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Smith Hart On Benoit Situation, Jericho Still Gets Nervous, Cena Talks Wellness Policy

Smith On David Benoit’s Debut Being Nixed

Smith Hart Tweeted the following about David Benoit’s wrestling debut being nixed.

Smith runs the Hart Legacy promotion in Canada and had advertised David Benoit for June, but Chris Jericho stepped in when it was determined Benoit has yet to formally train.

Chris Jericho Interview Highlights

Speaking of Chris Jericho the Shining Wizards Podcast interviewed him this week. Here are some highlights:

On if he still gets nervous before he performs, either in the ring or on the stage with Fozzy:

Nervous in a good way. I’m absolutely nervous if I’m going to have a good set, nervous if the people are going to go nuts and that everything is going to work out the way you want it to. I think the day when you don’t feel that (nervousness) is the day where you need to step back and move on to the next thing because it’s not easy. I don’t care if you’ve had 3,000 matches or 3,000 shows under your belt, you just never know what’s going to happen. There’s nothing better than having a great gig or a great match and there’s nothing worse than having a bad one. I’m not nervous where it’s like “oh my gosh what am I going to do?” but nervous in that I want it all to come off good and people leaving saying “holy smokes that was one of the best things we’ve ever seen.” And that’s always my goal, no matter what it is.

On whether it’s inherent that wrestlers to want to perform in other genres of entertainment:

I don’t think it has anything to do with pro wrestling. I think it’s either your an entertainer or you aren’t. Do I consider myself a wrestler? No. I consider myself an entertainer and have since I was 19 years old. Anything that falls within that umbrella that I think I can do, I’m going to try it. I think that’s the same with anybody, whether it’s Rock, Foley or Austin. I play the part of a wrestler and I enjoy that, and now I’m playing the part of a singer and I enjoy that. If you’re an entertainer and a performer, you like to do different roles, and that’s the way I’ve always looked at things.

On his success and trials in both wrestling and music:

You do need a little bit of luck, but it’s all hard work, dedication, sacrifice and passion. You have to believe in what you’re doing. You have to know that sometimes it’s going to be roses and sometimes it’s going to be crap. It’s like that with wrestling when I first started and to wrestling now even. It’s funny because sometimes we’ll do a Fozzy show and you get 100 people there and people say how can you work in front of 100 people with Fozzy and you just came from working in front of thousands with WWE. Well, you know, not all WWE shows are sold out either. You can go to Greenville, South Carolina on a Saturday and have 1,500 people in a 20,000 seat arena and then you have WrestleMania that’s got a sold out 70,000 stadium crowd. It’s the same with Fozzy. Sometimes it’s not a good show or a good crowd. One week we are playing for 100 people then the next week we’re playing for 80,000 people on the main stage.

His favorite match:

The favorite match that I’ve seen was Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker part one at WrestleMania. I think that’s the best match I’ve ever seen in my life.

On the best match he’s ever had:

It’s hard. It varies. Again, gun to the head, it’s probably Jericho vs (Shawn) Michaels at No Mercy, ladder match for the World title. And it’s not just because the match itself, which I think is the best ladder match of all time, but because of the circumstances surrounding it and the circumstances that got us there. We had a seven month amazing angle which was one of the greatest of all time in the WWE that was supposed to be a one show only feud but just organically grew into this amazing piece of storytelling that culminated in a ladder match for the World title, which neither one of us were ever supposed to have when the whole thing started. So it was a really cool moment to show what you can do with the right storyline and with the right performers.

John Cena On How WWE Cares For Performers

John Cena discussed how WWE cares for their performers in a recent interview with the Washington Post:

With the addition of impact testing, the addition of drug testing, the formulation of developmental territories where these younger WWE superstars are getting the best medical attention, the best financial advice, getting future advice — the company has literally leaps and bounds improved the work environment to the best it’s ever been. Being a WWE superstar is now a greater achievement and a greater luxury than it’s ever been.

Though WWE have definitely made strides, there remains some Wellness Policy loopholes.

Cena also discussed how he looks after himself:

I think that bad news is relative. You hear bad news through all of sports, in all of life. It’s not just entertainers or athletes. There are people with problems in life. The way I stay on top of that is, honestly, regularly scheduled check-ups, listening to my body, making sure I push myself to the limit and not beyond. You can only do what you handle.

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