Ranjit Chahal for his help with the following newsbits:
-- Since the topic of part time performers coming back and taking spots at WrestleMania 29 has become a hot issue, Cody Rhodes recently shared his feelings about the matter during an interview. The second generation star would rather not see guys like the Rock, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar next year. Cody said:
"I love the fact that Brock Lesnar, and the Rock, and Chris Jericho are here because they're guaranteed. They've proven that they can go in the ring. For Wrestlemania this year, I think it's wonderful. I think there wasn't any room for that celebrity involvement. Who's a bigger celebrity than the Rock? I think it's wonderful that he's returning to his roots, because he loves wrestling. He loves wrestling. He loves sports entertainment too, but he loves wrestling. I dig that about the Rock. But next year, at WrestleMania 30, it's a personal goal ... and I know Dolph Ziggler is the same way, Wade Barrett is probably the same way, that it's not about bringing anyone back. Let these guys go home. They did everything they possibly could, let them go home. They're going to go off into the sunset heroes and having had great matches, but new stars are moving forward. Sports entertainment has to evolve or it won't continue"
-- Superstar Billy Graham recently created a buzz when he called out Bruno Sammartino for accepting the WWE Hall of Fame induction. The former heavyweight champion has finally responded to those remarks during a recent interview to promote WrestleMania 29. Bruno States:
"I think I feel sorry for him. I think he's done so much drugs throughout his career that his brains been burned out because he speaks of things he knows nothing about. For example in my own situation, he knows very well that when I spoke about WWE and was very critical about them, that he had heard me say if they changed everything that I would change my mind. He heard me from years ago saying yes I would. He's been critical of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York and he wanted out of that because he got mad at somebody, I don't know who. He recently was appalled at CM Punk because he said something about me wrestling in the Garden once a month. The things that Billy Graham says, I really have no idea why he says them. He talks about things without really knowing all the facts. I just think there's something wrong with the man."
-- Bruno Sammartino has been dong more interviews than normal because he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend. He was recently asked for his opinions on John Cena, a performer who has received quite a bit of criticism from the fans. The former heavyweight champion shares his candid thoughts. Bruno said:
"He looks very well, looks like he works out very hard. He moves well in the ring and I have only seen him maybe twice all together. I have not seen enough of him, but from what I've seen you can tell he absolutely is one of the top ones in the organization but sometimes I would like to see these guys wrestle a 30-40 minute match. i can get a better idea of how good they are, when they have to put in that kind of time, tells me wheat kind of condition they have and how their skills would be out there for that amount of time. I haven't seen any long matches like that yet. One of the times I saw him in a cage match and there was a referee and they were doing wrestling holds. In my day, you would have a cage match as maybe the third match with a guy and there would be no referee, and just everything goes and the fans used to find that extremely exciting. Now it's so changed, thes guys are doing regular armlocks and headlocks. It's so different now, I just can't compare it to the era I was involved in."