Ring Rap With Matt: Jericho Talks Benoit, Bishoff Talks TNA, and More!

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 11, 2010

In recent days some of wrestling’s biggest names have been speaking out. Sometimes you may just be surprised at what they may have to say. In wrestling the stories are scripted and the action is always predetermined. Outside of the ring you never know what will happen. In this edition of Ring Rap we will hear some interesting comments from three of wrestling’s top names.


Bishoff clears the air of rumors

In an interview on go386.com Bishoff was asked an array of topics. In one short paragraph he would answer many questions that have been buzzing around the net. Here is what he had to say about Hayman, dreamer, and his current contract status.

"The whole EV2 story line was something I pitched in February of this year," said Bischoff. "It wasn't a Tommy Dreamer idea. Tommy's a great guy and has great experience. I called Paul and suggested to Dixie (Carter) and Vince Russo that we should reach out to Paul and see if he was interested in coming in. I don't think it will happen with Paul. He is looking for something different. I don't think Dreamer will be involved in creative. We have a solid team, with great chemistry. We've had great success the last couple weeks and months."

When asked if he and Hogan plan on sticking around for a while, Bischoff replied, "We have a couple of years left on our contracts." To read the interview, go to http://www.go386.com/jawbreaker/

I am a little disappointed to say the least in regards to them not using Dreamer in the back. He has a lot of experience to offer to the younger guys, and it is a mistake on TNA’s part to not take advantage of it. It also looks as if we are stuck with Hogan and Bishoff for at least a couple of years. I hope they don’t completely destroy TNA.


Mickie talks Piggy James and more

The Baltimore sun recently caught up with fan favorite Mickie James in an interview. She went on to discuss her release, the Piggy James storyline, and a whole lot more. She made for an interesting interview to say the least. I was surprised by some of her responses. Especially when it came to the offensive Piggy James story line, here are some of the comments from the interview.

"I didn't watch wrestling. I still haven't seen a wrestling show and it's been three months," James said. "The only show I've watched was right after I was released and they were chanting, 'We want Mickie, we want Mickie.' And I started bawling. It just really broke me, so I didn't know what I wanted to do. So, I started doing some dates. It's definitely a different feel. Once you've wrestled in front of 90,000 people, where do you go from there?"

Regarding her release, she feels the company wanted to go in a different direction with the women's division. She also says she didn't understand their decision at the time, but now recognizes the writing on the wall.

"I just think it was the different direction of the Divas. No one can give 100 percent all the time and they can surely try. Looking back, if I take myself from the picture, there was writing on the wall and if I wasn't so indulged in the business, I would have seen it," James said. "I never would have shut that chapter on my own. I never would have cut that string on my own, so maybe they had to shut that door on me for to fully focus on my music, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise."

On the topic of the Piggy James storyline, she noted being more upset with its conclusion than the angle itself. She also remains unsure whether company officials were poking fun at her weight.

"I don't know where it came from. Were they ribbing me or just poking fun? I sat back and prayed about it. There's still not one female that can go out there and get a reaction I can," James said. "And maybe they were trying to pull the fanbase away from me, but I got the championship, then they took it away. After six months of embarrassment and ridicule, that's the payoff? I had to swallow my pride."

James also discusses her music career and notes plans for a second album and road tour. To view the video interview, go to http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/wrestling/blog/


Jericho Talks Benoit

Jericho recently opened up a little about his book: How to become a world champion in 1,372 steps. One of the subjects brought up was his relationship with Benoit. Whenever talks are brought up about him it’s always a touchy subject. Jericho surprised me a little that he would even talk about it. Here are some of the things Jericho had to say on him.

On Benoit's sense of humor: "Not a giggle, not a chuckle, not a tee-hee…never went 'Ha.' But when somebody threw up or fell down the stairs, he would laugh out loud for hours on end."

On being Benoit's friend: "I considered Chris to be one of my closest companions, but it wasn't always easy to be his friend. You had to take the good with the bad when it came to his friendship."

On hearing that Benoit's family was dead: "My gut feeling was Chris had killed them."

I give Jericho a lot of credit for being honest in regards to his friendship with Benoit. He could have easily dogged him out and looked good for doing it. Instead he stood up for his former companion. I can’t wait to read his new book and see if he touches up more on the issue.


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