Every Opponent Oney Lorcan Has Requested On Twitter

This post will be updated as requests come in.

Give them to him!

Alexa Bliss is wonderful

Two of my faves in the wrestling world collided when Alexa Bliss appeared on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.

They even filmed the podcast for Total Divas! Maybe we’ll see it (I can’t imagine we will), but either way, Lilian recounts that the TD crew remarked how they didn’t know a lot of Alexa’s story so hopefully the interview will help color in a few lines for Alexa presenting her story to the Total Divas audience.

There’s a LOT she covered. She talks about not fitting in initially at NXT, and if you love the rumors about the beef with her and Sasha, you will probably love that part. Really, listen to the podcast. Here are some of my favorite parts.

 

A great takeaway for everyone:

Howard Fine told them that when they make a mistake to just say “oops!” He told them “it makes the problem so much smaller” and it helps Alexa acknowledge it then move on. Lilian told a funny anecdote that in acting classes, if they messed up they were told to say “I’m sexy” instead of “I’m sorry” which is amazing. I love all of this actually and hope to implement it in my own life. Maybe not the “I’m sexy” part in the office…

 

On being drafted:

She says “I was very shocked I was drafted. Because in NXT, I was never really a highlight character, I was never a person they chose to really go with, if that makes sense.” She had spent most of her NXT career serving as valet for Blake & Murphy, never had a Takeover match and remarked that “I wasn’t trusted enough to have a live match yet” (what does that mean?) She went to say, “I was like ‘oh my gosh there are all these things I was supposed to accomplish still, am I even ready?’ In my mind, you had to check all the boxes before you could get to the main roster. There were quite a few boxes I hadn’t checked yet, there were more boxes unchecked than checked.” She knew she was an “underwhelming draft pick” and that if she was going to come in under the radar then she had to kick the door down.

 

On promos:

She is pretty sure that she cried in her first promo class because she was so terrified! What the what. How could this be?

She and her mom would bounce promo ideas off each other at home. Alexa would try out promo ideas and her mom would give feedback, very often telling her “that doesn’t sound convincing!” Remember her mom cutting a promo here? Apple doesn’t fall far from that Blissful tree.

She claims she started getting comfortable with promos when she was partnered with Scott Dawson, “it never debuted on TV, but I was playing his girlfriend in promo classes for a few months.” (lol can you imagine?) She says it helped her because it was out of the box and she got to react off people. Then joining Blake & Murphy really helped the pieces fall into place.

The toughest promo she had to learn? Her coronation promo after winning the Raw women’s title, commenting “That was really difficult. It was three pages. It kept changing and changing.” She says Johnny Russo, a writer on staff, really gets her character and lets her have input.

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#MaeYoungClassic Competitors’ PWT Stores List

WWE’s historic Mae Young Classic is a massive deal. 32 women from across the globe come together under the bright lights of wrestling’s biggest brand. It is so, so, so very important. I think of little girls who grew up watching Vince McMahon make Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog. I think of little girls who grew up seeing bras-and-panties matches as the best womens wrestling had to offer.

Then I think of little girls who get to grow up with the Mae Young Classic in existence, where the focus is on the talent and what they can do in the ring. I teared up* watching the tournament’s Parade of Champions when I saw the little girls in attendance, and I couldn’t stop thinking: This is what they get to see. 

Again, the Mae Young Classic is so important.

*To be fair, I haven’t stopped tearing up. Like 10 minutes every episode.

What is also important is showing support for women’s wrestling and the competitors themselves. I’ll list below the Pro Wrestling Tees stores of the MYC contestants who have them, so they’re all in one place. A percentage of all T-shirt sales from their stores go directly to the women.

 

Two things to note:

-PWT is having an upcoming Labor Day 2017 sale if you’d like to support the ladies who captured your fandom while also saving a few (young) bucks.

-These are listed in no particular order and some are probably accidentally forgotten. If I forgot someone, chances are I couldn’t find it at first glance and meant to go back and dig harder.  Just let me know and I will swiftly and happily add.

 

Santana Garrett: 

Evie/Dakota Kai:

Rachael Ellering: 

Tessa Blanchard:

Shayna Baszler: 

Toni Storm: 

Candice Wrestling: 

Kimber Lee: (now Abbey Laith)

Marti Belle: 

Nicole Savoy: 

Crazy Mary Dobson: (now Sarah Logan)

Kay Lee Ray: 

Ayesha Raymond: 

Piper Niven: 

Mia Yim: 

And! Don’t forget, WWE is selling Mae Young Classic shirts. Tell ’em with your viewership and your wallet if you so choose to.

Happy MYC streaming!

Kill it, ladies.

Mustafa Ali: ‘Why do I have to be the bad guy?’

Ah, Mustafa Ali.

He’s one of my favorite wrestlers in WWE right now. He’s one of my favorite people on social media and I follow a LOT of people, so that’s saying something. Simply put: I’m a massive fan. He made an appearance on 670 The Score and I had to give it a listen.

Fun fact I didn’t know: He’s been wrestling since he was 16 and his family wasn’t initially supportive so he would tell his family he was “working on school projects” but would really be sneaking out to training.

One of the hosts asked him what part of his job makes him say “yay” (great question) and his answer is awesome. I’m just going to leave this here:

“I came into WWE with a very clear initiative: obviously I wanted to support myself and my family, but something that’s kind of personal to me is that .. professional wrestling in its history, has always kind of had the evil foreigner, you know  if you don’t look like us, or if you’re not from here, you’re the bad guy. There’s nothing wrong with that because everyone understands it’s entertainment. I think what’s going on in society today, not to get political and stuff like that, but stuff that’s going on, sometimes we have to take a step back and kind of ask ourselves ‘what subliminal messaging are we sending, you know?’ So I came with a very clear-cut initiative, asking ‘why do I have to be the bad guy? I’m from Chicago. I’m as American as you. I love apple pie! [laughs] Why do I have to be the bad guy? I can do this amazing moveset.’ I remember them kind of scratching their head going ‘Well, why can’t he be a good guy?’

So, what my goal is, what makes me happy, is I get so much love for that. People saying ‘it’s such a relief to tune in and see something we haven’t seen before.’ Especially from people from that background, people that have Middle Eastern backgrounds, or southeast Asian backgrounds, going ‘It’s so cool to hear the name Mustafa Ali and for it to not get booed.’ It’s a big deal for them, it’s a big deal for me.”

He goes on to say, “I think I’m doing something special, if that makes sense you know? It’s different. I feel good about it. I hope it takes a life of its own. To me, it’s kind of like I’m trying to change an aspect of the business.”

It was a really great listen so check it out yourself or just stay tuned because I will likely post more from his interview. Can’t help myself.

Root for this man!

Social Slam: Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” cast mates go to SummerSlam

Lin Manuel Miranda and James M. Iglehart of the Broadway smash Hamilton, along with Alex Horwitz from Hamilton’s America, attended SummerSlam.

I wish I could go see Hamilton.

Or SummerSlam.

WWE Superstars React to #SolarEclipse2017

It felt like every Earth resident was talking about this today, and the superstars in the WWE Universe were no exception:

I love Curt Hawkins.

Ran the Brooklyn Bridge before the eclipse! Ready! ✅🌒

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Naomi is not having a good 24 hours:

This is how you look at the #eclipse

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Social Slam: Summerslam Edition

 

 

In this feature, I’ll be sharing some favorite posts that hit social media with the aim of keeping you updated or just bringing a smile to your face.

Would ya look who it is?!

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Sage Beckett was MVP live-tweeting NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III

We haven’t seen too much of Sage Beckett on NXT yet. She’ll be featured in the upcoming Mae Young Classic where hopefully we can get more of a feel for the performer. In the meantime, we have her excellent live-tweeting of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III.