“My initial reaction was that: A.) These people understand and care, too, and B.) Punk is 100 percent right,” Kidd told WWE.com, speaking out for the first time since CM Punk’s pipe bomb. “I respect CM Punk to the highest degree. If he comes out in his gear, I’m excited. If he comes out with a microphone, I’m equally excited. Love him or hate him, he’s good at what he does.”
Kidd, too, is good at what he does, and Punk’s argument about professional recognition couldn’t help but resonate with the mat technician, who is ironically less visible to most Raw viewers than R-Truth’s invisible friend.
“I’ve always considered myself a workhorse, and I’ve definitely used that word to describe myself over the last two years,” Kidd said, reflecting on Punk’s carefully chosen terminology. “I go out there and give it my all every single match — and I’ve been doing that for 17 years. Whether in WWE or Japan or Europe or back home in [Calgary, Alberta’s] Stampede Wrestling, it’s always been the same story. In a worst-case scenario, I will outwrestle everybody on this show. Anyone that’s gonna outwrestle me had better perform after me, because I’m going to outperform everybody that I saw before me.”
You can read the entire article at http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/kidd-responds-to-punks-pipe-bomb-shout-out-26084028.
Meanwhile, The Phoenix News Times has a Q&A up with Ryback. Here is some of Ryback had to say:
Former WWE Superstar Edge was proficient with TLC matches and it may have contributed to his early retirement. Do you walk a balance between entertaining the fans and protecting your body?
Uh, yeah. I feel like that would be a better question for CM Punk because I tend to be the one giving out the majority of offense in my matches. I tend not to be thrown around by many individuals. We go in there and, yeah, you're taking a risk with everything that you do, pretty much. My goal is to win, obviously, I wanna stay healthy and I don't want to be injured. But when you get out there sometimes all that goes out the window and the adrenaline is flowing and you do things that you wouldn't necessarily think you would do before you go out there. You just cross your fingers, hope for the best, and give everything you've got. You can't hold back and hopefully you come out of it in one piece.
You've chased CM Punk and the WWE Title for several months now. Do you think there's more money in the chase versus the catch?
You know, I just did my goal board for 2013 [with] 13 of my goals for this year and becoming the WWE and World Heavyweight Champion are my main goals. So no, the chase is great, but for my ultimate goal and what I want to accomplish here in the WWE, being WWE champion is something that's going to be a big part of that. And I believe it's going to bring me to a whole other level. Its a responsibility that I welcome with open arms.
How certain are you that it will happen?
I know it's going to happen, it's only a matter of time. I've been a fan my entire life and growing up watching this and its going to be surreal moment and I'm going to take every second of it in. And I look forward to waking up every day the WWE champion.
For the entire article, log on to http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2013/01/wwe_ryback_goldberg_phoenix_royal_rumble_us_airways.php?page=2.
Finally, Martu Funk, wife of Dory Funk, is very upset with Detroit native Kevin Nash’s latest shoot interview where he questioned the sexuality of John Travolta, according to Wrestling News World.com. Nash responded on Twitter late yesterday with the following:
Guess some people don't view shoot interviews as I do, a version of stand up comedy.If it's not funny or entertaining.It doesn't sell.Period