The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase talks about Steve Austin, Wrestlemania, and more

DiBiase SrThe “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase talks about Steve Austin, Wrestlemania, and more!

WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Sr. recently took some time to participate in an exclusive in-depth interview withPWMania.com. DiBiase, now retired from active wrestling, serves the public as a minister for Heart of David Ministry and had a lot to say about his new profession, wrestling, his family and more including Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, WCW and the attitude era. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Seth Rollins talks about his future at Wrestlemania, and much more

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Seth Rollins recently spoke with RedEyeChicago.com to promote tonight’s RAW. Here are some highlights:

Many have said you have the talent to become an individual star in the WWE. In five years, where do you see yourself?

Five years? I see myself as world champion. If you were in my position and you aren’t saying that, something is wrong with you. I want to be holding a title, beating up John Cena and Randy Orton and headlining pay-per-views. I have the confidence and drive and those goals would be satisfying.

What are your thoughts on the new WWE network?

For me, first and foremost I am a fan. I logged in a few days ago and it’s amazing, you can’t put it any way else. I am scrolling through the old PPVs [pay-per-views], looking at the Eddie Guerrero matches from Judgment Day and I did everything on my phone. It’s a revolutionary step going forward and will change the way the business model is formed in the next century. This is the next big step and this is something that will continue to grow each and every day.

With all the old NXT shows there will be plenty of my matches I can go back and watch as well, to relive those “rookie” days. I think in the near future you could see a section of just Seth Rollins.

You were the second wrestler in the ring at the Royal Rumble and almost won. Now that you have gained exposure as a singles competitor, what could be in the future for Wrestlemania for you?

The Rumble was amazing. To be in the match that long and being part of that list that not many appear on is very humbling and satisfying. I would have liked to gotten the W, but I did my best. I think I made a big impact and was very proud of my performance.

Heading into Wrestlemania, it’s the most exciting time of the year. Right now I don’t know the plans yet for The Shield or myself but I know there will be an impact made. With so many things going on right now leading up to the big show at New Orleans there’s that little extra self-push that wants you to put on the very best match each and every night.

PodcastOne and WWE present: “30 YEARS OF WRESTLEMANIA” Episode 4 guest – Bret “Hitman” Hart

wwe-podcast-logo-300x300bPodcastOne and WWE present: “30 YEARS OF WRESTLEMANIA”  Episode 4 guest – Bret “Hitman” Hart

Since roaring onto the scene in 1985, WrestleMania has grown into a global pop culture phenomenon. Explore The Showcase of the Immortals from the perspective of the WWE Legends and Superstars who laid its foundation. Each episode, ring greats from the past and present join their host, WWE announcer Renee Young, to discuss their favorite matches, the upcoming 30th edition of WrestleMania, plus, the memories they look forward to reliving on WWE Network – WWE’s all-new 24/7 streaming network with a massive on-demand library.

Episode #4 of this podcast features the WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart!

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AS I SEE IT: The Rocky Debut of the WWE Network

AISIAS I SEE IT: The Rocky Debut of the WWE Network
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This past week saw the somewhat rocky debut of the WWE Network, and the set-up show for the Road to Wrestlemania.

The major problems with the WWE Network break down as follows:

Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s (the company WWE is working with to handle the Network) had an inability in the first few days to handle the load of signups. Many people attempted to sign up and were unable to do so because of bandwidth and other issues.

MLBAM stated that the Network demand for sign-ups “exceeded anything we have seen in 14 years of doing e-commerce.” If that had been the only problem, and it had only been a problem at the beginning, that would have been a GOOD problem in some ways; because it would have shown a major demand for the service (which it did).

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Why Hulk still rules: WWE.com goes one on one with “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan

hulk_hogan_article_4Courtesy of WWE.com:

It had been less than 24 hours since Hulk Hogan made his long-awaited return to Raw when he sat down in an office in Stamford, Conn., for a conversation with WWE.com. A lesser man may have shown some of the wear that comes with flying cross-country only hours after experiencing the adrenaline jolt of performing in front of thousands of seriously excited fans. This was The Hulkster, though. He’s been doing this since Ronald Reagan was in office.

In fact, Jan. 23, 2014, marked 30 years since Hogan first won the WWE Title and started the brotherhood of Hulkamania. Since that time, The Hulkster has become so ingrained in the fabric of American pop culture that he recently appeared alongside The California Raisins and Jason of the “Friday the 13th” movies in a Super Bowl commercial. Y’know, fictional characters. If, at times, he’s gotten lost in that dead space between what is real and what is fantasy, it’s understandable. He’s lived the better part of his life inside the pages of a flesh and blood comic book. Apologies if that ink sometimes runs.

But, as he said on Monday night, this is a turning point for Hulk. In the last few years, he’s watched his personal struggles play out very publically, been pieced back together on an operating table and walked out on the other side with the fire engine red and canary yellow shining brighter than ever. He’s a survivor, brother. The Immortal One. And this is where he’s at three decades after Hulkamania first started running wild. Now sing it with us, “When it comes crashing down and it hurts inside…”

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WWE.COM: What was it like returning to Raw on Monday night? Do you still get nervous before walking out in front of a live audience like that?

HULK HOGAN: Oh yeah, there were nerves. Even the night before, I couldn’t sleep. I was tossing and turning. I’m thinking, “How are these fans going to welcome me back?” But when I came out right at the top of the show and they saw me, it was almost like I had walked behind a 747 jet. The only way I can explain it to you is it was this energy and it was so loud it was like, “Woah!” It made me take a step back for a minute. I was like “Okay. Yeah, this works.”

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WWE.COM: How about the Superstars and Divas? Were you concerned about how you’d be received in the locker room?

HOGAN: You always hope for the best, but that thought of, “Who’s this new guy coming in?” will pass through your mind. A lot of these new Superstars weren’t born when I wrestled Andre the Giant at Shea Stadium, so, you never know. But it couldn’t have been a better welcome. I mean it was nothing but love. When you shook someone’s hand, they looked you right in the eye and they were serious. One Diva said, “Oh man. I’m a huge fan of yours. You’re the biggest Superstar ever!” I said, “Man, that’s cool. Thank you.” So it was really neat coming from a bunch of very good people.

WWE.COM: Can you tell us about how your return came about?

In my heart, I was hoping to come back here.HOGAN: Over the last couple years, there’ll be texts between Vince and I. “Happy birthday brother!” on August 24th, his birthday. Christmas, Thanksgiving. We’ll touch base like that. And then I guess the word got out that I was jobless. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was thinking of going back to playing music or something. On a Tuesday, I was officially out of work. And Friday morning I was drinking my coffee and I hear my cell phone. And it was Triple H. “Hey brother, just checking on you.” I’m like, “Hey, dude, I’m just contemplating my navel here. I’m officially out of work, I’m unemployed.” And that started us talking. In my heart, I was hoping to come back here. I was hoping to put the period on the end of the sentence and it was the logical extension. It just made so much sense to come back.

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WWE.COM: Has there always been a friendship between you and Mr. McMahon?

HOGAN: Oh yeah. I mean it’s been fun. It’s been a wild ride. When I moved to Stamford, we were inseparable — me, Vince and Pat Patterson. Every day in the office for years, and it was great. Between the wrestling business, the 18-hour days, riding motorcycles, lifting weights and just this crazy vision Vince had. It was like living in a fairy tale. Like, “Oh my gosh, it’s happening. It’s really working.” Even when I left in the early ’90s, we still loved each other to death on a personal level. Business is business. That’s the one thing I learned from Vince — business is completely different from giving someone the shirt off your back and being there for him no matter what. Sometimes I get confused. The lines get blurry, but, no matter what happened, Vince has always been there.

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Hitting the Ropes – The Best in the World?

HTR_3Hitting the Ropes – The Best in the World?

So the top of the Wrestlemania card is shaping up, and if we’re being honest, it is pretty underwhelming.  The “face” of the WWE, Randy Orton is scheduled to headline the event versus Batista, a match exactly zero people are excited to see.  Maybe WWE management will add Daniel Bryan to the match to please the fans, but as of now Bryan is scheduled to wrestle Triple H.  And besides I’m not a big fan of changing matches the night of a show.  I like the build.  I like the storylines.  That’s what sells it for me.  Not last-minute changes.  It took 2 years for the Mega-Powers to explode, and when they finally met in Atlantic City it was a memorable moment.

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The Miz talks about getting married, Wrestlemania XXX, and more

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Newlywed WWE star The Miz fighting to get to WrestleMania

Just days after his wedding, Mike Mizanin was back on the mat for World Wrestling Entertainment.

“My honeymoon was in the Elimination Chamber,” said Mizanin, better known in the WWE as “The Miz.”

The Miz made former WWE Divas champion and model Maryse Ouellet his Mrs. in the Bahamas this past Thursday with about 90 people in attendance, including many WWE performers.

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Shawn Michaels tells all on WWE’s new podcast

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Listen to the very first episode of WWE’s new podcast series, “30 Years of WrestleMania”. Shawn Michaels joins host Renee Young for a candid conversation about “Mr. WrestleMania’s” remarkable career on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/30/wwe-30-years-of-wrestlemania-podcast

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Mick Foley announces details on his WrestleMania XXX raffle that supports the RAINN charity

Mick FoleyMick Foley has announced details on his WrestleMania XXX raffle that supports the RAINN charity. The grand prize will be a trip for two to New Orleans with the following:

* An exclusive meal hosted by WWE Diva Brie Bella and other surprise Divas.
* Two great seats to WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw, the WWE Hall of Fame Induction and any session of WrestleMania Axxess.
* Round-trip airfare from anywhere in the world for two.
* Round-trip limo transportation between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the hotel.
* Four nights lodging at New Orleans hotel within a mile of the Superdome for Saturday, April 5th, 2014 — Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 (single room, double occupancy).
* Winner and a guest will receive an exclusive breakfast with hardcore legend Mick Foley
* $1,000 in spending money

FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: Stop Whining and Get in the Ring!

Falls-Count-AnywhereHere we go again, another CM Punk disagreement with management.  Hard to believe, I know.  About a year ago, while writing for another publisher, I wrote about how Punk was the unrivaled best in the world.

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