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Bull Nakano talks about how difficult it was for her when she joined All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling

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** Bull Nakano keeps a diary about her career for Tokyo Sports. In one of her pieces, she wrote about how difficult it was for her when she joined All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling as a teenager. She stated that there were veterans she admired, but those individuals gave her a hard time.

After being hated by my seniors, I wanted to quit every day. I got into the company at the age of 15 because I really loved professional wrestling, but I was yelled at by the seniors I admired. When I greeted them, they all ignored me, and when I had to work, they told me to hurry up! If they don’t like you, they won’t invite you to dinner, so it’s hard to grow up. But I was 170 centimeters tall and weighed 65 kilograms (laughs). I thought, ‘I did it! I joined All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling!…” I couldn’t even go home to my parents, and I wondered what I was going to do. I managed to stick with it because I knew that if I quit, I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere and I would never be able to wrestle again.

** At WWE Crown Jewel 2023, Logan Paul defeated Rey Mysterio to become United States Champion. There was a spot in their match when Paul caught Mysterio in a moonsault and it looked like Mysterio was about to land headfirst. Mysterio appeared on Insight with Chris Van Vliet and responded to Paul by saying he “saved” him. Mysterio said it was a good catch, but he probably would have landed on his stomach if Logan wasn’t there.

They’re making a hype about it (people say Logan Paul saved me at WWE Crown Jewel) and I know Logan took credit for that. That’s funny because I always do that moonsault and I tried to tell him that I don’t jump out, I jump up. So you may have to take an intermediate step to be in the right place to catch. So sure enough, I jumped up and not out like I said, and I mean, he caught me, don’t get me wrong. He caught me, but if he hadn’t been there, I would have moonstruck and landed on my stomach. But he made a good save, he made a good catch and the fact, not only that he caught me, but also that he gave me a boost. He caught me in a crouched position and he immediately picked me up again and we continued. Respect. I give him respect for his abilities and how good he has become, but not for saving me. Not to save me (Mysterio laughed). No respect for saving me. No respect, Logan.

Elsewhere during the conversation, Mysterio dispelled a long-standing rumor that he was a stunt double for the Freddy vs. Jason movie released in 2003. Rey said it was his uncle, Rey Misterio Sr. (Miguel Díaz), could have been, because he worked as a stunt double before. Rey said he never asked his uncle about it.

Why does everyone keep asking me that? (Mysterio responded to a rumor that he would be a stunt double in the Freddy vs. Jason movie) That’s crazy. That’s funny. My sister-in-law asked me last week, “Yes, have you done this?” And it keeps coming up every now and then, right?… Of course it is (false). 1000 percent, unless it was my uncle. No. No. No. Not at all. Thats crazy. I’m always asked.

This could have happened, obviously: my uncle, Rey Misterio, did something as a stunt double… for that movie. That’s the only way I can tell. I never asked him, believe it or not. I’m sure he might have. He might have. But I mean, there’s a big difference between Rey Misterio Sr. and me. He’s twice my size. So that was probably my uncle. Yeah. Let’s confirm it: it was my uncle. It was my uncle, Rey Misterio Sr. It wasn’t me. It wasn’t… It’ll probably come up again on Halloween.

**While speaking with Carlo Perruzza, Macey Estrella, aka Lacey Evans, discussed WWE’s attempt to present her as a babyface. Evans feels like she couldn’t convince the public to root for her.

So he (Vince McMahon) tried to teach me to be more vulnerable. But there aren’t often times in my life when I can afford to be vulnerable, and suddenly I have to convince you that I’m hurting and that you need to clap for me and that I need your support. I haven’t had much support my whole damn life, so I couldn’t convince our viewers that I was a happy babyface and all, but he tried. A heel just looks more natural. I run my mouth all day every day and God forbid, if they had just given me a microphone any longer I would have hurt a lot more feelings than just Sergeant. Daughter of Slaughter.

**The idea of ​​writing a book was mooted to Seth Rollins when he was interviewed by Matt Aguilar of ComicBook Nation. Rollins doesn’t think this is in the cards for him.

Write a book? Dude, writing is – I loved it when I was younger. I couldn’t avoid it, but the idea of ​​writing my entire life story. I’ve forgotten so many things… A minute ago I was reminded that not only did The Shield form here, it broke up here, but it was here that we came back together. I didn’t even know, I forgot about that so I can’t remember all that stuff but I’m also too proud to let a ghost writer do this job for me so I don’t think it’s in the cards . We’ll see, but it won’t be worked on at any point in the near future.

**There is an interview with Rickey Shane Page on the WRESTLESPHERE YouTube channel. He talked about the blunt advice he received from Raven after being overwhelmed by the behind-the-scenes work at MLW. Shane Page also mentioned that Raven taught him how to do the Everflow DDT.

I did a lot on the show (for MLW). I had two matches and a few segments and I’m also a player coach, I’m an agent, so I’m also agent matches backstage, and I’m in on the production meetings and stuff like that, so I was just I had it really busy that day and I was just running all over the place and they kept yelling at me to get to the go position and saying, ‘Hey, come over here’, blah, blah, blah and I’m like… ‘Hey guys! I can’t be everywhere’ and I started to get a little warm and Raven pulls me aside. We’re at the ECW Arena. There couldn’t have been a more perfect place for this to happen. He pulls me aside by the stairs going up to the eagle’s nest and he’s like, ‘Hey man, shut up,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ He says, ‘Shut up,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay.’ He says, ‘You do a lot on the show and you complain? They put you down, they push you. Shut up, do your job’ and I said, ‘Yes sir.’ I love that. There aren’t many people who have struggled longer than me. So it’s like I want to be put in my place, I want criticism from people who have done that – gone there and done that. I want criticism from younger people who may see something differently because they have a different eye. So I loved it, but yeah, it was just a great story. Scotty is the man. I love him dearly and there are a few moments where I was doing some things and he was cringing, and I was like, man, if I can make him do that, that’s sick. He also taught me how to do the Evenflow DDT. Like, I showed myself how to do it in a legit way… I’m surprised because Raven was one of my favorites growing up. Definitely, I model a lot of my promos after him, my style. I even dress like him now. I tie the flannel around my waist because I was in a faction with Raven. If you go to Raven’s Flock on Wikipedia, my name is there, as is Jeff Cannonball’s, who I also enjoyed working with at MLW. If you don’t know who Cannonball is, check him out. One of the best deathmatch wrestlers out there and one of the best guys I know. MLW and The Calling were really fun.

**Chelsea Green made the media rounds for WWE, retiring past 1035 KISSFM. She praised both Rhea Ripley and Maxxine Dupri.

So I have two people (to whom I would like to give flowers). One of those would be Rhea Ripley. I know she gets her flowers, but I’m telling you, she’s so much more talented than any of you have ever seen. She does so much for the women in this industry and she comes to work and she’s always, always, always happy and that’s hard with, you know, just getting a little sleep every night and then the other one is Maxxine (Dupri). Maxxine, you know, she grew up in NXT. She had barely struggled. When I tell you she had a broken foot and had been wrestling for barely four months and was brought up and then put on live television learning matches and being thrown into matches with people like Rhea Ripley and Sarah Logan and kind of to learning and growing with this company and she ends up in the ring and is kind of torn apart by the internet. That’s a really hard thing to do and she also stays positive, stays humble, stays true to herself, so those two are – they’re great, great women.

** At Busted Open, Mark Henry mentioned that he is playing the middleman to get a partnership between MLW and All Caribbean Wrestling going.

I had a big conversation with Court Bauer on MLW about a versus between All Caribbean Wrestling and MLW. He was like, “In a heartbeat.” He said, ‘Mark, if you’re involved, I’m involved.’ So, Court, me and JB (Cool). We’ll call you this week and we’re going to try to get this done because I see the All Caribbean versus between MLW as a very, very successful thing. So, we work, we do our magic. We work our magic.

** Daniel Garcia guest appeared on Daytime Buffalo to promote the 6/26 AEW Dynamite.

**The vacant LIDET UWF Championship is on the line on July 1 from GLEATst show. Katsuhiko Nakajima will face Takanori Ito to determine the next champion. Also scheduled for that show is Josh Barnett vs. Yu Iizuka.

** Below is the advertised lineup for Shinjuku FACE’s 29/7 Sareee-ISM show:

  • Chi Chi vs. Miria Kouga
  • Tsukasa Fujimoti & Arisa Nakajima vs. Mio Momono & Riko Kawahata
  • Kurumi Hiragi vs. Yuu
  • Natsupoi & Sareee vs. Takumi Iroha & AZM

**On September 2NL at Korakuen Hall, Unagi Sayaka presents her second self-produced wrestling show. September 2ndNL is Sayaka’s birthday.

** NJPW’s Great-O-Khan teaches viewers how to build a PC on the PC Koubou YouTube channel:

** IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion El Desperado is guest coaching for a sports project.

**There is a signing with Kosei Fujita on NJPW’s YouTube channel:

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