POST NEWS UPDATE: Grayson Waller calls Johnny Gargano 'legit', hopes to have rematch on WWE main roster

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** Guest appearing on WWE Die Woche was Grayson Waller. He spoke highly of Johnny Gargano and says the former NXT Champion showed him a lot in their Unsanctioned match at Stand & Deliver. Waller wants a rematch on the main roster.

I didn’t (enjoy my match against Johnny Gargano at NXT Stand & Deliver). That hurt man, that sucked. When you go into an Unsanctioned match, those matches are not fun and I didn’t sleep that night, I didn’t sleep on the plane home. As much horrible things as I said about Johnny Gargano, that guy’s legit, that guy’s the man in a lot of ways and he made me pay for a lot of the things I said and I can’t wait to make him regret those decisions one day.

I really hope that’s a match that happens on the main roster one day. I think me and Gargano have unfinished business and I think we need to do it in front of a bigger audience.

** Joining Dylan Postl (Hornswoggle) on his Going Postl podcast was T.J. Wilson. The current WWE producer looked back at his time in the company’s developmental system and thought he’d be cut.

At that point, so Colt (Cabana) gets released the week after I debut. I debut on Tuesday, Colt gets let go on Friday. I’m with him at Chipotle with Trent (Beretta), Ryan Braddock, Kizarny. All these guys kept getting called up. They’d go to ECW or some would go to SmackDown and then they’d be gone. So here I am thinking, after these loop of live events, I’m out of here. This is gonna be the final nail where I’m not gonna get that stamp of approval I feel like.

He would later speak about the occasion on WWE programming when he was one of multiple talents dressed as reindeer. Wilson was ready to move on to something new in his career and remembered calling John Laurinaitis and bringing up that he had five months left on his deal. With hindsight, Wilson wishes he hadn’t been so serious. When he chats with current talents, he tries to get them to see that when they look back at some of the moments when they were in similar positions that he was in, they’ll likely laugh at it years later.

I think I was up front with (Justin) Gabriel (when we came out dressed as reindeer on WWE programming). I remember the reveal of us coming on the side… those guys laughed so much because I said, ‘This is the best day of my life!’

They said, ‘Guys, I know you’re reindeer, whatever. Treat this like this is the greatest thing you’ve done. This is a great moment’ and I said, ‘Okay, got it.’ I will verbally yell that out… That’s what I was saying in rehearsal (that I worked my way through the Dungeon for this). All these bumps in the Dungeon led me right where I wanted to be, a reindeer.

I explain this a lot to talent now… And I know it’s a thing, you don’t wanna cross that bridge but, now that I’m retired from wrestling, like actively in the ring, I look back at this stuff and it makes me laugh and I’m actually really proud of it. Obviously, in that day and that moment, I was really pissed off being a reindeer and I was facetiously pretending this is the best day of my life, messing around. But when I look back on it, it’s so funny. That story just made both of us laugh so hard. It’s so funny. I wish I could’ve known that in the moment not to always — I wouldn’t sell it so much but I’d hold on to this. I’d be in my hotel room, I’d be angry. I remember texting Johnny (Laurinaitis). I was like, ‘Hey Johnny. I wrestled a dark match today. I hope you guys saw what you needed to see out of me in a dark match. I’ve only been here for seven years or something.’ I was like, ‘So, I have five months left on my deal. Let’s move on’ and he was like, ‘No, no, no! That wasn’t what it was meant –’ and Johnny was very good at talking (me off the) ledge a lot and helped me see perspective on things and I’m very guilty of it. That’s why I try talking to talent about it now because I’m telling you from this side of things, when you look back on it, you’ll just laugh at those things. They’re not as serious as they felt in that second that you’re doing it.

** While Seth Rollins was on SI Media With Jimmy Traina, he expressed that he would love to be an analyst for the NFL.

Oh dude, I would love to do that (be an analyst for the NFL). I would love it. Any time we get the chance to sit down to talk about football, I am all about it. My goal would be to sit in a booth on a Sunday night and you know, call Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football or something. Obviously, I got a ways to go, in my world. Yet, I’m hitting my prime. Just hitting my stride. I got some time but would love to parlay into working with the NFL in some capacity. I’m just such a fan. It’s one of my only other real passions that I have time for and so yeah, if anybody wants to have me on their show and have the World Heavyweight Champion Seth Freakin’ Rollins around to talk football on Sundays or Saturdays or whatever day of the week, I would love it. That would be great.

** Andreas Hale of Sporting News conducted an interview with Ricochet. He mentioned the idea of him and Braun Strowman beating down Logan and Jake Paul.

Absolutely (I wanna send Logan Paul to his brother’s fight with a loss) and honestly, wait until my partner Braun (Strowman) comes back and me and Braun will smack both of him if he wants. I smack Logan, he’ll smack Jake.

** The written version of TV Insider’s chat with Britt Baker is up and she was asked if there will be an on-screen reunion with herself and Rebel. Britt hopes that’s the case. She looks back fondly on the time she was with Rebel but feels now is not the time and place for it. 

I hope so (to have her by my side again). Reba is absolutely one of the best parts of the creation of Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. She and Tony Schiavone. It was such a fun time. It’s not the time and place right now, but hopefully one day.

Alongside Adam Cole, Baker was spotlighted on season one of AEW All Access. She said she’d love to do a second season. 

A lot of people loved All Access and getting to see the behind-the-scenes stuff. I think for a lot of people, it put in perspective everything Adam (Cole) was going through. He was getting it so hard on Twitter with people body-shaming him or saying he wasn’t the same and he needed WWE. No, this guy was going through a potentially career-ending injury. That’s real life. Not wrestling. It was his livelihood we were worried about. I was so happy he was so open to sharing that. He is one of the strongest people I know. I wish I can be more like him in that way. He is such a positive human. All Access showed just how scary this business can be because we do put so much on the line… I would love to do another season. I think it really does show fans a different side. Maybe we can do a new cast, so we can show a new talent roster.

** ‘The Kill Room’ movie features Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and WWE’s Liv Morgan. Morgan talked to The US Sun and stated that it was humbling and cool to watch Thurman in her element during filming.

Her presence is just so powerful, watching a living legend excel in her craft was really cool. It was humbling (Morgan said about her experience being around Uma Thurman during filming of ‘The Kill Room’).

** Tokyo Sports caught up with IWGP World Heavyweight Champion SANADA and he expressed his thought that from what he’s seen in the NJPW G1 Climax, NOAH’s Kaito Kiyomiya is ahead of NJPW’s Reiwa Three Musketeers (Shota Umino, Yota Tsuji & Ren Narita).

It’s not good to compare people too much, but… The three of them (Reiwa Three Musketeers) can still only see themselves. The three of you can only see yourselves, or you can only wrestle aggressively. (Kaito) Kiyomiya, perhaps because of his experience as a champion, is able to see the whole picture. I think it’s also good that he came here alone from another organization. That kind of experience may be the reason why he stands out from the rest.

** As Kevin Owens was speaking to Toronto Sun, he further reflected on main eventing WrestleMania 38 against Stone Cold Steve Austin. Owens said he doesn’t know what he did to get there or deserve that spot but is glad he was in that position.

He did it (Owens said proudly of Austin returning for one more Mania match). He did it and he killed it and I was, somehow, some way, lucky enough to be the one he did it with. I don’t know what I did to get there and I don’t know what I did to deserve that, but I’m very happy it was me and I’m just so grateful I got to do that with my family in the crowd and I got to share that with them and everybody in that stadium. As special as that moment was for the people watching it, it was special for me, a diehard Stone Cold fan my entire life. He was my favorite.

** As L.A. Knight was doing local media, an in-house band played a snippet of his theme song.

** WWE is donating $20,000 to three Detroit, Michigan youth groups.

** First edition of Hiromu Takahashi’s picture book.

** Tokyo Sports conducted an interview with Megan Bayne.

** UpUpDownDown Summer Games: 

** Schön! Magazine has a feature on IMPACT Knockouts World Champion Trinity Fatu.

** There are interviews with Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Jake Lee, El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. and Yoshiki Inamura on WANI BOOKS NewsCrunch.

** A feature on IWGP World Heavyweight Champion SANADA in SKY PerfecTV! magazine.

** WWE’s Carmella went live on Instagram with CherryPicks. Also, FOX News has a piece on Carmella.

** Ruby Soho was the focus of a virtual signing for Highspots Wrestling Network.

** CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri spoke to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.

** OTT Wrestling uploaded a match between Chris Hero and Butch (Pete Dunne) from 2016: 

** Good Karma Wrestling welcomed L.A. Knight onto their show. Knight appeared on PIX11 News as well.

** During O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s chat with The Athletic, he discussed how much he enjoys watching Roman Reigns in WWE.

** Togi Makabe was interviewed for a photobook to promote his role in the movie ‘Kingdom 3: Flame of Destiny’.

** August 1st birthdays: Carmelo Hayes.

** There’s an interview with Stephen Amell on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated podcast feed.

** To promote the Peacock series ‘Twisted Metal’, PopCulture spoke to Samoa Joe.

** Prior to NXT Great American Bash, Wes Lee made the media rounds and was interviewed by Sports Guys Talking Wrestling.

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