Steve Austin on problem with younger stars:
Wrestling legend Steve Austin discussed the problem with the way WWE overly scripts the younger stars in his latest Fighting Spirit column.
“Today’s guys are very impressionable, and don’t really call it in the ring anymore,” says the Hall of Famer.
“Some of the guys don’t know whether to s–t or wind their watch; when they get in the ring, they have some basics, but they’ve always been told exactly what to do before they go out there. Back in the day, we were calling it all in the ring; we didn’t have anything to be nervous about, because we didn’t have to remember anything. All I had to do was listen to a hellacious worker like Billy Joe Travis or Jimmy Jack Funk, trusting them to help lead me through it.”
“The guys today are on a big stage, and none bigger than WWE. It’s up to the promotion to bring these cats in light, establish them, and help them get over. You can’t just bring in someone new and expect them to work a Wrestlemania calibre match right away. If you give someone a monster push right off the bat, but don’t give them the base knowledge, it makes no sense to wonder why they s–t the bed. These kids are exposed after a few weeks of TV, because they don’t have the experience of what to do in that situation. The more knowledge you have, the better chance you have of being successful.”
Fighting Spirit is the leading wrestling and MMA print magazine in the UK.
List of upcoming WWE DVDs:
Here is a list of upcoming DVD releases…
* The Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 – February 12th
* Royal Rumble 2013 – February 26th
* Bret “Hit Man” Hart: The Dungeon Collection – March 5th
* Elimination Chamber 2013 – March 19th
* For All Mankind: The Life & Career of Mick Foley – April 16th
* The Best of In Your House – April 30th
* WrestleMania 29 – May 14th
* Top 25 Rivalries – May 28th
* Extreme Rules 2013 – June 18th
* Best of War Games – June 25th
* TBD PPV – July 16th
* ECW Unreleased Vol. 2 – July 30th
* Money In The Bank 2013 – August 13th
* Best of MSG – August 27th
* Mid-South – September 10th
* SummerSlam 2013 – September 17th
* Triple H (Biography) – September 24th
* Goldberg (Match Compilation) – October 8th
* Night of Champions 2013 – October 15th
* Money In The Bank Anthology (Match Compilation) – October 29th
* Over the Limit 2013 – November 5th
* History of WWE – November 19th
* Hell in a Cell 2013 – November 26th
* Raw 20th Anniversary Box Set – December 3rd
* Survivor Series 2013 – December 24th
* Best WWE PPV’s – December 31st
The planned top 20 Divas DVD looks to have been dropped.
R-Truth injury status:
WWE are being cautious about bringing R-Truth back early from his gashed leg, because of fears of a staph infection.
He’s been out since December’s TLC PPV, where he lost to Antonio Cesaro.
It’s not quite clear how R-Truth got injured, but he suffered a deep cut to the knee at some point in the match.
Would Nigel McGuinness return?:
Former wrestling star Nigel McGuinness was on Inside The Ropes this week and was asked whether he still feels his time inside the ring is over…
“I don’t think there’s anything I could add to [TNA] based on their current product. They have a notion of what wrestling is and they’re gonna stick with that so I’m not really interested…I didn’t achieve my dream. My dream was to be there, wrestling in the WWE, to have enough money to retire with and to be recognized on the street. I think the upshot of it was through this, the experiences I’ve had and getting to impact people’s lives somewhat which made it worth the effort.”
McGuinness revealed in his self produced documentary The Last McGuinness that he felt he had to walk away from wrestling because WWE revoked his contract due to a past biceps injury. He signed at the same time as Daniel Bryan and was cleared by his own physician, but WWE’s doctors disputed the original analysis. His TNA career wound down because he caught Hepatitis B (not to confused with C), a blood disease that can take months to get rid of, and leaves the sufferer exhausted and weak.
Strictly speaking McGuinness is now 100%, but for him the dream is over.
Nigel also discussed the current state of ROH during the interview:
“We’re in a difficult period, with the transition. When Punk and Joe left it was difficult to fill that void, when Dragon and I left, it was difficult to fill that void. The other guys have got to step up, but they’ve got to be given the opportunity to step up in the right way. Going forward, Delirious has got the reigns creatively and I think we’re all excited about that and trying to get Ring of Honor back to the way it was where it was about bell to bell, the best in ring product in the world. There was some teething problems when Sinclair took over, but I feel like we’re headed in the right direction and I’m excited to see where things go.”