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Rock and Rousey Update, Von Erichs to NXT? Hogan Praises Rick Rude, Foley Praises Madusa

Single Matches with Rock and Rousey?

According to the Wrestling Observer the current plan for Wrestlemania 32 is for two singles matches with The Rock vs Triple, and Stephanie McMahon vs Ronda Rousey, rather than a tag match. If UFC don’t sign off on Rousey having a full blown match it’s possible the women simply stand in the corners of the men. While nothing is set in stone, all parties recognize that Wrestlemania 32 was always on the cards.

Von Erich Boys Get Tryout

Ross and Marshall Von Erich have a WWE tryout lined up for May. Their father Kevin noted on Twitter:

They have had a couple of appearances for TNA but for whatever reason have never been signed.

Rick Rude Under-appreciated

Hulk Hogan told WWE’s website that he doesn’t think Rick Rude has been given his dues:

Well, I think Rick Rude was never given his due. And I know the Warrior got the best of Rick Rude, but I think when it comes down to the gamers, they’re going to find out that Rick Rude is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I think it’s going to be the Warrior’s biggest challenge, to tell you the truth. They were so similar and so much alike, but I actually think that Rick Rude was stronger in some aspects. Apparently, no one in the dressing room could beat him at arm wrestling. So, you carry that into the ring and lock up with Rick Rude, and you’re definitely going to have a tough day at the office.

Mick Foley On Madusa’s HOF Speech

Mick Foley gave his thoughts on Madusa’s Hall of Fame speech in a new Facebook blog. Speaking of Rick Rude, she put him over in her speech:

I’m never going to call Madusa “Alundra Blayze” – even if that’s the name she went into the WWE Hall of Fame as. She’s Madusa to me – always has been, always will be. Even as she was giving her acceptance speech as Aluandra Blayze, I found myself talking about her as Madusa as her speech sunk in, and it slowly dawned on me just how important her words were. I went from saying “I don’t know about this Madusa speech” and “Madusa’s being a little confrontational here” to “Madusa’s making some good points” to “way to go Madausa” to “wow, Madusa just gave one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard.”

Ten days after the fact, I not only feel as if Madusa gave one of the best speeches, but one of the most important as well. Hopefully, at this point, some of you out there are jumping to my defense, saying “but what about your Hall of Fame speech Mick?” I know alot of you enjoyed my speech two years ago, and I enjoyed giving it. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a great number of HOF speeches, from Bret Hart’s to Ric Flair’s to Jake Roberts to Butch and Luke….whoa, yay! But for me, like so many others, the Hall of Fame speech was about finding closure, expressing appreciation, and entertaining.

Madusa’s did more. From my perspective, she did find closure – urging some WWE loyalists and old-schoolers who hadn’t quite forgiven her for dumping the WWE Women’s title in the trash (yeah, I’m including myself in that group) to let go of the past, while simultaneously opening up a can of figurative whoop-ass and challenging its future. For me, the speech was a landmark event – a turning point from which the term “Diva” suddenly seemed worn and a little insulting. “Diva” was a great marketing idea that feels in 2015, like its outlived its usefulness.

LET’S MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN! WWE has lost one of its most unique and valuable assets with the retirement of AJ Lee. But anyone who has seen the recent WWE NXT product knows there are women bursting at the seam of progress – ready to become the next AJ, the next Paige, the new Natalya. LET’S CREATE A WOMEN’S DIVISION! LET’S MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN!

Perhaps Madusa can be their GM.


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