— The final round of NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament takes place on Sunday and includes the semifinal matches of DGUSA’s PAC vs Ryusuke Taguchi and Low Ki vs Prince Devitt. The winners will meet in the finals on Sunday night.
On the final regular match-ups that happened today, Ki completed a perfect tournament to win the B block, PAC won the A block, Devitt beat Jushin Liger to win #2 in the A block and Taguchi won #2 in the B Block after winning a three-way against Brian Kendrick and Alex Koslov.
— Tully Blanchard had an interview with Kayfabe Wrestling Radio’s Alan Wojcik about several topics.
He talked about his role as a heel in wrestling, teaming with Gino Hernandez, modern vs 80’s wrestling security and running from building for safety, the Horsemen schedule, his interaction with Baby Doll and JJ Dillon, his departure from WWE/NWA and later ministry work. He also talked about his favorite team San Antonio Spurs.
Here are highlights:
On being a heel and not being a babyface: “No, not ever. I started in this business as a babyface ‘cause I was a promoter’s kid and that lasted about a year, maybe two years. I wasn’t a babyface, I wasn’t a good babyface. There was 500 guys equal to me or better than me as a babyface; but as a heel that’s where I was at my best and I could make others around me be at their best.”
On wrestling security: “Security in the 80’s was different as it was in the mid-80’s and on; barricades and police and everything as opposed to two poles and string… Two deputies that are local fans as well, that don’t like you and won’t fight for you, versus having a security team made up of police that would travel with you. So, that kind of stuff is definitely something you had to be aware of and know how to do.”
On the art of “Heat”: “You had to control the crowd; no matter how mad they were, you could not show fear. You had to be absolutely immovable and control your setting, because I’ve been in a couple of very, very hairy situations, that if it would have gotten chaotic, people could have gotten hurt, me included. That’s something that’s not taught anymore; I’m don’t know it was ever really taught, I learned from some very key people. That kind of heat, I don’t know if it is generated anymore.”
On ministry vs. wrestling: “They tried to get me to come back in 1991, and offered me $1,000 a day, and then Ricky (Steamboat) took my spot, cause I turned it down, for 100 days.”… “I had a newborn, and I was adjusting to being a dad, to being a husband, and to this is how I get paid and feed my family (is traveling and speaking) and I get offered $100,000 for wrestling and I talked to my pastor and didn’t feel right about it.” … “I told them I couldn’t do it and Ricky Steamboat slid right in and had his biggest year in wrestling.”
— Paul Roma spoke with ClubWWI.com’s James Guttman. He talks about various topics including Ric Flair’s WWE Hall of Fame induction, not being included in the Horsemen induction, society’s anti-bullying campaign, how he told his own son to handle a bully, why women cheat on their husbands, Gorilla Monsoon, Hulk Hogan’s recent retweet and more. Here are highlights of the interview:
On Brooke Hogan’s debut and being presented as above the Knockouts: “It’s always about who you know and really not much about what you know. So, you know, Hogan obviously has a lot of pull. He knows what kind of business the business is. One of the things was always that you never bring family members into professional wrestling in any nature whether announcers, ring girls, valets, or whatever you want to call them. That being said, he’s going to have to travel everywhere with her and probably room with her too, because he’s not going to trust everybody else around her. And he’s probably trying to get her a payday because her singing career flopped. Look, at the end of the day, when someone’s a singer, it doesn’t matter if your father is Hulk Hogan. Either you can sing or you can’t sing. Make it or you won’t make it. But he has to realize something. He’s not that guy anymore. Nobody gives a shit about him anymore. He has no juice as far as in the real world. So, that’s why she’s in wrestling. Can’t make it anywhere else. ”
On Hogan’s several returns and his current TNA run: “I still run into people who know me and say, ‘hey, you look great’ or you were this or you were that. Great. But that’s gone. It’s over. If I was to come back, sure, you’d get some people who would come out. But you’re preaching to a new audience. Either they’re going to accept you or they’re not. At least my body still looks great. He looks like shit. He comes back and does the same shit. His skin and everything is flapping all over the place. He’s out of shape and thinks he’s still that same guy back in the day and he’s not. It’s over. His notoriety is over. These companies that keep bringing him back in thinking he’s going to do something, how long does it take them to figure out he’s not drawing the crowds he used to?”
On WWE RAW going threeh ours and WWE’s future 10 hours of new content per week: “”Maybe he’s testing the waters to see how many suckers there are out there…Maybe if you add in a lot of commercials and get endorsements from that. It has to be about making money. At the end of the day do you seriously think (Vince) cares about the fans anymore?…We can go back and forth until we’re blue in the face. It’s not gonna change anything. He’s an egomaniac. He thinks everything he touches turns to gold. That’s why he brings back the Hogans and Flairs and he thinks it’s gonna make him money and it flops. You’d think he’s have learned when he tried to start his own bodybuilding federation. Then he tried to get into football. Had his own league. Then he tried to promote boxing. He makes movies. And he flops. But he’s that guy who looks in the mirror and says, ‘Wow. I’m doing well.’ Well, it ain’t from everything else you’re doing because everything else you’re doing flopped. Now he’s losing sight of what got his company to where it was. Maybe he has so much money, he doesn’t have to. I don’t know.”
On announcers not being allowed to say “wrestling” on TV: “I think Vince should have realized he didn’t have the power he thought he had when he went up against WWF for the rights to (the name) and he lost. He had to change to WWE. That should have told you something. He beat the drug investigation. He beat that. Then he does the battle with WWF and he lost that. Then he did movies and he lost that. Then he promotes boxing, he loses that. Promote football, loses that. Tries to create his own bodybuilding world, he loses that. But, like the fat girl in the mirror with her skirt hiked up to her ass, exploding through it, he doesn’t see it. He just doesn’t see it. He’s a very jealous, insecure man. Hence back to Power and Glory. They didn’t create our dolls because he never liked me. He’s jealous of me. Couldn’t look like me. Couldn’t get the women I got. Couldn’t have the body I had, and still have. A little smaller, but still. He didn’t have the security that I have. The self confidence that I have. So he pushes people back. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Don’t create t-shirts for Power and Glory. Don’t send them to the top. Get them close, but then pull them back down. Then split the team up. That’s him, man. That’s what he’s all about. He can look in the mirror and see what he wants to see, but the people who know him, know the real him. And if he looks deep enough, he knows the real him. He’s just a punk ass bitch.”