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Bill Simmons On Vince McMahon Being ‘Conflicted’ With Andre the Giant’s Legacy, How Triple H Reacted to the New Movie



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Bill Simmons, the Executive Producer of the new “Andre the Giant” documentary which premiered on HBO this week, recently spoke with ESPN on the making of the movie, and below are some interview highlights.

On Vince McMahon’s relationship with Andre the Giant and being conflicted about Andre’s wrestling career and legacy:

We don’t make that movie if [ Vince McMahon is ] not interviewed. We made that clear. He was obviously so protective of the Andre legacy and he had a lot of conflicted emotions of how it played out, and we talked about it even before we agreed to do the movie that he has to be interviewed. We can’t do it if you’re not in it. It’s tough. It’s all genuine and what he thought at the end was Vince used him. As soon as he couldn’t wrestle anymore it was like thanks and wrestling goes on. It’s pretty complicated.

There’s also a lot of things that could have been in the doc, but I think the pace is important. It’s 86 minutes and there’s a bunch of other stuff we could have added but then it slows down, and you have to keep things moving. One of things that could have been in it after we did the interviews was Andre’s relationship with Stephanie [McMahon]. She’s a little girl at that point, but Andre was like a big brother to her. He was unusually tight with that family, which makes things a lot more complicated.

On the movie building to the retelling of Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant at WrestleMania 3:

That’s my favorite part of the movie because Jason reinvents this thing that everyone already knew about. I was talking to Triple H after the premiere and he was really blown away by the movie and super-excited, but the thing he loves the most was that part, because it basically captures in the best way possible what it’s like to put together a storyline like that.

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Jinder Mahal Health Update



The Modern Day Maharaja is back!

Jinder Mahal returned to action on Friday at the advanced taping for WWE Superstar Spectacle (full SPOILERS here). The special will air on January 26, Republic Day, on Sony networks throughout India. It will also stream internationally on the WWE Network.

Mahal appeared before the show to hype up the fans streaming into the ThunderDome. He returned for the main event, teaming with the Bollywood Boyz to take on WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Indus Sher.

It has essentially been a year and a half since we’ve consistently seen Jinder Mahal on television. He injured his knee in June 2019 requiring a surgery that put him on the bench for nearly a year. He returned in April 2020 but was only back a few weeks before another surgery was required.

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WWE Champion Drew McIntyre Has Returned To The Ring



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WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has been cleared to compete.

McIntyre missed the last two weeks of Monday Night Raw after it was announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, placing himself in immediate quarantine.

He quietly returned to action this Friday at the taping event for WWE Superstar Spectacle (full SPOILERS here), teaming with Indus Sher in a main event six-man tag team match against Jinder Mahal and the Bollywood Boyz.

The show will air next Tuesday, January 26 on Sony television stations in India and internationally through the WWE Network. Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, the New Day, the Street Profits, Rey Mysterio and Ricochet were also featured.

McIntyre is still expected to defend the WWE Championship against Goldberg at next weekend’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and is advertised to appear on the go-home edition of Raw to hype up the match.

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WWE Statement On The Passing Of Broadcast Icon Larry King



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Larry King, one of the most accomplished and recognizable interviewers in the history of American broadcasting, has passed away today at the age of 87. It was reported earlier this month that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

King was a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and a two-time Peabody Award winner for excellence in broadcasting, interviewing thousands of celebrities throughout a career that spanned more than six decades.

WWE has released the following statement:

WWE is saddened to learn that Larry King passed away at the age of 87.

The talk show titan reimagined possibilities in the world of television with his iconic “The Larry King Show.” Prominent figures from the entertainment, sports and political worlds graced his show nightly, but King made a special impact on the national coverage of wrestling.

“They are incredible athletes, their fan following is amazing, but their results are never in the paper… To me, if someone is interesting, then I am curious. And wrestlers—and wrestling—are interesting,” King once told Sports Illustrated.

When “The Larry King Show” debuted on Ora.TV in 2012, King featured a special WWE Superstars episode that included John Cena, The Miz & Maryse, Big Show and more. After being named Social Media Ambassador for Raw, King would bring his legendary show to the red brand in 2012. It was an eventful night for two-time Peabody Award winner, as the A-Lister memorably couldn’t help but crash his set and King also provided some life advice to Daniel Bryan.

WWE extends its condolences to King’s family and friends.

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