Batista On AEW Not Being Legitimate Competition, Being Officially Retired, More

WWE legend, Batista recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet where he discussed AEW and whether they are competition and the fact he is officially retired. Below are some highlights with a H/T to Rajah.com for the transcriptions.

On AEW not being legitimate competition:

“I don’t see it as legitimate competition. I see it as competition, which is great, there should always be competition but until they actually produce one of their own major stars, until they have a production that is as big as WWE. I mean WWE already has the next three generations of superstars because they have NXT camps all over the world now, they’re so far ahead of the game that I don’t see any real competition. Not even close.”

On being officially retired:

“This is a real wrestling retirement. I am done. My in ring career is over. I would love to go back on the show because I love the company and I believe in the product so I would go back and go on the show. If they ask me to go in the Hall of Fame I will. But I will not have another wrestling match. I will go broke before I have another wrestling match and I will not go and work for another promotion.”

Tripping at WrestleMania 35:

“I tripped. I think one of my boots got stuck on the rope. There were a lot of different factors but at the end of the day, I just tripped. You know what’s funny is I was so worked up before that and after I tripped, I just had fun. I went out and I just started really living in that moment because I knew it was the last time I was going to be there. As I looked around, I saw Triple H’s parents and as soon as the lights went out I went over and I hugged them. That put me at ease believe it or not, that tripping, because I was in that car a lot longer than people think that I was in that car just sitting there getting cold. Also, I warmed up like three times before I actually went out. It was a long show. So I was cooped up in that car, I got out and I was terrified, I was nervous, I was cold again and I was worried about that. I was concerned about way too much other than our match and then after I tripped it all went away.”

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Backstage Footage of Ronda Rousey’s Broken Hand Following ‘WrestleMania 35’ Main Event

WWE has released backstage footage of Ronda Rousey’s broken right hand. The injury took place during her main event match versus Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35. Rousey broke her hand while working over Becky’s midsection in the corner, when her pinky finger caught Lynch’s elbow.

This clip is part of a special that will air immediately after June 7’s Super ShowDown on the WWE Network. The 24 special is entitled Revolutionary: The Year of Ronda Rousey and follows the journey from her debut at WrestleMania 34 to her historic main event match at WrestleMania 35.

That main event saw women headline WrestleMania for the first time in company history. Lynch was white-hot at the time and walked away from the bout as the winner of both women’s titles.

Rousey has not performed in a WWE ring since her Raw Women’s Championship loss on The Grandest Stage of Them All. The Baddest Woman on the Planet is taking a break from the business and it’s unknown if or when she plans to come back to WWE.

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Kevin Owens Reveals He Went Home To Watch WrestleMania 35

WWE made the decision to keep Kevin Owens off the WrestleMania 35 card this year, despite bringing him back from injury in the build up to the show.

KO has admitted that it was a decision that hit him hard, and in a recent interview with the Sky Sports Lock Up podcast, Owens admitted that he didn’t even go to the Metlife Stadium like the rest of the WWE locker room.

“I actually went home because I couldn’t be in that stadium. I flew home to watch it with my kids and my wife. I’m not sure how many people in this company are aware of that but I came back the next day. It was nice to be with my family, that made it a lot easier, but if you’re in this company and you’re not on WrestleMania and you don’t take it hard, you should probably go do something else with your life. I don’t think anybody can fault me for that.”

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Kofi Kingston Reflects On His ‘Wild’ 24 Hours After WrestleMania 35

WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston recently spoke with ViBe & Wrestling where he spoke in detail about the 24 hours after his WrestleMania 35 victory.

 “I got an hour and a half of sleep, had media day with Becky Lynch. I came back had breakfast with my family. I had a phone call that said AJ Styles was injured and unable to do his VIP Signing at Axxess. So, I had to leave breakfast with my family, go immediately to Axxess and have a two-hour signing. Finally came back, I thought I would be able to get some sleep and then my high school wrestling coach called and said someone from the Boston Globe wanted to do an interview with me. I did the interview and in the middle of doing the interview, I got a text from our talent relations team asking me to call them back and after the interview I did. They told me I was needed for Raw. I said okay let me try and get some sleep.”

“I laid down for about 20 minutes and the called back and said I was needed right now. So, I went to the Barclays Center for Raw and had the match with (Seth) Rollins that ended up being a tag match against the Bar. And then we had SmackDown the next day.”

H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.

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Hall of Famer Mark Henry Speaks on Fan Criticism Toward WWE Champion Kofi Kingston

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry recently commented on fan criticism currently being leveled at Kofi Kingston. The WWE champion has not changed very much since winning the title at WrestleMania 35 and many fans are not too happy about that.

They believe that Kingston should look the part and that he should perhaps leave the comedy backstage. Much of that comedy includes hurling pancakes to the audience, which is something that Kofi continues to do despite now being the top champion in the industry.

But Henry disagreed with fan complaints and he made that fact known on the May 9 edition of Sirius XM’s Busted Open.

“He’s throwing pancakes, he’s dancing and people think that somehow trivializes the fact that he is d**n good! I stand here to tell you: he could throw pancakes, waffles, he can make some toast and put jelly on it, whatever he wants to do. It does not diminish the fact that he is a dominant athlete, an intellectual stalwart and somebody that you want to see what happens next. Kofi is an excellent champion and I always knew that was a possibility if he ever got the opportunity.”

Kingston’s title run has perhaps not been what many fans were expecting, but that’s not necessarily due to anything that Kofi has done. When he’s on his game, Kofi Kingston is a highly skilled, motivated performer. But when his booking is wrong, then he is cast in a whole new light.

Indeed, it’s as if fans have been holding their breath in anticipation of the moment when Kingston loses the WWE Championship. Kofi will defend the title against Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank on May 19, but it’s unknown if the belt will change hands that night.

Kingston’s win at WrestleMania 35 was arguably the most memorable moment of the entire event. His 11-year WWE career was finally legitimized with the company’s top prize and he’s now back to business as usual with Xavier Woods in The New Day. But that does not mean that Kingston won’t embrace the world championship spot to its fullest. If he retains the title against KO, then Kofi may be on to bigger and better things, as well as a lengthy championship run.

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Ric Flair Talks Having Respect For AEW, On His WrestleMania 35 Role & Charlotte Headlining

Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer, Ric Flair recently spoke with CBS Sports about his role at WrestleMania 35 and his thoughts on Charlotte headlining the show.

On his WrestleMania 35 appearance:

“Oh, I had a blade on [me]! ” Flair joked when asked if he would have taken a bump or bladed at age 70 if asked. “Just kidding. But you know what Shawn Michaels said to me? They thought another mark was hitting the ring like the night before with Bret Hart [at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony]. Shawn almost had to superkick me from the announce table.”

On his emotions at Charlotte headlining:

“I probably cried the whole week, I’ve been crying since it first came about,” Flair said. “I’m so thankful to WWE, from Vince [McMahon] to Hunter [Triple H] and Stephanie [McMahon] and all the powers-that-be who put that together and taking that step forward with the woman. For me, I’ve used the expression about passing the torch, but my daughter just took the torch from me years ago. She is so good but she is just getting going. She has only been in the business for six years, which is hard to believe. The thing about her that separates her from a lot of people is that she’s never satisfied with a performance. I was really proud and I’m proud of WWE for taking that step forward because they deserve it.”

Flair also spoke about AEW after it was announced that ‘The Roast Of Ric Flair’ would be taking place at Starrcast ll, and the Nature Boy had nothing but praise for the new company.

“I’m old school, so I think anytime there is an opportunity for guys to work who are qualified and have been trained properly in a position to be somewhat successful in their attempt to work for either company, I’m all about that,” Flair said. “I think that’s great. I don’t think [AEW] should focus on the competition [with WWE]as much as just developing their own product. Their success will come from that.

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