Y2J Would Be Happy Never Wrestling Again
Chris Jericho told GetYorRockOut.com that he would be perfectly happy to never wrestle again:
I’ve been very smart over the last ten years in building the Chris Jericho brand, and wrestling is a part of what I do, but it’s not by far the biggest thing of what I do by any shape or form. And sometimes that confuses some of my fans, but I really don’t care. If I never wrestle another match again, I’m happy with it. I’ve done all that I ever wanted to do and more. I still like going back [to wrestling] from time to time, because it’s fun. But when other things come up, things that I’ve been working on for a long period of time, they start paying off, well, then you’ve gotta be there and spend that time on that as well.
I’ve always lived my life doing what I wanna do and what feels right to me — not for money, [and] not what other people want me to do. If I listened to what other people want me to do, I never would have gotten into wrestling in the first place; everyone said I was too small. I never would have gotten into rock and roll in the first place; everyone said, ‘You’ll never do it.’ So I learned a long time ago to be really happy with what you’re doing career-wise; you have to follow your heart and do what you feel is right and commit to it. And if you commit to it, you’ll make it; you’ll do it. And, thankfully, the majority of my fans follow me throughout everything that I do. And if they don’t, thanks for being aboard as long as you were. Thanks for being a part of it. And if you feel like you have to go the other way, that’s cool too.
Ethan Carter On Bill DeMott Bullying
TNA’s Ethan Carter discussed Bill DeMott’s bullying in a recent interview with WhatCulture.com:
(Worked with him in WWE developmental) Having been there at that time, I witnessed a lot of it. This industry is extremely difficult and, to achieve success in it, I 100% agree it needs to be hard. It needs to be earned. Preparing for the demands of the industry, both physical and mental, are essential. It requires a special psyche that all may not possess.
Having said that, I feel there is a big difference between a hard-nosed individual pushing you to the limit to become great, and blatant bullying.
It is an unfortunate scenario that transpired, as that position holds great power in many peoples careers and physical well being. I feel that in this day and age, with what we know about concussions, someone being slapped in the head while possibly suffering from one is unacceptable. Asking talent to conceal injuries that your “training tactics” are responsible for is unacceptable. Leading the charge on an anti-bullying campaign, while that very thing is taking place under your watch, is unacceptable.
A company making a statement that the accusations “fully investigated” when they were not, well, that is just is very disheartening.
Then again, it is not my company to run. I don’t know the inner workings. Perhaps I am wrong. Our generation has been labeled “unmotivated and lazy,” which I can’t disagree with more. Some of the hardest working/creative people I know are putting in maximum effort for just an inkling of success.
Saying that this entire group has “a feeling of entitlement and a certain level of defiance” (which has since been recanted) is painting very broad strokes and not looking at individual talent. Plus, I believe it was a “level of defiance” that made people like Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, HHH and John Cena some of the biggest stars this industry has ever seen.
In the end, if you believe or enable homophobia, racism, and bullying as coaching methods, we strongly disagree.
JR Speaks To Samoa Joe
JR spoke with Samoa Joe for an upcoming Ross Report episode. In his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog Ross says he hopes Joe goes to WWE:
I had a great conversation Monday night with @SamoaJoe for a future podcast. Joe is one of the most intelligent and perceptive athletes that I’ve spoken with on our podcast and I certainly hope that WWE signs him as he could be invaluable in multiple areas for the wrestling side of the company IMO. It was the first time that we had talked in over a decade when I told him that, at that time, he wasn’t ready to be signed to a WWE contract to which Joe said motivated him and that he respected my honesty. Over the years I’ve become a big fan of his physical style but him getting trained in the Japanese style of wrestling helped him a great deal to become the star that he is today.
WWE Reaches Out To ECW Originals
WWE recently reached out to Lou D’Angeli and Jack Victory, who used to help with ECW’s touring, about bringing them in to NXT.
[This is a head scratcher to me. I’m sure these guys are competent, but since when does a multi-million dollar company that has monopolized pro wrestling need “help” with touring from two guys from ECW – the promotion that went out of business? The cynic in me says this is just part of Triple H’s plan to create his own corporately owned indy promotion, that panders to the hardcore fans and knows how to subtly win them over … perhaps I’m stretching here, but could the fact that they’re planning for NXT to run the old ECW arena by the driving factor behind this kind of thing? What better way to ensure the audience is on their side than throwing some ECW originals a bone?
The rebel in me doesn’t know how to feel about WWE potentially doing indy wrestling better than real indy wrestling. Part of this kind of style is that it’s NOT WWE, but NXT IS WWE. Then again the rebellious ECW itself ended up in a close relationship with WWE.]