The good ol’ shoot interview. In wrestling terms, it’s an interview or promo that is “legit.” In other words, it goes off script or contains personal feelings and behind the scenes secrets. While they rarely happen on television anymore (other than the occasional “worked shoot”), many former wrestlers are quick to jump onto YouTube after their contracts expire and start dishing out dirt on their former bosses and co-workers.
For any internet “smart” fan, it was hardly a surprise when Jinder Mahal rose to the main event of SmackDown Live and eventually won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton at Backlash. It had been rumored for weeks that the WWE and Vince McMahon wanted to make a serious business push into India, the home of 1.3 billion people. McMahon felt it would be much easier to push things like merchandise and WWE Network subscriptions if the company had a champion that the people of India could identify with. Thus, Jinder Mahal’s championship reign was born.
Matt Riddle may be the “King of Bros” in a wrestling ring, but the indy sensation also has experience in some real fights — he has a 8-3-(2) record as a professional MMA fighter, mostly as a member of the UFC. His cross-over success in both sports makes him perfectly qualified to talk about the differences between the scripted nature of pro wrestling and the very real nature of MMA, especially when it comes to head injuries, which is a hotly debated topic in every sport that involves physical contact.
Anything can happen in the world of pro wrestling, and that’s just talking about the scripted action. When you add in the element of live television (or being part of an arena crowd), the potential for something unplanned is even higher. And no matter how careful the WWE (or other promotions) are, sometimes things go wrong in the middle of their shows, for a number of different reasons. It could be an injury that changes the path of an entire storyline, a performer going rogue, or some other unforeseen disaster.
Seth Rollins can never settle on a single finishing move for very long. Now that he’s “borrowed” (aka stole) a move from NJPW star Kenny Omega, the internet is abuzz about the blatant theft.
Kurt Angle made a long-awaited return to WWE programming after WrestleMania 33, taking over as the general manager of Raw for Mick Foley. Although the official word is that the WWE will likely refuse to clear the 48-year-old Hall of Famer to compete in the ring again, Angle is still holding out hope.
With The Undertaker retiring at WrestleMania 33, the mantle for “spooky magic evil dude” is apparently falling on Bray Wyatt. Rather than having a gimmick of being an actual dead guy, Wyatt is more of a Bayou voodoo man. So when the WWE announced that Wyatt would fight Randy Orton in a “House of Horrors” match at Payback, no one really knew what that meant.
Dramatized biographies are all the rage in the past decade or so. After all, they did wonders for Ray Charles and Johnny Cash with Ray and Walk The Line, respectively. Plus Apple founder Steve Jobs actually got two different films, and McDonald’s original boss Ray Kroc was recently portrayed on the big screen by Michael Keaton in The Founder.
Stone Cold Steve Austin had personality. It literally oozed from his pores with every flipped middle finger, every Stone Cold Stunner he hit, and every beer that he drank. It’s one of the reasons he became one of the biggest things in pro wrestling since Hulk Hogan. Sure, it might have been a combination of Austin’s skills as a performer and a bit of good luck by being the right guy at the right time, but one thing is for sure — Stone Cold was OVER!
It would have been hard to miss the story about former WWE commentator Mauro Ranallo and the reason he suddenly disappeared from television a couple months ago. Even mainstream media sources were picking up the story of JBL’s (alleged) bullying, which prompted Ranallo, who has a long public history of struggling with depression and bipolar disorder, to basically walk off the job, despite being under contract until August 2017.