Category: Interviews

WWE NXT standout Ricochet takes flight at Halftime Heat

Despite wrestling for 15 years, it’s still hard for Ricochet to comprehend working with Shawn Michaels at the WWE Performance Center. “There’s really no words to even describe that,” he told NZPWI during a media conference call. “It’s just unbelievable for me to not even just meet him but have...

Drew McIntyre on NXT TakeOver and the rise of the UK independent scene

When Drew McIntyre began wrestling at 15-years-old, he had to travel 12 hours from his home in Scotland to find training. The Scottish pro-wrestling scene was non-existent, and England only had two independent promotions. Now, January 2019 has punctuated a boom in the United Kingdom with the opening of a...

Sheamus praises Cesaro ahead of Rumble clash with McMahon, Miz

At WWE TLC 2009, Sheamus teetered on the top rope alongside WWE Champion John Cena. The Celtic Warrior pushed Cena backwards as he himself fell to the floor. Cena smashed through a table – handing Sheamus the WWE Championship. The win would be Sheamus’ first of 11 different title reigns...

Sasha Banks excited for Rousey at WWE Royal Rumble

Sasha Banks is no stranger to firsts. The Legit Boss has etched her name in the history books in the first women’s Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, and Elimination Chamber matches (among others) over the course of her six years in WWE. When Banks, 26, arrives at WWE Royal...

Dakota Kai

Dakota Kai Interview

NZPWI had the opportunity to speak to New Zealand WWE NXT Superstar Dakota Kai late last week. Kai made her WWE debut as part of the Mae Young Classic last year. She is now a weekly fixture on WWE NXT, where she has battled NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler for...

Rusev

Rusev Interview

At Royal Rumble 2014, the WWE Universe was first introduced to Rusev. Four-and-a-half years of Rusev Days later, the Bulgarian Brute receives his first WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules. “I’m really, really looking forward to this match,” Rusev said. not just because it’s my first time competing for the...

Bayley making history at forefront of WWE women’s evolution

Monday’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view was historic for WWE. For the first time, six women entered the imposing structure, which towered over the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at nearly eight metres tall. The pressure of the moment didn’t faze Bayley. “I honestly felt comfortable as soon as the bell rang,”...

Shawn Michaels Interview

Revered by his fans and his peers in equal measure, Shawn Michaels is one of the most iconic WWE Superstars of all time. A former four-time world champion, Michaels wowed crowds worldwide with his inimitable style over the course of a 22 year career — earning the nicknames “The Showstopper”...

Sasha Banks ready to make history at Raw 25 and WWE Royal Rumble

WWE Raw celebrates its 25th anniversary next week with a special broadcast from New York City. For Sasha Banks, the historic milestone is cause for concern. “I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already—that’s how old I am, so it makes me feel old.” The former four-time Raw Women’s Champion...