During her induction, Beth Phoenix paid tribute to her husband, EDGE. What a cool moment.
Corey Graves and Kurt Angle did an interview a few weeks back. Now the WWE Network is bringing it to the platform this Friday. Make sure you tune in if you are a Kurt Angle fan. Angle gets inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend as well.
Paul Heyman has a deal with Yahoo to produce cool videos like the one above. Check out Brock Lesnar not getting interviewed.
WWE sent the following press release:
Eric Bischoff to induct Diamond Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame
Former Raw General Manager and WCW figurehead Eric Bischoff will induct his close friend, Diamond Dallas Page, into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday, March 31, live on WWE Network.
“I’m honored,” Bischoff told WWE.com in an exclusive interview. “It puts a smile on my face because I know how much it means to him. This is the Holy Grail for him.”
Page and Bischoff’s relationship dates to the late ‘80s, when the two started out as part of WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne’s AWA – Bischoff as an announcer and DDP as the outlandish manager of Badd Company. The two eventually headed toward WCW, where Bischoff had an up-close view of DDP’s ascent from wrestling obscurity to superstardom as a champion of the people in WCW’s fight against the nWo.
“So many [wrestlers] are larger than life,” Bischoff said. “They look like they walked right off a movie screen and stepped into the arena. Diamond Dallas Page didn’t have that larger-than-life persona, but he had a different connection with the audience.”
“When [Page] finally hit pay dirt is when he finally shed all the over-the top-stuff,” he continued. “The bling and girls and cigars … [He] just became a real person, coming down from the crowd. That said, ‘I’m one of you.’“
As Bischoff quickly learned, the persona Page projected in the ring worked because it was real.
“His journey [in life] is similar to his journey in the ring,” he said. “DDP was the common guy, the everyman, a blue-collar guy from New Jersey. He represented something that the average person could believe in, in a way that was a little unique. [People thought] ‘That could be me. If I could just get that break, work a little harder, I could be that guy.’ That’s a very inspirational quality to have.”
Bischoff is incredibly excited to present DDP to the WWE Universe as a member of the Hall’s Class of 2017, though he admits a few nerves are bubbling up.
“It’s a little overwhelming, in some respects,” he said. “But I’ll save the reasons why for the ceremony itself, because they’re very personal and poignant.”
What will the always-controversial Eric Bischoff have to say? Find out when he inducts Diamond Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2017 Induction Ceremony, live on WWE Network Friday, March 31 at 8 ET/5 PT.
USA NETWORK TO AIR LIVE ‘WRESTLEMANIA’ KICKOFF SHOW
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2 AT 6/5C
USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties, is providing expanded access to 2017’s WRESTLEMANIA, WWE’s biggest event of the year. On Sunday, April 2 at 6/5c, USA will feature a live, one-hour broadcast of the second hour of the official WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF SHOW. Additionally, fans can tune in to the WWE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY special following MONDAY NIGHT RAW on Monday, April 3 at 11/10c.
The WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF SHOW will include predictions and commentary for the night’s action by hosts Renee Young and WWE Hall of Famers Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Shawn Michaels.
The one-hour 2017 WWE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY special features WWE Legends including Kurt Angle, Diamond Dallas Page, Teddy Long, Beth Phoenix, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Rick Rude, all of whom will be immortalized for their accomplishments and contributions to WWE in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
WRESTLEMANIA 33 takes place live from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL on Sunday, April 2 at 7/6c on WWE Network.
WWE and E! Network have announced the return date for Total Divas. The show returns on April 5th.
WWE issued the following press release to Prowrestling.net on Friday to announce Tinashe will perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania.
WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that platinum selling singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer Tinashe will perform “America the Beautiful,” kicking off WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida and live around the world on WWE Network at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.
“I’m excited to perform America the beautiful at this year’s WrestleMania,” said Tinashe. “Being part of WWE’s biggest event of the year is an honor and I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando.”
“Tinashe joins the likes of renowned artists Ray Charles, John Legend, Aretha Franklin, Nicole Scherzinger, and most recently Fifth Harmony, who have opened WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza,” said Neil Lawi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WWE Music Group. “Tinashe will continue this great tradition and we look forward to her performance at this year’s WrestleMania.”
Yesterday, Tinashe released her brand new single, “Flame.” The track, which was produced by Sir Nolan, is available at all digital retail and streaming partners.
The release of “Flame” follows on the heels of Tinashe’s critically acclaimed Nightride project, released late last year. The 14-track project, a companion piece to her upcoming studio album, includes stand-out track “Company.” The song recently received an attention-grabbing video clip, a full-on dance assault, all done in one take. To view the video for “Company,” click here. Nightride is the first of a two-part series, which will include Tinashe’s sophomore studio album, Joyride.
WWE Announced earlier today that Kurt Angle will be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame by John Cena. John Cena and Kurt Angle have had memoerable moments in the ring. Check out John Cena’s debut against Kurt Angle.
Cena was a long way from becoming a 16-time World Champion on June 27, 2002 when he accepted the Olympic Gold Medalist’s open challenge, believing he had the “ruthless aggression” to defeat Angle before striking him. Though he did not earn the victory, Cena established himself as a force to be reckoned with in WWE.
Angle and Cena would remain rivals throughout the latter’s rise to Superstardom, even battling over the WWE Championship in 2005. Now, Cena will present Angle to the WWE Universe for the first time in more than a decade – and officially as a WWE Hall of Famer.
What will Cena have to say when he inducts one of his greatest rivals into sports-entertainment history? Find out during the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on the award-winning WWE Network!
Jack Swagger announced on Chael Sonnen’s podcast that WWE has released him. Swagger did also make it clear that he asked for his release.
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) March 1, 2017
EDITORIAL: Vince McMahon does NOT Understand his audience.
A few notes from the WWE Investor Conference Call.
WWE held their quarterly Investor’s Conference Call in which Vince McMahon and members of the highest executive team announced how much money the company made, the WWE Subscribers count for the Network, and answered questions from their investors. Here summary of one of the comments made by an investor and Vince’s answer.
The caller asked whether the brand extension has been a success, and he asked about TV ratings and future TV deals. Vince said the brand extension has been a success just as they thought it would be. He said there is crossover, but they are also bringing in new viewers for Smackdown. He spoke of fresh talent. He used Roman Reigns as an example, noting that he hasn’t appeared on Smackdown, but it will be a big deal when and if he does.
This segment shows so much of Vince McMahon’s ideology. He doesn’t get it anymore. He’s got two major problems with this particular segment: He doesn’t get what fans think about Roman Reigns and he doesn’t get what fans want out of a “brand extension” or brand split.
Let’s start with Roman Reigns. It is clear to anyone who watches even the smallest amounts of WWE Programming and Reigns is on the screen: fans don’t like him. Kids do. Woman just want to have sex with him. But the hard-working, paying fan does not want to buy a Roman Reigns shirt. They don’t want to see him on their TV and they don’t buy tickets to see him. If you see a the poll inserted below, I am asking you who you buy tickets to see in a WWE event. I bet it’s not Roman Reigns.
Reigns draws the worst kind of heat. People like to justify it by saying that John Cena had the same kind of hate as did The Rock. But there is one big difference between both cases: fans bought tickets to boo and hate John Cena and the Rock. Fans won’t be making that transformation for Reigns, at least not anytime soon.
Vince’s opposition to turn Reigns heel also shows that he’s out of touch with what fans want from Reigns. If fans boo him, give them a reason to BOO! Let Reigns being the cocky douche bag that he probably is in real life. After a few years of that, build up a proper face turn and BAM, Reigns will be loved. Or close to it.
Now, the brand split.
When WWE announced the brand split last summer, I was so excited to finally be able to see potential stars being made. I was excited that I wouldn’t be able to see all the wrestlers (erm…Superstars) on both shows. I was excited to see that they were going to invest in brand specific pay-per-view events. And so far, that’s been pretty good.
However, the idea of Roman Reigns showing up on Smackdown! Live does not excite me nor does the idea of anyone showing up on the brand they are not on excited me. WWE Fans wanted to see WWE stick to a narrative for once. WWE switching things up so fast and makes decisions on the fly that it’s crazy to understand why they still have a loyal audience. I understand when they pulled the turn on Seth Rollins after Fin Balor got hurt. I understand if they put someone else in Rollins’ place. But doing brand switches for the sake of being bored is not what fans want. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that WWE announce a draft or trade season during the summer. I would be surprised if fans accept it.
Vince, please give us at least 2 years of solid rosters before you do a draft. Or if there is a draft, make it an NXT Call up draft where each show gets 2 singles stars and a tag team. But a full-fledged company wide draft would be stupid a year into the split.
But I know that things will probably begin changing after WrestleMania.