Spike TV Confirms ROH Talks
In an interview with the Boston Herald Spike TV President Kevin Kay confirmed that they have been in talks with ROH, but they are not sure whether they want to get back in to pro wrestling after TNA:
We’re just kind of getting to know each other. I think for Spike, the big question is, do we want to get into the professional wrestling business in any way? And I don’t have the answer to that yet. I don’t know that we’re going to do anything there, but if we do something, it’s probably not part of ‘Friday Night Lights Out.’ We want to keep that for real sports.
Owens Makes Hogan Believe
Hulk Hogan continued the praise of Kevin Owens in a Q&A at SXSW.
“I’m a huge fan of NXT,” said Hogan. “Kevin Owens is the guy right now who made me believe again. When Kevin came in and stepped up, it made me say WOW.”
Shamrock Gives Punk Advice
MMA legend and Attitude Era star Ken Shamrock gave his thoughts on CM Punk joining the UFC in a recent interview with the WNS Podcast:
Well, first of all I would tell him to have fun. Don’t let the pressure of everybody saying you’ve got to produce. This is your first fight and I think they’re doing him right. I don’t think they’re going to do to him what they did to Brock and just throw him right into the top and have him fight for his life. I believe they’re going to give him someone the caliber of where he is right now and give him a chance to grow. I think it’s tremendous what he’s doing, my hat’s off to him.. I think there shouldn’t be so much pressure on people who want to step out and try something because they come from somewhere else like pro wrestling. He built a huge name for himself, he’s a superstar and he’s taking all that he built and putting it on the line by jumping into the cage and to me that takes balls and my hat’s off to him. And anybody who says well that’s not really a smart business move, listen, you live one time. If there’s things you want to do in life, live your life man. Don’t let people make you afraid of taking chances in life. And if you fail, it’s no big deal. Get back up and fight through it and be successful again. If you did it once, you can do it again. So, my hat’s off to him. I support him.
Shamrock also said that pro wrestling was actually much tougher on his body than fighting:
There’s no question in my mind that my stint in the World Wrestling Federation was a lot tougher on me than my stint in MMA. That’s not to say that going I to a fight is not tough on you because it is. But I was good. I mean I felt at home in that ring. I didn’t sustain too many damages when I was actually fighting. Most of them came in training. I really believed with my experience that it was a lot tougher on me having to get up day to day and go out there and take 10, 15, 20 bumps seven, eight or ten days in a row. It was tough. And the having to get on a plane and travel to the next town. So, it was a lot more gruelling than I think most people realize.
Rhyno On Shock NXT Debut
Rhyno discussed his shock debut on NXT in an interview with Journey Of A Frontman:
Yeah, it really came out of nowhere. I was just finishing up a loop one day and they’re like, ‘Hey, you wanna come down to NXT?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ That’s all I’ve heard about, NXT this and NXT that from the fans. Really, if you’re gonna make a splash, you want to do it where everybody’s talking about.
He also discussed why he was released in 2005:
Well I was released from WWE for a little incident, but it’s not a secret. It involved alcohol and I was going through a difficult time in my life. Alcohol wasn’t an issue, I just happened to be drinking. And I was very irresponsible. As a man, you have to take responsibility for your actions. Every action. There was no physicality, I just threw a flower pot. I laugh at it now and my ex-wife laughs at it now. But like I said, you have to be a man and stand up. No matter what was said or done, there is no excuse for the behavior. And when you behave, you have to be responsible. I understand what I had to do, I had to work hard and work towards the indies. We already had the One Night Stand booked and I fulfilled my commitment with that. They wanted me to honor that commitment and we did good business.
We professionally parted ways. They were good on their part and did everything as far as they were contractually obligated to, they did not try to mess around or anything. It was just one of those things where it was a very good learning experience. But it was a good situation for me. I made it a good situation by learning from the mistake and that mistake becomes an error, then I move forward in my career. I put my nose to the grindstone and worked to keep my career going. I moved forward, there’s no dispute about it. I began to create some good memories like working with ‘The Monster’ Abyss, he’s a great talent. I worked on the independents and developed a great relationship with the fans. I met and interacted with them, one on one, on a smaller intimate level. You have that time and you have that ability. When you’re doing the bigger venues, it’s harder because there’s so many more fans and it can get chaotic.