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Ric Flair says John Cena “represents WWE at the highest level”
Flair has watched Cena closely for the past two weeks since his return to WWE, marveling at the way Cena dominates the audience.
“John Cena, the man is a star,” says Flair. “He gave 10 years, every day of his life, to the business and is still finding new ways to work hard. John just doesn’t know any other way. It has been a pleasure to see every job he has done thus far since he returned. “
Flair says it is an honor to share with Cena WWE’s distinction of being recognized as a 16-time world champion.
“John represents WWE at the highest level,” says Flair. “I’m as much of a John Cena fan as you can find. Look what’s in store. John working at Roman Reigns, that will be special. “
On July 31, Flair will be a featured part of the National Convention of Sports Collectors In Chicago. There are a lot of stars doing autograph signings, but the favorites for the longest line are Flair and Hulk Hogan. Their friendship lasts for decades, and Flair recalls some of the early meetings with the man who helped redefine WWE.
“I met the Hulk when he was passing through Atlanta on his way to Memphis, when he was ‘Sterling Golden,'” says Flair. “That’s probably around 1979. I was on AWA, and I saw it several times with Verne. [Gagne]But we didn’t really get close until we wrestled in New York in the early ’90s. “
Flair and Hogan first locked up in 1991 in New York, which is still the internal term for WWE.
“I loved working with him,” says Flair. “How is it possible that you don’t like working with a guy who has ended up like this? I had moments like that working with Kerry Von Erich, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Ricky Morton, and of course Dusty Rhodes. Everyone reached that level, but the Hulk was amazing. Working with him was great. Those were the easiest nights of my life. “
Flair’s most recent public appearance was last month at Fenway Park as the surprise grand finale during a ceremony honoring Dustin Pedroia. Boston’s longtime second baseman clearly enjoyed watching Flair, and the Red Sox and Yankees were eager to see the fighter’s legendary style and profile.
“Dustin is a great guy,” says Flair. “I was able to surprise him and it was great to see him and his family. It’s a shame that he had to retire due to his knee injury, because otherwise he would continue to make a difference on the field.
“That was a special night with Dustin. And I got to see all my old friends, like Pedro Martinez and Luis Tiant, whom I met when he pitched for Minnesota. [in 1970]. My wife and I were treated first class by the Sox, downtown Boston was beautiful and the Sox were playing the Yankees. Now that it’s a night. “
The collectors convention is a chance for Flair to reconnect in person with his fans, and he’s hoping to set the standard with the longest autograph line of the weekend.
“I am very grateful for the support of the people,” says Flair. “That carried me throughout my career and I will never forget it or take it for granted. I’m ready to see some people in Chicago.
“You’re going to hear the ‘Woo!’ walking through the door. As soon as that happens, everyone will know that I’m there to drive and negotiate, ride a limo, and have fun. I can’t wait to see you all. “
The (online) week of wrestling
- Maybe it’s because they are polar opposites in terms of personality and the way they present themselves within wrestling, but Paul Heyman and John Cena are perfect for each other in each of their segments, with Heyman particularly standing out on Friday. last on SmackDown.
- Finn Bálor is a perfect opponent for Roman Reigns, especially with Balor’s history of defeating Reigns cleanly. in Crude in July 2016.
- The split show setup on SmackDown last Friday was extremely fun to watch, with fans at the Rolling Loud music festival adding energy to the show.
- Raw had its share of lows (including the second loss in two weeks for Keith Lee), but the highlights included the story of Mansoor’s team with Mustafa Ali, laying the groundwork for a great tag team clash at SummerSlam pitting AJ Styles and Omos against Matt riddle and Randy Orton, and the beginning of a veritable surge of popularity for Reginald.
- Wednesday’s Dynamite is a date for wrestling fans, especially the tag team match that pits FTR against Santana and Ortiz. There’s also Chris Jericho in an all-out fight against hardcore indie icon Nick Gage, as well as a pivotal 10-man label between The Elite and Hangman Page – The Dark Order.
- It’s official: Samoa Joe is back as an active fighter on NXT, challenging Karrion Kross at next month’s TakeOver. And another highlight of Tuesday night’s NXT was Dakota Kai’s turn on Raquel Gonzalez.
- Jay White has a chance to emerge as a star this season on Impact Wrestling, especially as he prepares for New Japan’s Resurgence show in California next month. Adding someone as talented as Chris Bey to history as part of the Bullet Club is a great touch.
- Deonna Purrazzo is the headliner of the NWA Empowerrr program in August.
- Shingo Takagi defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi last weekend at New Japan’s Tokyo Dome show, then was challenged by EVIL to close the show.
- In addition to Zack Saber Jr. and Taichi regaining the IWGP tag titles from Tetsuya Naito and Sanada, New Japan’s other title change last weekend was that Robbie Eagles won the IWGP junior heavyweight title, putting end to the reign of the title of El Desperado.
Davienne ready for game against Mac Daniels on Saturday’s “Undeniable” show
Limitless Wrestling presents its Undeniable Saturday’s show, offering a loaded card and a chance for Davienne to further bet his claim as one of wrestling’s rising talents.
Davienne will fight Mac Daniels, seeking to hurt him and the rest of his entourage in Prestigious. She loves intergender wrestling, and this match will show an element of the indies that is not present in companies like WWE or AEW.
“Wrestling between genders is something I love,” says Davienne. “We are opening the doors to work with so many talented people and not just be limited by a gender barrier. There are so many more stories to tell, and that’s what I have with Mac Daniels. He’s very talented, but he’s going to get beat up on July 31st. “
Davienne Long is an eight-year wrestling veteran, bringing consistent courage and electricity to her work. His in-ring performances are consistently at the top of the Limitless undercard, and there is no limit to his future, although that was almost not the case. Thirteen months ago, when the dark secrets of the wrestling industry came to light at the beginning of the “Speaking Out” movement, Davienne reflected on whether this was the right place to give her heart and soul.
“I was ready to leave last June,” says Davienne. “The ‘Talk’ movement was very tough on everyone, and I wondered if I wanted to be in such a toxic industry. I texted my coaches and told them I was never going to do this again. “
Knowing how much passion and talent he has for wrestling, Davienne faced serious internal conflict when he considered walking away.
“I love wrestling,” says Davienne. “Right at that moment, we had a recording of The way for unlimited fighting. I had more fun than ever in my entire wrestling career. It changed my whole perspective and helped me fall in love with wrestling again. “
Davienne is accomplishing an incredibly difficult feat building momentum through her work in the indies. An integral part of her success is the joy she finds in the process of all things wrestling, including character development, a constant desire to work on new moves in her arsenal, improve the people around her, and improve herself. Willingness to achieve your goals.
“I’m going to leave wrestling better than I found it,” says Davienne. “These last few months have reinvigorated my passion and given me a whole new confidence. That helped me connect more with the audience than ever.
“When I grew up in New England, there weren’t a lot of female wrestlers and there wasn’t a lot of intergender wrestling. There weren’t many opportunities to be around people as hungry as me, and I think that put out my fire for a moment. Then Ava Everett and Becca started to become aware, and that really turned me on. Before, he always tried to be someone he wasn’t. In the last year or two, I have been myself. That’s why you get the best version of Davienne. “
In addition to Saturday’s game against Daniels, Davienne is focused on her future.
“Right now, I need to get the prestige out of my hair, and that’s what you’ll see happen this Saturday,” says Davienne. “Eventually, I want to fight Daniel García and be the champion of Lucha Libre Sin Límites. I want to take over the freelancers and get a job where I can earn a living fighting. That’s the next step for me. “
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.