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Martha Rejects Owen DVD, NXT Stars Praised, Vince Hates Tournaments, Austin At Mania 32

Martha Hart Opposed To WWE Owen DVD

Despite assuming that Martha Hart must be on board with WWE’s planned Owen DVD, she has released a statement to the contrary:

My children and I were unaware of this project until May 7, when it was brought to our attention by a friend who had read about it online. Contrary to your report, we do not back or support it in any way, nor has WWE requested our backing or support. From what little we know of the project, it seems to be another attempt to exploit Owen’s memory, and his tragic death, for commercial gain. We have resisted that kind of initiative for almost 16 years. If WWE really wanted to honor Owen’s legacy, it would just let him rest in peace.

The widow who reached an out of court settlement with WWE following her husband’s tragic death, has always maintained that Owen was about to retire from wrestling to spend time with her and the kids. She has fought vigorously to prevent the company from using his image, and the only documentary she has ever supported was the The Life and Death of Owen Hart by Paul Jay, who also made Bret Hart’s famous Wrestling With Shadows film. You can watch it below:

Hulk & Foley Praise NXT Stars

WWE Hall of Famers Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan have been praising NXT stars on socal media. Hulk Tweeted the following about Big Cass:

Foley continued his praise of Sasha Banks on Facebook:

I’m going out on a limb here and predicting #BeckyLynch and Sasha Banks will have a #MatchOfTheYear type of contest on May 20 at #NXTTakeover. (No pressure at all ladies.) I just get the feeling that both women are at the right place, at the right time, with the right combination of skills, character, and in-ring chemistry to pull it off. One of my GREAT regrets is that I didn’t make it to the WWE NXT show in #SanJose during #Mania week, for what I heard was a sure fire contender for Match of the Year with Sasha and Ms Charlotte. No doubt about it, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for #WomensWrestling

Why Vince Hates Tournaments

The reason why King of The Ring has been on and off over the years may be because Vince McMahon hates tournaments. Chris Jericho revealed to AfterBuzz:

Vince McMahon does not like tournaments. I think because Wrestlemania 4 was a tournament for the title and it didn’t do a good ppv number and the show wasn’t very good. And ever since then he does not like tournaments.

Speaking of Vince he told AdvisorNet that the first Wrestlemania was a huge gamble:

At WrestleMania 1, we mortgaged everything we owned, hoping it would be a success. It was a huge gamble that paid off. Today, the challenge is to stay relevant, take advantage of new technologies and continue to evolve. The one constant is to approach every day like it’s my first day on the job with fresh thinking and new ideas.

Social media is today’s “word of mouth” and an important part of WWE’s success. Social and digital media provides us with an opportunity to engage our fans one-on-one and have a direct conversation with them. These same tactics apply to small businesses as well.

Steve Austin At Wrestlemania 32

Steve Austin says with next year’s Wrestlemania emanating from Texas, he’s almost certain to be there. He told Sports Illustrated:

There was no creative for me at WrestleMania XXXI. Now with WrestleMania XXXII coming up in Texas, I would be pretty damn sure I’m going to be there. It’s my home state and it just makes more sense. As much as I love the business and I love my fans, I don’t want to be at every WrestleMania. I was really happy to watch it in my house. I wanted to see Sting and Triple H wrestle, and I was excited for all my buddies in DX and the NWO, but I want the younger generation of wrestlers to experience it and have all the time dedicated to them. That’s the future. Some of the segments that weren’t wrestling went on too long. I love The Rock, but his segment was too long. That was time that could have been given to a talent to make or not make an impact. That’s their proving ground.

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