POST NEWS UPDATE: Marina Shafir details speaking up during NXT locker room meeting, message not being received well

Marina Shafir notes, Nick Aldis speaks, Tom Lawlor reflects on Historic X-Over, Homicide did not like 2018 IMPACT exit, Baron Corbin note

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** Joining Renée Paquette on the newest episode of The Sessions podcast was Marina Shafir. Marina told the story of when she spoke up during a locker room meeting in NXT. She was new to the business and shared that her words were not met with the most receptive response. The base of her comments was that the women’s division should not view each other as competition.  

So, I used to f*cking say this sh*t all the time in — we would have these locker room meetings [in NXT] back in the day and, ‘Does anybody else have f*cking anything else to say?’ I’d been in the business for six months. If they had tomatoes and eggs, they would have f*cking thrown that sh*t at me. But I just felt it. I didn’t give a f*ck. I’ve been the same person, ask anybody. I’ve been the same person from when they met me until now. I said, ‘We are not each other’s competition. We are not trying to f*cking kill each other. We are in competition with that f*cking locker room and you know who’s in that f*cking locker room? My husband, but you know what? F*ck him. I want to be in the spot that he’s in and I’m after his ass and it makes our sex life amazing.’ That’s me and everybody just looked at me and they’re like, shut the f*ck up. Well, you never know. I was the new girl and I only worked my f*cking ass off in pure martial arts. I didn’t go to a f*cking professional wrestling seminar, sorry. I’m so sorry. I will. Send me to one, send me to 50. I’d love to. But I’m sorry that your feelings are hurt because I didn’t do what you had to do and that’s why everybody f*cking hated Ronda [Rousey]. Dude, I can’t. She’s a f*cking beast man. She knows what to just let roll off her shoulder and she knows what needs to light her ass on fire. She knows. That’s how well I wanna know myself.

The MMA Horsewomen (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke) versus WWE’s Four Horsewomen (Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair & Bayley) is a match that both parties have spoken about numerous times. Marina said ‘egos’ were at play and she’s learned there’s ‘too many cooks in the kitchen sometimes’.

Egos were at play and I’ve learned there’s too many f*cking cooks in the kitchen sometimes in more ways than one and I never knew this but like, you know, I just feel like professional wrestling was a little more exclusive back in the day. It wasn’t just about politicking. It’s just about really showing respect and not kissing ass and not feeling like you have to give something up of yourself to take it to the next level. Evolving? Yeah, but stripping yourself, I don’t know.

When Marina began talking about the first Bloodsport she was a part of in 2021, she became emotional. Shafir said she never had a crowd cheer for her like that and she detailed the supportive message that Roderick Strong left for her.

At Bloodsport was where I felt that ‘dragon feeling’. That ‘dragon feeling’ that everybody f*cking talks about, having the perfect match. Yeah, we already know that it doesn’t exist because it has to come to you and I work my f*cking ass off and it came to me.

I wanna cry… It was just so cool because like, I wasn’t used to people cheering me and everybody stood the f*ck up… and that just honed me the f*ck in… and a lot of motivation from Ronda [Rousey] went into that one. She helped me so much, like with my head and so did Roddy [Strong]. He was there with me every day but, [what] really let me understand that it happened was I got a voicemail from Roddy and he knows how nervous I was and he was just like, left me a little a voice message and he was teary-eyed in it and he was like, ‘You f*cking killed it!’ And he was just like, ‘Enjoy it! You f*cking killed it! That was beautiful!’ Blah, blah, blah. That really made me happy and it was apparent to the people who love me. That’s what I want.

** For episode #333 of K100 w/ Konnan & Disco, Nick Aldis returned to the show and further commented on his pending free agency. Aldis said all he needs is an opportunity and if he gets that, he will not let anyone down.

I feel like I’ve done enough to at least earn an opportunity, you know? That’s all you can really ask for in this business is an opportunity and I feel like if I got one, I wouldn’t let anybody down.

** On the newest edition of ‘Filthy Four Daily’ on F4WOnline, Tom Lawlor recapped his experience tagging with Syuri against Zack Sabre Jr. and Giulia at NJPW x STARDOM Historic X-Over. Lawlor shared that Syuri is his favorite wrestler to watch perform and teaming with her was a career highlight for him.

I had a lot of fun I will say [at NJPW x STARDOM Historic X-Over] … Yeah [it was what I was expecting]. I’d have to say I’m happy with it. What a show. I mean really, I was just amazed by the entire show overall and how well it came off and I’ve been in Tokyo since Friday and I’m leaving on Wednesday and I’ve been riding a high since Sunday night and I don’t think it’s gonna stop until probably the next time I get to wrestle again so, I’ve got a few weeks that I’m gonna be quite happy with the way things turned out. Kind of a stressful environment not knowing what you’re getting into. Historically, on Historic X-Over, I will be the first-ever mixed tag match in history between these two companies which is quite amazing when you take a look back and a lot of people go, ‘Ah man, he’s a big STARDOM fan.’ Yeah, but the first match I watched was 18 months ago. Really wasn’t that long of a period and in that time, I have absolutely grown to love that company. It is my favorite company to watch in wrestling and Syuri Kondo is my favorite wrestler in the entire world and to be able to team with her was a highlight of my career so far in MMA, wrestling. I’m pretty sure you can probably tell the amount of admiration that I have for her, her work and not only her but the rest of the STARDOM roster as well and I am just so f*cking happy that the people who watched that show loved it. I could not be filled with more love after seeing the feedback from that entire show so, hats off to STARDOM and New Japan. What a great weekend.

** In 2018, Homicide wrapped up a stint with IMPACT Wrestling. He and Hernandez were known as ‘The OGz’ and they were feuding with the new L.A.X., Santana and Ortiz. Homicide told the ‘Counted Out’ podcast that he did not like the way he wrapped up with IMPACT. Homicide said that’s the only negative thing he can say about the company.

The only thing I did not like [about the L.A.X. vs. L.A.X. feud in IMPACT] was how we left. I think we did so much, so much for that company. It’s the way we left, I didn’t like it at all. My last match, if I’m not mistaken, was Pentagon [Jr.] and [Rey] Fenix and I think we should have did more… It was just one of those, we can do a feud and you leave it. That was it. That was like a one night stand to a girl, a hot girl. You get a one night stand and that’s it. That’s what we felt and I felt like we was being used and I don’t mind… I ain’t do it for your guys, I did it for them and I did it for Santana and Ortiz. I ain’t do it for IMPACT Wrestling. I didn’t even do it for Konnan. I did it for them and I just feel that we should have did more. It kind of sucks that they just leave myself and Hernandez on the dry and nothing happened. The good thing that happened right now is that Eddie Kingston is a top guy in All Elite Wrestling. To me, he’s a future heavyweight champion in All Elite Wrestling. Santana and Ortiz, Santana’s going through personal drama right now with injuries. Ortiz, he lost weight, doing good, you know? Hernandez, he’s out the United Kingdom right now, he’s tearing it up. But myself, I’m still here so the good thing is that when we left, we got something like a back plan. We got something but I did not like the way we left. That’s the only negative thing I could say about that company that I did not like the way we left. It was more like they used us to put over guys and that’s why I said it on Instagram, I didn’t do it for IMPACT. I did it for Santana and Ortiz and I’m still like that to this day.

The reigning ROH World Champion Chris Jericho has stated that he plans to defeat all former ROH World Champions. Homicide thinks highly of Jericho, but said he’ll come break his legs.

I think Chris Jericho is the G.O.A.T., you know, greatest of all time. But, I got demands. But I will break his legs. That’s the one thing. I will break ‘em. I’m not no softie. He can bring the Lionheart, the painkiller, Dr. Suess, I don’t care. Just bring anybody. I will crush them.

There was a feud in TNA between L.A.X. (Hernandez & Homicide) and Team 3D (D-Von Dudley & Bully Ray). They once competed in an ‘Electric’ Cage match and there was a mishap that resulted in no electricity coming from the cage when it was touched. Homicide did not mince words when saying the concept was not the best. Himself along with Hernandez, Bully and D-Von were laughing as the match was ongoing.

Yeah, it was ridiculous [electric Steel Cage match in TNA]. Let’s be real, it was bad… Have you ever seen F.M.W. with the explosion when you hit the [ropes]? That was the original plan. But somebody forgot the technician box in Florida — I think it was Detroit. It was somewhere and somebody forgot the box. The box was all about putting this little gimmick into the cage and whoever hits it, boom explodes. So they have plan B and plan B was horrible and plan B was we’re gonna press this button and it’s gonna sound like a video game and flicker the lights. It was really bad and if you look at the tape, all of us was laughing, because the one thing about myself, The Dudley Boyz, come on, I don’t care if we’re at WWE, ECW, they are wrestling and it’s for myself. I wanna do good with these boys and I think that match, not that it wasn’t good, I think the gimmick wasn’t good. The match, it was still good. I just tell people, ‘Look, just picture it with no cage, no electricity at all. Look at the match, look at the individuals and let’s see what happens,’ you know? And I did see it for myself and I liked it but when it comes to the gimmick, I know for myself, a lot of people wanna see an electric cage match and it wasn’t. It was some Nintendo 64 Cage match or something.

Back in May, Homicide wrestled Will Ospreay at an NJPW STRONG taping. He shared that it was Ospreay who requested to work with him.

I wrestled Will Ospreay and I gotta give a big shout out to Will Ospreay because he’s the one that demanded a match with myself and man, I thought it was okay and everybody yelled at me in the back like, ‘It was perfect, it was good. I can’t believe you still got it.’ I don’t know what that means but okay [Homicide laughed].

** As Samoa Joe was chatting with Swerve Strickland and Monteasy on the Swerve City Podcast, he was asked what was motivating the early 2000s Ring of Honor roster. Joe said there was not that many options work-wise so people were on their A-game. He joked that he wishes he could romanticize it as if they all banded together and mutually agreed to become what that period of ROH is known for.

I mean, well the main thing I think there was just nowhere else to work [Joe responded when asked why the early 2000s ROH roster was so motivated]. I’d love to really romanticize it and be like, well, we came together and we just said guys, we’re gonna change the world. Nah, we were like, ‘So they’re paying, right?’ ‘All right, cool.’

** One of the talents representing WWE on their ‘Campus Rush’ tour is Baron Corbin. He spoke about that while on WWE After The Bell and dove into what he’s looking for in the collegiate athletes who could potentially join the company.

I was at Ohio State yesterday, I was at Arkansas last week, I’m going to Penn State next month [Corbin said about WWE’s Campus Rush tour]. We’re looking for athletes with attitude, with aggression, that competitive nature, that ‘no-care’ attitude. I wanna see a salty offensive lineman that’s 6’6, 295 pounds, 315 pounds with an attitude that he doesn’t care and not worried about who he leaves crying behind him. I think that’s what we need. We need more guys like that here and so that’s what I’m looking for in these schools. You know, whether it’s shooters on the mat, there’s some incredible shooters yesterday at Ohio State that are just tough, salty (expletive) and I think that’s why we [Corbin & JBL] connect so well. We’re irritated easily, we don’t really care for people and we don’t care for their feelings or what they think about us and I wanna find more guys like that because having that ego to walk around but then the ability to back it up is something special and not a lot of guys have that.

** Back in October, former SAnitY members Axel Tischer and Eric Young reunited for wXw Germany’s Tag Team Festival. Tischer spoke about that during his appearance on “Da” Podcast and stated that it was strange how quickly he snapped back into that character he once portrayed alongside Eric Young in NXT.

Lately, we had a tag team tournament, what they call Tag Festival, wXw and they brought in E.Y. and myself just to have a SAnitY reunion and it was strange because the first day, I had to act and then the second day, I felt it again. I went straight into the role and it was kind of like taking a shed off, layer off of being my old self like how it was in NXT. Just kind of being that psycho, being that character and just that switch over and then just being old me again. It was a little bit scary as well but it’s super fun. Super fun.

** The video of Jade Cargill, Leila Grey and Kiera Hogan confronting Shad Moss (Bow Wow) is going to air on the 11/23 episode of AEW Dynamite on TBS.

** Nick Aldis is scheduled for House of Glory’s December 17th show.

** There are interviews with Bianca Belair and Bret Hart in Sports Illustrated’s ‘This Week in Wrestling’ column.

** NJPW World Tag League & Super Jr. Tag League Results (11/22/22) Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan
– Ryohei Oiwa def. Yuto Nakajima
– Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma def. Oscar Loiwe & Akio Fujita
– Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi) vs. DOUKI, Taichi & El Desperado – Match ended via count out
World Tag League Match: T.M.D.K. (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste) (2) def. Gabriel Kidd & Alex Coughlin (0)
World Tag League Match: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki (2) def. Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale (0)
World Tag League Match: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI (2) def. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi (0)
World Tag League Match: Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (2) def. Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi (0)
World Tag League Match: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA (2) def. United Empire (Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare) (0)

** AEW President Tony Khan returned to Barstool Sports’ ‘Rasslin podcast. The same outlet spoke to Wardlow.

** Ahead of challenging for the Princess of Princess Championship, Billie Starkz was the focus of a Q&A on Tokyo Joshi Pro’s YouTube channel. 

** There’s an interview with Rhino on the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast feed.

** To celebrate Ryusuke Taguchi’s 20th anniversary as a pro wrestler, NJPW pushed out an interview with him.

** While speaking to Fightful, Rohit Raju (Hakim Zane) stated that he would like to wrestle on NJPW STRONG.

** Shota Umino’s theme and entrance video: 

** November 22nd birthdays: The Boys (Brandon & Brent Tate).

** WMBD-TV spoke to Bobby Lashley who’ll be challenging for the United States Title at WWE Survivor Series: WarGames.

** Steve Braband, Vice President of Digital Media for WWE will be representing the company at Variety’s Entertainment Summit on January 6th.

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