee brace. Soderbergh thought it was funny. The knee brace stayed.

It's jarring to watch Nash strip to "It's Raining Men," but he found humor and sadness in the part, holding his own onscreen against Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, and flourishing in the largely improvised scenes. "It was very Altman-esque," says co-star Matt Bomer. "There were times when we would just be sitting around, shooting the shit, and Steven would say, 'I like that conversation. Talk about that when we're rolling.' There were certain times when everything was improvised. The whole conversation about Kevin being ashy and asking The Kid to rub cocoa butter on his legs and then me saying, 'We all had to do it.' That was all improvised. Kevin was an amazing improviser. He brought so much in rounding out the ensemble and giving it depth and character."

It was a richer experience than Rock of Ages. Nash sang backup for Tom Cruise on "Wanted Dead or Alive," but he had no dialogue. He also cursed out Cruise's makeup artist toward the end of shooting.
He'd like to pick up more character-actor work like Magic Mike, maybe a romantic comedy or even a film set in the wrestling world; Nash pitched Tatum an idea for a film called King of the Road. "The Wrestler was a good movie, but The Wrestler is the end of the run," Nash says. "There's never been a movie about the run. That's what people want to see."

Nash isn't as garrulous about a potential appearance in the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Earlier this year, rumors floated him for the part of Brutus, but casting wasn't finalized when Nash mentioned the film while on the red carpet at the Magic Mike premiere. Now, Nash refuses to address the project.
Nash was a top basketball recruit, and after his junior year at Aquinas High School he says he attended a basketball camp with Magic Johnson. The following year, they teamed on a Midwestern All-Star squad and defeated the Russian Junior National team in an exhibition. Every time they played together, Johnson told Nash to keep his hands up. "Early in the game, Magic came down the lane, I had my hands by my chin and all of a sudden, I had the ball in my hands," Nash remembers. "If Magic Johnson was my point guard, I probably could have had a couple of scrub years in the NBA."

But Nash was a step slow and clashed with head coach Don DeVoe during three years at the University of Tennessee. The relationship detonated following a loss at Kentucky during which Nash was tossed for throwing a punch. "We go back to the locker room and DeVoe kept saying, 'Hey, hothead, you cost us the game,'" Nash says. "He grabbed my jersey and tried to spin me around. He kept running his mouth so I bitch-smacked him. I bear-pawed him." He washed out of Tennessee, spent two years in the Army, played professionally in Germany, and then, after tearing up his knee, returned to the assembly line in Detroit.

He worked as a floor manager in an Atlanta area strip club when he broke into wrestling, attending the Georgia Academy of Wrestling in a little town called Lovejoy. His trainer Jody "The Assassin" Hamilton says Nash was "destined for success." He made his big television debut in September 1990 as part of a tag team, the Master Blasters, a Road Warriors knockoff that flopped immediately. World Championship Wrestling officials were high on Nash, however, and quickly repackaged him as Oz. Not the Wizard of Oz, just Oz, as in the fictional geographical region. Nash wore a rubber mask to the ring, an emerald-green cape, and was accompanied by the wrestler Kevin Sullivan, who also wore a rubber mask and, for some reason, handled a pet monkey. Oz's introduction at a May 1991 pay-per-view remains one of the goofiest moments in wrestling history. The gimmick didn't last.

Soon after, Nash crafted a character inspired by Steve Martin in My Blue Heaven. The crowd remained apathetic to the newly christened Vinnie Vegas, but he had one fan.

"I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever laid eyes on. I saw a guy that was incredibly talented and thought he should be on a much bigger stage," says Michael "Shawn Michaels" Hickenbottom. "What sealed the deal for me was that he was humble and appreciative. And then the fact that he was so darn funny."

Nash jumped to the World Wrestling Federation in 1993 and became Diesel, a belligerent trucker moonlighting as Michaels's onscreen bodyguard. He didn't wrestle much but learned from being ringside, taking in Michaels's high-flying series of matches with Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall, an underrated mat-based powerhouse. That's when he fell in love with the business. Nash quickly blossomed into a main-eventer, and in November 1994, won the WWF Championship in an eight-second match.

Nash believes he was awarded the title because Vince McMahon wanted a "clean" big man as champion following his acquittal on steroids charges. His ascent wasn't greeted warmly by the locker room. Rivals like Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow complained of his push; wrestling manager/booker Jim Cornette once famously declared that Nash only had six wrestling maneuvers. Nash was green, especially compared to Michaels, who is now considered one of the greatest performers ever, but his size, charm on the microphone, and imposing finisher, the "Jackknife Powerbomb," won fans over. His greatest attribute, however, was his appetite for backstage politics.

Along with close friends Michaels, Hall, and Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman (later known as X-Pac), Nash formed The Kliq, a collective that dominated the main-event scene and conspired for higher paychecks. (Triple H joined later.) "We were like the Five Musketeers," Nash says. "You have five guys telling each other what we're getting paid, so they know they couldn't fuck us. We broke the system. It's like those fuckers that go to Vegas and count cards. We cared more about each other than about the individual because we knew as a pack, we'd all prosper from it."

It wasn't enough to stick around. Even as WWF champion, Nash says his contract was limited, for just 10 matches and $1,500. Merchandising and payouts could push earnings into the millions, but that money wasn't guaranteed. In spring 1996, he, along with Hall, signed with WCW to what he says was a five-year deal worth approximately $9 million, guaranteed. (Tristen was born six days into his WCW run.) He also shrewdly negotiated a "favored nation clause" into the contract — if another wrestler received a fatter deal from WCW, Nash's salary was adjusted to reflect the increase.

"He's smart as hell," says "Diamond" Dallas Page. "I used to call him 'The Locker Room Lawyer.' If I let Kevin Nash totally control my career, I would have made at least another 2 million dollars."

As we pull into the driveway at Nash's modest home, he gestures toward the residence across the street. "How much do you think he pays in property taxes? $36,000. I pay $7,200," he says, cackling. We walk through his garage, past a Bronco — "This is what I drive to my tea party meetings" — and into the house. Peja, a brown Yorkie named after Peja Stojakovic, greets him. We walk through his wife's home gym, past framed photographs from Nash's wrestling and basketball career, up a spiral staircase, and onto his rooftop deck. "I come up here and just take a breath," he says, looking past the ocean banks.

Daytona Beach is special for another reason: It's home to the biggest moment in Nash's wrestling career. On July 7, 1996, at WCW's Bash at the Beach pay-per-view, Nash, Hall, and Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea formed the New World Order, a stable aimed at destroying the WCW. Turning the beloved Hogan heel was shocking. The Ocean Center crowd pelted the trio with garbage. One fan even charged the ring. It inspired a parody video after LeBron James's "Decision."

The resulting nWo angle catapulted WCW past the WWF in the ratings for more than two years, until the emergence of the WWF's Attitude Era in spring 1998. By then, WCW was beset by creative problems. The nWo became diluted — black-and-white nWo shirts were slapped on generic mid-carders (Marcus "Buff" Bagwell), Hulk Hogan lackeys (Ed Leslie), and jobbers like Mike "Virgil"/"Vincent" Jones — and there was never any conclusion to the angle. Older stars like Nash and Hogan were also perceived to hold too much backstage power.

"As far as politics goes, Kevin and I worked pretty good together as good-cop, bad-cop when we really needed to get things done in the back," Hogan says. "If we needed something done from Ted Turner or [former WCW president] Eric Bischoff or Vince McMahon or [TNA president] Dixie Carter, we'd be like, 'Kevin won't be happy if he doesn't get this. Or, 'Hogan might flip out if he doesn't get this.' We were good at double-teaming the 'enemy' in a political situation. We were ruthless."

Along with Hogan, Kevin Nash might be the most despised man in the Internet wrestling community, a hive of hard-core wrestling nerds and snobs once known in the business as "smart marks," or "smarks." He's mocked in the comments section of wrestling websites and YouTube for, among other things, no-showing the Starrcade '97 pay-per-view because of a heart attack (he'd eaten a pan of pot brownies), nearly killing Paul "The Big Show" Wight with a botched Powerbomb, allegedly booking himself to end Bill Goldberg's undefeated streak at Starrcade '98, and tearing his quad muscle during a match in 2002.

"I'm never going to be an Internet darling. I could hit an 890 hurricanrana tomorrow and they'll say, 'Oh, his left knee hit before his right knee,'" he says. "You're not supposed to be 7 feet tall, handsome, smart. You're a giant, you should look like a giant and fee-fi-fo-fum around. You shouldn't know anything about art. You shouldn't be well-rounded. Look at the core of the hard-core wrestling fans. What do we have in common? When they go to New York City, do they go to the modern art museum and can't believe that Picasso's early work is not cubism? Do they know that? Do they care? Have they ever spent a day at an art museum ever in their life? Do they go to Amsterdam to see Van Goghs, then go to a coffeehouse and then go see Van Goghs again?" He laughs. "They don't. Sorry, man." It sounds like a great Kevin Nash promo.

Here's one reason Nash will never be an Internet darling: He called Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero — small-statured, gifted technical wrestlers that lacked big in-ring personalities but were beloved by fans — "Vanilla Midgets." He now claims the comments were a double work. It drew heat from the marks that cheered for Benoit and Guerrero because they were baby faces. It drew heat from the smart marks that cheered for Benoit and Guerrero because they were great wrestlers. Even though both are gone now, he still thinks they never belonged in the main event.

"When Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business," he says. "Has business been the same since that WrestleMania? Has it come close to the Austin era? Has it come close to the nWo or the Hogan era? You put two fucking guys that were great workers that were the same height as the fucking referees, and I'm sorry, man. Are you going to watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick? Even if you're not gay, you will not watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick. That's not the standard in porno films. So you put a 5-foot-7 guy as your world champion."
He has the same problem with today's Internet heroes, Phil "CM Punk" Brooks and Bryan "Daniel Bryan" Danielson.

"They are not bigger than life," he says. "I bet they could both walk through airports and not be noticed unless they have a gimmick shirt on and the belt."

We walk downstairs and wait for Nash's wife Tamara; they're going out to buy Tristen's first car, a steel-blue Jeep Wrangler Sport. John Lennon and Elvis Presley portraits hang in the foyer. Two more paintings hang in the living room. One has tepees and a '59 Cadillac. Its counterpart features more cars and pink dinosaurs. "Acid trips and cars," Nash says. And then, suddenly, without warning, he pulls out a .50-caliber Desert Eagle semiautomatic pistol. "Of course you have this for home protection. I love it." I don't know how to respond.

A lot of people have guns down here.

That's why I have one.

Are you an NRA guy?

No, I'm a stay-away-from-my-fucking-shit guy.

He disassembles the gun. It's not loaded.

Later that night, after dinner and two bottles of wine with his family at a riverfront seafood joint, Nash sits in his living room with another bottle. Talk soon turns to his lengthy reign as WWE champion, which was plagued by weak challengers (the rotund, immobile Nelson "Mabel" Frazier Jr.) and his babyface turn. After losing the title to Bret Hart in late 1995, Nash met with McMahon to discuss the direction of the business. "Did you see Heat? Did you root for Pacino or De Niro?," Nash asked his boss. McMahon admitted to cheering for the villain. "Don't you understand that the antihero is the new hero?" He thinks it inspired the Attitude Era and the subsequent ascent of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

He uncorks another bottle of wine. The booze makes him reflective. He talks about specific memories from the road: Watching Waltman and Levesque lay out a match together before Summer Slam '95; jobbing to local wrestler Mark Vandy at a recent independent show in Indianapolis; a brilliant promo he taped leading up to the Starrcade '98 collision with Goldberg. He'll occasionally watch that match on YouTube. "It had the electricity of a prizefight," he says.

Around 1 a.m. Nash offers me a ride, and 15 minutes later we pull up to valet. We decide to grab another drink, but the hotel bar is closed. So is room service. Somehow, he convinces the night manager to send a bottle of Cabernet to my room. It's rare seeing a giant win an argument without intimidation.

Once upstairs, Nash goes on for another hour on a variety of subjects. He talks about visiting a friend struggling with alcoholism (not Scott Hall14), extols Keith Richards's autobiography, his memories as a 4-year-old of President Kennedy's assassination, his property in St. John, his 161 IQ, and, again, money. He estimates he'll bank $525,000 yearly in retirement. "If I can't live on 525," he says, "I'm in trouble." He credits a handful of business decisions — buying early in silver and gold commodities and taking a chance on Ford when its stock was in the tank. Still, he's stressed. "The fucking peaks and valleys are so … jeez, man."
Workers will arrive early the next morning to install hurricane shutters on his home. By the weekend, Kevin Nash will be in the Caribbean vacationing with his wife and son. His wrestling career made him a multimillionaire. His acting career is taking off. It's 2:40 a.m., another sleepless night in Daytona Beach.