Articles tagged with: WWE

Under the Hoodies 30 (Super Bowl)

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Under the Hoodies 30 (Super Bowl)

This week on UnderTheHoodies our heroes breakdown the Super Bowl 51, go over some prop-bets and then talk about their weekend together in Syracuse. Things go a bit off the rails when Tony starts talking WWE Royal Rumble but Bill manages to get it back on track, somewhat.

Real Sports Talk Radio-11/11: Tommy Dreamer

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Real Sports Talk Radio-11/11: Tommy Dreamer

This week Real Sports Talk Radio with host Randy Zellea and Ryan Stern welcomes former WWE, TNA and ECW Legend Tommy Dreamer. We discuss the upcoming House of Hardcore events this weekend. We also talk sports, WWE, TNA, and much more with Tommy Dreamer.  We also discuss the idea of the House of Hardcore and how they got on the fight network and Much More!!

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In The Business: Eric Bischoff Leaves His Mark On Pro Wrestling!

Written by Randy Zellea on Saturday, 09 May 2015. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Other Sports

The Former President of WCW Speaks with Back Sports Page


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In The Business: Eric Bischoff Leaves His Mark On Pro Wrestling!

There are not many people in any industry could say they were the king and the best at what they did. In a span of four years, Eric Bischoff took World Championship Wrestling from losing money on a yearly basis to being the most watched show on cable TV. While accomplishing conquering cable TV, he also pushed Vince McMahon and the WWE to the brink of closing the doors.

Eric started with the AWA in the sales department and slowly worked his way up and became an announcer with WCW. In 1993, Bischoff was give the opportunity to try and take WCW to the next level and with Ted Turner’s blessing started to compete with wrestling superpower Vince McMahon’s WWE.

Eric’s story is well known by now. He got the green light for Monday Nitro and his story had been told by many.  That is not the route Back Sports Page wanted to take on speaking with Eric. Why ask him to share the same stories to us that many have heard...

Mr. Bischoff was nice enough to carve out thirty minutes of his time to speak with Back Sports Page founder Randy Zellea to discuss his love for the behind the scenes aspect of TV production and the pro wrestling industry.    

Real Sports Talk Radio: 4/30

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Real Sports Talk Radio: 4/30

Real Sports Talk returns with Randy Zellea and Bill Keagle. The Boys return to discuss the NBA playoff picture, the injury to Kevin Love, and much more. Check back on Wednesday for this weeks guest as we are all hoops this week. A new edition of 5 questions as well. All archives of Real Sports Talk Radio are avalable on ITunes, BlogtalkRadio and Back Sports Page. Check out the show!!

In the Business: Todd Grisham

Written by Randy Zellea on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Featured

From WWE to ESPN


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In the Business: Todd Grisham

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Todd Grisham has done that and then some in the sports media industry. While growing up in the south, Todd figured out his passion and chased his dream while enjoying the journey.

Todd most known from his run with WWE, is now a staple at ESPN next to his good friend Jonathan Coachman as they made the successful transition form the Entertainment world to the top of the sports media industry..

Goldberg speaks with Back Sports Page

Written by Randy Zellea on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Randy Zellea, Wrestling

Da'Man Spoke with BSP


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Goldberg speaks with Back Sports Page

When you think of the big names of Pro Wrestling from the 1990’s, the two stars you think of are Stone Cold Steve Austin from the WWE and Bill Goldberg in WCW. Bill Goldberg was a relative unknown going into 1997. After an impressive debut on WCW Monday Nitro in against Hugh Morris, the man who became simply known as Goldberg became one of the hottest names in the game.

The Cult of Un-Creativeness: Why Did CM Punk Walk Away?

Written by Jay Sanzari on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Wrestling, Other

Jay looks at the Current Landscape of Pro Wrestling!!


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The Cult of Un-Creativeness: Why Did CM Punk Walk Away?

January 26, 2014. The Royal Rumble. We all knew it was the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania, but little did we know it was also the end of The Best in the World. As any wrestling fan knows, I am talking about none other than CM Punk and his decision to walk away from the WWE. But why?

Tommy Dreamer Interview

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Tommy Dreamer Interview

This past week on Real Sports Talk Radio Former ECW Chamion Tommy Dreamer joined to discuss his love for NY sports, The Invasion of ECW to WWE in '96, his career through ECW, how he found out that ECW went under, Working with TNA and WWE, the difference between Dixie Vince and Paul, and the trransition to become a promoter of House of Hardcore. Check out this awsome interview!!

Real Sports Talk Radio 6/4: Tommy Dreamer

Written by Randy Zellea, Real Sports Talk Radio on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Wrestling

Real Sports Talk Radio Gets Taken To The EXTREME!!!!


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Real Sports Talk Radio 6/4: Tommy Dreamer

This Week Real Sports Talk Radio goes to the Extreme as Randy and Mike welcome Tommy Dreamer to the show!! Tommy will be discussing this weekend’s House of Hardcore show, his time in both ECW and WWE, and the state of the wrestling Industry.

If you would like to send Tommy a question to be answered on the air you could email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet them to #bspasktommy

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In The Business: Jonathan Coachman speaks with BSP!!

Written by Randy Zellea, Nick Singleton on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Featured

Randy Zellea Speaks With The Coach As He Talks ESPN, WWE and more with the Coach!!


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In The Business: Jonathan Coachman speaks with BSP!!

Randy Zellea of BSP recently interviewed ESPN Anchor Jonathan Coachman. Many are familiar with Coachman, as he established himself with the WWE where he worked with some of the biggest names in wrestling. Coachmen left wrestling and transitioned into ESPN where he has become a household name, both on Prime Time Radio and TV broadcasts. 

Flashback Audio Interviews: WWE Star Booker T

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Flashback Audio Interviews: WWE Star Booker T

Our Next Flashback Friday Interview is with WWE Superstar Booker T. Booker speaks with Randy Zellea about the WWE Hall Of Fame, his book, time in WCW, and his time in priso. Interview was conducted in March 2013. #backsportspage #wwe #flashbackfriday

Breaking It Down With Sean Waltman!! Coming Soon!!!

Written by JD Mowery on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Wrestling, Beyond the Athlete


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Breaking It Down With Sean Waltman!! Coming Soon!!!

Back Sports Page sits down with Sean Waltman to discuss the inside and outside the Pro Wrestling Industry. We discuss his career with WCW, WWE, TNA and much more!! Coming 3/15!!

The Man Behind Wrestling's Booker T: Exclusive Interview with Booker Huffman

Written by Randy Zellea on Sunday, 05 May 2013. Posted in Back Sports Page Book Reviews, Wrestling, Beyond the Athlete


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The Man Behind Wrestling's Booker T: Exclusive Interview with Booker Huffman

In the world of professional wrestling, there is no official diagram for success. A performer could do everything right in the ring and get booed when he is supposed to be cheered. A character can come up with a “catchphrase” and be the most popular name in the world, yet have no skill whatsoever. Different characters perform and entertain millions for a couple hours every week on TV and at live events, and have cult-like followings. Sometimes there is no logical reason or explanation for why a character is so successful. The decision ultimately comes from the fans.

Wrestling Ramblings 11/09/2011

on Thursday, 10 November 2011.

IS SMACKDOWN GETTING BETTER OR IS RAW JUST GETTING WORSE?


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Wrestling Ramblings 11/09/2011
My oh my, things are getting dull in the wide world of wrestling.  Other than the upcoming release of WWE '12 on November 22, few things are exciting me right now.

Wrestling Ramblings 10/5/11

on Wednesday, 05 October 2011.

The WWE gives Triple H two thumbs down, Del Rio recaptures the gold, and Vince’s impending return.


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Wrestling Ramblings 10/5/11

The circus that is the WWE, amidst all this “chaos,” seems to be following a more logical progression in just the last two weeks.  Although storylines may seem more complex on the surface, I’m growing more optimistic that everything will be clearly defined (and done well) in time for November’s Survivor Series.

The big fallout from Raw this week was (most of) the WWE locker room walking out on Triple H during the body of confidence segment to conclude the show.  Even though Triple H is getting too much airtime for someone who no longer wrestles regularly, the episode’s end was done well.  I like how we heard from different segments of the roster, including superstars, divas and even the refs, and having everybody walk away really makes it feel like the locker room has lost faith in Hunter.  The cameramen dropping their equipment added a particularly good touch.

The omission of the top faces from ringside during the segment was certainly apparent, but understandable.  Yeah, the WWE hid them so they wouldn’t draw heat, but it makes sense in this context.  They’re trying to convey that the locker room has turned against Triple H and it’d be unwise to have John Cena out there; if he walked out, it would contradict his righteous character, and if he went out to the ring and supported the COO, the sense of desperation wouldn’t be as strong.  Perhaps they could have tied CM Punk in somehow, as he has been Triple H’s biggest critic (and they just had a big feud), but given Punk’s total face turn, the problems listed above regarding Cena also seem applicable.

Sunday’s Hell in a Cell was better than I expected.  I didn’t think pay-per-view would be that good because it’s way too close to the previous one (only two weeks apart) and some of the matches would (and did) feel like carryover, but it was a quality pay-per-view nonetheless.

The main event, the triple-threat Hell in a Cell match between Cena, Punk and Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship was really good.  Having Cena locked out of the cell was clever and the outside interference from R-Truth and the Miz came right after the match, helping to advance their agenda without comprising the main event match.  Should they have bothered having Del Rio lose the title to Cena at Night of Champions?  Of course not, but at least it was a fun match and he’s wearing the belt again.

The impromptu WWE Intercontinental Championship match between Cody Rhodes and John Morrison was also impressive, though I wish it would have been longer and Michael Cole would tone it down a bit.  I know his character now is a heel sympathizer, but when he’s not actually calling the match and just ranting about his love of (insert heel), it gets annoying.  I feel like the only person who finds Cole’s hyperbolizing amusing is Cole himself.

The other Hell in a Cell match between Randy Orton and Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship wasn’t so great, but it wasn’t the worst Hell in a Cell match, either.  The buildup towards the end worked well, as I got pretty excited when Orton delivered his signature rope-hung DDT and went for the punt to the head.  I’m annoyed that the WWE is giving Henry such a strong push, but at least they’re being consistent with his push, having him beat Orton cleanly in consecutive pay-per-views.

The only guy that I can imagine Henry feuding with next is Sheamus.  I just don’t see Orton-Henry III happening so soon and Sheamus appears to be getting a push.  He won his match at Hell in a Cell against Christian and scored the pin in the 12-man tag team match on Raw earlier this week.  Smackdown would be far more interesting if people actually cared about matches with Smackdown superstars that are actually on Smackdown, but I still think Sheamus-Henry will get my attention more at this point than another match between the Viper and the World’s Dullest Man.  Of course, the Big Show is returning to Smackdown this week, so maybe we’re in for a bout between him and Henry at Vengeance.

Ultimately, the interferences from Miz and R-Truth and the locker room’s disapproval of Triple H are all paving the way for Vince McMahon’s on-air return.  It’s been reported that he is going to return in the not-too-distant future, so I think he’ll definitely be back in time for Survivor Series and possibly before this month’s Vengeance.  It’s only a matter of time before they reveal that McMahon is John Laurinaitis’ texting buddy and that Miz and Truth are doing his bidding.

To wrap things up, I’m predicting (it’s definitely too early to say, as the WWE hasn’t ironed out who will be in the tag-team elimination match at Survivor Series) in some capacity, it’ll be Team Triple H vs. Team Mr. McMahon.