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!
WWE announced this past Monday that The Animal, Dave Batista, is returning to the company in January. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not a huge Batista fan but this should shake things up a little bit. I feel WWE has been a little stale lately, which is usually how I feel before Wrestlemania season.
So I’m looking forward to Batista’s arrival on January. But I don’t think Vince should stop there.
The time has come to bring Hulk Hogan back to World Wrestling Entertainment.
Former WWE Superstar Mark Jindrak, who is now known as Marco Corleone, has published a new column at PWMania.com. Jindrak goes in depth and talks about why he got pulled from Evolution and replaced by Batista, recalling times when he and Randy Orton were acting immature including photos from a prank that went wrong involving himself, Orton and the cops. Jindrak also recalls when Vince McMahon told him that he was being pulled from Evolution.
Here is an excerpt from his article:
“Randy and I, with the help of Maven, pulled off a great joke on this night [2003 Raw event]. However it went a bit rockier than we expected. We were the last wrestlers in the place. There was probably 5-6 police officers outside to keep the crowd in check. There was one officer that was inside that we conversed with and saw that he was cool. So we asked him if he would step in and just break us up if we started a fake fight outside. He agreed and we set a whole plan up for when we got outside. Outside we started arguing back and forth until it turned to shoving. It was only supposed to be shoving but with the passion that Orton and I had for a great “rib”, turned to some pretty stiff forearms and punches.
WWE aired a promo on tonight’s RAW that revealed Batista will make his return on the January 20th live RAW from the Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. He is expected to play a big role in the Royal Rumble and eventually Wrestlemania XXX.
According to a WrestleZone.com report, it appears Batista may end his MMA career with a perfect 1-0 record. The report states that Batista is rapidly getting back into wrestling shape, and fast approaching 290 lbs, his listed weight at the time he was last seen in the WWE back in 2010. Batista is also open to a return to the company and listed The Rock and Brock Lesnar as potential opponents.
Read the article here:
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Courtesy of WWE.com:
“Lionhearts”, Tiger Jacksons and Bearcat Wrights, oh my: WWE.com has stumbled into the zoological sub-genre of sports-entertainment.
Dating back to the squared circle’s “pioneer era” and the likes of “Russian Lion” Georg Hackenschmidt, extending all the way through to present day, Superstars have repeatedly turned to beasts of the wild for inspiration in devising new methods of intimidation.
LordsofPain.net writer Daniel Pena reports that recently Booker T spoke to Fighting Spirit Magazine (FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk) and recalled his physical altercation with Batista on May 8, 2006 at a commercial photo shoot in Encino, California for that year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event.
Batista, who rose to main event status in a relatively short period of time, was already unpopular within the locker room due to his lack of respect for those who came before him coupled with a sense of entitlement. That day, Booker T took issue with The Animal’s poor demeanor.
Former WWE superstar Dave “Batista” Bautista was interviewed by Brian Scocia for “The Scocia Network.” Here are some of the highlights:
On switching from Rashid Evans to Vince Lucero as his debut opponent: “It shook me up a little bit, yeah. I was coming in for a guy that I trained to fight for eight weeks. Now, I’m kind of in a little bit of the unknown fighting a guy that’s had 43 pro fights.
On what it feels like going into his first professional MMA contest: ”Butterflies, I’m a bit nervous but excited at the same time. A lot of times, you can reallt use that energy and really focus it and use it to your advantage. That’s what I’m hoping to do.”
On whether or not he’s received backlash for criticizing WWE’s product: ”A little bit. I really try not to be critical of WWE because I really love WWE. At the end of the day, I’m always going to be a WWE guy. But, it just really took a turn that was foreign to me. It’s something I just didn’t agree with. I just don’t understand how they’re doing wrestling now. It’s just become too bubblegum and they’ve really just locked down — it seems like they’ve just taken a lot of the guys tools away and given them less to work with. It really just kind of cheapens professional wrestling.”
On whether or not he would ever go back to WWE: ”Yeah, definitely. … I’d definitely go back, it really just depend on who I’d be able to work with.”
On why he coughed so much when he was wrestling: “Yeah. [Laughs.] And I still do. I’ll be training and people will always ask me, ‘Are you OK?’ You ever have that kid when you were in school that was always with the asthma inhaler and always blowing his nose? That was me. [Laughs.] I’m an asthmatic with allergies and it’s always something I’ve suffered from but learned to deal with. … Again, that’s always one of the challenges and that’s really why [I'm going into MMA, as a personal challenge.
"But, it's something that I really prepared for. I went through an eight week professional training camp. I've had some of the best guys in the world come in and work with me. So, it's just something that I've trained and prepared for."
On whether or not he would ever face Brock Lesnar in MMA: "Absolutely, I would take him. And it's just one of those things that it's just a challenge to me. If someone offered me a fight with a former UFC champion, why would I not take it? If I get my butt kicked, 'Of course you're supposed to get your butt kicked by a UFC heavyweight champion.' But, if I happen to win... [Laughs.] It’s just a win-win situation for me.
“It’s just a challenge for me, I don’t think I’m going to make a long career out of this. I’m not delusional. I don’t think I’m going to win every fight that I have. It’s just something that I’m doing with an open mind and it’s a challenge for myself and because I love it.”
On whether losing in MMA would hurt his stock as a professional wrestler: ”I don’t think so, I really don’t. Obviously, you take, for example, Brock — Brock did not win all his fights. He went back and he’s still the same sports entertainer that he always was.”
Comparing Vince McMahon and Dana White: ”I think [Dana] stole Vince’s playbook. I think he’s doing the same thing for MMA that Vince did for professional wrestling. I really think that he’s used Vince’s guidelines, I really think he stole Vince’s playbook. Even with making UFC more entertainment-based and letting the fans get to get a personal outlook on the fighters. I think that the way that he’s bought up the smaller organizations and absorbed their talent and things like that.”
On whether or not he would considering fighting in UFC: ”When I first got the idea to do this, we had reached out to UFC and they really just said that they wanted me to have some experience. They wanted me to take a few fights, smaller fights and that wasn’t really the deal I was looking for. I wanted to just jump in head first and start fighting. … I totally understood, I wasn’t offended. I got it, even Brock took smaller fights before he went to the UFC.”
On what member of the current roster would do well in MMA: ”I’ve heard that Daniel Bryan is actually a really talented martial artist.”
Batista made an appearance on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored to help promote his October 6th MMA fight.
During the course of the interview, Batista was asking about a possible return to WWE. He commented that “of course” he’d like to return down the line and noted that he left on good terms and the door is open for him to come back. Batista said that he’d like to go back and do something before it’s done and quipped, “Let’s hope the whole PG thing blows over so I can go back and do wrestling the way I like to do wrestling.”