Cena Return, Total Bellas Replacing Total Divas? 10 New Developmental Talents
John Cena Back Within Month?
In a recent interview with Larry King, John Cena says he is aiming to be back in the ring within a month. Here’s the press release:
John Cena Wants to Fight Steve Austin, Overtaking Ric Flair + What He Thinks About UFC Fighting
WWE icon John Cena joins Larry on the Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now” for a wide-ranging chat about the future of his WWE career, the rise of female wrestlers and the possibility of marrying his girlfriend, WWE Diva Nikki Bella. John also gives his uncensored thoughts on the growing popularity of UFC fighting and dishes on his wild “Trainwreck” sex scene.
The WWE superstar tells Larry that the wrestler from yesteryear he’d most like to fight is Stone Cold Steve Austin, and says if the opportunity were to present itself, he’d hop in the ring with Austin.
WWE legend John Cena opens up to Larry King about the rise of the UFC organization, saying that although he doesn’t want to take anything away from the athletes fighting in ‘The Octagon’, the sport “doesn’t resonate” with him. He explains, “It doesn’t resonate with me because I’m a storyteller. I enjoy the story we can tell in the ring. I think we do it better than anyone.”
John Cena needs one more WWE World Championship to tie former fighter Ric Flair’s record of 16 titles. He tells Larry that overtaking Flair’s belt count is not his main priority, saying that “I have so many more things I would like to accomplish, and that’s on a very side list, I’d say.”
After making a surprise appearance at Wrestlemania 32, where he didn’t fight, John Cena tells Larry King that he hopes to partake in an actual WWE match within a month. Cena was sidelined in January with a shoulder injury. The 39-year-old reveals, “I’m pushing to try and get back within the month, if I can.” When asked what keeps him motivated, he credits “the feel of satisfaction you get from live performance.”
WWE icon John Cena reveals to Larry how he kept his recent Wrestlemania 32 appearance a surprise, saying “I wasn’t supposed to be there…so I dressed in a side office that’s a broom closet.”
Plus, John Cena discusses his relationship with WWE Diva Nikki Bella and reveals whether or not marriage is in the couple’s future. The WWE star turned actor also gets candid about what it was like to shoot his hilarious sex scene with Amy Schumer in last summer’s smash hit “Trainwreck.”
The episode is now LIVE on Ora.tv (episodes premiere daily 2pm EST)
WWE File Total Bellas Trademark
WWE recently filed a trademark for “Total Bellas” suggesting that the twins may be getting their own reality show when Total Divas comes to a close. It might also have something to do with the company dropping the term Divas, so perhaps it will be more of a rebranding.
10 New Performance Center Signees
WWE have signed 10 new developmental talents who will report to the Performance Center. Some are independent wrestlers, while other are athletes.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 12, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that a new class of 10 recruits, including a former NFL player, All-American collegiate wrestler, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and talent from independent wrestling circuits have begun training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
“With support from our world-class coaching staff at the WWE Performance Center these men and women will have the chance to hone their skills and fulfill their dream of becoming a WWE Superstar,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “Our state-of-the-art training facility gives our talent every opportunity to succeed and grow, and I’m pleased to welcome this new class to WWE.”
The new training class includes:
Babatunde Aiyegbusi (Olesnica, Poland) – Standing 6 feet 9 inches and weighing 350 pounds, Aiyegbusi is a former professional football player who had stints in Poland and Germany. Most recently, he spent the 2015 pre-season with the Minnesota Vikings as an offensive lineman.
Bianca Blair (Knoxville, Tennessee) – Blair was an All-American and All-SEC track & field performer in hurdles at the University of Tennessee, and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. A CrossFit competitor and powerlifter, Blair has been featured in RX Magazine, Femme Rouge Magazine and CrossFit.com.
Nikola Bogojevic (Superior, Wisconsin) – World-class Greco Roman Wrestler who was the National Champion in Greco Roman Wrestling at the Junior Pan-American Games in 2011. Bogojevic also won bronze at the Pan-American Games in Greco Roman Wrestling in 2014 and has extensive experience training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Carolyn Dunning (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Dunning is a former Air Force ROTC member and nationally ranked bodybuilding bikini competitor by The National Physique Committee (NPC).
Macey Estrella (Parris Island, South Carolina) – Trained with Tom Caiazzo of American Premier Wrestling, Estrella is a former U.S. Marine and member of the Marine Corps SWAT Team.
Nicola Glencross (Glasgow, Scotland) – Also known as Nikki Storm, Glencross has eight years of experience wrestling on the independent circuit for Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling (JWP), Pro Wrestling Eve, Scottish Wrestling Alliance, Insane Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Elite, Stardom and Shine.
Terrance Jean-Jacques (Boston, Massachusetts) – Standing 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 265 pounds, Jean-Jacques was an All-American wrestler at the University of Rhode Island in 2015. Prior to that, he accumulated a 32-2 record in wrestling at the University of Iowa.
Daniella Kamela (Los Angeles, California) – Trained with Rikishi Fatu and David Gangrel Heath at Knokx Pro Entertainment, Kamela was an on-air talent for FOX Sports Arizona, Phoenix Suns dancer and Arizona Cardinals cheerleader.
Michael Nicholls (Perth, Australia) – Also known as Mickey, Nicholls has 10 years of experience wrestling on the independent circuit for multiple organizations, including Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he was two-time Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with Shane Veryzer, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Explosive Pro Wrestling.
Shane Veryzer (Perth, Australia) – Also known as Shane Haste, Veryzer has 11 years of experience wrestling on the independent circuit for multiple organizations, including Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he was two-time Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with Michael Nicholls, and Explosive Pro Wrestling.
The new class will join a group of 69 men and women training out of the state-of-the-art, 26,000 square-foot WWE Performance Center. With seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the Performance Center will allow the new class to hone their skills through a comprehensive program that includes in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development.
The venue offers a full training experience with real time feedback from WWE coaches, trainers and doctors, giving performers the resources they need to develop their talent both athletically and creatively. Additionally, recruits will be immersed in WWE’s Professional Development program that focuses on four key pillars of development – Life Skills, Education, Wellness and Career Success.