Originally written February 06, 2013 on Wrestling Truth:
WWE Tryout participants: Independent wrestlers who attended the recent NXT Tryouts included ROH stars Adam Cole and Mike Bennett (former WWE Diva Maria’s boyfriend), DGUSA star Samuray del Sol, former ROH wrestler Ricky Reyes, Northeastern Indy wrestler Smith James and Extreme Rising’s Luke Hawx. The camp which ran over the weekend was extremely physical, which helped to weed out those who were unfit or who forked out the money but had no wrestling experience. There were over 10 injuries and many participants simply gave up. Speaking of developmental, head trainer Bill DeMott Tweeted the following about the Divas: “Really good day today, @TheSaraDelRey is doing marvelous work with the #NXTDivas #DEMOTTCRACY” The current feeling is that some of the rookie Divas are more accomplished than a lot of the main roster in terms of technical skill, but need time to learn camera presence. There are still no plans to put Sara Del Rey herself on the main roster, despite the company obviously having huge faith in her in-ring ability. _____________________________________________________________ WWE to induct buildings?: A new idea being considered by WWE is to induct famous wrestling related arenas and buildings in to the Hall of Fame. If they go forward with the concept, the first building to be inducted would be Madison Square Garden this year, which is where the ceremony is being held and has a deep rooted history with the company. WWE are also considering adding another celebrity to the celebrity wing this year, although it’s not clear who that might be. Mr. T has been approached in the past but turned them down because Pete Rose was inducted before him. _____________________________________________________________ Triple H booked for post-Mania TV: Triple H is being advertised for the post Wrestlemania episodes of Raw and SmackDown which suggests there will be some kind of fallout from the mega-event that he’ll be involved with. While Hunter isn’t advertised for any pre-Wrestlemania TV shows, this is likely because his return will be a surprise. Looking at the current landscape he could be in line for a match with Brock Lesnar. The Rock is also scheduled for the shows after Wrestlemania. _____________________________________________________________ Velvet Sky discusses her return and the Knockout’s Division: TNA Knockout Velvet Sky appeared on The Big WrestleShark Show this past Tuesday discussing her TNA career and plans for 2013. It was also announced on the show that Bully Ray would be on the show next week. Here are some highlights… What led to her return to TNA Impact Wrestling: “TNA is my home, I came here almost six years ago at Bound for Glory and this is my family. All the knockouts all the guys: I couldn’t stay away for too long because I missed it terribly. So the powers that be worked it out for me to come back.” Anyone she is particularly close to in the company that encouraged her to come back: “I wouldn’t single just one person out…maybe Madison Rayne. She’s one of my best friends here. She would text me almost every day ‘When are you coming back, we miss you, we love you.’ I mean we go back to the Beautiful People days when we would travel the globe together. But you know I’m friends with the guys, and they would reach out to me and the office would reach out. It just made my decision to come back all that easier.” What led to her initial departure? “It was just business issues, it was never personal with anybody. It was just a business decision I had to make is all I’ll say, I had to do what was best for me at the time. It was just me looking out for me. But everything is all worked out now and this is what’s best for me.” Had she considered going to the competition? “No…never say never, but you know I never considered it while I was away because this has been my home. TNA gave me my first shot at my dream, so as I said this is my home.” Opinion on the current Knockout Division: “Well it is a lot different now, but either way we still have a really great group of girls who make up the division. It’s not the same as it used to be and only because I was here since the birth of the Knockout division six years ago and all the girls like Roxy and Taylor Wilde and Kong are no longer with us. They were the bread and butter of the Knockouts Division, they helped create what is so special now and like I said, the girls we have now are great, but it will never be the same, it will never have that same feel because all the girls that started are no longer with us. But I love the Knockouts we have now.” On The Beautiful People: “People ask me what’s my favourite time in TNA and I will always say, we had so much fun, the original, heel Beautiful People; with the makeovers and the brown paper bag treatment and just our heel antics. We had a good run, unfortunately Angelina is no longer with the company but I am going to push all the time for a Beautiful People reunion and hopefully once they get tired of me asking so much, hopefully they’ll bring her back. It’s been my best time in wrestling so far.” Her reaction to Angelina Love leaving: “I was so upset, but you know it was out of her hands: she didn’t wanna leave. But she is doing phenomenally well in her outside projects: she’s doing movies and conventions all over the world, she’s right where she was meant to be right now. But I still bother them all the time to let us do one more Beautiful People run but I don’t know if it will happen. I mean never say never, but I don’t know if it will.” On Beautiful People Imitations: “My reaction to that is always ‘Often Imitated, Never Duplicated’. We are proud that the success of our tag team inspired other girls to…try and be like us or to imitate us, but there is only one team of the Beautiful People. I say that humbly! So humbly! But the chemistry we had together…no one can replace that, it was an irreplaceable tag team.” In 2013: “I’m going to prove to everyone that I am a credible Knockouts champion. I’ve had to fight my way through almost everyone in that division to earn my way to it and I will hold that title soon.”
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