Roman Reigns could be the new Hulk Hogan! On the latest episode of the “Nitty Gritty Dirt Show” on RussosBrand.com, host Billi Bhatti and former WWE writer Vince Russo discussed how much creative control and saying ‘The Tribal Chief’ and current WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has had during his last run with the company. Brock Lesnar is rumored to be added to a WrestleMania world title match. Wrestling-Edge transcribed Bhatti’s comments below.
Bhatti: Here’s the thing, the only reason it happened was because Roman is on his own terms. As if the part of his comeback was to have Paul Heyman, a part of his return to work with whoever he wanted to work with, that’s why you saw the Uso situation and why we were heading to Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns and why we also saw to Kevin Owens raised to why we’re seeing Cesaro’s push. Roman Reigns works with whoever Roman Reigns wants to work with.
In other Roman Reigns news, “Tribal Chief” General Counsel Paul Heyman recently delivered this message about the hit WWE show “Talking Smack” ahead of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view last Sunday. Seth Rollins recently responded to Roman Reigns’ heel twist.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is the week of the fight; it’s weekend of fight. You have the rare opportunity to see a legend in action, a once-in-a-lifetime champion, the WWE standard-bearer, Roman Reigns, ”Heyman began. “The Tribal Chief himself will defend the Universal Championship tomorrow at Elimination Chamber against the winner of that same chamber. The winner of that same chamber, a man who can display such violence, a politically incorrect word, that he not only survives but thrives within the chamber, strikes whoever survives and emerges as the victor. What happens then?
So that man steps into the ring for the Universal Championship less than two months away from WrestleMania against Roman Reigns. The whole complexion of WWE may change this weekend… There is no WWE without Roman Reigns. There is no SmackDown without Roman Reigns. There is no RAW without Roman Reigns. There is no NXT without Roman Reigns. We all exist thanks to Roman Reigns. He is the sun around which we all orbit. We have the juice [and] we got the hit. We have the power and influence around here. ” This WWE icon also talked about wanting Roman Reigns as an opponent when he retired.
Credit to Wrestling Inc. for the second half of this transcript.
Vince McMahon fires two big names in WWE
WWE fired Director of Talent Relations Nicole Zeoli, who worked for the company for 11 years and took over as Director in 2018. A WWE diva leaked a “banned” photo of Vince McMahon.
John Cone has been fired as Senior Manager of the Talent Relations Department. He still has a job as a referee. PWInsider broke the news of these layoffs.
Vince McMahon praised WWE management during today’s earnings call: “Like any other form of entertainment or sport, we came out of COVID. At first, we were in survival mode, but we found a new life. Sure, we saw this as an opportunity to rethink the way we do business and open what I call a WWE treasure chest. The only way to do that is by having the best management team in WWE history.
We have that team. A team that is innovative, a team that drives revenue, and has reorganized our company in a more efficient way to take advantage of new revenue streams, new online platforms, new consumer products, new content creation, and new opportunities to expand our portfolio. of media rights worldwide. I’m always excited about our business and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited than I am right now. “
Stephanie McMahon posts a photo of a ’embarrassing’ diva
Stephanie McMahon apologized to Mickie James, retweeting her embarrassing photo showing the garbage bag sent to her after her firing. Triple H fired an employee for the photo.
Stephanie said: “@MickieJames, I am ashamed that you or anyone else is treated this way. I apologize personally and on behalf of @WWE. The person in charge is no longer in our company ”.
WWE also fired Samoa Joe last week. Sean Waltman said on his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast: “Yes, [Samoa Joe] sure, ”Waltman said. “People are discouraged. I also. The thing is, this is Samoa Joe man. He’s a leading player anywhere as far as I’m concerned, and it opens up a lot of possibilities. I can’t wait to see where it ends. “
“I could see ROH. It has a history with ROH and even Impact. I guess it depends on what they offer. Here’s the thing, they released a dozen people or whatever at once. Some people might think, “Well, you put excess talent on the market,” but there is no excess talent like Samoa Joe on the market, no matter how many people are released. “
WWE also fired Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Bo Dallas, Mojo Rawley, and many others last week.
. @ MickieJames I am ashamed that you or anyone else is treated this way. I apologize personally and on behalf of @WWE. The person in charge is no longer in our company. https://t.co/nvN4WsKC0I
– Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 23, 2021
Triple H leaks WWE firing after ‘burying’ a diva
Triple H has fired a WWE employee for sending a garbage bag to Mick James after his shot.
Triple H said: “Upon learning of the disrespectful treatment some of our recently released talents received on behalf of the company, we took immediate action. The person responsible for this inconsiderate action has been fired and is no longer with @WWE. “
Triple H praised Damian Priest on ESPN’s Cheap Heat podcast, “I looked at Damian Priest, I’ve seen him for years and I was like ‘man, this guy is, he’s talented. Everything I know and hear about him, he’s positive in all levels. Then he came to work with us, I remember, at a slightly older age, right, but I was like ‘Man, this kid can fix everything.’
But when I met him and started working with him, I thought, ‘Man, he’s like a sponge,’ no one just ever helped him get where he needed to be. Once the lightbulb started beeping for him, I thought, “This is a game changer for him.” He’s a little older, but he’s in good shape. He finally has the opportunity to put all those pieces together because he was not afraid of change or challenge. “