Good evening and welcome to the September 27, 2018 edition of the WrestleTalk news round-up, in which we take a look at some of the smaller stories from throughout the day to make sure you haven’t missed a thing!
Baron Corbin on Triple H’s NXT success
Current Acting General Manager of Raw Baron Corbin recently spoke to Denver’s KS1075 station to promote this past Monday’s episode of Raw, and discussed Triple H’s hands-on approach in controlling NXT.
“He’s extremely hands on, and I think that plays in part of the success, with what Triple H has created. Just with the [WWE] Performance Center, and giving these guys the opportunity to be – Shawn Michaels is there now, that’s insane – it’s crazy that you’re given these opportunities in a place like that. The coaches and the quality of the facility – there’s seven rings, a weight room, training staff, rehabilitation for injuries, all of those things.
“You’re given every opportunity to succeed and Hunter is extremely hands on. He’s there at every NXT taping, every NXT live event, he helps guys grow. He’s one of the greatest there’s ever been, and he’s still going. He’s in touch with what’s going on. He’s competing next week in Australia against the Undertaker, so you have a guy that’s still in the moment of everything WWE is doing, helping to mold the younger talent. It’s unbelievable.”
Corbin on what he learned from John Cena
During the summer of 2017, Baron Corbin went at it with John Cena after failing to cash-in his Money in the Bank contract on then-WWE Champion Jinder Mahal – those were they days, eh.
In the same interview that he praised Triple H and NXT, the ‘Lone Wolf’ also spoke about what learned from his time with Cena.
“John Cena, say what you want about the guy, but he is unbelievable in every aspect of WWE. What he does with kids from Make-A-Wish and to how he controls a ring and a crowd in the moment. He knows – he never misses a moment. I haven’t been here that long, I’ve been on the main roster for two-and-a-half years, so I’ll miss a moment here or there, that I just don’t see or feel. He just does not miss anything. He’s incredible.
“I got to do two months of matches with him, and you just learn so much every second being in the ring. There will be times where you just stand there and watch, and you’re like ‘this guy is something special.’ I worked with him in China two weeks ago, and even in China – a crowd that is semi-familiar with what we do – he knows how to control every moment and every second of every match.”
Eli Drake on rooming with Dean Ambrose
Former Impact World Champion Eli Drake recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. about a whole host of topics, namely his time rooming with WWE‘s Dean Ambrose as they both looked to kickstart their careers.
“We actually lived together, we were roommates for about a year-and-a-half, two years, something like that.
“We started at the same place, even Sami Callihan was part of a trio with us, so there’s a lot of names that came out of that H.W.A.-Cincinnati area. But yeah, it’s cool to see that, that’s a guy I’d like to work with again if we were ever to be on the same marquee. But who knows? Never say never.”
Aren’t they adorable?
Drake on problems with Bill DeMott in NXT
Eli Drake was actually signed to WWE as part of NXT for over a year from May 2013-August 2014.
The ‘Namer of Dummies’ claimed that the reason he left the company was due to a fragile relationship with former NXT Head Trainer Bill DeMott. DeMott was heavily accused of constant misconduct and left the position in August 2015.
Drake discussed their tense relationship.
“I mean obviously I guess justice was served in some way with his exit there. I will say I didn’t get it to the degree of what I here some of the guys got at FCW where they were getting some of the physical stuff, because there were cameras and microphones and everything at the PC. Eyes were on you at all times, so there were different ways he’d mess with you.
“There’s a big etiquette thing with wrestling, but every day you come in, you shake everybody’s hand, you introduce yourself, you say hello. You go up to say hello to the head coach who you think is supposed to be your example, he looks at your hand and walks way. He tells other people he hates you but then tells you that he’s working. And that’s fine, and I could’ve chosen to react to that a certain way, but man, I have a habit of just being very straightforward.”
“He tweeted back to me recently after hearing me on X-Pac’s podcast and said, ‘I’m sorry if anybody feels like I hated them.’ It’s BS I completely ignored that tweet until right now.
“I wanted to be like, ‘You know what? Go f*** yourself, Bill.’ But as far as like something I think about on a daily basis, no, I don’t care. Move on with your life, I’ve moved on with mine. I’m loving life, making money doing what I love to do, making good money and living comfortably. I drive a corvette and live in LA, baby!”
Huge match added to ROH Death Before Dishonor
Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor is set to take place tomorrow, and ROH have added another stellar match to the lineup.
The promotion’s website issued the following statement:
Two esteemed former champions meet one-on-one for the first time in a ROH ring in Sin City when Nick Aldis takes on Christopher Daniels! On his quest to regain a championship that has defined his career, Aldis is adopting the mindset of steel sharpening steel when he steps into the ring with the only Grand Slam Champion in Vegas! For Daniels, a win over a fellow esteemed champion could put himself back in the title hunt in the city where he captured the ROH World Championship!
Who will leave Las Vegas victorious? Join us LIVE in Vegas to find out before anyone else!
Death Before Dishonor returns to Las Vegas, the Fight Capital of the World, LIVE on Pay Per View and for HonorClub VIP on Friday September 28 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT and returns the next night for an International Television Taping with all of your favorite ROH stars! Championships will be decided and feuds ended and YOU can watch it all LIVE!
IMPACT announce Vegas TV tapings
IMPACT Wrestling has been phenomenal as of late, and the company released a statement earlier today with details on upcoming TV tapings taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It goes by many names, but Las Vegas is going to be called the home of IMPACT Wrestling from November 11th – November 13th at Sam’s Town Casino! Three nights of IMPACT Wrestling in Sin City and we can’t wait to get to Vegas (baby) and bring you the excitement of IMPACT Wrestling. See your favorite Stars and Knockouts LIVE and in person! Tickets will be available soon at Samstownlv.com, however we have a Pre-Sale that starts today! To secure your place in Las Vegas for IMPACT Wrestling TV Tapings, all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Front row seats for ALL THREE NIGHTS are just $75.00. For $75.00 you secure your place in the front row for ALL THREE NIGHTS! Send your email today for all the information. Again, GA tickets will be coming soon, but for Pre-Sale tickets (including FRONT ROW) email email@example.com.
If you’re in the area and thinking of going, my advice would be: do. IMPACT is bloody brilliant.