Scotty 2 Hotty on Being in the Ring More, Young Talent and Theme Parks

scottywwe13Scotty 2 Hotty talks about appearance at Raw Old School earlier this year, being a part of the NXT Arrival show, why he is back in the ring more often now and working indy shows including with tag-team partner Brian Christopher after being apart for years, getting a chance to see old friends, the new talent in the WWE, helping at the performance center, why he never worked for another big company, becoming a firefighter and the TMZ story on that, being a part of WrestleMania in the past and his thoughts on this year’s show, his affinity for theme parks and much more.

Scotty will be signing autographs at WrestleCon in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday of WrestleMania weekend.  Also, he is helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania Dream Vacation Raffle to support RAINN where the winner not only gets airfare to New Orleans plus tickets to WrestleMania 30, the Hall of Fame, Raw, and a whole lot more including airfare to Orlando, Florida where you’ll spend four nights at an Animal Kingdom resort, four-day parkhopper passes to Disney World and on one of those days Scotty will be your personal tour guide!

You can follow him on Twitter @The Scotty2Hotty and follow him on Facebook as well.

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Eric Gargiulo Talks WWE Network, Mania 30 and Steve Austin Missing

gargiuloEric Gargiulo of CamelClutchBlog.com talks about his experiences with the WWE Network so far, the marketing of the network, Steve Austin’s relationship with the WWE and why we don’t see him more often, the lineup for WrestleMania 30, what he thought the card was originally going to be, CM Punk walking out on the company, memories of guys coming up through the indies and more.

Follow Eric on Twitter @CamelClutchBlog

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WWE Raw: Time to Get Serious on Road to WrestleMania

triplehbeatdownbryanBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including Triple H putting an epic beatdown on Daniel Bryan, the added stipulation to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, Batista’s skinny jeans making a return, more buildup in the matches between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as well as John Cena against Bray Wyatt, how the rest of the card for Mania is shaping up, if there are too many people on the show and more including your questions.

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Hey Fool! Mr. T Going into WWE Hall of Fame

mr-tTMZ.com broke the story earlier today but as has been rumored for weeks, Mr. T is headed to the WWE Hall of Fame.

The former A-Team member and Rocky challenger Clubber Lang reportedly turned down the invite from the WWE in 2009 and will be this year’s celebrity to get inducted.

Here is the official press release:

MR. T TO ENTER WWE® HALL OF FAME
LIVE ON WWE NETWORK

STAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that pop-culture icon Mr. T will be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9:00 PM ET.

Mr. T is one of the most iconic personas in entertainment history, starring in the hit television show “The A-Team” and the blockbuster film “Rocky III.”  In addition to his Hollywood career, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s.  In 1985, he was part of the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania® at Madison Square Garden, successfully teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper™ and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff™.  In 1986, he defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by disqualification in a special boxing match at WrestleMania® 2 and also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event® program.

“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO.  “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”

Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry. Other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior™, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita™, Paul Bearer™ and Carlos Colon™.

The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on Saturday, April 5 from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.  Tickets are currently on sale through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

WrestleMania 30 takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, April 6 live on WWE Network. For more information on how to get WWE Network click here. WrestleMania 30 will also be available on pay-per-view. Fans should check with their cable, satellite or telco provider for availability.

WWE Network is the first-ever 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.  Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe at WWE.com.  WWE Network is available through the WWE App on TV via connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3, Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.

Plenty of Challengers in Stacked UFC Welterweight Division

hendricksIt was an instant classic with Johny Hendricks digging deep in the fifth and final round to defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 and become the UFC welterweight championship.   But there is no time to rest for the new champ with plenty of contenders in the stacked welterweight division.

The dream scenario for would be a rematch against Georges St-Pierre who escaped with a narrow – and controversial – win against Hendricks at UFC 167 before announcing that he was vacating the belt and taking time off.

GSP has not given any signs on when he might return after stepping away to deal with what he called some personal issues.  But UFC President Dana White said last week that he knows “for a fact” that St-Pierre will return to the octagon at some point.

You can read the rest of the column at The Orlando Sentinel website.

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TNA Champ Magnus Talks Return to Orlando, Heroes and Being the Bad Guy

magnusTNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus talks about the company returning to Orlando this Thursday for a live edition of Impact and then TV tapings on Friday and Saturday night (find out more information at ImpactWrestling.com), the pressure that comes with being the champion, playing the bad guy, how he deals with scrutiny from fans, the youth movement in the company, the exclusive group he’s a part of and more.

You can read the entire interview with Magnus at The Orlando Sentinel.

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WWE Raw: Daniel Bryan, WWE Fans Get Their Wish for WrestleMania 30

wwebryanoccupyrawBrian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night with Daniel Bryan finally getting his match against Triple H at WrestleMania and him “possibly” being added to the championship match on the show, other matches now official for WrestleMania including the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, other ideas for the big event and more.  Plus they talk about the TNA Lockdown PPV and your questions.

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TNA’s Davey Richards on Lockdown, Dying in Japan and Squid Jerky

richardstnaTNA Wrestling’s Davey Richards talks about this Sunday’s Lockdown PPV where he will be a part of Tean MVP with Eddie Edwards, MVP and Jeff Hardy against Team Dixie which includes Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the BroMans in a Lethal Lockdown cage match, what the last few months have been like for him, why TNA Wrestling was the place for him and Edwards right now, his tryout with the WWE and why they didn’t end up there, his nasty breakup from Ring of Honor, why he is forever tied to Japan and thinks he will die there, coming close to retiring, the perception from some that he is a jerk, stay in shape on the road eating squid jerky and more.

You can read the entire interview at The Orlando Sentinel.  Follow Davey on Twitter @RichardsWesley, on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/daveyrichardsTNA and on his Instagram at Instagram.com/richardswesley.

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TNA Wrestling’s MVP returning home for Lockdown Event

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courtesy of TNA Wrestling

The last time that Montel Vontavious Porter – better known as MVP – wrestled in south Florida, it was four years ago and with a different company.  Now, the Miami-based wrestler is finally making his return as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Lockdown event this Sunday which airs live on pay-per-view.

“It’s not just coming home to Miami, it’s coming home to Miami with a new company, a new attitude and the fact that we’re at BankUnited Center which is in Coral Gables where the University of Miami Hurricanes play,” said MVP (Hassan Assad).  “As a matter of fact, I’m going to wear a Hurricanes jersey out to the ring.  I’m going to wear my orange, green and white Hurricane ring gear with a jersey on top because it’s all about The U.  And The U invented swag and in professional wrestling, nobody has more swag than MVP.”

The last time he wrestled in the United States, it was in 2010 with World Wrestling Entertainment.  After a successful five years with the company, he decided it was time for a change.

To read the rest of the story, go to The Orlando Sentinel.

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TNA Wresters Magnus and Samoa Joe Talk Lockdown PPV

lockdown1TNA stars Magnus and Samoa Joe did a conference call with the media discussing their match for the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at the Lockdown pay-per-view, the show returning to the all-cage match format, headlining a three-hour show which TNA does not do as often now, their reactions from the audience in the UK, their roles with the company and trying to help it grow, where the company should be looking for more talent and the youth movement there, separating their characters from who they really are, working with Sting, going from the past regime to the current one and more.

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Artist Rob Schamberger On Painting Wrestlers, WrestleMania 30 Work

rob schambergerRob Schamberger has been making a name for himself by painting wrestlers.  His work has become so popular that not only are the fans enjoying it but so are the wrestlers themselves.  Rob talks about how he started painting wrestlers, when his work started to get noticed, his Champions Collection and how far away he is to completing it, who he is looking forward to painting, working with the WWE on a charity auction, special works he has been commissioned to do, helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania XXX Dream Vacation raffle to support RAINN and what he will be doing in New Orleans for WrestleMania week.

You can check out Rob’s website RobSchamberger.com to see his various pieces of art and you can follow him on Twitter @RobSchamberger.

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WWE Raw: No CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Triple H Escalates on Hot Show

bryanhhhBrian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.

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Could We See CM Punk Make His WWE Return on Raw Tonight?

cm-punk-lookingIt has been over a month since CM Punk last appeared for the WWE entering the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant and surviving until the final four before being eliminated by Kane.

He was scheduled to be on Raw the following night but within an hour of the show going on the air, Punk decided for whatever reason he didn’t want to be there and walked out on the company.

Read the rest of this post at Brian’s blog at The Orlando Sentinel.

Vitor Belfort Out of UFC 173, Lyoto Machida to Face Chris Weidman

belfortposeJust hours after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy, Vitor Belfort pulled out of his upcoming middleweight title bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 173.  Former champion Lyoto Machida has already agreed to square off against Weidman for the title.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program,” Belfort said in a statement.  “As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.  Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

UFC 173 takes place on May 24 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Belfort was riding a three-fight winning streak, defeating Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson, all by knockout.  All three of these bouts took place in Brazil where he was allowed to continue to use TRT.

That was going to come under scrutiny once Belfort was given the title shot against Weidman in Las Vegas.  He would first have to apply for a license in Nevada where he failed a drug test for elevated testosterone in 2006.  Belfort would have been required to go before the NSAC and apply for a license as well as an exemption for TRT use.

Now, Machida get his chance to reclaim the UFC middleweight championship against Weidman at UFC 173.  Machida is coming off a unanimous decision win over Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night on February 15.

Triple H Talks NXT Arrival Show, WWE Developmental and Looking Foward

triplehsuitbigWWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque (Triple H) spoke with the media on a conference all to talk about the NXT Arrival show which will air Thursday night live on the WWE Network, NXT as a whole and the growth of the WWE developmental system, the performance center in Orlando, taking a bigger role in the company over the past few years, seeing younger talent come up through the system and now be on the main WWE roster, being involved in the creative process with the company and with NXT and much more.

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WWE Raw Recap, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker Return

undertakerbrockstareBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the returns of both Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker who confronted Brock Lesnar, the Wyatt Family still going after John Cena who may have been injured and more.  Plus, they talk about the debut of the WWE Network, how WrestleMania 30 looks right now along with your questions.

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First 10 Things You Should Watch on WWE Network

wwe-networkThe big day is almost here, Christmas in February for wrestling fans with the WWE Network set to launch on Monday morning at 9:00a ET.  Over 1,500 hours of video-on-reman will be available immediately including all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views.

If that isn’t enough, WWE will also include all new pay-per-views as well as encores of new episodes of Raw and Smackdown on the new WWE Network as well as other original programming.   Anyone that signs up gets all of that for free for a week and then for $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment.  Yeah, that’s a good deal.

With all of that video-on-demand programming available from there get-go, here are ten things you should watch after signing up for the WWE Network.

WWF Royal Rumble 1992 – Royal Rumble Match

A flamboyant Ric Flair had been talking for weeks about how we has going to become the WWF World Champion after joining the World Wrestling Federation just a few months earlier bragging about how he was the real world champion.  He had a tough road to go, entering the Royal Rumble at number three.  His manager Bobby Heenan was on commentary and nearly passed out every time that Flair was nearly eliminated.  But the Nature Boy survived nearly 60 minutes and in the end was able to push Sid Justice out of the ring with a helping hand from Hulk Hogan who was upset that Justice had taken him out a few seconds earlier.  After the match, Flair, Heenan and Curt Hennig — all wearing the biggest grins ever — bragged about the win with Flair exclaiming, “With a tear in my eye, this is the greatest moment in the history of my life!”  Wooo!

WrestleMania 25 – Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

Both men had amazing entrances with Michaels decked in all white and he descended from the clouds while The Undertaker ascended from the floor surrounded by flames.  Even more amazing was the match these two would have, a nearly flawless performance by both legends in putting together an all-time classic and arguable the greatest match in WrestleMania history.  The Undertaker was nearly knocked out and could have possibly been permanently injured while performing a suicide dive over the ropes to the floor where Michaels pulled the cameraman in front of him.  The problem was that person was out of position and did not catch the Dead Man who torpedoed down on his head and neck.  Somehow, he was able to continue and after both men kicked our of each other’s finishers and the crowd in a frenzy, Michaels went for a moonsault for Undertaker caught him and went right into a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.

1999 ECW Living Dangerously – Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam

This was the first encounter between them in what would become the biggest feud in both men’s careers.  Both of them went 110% pulling out moves and countermoves and just crazy amounts of action, coming up with so many brutal yet innovative moves as they battled for the ECW Television Title.  After going to the 20-minute time limit with no winner, referee John Finnegan was ready to award the match to Lynn but he wanted none of that and insisted that they go another five minutes to get a clean winner.   That would backfire as Van Dam would connect on the Five Star Frog Splash a couple minutes later for the win.

WWE Summerslam 2002 – Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H

This was Michaels return to the ring after more than four years and it looked like he hadn’t missed a day.   Just so they could play it safe and have every trick at their disposal, this match was a non-sanctioned street fight.  Michaels wasn’t holding anything back and he even broke out a splash off the top rope sending Triple H through a table on the floor.  In the end, Michaels was able to reverse a Pedigree and roll up Hunter for the win in his big return.

WCW Superbrawl II – Brian Pillman vs. Justin Thunder Liger

An innovative match for its time in 1992 as they put on a display of aerial moves and countermoves against one another for nearly 20 minutes for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship.  One of the best things WCW ever did was focus on the light heavyweight / cruiserweight division, helping bring in a style that most people in the U.S. had never seen before along with a new crop of stars.  Both of them shined but Pillman never looked better here pulling out the victory.

WWE Summerslam 2011 – CM Punk vs. John Cena

After having some real life contract issues with the company and dropping his infamous ‘pipe bomb” promo on Raw, Punk won the WWE Championship at the Money in the Bank PPV and looked to have left the company with its most prestigious title.  John Cena would later win a new version of the championship but Punk would return to face Cena as they would crown an undisputed champion.  An electric crowd was treated to a classic between the two who have always had tremendous chemistry together.  That would be the case again on this night with them going back and forth before Punk got the win after connecting on his second GTS of the match.

WCW Halloween Havoc 1997 – Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

A fantastic performance that helped further put cruiserweight wrestling on the map in the country.   The crowd was on fire as they showed off everything from some fantastic chain wrestling to high flying action showcasing their unbelievable skills.  Both Guerrero and Mysterio were in the prime of their careers and moving at such an unbelievable pace and working flawlessly in unison.  Mysterio was able to hit a huracanrada for the three count and winning the cruiserweight championship and holding on to his mask in the process.

ECW Heatwave 1998 – Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome

This one is not for anyone squeamish as is turned into one of the more violent matches you have ever seen, going above and beyond with the number of physical power moves and unprotected chair shots that should be a case study for CTE.  Still, Tanaka and Awesome put on quite a display of perseverance and one-upmanship that saw Tanaka finally slay the giant.

WWF Summerslam 1992 – Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog

The WWF took this show across the pond to Wembley Stadium in London with their own British Bulldog challenging Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event.  A masterpiece between the two as they showcased great technical wrestling and an incredible story with Hart using his quickness and the bigger Bulldog focusing on power moves.  Hart tried to close out the match with a sunset flip but Bulldog reversed the move and pinned Hart to win the championship in front of a joyous crowd.

WWF WrestleMania 15 – The Rock vs. Steve Austin

The two biggest stars of the era clashing on the biggest stage with Austin at the popularity of his powers while The Rock was still growing into his.  Remember, The Rock was a heel before becoming the People’s Champion as he representing Mr. McMahon and the Corporation.  It’s great to look back at these two wrestling giants in the primes in this mega-clash.  It also turned out to be a great match as they exchanged finishers in the end with Austin finally landing a Stone Cold Stunner to win the WWF Championship.

Hulk Hogan Officially Back with WWE

hulk-hoganAs expected, Hulk Hogan is returning to the WWE and will be a part of WrestleMania 30.  Here is the press release from the company announcing his return.

STAMFORD, Conn., February 21, 2014 – WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE (NYSE:WWE) and will host WrestleMania® 30 on Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE this Monday on Raw®, which airs live at 8 pm ET on USA Network. He will also appear onWWE Raw Backstage Pass, airing live on WWE Network on Monday night at 11:05 pm ET.

A larger-than-life icon, Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On January 23, 1984, “Hulkamania” was officially born when he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlinedWrestleMania III, where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan went on to win six WWE Championships, starred in movies, television shows and became an idol to a vast legion of fans he dubbed “Hulkamaniacs.” Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone. His last WWE appearance was in December 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.

“We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.”

“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hulk Hogan. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”

WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6 from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are currently available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees. The event will be broadcast live on WWE Network. For more information on how to get WWE Network click hereWrestleMania 30 will also be available on pay-per-view. Check with your cable, satellite or telco provider for availability.