Cody Rhodes On Learning From John Cena, Growing Up The Son Of Dusty And More
Growing Up The Son of Dusty Rhodes: "For me, I didn't really pick up on the fact that he was, like, Dusty Rhodes, until about the time that I was in middle school. For me, he was always just dad. He was retired, not really as heavily involved. We got outside of the suburbs a little bit, and through other friends of mine's parents I figured out how much that he'd done in the wrestling industry. I'd been to a lot of shows where he was a prominent figure, but I didn't know how much he had done, especially in the late '80s.
Being a Wrestling Fan As A Kid: "I was a fan, but I don't think I knew how much of a fan I was."
His Decision to Become a Wrestler When he was a Teen: "It was hard for my mother to take, because I never explored the options of doing anything else. It was just like it was set in stone. I think that's what made it worse for even her — she couldn't even say anything to change my mind."
Starting out as a Referee in Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling: "For me, it was just as exciting as being the one wrestling. The referee has a lot of control that I don't think a lot of people realize in the ring. And I got the same rush performing as I did as a referee, especially as a teen."
Getting Experience At Ohio Valley Wrestling: "I also got a very firm grasp on how big of a fan I was. I was told when I was going to Louisville that you're gonna eat, sleep and breathe wrestling. And I thought I'd have some outside interests. And from the time I entered, I never had any outside interests. When we weren't at [training], we were at somebody's apartment, watching WWE 24/7. And when we weren't there, we were eating, and I was learning about diet and training — that was something I never had any access to. My dad was not a body guy. And in this day and age, when a company has evolved to where a lot of the specimens you see on TV are carved from stone, that was all new to me."
Learning from John Cena: "I spent a year driving Cena around when I was on the Raw brand. The goal was to learn a lot about him, what he does in the ring, how he has gotten where he has gotten, but also to learn a lot about merchandising and marketing, pretty much all the things he does. And I'd say I learned a great deal on what it takes outside of the ring. He's noted as being one of the most hard-working people in entertainment, and he is. If you want his job, you have to work as hard as he does. And it is much easier said than done."
More Details on Brock Lesnar’s Meltdown
After discovering that John Cena cut a post-match promo and was not stretchered out as he was told, Brock Lesnar specifically shouted at Marc Carano, the assistant to John Laurinaitis. Lesnar reportedly yelled about how things are a mess and everything is wrong in the WWE. A lot of people feel that the tantrum was just an act by Lesnar to let everyone know that he could quit at any minute. While some backstage feel that the WWE was just testing Lesnar by having Cena cut the post-match promo, others feel that WWE orchestrated the backstage blow-up to send a message to the other talents.
Lesnar also mentioned that he thinks that, during the Extreme Rules Match, Cena intentionally pulled down the top rope to make Brock nearly blow his knee out. However, several people believe this is also part of an act by Lesnar and there is no real heat between Brock and Cena.
Despite what is part of Lesnar’s act and what is part of storylines, the relationship between Brock and the WWE is on thin ice. The current plan is to have Lesnar face Triple H at SummerSlam and have Lesnar work the big pay-per-views of 2012, as well as next year’s Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 29 before being done with the WWE (Brock is under a one-year contract that expires after WrestleMania 29, but at this point, no one expects Brock to stay any longer than he has to).
WWE News: The story on why The Bella Twins were "fired"
The WWE website has video footage of Eve firing The Bella Twins following their loss to Layla in a Triple Threat match. The video shows the duo trying to get inside of John Laurinaitis's office to demand a rematch. Eve blocked their entrance and they mouthed off. Eve then informed them that their contracts were coming up, fired them, and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavors. You can view the video at WWE.com.
Powell's POV: The real story is that their contracts expired on Monday and they decided not to re-sign with the company. I actually like the way they turned it into an angle and put heat on Eve. I would have run that footage on Raw, but apparently they wanted to generate some website traffic by announcing the news on the company website and then posting this video footage late Monday night.
Happy birthday, Dwayne 'Rock' Johnson!
Today is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's birthday. He turns 40.
Here's some interesting tidbits you may not know:
• Johnson played so poorly for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League that he was cut. That led to him turning to wrestling.
• People know that The Rock's grandfather was wrestling great Peter Maivia, but his grandmother, Lia Maivia, was a wrestling promotor who ran Polynesian Pro Wrestling.
• Johnson's father, Rocky Johnson, was born in Canada, so Rocky received Canadian citizenship.
• Wrestling announcer Jim Ross nicknamed Johnson "The Blue Chipper" but that never really stuck. Neither did the nickname "Flex Kavana".
• Johnson credits his speech communication classes at the University of Miami for helping him cut the best wrestling promos.
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