Rollins is interviewed by the UK SUN. He discusses Randy Orton and his relationship with the star.
Randy and I are colleagues for sure, but we were never friends as far as hanging out. Randy’s got his life, I’ve got my life – we were business partners when it made sense. But now it doesn’t make sense any more so we’re at odds again. And if you look at the way things were when we first came in as The Shield, he didn’t like us very much then so it is one of those things where I think he has always harbored a little professional jealousy when it comes to myself. Maybe he’s a little afraid that some of the young guys are going to come in and steal some of his thunder.
Ziggler takes part in a sit down interview with WWE.com to discuss his regaining the WWE Intercontinental Championship at TLC.
I knew, I KNEW if I could get my hands back on that Intercontinental Championship and make it mean to them (the WWE fans) what it means to me, I knew that it would just start a rebirth for the Intercontinental title.
Reks is interviewed by WrestlingINC. He discusses WWE’s stale main event scene and building new stars.
The only guys who get over are the guys who are already over, and that’s the problem. When ‘Taker started to make fewer appearances and Edge had to retire because of his neck people like me and Hawkins were thinking, ‘they better do something soon, cause when all these guys are gone, they’ll have nobody left.’ That’s the trend you see. You see guys like John [Cena] still on top and [Big] Show still on top. I know they’re working to build guys like The Shield and [Roman] Reigns and Moxley [Dean
Ambrose]. Had they started doing that a long time ago I think they’d be in a better position.
Reigns talks to WWE.com about his return to WWE after injury.
It was like the old riding a bike thing. I can still oil up my arms, hair conditioner in, got a bad-*** vest on, still able to lace up the boots. Everything felt really good.
Wyatt is a guest on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to discuss Dean Ambrose, The Wyatt Family and Vince McMahon’s “brass ring” comments on the current roster not being ambitious enough.
I heard about the brass ring and all that, as far as I’m concerned my fingertips are already grasping that sucker right now. And if I don’t, if I never grab that sucker, I’m at least gonna yank it down and everyone’s coming down with me.
Riley talks to CBS Radio about his recent return to action in the WWE.
I wasn’t nervous man, I was just excited. I was just so excited to get an opportunity to get back out there again because I really have missed it so much, being inside the ring and continuing to be an athlete doing all that stuff. When I drew the lucky Tyson Kidd draw for a match, because I really didn’t have any idea who I was gonna be with, that just kinda made me more excited because he’s such a pro. What a competitor and a great opponent.
Hogan appears on WRBL 3 News to discuss this year’s WWE Tribute to the Troops event.
When I see these soldiers doing what they do, they’re the best at what they do. It really makes me proud because every one, so far, has come up to me and said, ‘Hey Hulk, I was a little, teeny Hulkster growing up,’ or ‘I’m still a Hulkamaniac!’ That’s really cool to hear that.
Jericho talks to Wrestling 101 about the possibility of seeing CM Punk wrestle again.
That is something you will have to ask CM Punk, I haven’t spoken to him about it. I do know in 2005 I was very burned out from wrestling and I left for two and a halfyears. If Punk does come back it might take a while because when you’re burned out you’re done, like I said it took me two and half years before I decided I wanted to come back.
Otunga talks to Always A-List about working on projects outside of wrestling and if he has left WWE entirely.
No, not yet. I’m still with them. I’m focusing on some other stuff, but I’m looking to get back there. I’d like to win a singles title. But you haven’t seen the last of me.
Green talks to WWE.com about his special appearance as the Host of WWE’s Slammy Award episode of Monday Night RAW.
It’s amazing. I’m a big fan of this entire organization and this entire production. I love all these guys so it was a real thrill to get to hang out with them and especially to host the show.
Uso talks to CBSLocal about Vince McMahon’s comments on the WWE locker room no longer being ambitious.
As far as ambition, I feel like we do have a good crew. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take some years to get used to this thing. But as soon as we got our feet deep in the ground and our claws deep in the dirt, we’re going to be ok. I love my group of guys. I love my locker room. If you look at it we have some great talent in there. It is going to take time. It’s going to take time. That’s all I can say about it.
Punk returns to The Art of Wrestling to answer fan questions and give closure to his controversial exit from WWE. He discusses his health and the possibility of ever returning.
It’s way too f—ing early. I have no interest in going back. The difference in my appearance, my mental stability, and everything across the board from now from nine, ten months ago is so drastically different.
Ross is a guest on Busted Open Radio to discuss CM Punk’s comments toward Ryback.
Some guys will be very leery of trusting Phil because he brought up one of his own and shined unflattering light on Ryback, without any knowledge and based off how he looks. There will be a lot of guys alienated from that statement. Phil won’t care because he washed his hands of it. The guys who were Phil’s friends would probably just leave it alone. I think the whole thing could’ve been avoided if the problem was identified by both parties. The locker room is a very cruel place; and guys will lie to stir up a hornets nest especially when it comes to money; say a guy gets $50,000 for a PPV and they usually say they got $100,000 just to stir it up.
Ziggler talks to WWE.com about his recent push in WWE and the dedication he puts into his craft.
Nobody works harder than me in the ring, no one steals the show more often and no one gets better reactions for a guy who’s not even part of huge storylines. People can pick and choose what they want out of it, but I feel like I’m a modern day Renaissance man of anything you could want me to do … except be six inches taller.
Swagger talks to DC101 about Vince McMahon’s comments toward the current WWE wrestler’s not being ambitious enough.
This is an environment where literally hundreds of thousands of people want to be on this roster, and there’s what, 75 of us on top? To get here you have to be very ambitious but to stay here you need even more. It takes a lot of drive and a lot of hard work. I can only speak for myself that I have gotten hungrier. As far as the rest of the locker room, you know, it’s tough but you gotta see the finish line and sometimes that’s hard to do.
Barrett talks to the Huffington Post about returning to action and the impact the internet has had on wrestling.
Traditionally, WWE used to shy away from that internet kind of fan base. But I think increasingly, in life in general and every aspect of entertainment, social media, the internet fan base is now massive. It’s gone from being a minority of people who use that kind of thing — Twitter and forums — to pretty much everybody in some respect. With Instagram and Facebook, the Internet fanbase is the masses nowadays, so I think you’re foolish not to embrace that. WWE has been at the forefront of embracing that in the entertainment industry.
Austin talks to Rolling Stone magazine about his new business endeavors and Sting’s WWE debut at Survivor Series.
The face-to-face with him and Triple H, they just let it build and build. Triple H tried to sell the big right hand, block, there’s the kick and the damage is done, then he hits his finish. I loved it. I’m a fan of good stuff inside the squared circle and it was a good story. The Authority had really built how they needed to win that night in a really long-winded promo by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. They were setting the table for Sting. All of the guys in that match worked their asses off, and I really enjoyed the work between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler as they went into the finish.
McMahon is a guest on the Steve Austin Show special aired exclusively on the WWE Network. McMahon expresses his regret over firing CM Punk his wedding day and discusses Brock Lesnar being a part time star.
I don’t think you want to see him more. He’s a special attraction. It’s not about the title that draws people into the arena, it’s about the performer. If he beats up half the babyfaces, who is left?
Ryback takes to Twitter to address claims made by CM Punk during his interview on The Art of Wrestling. The tweets have since been removed
For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too. Things didn’t go my way for a long time and I kept going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you!
Punk is a guest on The Art of Wrestling to discuss his WWE departure for the very first time. The two hour interview includes details on his injuries due to working with Ryback and his last conversation with Triple H. Punk also reveals that he did not quit but was actually fired.
The day of my wedding I got a FedEx in the mail … it was my termination papers. I was fired. On my wedding day. Very calculated. Very deliberate. … As much as I kind of chuckled at it and didn’t let it affect my day, I was like, ‘Once again, you pushed too f****ing far. You pushed the wrong guy.
Bryan talks to WWE.com about Sting’s debut in WWE at Survivor Series.
I have been a fan of wrestling for a very very long time. I love wrestling. And its weird crossing worlds where Sting is in the WWE in a WWE ring. It just gets you excited. It’s something that everyone can feel through the screen.
Ross speaks to Alternative Nation about Brock Lesnar’s similarities to Muhammad Ali.
There’s always going to be a segment of the MMA community that is going to cheer for Lesnar to lose, if and when he comes back for another run after his diverticulitis issues, but that’s the beauty of it. Muhammad Ali told me one time, back in the 80’s, that he realized early in his career that he could make more money as a boxer, as a black man in a white man’s business as far as management and TV contracts, and distribution of PPV dollars, he said, ‘I realized my place as a fighter would be enhanced if I put myself in a position where the fans pay more money to see me lose than they would to see me win.’
Bella talks to E! Online about winning the WWE Divas Championship at Survivor Series.
I think everyone’s in shock. They were waiting outside when I came out and gave me hugs and kisses, and Nattie wrote me a nice, super long text. They’ve all been waiting for a change and they’ve seen how hard I’ve been working and I think they are very happy for me; they felt it was very deserving.
Rollins talks to the Miami Herald about Brock Lesnar, Survivor Series and learning from working with “The Authority”.
I’m a sponge in that scenario soaking up all the information I possibly can. You are looking at Triple H, who has pretty much done all there is to do in WWE. You look at Stephanie, who is a McMahon. She has this in her blood. Then you have Kane, who also has been around in many incarnations for a very long period of time. There is so much information and so much to learn about being the man in WWE.
Sheamus talks to BANG Showbiz about the popularity of Total Divas and interest in creating a similar reality television program featuring the superstars instead of the divas.
I think there should be a new reality show for the guys, I think it would be interesting. It should definitely happen now we have the WWE Network. The bigger the Network grows the more content they are going to need and a reality show would definitely take off, especially if it had all the behind-the-scenes stuff.
Kane talks to The Telegraph about new up-and-coming stars in the WWE.
I think the upcoming talent is great. For awhile I was very worried about the future of WWE because I worried about where the stars would come from. But WWE has done a fabulous job in partnering with Full Sail University, for WWE’s training facility. Some of the guys are second and third generations, but the thing about WWE’s training, is they learn our system before going on the roster, it’s more seamless. WWE’s future is bright.
James talks to the Miami Herald about possibly returning to WWE in the future.
I’d have to revisit that whole thing…Things have changed since then. I think, ‘I’m better than 90 percent of the talent on TV now. Why am I going to step to the side to just train the future?’ I’m not ready to do that, and I’m not trying to be arrogant and self-absorbed. I can see how it can come off that way, but it’s the truth.
Reigns talks to the Reno-Gazette Journal about The former Shield members and being compared to John Cena.
Last time I checked, I’m 6’3″ 265 pounds, which is bigger than John Cena. Last time I checked, my hair is long and jet black, and last time I checked John Cena’s isn’t. I’m way better looking and I’m way more athletic than he is so for anybody to compare me to him is completely asinine.
Page talks to Total Wrestling Magazine about Jake Roberts, his favorite WWE superstars and his own run in WWE.
I didn’t have the run I should have had in WWE, but that’s ok, I had a great run in WCW. I lived the dream, and it was great fun. In WWE, I got the European Title, Tag-Team Titles, sure, but they didn’t mean anything to me. There was too much heat on the WCW guys at that time, they were seen as the enemy, we almost put the WWE out of business.
Foley talks to Chicago Now about his recent appearances in WWE and possibly returning for a recurring on-screen authority role.
I think their needs to be a balance of power. I think on screen the Authority has had too much power for too long and it’s been a little heel heavy. I would hope I am on that short list of candidates for that type of role if it does arise. And if it was brought forth to me, I think I would do it. And with my personality I think I can bring a fresh attitude towards that “higher power”.
Page talks to NotInHallofFame.com about a conversation he had with Steve Austin regarding when he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
I think at some point it will happen. Steve Austin said to me the other day ‘No one ever did it the way you did it at such a success level’. He said to me that he was waiting for me to go in, and when it happens it happens. I’m honored that the CAC and National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted me, and I would be honored if the WWE put me in their Hall of Fame. I’m focused on what’s happening right now with DDPYOGA and last year to get to induct Jake and with Scott being inducted in the same year, and they both came out of my house, you know DDP’s Accountability Crib.
Poffo talks to WrestlingINC about his brother, Randy Savage’s heat with WWE and rumors that he hated Vince McMahon.
I just wanted to say Randy was a great man, and you know he was. He was also a good man, and I think that’s even more important. Randy knew deep in his heart that he was thankful to Vince McMahon for all he had. He was 32 when he finally got his break and the window of opportunity was closing. Whatever small argument they may have had, I think it’s just ridiculous to not see the big picture that Randy loved Vince and Vince loved Randy
Cena talks to WWE.com about who will run the show if The Authority is thrown out of power.
The WWE is built off of spur of the moment entertainment. Yes, we know what we get with The Authority but what we get isn’t what the WWE Universe wants. The boss should be the WWE Universe. We have an extremely active online community. They can be involved in all of this. They know who and what they want to see. Let’s try something new.
Jericho is a guest on the Sam Roberts wrestling podcast to discuss his relationship with CM Punk and Punk not talking to a lot of former friends in the WWE.
Punk and I were pretty tight and I haven’t heard from him since then. I’m not surprised that he left, but I’m surprised that he stopped talking to everybody, stopped talking to me, because we talked about a lot of stuff beyond wrestling. And that kind of surprised me more than anything, he just detached himself. From what I understand, I’m not the only one, that he pretty much of detached himself from a lot of people who thought they were his friends, but that was him. Maybe he’ll come back and maybe he won’t. In 2005 I did the same, I left and couldn’t take it. I came back and was able to be way better than I ever was.
Edge talks to Alternative Nation about the WWE Network, Christian and The “Attitude Era” of WWE.
I do think what’s been good, people are always talking about the Attitude Era, and all of this and all of that, but if you watch back, sometimes the matches weren’t that great because we had 2 minutes. It’s not possible to have a good wrestling match in 2 minutes, you can’t tell a story, you can tell a haiku. Since the PG era, I know when I was in matches, I had half an hour sometimes, 20 minutes, there I can tell a story.
Jericho talks to WWE.com about Fozzy’s new album and their popularity in the UK.
Yeah, they really love us here. For some reason the UK has always supported Fozzy and its a great territory and a great Jericho territory. Whether its coming here with the WWE or coming here with Fozzy, I love the UK.
Rollins talks about memories with The Shield and being in the main event Hell in a Cell.
Aside from main eventing WrestleMania you really can’t get any bigger than that. You’ve got two guys under the age of 30-years-old, who have been on the main roster for less than three years, and we’re main eventing a pay-per-view, a major pay-per-view, Hell In A Cell, on a show that also features John Cena versus Randy Orton in a Hell In A Cell match as well. So that’s a major milestone, and that’s something that I’m real proud of, something that I’m going to take with me for a long time.
Hall is a guest on VOC Nation Radio to discuss his children and a possible role within WWE.
I got to go to the Hulk’s birthday at Raw and, of course, the Hall of Fame was really fun. It’s really cool to be around these young guys and have these guys who are actively on the scene going, ‘Man, I grew up watching you. You’re the best’ and all that and I never get tired of hearing that so I would welcome that. I think that I have something to offer but right now I’m just trying to work on getting and keeping my stuff straight.
Sheamus talks to the U.K. Independent about returning to Europe with WWE, losing the United States Championship to Rusev and enjoying how the match was aired exclusively on the WWE Network.
I obviously want a rematch. I want to prove I can beat Rusev. That’s important, we went back and forth the other night – it was a long night – but it was cool the way it was on the network. It was like the first of its kind, to broadcast that match on the network and it shows how powerful the network can be with so much opportunity and options that the WWE can put any match on there, anytime, anywhere, exclusively for the fans that subscribe to the network.
Sheamus talks to the Daily Star about staying in shape and his dream match with a celebrity.
Hugh Jackman would be a good fight. I’m a big fan of his and I know he’s a fan of WWE – he’s been to see the shows a couple of times. I think he’d be great in the ring.
Christian talks to WWE.com about the experience of WWE pay-per-views.
Its unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The action, the pyro, the music and not to mention the superstars are bringing their A-game because they know what’s at stake and its about stealing the show.
Hogan is a guest on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to discuss his regrets and Bray Wyatt.
He fits in that grey area, and I’m gonna put myself over, that I started when I turned bad guy, Hollywood Hogan and people cheered me. It just showed the fans, whether you’re good guy or bad guy, they’re gonna cheer who they love and like to watch perform and I think he kinda broke down that barrier again. At first I was like ‘Oh man what is this guy doing,’ and then I started watching him and with the mind games and the rap and basically how good he was in the ring. I remember one pay-per-view he wrestled Daniel Bryan in the opening match, was like a year or so ago, nobody could follow that match. It was the first match of the pay-per-view and they tore it down. Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt. And I said this guy’s gonna be red-hot.
Jericho talks to the Miami Herald about his latest book and resentment from younger stars toward part time wrestlers.
There shouldn’t be (resentment), because I can come back there and outwork any one of those guys on the roster. When I come back though, I come back to work as many shows as I can. I don’t just come back for TV and pay-per-view. I work with everybody and have great matches. So I don’t think anybody has any issues with Jericho coming back. I think they are actually looking forward to it. If I was coming back and couldn’t do my job, then I would absolutely see why they don’t want me there.
Bryan talks to Sports Illustrated about Sting, “Yes!” chants and hoping to return for Wrestlemania 31.
I want to be back for WrestleMania 31. The original plan was to come back January but we’ve struggled to get the strength back in my hand
Shamrock talks the current WWE product and feeling he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
I do feel that I definitely deserve to be in their Hall of Fame based on the things that I did while I was there, being able to change that sport along with other people. I feel I earned that right based on what I was able to do there in a small amount of time. I’m not sure that I can stand here and boast about that. The fans are the ones that really tell the tale and I think they speak very loudly about where I stand in pro wrestling. I don’t think that there are too many people who would tell you that I don’t deserve to be there.
Stratus talks to LFPress about her wrestling career and switching from the ring to being an entrepreneur.
Wresting was not my life. It was part of my life. I got into yoga, practiced all over the world and got certified and turned my passion into a business in 2008 … I produced my own television show and that allowed to me to control my image and my brand.
Triple H talks to WWE.com about the future of WWE.
You can’t hold the future off, the future is coming. If you handle it the right way, you end up like me. There’s a point in time where people said Triple H was becoming the past. Now people are saying I’m the future.
Ross talks to Ring Rust Radio about his future with wrestling and which match he wishes he could have called in history.
Well I think probably the one I would have liked to call was the main event of WrestleMania 3. It was such a ground breaking event. If you’re going to be a part of a ground breaking event, you want to be a part of the main event. I would say Hogan and Andre at WrestleMania 3. It was such a simplistic match to call, it would have been very easy to call it from a stand point of what they did, but the drama one could add to the moment and to what the match meant.
Cesaro talks to This in Infamous about Dolph Ziggler and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Well I think Dolph has done a great job elevating the tile just because he is a very good in-ring competitor. He’s never as good as I am, which is why I think I should be the Intercontinental Champion. If you look at the Intercontinental Champion, historically that has always belonged to the best of the best in-ring talent, the best wrestler, whatever you want to call it, that came out night after night, produced night after night, and that will be me. So I think rightfully the Intercontinental Championship should be mine from Smackdown, and I’ll go into Hell in a Cell as the Intercontinental Champion.
Lee talks to DC101 about potential challengers for the WWE Diva’s Championship once her feud with Paige is finished.
I see so much potential in people who haven’t particularly gotten that opportunity yet, like Emma and Summer and even Lana. I think they are interesting characters and women who have a lot of potential and I would love to something that’s vastly different with one of those girls. Just someone we haven’t seen yet get a chance.