“The group of men and women under the TNA roof, the fans, the brand, I just feel content here,” says the Icon.
“Dixie Carter, the Carter family have been great to work with over the years and Dixie is very persuasive…I was out for five years…the way wrestling ended was not good in those days. I got a phone call from the Jarrett family, then I had a meeting in L.A with Jeff and Dixie… as a matter of fact Kurt was there at that meeting. Again, Dixie was very persuasive, being willing to make it right in terms of scheduling, the time on the road, of course money is an issue, it just all came together. And I love the brand…that’s all there is to it. It was like a now or never moment for me.”
The Stinger called being inducted in to the TNA Hall of Fame “…very humbling. Humbling because there are so many other guys, the Samoa Joe’s, the AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Jeff Jarrett, who were here before I was. They helped build a foundation for this company, so for me to be inducted first, was humbling in that way…and just humbling anyway. I was kind of like ‘am I being put out to pasture here or what?’ [laughs] plus I’m an active wrestler still…so it seems kind of weird to be inducted into the hall of fame while you’re still working.”
Sting also discussed TNA becoming a household name:
“I still love the brand, its grown, its matured, its blossomed. Its turned into something which takes us into 120 countries now. At the beginning we were in the Fairgrounds in Nashville Tennessee…Taking the show on the road, I think last year at Wembley, the TV tapings at Wembley were a great example…I wanna do the same thing in the United States, it’s what we used to do! I think there is potential for that to happen in 2013.”
Although many fans would like to see Sting have at least one run in WWE, it seems he’s found his comfort zone. He’s not been on the road in the big leagues for many years, and it would understandably be a daunting thing to walk in to a WWE locker room. As much of a legend as he is, having never worked up North there’s an added pressure to prove himself, and at this stage it may not be something he wants to go through.
JR comments on NXT tryouts:
WWE are currently holding a mass tryout for NXT as they look to sign new talent post-Wrestlemania. Jim Ross who is involved in the process made the following comments on his JRSBARBQ.com blog:
The NXT tryouts started somewhat slowly on an extremely long Friday but Saturday was a superb day. The retention from Friday to Saturday w/ the drills was exceptional. Focus was improved, everyone seemed to be more comfortable. Fun day.
Sunday will wrap up the process for the 30+ young men who were invited. Promos & more matches on tap before we wrap things up. If we can replicate the productivity we experienced Saturday, I’d expect a nice handful of offers to be extended over the next few weeks. Getting a WWE contract is daunting but well worth the effort and sacrifices it takes to get a shot at the Promised Land.
I choose to mention no names as that wouldn’t be professional in my opinion but I’ve compiled my short list of those seriously in the hunt.
Roddy Piper interview:
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network, Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report recently spoke with wrestling legend Roddy Piper (@R_Roddy_Piper). During the interview, Piper discussed his relationship with Bret Hart and how he finally got vindication for his Wrestlemania 8 loss to Bret on the set of this new show, his son Colt’s recent attempts to break into the wrestling business and his role in this new show co-starring Bret. He also gave his opinion on CM Punk‘s recent title run being compared to Piper’s own heyday, and having high praise for CM Punk.
“I think that CM Punk is fantastic,” Piper admitted. “He’s overcome a lot of odds and he’s right there in the mainstream, I’m really proud of him. I think that it might have been even a bit harder for CM Punk, because I wasn’t playing under any rules. He’s had to overcome the system, to a certain amount.
“Every once in awhile, he’ll text me, like ‘Happy New Year.’ Or when he was hurt, I said, ‘how ya doin’ kid?’ He texted me back, ‘thanks for the class.’ I think he’s a great kid.”
What to expect on tonight’s Raw:
WWE.com has published the following 5 preview points for tonight’s episode of Raw. With the Rock not booked for the show, the focus is all on Paul Heyman and the return of Brock Lesnar.
* Who is next in Brock Lesnar’s sights?
* How will The Chairman respond to Lesnar’s attack, since he’s not a contracted Superstar?
* Is Paul Heyman working on borrowed time, as Mr. McMahon was on the verge of firing him?
* Now that the gig is up, what will the Shield do next?
* Will CM Punk stick with Paul Heyman?
Rey Mysterio is also expected to make his Raw return.
With Undertaker’s Wrestlemania return in doubt this year, perhaps my theory that Punk will turn on Heyman and Lesnar will come to fruition. This could be accomplished if Punk was not privy to Heyman’s dealings with the Shield, and there’s so much they could work with in terms of Lesnar being another Rock, a big star outside the company coming back every now and then for a pay day. Do we really think Punk’s ego can coexist with Lesnar? Punk vs Lesnar at Wrestlemania is definitely a draw for the smarks who aren’t interested in John Cena / Rock 2.
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