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** NFL Offensive Tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lane Johnson joined the ‘Half-Forgotten History’ podcast and spoke about his interest in pro wrestling. Lane is eyeing a career in wrestling once he finishes up in the NFL and recalled past interactions that he’s had with Jim Ross about switching professions.
Jim Ross, J.R. who was an announcer for WWE, he was always at our games [University of Oklahoma] and he would just whisper in my ear every now and then, ‘Hey, football don’t work out, I got you a spot’ so, I feel like in my heart I wanna be a wrestler, but we’ll see what happens when this football’s done but yeah, I would love to. It is something you never had to grow up in. It just seems like a lot of fun.
Johnson was asked what his future will look like if he has to choose between being a pro football analyst or being a wrestler. He stated that he could be mixing it up with The Big Show in AEW.
Hey, I may be out there getting involved with The Big Show out there in AEW Wrestling or wherever he’s at. So maybe getting chokeslammed by The Big Show, so I’m hoping that happens.
** Nick Aldis appeared on the Straight Talk Wrestling podcast and further discussed his on-screen feud with Cody Rhodes from 2018. Aldis stated that prior to his pairing with Kamille, he would’ve liked if Mickie James could have been by his side to offset Brandi Rhodes who accompanied Cody to the ring.
The whole story of the Chicago show [ALL IN] was that everything was in his [Cody Rhodes’] favor. It was his event, he picked the referee. He got to call his own shots and Brandi [Rhodes] interfered. So it was kind of like, we just kind of went — we just started there and went, ‘Okay, 2-out-of-3 Falls. Brian Hebner’s gonna be the referee this time, not Earl Hebner’ and then it was like, okay and then I said, ‘The major thing here is that Brandi got involved so, obviously it would have been great if I could’ve had Mickie [James] get involved but that wasn’t gonna be able to happen. She’s under contract to WWE.’ So I was kind of like, ‘Well, the next best thing’ and turned out to be a better thing in the long term was like, ‘Well what if I had a female enforcer?’ Because I wouldn’t have a valet, I wouldn’t have a romantic interest because again, everyone knows I’m married to Mickie so it’s like I always wanna do stuff that’s real, that feels authentic so I was kind of like, ‘But there’s no reason I can’t have a female enforcer specifically brought in to neutralize Brandi Rhodes’ and in describing this sort of character, Dave Lagana just said, ‘I know just the person. There’s someone I’ve been sort of keeping an eye on for the right time and the right spot, for the right moment and what about this girl [Kamille]?’ And God, they flew her out to Philadelphia I think to meet with me, just to sort of take her temperature on it and if we liked the fit, we’ll shoot some vignettes or whatever. I mean she just has a physical presence that’s second to none with women in the business and she just walks in and I’m right away, I’m just like, ‘Okay, yes, like 100 percent.’
Former NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa has been working with All Elite Wrestling dating back to September of 2020. Aldis shared that it was AEW who requested Thunder Rosa to be a part of their programming and women’s division.
Thunder Rosa, well, first of all, AEW reached out and specifically made that request because their women’s division needed — would benefit. Of course it did [benefit] and also, in spite of the fact that Rosa had done really well on her time in NWA Powerrr, she wasn’t as well established as the NWA Champion that I was, right? So it was kind of like — it made more sense [for her to go to AEW] and it was okay because the more eyeballs — she’s a phenomenal talent so the more eyeballs that could get on her, the better so that when we’re ready to operate again, we can take advantage of our asset.
** Bandido was interviewed for Sports Illustrated’s ‘This Week in Wrestling’ column. Bandido re-signed with Ring of Honor this year but when the idea of possibly working with All Elite Wrestling came up, Bandido said he’d love to work there.
My present is in Ring of Honor, but of course I would love to work there some day. I will always remember All In, most of all sharing a dressing room and the same corner with Rey Mysterio. That was a dream come true.
He went on to explain why he re-signed with Ring of Honor and stated that it is because he wants to win the ROH World Championship.
The fact that I have not yet reached the highest of the company is the reason I stayed. I want to have the heavyweight championship around my waist, and I want my shot against Rush.
** Minoru Suzuki was the focus of a signing/meet & greet and the video was uploaded to New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s YouTube channel. Highlights from the session include Suzuki saying he wants to beat up Hulk Hogan and Mike Tyson, along with discussing how he would approach a match with Brock Lesnar.
– Minoru was asked who he would like to fight. He said he wants to beat up Hulk Hogan and would also like to fight Mike Tyson.
– Suzuki on how he would approach a match with Brock Lesnar: Brock Lesnar is certainly a big boy but the idea would be just to first beat the crap out of him. Really it doesn’t matter what wrestler it is, whether it’s a big promotion, a tiny indie, a big name or an up and coming star, the approach is always the same.
** The Sports Guys Talking Wrestling show welcomed Dustin Rhodes on as a guest. He spoke in-depth about the recent Rhodes Wrestling Academy Showcase and what his experience has been like as a coach/trainer. Within that, Rhodes stated that he plans to retire in two or three years.
It’s different when you’re sitting in a classroom or something and you’re just talking to these people because I’m not a big talker. I don’t like to talk, you know? I like to — but it became easy. It’s just really easy to me now and I know I’m not trying to sound like a pompous ass or anything but I was taught well and I’ve learned and I’ve watched and I’ve taken bits and pieces just from about everybody, you know? And just blazed my own path here and had ups and downs and climbed over mountains and fell a few times but right now — if I was like this ten, 15 years ago, my God, I’d be on top of the world but I have no regrets and those are my teachers and here I am today at 51, having the time of my life in the twilight of my career, just a couple two, three more years before I hang it up but right now man, AEW and my wrestling academy is just — I’m having a lot of fun. It’s exhausting, but it’s fun as sh*t. I love it.
** The Asylum Wrestling Store hosted a signing/virtual meet-and-greet with Bret Hart. In early March, it was noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was cracking down on talents slapping their legs and thighs while executing moves. Bret feels that is something that should’ve been done years ago.
I heard a few days ago that they outlawed or banned or nobody’s allowed to do the slap stuff anymore, and I’m like totally — they should’ve stopped that ten years ago. It’s slap, slap, slap, slap, and my brother Owen [Hart] was one of the guys that started a lot of that. He brought it to — he was one of the best at slapping his leg on spin kicks and stuff. But come on, enough is enough, in every match. You see guys do stuff and you’re going, ‘That wouldn’t even make a slap sound.’ When you punch somebody in the jaw, it’s not a slap sound. You know, it’s a different kind of sound and you’re making a slap sound for everything. Every single move you do is a slap sound, slap, slap and I totally agree. I’m glad they put their foot down on that but they’re like ten years late. They’ve already kind of in a lot of ways, sadly, ruined wrestling by making it so fake.
Bret named several of his favorite commentators in pro wrestling history including Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon but his favorite commentator of all time is Vince McMahon.
I really loved Vince [McMahon’s] commentating. When I watch Wimbley [SummerSlam 1992] back with British Bulldog and Vince’s voice is raspy and he’s calling out the match. Vince was a great color commentator, he was really good. Jim Ross is hard to beat. He was really good too. Even Jerry Lawler was pretty good. For a lot of the stuff Jerry Lawler did, he had a great kind of wit about things he would say, and even Jesse ‘The Body’ was always good at taking the bad guys and kind of giving their side of things which was always — when you were listening, he always did it so suddenly that you never thought it was intentional, like that he’s actually purposely taking the bad guy’s side which is what he was doing but, he made logic of the bad guys, the heels, what they were doing in the ring and why they were doing it and I’ve always been a big fan of even Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan made a great team of playing off each other and as far as the guys from recent years like, I always liked the commentators from yesterday better. Maybe it’s because I like the wrestling better. But, I think my favorite, if I had to name one would be Vince. I always thought Vince was — when you hear Vince back now and you remember when he was just a — that’s all he was. No one knew he was the owner and all that kind of stuff. It was kind of fun when it was just — and you knew he was a great salesman. He could sell you on a lot of stuff and he was really good at that.
The topic of dream matches came up and who Bret would want to work with if he was still active in the ring. Bret feels that he and AJ Styles could put on a masterpiece in the ring and said AJ is one of the greatest athletes in the history of wrestling.
Of the current guys right now, I think I would’ve loved to work with AJ Styles. I mean he’s such a great talent and such a great wrestler that it would’ve been fun just to wrestle one big time or one big match with him. Either heel or babyface would’ve been fun. He’s gotta be one of the greatest athletes in the business ever and it would have been fun just to dance with him one time, just to have one classic match with him. A babyface match would’ve been a good match. Him working heel, me working babyface would’ve been good. Me working heel, him working babyface would’ve been good. Any way that would’ve, could’ve [been] put it together would have been a masterpiece match. I think he stands out.
Bret then heaped praise onto The Undertaker for being a constant pro in the ring.
Undertaker, he was always such a pro. Undertaker was one of the just all-time greatest pros in the ring. He never screws up a spot, he never messes up. He’s always a guy that just had impeccable timing and was a guy that always protected the guys that he worked with. He was one of my favorite all-time workers of all-time, Undertaker.
** Former WWE Women’s Champion Layla guest appeared on Vickie Guerrero’s podcast. When asked if she would return to the ring, Layla said she has no interest in doing that but while explaining why, she mentioned that she is going to be releasing a book about her life.
I’m just gonna keep it at appearances to be honest with you. I feel like everyone always asks me that. No, it’s not even a thought in my mind [wrestling again]. I think appearances will be great and yeah, that’s it. Appearances and I’m coming out with a book, cookbook and I’m also writing a book. I know you [Vickie Guerrero] said that earlier. I know you said you’re writing a book. I’m also writing a book too about my life and stuff like that so, that’s coming out too.
For several years in WWE, Layla was paired on-screen with Michelle McCool. Layla believes that there was a stigma around Michelle that she received opportunities because of her relationship with The Undertaker. Layla says that was not the case at all.
Michelle [McCool] and I got told no many of times. It wasn’t like we got what we wanted, we got what we wanted. We never did get what we want. It wasn’t like that and I can promise you that, I was there, and I’m just gonna be really honest about this, Michelle being married to Taker or his girlfriend I think at the time, eventually they were married just a little bit after that. People were like, ‘Oh, she’s gonna get whatever she wants’ or she has that, she has that. I was there to witness it, that was not the case. It had nothing to do with that. If anything, I felt like people were more kind of like shunning her than they were giving her what she wants or stuff and she worked hard. She was like the hardest worker always. It wasn’t like she was lazy, like, ‘Ah, I’m just gonna sit here.’ No, it had nothing to do with that. It had nothing to do with that and I still feel to this day, that’s the stigma that Michelle’s gonna have to have her whole life and carry with her and it’s not fair, that’s not true. I was there. Not true, whatsoever.
Continuing on the topic of Layla and Michelle McCool, the idea for them to split/share the Divas Championship came from Batista, who pitched that to Vince McMahon on behalf of Layla and Michelle.
So one day, I guess we did the forever friends necklaces, you know? We did that one day together. It was in the ring, right? Promo, forever friends and we did it on our shirts or whatever and Batista, during rehearsals one day, he’s like, ‘Hey, you know what? I just told Vince [McMahon], you guys should split the titles, like you do the forever friends necklaces’ and I was like, ‘Really?’ And as I told Michelle [McCool] and then she liked it and all of a sudden, that was it, it was done because it really was perfect. So Batista came up with that. I can’t take credit for that. No, nobody does [know Batista came up with that]. I never really voiced it before because you know, I can’t take the credit for that. That was genuinely Batista.
Layla is the last individual to hold the WWE Women’s Championship before it was unified in 2010. She shared that a year before that, she was considering leaving WWE.
So it was actually awesome. I’m so happy that I won it that night and the way that it went down and Michelle [McCool] was next to me, Vickie [Guerrero] was next to me, we had worked so hard, what could I have asked for? It was like one of the best nights for me, it really did and I went backstage and Kofi [Kingston] was standing there and Kofi and I [have] always been close and I just looked at him like, ‘Kofi…’ I was just like, ‘I can’t believe it. Just a year ago, I thought I was gonna leave WWE and then now I win the title’ so, it was amazing.
She was asked what talent[s] from the past and present would she like to work with if she could. Layla named Chyna, Sasha Banks and Asuka as those opponents.
I would say from the past, Chyna, because I was just a fan. I was a huge fan and of course, she’s gonna kill me in two seconds but I would totally love to do that. I would have loved to work with Chyna, had one match with her and in the present, man’s there’s so many girls right now, they’re all amazing. I mean, Sasha [Banks] is amazing but I feel that’s a ‘so predictable’ kind of thing. I think Asuka. I really, really, I love her work. She’s just so clean and every — she works really good with everybody so I’m gonna go with her.
While she admitted that she does not see herself wrestling again, there are certain aspects of the business that she does miss such as her co-workers and the moments she had on TV.
I miss certain parts of working [at] WWE. There’s certain highlights that are great and there’s certain things that I’m like, ‘I could never do that again.’ I would never be on the road driving five hours, all of that stuff. After a while, you know, I don’t miss that but I do miss some of the people and I do miss some of the moments I had on TV. I was very privileged to work with you [Vickie Guerrero]. I know you said that we let you come into LayCool. No, you were a part of LayCool. You pretty much — you helped us so much and I always looked up to you and admired you and it was such an honor. Like, when I look back now, I’m just like thank you. We had some really, really great moments.
** The first Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) 40th Anniversary celebration kicks off on April 22nd.
** John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) hosted a Q&A on his YouTube channel. When asked if he would like to manage a current WWE talent, he said he’s all for the idea and has told WWE that he wants to do it.
Yeah, I’d love to [manage a talent], of course I would. It’d be a lot of fun. I’ve actually told them I would be interested.
JBL dove into his time working on commentary with Michael Cole. He reiterated that he has not had the opportunity to work with Jim Ross but feels that Michael Cole is the greatest play-by-play commentator.
I loved it with Michael Cole. People always ask me [who’s] the greatest play-by-play guy, I really didn’t get to work with JR. So, no disrespect to JR. I guess you’d probably consider JR the greatest of all-time. He was in the greatest era I think, with the Attitude Era. Michael Cole to me was just head and shoulders better than anybody I ever worked with and remember, I didn’t work with JR so no disrespect. But I’d love to do something with Michael Cole.
He recalled a time when he was working a house show in Portugal and began to draw a great deal of heat from the fans in attendance. This would be a regular occurrence overseas when JBL would sing God Bless America to those audiences. He mentioned that he would bring Tony Chimel, longtime WWE ring announcer into the ring to hold the American flag and Chimel would get hit with soda and beer cans.
We used to improvise all the time. One thing that I really regret not improvising, I was in Portugal one time and man, when JBL was really rolling, it had a lot of heat, especially overseas and this is crazy, I got this from Iron Sheik. I got up there one day and I told the crowd, ‘Now don’t boo me. I’m gonna sing the National Anthem,’ or, ‘I’m gonna sing God Bless America.’ I thought people would just sit there and watch. They got furious. They’re throwing stuff, then I decided as a rib on Tony Chimel, the ring announcer, that I would have him carry the American flag and I would sing God Bless America. Well they wanna throw stuff at the American flag so they would just bomb Chimel with Cokes and beer and everything else. He used to hate it, so I’d sit up there and sing God Bless America over and over. It’s the old Iron Sheik gimmick and it got tons of heat. The whole crowd in Portugal that day, Lisbon, Portugal, drowned me out. They’re singing some national — it was awesome. They’re singing some national song. As soon as they got done, they sing another one. It goes on for probably 12, 15 minutes, just singing. It was insane. Bob Holly comes to the ring, I’m wrestling Bob and I go over. As soon as I did, I thought, ‘Man that was a house show. I should’ve just gave the people what they wanted and changed the finish’ and I regret that because that place would’ve gone banana. Banana, as Pat Patterson would say.
** Ember Moon suffered a ruptured Achilles which kept her out of action from the Fall of 2019 until the Fall of 2020. While it was not an ideal situation, Moon does not know how she would have handled being at shows when the pandemic first began. She feels that in some ways, she went out with her injury at the right time, as she said to Digital Spy during her interview with the site.
To an extent yes, because I don’t know how I would have handled the travel because I am very much afraid of everything. In some way, I don’t want to say I’m grateful for an injury because I wasn’t grateful to tear my Achilles by any means, but it kind of worked out. I believe everything happens for a reason and I was like, ‘Well maybe this was my reason,’ because if I would have been an active wrestler at that time, I don’t know if I would have been on the show because I do take these things so seriously. On some level maybe I did dodge a bullet.
** A clip from Miro’s St. Patrick’s Day Twitch stream was uploaded to his YouTube channel. He received a FaceTime call from Sheamus during the stream. The two talked about how often they would get together and get drinks but Sheamus doesn’t drink as much as Miro. Sheamus jokingly stated that he can’t because he works every week while Miro wrestles every two weeks in AEW.
In fairness, you [Miro] do tapings every two weeks. I have to do live every week so… you wanna drink on your week off but I don’t have a week off, you know what I’m saying? I’m getting ready for the next Monday. You’re always a week off. So you do your two tapings and you have a week off the next week so you can do whatever you want. Yeah, don’t be shaking your head at me.
** The latest guest on Highspots Wrestling Network’s Virtual Gimmick Table was WWE Hall Of Famer Lita. She reflected on being a part of the Evolution pay-per-view and questioned why there hasn’t been another one.
Well that’s the thing, with WWE being like the pinnacle of the industry, it’s like for it to get that far because yes, there’s been SHIMMER and all of these all women — but it’s like dude, there’s more than an all-women’s pay-per-view, there’s all-women’s organization[s] but to have WWE acknowledge that there’s a market for an entire pay-per-view of women is huge. It was very successful. I don’t know why there hasn’t been an Evolution 2. Start the petition.
** Christian Cage was a guest on the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast and during the discussion, he opened up about the social media reaction to his AEW debut. There had been a great deal of hype behind the surprise name that was coming to AEW and a number of high-profile names including Christian’s were thrown into the hat. He shared his thoughts about the fans’ reaction to his arrival in AEW:
The way I think of it is that when you make that kind of announcement, it doesn’t matter who it is, there’s gonna be — you’ve given people an opinion and they’re gonna pick who they think it should be or want it to be and when it’s not who they want it to be, they’re gonna be upset, doesn’t matter who it is, and that’s fine, that’s their choice and I think it’s pretty obvious. Especially the social media wrestling fans are very fickle and a lot of times, that’s just the way it goes. But the same people will probably be saying if I went somewhere else, ‘Oh, he’s not being used right’ and this and that, blah, blah. So it is what it is. You take it with a grain of salt and move on.
** WhatCulture published their interview with EC3 ahead of his singles match at ROH 19th Anniversary against Jay Briscoe. During the chat, EC3 described the morale levels and backstage environments in ROH, IMPACT Wrestling and WWE.
As far as the vibe and the ambience and the atmosphere [in Ring of Honor], it’s hard to say just based on doing this business in a totally different way with quarantines, so there’s not the locker room rapport you’re building with everybody or having conversations and you’re not surrounded by people all the time because you have to make amends for the pandemic. So, it’s a different atmosphere and I think when things return to normal which they should, then I’ll get more of a vibe for it, but from what I can say, there’s a lot of pride here. There’s supposed honor, we’ll see.
Morale is high and there’s a lot of optimism. As far as that and other places, IMPACT was fun. It was cool to hang out in. I think they were set in their ways as opposed to what’s next to take a step forward. Morale in WWE is, you can guess. It’s soul-crushing and stealing and financially beneficial.
** Independent talent John Skyler chatted with Ringsiders Wrestling. Back in the Summer of 2020, Skyler suffered tears in his ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee during a match on AEW Dark. He recently returned to in-ring competition and opened up about what it was like being back in the ring.
I tore my ACL, my MCL and my PCL and I had surgery to fix it last June and just got cleared just a few weeks ago so, I’ve had a couple matches back already. I’ve had a couple matches on AEW Dark and also, recently did an independent show where I got to wrestle Eric Young and that was a really good test because it’s a singles match. We had a 15-minute match and that was a real good test for me to see where I was at in terms of my knee and everything feels good and I feel strong and I’m still working on getting my cardio and stuff back, getting back in ring shape so that’s been the biggest challenge but you know, I’m excited to be back in the mix.
Skyler has worked with Doc Gallows in the past and shared that he was supposed to be on the first Talk ‘N Shop A Mania but couldn’t participate due to surgery stemming from his injury.
So, a little piece of inside information, I was actually supposed to be on the first Talk ‘N Shop A Mania and I was actually there in attendance, had a brief cameo on camera but that was right after my knee surgery so, before I got hurt, I was supposed to be a part of Talk ‘N Shop A Mania and yeah, I’m always about having a laugh and you know, you can’t really take yourself too seriously anymore. But, yeah, anything like that. Hopefully there’s a third one because now I’m able to wrestle again, no matter what capacity it would be in something like Talk ‘N Shop A Mania because you never know. I would love to be a part of something like that again. It was just a blast just sitting around and being there for the first one and you know, poor [Doc] Gallows and his wife Beth, their house just got destroyed because it was like Animal House with pro wrestlers. It was just insane for three days. So…
** While speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Adam Cole shared that he was not planning on doing his signature “Bay-Bay” chant in his NXT debut at TakeOver: Brooklyn III. Cole stated that he felt the crowd and just went with it.
I had not planned to do my ‘Adam Cole, Bay-Bay!’ that night. I remember getting to the top of the ramp, the crowd was cheering, and I said, ‘Screw it.’ I bent down, and everyone shouted it with me. That caught some eyes.
That whole night, from attacking Drew McIntyre to doing ‘Adam Cole, Bay-Bay!’ with 15,000 people, was the perfect intro.
** Scott Fishman of TV Insider caught up with Christian for an exclusive interview. The current AEW talent was asked for his thoughts about the signing of older talents and Christian feels that with the schedules being lighter, it makes it easier for older talents to perform at a high level.
There’s no other feeling like being in the ring in front of live audiences. We live for that reaction. It’s our bread and butter. With schedules being much different now, it does make it easier for older talent to continue to perform at a higher level.
** EC3 spoke to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp about the cinematic matches that he has presented and wants to continue presenting. He feels that the Boneyard, Firefly Funhouse and Stadium Stampede matches were enjoyable and told stories but the Money In The Bank cinematic matches is when things began to go south.
I think anytime you break the mold and become creative it’s a challenge. It’s hard, but I respect it. A Boneyard provided a great send off and it was what it was supposed to be. It was sort of tongue in cheek and campy in a way. (Firefly Funhouse) it was pleasurable. It was enjoyable. Going in the opposite route with Cena and Wyatt, which was so crazy. But, it told a story. So, I enjoyed those. Stadium Stampede was fun. Like, they had fun. But, at the same time we were getting to the point, and I think Money in the Bank is when it jumped the shark, so to speak. Then we’re just doing things to do them as opposed to evolving it. The only way I want to approach it, I’m not doing cinematic matches where there’s mystical powers and people transcend, transfer or things like that. I just want a cinematic visual of as real as it gets fighting. So, I think that’s what separates us and keeps our integrity and can keep it flowing as we go forward pushing this as alternate content to what’s taking place in the wrestling world.
The current Ring of Honor talent admitted that there is a financial loss in presenting that style of a match because he doesn’t have a big backing, but he’s only doing it because he loves it.
Yeah. It’s definitely a financial loss, but at the same time, it’s not about that. I’m the top 1%, I have trust funds, right? But, no, I’ve got a partner. I have one partner. His name is JC, @FreeTheNarrator. He’s the Narrator. He has taking it upon himself to learn the aspects of directing and producing and is thriving at this. He’s almost too creative, so I gotta reel him back sometimes, and he’s looking at me as I said that, shaking his head, ‘Yeah, I know.’ We have a Chilean cinematographer named Manny that we randomly, happenstance met. Doesn’t speak great English, but he can shoot beautifully. He’s on board. We have a music producer. You heard that cover of Trouble. Amazing. [Tommy ‘Tankx’, Tommy Shaffner] from Cleveland. Very much a skeleton crew. Very much putting much art out there and if it’s a niche audience, that’s fine with me. If it gets to a vast audience, that’s even better. Cool. But, again, when you do things like that, you have to do them for yourself. You can’t do them with intentions of financial gains or riches. You have to do it ‘cause you love it and we all love it.
** James Storm is going to have a role in a film called ‘The Reenactment’. Storm is starring alongside Tony Todd, who played the role of Candyman.
** For her latest article on the Calgary Sun site, Natalya wrote about and interviewed Tamina. Here’s an excerpt from the piece about Tamina being a locker room leader and what the women’s evolution in WWE means to her:
Tamina is a leader in our locker room at WWE, and has been a generational superstar for over a decade. I asked her how important the women’s evolution in WWE is to her. Tamina answered, “There have been many defining moments in the Women’s Evolution but over the past few years, I feel that women’s wrestling has come into its own. We’re no longer eye candy. We can do everything the men can do and more! We’ve fought so hard over the years to be viewed as true competitive athletes and each time we step into that squared circle, it’s game time. For the women of WWE, it’s hard work and a mindset that little girls all over the world are being inspired by. You better believe we won’t let them down.” I couldn’t agree more, Tamina.
** Goldberg is working as a special advisor for Task Force VOSBO, a veteran-owned small business organization that promotes local businesses and helps their members get educational opportunities.
** Stone Cold Steve Austin popped in during Matthew McConaughey’s fundraiser stream to support those in Texas who were affected by the winter storms.
** Bayley, The Street Profits, Bobby Lashley, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler gave comments to Arab News about their recollection of the WWE Super ShowDown event that took place in Saudi Arabia in February of 2020.
** Scheduled for the April 1st edition of NXT UK is Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker) defending the NXT UK Tag Titles against Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams.
** Cody Rhodes vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship at Final Battle 2018:
** TMZ Sports caught up with Drew McIntyre and he talked about the idea of Khabib Nurmagomedov joining WWE.
** Members of the Golden Lions Rugby team in South Africa celebrated a score by doing John Cena’s “Five Knuckle Shuffle”.
— Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) March 23, 2021
** Bianca Belair chatted with Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel.
** “Ride On Our Enemies” by Monteasy is the official theme song of MLW’s Never Say Never special on March 31st.
** Chavo Guerrero joined KFI AM 640 to discuss NBC’s Young Rock.
** Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg was a guest on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast.
** Episode 302 of Reality of Wrestling TV is up on the promotion’s YouTube channel.
** Drew McIntyre and Titus O’Neil spoke to FOX’s Tampa Bay affiliate about WrestleMania 37.
** Ring of Honor commentator Ian Riccaboni joined the ‘Counted Out 7’ show.
** Xavier Woods and Tyler Breeze created characters on the latest Battle of the Brands show.
** Independent talent Darius Carter was interviewed by ‘In The Zone’.