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D-Von Dudley Discusses Wrestling Influences, Helping Xavier Woods

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2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductee D-Von Dudley recently was a guest on the “Chasing Glory ” podcast with Lilian Garcia. During his interview, Dudley discussed the influence Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon had on his career and helping Xavier Woods.

After starting his career in ECW as part of The Dudley Boyz alongside Bubba-Ray Dudley, D-Von was one of Heyman’s most prized superstars. The Dudley Boyz were a massively popular act in ECW, and that translated when they made the jump to WWE. Dudley said the combination of tutelage they received from Heyman and McMahon is what helped them become the superstars that wrestling fans across the world fell in love with.

“All the promos we were able to shoot and to be good at it is all because of ‘Dr. Frankenstein.’ The Dr. Frankenstein I am referring to is Paul Heyman. He was the creator. We would like to say, Paul Heyman was the one that found and created us, but Vince McMahon molded us into the Superstars that we are today. We are grateful for both men, number one, ECW and Paul Heyman changed the face of Professional Wrestling and helped start the Attitude Era, and of course Vince McMahon, who is the master,” Dudley said. “He is the ‘Yoda’ of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment. I am not just saying that because I still work for the man as a backstage Agent, but when you look at what he has done and where he has brought Professional Wrestling. Whether you like him or not, you see that he has changed Professional Wrestling. Pro Wrestling was that thing that you never talked about, if you did it was only among the selected few. Now, it is one of the biggest things out there and now everybody loves Professional Wrestling.”

Dudley also discussed his mentoring of WWE superstar Xavier Woods. As a member of The New Day, Woods is a part of one of the most popular acts on the roster today, but that wasn’t always the case. Dudley explained that Woods was unhappy during his time and TNA, so he gave him advice on making the jump to WWE.

“Xavier Woods was in an organization [TNA Wrestling] that I am not too keen on. This organization treated him bad, and Xavier told me that he may have a chance to go to WWE, but he may not and he doesn’t know what to do. We sat and talked for about 40 minutes; till this day he thanked me for making that phone call, and I believe it was Terry Taylor who was helping doing the hiring at the time, not sure who was in charge, but he basically thanked me for helping him make that decision in going to the WWE,” Dudley said. “I am not saying that there wouldn’t have been a New Day without Xavier Woods, but each individual brings something to the table, and I believe the success of all three of them with the charisma and personality is what made New Day who they are today. So, I was very happy when I came back to WWE and Woods was there. I had forgotten all about it until he reminded me that I was one of the reasons that made him go back and have that conversation with WWE.”

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Sheamus Injured, Changes In ROH, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe and More! (4/19/19)

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Impact Interested In International Star?

With the start of AEW, NJPW losing some of it’s top stars, and WWE having unhappy superstars, every company seems to be doing what they can to add new talent. Impact Wrestling appears to be interested in a top international talent, Flamita, according to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Jason’s Take

Flamita is considered by many to be a very innovative wrestler and is a 3rd generation talent. Many may knock Impact Wrestling, but they do have a knack for adding a lot of top, independent talent.

Sheamus Dealing With Injury

Many stars in WWE have been battling through injuries or are on the shelf for an extended period of time. You can add Sheamus to the list that includes Nia Jax, Daniel Bryan, and Big E. According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sheamus reportedly is dealing with a concussion.

Jason’s Take

The injury bug seems to be biting hard in WWE. The company has taken a cautious approach to concussions (Daniel Bryan, Alexa Bliss) so Sheamus may be out for some time. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

WWE Cracking Down On Counterfeit Merchandise

During WrestleMania weekend, there reportedly was various vendors around the MetLife Stadium area that were selling counterfeit WWE merchandise. According to PWInsider, the company was able to obtain a federal injunction to seize counterfeit merchandise. WWE will be able to prevent the distribution of any items that contain WWE names, trademarks, copyrights, etc.

Jason’s Take

I would have assumed that WWE already had an injunction in place regarding counterfeit merchandise. WrestleMania season would be the time where all sorts of this type of merchandise would go for sale.

Update On Samoa Joe

The US Champion Samoa Joe was absent from both RAW and SmackDown Live this week, causing fans to question his status. According to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Joe was absent from the superstar shake-up due to a bout of the flu. According to Meltzer, the plan is for Joe to head to the RAW brand where he will feud with Braun Strowman.

Jason’s Take

Joe and Strowman should be entertaining, as their interactions when feuding with Brock Lesnar were some of the more entertaining parts of RAW a few years back.

Changes Coming To Ring Of Honor?

According to Fightful.com, Ring Of Honor appears to be undergoing some changes. The changes are to some of the behind the scenes roles in the company. Danny Cage has been let go from the company as many didn’t agree with the ideas he had related to production. Joey Mercury will be taking over Cage’s role. Mercury and Bully Ray have had a bigger part in creative.

Jason’s Take

Bully Ray has had backstage roles in various companies dating back to his time in ECW. He does seem to have a good creative mind and hopefully this will help the direction of the ROH product.

 

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: New WWE Signings, Daniel Bryan Hurt? Sasha Still Unhappy and More! (4/18/19)

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WWE Announces News Signings

Today on WWE.com, the company officially announced its latest signings, though fans have known about these signings for some time. The company welcomes KUSHIDA, Garza Jr. and Shane Strickland to the WWE Performance Center in Florida. You can read more about the signings here.

Jason’s Take

While many on the current roster have asked for their release or unhappy, the company has added some talent with these three signings. My hope here is that WWE knows what to do with these three creatively.

Sasha Banks Still Unhappy?

Time for your daily Sasha Banks update! As we found out this week, the Boss N Hug connection looks to be split up, and the company may or may not be playing the unhappiness of Sasha Banks as part of a storyline. According to today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Banks continues to be unhappy with the company. Dave Meltzer would say:

“It was not only that they were losing the championships that they found out on Sunday,” Meltzer said. He added, “they were told that they were splitting the team.”

Jason’s Take

More drama for Sasha. It is tough to like her, in all honesty. If you are unhappy, leave and do something else.

Daniel Bryan Dealing With Serious Injury?

Since losing the WWE Championship to Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35, we haven’t heard much from Daniel Bryan. There may be a reason as to why. PWInsider is reporting that Bryan is dealing with an injury, and the company is keeping the specific injury closely guarded.

Jason’s Take

The hope here is that Bryan is not suffering from another concussion.

Japan’s Wrestle-1 To Conduct US Tryouts

Japan’s Wrestle-1 promotion is partnering with Lucha Otaku and will be holding tryouts in the US. The Inoki Dojo in Huntington Park will be one of the locations holding tryouts for Wrestle-1, and the tryouts will be on June 15, 2019. Kaz Hayashi and Sonny Onoo will be running the tryouts and selecting up to two wrestlers to train at the Wrestle-1 Dojo in Japan for a week.

Jason’s Take

If you are looking at getting in to the professional wrestling business, has there ever been a better time to do so ? Now, the international promotions are making their way to the US. You have to wonder though, is there TOO MUCH wrestling to follow it all?

Reasoning Behind Road Dogg Stepping Down

Road Dogg Brian James recently stepped down as co-head writer of SmackDown Live, and a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter elaborated as to why. Dave Meltzer would state that James was upset with having to put in long hours and multiple miles of back and forth travel, only to have Vince McMahon change the writing the day of the show.

Jason’s Take

I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a writer in WWE. You have a boss like Vince McMahon, who reportedly doesn’t sleep, and views sneezing as a weakness. Let alone all the travel, the hours, and stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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