Jerry Lawler discusses Attitude Era vs PG Era:
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler said he thought the Attitude Era had a stronger roster than today, during an interview with the New York Post website.
“I honestly feel, in my own personal opinion, that during the Attitude Era our roster was stronger,” says the King.
“I just think that there were stronger, from top to bottom of our roster, characters and Superstars than we have now. We certainly have guys now that are capable of moving the ball and getting the job done with CM Punk, John Cena, Big Show, Randy Orton and other guys that are being featured right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not casting dispersions on these guys at all, but when you look back at the Attitude Era, there was some of the biggest names in the history of this industry. I don’t think anybody will argue with the fact that there may not be anyone who could fill the shoes of The Rock or Stone Cold. Those are two guys right there that were in their heyday that we have not seen the likes of since and we may never see the likes of those guys again.”
The veteran announcer also discussed the impact of the Shield:
“I think that what they’ve done with those guys and the way they have been presented has been very good in making a fast impact. I think now their characters need to be a little more developed, in other words, let’s see a little more about these guys as individuals. You can of course still keep them as a unit but you can also hear more from them… I think you’ll agree that the Nexus shot up fast and got to that certain level and then it just kind of petered out. I would hate to see that happen to these three guys and that’s why I say it needs to go to that next level and I feel like in order to do that they’ll need to have a little bit of a different kind of exposure other than just those hit-and-run type things.”
It was also revealed in the interview that former WWE star Rikishi had to turn down a spot in the Royal Rumble match. Lawler explains:
“I do know that they had contacted Rikishi, but he had a prior commitment that he could not get out of. My son Brian told me that it was just a commitment he literally could not get out of even though he really wanted to.”
NXT stars get chance at Rumble entry:
WWE will be giving one lucky NXT wrestler a chance to enter the Royal Rumble by holding a tournament at the Fan Fest.
Participants include Corey Graves, Oliver Grey, Luke Harper of the Wyatt family, Xavier Woods, Conor O’Brian, Adrian Neville, Bo Dallas, and Leo Kruger.
Sheamus discusses winning the rumble:
Sheamus said he “felt on top of the world” when he won last year’s WWE Royal Rumble.
Sheamus told BeneathTheMat.com:
“It was kind of surreal. It’s something that doesn’t hit you right away. It was like winning the WWE championship. When I had it in my hand, I’m just trying to figure it out. There’s a sense that you’ve done everything to get this far and you’re holding the WWE championship or you’ve won the Royal Rumble — a match I watched when I was a kid.
“A match that hasn’t had too many winners and only a couple of guys that have won it multiple times. You can list off the guys fairly easy. You stand in the ring and the WrestleMania sign is firing up and you’re standing there.
“No one knew what was going to happen and me and Jericho went back and forth for a long time. There was a lot of almosts and nearly theres and I just remember it being one of the highlights of my career and my life. I’m looking forward to do that again.”
Sheamus was also asked whether he was disappointed with the short length of his Title win at Wrestlemania:
“You know, of course I was. I’ll talk about that as well. The reason behind all of that — the match before on Raw, Bryan used AJ as a distraction to help beat me, I wasn’t sure he wasn’t going to do that again. When you’re champion, you can develop ways to get out of certain things especially when there’s no stipulation involved.
“Over the couple of months leading up to ‘Mania, there wasn’t the biggest build up. There wasn’t really the biggest build up for us. Obviously, you had ‘Taker and Hunter, Rock and Cena, Jericho and Punk and there feud really started around Rumble time.
“So, I think for me and Bryan, that 18 seconds, even though it was short — I know everyone wanted to see that WrestleMania match between me and Daniel Bryan which we were capable of as we’ve seen countless times throughout the last couple of years. We went into Extreme Rules, I thought, as the hottest match on that pay-per-view. I know Brock came back and everything, but I’m a firm believer that people really wanted to see me and Bryan go head-to-head. I think that 2 out of 3 Falls match that we had stole the show.
“So, in the bigger picture of WrestleMania and Extreme Rules, I felt — and Bryan feels the same way — the Extreme Rules match was one of our best.”