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WWE News: Highlights From Today’s NXT TakeOver Conference Call



With NXT TakeOver: Chicago II on the horizon this Saturday at the Allstate Arena, WWE’s Triple H took part in a media conference call for the event that has just wrapped up. There were many topics discussed from TakeOver, to questions about specific Superstars, the Performance Center and more. Below are the highlights from the call:

  • Triple H starts by talking about NXT’s trip overseas, explains they’re back in the US for TakeOver and then heading back to England for the United Kingdom Championship Tournament.
  • Next set of NXT tapings at Full Sail will be June 21st.
  • There are no plans right now to expand the Performance Center, but he’s open to it.
  • He’s ready for Lars Sullivan to “knock it out of the park” at TakeOver.
  • Global localization is something that will continue and he would like to see something similar to the territory days down the road as technology gets better.
  • There was no “space” for Danny Burch previously, but Triple H kept watch of him which led to his return to NXT under contract.
  • When it comes to social media, people will make mistakes, but that’s part of what is taught at the Performance Center.
  • Triple H says that Ricochet tweaked his shoulder in Paris, but is not injured and was held off of last night’s show in Belgium as a precaution.
  • As for why the UK Championship Tournament won’t be airing live, HHH said that he was approached by Royal Albert Hall to bring NXT there and those were the only dates he could get, so he jumped on the chance and just “worked out better” for it to be taped.
  • He wants to work again with Paul Ellering provided the situation makes sense and Ellering is available.
  • The plan for the UK Division has taken longer, but has mostly stayed the same with some tweaks.
  • When asked if NXT could come to cable, HHH replied, “It depends on what comes up”.
  • Triple H said he likes to give fans something special as we’ve seen with The Revival and Tyler Breeze making surprise appearances at NXT events and would love to do more of that.

EA’s Take: I’d say this is a pretty standard conference call, we really didn’t learn a whole lot that we weren’t previously aware of. We reported earlier on the possible injury to Ricochet (which you can check out here), but I never felt that he was in jeopardy of missing TakeOver based off the information. Turns out, spot on. We also got to find out why the UK Tournament is happening on such an odd schedule, but it’s not anything that I’d deem “breaking news”. More of a pretty logical explanation. Lastly, he puts to bed the rumors of a bigger Performance Center in the works, which I also never bought. Roode was quoted as saying he had heard that, yet everyone who reported it also posted the interview in question and Roode said no such thing. So I never really knew where that came from to begin with.


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MLW News: Final Card For Tonight’s Never Say Never Fusion TV Tapings



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A look at the lineup for MLW’s Never Say Never TV tapings!

A weekend loaded with tons of professional wrestling across the country will kick off beginning tonight, as one of the bigger company’s here in the United States heads to Miami, Florida.

Major League Wrestling’s back-to-back nights at the Scottish Rite Temple starts with Never Say Never this evening, which is being taped for Fusion on beIN Sports. After a few changes due to some injuries (including to the Never Say Never main event), things looks to be finalized with just hours remaining before bell time.

Here’s a look at the final advertised lineup for tonight’s show, which you will be able to watch in the coming weeks every Friday night at 8PM EST on beIN Sports:

Pentagon Jr. vs. Teddy Hart

Falls Count Anywhere
LA Park vs. Sami Callihan

No Holds Barred, No Ropes Fight
Tom Lawlor vs. Simon Gotch

Rich Swann vs. Dragon Lee

Rush vs. Shane Strickland

DJZ vs. Hijo de LA Park

Dezmond Xavier vs. Andrew Everett

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WWE News: John Cena Speaks On Not Being Able To Wrestle While Filming A Movie



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John Cena talks retirement, being told he can’t wrestle while filming and more!

It’s no secret that the man who has been the face of the WWE for over a decade, John Cena, is winding down his in-ring career as the past couple of years have seen the 16-time champion spend less time with the company and more on outside projects.

‘The Leader of the Cenation’ will be making his WWE return this month on December 26th (see his upcoming WWE schedule here) after last competing at Super Show-Down in October, while at the same time his newest film ‘Bumblebee’ will be hitting theaters this Christmas. He has already confirmed that he will be at WrestleMania 35, so it’s expected he will be sticking around from his return until at least then.

Cena sat down with ESPN’s Cari Champion recently to promote the release of ‘Bumblebee’ and spoke on a number of topics including retirement from the ring and why he can’t compete inside the squared circle while he’s shooting a movie. When asked if he ever thinks to himself, “This is it for wrestling”, Cena responded:

“Well, that’s like asking an athlete like, ‘Hey, do you ever contemplate retirement?’, and you can ask a professional rookie that. You have to because anything that you rely on your body for an end result, time is gonna catch up with you. So there is gonna come a point where I can no longer keep up with the pace. I made a promise to myself years ago, years before I ever found my passion for being on-screen, when I can’t keep up with the pace I gotta walk away. I don’t wanna take a buyer’s money and have sit down and be like, ‘Ah, he’s just hanging on’. I don’t ever want that feeling.”

Cena would continue and speak about why he wants to wrestle while shooting movie and can’t, as well as how he previously misjudged The Rock by not understanding what comes with shooting a movie:

“So I don’t think that correlates with what I’m doing now. The biggest difficulty is trying to juggle stuff because I have learned and I’m trying to fight the system, but I’m losing, when you’re in production for a movie they don’t allow you to wrestle because I can’t go to a WWE taping, have my nose put over here [in reference to his broken nose in a match against Seth Rollins]. Not only does it not look good, ‘Man, you don’t look right’. So then they shut the movie down and there’s 150 people that are expecting a paycheck for that movie and I just screwed them out of their wage and it ups the budget of the movie, so I just put the movie behind the eight ball of possibly being a financial success.

So as much as I want to do everything, you can’t and this is a GIANT misunderstanding I had with what Dwayne was doing, what The Rock was doing ’cause he does movie after movie after movie after movie and I know the feeling of wanting to go back and I’m going back as soon as I can, but I can’t go back until I’m done with this. So I totally get it and I kinda called him out for it and that was me being an ass and I was totally wrong and ignorant and young and stupid and I’ve told him, ‘I’m sorry’, but it’s something I think that our fans don’t understand. If LeBron James was to take a break from basketball because he had the opportunity to film something, basketball fans would be like, ‘What are you doing? Go back to basketball’. So I understand the resentment, but it’s a tough balancing act and I’m bold enough to try.”

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