This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.
Who is telling the truth in the saga between UFC President Dana White and former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre? The former champions trainer Freddie Roach stated on Tuesday that GSP had been suffering from migraine headaches. Roach also advised St-Pierre to take a at least a year off and said a superfight between the Canadian and Anderson Silva could have happened if Silva and St-Pierre had won their respective fights.
White was on Fox Sports Live and responded to the statements of Roach.
“The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that’s been said.
“Not only did he tell us it was personal issues, he told us what the personal issues were. I have no idea [why he keeps complaining]. I don’t know if he’s just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he’s really dealing with and doesn’t want to publicly talk about [it]? I don’t know.”
Daniel Bryan defeated WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in the main event of this past Monday’s Raw. Before the match ended, the WWE Director of Operations Kane came out and Bryan took care of Kane and then defeated Orton. The match ended and then Kane attacked Bryan and chokeslammed him to end the show.
In his weekly video with Michael Cole, Triple H defended the actions of Kane towards Bryan when he was asked why the attack happened.
“It’s one way of looking at it Cole,” Triple H stated. “Another way of looking at is the Director of Operations of the WWE comes down to ringside and gets assaulted by Daniel Bryan. (Kane) He gets dropkicked in the face, Daniel dives on him, runs him face first into the stairs. Later as Kane tries to come into the ring, he’s kicked repeatedly, punched repeatedly. One way of saying that is he defended himself.”
Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.
The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.
We have seen a lot of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he announced he was taking some time away from the sport. The former champion was in New York for Super Bowl weekend and TMZ saw St-Pierre. The cameraman tell St-Pierre that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was right behind him. You can see Jones mouthing staring at St-Pierre and then shaking his head “No” to the cameraman. Jones awkwardly hugged St-Pierre and talked for second. The two then shook hands again and St-Pierre walked off with Jones behind.
The two were teammates at former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico. Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has been in the news as of late. Foley recently stated that his contract was ending soon with WWE and would be working with them on a case by case basis. Foley caused a stir right after the Royal Rumble last Sunday when he criticized the WWE for not having Daniel Bryan in the Rumble match.
CM Punk left the WWE last Monday and a return is uncertain. Foley made a video providing his insight into the situation.
“First of all when people ask me like how do I feel about CM Punk leaving WWE?,” Foley stated. “On one hand it’s shocking, but on the other hand it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve known that he has been frustrated for quite sometime. I’ve talked to him at length on many occasions about trying to look at the glass half-full. But when you wear a shirt that says, “The Best in The World”, your not looking at the glass half-full. Your not stopping to smell the roses and think about the things that are going well. Punk is a really honest guy, he’s rubbed people the way since he began in the business. He’s got a lot of people who personally don’t like him.
Foley continues in the video on if he knew of Punk’s problems, if Punk should wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania, what he would say to Punk and more.
Jeff Jarrett was the co-founder of TNA along with his father Jerry in 2002. The younger Jarrett resigned with the promotion last month. Rumors are running rampant that Jarrett will be starting up a new promotion, but the former WWE and WCW star hasn’t made any comments regarding the rumors.
We got a sign last night that a new Jarrett led company could be coming to fruition as Jarrett posted a video on his Instagram account foreshadowing that possibility.
Do you think Jeff Jarrett will be heading a new wrestling promotion in 2014?
We talk to Ricardo Lamas as he will be in the co-main event against Jose Aldo at UFC 169 on Saturday night for Aldo’s UFC Featherweight Championship. Lamas discusses the journey to get the title shot, losing faith to get the shot, whether he was disappointed to not get the title shot in Chicago and more.
Mick Foley went on a tirade on after Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble when he voiced his displeasure in the company by not putting Daniel Bryan into the Royal Rumble match. Foley had stated that he would put a brick through his TV because of this. The WWE Hall of Famer stuck to his word, kind of.
Watch the video above as Foley does break the TV.
UFC on Fox 10 took place last night from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event featured Benson Henderson defeating Josh Thomson by a controversial split decision. The co-feature had Stipe Miocic defeating Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision.
BetweenTheRopes.com was live at the post-fight press conference featuring Henderson, Thomson, Miocic, Donald Cerrone, Alex Caceres, Jeremy Stephens and Eddie Wineland.
Donald Cerrone stated during the week that he wanted to fight six times in 2014. He is off to a great start to the year. Cerrone started the year with a bang as he knocked out Adriano Martins in the first round with a brutal head kick.
Watch the video above with the brutal knockout.
Daniel Bryan quite arguably is the most popular wrestler in the WWE. A lot of fans have expressed their frustration that Bryan hasn’t been catapulted to be the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It does seem like now that Bryan is expressing that some frustration. Bryan spoke to Shaffee at 97.9 WGRD in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was asked about his role in the main event scene and how the WWE views him.
“They never aspired for me to be where I’m at,” Bryan stated. “There are certain guys, they see somebody, and they say ‘I see money in that guy.’ I don’t think they ever looked at me and said ‘I see money in that guy.’ To this day, even with the loud fan reactions that I get, I feel like the company still doesn’t see money in me, and that’s just interesting because you go out there and do your best, and sometimes it can be very, very frustrating.”
Do you agree with Bryan’s statements?
We talk to lightweight Benson Henderson who fights Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. Henderson discusses whether he considered not taking the fight close to his wedding, how long it took him to get over the loss to Anthony Pettis and more.
Dana White Previews “The Fighters” And Says He “Used To Beat The Living S**t Out Of Tito Ortiz (Video)
UFC President Dana White spoke last night at a media screening of his reality show, “The Fighters” in which White is the executive producer. White, executive producer of this show and The Ultimate Fighter Craig Piligian, and famed boxing trainer Peter Welch describe the background of the show, why they chose Boston for the show, a stabbing incident led to a person being off the show, his amateur boxing career, the backstory behind the proposed boxing match with Tito Ortiz and much more in this two part video below.
You can watch “The Fighters” tonight starting at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.
Hulk Hogan left TNA in October and rumors started circulating that a return to the WWE was imminent. We haven’t seen Hogan make his return yet to the company.
TMZ caught up with Hogan as he was entering a Los Angeles airport and was asked about the rumors of a WWE return. Hogan answered that question and did he pre-cut his Hulkamania shirt?