Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Online World of Wrestling no Online World of Wrestling info@blackpants.net info@blackpants.net (Online World of Wrestling) Online World of Wrestling Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Professional Wrestling Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Did the WWE drop the ball at Battleground? http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88314/wwe-drop-ball-battleground/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88314/wwe-drop-ball-battleground/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88314 After a hot opener between the Usos and the Wyatts at last night’s Battleground PPV, a great video package played previewing the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose match. But...the match never happened.

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By GG, writer at http://fightgameblog.com:

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were scheduled for a match at WWE’s Battleground PPV. That match didn’t happen and in today’s new game, WWE shouldn’t be breaking any promises.

After a hot opener between the Usos and the Wyatts at last night’s Battleground PPV, a great video package played previewing the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose match.

All of my friends who have the WWE Network pegged this match as the one they wanted to see most, even more than the Fatal Four Way main event between John Cena, Roman Reigns, Kane, and Randy Orton. These friends are hardcore wrestling fans rather than casual fans. They watch Raw just about every week and dig through the archives of the WWE Network. None of my friends who are casual wrestling fans have the WWE Network (or even know about it).

The match didn’t follow the hot opener. Instead, Dean Ambrose attacked Seth Rollins who was doing an interview and they had to be separated. Triple H kicked Dean out of the building.

Soon thereafter, Triple H tweeted out the following:

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Who is he speaking to? Is he speaking to the super casual fan who more than likely doesn’t have the WWE Network and surely wouldn’t have bought this lame duck show on PPV? Or is he speaking to the smart wrestling fan who desperately wanted to watch the match between the two. I understand that he’s tweeting in character. But why send out the message to the fans who’ve purchased the WWE Network that this match isn’t happening and it’s actually a good thing?

Seth Rollins came out in the center of the ring to be announced the winner of the match. I think most people expected Stone Cold Dean Ambrose to heroically show up to start a match that people were dying to see. Well, he showed up, but only after Rollins was announced as the winner.

They had a helluva pull apart brawl. It started and stopped several times. Jamie Noble and Fit Finlay were involved. And both men couldn’t wait to get a piece of each other.

If you’re booking long term, it’s not a bad move. You whet the appetite to make the match feel even more important at the next PPV. But it becomes a double edged sword. While the match feels bigger by not having the match, you just bait and switched on your very loyal audience who pays $10 a month to watch your product. And you didn’t bait and switch Paige vs AJ or Naomi vs Cameron. You bait and switched the single most important match to that fanbase. It felt slimy.

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Former WWE star becomes PPW champion http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88325/former-wwe-star-becomes-ppw-champion/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88325/former-wwe-star-becomes-ppw-champion/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:51:28 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88325 Former WWE Superstar Brodus Clay won the PPW title on July 19 at PPW: Xplosion in Hazleton, PA.

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By E. Julius Keiper:

Former WWE Superstar Brodus Clay won the PPW Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, July 19 at PPW: Xplosion in Hazleton, PA.

Clay defeated “Smooth” Tommy Suede to win the title in one of his first appearances since being released from WWE.

A free live stream of the match can be seen on PPW: High Voltage on August 3, 2014 at 8 P.M. by clicking here

Curt Hawkins also appeared at the event and was defeated by Lance Anoa’i, son of Headshrinker Samu and Grandson of Afa the Wild Samoan, in a Golden Ticket championship contract match.

Find out more about PPW by visiting their website at www.ppwwrestling.com

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WWE issues a statement regarding Rusev and Lana http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88322/wwe-issues-statement-regarding-rusev-lana/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88322/wwe-issues-statement-regarding-rusev-lana/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:45:13 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88322 WWE issued a statement following Lana’s promo at WWE Battleground.

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WWE issued the following statement on Lana’s promo at WWE Battleground:

“Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”

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Did Chris Jericho bury Bray Wyatt? http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88310/chris-jericho-bury-bray-wyatt/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88310/chris-jericho-bury-bray-wyatt/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:44:40 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88310 The "Cena-Haters" were out in full-force when Cena "buried" Wyatt at Wrestlemania. But didn't Chris Jericho just do the same thing?

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At this past weekend’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view, Chris Jericho pinned Bray Wyatt right in the middle of the ring.  It was a great back-and-forth match and showcased the best of both men.

The match outcome was similar to the result at Wrestlemania XXX where John Cena pinned Bray Wyatt.  The reaction after that match, however, was much different.  The “Cena-Haters” were out in full-force, claiming that Cena “buried” Wyatt and the heat on the entire Wyatt family.

But didn’t Jericho just do the same thing?  Where is the outrage now?

Christopher Sterling posted this photo in the OWW Forums, and I thought it captured the double-standard that may exist in the wrestling community.  Do you agree with it?  

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Star leaving Ring Of Honor http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88298/star-leaving-ring-honor/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88298/star-leaving-ring-honor/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:44:59 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88298 Matt Hardy finished up with Ring of Honor on July 12, 2014 in Hopkins MN.

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Matt Hardy finished up with Ring of Honor on July 12, 2014 in Hopkins Minnesota and the door was left open for a return down the line according to a report by Dave Meltzer. The impression is that ROH didn’t want to have Hardy part of events when he is showing up on TNA television (Hardy returns on IMPACT Wrestling this Thursday on Spike TV. His time with ROH was described as being positive as he cut a good financial deal with them, always promoted the product and was described as being great to work with.

 

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WWE Battleground PPV reviews http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88294/wwe-battleground-ppv-reviews/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88294/wwe-battleground-ppv-reviews/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:41:41 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88294 Check out what some of the best writers from the IWC are saying about the show.

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Did you enjoy WWE‘s pay-per-view Battleground?

Check out full event results here!

Here’s what some of the best writers from the Internet Wrestling Community are saying about the show:

http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/LOP_Radio_s_Official_WWE_Battleground_Post-Show.html

http://www.lordsofpain.net/columns/chairshots/Chair_Shots_Presents_The_Battleground_Running_Diary.html

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2135849-wwe-battleground-2014-results-winners-grades-reaction-and-highlights

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2135807-wwe-battleground-2014-review-biggest-stars-of-the-night

http://www.diva-dirt.com/93859/battleground-results-aj-lee-retains-the-divas-championship/

http://www.pwmania.com/wwe-battleground-results-july-20-2014

http://auburnpub.com/blogs/powerbomb_post/wwe-battleground-live-coverage-and-results-did-aj-lee-or/article_39884e64-0eab-11e4-b058-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.sportskeeda.com/wwe/wwe-battleground-live-coverage-results-july-20-2014/

http://www.lordsofpain.net/columns/greenroom/The_Green_Room_Battleground-_A_Look_At_The_Intercontinental_Championship_Battle_Royal.html

http://tjrwrestling.com/articles/wwe-battleground-review

http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2014/0720/579212/views-from-the-turnbuckle-battleground-review-why-couldnt-this/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wrestlinginc_news+%28WrestlingInc.com+Pro+Wrestling+News%29

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Miz wins the Intercontinental title at Battleground http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88290/miz-wins-intercontinental-title-battleground/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88290/miz-wins-intercontinental-title-battleground/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:10:52 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88290 At Sunday night's WWE pay-per-view, Battleground, the Miz outlasted 18 other men in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royale to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental championship.

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At Sunday night’s WWE pay-per-view, Battleground, the Miz outlasted 18 other men in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royale to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental championship.

The previous champion, Bad News Barrett, had to vacate the title due to an injury, setting the stage for this big Battle Royale to crown a new champion.

Here is a recap of the match:

Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental title: Big E, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, R-Truth, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow, Heath Slater, Diego, Sin Cara, Xavier Woods, The Great Khali, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and WWE United States champion Sheamus

We go to the ring and out first comes Big E. Out next is Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro by himself, R-Truth, Ryback, Curtis Axel to almost no reaction, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow who was added back to the match and is dressed as a beach bum, Heath Slater, Diego by himself, Sin Cara, Xavier Woods with what sounds like a new theme, The Great Khali, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler to a big pop, The Miz and WWE United States Champion Sheamus. The music hits and out comes Bad News Barrett to the entrance. He says whoever wins the battle royal receives the huge honor of becoming the new Intercontinental Champion but he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. Barrett says becoming the new champion will be like an old couple living in Florida. Initially they will love every second of it but it’s just delaying the inevitable. Barrett says the champion’s demise will come in the form of a Bullhammer. The bell rings and here we go. Everyone goes after Khali but he fights them off. Khali starts throwing chops and eliminates Xavier Woods. Zack Ryder is eliminated next by Khali. Titus attacks Khali. Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick on Khali and everyone eliminates him. Cesaro works on Ziggler while Kofi works on Ryback. Bo works on Cara and eliminates him. Cesaro goes after Bo while he celebrates.

R-Truth and Axel get eliminated next. Sheamus and Del Rio go at it while Sandow works on Diego. Sandow is eliminated. Ryback eliminates Diego. Cesaro decks Kofi. Ryback decks Cesaro. Big E and Sheamus go at it. Bo and Ryback stomp on Kofi. Ryback slams Del Rio. Sheamus and Ryback are the only ones standing. They come face to face in the middle of the ring. Sheamus fires away and nails a kick to the face. Ryback catches him but Sheamus slides out. Sheamus eliminates Ryback with a Brogue Kick. Miz comes from behind and tries to dump Sheamus but he hangs on. Miz goes to the floor but goes under the bottom rope so he’s not eliminated. Titus catches Sheamus with a pair of backbreakers and a big toss. Bo comes from behind and eliminates Titus while he’s barking. Cesaro runs over Bo and stomps. Cesaro with a big uppercut on Kofi. Kofi dumps Cesaro the apron but he hangs on. Kofi misses Trouble In Paradise. Kofi does some crazy hanging on to Cesaro’s body and makes it back in the ring. Cesaro holds Kofi’s hair and fights back in the ring but Kofi dropkicks him. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Ziggler. Ziggler dropkicks Del Rio. Del Rio gets eliminated. Miz gets sent back out but goes through the second rope so he’s still in it. Big E presses Cesaro high but Cesaro slides out. Cesaro does a belly to belly, sending Big E over. Big E is eliminated. Kofi charges but Cesaro sends him to the apron. Kofi dodges a big right hand by jumping on Big E’s shoulders. Big E brings Kofi back to the apron and he fights with Cesaro from Big E’s shoulders. Cesaro lifts him off Big E’s shoulders but Kofi lands in the ring. Awesome spot. Cesaro drops Kofi but they trade shots now. Cesaro sits Kofi on the top rope. Kofi barely hangs on. Cesaro suplexes him over the top rope and he’s finally eliminated.

Slater runs right over and eliminates Cesaro. Sheamus eliminates Slater. Bo tries to get Sheamus from behind but can’t. Sheamus with the forearms to the chest on the apron to Bo. Dolph runs over and eliminates Bo. Lots of brawling back and forth between Sheamus and Ziggler now. Ziggler fights out of a powerbomb and botches a roll-up, hurting both men it looks like. Ziggler ducks a Brogue Kick. Sheamus comes back and almost eliminates Ziggler but he holds on. Ziggler finally eliminates Sheamus. The Miz had been hiding outside of the ring and runs in from behind to eliminate Ziggler and get the win.

Winner and New WWE Intercontinental champion: The Miz

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Ted DiBiase talks about the pressures of being a star http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88269/ted-dibiase-talks-pressures-star/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88269/ted-dibiase-talks-pressures-star/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:55:05 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88269 I didn’t want my sons to wrestle. It was the same reason my dad didn’t want me to wrestle. It’s not the wrestling. It’s the lifestyle that goes with it.

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By Scott Fishman, Miami Herald writer:

Ted DiBiase may have retired from the ring 20 years ago, but his fan base continues to grow.

This was evident during the Florida Supercon in Miami Beach when fans of all ages came by the WWE Hall of Famer’s table. “The Million Dollar Man” enjoys the conventions.

“I get to talk to them and hear their stories,” he said. “I hear the stories of them watching with their grandfather or father or mom or grandmother. I hear what they like and didn’t like. I get a chance to interact, so it’s great.”

DiBiase, who remained active in the business after hanging up the boots, credits WWE’s marketing efforts in keeping him and other fellow legends relevant.

“I went to Scotland last year and walked into of their equivalent to a Walmart to pick up a few things,” he recalled. “A little boy, who had to be 6, had his grandmother by the hand saying, ‘Grandma, that’s the ‘Million Dollar Man.’ I almost had a cow. I said, ‘How do you know me?’ He said, ‘video games.’

“…They keep including us. They put us out there. I had a new action figure come out last year. I never even played the video games, but the kids tell me about them. They continue to put us on the games. It really keeps you alive.”

The legend’s contract DiBiase signed with the company also sees him attend charity events and even make a cameo a time or two. The WWE Network has also been a new avenue for new fans to get caught up on the great careers of veterans like DiBiase. A popular show was the “Legends’ House”, which saw a group of past personalities living together. If there was a season two would DiBiase become a resident if asked?

“Yeah…maybe,” he said. “Watching the show, I don’t know if I want to put myself in that situation or not. I have watched some of the segments. I thought it was great. I thought it was funny…I knew the revelations, but it was great to see how they opened up.”

His son Ted DiBiase Jr. decided to step away from WWE after following in his father’s footsteps. DiBiase Sr. respects the move and wanting to be home with his family.

“My son wanted to become a wrestler because I was a wrestler,” he said “I was his hero. I didn’t want them to wrestle. It was the same reason my dad didn’t want me to wrestle. It’s not the wrestling. It’s the lifestyle that goes with it and the demands it puts on you. It’s not so bad for single guy. You heard all the stories whether it’s wrestling or any other professional sport or movie stars or rock stars. When you’re a celebrity, you don’t have to find trouble because it will come find you.

“The demands of being on the road and away from home, it all factors in. That’s where all the drugs and divorce and everything came into play. As a dad, you don’t want your children in it. Even though my son was successful, once he had a child. That was the kicker for him. To be in this business and be a star, not just be on the card, to be a star puts a demand on your time.”

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Rob Van Dam talks about helping young stars get over http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88266/rob-van-dam-talks-helping-young-stars-get/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88266/rob-van-dam-talks-helping-young-stars-get/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:46:29 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88266 Bleacher Report Featured Columnists Mike Chiari, Brandon Galvin and Donald Wood had WWE, ECW and TNA legend ROB VAN DAM on the show in late June, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content. They talked about WWE Money in the Bank PPV, Paul Heyman, ECW, Hulk Hogan, his contract with the company […]

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RVD 2Bleacher Report Featured Columnists Mike Chiari, Brandon Galvin and Donald Wood had WWE, ECW and TNA legend ROB VAN DAM on the show in late June, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content.

They talked about WWE Money in the Bank PPV, Paul Heyman, ECW, Hulk Hogan, his contract with the company and so much more.

Ring Rust Radio episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio/2014/06/24/ring-rust-radio–june-24-w-wwe-star-rob-van-dam

Partial Rob Van Dam transcription:

Mike Chiari: Since returning to WWE for your latest stint you’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the company’s fastest rising stars, specifically Cesaro and Bad News Barrett. As a veteran performer do you take pride in helping some of these younger stars get over and reach their fullest potential?

Rob Van Dam: Yes and no. I place no focus on that. If somebody is willing to take some advice, then I have some, and that’s just life in general. A lot of people don’t want to hear anything. These guys, and everybody at WWE right now, is so good that the standard of the pro wrestler compared to maybe 10 years ago: night and day difference. I came back last year and I was so impressed. Guys that come up now through NXT, a lot of them, maybe most of them, seem to be growing up in the business and with only four or five years’ experience. They’re already 10-12 year veterans. I’m more happy, with the caliber rising, that I can still get in there with my style and ability and still be relevant with the new age of wrestlers coming up just like it was back then.

So, are they getting a rub from wrestling with me? Probably so, but these guys, I don’t feel like they need me. These guys have a great future and are heading to the top with or without wrestling Rob Van Dam, they just might have a few more bruises after wrestling me.

Brandon Galvin: Many fans relate Money in the Bank to being the summer version of the Royal Rumble. Since you’ve competed in many Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble matches, which do you find more exciting to participate in?

Rob Van Dam: The battle royals are usually among my least favorite matches. Of course the Royal Rumble is a very anticipated and popular pay-per view and it’s very important in setting up what happens that year with WWE, but for my personal participation, I like to keep the spotlight on me more.

Single matches, I feel, have always been the ones where I can shine more. Three-way, four-way, you have to split your attention with some other guys, and it can be totally great, but when you get into a battle royal with 20 or 30 other guys, it’s just so different from what your agenda is when it’s one on one competition. My preference is from the perspective of the guy putting the boots on, but really, if it works, it’s good. If the fans love it, I love it.

Mike Chiari: You obviously have a long history with Paul Heyman dating back to ECW, and you’ve once again had an opportunity to work with him during your feud with Cesaro. If a situation were to arise at some point that would allow you to join forces with Heyman again is that something you might be interested in?

Rob Van Dam: Possibly, you know, there’s a lot of factors to consider. Of course, whenever I’m working with him to any degree, I have to consider the possibility that some writers may be thinking of that idea just like you are. I would be open to considering anything, but I really do enjoy being a fan favorite, someone that gets the positive energy from the fans and all the love from those who are wrestling fans: guys my age, kids, women, whatever. I like that I have that appeal, and I like the love. That would be something, even within the parameters of entertainment, switching to bad guy, that those guys would put up with. All the negative energy that would occur if I were to switch. That would be something that has value to me, but besides that, of course I’d love to work with Paul.

Brandon Galvin: You’ve always been one of the most exciting and unique wrestlers in and out of the ring, which makes it difficult for fans to ever boo you. However, have you ever thought about playing the role of a villain again or do you think your in-ring style would make it too difficult for fans to turn on you?

Rob Van Dam: I don’t know. I actually started as a bad guy in the original ECW, back in ’96, because I was wrestling Sabu, who all the fans loved and treated like a god. With the thumbs pointing at myself, that was done in an arrogant manner to draw heat from the crowd and they seemed to love it, they seemed to love my moves.

I don’t know if my style makes it hard to get fans to not appreciate me, but I do think that the traditional hero is something that is old fashioned in somewhere like the Deep South. I remember wrestling in Georgia, and as a good guy—to get the audience behind me—you just walk out and clap your hands, you get the fans to clap with you and you smile. When I first went up to Philadelphia, if I tried that stuff up there, they would boo me out the door. So that kind of anti-hero or that more adult approach has taken over.

The Attitude Era, ECW, everything together has come to make wrestling not so old fashioned, which I could say was cheesy by my standards and had to evolve, so now the fans tend to be drawn more toward what they find entertaining, which is subjective.

Donald Wood: When you returned to the WWE, there were a lot of reports about your contract with the company. While it appears you won’t be going for the major titles in the company as a part-time wrestler—at least right now—you have much more free time to explore other ventures outside the ring. Has it been difficult trying to adapt to the new style of part-time wrestling with the WWE?

Rob Van Dam: I have never been one of the guys that goes crazy at home. I can’t even imagine what that’s like. I need the balance. WWE knows I walked away from them in 2006, [that] I stayed away for six or seven years [and] that I’m capable of that without question. The other wrestlers, they have a few days off and they go nuts.

I remember, even when I was injured, I had my knee surgery and was home for 12 months, but I wasn’t just sitting around, I had a lot of conventions and things, but I would get phone calls from some of my friends from wrestling saying, ‘Rob I know you’re going crazy at home, but you’ll be back on the road in no time,’ and that’s when I realized how different they are from me. I love my time at home. I need that balance. That’s why I left before, and that’s why this schedule is what works perfect for me, so I don’t have to adjust to the busy times.

We just did 17 matches in 23 days in my last run when we went to Europe and I did NXT in Florida as well as Raw and Smackdown. That kind of time for me is when I count the days until I get a break, always have, and some of the other guys have nothing waiting for them at the apartment anyways. They’re young and they’re looking to show people what they’ve got, I’ll let them have it. I’m happy with my position and the way WWE is treating me right now.

Mike Chiari: You’ve faced most of the top stars in the business over the past two decades, but who is someone who you either haven’t wrestled at all or have only wrestled sparingly that you’d like to work an extended program against in WWE?

Rob Van Dam: Hulk Hogan. Bring Hulk Hogan back, I want to work with him.

I don’t really worry about those things. When people ask me about guys I don’t say yes or no, but I go where the money is. Any chance I have to be a main event at a pay-per view, like main eventing WrestleMania, is that important to me? At this point, it’s something that would be really nice.

Brandon Galvin: Not many fans know about your roles outside the ring as an actor. One of my personal favorites was when you appeared on City Guys in the late 90′s. With the success of WWE Studios, would you be interested in appearing another film?

Rob Van Dam: Yeah, totally. I actually have several projects back in LA that are on the table. Some of them are movie projects, some of them documentaries, some TV shows. And to me, for that stuff to happen is like letting out 50 balloons in the air and seeing which ones make it back down.

I regularly sign letters of interest with people who have given me offers and, nine out of 10 times, the projects don’t see the light of day. Sometimes they do. When they do, it usually takes a lot of years before they come to fruition. I like to be on the creative side of that also, helping create the story and produce it.

As much as I like the entertainment business, I hate doing auditions. I don’t do them. So when you don’t do auditions, you’re not going to get a lot of parts. I did plenty of auditions, but I’m at a point now where my time is limited, and I don’t enjoy doing auditions, so now I take parts when they’re handed to me. So there are a lot less projects for me, but I love to do them.

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Why CM Punk Will Sign With TNA http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88237/cm-punk-will-sign-tna-wrestling/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88237/cm-punk-will-sign-tna-wrestling/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:30:23 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88237 Considering I am a TNA enthusiast, allow me to give you my reasons as to why I believe wholeheartedly CM Punk will sign with TNA in the not too distant future.

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CM Punk column

Why CM Punk Will Sign With TNA
By Peter Bahi, OWW columnist

Allow me to make a disclaimer: I for one have not spoken to CM Punk regarding what his next career moves will be now that his World Wrestling Entertainment career has come to an end. However, considering this is my column and I have been given full disclosure by the OWW “Powers That Be” (Dave) the opportunity to voice my opinion, and considering I am a TNA enthusiast, allow me to give you my reasons as to why I believe wholeheartedly CM Punk will sign with TNA in the not too distant future.

CM Punk made his NWA-TNA debut in 2003 aligning himself with Raven after their long heated feud that dated back to their time in Ring of Honor the same year. The group CM Punk joined was called The Gathering, with former ECW star Julio Dinero being a member of the group as well.

In 2004, CM Punk was not being used properly in TNA and was let go due to, as his good friend Colt Cobana is known to use sporadically, “creative has nothing for you.” Several years later CM Punk signed on with World Wrestling Entertainment, and from 2006 until this year, he was a mainstay on the main roster, placing himself in top level matches against top level talent. CM Punk’s legendary WWE career is definitely deserving of a Hall of Fame spot, however, considering he left on bad terms and practically quit despite his contract not being up, that Hall of Fame spot is up in the air at the moment.

There are many speculations as to why CM Punk quit on the company in January when his contract was not up until July of this year. The one main reason I have read is due to being burned out because of the long travel and the toll it takes on your body both physically and mentally. The average WWE performer wrestles on the road for over 250 days out of the year. That is missed birthday parties, missed holidays and missed time sleeping in your bedroom on your bed.

Pro wrestlers have passed away because of the amount of pain their bodies had been through due to long travel days and abuse on the body. CM Punk lived a lifestyle that was quite the opposite of his peers. He never touched a drug prescription, or an alcoholic beverage to drink away his pain. This may not be exact reason why CM Punk left WWE, however, all signs pointed that they were and no one can blame him, considering those who came before him that never lived to see the age of 50.

IMPACT Wrestling is on the rise. It has a television deal. It has creative marketing, a veteran locker room as well as athletes who have the traits to lead the company for years to come. Say what you want about Dixie Carter, she is by far the most OVER personality in the professional wrestling industry today. She has absolutely no mic skills, however, that does not matter. Everyone who watches professional wrestling knows she is the main person in charge. When she comes out, you listen closely because you know quite well what she says is most likely what she means, because she can say and will say what she wants. This is where CM Punk can take full advantage of his celebrity status. He has been out of WWE since January. Considering he was still under contract with the WWE, we were not able to hear anything from him regarding his status, or why he quit the company unexpectedly.

Not since Scott Hall was seen on WCW television could there be as much hype of CM Punk being seen on IMPACT television. The no-compete clause has given wrestling fans a huge punch to the gut because the excitement of seeing the likes of a Scott Hall on WCW programming is for the most part over; however, if CM Punk shows up on Spike once his compete clause is over, then that is where the excitement would begin. IMPACT Wrestling deserves CM Punk and CM Punk deserves IMPACT Wrestling. He has been known to bad mouth TNA in the past, calling it an independent company. People who do not believe TNA is an independent company are only fooling themselves. TNA is an independent company because anybody who tries to get involved in the pro wrestling business not named Vince McMahon is considered to be an independent. That is not something to feel disrespected by; TNA Wrestling has all the tools to be an elite company on its own. It is not World Championship Wrestling, competing with WWE, and as I have stated in previous columns it does not have to be. TNA Wrestling is an elite brand on its own and CM Punk can only make the brand that much more bigger.

CM Punk recently stated that he will be joining a band and would like to start a podcast show. People mistake that to believe that he is retiring from professional wrestling. He told Chicago news reporters that he has indeed retired, but that is where the genius of CM Punk emerges. Chris Jericho has proven that just because you join a band and work on a podcast does not mean you cannot go back and become a professional wrestler. Chris Jericho works a part time schedule where he is able to wrestle and do his other activities like music and podcasting on the side. Or, in other cases, it’s being a musician and a podcaster, and wrestling on the side. TNA Wrestling only works wrestlers close to 150 days out of the year; for the most part they all work in Orlando, Florida with some special events where they have to travel. The travel schedule is far less strenuous than that of WWE. Dixie Carter is more open to CM Punk’s personality than what WWE was willing to give him credit for (See: Ink, Inc).

Another thing I hear quite often is that CM Punk has saved his money so he can retire at his age. CM Punk is only 36 years old. He isn’t even halfway to retirement yet. You believe that his money would not eventually run out, or he would eventually get bored and would not want to wrestle again? You believe he would want to return to Ring of Honor despite him being able to make more money in TNA, be on national television, and if for the tiniest chance TNA can compete with WWE, wouldn’t he want to  “stick it to them” for mistreating him? (his belief). It is time to open up your eyes and realize that the possibility is there. I stated that the average wrestler performs around 150 days a year, Dixie Carter would easily accommodate CM Punk and make him only work 80-100 days out of the year because she knows the amount of mainstream attention signing CM Punk would garner for the company. She could offer him a rough estimate of $250,000 a year along with money for his merchandise; be able to get on a live mic and issue a pipe bomb on the WWE and be able to do everything else he has dreamed about, still wrestle and be a happily married man with a very attractive AJ Lee.

Whether I have convinced you that CM Punk will return to TNA Wrestling or I have completely wasted five minutes of your time, either way, deep down inside, you want CM Punk in TNA because you miss him speaking his mind and you miss him giving his opponents the GTS (Go to Sleep).

Stay tuned for the saga of CM Punk that truly never ends.

— Peter Bahi

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