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Hillbilly Jim Set To Enter WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2018

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Add another name to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 as WWE legend ‘Hillbilly’ Jim is set to be enshrined this year, according to Bleacher Report.

Jim began his WWE run in 1984 as just another fan in the crowd who caught the attention of superstars such as ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan who would attempt to recruit him to join forces. Jim would ultimately side with Hogan, who served as his onscreen coach.

Jim was seen as a super-positive, always happy guy who happened to be massive and powerful. His character connected with fans.

“It turned out to be a really nice way to make your entrance,” Jim said. “The people seemed to have caught on to it and were captivated by it. It turned out to be a fairy tale that actually worked.”

“My character represents the people,” Jim explained.

“It was always a very doable and easy character to step into,” Jim said. “I’m from this part of the country. I know a lot of country people. I know what that translates to. I did the best I could to bring that to the ring.

“It’s a lot like I really am in person. I’m a happy, excitable kind of character. And I just wanted to denote happiness.”

“I want the fans to enjoy this,” Jim said of his Hall of Fame induction. “I’m a representative of you. That’s exactly what this is all about. This is part of your legacy.”

You can read the entire interview over at Bleacher Report.

 

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Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion

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Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.

The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.

Lashley is still holding out hope.

“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)

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WWE Fires John Laurinaitis

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WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.

“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”

Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”

It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.

The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.

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Live Morgan Injury Update

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?

Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.

According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.

Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.

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