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Dolph Ziggler's response to Triple H turning heel and costing Daniel Bryan the WWE championship at SummerSlam

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"You know I've always said, people ask me 'how do I be a WWE superstar?' I've always said, first and foremost, be tall. And that's always been a big point to Vince (McMahon) and seems to be Hunter now, too. Daniel Bryan's got a chip on his shoulder just like I do, I just carry it a lot better because I look this good. But the fact that he can carry himself in the ring with anybody is great. Sometimes, no matter how good you are, the machine is that much stronger than you are."

That's Ziggler talking to WWE.com in the aftermath of Triple H costing Bryan the title by giving him a pedigree and allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE title Bryan had just won from John Cena. DTA, folks, and try to be tall if you want to succeed in WWE.

His saying "I don't judge" is implying there's something there to judge, as if being gay means your...

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His saying "I don't judge" is implying there's something there to judge, as if being gay means your life is one big outrageous Pride Parade with bondage, indiscriminate partner swaps, unprotected disease-spreading sex, and "recruitment" - you know, all of the thoughts that people have when the outmoded term "gay lifestyle" is thrown out there. He's not saying "there's nothing to judge," he's saying he's one of the "open-minded people who lets those weirdos of the hook."

The above is an excerpt from Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller's excellent blog post about John Cena's poorly thought out comments to the Washington Blade about his homophobic promos. I touched on the same topic on Thursday, but Keller does a better job dissecting everything wrong with what Cena said/did.

TEAM BRING IT - I have a very special announcement tonight on RAW...The People's Champ to The...

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TEAM BRING IT - I have a very special announcement tonight on RAW...The People's Champ to The People...

The Rock via Twitter teases a big revelation on Raw tonight. Will he announce his return to the ring in a match against John Cena or The Miz at a major PPV down the line like SummerSlam or next year's WrestleMania in Miami? Will he turn heel and be revealed as the mystery Raw GM? Or will it be something else completely different? Tune in tonight to find out in what promises to be the most highly rated and newsworthy edition of Monday Night Raw of the year!

CeNation. Just received western union tellagram via carrier pigieon from mexican cousin Juan....

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CeNation. Just received western union tellagram via carrier pigieon from mexican cousin Juan. Apparently he just got hired by wwe..., And would like me to watch his first match tonight in salisbury md. I got nuthin but time on my hands. Ill be there! CeNation. Juan was there tonight. I was just in the crowd supporting him. Now off to philly

God bless John Cena for maintaining kayfabe on Twitter in 2010.

I didn't agree with the direction the company was going in. It was geared more toward the PG...

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I didn't agree with the direction the company was going in. It was geared more toward the PG rating. I fell in love with wrestling again in the late '90s with 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and 'The Rock' Dwayne Johnson … It was edgy, and that was the kind of wrestling I knew and loved. It wasn't like that anymore, and my passion for it died a little bit. I'm hoping the cycle will come around again, and it'll get a little edgy and it'll be my time to come back and shine a little bit. I love kids. I'm not anti-kids. I just don't think kids are going to relate to me the same way they're going to guys like John Cena, guys who are, to me, more bubblegum. There's nothing bubblegum about me.

Dave Bautista, or Batista, whatever works for you, talks to ESPN about why he left WWE and buries John Cena. It's really great to hear him talk like that about Cena. Bubblegum is the perfect word to describe him. I'm to the point that I wouldn't be sad if Bautista never came back to pro wrestling. I have my doubts about whether or not he will ever even get a fight in MMA. Later in the interview he goes on to say that he's more than ready for MMA because he was a bouncer so he's "been punched in the face" and also punched people in the face so it's "nothing new to me".

WWE.com: Just to get this out there – because it is so surreal – you no longer work for WWE. A...

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WWE.com: Just to get this out there – because it is so surreal – you no longer work for WWE. A professional conflict with Vince McMahon is the reason you’re no longer with WWE. And who was it that offered you the opportunity to promote Countdown to Lockdown on WWE.com? FOLEY: From what I understand, it was Vince McMahon’s decision to mention the book on Raw, and it was his decision to offer me the opportunity to talk to WWE.com. It is literally among the craziest things I’ve ever heard of. [Laughs.] I think it’s unprecedented, and it has a lot of people talking. And I’m flattered to do this. I think it shows what kind of respect Vince has for me and, deep down, he genuinely likes me and appreciates what I did when I was with the company. WWE.com: Mick, you don’t need a magic headset to tell us your feelings in "A Substance Problem," where you write about a double standard that WWE is held to as compared to other genres of entertainment in Hollywood. FOLEY: Well, at the beginning of that chapter, I go out of my way to say that I’m not an expert on the matter. However, I do think that being around the issue for a few decades and seeing so much information out there entitles me to share my opinion that there is a double standard. I’m not pro-steroid or anti-testing at all, but anyone who really looks at these Hollywood actors – who seemingly not only don’t age, but actually look better in their mid-fifties or sixties than they did 30 years earlier – has to understand that there are some substances being taken that are illegal in other sports, and in WWE. I bring up a number of substantial topics in "A Substance Problem," and question whether or not some of the things that are banned might actually be good for our bodies, while other things that we can buy off the shelves at health food stores might actually be bad for us. I think it all comes down to dollars and cents, and the realization that if all good things were available to us and all bad things were banned, then a lot of key people would stand to lose a lot of money. WWE.com: You take a very honest, common-sense approach not only in Countdown to Lockdown, but in a fascinating blog you wrote recently, about the way the media goes about doing their fact-finding. The lack of knowledge one reporter had about the industry while he was interviewing you was staggering. FOLEY: I don’t want to make a blanket statement about the media, per se, but in quite a few cases, certain members don’t do the research that’s necessary to provide a really full view of complicated subjects. A lot of them aren’t so much seeking facts as they are looking for convenient quotes or sound bites that will plug into a preconceived notion they already have. I felt that was the case when I did a few interviews concerning Linda McMahon’s candidacy for the United States Senate. In the case of one article, I found it a little suspicious that the interviewer did not use a single quote from me or use a single line from Countdown to Lockdown, which covered in great detail the very subject he was investigating. It seemed as if my comments weren’t convenient to the article he already wanted to write in his mind. I can’t prove that, but I do enough reading and I’m an American citizen, so I’m allowed to form my own opinions. In another instance, the writer did a quality article, and he was very fair to both sides of the story. However, I found his lack of knowledge and preparation about a really complex subject like professional wrestling to be a little surprising. Writers should know a little something about their subjects before they interview them. How can he possibly do the best interview he can with me if he’s not aware of very basic facts about me? WWE.com: Not just you. You also mentioned at least one very important Superstar in your book whose name this reporter didn’t even know. FOLEY: Yes. I mentioned John Cena’s name, and he asked, "Who’s that?" I wondered if there might have been some interruption in the telephone line, but when I repeated myself, he asked, "Yes, who’s that?" People who know me know that I have what could be described as a very long fuse. [Laughs.] It’s not my tendency to lecture anybody over the phone, especially somebody who’s doing an article involving me. But I just had to ask, "Sir, how can you attempt to do an article on something this complex, when you don’t even know the name of the industry’s biggest star?" I also found it really surprising that this reporter wasn’t aware of WWE’s "Smackdown Your Vote!" campaign. This was something WWE started more than 10 years ago, it has been covered in major news outlets, and it was something that I thought was common knowledge. It was during the "Smackdown Your Vote!" campaign that I spent the most time with Linda McMahon, on a completely non-partisan basis. So, for a writer of a major story not to be aware of that campaign’s existence … it was troubling. WWE.com: And just so people don’t think that you’re towing the former company line in mentioning Linda, you don’t necessarily vote that way. FOLEY: No, I don’t normally vote for the party that Linda is running for, and it’s completely fair for people to look at her position on issues and make their own choice. However, to blame Linda for any problem that the company has had for the last 25 years is incredibly unfair. If people want to go that direction, then they also need to give Linda credit for every positive thing the company has done. That includes putting smiles on the faces of thousands of children – children who often haven’t had a reason to smile – and brightening the days of thousands of U.S. service members, who are far away from home for the holidays. To me, trying to play off people’s distaste for professional wrestling as a reason to not vote for Linda is a losing argument, and one that may come back to haunt the opposing party for years to come. It’s an insult to the millions of people in this country, and around the world, who really love what we do. They don’t need to be lectured by people who don’t.

It's Mick Foley appreciation night at WWE.com! Pardon me while I have to barf and take a shower after reading that.

well, i didnt see anything that bad except 4 that Lacey VonErich. TNA has a pretty good roster....

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well, i didnt see anything that bad except 4 that Lacey VonErich. TNA has a pretty good roster. That generation me looks like mini Hardys! Oh also, that Abyss segment. how is anybody supposed to believe that? He's gonna show up next week after committing kidnapping and torture? Last time i checked that's at least a 25 year prison sentence! is the Orlando police just gonna let it slide and let the face handle it? Not picking on Abyss, i like him. I just hate angles u cant believe. Like when Hunter broke into Orton's house. I asked him if he was gonna b at mania? He asked why? I said u got arrested and they got everything on TV!..he didn't find it funny! oh well And what about that idiot that stabbed Cena? oh, wait a minute...nevermind!

Carlito Colon gives his review on Thursday's Impact! I agree with him totally and completely in regards to the Abyss angle. It's a waste of TV time. Twitter was lit up with wrestling fans expressing their displeasure at such a silly thing. When will the bookers learn?

Do you think the negative perception of wrestlers acting in movies has gotten any better since the...

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Do you think the negative perception of wrestlers acting in movies has gotten any better since the '80s? I think the perception is the same, but it's on the way to being changed. I think Dwayne [Johnson] has done such an awesome job being a successful actor. The only problem is he left us; he's no longer doing activity with WWE. I think the way WWE Studios is going now -- they're going away from action, doing more drama, more comedy -- it will open a lot of people's eyes. Because a lot of people see big guy, big frame: action superstar. We've proven, especially with 'Legendary,' that that is not always the case. What's the next challenge for you: winning an Oscar or trying to end the Undertaker's undefeated Wrestlemania streak? Ending Undertaker's streak. I would like to [challenge Undertaker]. I would just like to wait a couple years for him to get a little bit more "seasoned." That's when I'd have my best chances. I have all the respect in the world for the Academy, but I don't think the feeling is mutual. [Laughs] John Cena, while promoting his latest movie Legendary, forgets that it was WWE who allowed Dwayne Johnson's contract to expire without any interaction or communication from the front office or Vince McMahon, and teases what at this point seems the most likely main event for WrestleMania XXVI

I just adore him. [He's] a first class gentleman. He's very emotional and lovely in this film. He...

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I just adore him. [He's] a first class gentleman. He's very emotional and lovely in this film. He had a very big, big emotional scene. The biggest emotional scene pretty much that I've done on film, in maybe my career, is with him.

Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson on co-star John Cena's performance in WWE Films' Legendary, which comes out in September.
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