TJR Tue. News (03/01): Triple H vs. Ambrose Announced, Jim Ross Interview, Hayes Talks Freebirds And More!

It was announced on WWE.com on Tuesday morning that Triple H will face Dean Ambrose for the WWE Title at a WWE Network live event  called Roadblock. Here’s the excerpt from WWE.com talking about it:

The Road to WrestleMania has, quite literally, hit a roadblock. On March 12, a special event will take place on WWE Network that could completely alter the landscape of The Show of Shows. That is because at WWE Roadblock, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H will put his title on the line against The Lunatic Fringe, LIVE at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The event takes place at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. More matches are expected to be announced soon.

You can read about this week’s Raw in John Canton’s Raw Deal review right here.

 

Jim Ross Talks About Many Different Things

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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross spoke to Raj Giri from WrestlingInc.com recently about a multitude of subjects. The entire interview can be found here, but below are some highlights:

How did the deal between yourself and AXS TV come about?
“When Mauro Ranallo informed AXS that he was going to take the Smackdown gig in about November, they reached out to my business manager Barry Bloom. At that point, the discussions about me going there ensued. You don’t get much done in December in the entertainment world, but we finalized the deal in January. It was a good opportunity. Mauro did a great job there, and he’s doing a great job in WWE. I watched the show, and I was a fan of the broadcast with Mauro and Josh Barnett, so I was very familiar with the process. They reached out to my business manager and the dialogue produced fruit, as they say.”

Were you surprised by WWE signing Mauro, considering he doesn’t fit what they usually go after.
“They haven’t been interested in 40 year olds in the past, so from that regard I was. I thought it was as strategic of a hire as WWE’s made in a while, a very smart hire. You can hear how smart he is if you watch Smackdown. He’s a fresh voice there that’s added energy to the show. Mauro did not fit their description of a WWE broadcaster, someone new. He’s a good hire, he’s going to do a great job. I’m happy for him. Even though he’s had great profile gigs, the Mayweather thing, he’s still a freelancer. You pick one here, one there, increase your payday, it’s still a unique existence. The fact that he’s got a regular paycheck coming in and can still do boxing and MMA, it’s the best of all worlds. Good things happen to good people, and Mauro’s a good person.”

Were you surprised by WWE signing AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows?
“No I wasn’t at all, because when I got back last year from Wrestle Kingdom 9, I mentioned to both Vince McMahon and Triple H my experience and what I saw. I had AJ Styles on my podcast, and I discovered I had a chance to hire him when he was WCW folded, but he didn’t make the cut. I don’t think I ever saw him. He seemed to be fine without that. I’ve always enjoyed his work. He’s a good kid, a family man and the type of person you want in your locker room.”

“The one I came back raving about was Nakamura, because I felt like he had as much natural charisma and uncanny timing. AJ’s timing and agility has a lot of Shawn Michaels’ traits. He’s effortlessly moving. AJ’s right in that conversation with the instinct side. I thought that he could be really good. I found out that a lot of the time that when people say a guy is too small, they’ve never had their asses kicked by a smaller guy, or they haven’t spent much time on a college campus that has a good wrestling program. On college campuses, football defensive linemen don’t want to screw with a 160 pound wrestler. It’s just not a good exchange, and the big guy’s gonna get humiliated more often than not. AJ is good and should have been there before he was hired, but Nakamura is the one I was raving about, because he’s so unique.”

“Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are an excellent team, but they’re not a new team. They’re not something people haven’t seen before. I’m not saying they’re not going to come into the WWE and make an impact, because they can. If AJ stays healthy, he has the chance to be a main event level talent for the next few years, depending on when his bump card expires, and it will. Hopefully he’ll do well and stock some money away.”

“Nakamura is unique because he’s Japanese, and has a different look, and is long and lean, and speaks English, and has had MMA training, he’s a student of the game. He posed for pictures with me, and someone said ‘That doesn’t happen much when you go backstage and one of the top stars wants a picture with you, does it JR?’ No it doesn’t, but he’s a student of the game. I think he’ll be just fine. I don’t care what they name him. I understand why WWE wants to own the name. It’s not an exact science, but it make sense to do it when they can. I got so many tweets about that. It’s not like he’s a household word. He’s not The Rock. I’m not knocking him. A name tweak isn’t going to hurt him. His fans are going to follow him no matter what. I’m not surprised. They were very interested and were tuned in to our discussion about those guys last year. Seeing how they’re loading up NXT, these guys might fit right in to the plan. Ironically you have AJ debuting for the Royal Rumble, Gallows and Anderson in the on deck circle, and Nakamura will be a part of NXT Dallas. It’s a good thing to shuffle the deck of the roster, it’s past due. You can’t go with the same people, the same roles without changing things around. For example, is going to be the incumbent babyface until the cows come home, and that’s fine. To make him more relevant and keep him successful, he has to have more dance partners that challenge him. He has to have people that stretch his creativity and physicality. That’s how you keep talent fresh without changing their uniform.”

 

Michael Hayes Talks About The Fabulous Freebirds

Michael Hayes comments on the Fabulous Freebirds being inducted into the Hall of Fame: Feb. 29, 2016

Above is a short video interview that took place backstage at last night’s Raw taping, Fabulous Freebird member Michael “PS” Hayes spoke about the news of the Fabulous Freebirds being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, and his plans for the ceremony.

You can read about their induction into the WWE Hall of Fame right here.

 

In Other News

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TNA announced yesterday that starting today (Tuesday March 1st) both the TNA website and Impact Wrestling will be holding Kurt Angle week. Below is their announcement:

THE FINAL STAND: KURT ANGLE WEEK KICKS OFF TOMORROW ON IMPACT WRESTLING AT 9/8c ON POP

· Final two matches of decade-long TNA IMPACT WRESTLING career
· Exclusive content delivered daily on impactwrestling.com and social media
· Fans invited to share favorite Kurt Angle TNA moment using #ThankYouKurt
· Exclusive commemorative Farewell Tour bundle available at ShopTNA.com

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Feb. 29, 2016 – In celebration of his storied decade-long career with TNA (Total Nonstop Action), IMPACT WRESTLING is dedicating March 1-8 as Kurt Angle Week.

The Olympic Gold Medalist and TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle will close out his illustrious tenure with the company as he fights in his final matches the next two weeks on IMPACT WRESTLING airing Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Pop.

On the March 1 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING, Angle, who is the first and 6-time TNA World Champion, will kick off the show in a penultimate main event that pits him against TNA original Bobby Roode.

On the March 8 broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING, Angle will battle a man many have called his protégé – a decorated amateur and professional wrestler whose career path is strikingly similar to his own, the Destroyer Lashley.

Beginning Tuesday, March 1, IMPACTWRESTLING.com will deliver exclusive content spanning Angle’s 10 years with TNA, with never-before-seen footage, greatest moments and interviews with IMPACT WRESTLING Stars and Knockouts, past and present, on how Angle has influenced them and the entire professional wrestling industry.

Fans are also invited send a thank you video message to Kurt, or share a favorite Kurt Angle TNA moment or memory via social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using#ThankYouKurt and tagging @IMPACTWRESTLING. Select fan video messages will be featured on IMPACTWRESTLING.com and on the March 8 broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING.

Fans can also own a part of history with the commemorative Kurt Angle Farewell Tour bundle, which includes a Farewell Tour t-shirt, Farewell Tour poster, select 8x10 marking key moments in Angle’s career and other Angle-themed merchandise, available now exclusively at ShopTNA.com.

 

 

ITR Live! with Big Poppa Pump, SCOTT STEINER!

Scott Steiner is headed over to the UK later this month for his Live And Uncensored Tour with our friends from the Inside the Ropes podcast. He is doing four dates across the country where he will be having uncensored Q&A’s with the fans. Above is a quick promo video for the event.

Speaking of Steiner, his longstanding lawsuit against TNA was dismissed by a judge in Nashville, Tennessee on February 22nd, according to PWInsider.com. There was a scheduled court date for February 11th but it was delayed, in the in the meantime it was duly dismissed. The judge ruled that TNA is barred from filing the suit and ever re-opening the case again.

The case began when TNA tried to sue Steiner in the summer of 2012, they claimed he had breached his contract (which had already expired by this point) by posting negative comments about not only the company, but Hulk Hogan, Bruce Pritchard (Senior VP of Talent Relations at the time), Eric Bischoff and others. (NOTE: He posted so many that it would take up this entire update to show you all. They are easily found on the internet.)

TNA were seeking damages and an injunction to keep Scott from posting any more disparaging comments. Steiner responded to the suit by denying all allegations. Steiner denied that his contract prevented him from “ making public statements, including tweets, concerning TNA or any of it’s officials, wrestlers, or other individuals, after TNA alleged that they suffered damages as a direct result from his tweets.

Well the acrimonious split between the two has finally been resolved, after a very long and lengthy battle in the courts. From reading up on the story, I still can’t believe that TNA had a leg to stand on in the first place. Steiner was out of contract by the time the tweets were made, and if anything surely it would be an individual slander case for each person involved? Again I’m no lawyer, just a hack who writes about the wrestling news, so I stand corrected if I’m wrong. Have to admit though, seeing Steiner post those tweets was great. How many fans have said the same things as him without the media attention that he got?

 

Read Our Stuff

One of my heroes, Mick Foley, has once again organized a Wrestling Dream Vacation Sweepstakes to raise money for RAINN. Click here to read more and to take part.

Ron Pasceri debates whether WWE are spreading themselves too thin in trying to be everything for everyone in another great column right here.

Heather Hickey is back with a heartfelt piece about the indy wrestling scene. Give yourself ten minutes to read this column and remember, wrestling doesn’t start and stop with the WWE.

 

Closing Time

Well that draws this Tuesday news update to a close. Mark McAllen will be in the hot seat tomorrow reporting for all you great TJRWrestling readers, with Big Boss Man John taking over for the Thursday edition. My glorious self will be back this Friday to inform and entertain you all before the weekend.

Until then……..So long, see ya and sayonara!