-- WWE will hold their latest NXT taping at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida tonight. The first NXT champion being crowned in a tournament final between Jinder Mahal and Seth Rollins.
Also advertised as appearing are The Big Show, Jim Ross, Dusty Rhodes, Richie Steamboat and Kassius Ohno.
You can purchase tickets starting at 4 PM at the Full Sail Box Office (141 University Park Drive, Winter Park, FL).
-- This is the eighth edition of Booker T's "Reality of Wrestling" bring you the top unsigned talent from around the United State and also getting a small peek inside these young men's lives.
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Former TNA Wrestling talents and one of Crossfire Wrestling's hot tag teams, Chase Stevens and Cassidy Riley, The Hotshots, joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio Tuesday Night. In a nearly 90 minute interview, they discussed Cassidy's college football knowledge and the recent Penn State sanctions, Chase's acting projects and experience, their involvement with the wrestling gaming industry, their views on the TNA product in the post-Russo era, James Storm and how far he's come, how they think they compare against so of the great tag teams of the past, the upcoming August 4th "Once in a Lifetime" event and their pending match with the Diamonds in the Rough, Bret Hart's involvement with Crossfire and his upcoming seminar which they are both a part of and so much more.
If Cassidy's was a part of the WWE 13 game and who they possibly are motion captured as:
CR: "Yeah, yeah I was. I signed a deal to do the UFC game that was coming up; that would be coming out soon. Then three days before I was supposed to go to San Diego to start shooting, I got a phone call that was the THQ San Diego office had closed down and had sold the game to EA Sports, and they were moving production to Vancouver, so that didn't look like it would be going through now… It's not really anything I'm allowed to talk about until the game actually releases. But, I have seen a lot of it and it's going to be awesome. They've started previewing some of the stuff last night in the 1000th episode of RAW. It really was cool sitting back and watch the commercials and just recognize some of the stuff we had done, so that was a good feeling. In a small way, it's kind of like I was a small, minute part of that show last night, with the commercials and all. It was a great experience; Chase has done a lot of work out there too, you know that love him and he's awesome when it comes to mo-cap. It's just been a really good gig for us the past several years."
CS: "It's real cool playing the games when they come out, seeing the character you did, gets to walk down to the ring and you can pick out here and there little things, like how you walk and then you can sit around and call you friends and say ‘No, that's really me. That's not Triple H there, that's me.' Yeah, that's fun"
CR: "And that's the neat part too. After we've all been out there and once you get through the commercials, or whatever that they're having advertising for, you can pick out, ‘Ok, that was Chase, that was me, that was (Mike) Mondo. Whoever.' You may not exactly remember the shot but you can just tell subtle movements and little ways people do different stuff in the ring. It's easy to figure out so that makes it real cool."
On what they've seen from TNA Recently post-Russo (Pritchard/Lagana Era):
CS: "I do watch, I see it here and there. I travel now on the indys a lot and I am booked Tuesday through Saturday so it's hard for me to just sit and watch it. But I do Tivo it and try to catch little thing here and there. I don't see too much of a charge, really, outside of trying to revive the X Division right now. Bring in some of the old X Division guys and local indy guys and pushing the X Division back up to here it used to be; just trying to revive it. That's what caught on with TNA in the first place, when me and Cassidy were there: these young, high-flyers. That's what that company is about; it wasn't about the main heavyweight materials guys, they had them but the main talk was about the X Division, the younger, smaller guys getting noticed and getting to pull of some spectacular moves and stunts. I think over the past few years, they've really moved away from that, completely, and I think right now the main thing with Russo not being there is; I'm not sure Russo was even the problem, but creative has come to the conclusion to revive the X Division."
CR: "I agree 100% with pretty much everything he said. I think that they are making changes in the right direction. In this business, it's never anything that can happen overnight; it's a marathon, not a sprint. So, it is nice to see them bringing back the X Division and starting to push their younger guys; like he said you've got James Storm and Bobby Roode, and now you've got Austin Aries as the Champion. Like Chase said, it's what the company was founded on: building their own new stars and that's what caught on and made TNA so hot and kept it alive for so long, was the X Division and they pushed the Tag Division at one time; that's something the WWE isn't doing at all right now, either one of those. So, you want to stand out and offer the wrestling business and the fans a different aspect than what WWE is doing. Because you cannot compete with the WWE; I mean, in all intents and terms, they are a machine, they are the mecca, they have money going out the wazoo, their production is top notch; they've been doing this on such a large scale for so long. I don't care... (Continues on next page)