0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on August 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm
John Layfield posted the following story on Facebook about boxing legend Evander Holyfield hearing JBL trash talk him at a WWE live event.
“One of best stories ever from commentary was at Madison Square Garden with Evander Holyfield.
I had met Evander before and he was a total jerk, complete jerk to both me and Ron.
He used the religious image while he was an absolute reprehensible creature. He’s had a ton of kids by a ton of women and professes to be a model Christian. I don’t mind people being what they are, but I abhor fakes. I can’t stand Evander Holyfield.
Soooooo……. On to MSG.
Evander is to box Matt Hardy in a ‘boxing match’ as MVP’s replacement in a Madison Square Garden event.
I am doing commentary and the whole show I am putting over Evander as this great guy, blah blah blah.
By the end of the show I am sick of myself. So during commercial I tell Michael Cole a true story of Evander and my wife at Fox News.
My wife had called me and told me she was in the ‘Green Room’ with a famous boxer but not being a sports fan she didn’t know who he was., she told me it was Evander Holyfield.
I explained to her he was one of greatest boxers of all time and told her the whole story of his career which I knew by heart as a huge boxing fan. She told me that he was ‘very nice’. I said “of course, he has had 9 kids by 9 women of course he is nice, leave now!” and of course I was joking, but half serious.
During the break I tell Michael this story, but of course I go further-I totally tear down Evander as a hypocrite and piece of garbage that I think he is. I have no idea this is being broadcast into his dressing room, I still had my headphones and mic on. Every word I say Evander hears.
Matt Hardy and MVP were in the room, ask them how tense it got. A spokesperson for Evander went to Vince and threatened to have him leave the show.
More importantly, how would you like to be Matt Hardy? He is facing the former heavyweight champion in what he hopes is a work and he now knows this guy is furious. While I was saying this Evander had one of his kids on his lap listening, and from Matt’s story he just got very quite.
Evander ended up doing business which I am sure Matt was thankful.
My headset was ringing to tell me to shut up.
After the show I went to Evander’s dressing room, not to apologize for what I said-I meant it and still do, but it was totally inappropriate for me to treat a guest of our show like that, I shouldn’t have let my personal feelings potentially screw up a show. At his dressing room I encountered a security guard. I was expecting anything from a fight to him excepting my apology-I had no idea, but I had made my bed and I would lie in it.
I never apologized for what I said but for the venue I said it in as he was our guest. I meant what I said, but shouldn’t have said it to a guest of the WWE. The security guard looked at Evander who was less than five feet away and Evander shook his head, so I never spoke to him direct though that was my intention and he heard every word I said. And, I never apologized for calling him what I did, I apologized for doing it on a WWE show.
As I walked by the boys to Evander’s dressing room, no one knew what would happen. Ron Simmons told me, “leg dive him!’ which was my plan, it was a tense moment.
I have seen him since, I have no respect for him, but I do hate he is getting ‘punch drunk’ as no one deserves that. He is a great boxer but a rotten human being.
The next day I apologized to Vince, I was wrong to attack a guest like that. Vince said, “we almost lost him” and I responded, “we almost lost Matt” and we both laughed.
The day I almost got into a shoot fight with the former world heavyweight champ.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Credit – PWInsider
WWE Hall of Famer and all-time boxing great Mike Tyson is coming to Broadway. Tyson’s one man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” will be playing a limited run of six performances at the Longacre Theater.
The one man show, featuring Tyson telling his life story, was directed by Spike Lee, will be priced at $299 for VIP tickets including a meet and greet with Tyson down to $74.50 for balcony seats.
The official promotional blurb for the show reads, “One of the world’s most powerful and controversial figures comes to Broadway for six nights only! Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of the one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm
The Sports Business Journal recently polled 1,100 major sports decision makers on their views of boxing, UFC and WWE on whether they have more interest now than in 2007.
For boxing 7% said they did, 41% said they had the same interest and 53% said they had less interest. For UFC 29% said they had more interest, 39% said they had the same interest and 32% said they had less interest. For WWE 4% said they had more interest, 32% said they had the same level of interest and 64% said they had less interest.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 11, 2012 at 6:03 am
Vince McMahon was trending on Twitter Saturday night after the controversial Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley boxing match. Fans brought up how the judges decision made it fixed like pro wrestling and that’s where Vince’s name came up.
There was talk in WWE this weekend about bringing up Vince trending when he returns on RAW tonight.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm
The infamous “#1 Underground Breaking Sports News” reporter Incarcerated Bob is reporting that he has received breaking news via a source that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has failed a post-fight drug test following this past Saturday’s bout against Miguel Cotto. He tweeted:
**BREAKING BOXING NEWS**Sources: Floyd Mayweather failed some kind of DRUG TEST! No announcement what he failed yet.. More coming #Karma
Remember Floyd’s money is long > Boxing has been dirty before (Would they jeopardize Pac-Man vs Floyd) and reveal Failed test? Hmmm — Incarcerated Bob (@incarceratedbob) May 8, 2012
Since this rumor hit Twitter earlier, many have been asking for answers. Brent Brookhouse, managing editor of BloodyElbow.com, took to Twitter to debunk the report. Brookhouse stated that he contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission and was told that all tests for “drugs of abuse” for the fight came back clean. He was also told that testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs haven’t even come back yet and won’t be available until Friday. Here are the tweets from Brookhouse:
Results on the “drugs of abuse” are back to the NSAC and all 4 title fighters clean. steroid tests not back until Friday
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 7, 2012 at 6:29 am
A broken arm wasn’t enough to keep WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H down, who accompanied boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to the ring for his highly anticipated bout against Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on Saturday night, alongside singer Justin Bieber and rapper 50 Cent. Former WWE Diva Melina, who was posting messages on Twitter while watching the fight, remarked the following upon seeing “The King of Kings” on television:
“Maybe it’s the margaritas but I puked when i saw Bieber & Triple H. #TotalPukage #WhatTheWhat HHH=Pukepukepuke. Boxing at an an all time low.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm
WWE.COM recently posted an article regarding the appearance of Triple H being apart of the entourage that accompanied Floyd Mayweather Jr. at yeterday’s boxing PPV. Below, Triple H comments on the reason he walked out with the boxing phenom.
“I’ve been friends with Floyd since [WrestleMania XXIV],” Hunter said. “Quite frankly, I was just going to see fight, and then he sent word that he wanted to see me before the fight and asked if I wanted to walk down to the ring with him.”
Triple H also further sold his “injury” and spoke on the way his company was providing “misinformation” regarding the injury he suffered from Brock Lesnar.
“It wasn’t just one thing that was broken. It’s complex and that’s why there’s misinformation.”
“I have to be able to take the brace on and off [to rehab],” he added. “Trust me, it was the last thing I wanted to wear while I was in Vegas trying to have a good time.”
Triple H then went on to describe how he felt about Floyd’s victory over Miguel Cotto; “I thought it was a phenomenal fight, I think Floyd rises to the occasion of every fighter he fights.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on April 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Speaking to Power Slam last month about his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, legendary boxer Mike Tyson say he would be interested in wrestling for WWE.
When asked if he still watches wrestling these days, he responded, “I don’t watch it as much as I used to—but it’s not the same as it was; they don’t have the same guys. But Triple H is coming back, the WWE is coming back, and I’d like to do whatever I can to be a part of that, to help them in any way I can. I would like to be a wrestler.”