Archive for the ‘Track and Field’ Category


Source: Newsweek

Asuka spoke with Newsweek before her upcoming title match against Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. Here are some of the highlights:

Her goals in WWE:

“When I decided to sign a contract with WWE, I decided two things. I was determined not only to win, but to leave [breaking] records. That is something I feel like I can do as a return to WWE [for hiring me].”

When she got the call from WWE and filling the gap between men and women WWE Superstars:

“When I got the call from WWE, I asked them why they picked me, and they told me, ‘Among all the women’s wrestlers, you’re the one we want to pick.’ I felt a lot of expectation. I felt I had to do my best to [prove I’m the best to] them. I wanted to change women’s wrestling in WWE. In wrestling, men and women do the same thing, but sometimes the men look more powerful and more impressive. I am trying my best to fill the gap between men and women.”

Relationship with Triple H:

“I have a big trust in him. Whenever I have an idea, I always talk to him. He always gives me amazing advice.”

Who she still wants to face:

“I don’t use the words ‘respect’ or ‘admire’ toward my opponents, but I’m interested to have matches with Sasha and Charlotte. Those two women I’ve never faced before.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.


Source: Nick’s Strength And Power

Former WCW and WWE Star Scott Steiner recently did an interview with Nick’s Strength And Power. You can check out the highlights below:

If he still keeps up with bodybuilding:

“Not as much as I used to, I still look at the magazines and stuff. Back in the day with Ronnie Coleman, there’s a fairly famous photo with me doing the bicep pose with him. I also did a pose with Arnold at the Arnold Classic one year in Columbus, Ohio. I did but not as much.”

Has he been to the Arnold Classic lately:

“I haven’t in a while, I’ve been way too busy. That was a pretty cool event.”

On the WWE:

“F*ck the WWE.”

Why he feels that way:

“Who’s in charge and who runs it. There ain’t two bigger d*uchebags than Triple H and Stephanie.”

If he watched Wrestlemania 33:

“Hell no. Let me ask you something? Why did Triple H make that statue of Ric Flair? So where is it now? Where do you think it’s at? There’s no Hall Of Fame. You got the address to the Hall Of Fame? Where’s it at? Where’s your guess? Exactly! (Triple H’s house). And they better not make one of Macho Man. She (Stephanie) made one? Oh, that’s definitely in Triple H’s house then (laughs).”

Has he ever measured his biceps:

“I never measured them, I never checked my weight, I just lifted to get big. I just lifted heavy and if I looked good then that’s good with me.”

Had he ever considered doing body building when he was younger:

“No, I wrestled in College. Right after College, I got right into professional wrestling so – I was always a big fan of Arnold, Ferrigno, the guys back in the day. After College I never really knew what I wanted to do, so that’s why I got into professional wrestling.”


According to a recent interview with The Mirror, current Monday Night Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon would love to see a full-blown WWE pay-per-view come to the United Kingdom.

McMahon said that WWE constantly monitor fan response during their shows and often find UK audiences to be amongst the loudest on tour. That could work in the UK’s favour when officials plan out the pay-per-view schedule over the next few years.

The idea of WWE hosting a pay-per-view on British soil is nothing new. Episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live are taped annually in the country, but the UK hasn’t seen a full pay-per-view event since the days of Rebellion and Insurrextion over a decade ago.

Stephanie believes it’s only a matter of time before WWE come to the UK for a PPV, and said the event would surely be “incredible”. Further, McMahon said she often wondered herself why the promotion hasn’t brought one of the monthly supershows to England.

The age-old argument of time difference shouldn’t be an issue for WWE now that the WWE Network is up and running. July, 2015’s ‘Beast In The East’ show from Japan proves that.


Source: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast

On episode 126 of Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, ‘Prime Time’ Sam Roberts interviewed the legendary Shawn Michaels. Among other things, Michaels talked about his 2002 WWE return, his 2008 feud with current WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho, how quickly WWE Superstars are considered ‘great’ nowadays, and whether he oversold in his SummerSlam (2005) match with Hulk Hogan.

According to Michaels, he was agreeing to only one match at a time when he returned to WWE in 2002 because he was not sure whether his body was going to hold up.

“People know I was just coming back for one match. I didn’t know what my body could handle and couldn’t handle, so we didn’t say anything beyond that SummerSlam match. And then, of course, it went well, and I felt good, and before I could really sort of make a decision, I got a phone call from Vince [McMahon] asking me how I felt and, of course, ‘I’ve got an idea!’ And so, I guess the next thing was the Elimination Chamber. Even at that point, we were just taking things sort of one match at a time. And I sort of knew that at the very least, December was going to be a time to sit and, ‘okay’, sort of really figure out what’s going on here. And I think it was in December that Jericho and I did this promo and I lost the championship back to Hunter and then, I think we went out and did some kind of promo with Jericho and I. I was supposed to leave for a while and I came back from doing that and then Chris walked back and both Chris and Vince were like, ‘did you feel that?’ And I was like, ‘yeah, that went really well.’ And they were like, ‘no, did you feel that though?’ and Chris was like, ‘holy cow!’. And, of course, they were both like, ‘something’s there, something’s there’. And I said, ‘okay.’ I said, ‘I definitely feel you.’ I said, ‘let me go home’ because everything’s going so fast, ‘give me a second, go home sometime, and let me think about it. I don’t even know what I’m doing yet.’ It just sort of happened so quickly.”

On the subject of his classic feud with Jericho, Michaels said they made it interesting by having ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ be the babyface who was lying and ‘Y2J’ be the heel who was telling the truth.

“It’s why Chris and I have always gotten along so well, we both love to peel the onion away, pull at it, pull at it, pull at it, and see what we can do, what we can get away with, what’s voodoo that you’re supposed to stay away from if you’re a good guy or a bad guy, you’re not supposed to do this, you’re not supposed to look weak or vulnerable or whatever, and we just always figured, ‘yeah, let’s go ahead and try to do that anyway. That’s what was so fun about our angle. Again, I was the good guy, but I was the guy that was lying. And it was intriguing to us to have me be the guy that was lying, stay the good guy, and him be the guy that was telling the truth, but the bad guy, and it sounded like a blast too to see if we could continue to peel away at that and make it mean something and we did and that’s the enjoyment some of us get out of the creative process.”

In Michaels’ view, carrying a long, drawn-out feud is difficult nowadays because the audience is always looking for something new. Similarly, in ‘The Main Event”s opinion, it used to take 17 years to be called ‘great’ and now it takes only a matter of months.

“It’s a little more difficult to do [drawn out feuds] nowadays because the consumer, more often than not, wants something new, wants something fresh. And, as a company, I believe they feel like they need to change it up, but old school guys like me will always feel like that’s stuff you can slow down and take the time to invest in it. It may take a little longer to build, but the payoff at the end is always better. Look, it’s hard to do now. There are guys that, let’s face it, greatness now happens in six months or a year or even two years. Somebody has some consistently good matches for two years and ‘he’s one of the legends! He’s one of the greatest of all time!’ And I don’t mean that as a critical thing, it’s just that’s how the consumer is now. Everything happens so quickly now, they think ‘he’s 24, he [has] had seven good pay-per-view matches, he’s one of the greatest of all time.’ In our day, rightly or wrongly, it doesn’t matter to me, but in our day, it took 17 years to create greatness when nowadays it takes seven months. So I think that’s just a sign of the times.”

Michaels averred that if he oversold in his SummerSlam match against Hogan, Dolph Ziggler oversells all the time, as does Billy Gunn as a heel. The founding member of D-Generation X recalled that he was simply trying to make the match good, as he had his doubts.

“Let’s just say, look, you could say I didn’t do a good job, but, I mean, you go and watch some of my work from, I don’t know, ’96, I bounced around all the time. You look at Ziggler now, I mean, if what I did in the Hogan match was overselling, then what Dolph does on a regular basis, or Billy Gunn, when Billy’s a heel, that’s just, a lot of it is how we worked.” Michaels added, “I was out there trying, obviously too hard, I guess, in some people’s eyes. I was just trying to make it a good match because I felt like it wasn’t going to be.”

Michaels shared that he views his entire WWE run as one single story beginning with his arrival as part of The Rockers with tag partner Marty Jannetty, all the way till he was retired at WrestleMania 26 by The Undertaker. ‘The Showstopper’ admitted that he cannot imagine the creative justification for making a return to the ring.

“I could never get passed the creative character stuff that I really enjoyed doing. I just can’t [justify] making money over that perfect sort of arc and ending and everything. It just doesn’t seem right to me.”


WWE’s interest in Baron Corbin has been obvious ever since he won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, but fresh reports from The Wrestling Observer suggest a main event push is imminent.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer claimed that WWE officials have higher hopes for Corbin than they do for Braun Strowman over on Raw.

Meltzer claimed that both Strowman and Corbin would receive pushes on their respective brands, but that right now it was the latter who is expected to reach the main event summit before his Raw counterpart.

By the time WWE begin building towards SummerSlam this August, there’s a good chance that Baron Corbin will be firmly in the mix for the WWE Title, and it’s hard to argue that he’d be a fine opponent for Randy Orton come the pay-per-view.

Over on Raw, Braun Strowman has been programmed opposite Roman Reigns in a top-line feud already, but all signs are pointing towards a Reigns victory at Payback before the divisive ex-Shield member moves onto Brock Lesnar and the WWE Universal Title.

For Corbin on SmackDown, Meltzer says the main event scene is closer than it is for Strowman.


Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 metres next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio,” Bolt said of his retirement plans. “I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire, on top.”