Axel set for Highlight Reel:
WWE.com are promoting the following preview points for tonight’s RAW from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- How will John Cena rebound against Ryback?
- Will Team Hell No enact their rematch caluse against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns? And how will Daniel Bryan’s bad mood affect the situation?
- Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel will be guests on Chris Jericho’s highlight reel.
The show will also feature a Bret Hart “Appreciation Night”, which will air in Canada and stream on the WWE App following the 3-hour broadcast. Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon will be on hand.
JR discusses NFL Players Association meeting:
Jim Ross detailed his recent meeting with the NFL Players Association in his latest JRSBARBQ.com – WWE are looking to scout football players who have been cut…
I flew to Washington , D.C. Tuesday evening and met with the NFLPA on Wednesday morning. It was a productive meeting as the NFLPA group is in contact with literally hundreds of high level athletes who become detached from the NFL and are looking for their next career opportunity.
Obviously, not every former football player will fit into WWE Developmental but some will and those that do have a chance to use their God given athleticism and their extroverted personalities to fit into the system and hopefully become WWE stars some day.
Over the years, the wrestling business has been dotted with stars who have had a football background including Bronko Nagurski who was a former NWA Champion and is a member of the NFL’s inaugural Hall of Fame class.
Some critics say that WWE is making a mistake going this route to which I wholeheartedly disagree. We are looking for athletes who have outgoing personalities and who are fans of the genre of sports entertainment and who WANT to become WWE Superstars. Great athletes who don’t have any emotional investment in the world of sports entertainment need not apply.
The great thing about a former NFL player, no matter their level of league experience, is that we know that we are getting an athlete of a high level and their pedigree and background can be thoroughly checked to make sure that it’s a good ‘marriage.’ There are literally scores of talented, educated young men who have lived their football dreams and are now ready to embark on another career course. If we are successful matching athleticism with the necessary aptitude of a given talent, then WWE and its fanbase wins.
Time will tell how this potential arrangement works out for all involved but WWE will continue to look far and wide for potential WWE talents including other sports groups and organizations worldwide, the independent wrestling circuit, and beyond.
Roman Reigns talks playing the bad guy:
The Shield’s Roman Reigns discussed working as a heel in a recent interview with the Edmonton Journal…
“If people want to boo me, that’s great. As long as they’re making noise and they’re into it … when I’m out there, I want people to show if they’re mad, they’re happy, just some kind of emotion. They paid money to come out and cut loose a little bit, so that’s what I intend on doing. I come out and cut loose and I let it all hang out. If I can elicit some kind of a response, that makes me happy, I know that. It doesn’t bother me at all to have people boo me.”
Reigns also discussed being the muscle of The Shield…
“I’ve always been a physical athlete, so getting in the ring and being, in a sense, in-character is not me. It’s always been an extension of myself. Being a part of The Shield, it’s right up my alley to be an enforcer, to be the muscle of the group, almost like the D-linemen. A lot of times, that’s how it looks. I’m the D-lineman and (Shield members) Seth (Rollins) and Dean (Ambrose) are like linebackers running free. I can free them up to do whatever they want and back up anything they feel or say, so it’s a good feeling to be a part of the team again. I often think of it as it’s third-and-long and I’m turning the corner and I have a free shot at a quarterback. Any time I have that opportunity, I’m going to bring it.”
Rock’s new movie breaks record:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie Fast & Furious 6 is at $317M in global receipts. The weekend opening was the biggest for any Universal Studios film ever.