UFC President Dana White joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss the new season of the Ultimate Fighter, an update on CM Punk, the relationship with Fox Sports, UFC Fight Night New Jersey on April 18th, and Ronda Rousey’s WrestleMania involvement.
White also talked about recent negotiations with Brock Lesnar. Despite the rumors to the contrary, White told Dukes that the UFC wasn’t very close at all to re-signing the Beast Incarnate.
“Not very close at all. We’d known that Brock was probably going to take a pass and go back to wrestling, which was the right move. You know, Brock came in here, he did incredible things and he got a great deal from Vince [McMahon]. He’s 38 years old, man. It makes all the sense in the world.”
Check out the entire interview below, check out UFC Fight Night Saturday on Fox Sports 1 and FOX, and thank you to Mr. President for joining the show!
WWE Hall of Famer and broadcast legend Jim Ross joined The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show on Wednesday to talk WrestleKingdom 9, Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, his views on the behavior of wrestling fans, Conor McGregor, and more.
Jim Ross will be appearing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16th at 8PM for “An Evening with Jim Ross,” a no holds barred Q+A show. Tickets are on sale now!
Thank you to Jim Ross for taking time to be on the show! Follow him on Twitter @JRsBBQ, buy a T-shirt at Pro Wrestling Tees, and check out his podcast The Ross Report as well on Podcast One.
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Welp. I’m freaking out.
A fan snapped this photo yesterday in the San Jose airport the morning after Raw featuring the Undertaker and Sting chatting it up while waiting for their respective flights.
Rumors were WWE was going to start building to a WrestleMania 32 match between these two but nothing materialized on RAW. Let’s hope these two legends just work out the details themselves.
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What an absolute bonkers 5 hours of WrestleMania yesterday, one of the best ever IMO. From Luke Harper killing Dean Ambrose (only figuratively I hope) to the shocking conclusion, for a show that everyone complained about its build…it overdelivered. Let’s get right to the results.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase MID MATCH turning Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns into Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins. Rollins went on to pin Roman Reigns and become the NEWWW World Heavyweight Champion.
Let’s start with Reigns-Lesnar. One of the most bemoaned WrestleMania main events in history prior to the event, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were telling a great in-ring story of Reigns refusing to quit/trying not to die at the hands of the man who has rag dolled everything in his path in the last calendar year. A violent, violent affair from the get go with Lesnar being busted open under the eye moments into the contest. Suplex City and three F-5’s and the Samoan would not be put down, smiling through his punishment. Finally before the moment that shocked us all, Reigns was able to rally by reversing Lesnar into the steel ring post, opening another cut on Lesnar’s head, his third of the match, and finally staggering the Beast with Superman punches and spears. And it still wasn’t enough.
Enter Seth Rollins. Rollins changed the whole paradigm of what we think the Money in the Bank briefcase is by calling his shot when both of the potential champions were down rather than picking the corpse over after a match. After turning in his briefcase, Rollins attempts to curb stomp, Lesnar, who reverses it into an F5, who is then speared by Reigns. With all three men down, Seth Rollins recovered enough to nail the curb stomp on Roman Reigns to win the title. What a sequence.
Brilliant, brilliant ending to a fantastic night that sets up so many WWE Championship main event scenarios for the next year. Orton vs. Rollins, Reigns vs. Rollins, Lesnar vs. Rollins, Lesnar vs. Reigns vs. Rollins, hell you even have the possibility of Ambrose vs. Rollins (to make up for the fact that were he not broken in half in the opening match, Ambrose surely would have tried to break up the cash-in as promised). The timing of Rollins finally cashing in…perfect. Plus all three men come out smelling like roses, you can’t ask for more from the close of WrestleMania.
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It’s here, it’s here! WrestleMania Sunday. Time to run through the card and get the Chad Dukes Wrestling show & staff picks, including Dukes’ & Thommy’s picks from Wednesday Night’s WrestleMania Preview Show.
Don’t forget! WrestleMania starts at 5PM on the WWE Network with the Kickoff show & with TWO matches on this year’s kickoff I’d expect matches to start around 6PM, so you’re looking at 5 hours of WrestleMania!
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
In one corner, the reigning, defending, newly re-signed WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the past 223 days: Brock Lesnar. In the other, the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, public enemy #1 of the bitter (sigh) “internet wrestling community”, and the Samoan Dreamboat, Roman Reigns.
The complexion of this match changed greatly just this past Tuesday with the announcement of Brock Lesnar’s re-signing to a multi-year deal with WWE. Prior to that, those critical of Reigns’ readiness bemoaned the “obvious” coronation of Reigns, but now… all bets are off.
A number of finishes are now on the table. Does the mainstream coverage of Brock Lesnar on Sports Center turn him face? Does Reigns turn heel and join up with Heyman? Does Lesnar retain straight up and continue his “prize-fighter” reign? Does Reigns still prevail as the Chosen One? Does Seth Rollins cash-in?
Whatever the eventual outcome, I think this match, and did before the re-signing, will surprise a lot of people as being a really good, big man, HOSS fight.
- Dukes- Brock Lesnar, Rollins attempts to cash-in, but Lesnar leaves Santa Clara as Champion.
- Thom- Roman Reigns, Rollins cashes in Money In The Bank.
- Goat- Brock Lesnar then Rollins cashes in with an outside shot that Reigns interferes with the cash-in after it’s official, giving Reigns and Rollins beef over the Summer over who gets the shot at Lesnar at SummerSlam.
- Frogman- Brock Lesnar
- Louis Tully – Reigns takes Lesnar to the limit but ultimately Brock Lesnar retains, no Rollins shenanigans.
- Alex Wright- Brock Lesnar
- Richard Martel- Brock Lesnar
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