Hulk Hogan is back in WWE as the legendary wrestler was officially announced Friday as the host of WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, April 6. The six-time WWE Champion will make his long-awaited return to the company this Monday on Raw. He will also appear on WWE Raw Backstage Pass, which airs live on the WWE Network immediately following Raw. The Associated Press has published an article on the big news, which features quotes from Hogan as well as WWE executive and talent Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
WWE Hall of Famer and original member of the Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard recently sat down with Steve and the Scum on WGD Weekly for a great hour plus long interview. Tully spoke about his entire run in the wrestling business from his initial start in the business following his college football days and his rise to the top of the NWA and WWF, right up through his controversial exit from the business.
The interview can be heard in its entirety here:
Highlights from Tully’s interview with WGD Weekly included him chatting with Steve and the Scum on a variety of topics including:
What he feels it meant and still means to be a “Horseman”: “…When it was happening, you had nothing to compare it to, so you really didn’t and couldn’t know the impact. As we got into it, the promotion company and the reason that it is so well remembered, is it was not a promoter’s idea. It wasn’t Crockett and Dusty and all the powers that be sitting around and saying, oh, we’re going to put these four guys together and call them the Four Horseman…It was great entertainment, we sold out buildings…it was impactful, but I think it hit me the most, when I was in the car, driving to the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina and I pulled up behind a school bus. In street clothes, in my car, whatever and one of the kids in the back of the school bus looking out the back window recognized me and you could see him turn around and get frantic. Then there must have been forty little hands stick out the school bus windows on the sides with the four fingers. I can remember sitting there…and I’m going, oh my, this thing is becoming cultish…and it was just amazing because nothing in wrestling had ever done that. Maybe Lou Thez or Ed “Strangler” Lewis back in the 30’s or 40’s, but modern day, nothing had ever impacted like that…it was just amazing to be a part of…”
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Well, here we are, the last NXT before the WWE Network goes live. Next week’s NXT is being billed as the first ever NXT PPV and called “Arrival” with some goofy capitalization gimmick that allows WWE to copyright it. I won’t state the obvious here, I promise. However, the kickoff show will have Kevin Nash, Bret Hart & Paul Heyman on as their expert panel. That should be interesting considering the outright contempt Nash has had for Hart in every shoot interview he’s ever done.
Our announce team continues to be Tensai (face), Tom Phillips (straight) and Byron Saxton (heel). This week the announcers did a much better job sticking to their gimmick. Byron is definitely better at announcing than Tensai as he seems more able to verbally joust. The production team needs to do a better job of checking audio levels though as Byron’s mic was very low.
Below are the Blu-ray exclusives for WWE’s new set on The Ultimate Warrior that comes out on April 1st:
* Dingo Warrior vs. Matt Bourne, WCCW – 10/24/1986
* Ultimate Warrior & British Bulldogs vs. Mr. Fuji & Demolition, Maple Leaf Gardens – 7/24/1988
* IC Title Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Dino Bravo, The Main Event – 2/23/1990
* WrestleMania VIII Contract Signing – 3/17/1991
* Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter, WrestleFest – 3/30/1991
* IC Title Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Goldust, In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies – 4/28/1996
Highlights included the following:
What was the build-up like for you for your match in WrestleMania I? Could you see how big this was going to be?
“I didn’t really realize it at first. I did a match with Wendi (Richter), and I retained the belt, but afterwards I had actually gone to Japan and I didn’t get back till probably two days before the actual event of WrestleMania. I didn’t realize how big it was until I got there. Once I was in the arena, there was so much excitement going on; people running around everywhere, and seeing celebrities and all. I didn’t realize how big it was, not at that moment I didn’t. I realized it afterwards; they had a big huge party and everybody was there and having a good time and dancing. It was a little bit different, but I didn’t realize really how big it was until I was there. I didn’t hear much talk about it when I was overseas…I didn’t really realize how big it was going to be, but it was the most exciting night of my whole life. I loved it; it was a lot of fun.”
Hello dear wrestling fans, here we go with another addition of Falls Count Anywhere. This week, I thought I cover a little bit on various topics that are on the minds of not only myself, but many wrestling fans. There is a lot of things I’ve liked a lot, and a few that have been perplexing to say the least. Let’s get going!
Ron Simmons discusses Mae Young, Atlanta wrestling fans, and more on In Your Head Wrestling radio by Vic Schiavone.
Host Jack E. Jones welcomed WWE Hall-of-Famer Ron Simmons to IYH Wrestling Radio.
Highlights included the following:
How do wrestling fans in Atlanta stand out from fans in other parts of the country?
“Well, I think that they’ve got a little bit of background and history, because you had Georgia Championship Wrestling, you had NWA, WCW…there are a lot of roots in professional wrestling here. It goes way back, and believe me, you are talking about excited fans; I mean hardcore, wrestling fans, who know their history of it, know the origins of it, know the guys and the different generations of the wrestlers. The South is really a wrestling haven for people that have grown up in the business and in particular Atlanta.”
The Ring Sirens Magazine, dedicated to women’s professional wrestling has released it’s ninth (9th) issue for February 2014. Below is what you’ll find in the current issue of the Ring Sirens Magazine. Including an exclusive interview with, Hania “The Howling Huntress” (formerly Saturyne), an article on Mae Young, Siren Of The Month: Miami, Joshi news & pictures, and a whole lot more!
Chris Masters also confirmed the news:
“Nelson Frazier/Big V has died.This really hurts!He was one of the good guys, and was always a great mentor and supportive. I Love U BigV RIP”