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JIM ROSS REVEALS WHY WWE STARS HAVE LOST NAMES
It’s been happening a lot in recent years, stars in WWE have been having their names shortened. There are many examples, Big E (Langstrom), Andrade (Cien Almas), (Alexander) Rusev, to name but a few. While the trend has been noted and commented on, the reason behind it remained a mystery, until now.
Speaking on his own Grillin’ JR podcast, JR explained that Vince prefered shorter names. Citing a number of famous examples from the world of film and TV, Vince’s argument seems to be that the audience finds it easier to remember one name than two or more. This seemingly negates the idea that stars have to reach a certain level before being able to be recognised by a single name.
This idea plays into JR’s second point, that Vince wants to be a media mogul. There is already a multitude of WWE produced shows or all different kinds. Combined with the movies they help produce, and the sadly now failed XFL and the picture takes more shape. See JR’s complete quote below:
“It’s a showbiz thing, simple as that. Vince wants to be Walt Disney. He wants to be an entertainment mogul, making movies, making T.V. shows, producing pay per views, all the things WWE has done as a publicly traded company
“It’s like Cher, always one name stars. Bono – there’s a zillion of them, one name. The theory is that it’s easier to remember one name for a person than two names for a person. I don’t agree with it. Now you’ve seen it’s come full circle and he’s being called Bobby Lashley, but at that time and to this day, look at all the people on the roster that have one name.”
JERICHO REVEALS TWO STARS HE WISHED HE’D WRESTLED
Returning to his weekly Saturday Night Special, Chris Jericho answered more questions from fans. One of the questions asked who Chris wishes he’d wrestled, Chris responded without hesitation, Owen and Bret Hart.
I think probably the two guys I always wanted to wrestle the most were Owen Hart and Bret Hart. So those would be the guys that I would go with. So whatever era that is. I think one of my big regrets, not regrets, my biggest, sad opportunity, or whatever you might call it is that I never got to wrestle Owen Hart.
Chris never worked with Bret while at WCW. Chris said that those in power didn’t see Chris as on Bret’s level. Chris disagrees with this stance, and history agree’s with him.
Regarding Owen, Chris lists him as one of this top ten reasons for moving to WWE. Unfortunately, Owen passed away at the Over the Edge pay per view, only months before Chris would join the company.
ACEY ROMERO TALKS ABOUT IMPACT DURING COVID
In a recent interview with The Living Gimmick podcast, Acey Romero has spoken about the measure Impact Wrestling has been taking during the pandemic. WWE has come under scrutiny after what were judged to be lax procedures possibly led to a small outbreak. AEW too has been put under a microscope during these unprecedented times. As more companies reopen, their efforts are being judged and compared to every other promotion. Acey said that he feel’s safe and detailed the measures the company has put in place.
Impact’s been taking extreme measures. For starters, Impact has recommended us two weeks before tapings to self-quarantine. For tapings itself, we have our own hotel rooms now. Usually we doubled up, but we’ve been having our own hotel rooms, which is great. We get our temperature taken, we get our blood/oxygen level taken.
He went on, saying that while Impact isn’t testing wrestlers for the disease, they’re doing their best and utilising other practices to better protect their personnel.
They are doing their best, there’s only a certain amount of people that can be in the studio at a time while taping. Social distancing has definitely been in play. Like I said, they check in on us to make sure we’re doing well and taking this seriously.
TJP GENERATES HEAT ONLINE
In responding to a tweet over the weekend, TJP has managed to generate a large amount of heat for himself, possibly by accident.
Sadly no one for me. And I’ll be honest, I have spent 22 years waiting/wanting for that to not be the case.
— ?? TJ Perkins ?? (@MegaTJP) July 25, 2020
Many wrestlers were sharing a common tweet, asking which wrestler, who they’d shared the ring with, had taught them the most. Most stars used this as an opportunity to publicly praise others in the industry, TJP has other plans.
Many took to the replies to point out that he’d been in the ring with the likes of Rey Mysterio, Super Crazy, Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Nagao, Tiger Mask, CM Punk, Jushin Thunder Liger, Taiji Ishimori, Hiromu Takahashi, KUSHIDA, Kenny Omega, Finn Balor, Sting, Jeff Hardy, and Kota Ibushi, to name a few.
I wish that were the case. I’m always looked to as the quarterback and ppl ask me for notes after. Believe me I would much rather it be the other way around. I get sick of having to answer my own questions.
— ?? TJ Perkins ?? (@MegaTJP) July 25, 2020
TJP doubled down, saying that he wished it hadn’t been the case, and how he would much rather have been able to learn from the people he worked with.