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WWE Unveils Eight Biopics & New Original Series As A Part Of A&E Sunday Lineup

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After more than two years in development, WWE and A&E have finally rolled out their 10-week slate of brand new original programming set to launch on Sunday, April 18.

In addition to the new original series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures”, eight two-hour documentaries have been created by WWE Studios as a part of the award-winning A&E “Biographies” lineup.


The biopics will primarily focus on some of WWE’s most popular characters including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Mick Foley and the Ultimate Warrior.

Each two-hour special will air at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday nights, immediately followed by a new episode of “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures”. A press release issued to us today described the new show:

“The brand-new series, led by WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque launches a hunt for some of WWE’s most iconic missing memorabilia including Kane’s original mask, Ric Flair’s Butterfly Robe, Andy Kaufman’s neckbrace, Andre The Giant’s passport and more. In order to find these quintessential relics, the team will join forces with WWE Legends including Undertaker, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Booker T and more to bring these items home to the WWE Archives.”

Below are the official descriptions for each biopic.

“Biography: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin” – Directed by Jake Rogal and Executive Produced by Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film traces the story of the man who became WWE’s biggest star in the 90s. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s authentic, fiery personality epitomized WWE’s “Attitude Era” and transformed him into a pop culture icon. After nearly being paralyzed by a neck injury, Austin made one of the greatest comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Biography: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Joe Lavine (ESPN 30 for 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film focuses on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who is universally considered one of WWE’s greatest villains. During his Hall of Fame career, he played the role of the antagonist against a who’s who of WWE greats, while amassing more than 30 championships.

“Biography: “Macho Man” Randy Savage” – Produced by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “Screwball,” ESPN 30 for 30 “The U”), this film will tell the larger-than-life story of one of the most colorful and charismatic Superstars to ever step foot inside the ring. With two WWE Championships, four WCW® World Championships and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion, Savage became known for his famous catch phrases, larger-than-life personality and the enormous, flashy robes he wore into the ring.

“Biography: Booker T” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner George Roy (“The Curse of the Bambino”, “Mayweather”), this film showcases one of the greatest Superstars in sports entertainment history.  Booker T is an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion, a six-time World Champion, winner of the 2006 King of the Ring Tournament, and a two-time (2013 and 2019) inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. In addition to his Hall of Fame career in the ring, Booker T also went on to become a color commentator for WWE’s weekly programming.

“Biography: Shawn Michaels” – Directed by Joe Lavine (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, ESPN 30 for 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film chronicles the wild life of one of WWE’s greatest performers and most enduring villains. After drug addiction nearly cost him his life, Shawn Michaels, aka “The Heartbreak Kid,” made one of the most improbable late-career comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Biography: Ultimate Warrior” – Directed by Daniel Amigone (“24/7 Red Wings: Maple Leafs – Road to the Winter Classic,” “Chain of Command,” “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”) and Executive Produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film shares the story of Ultimate Warrior, a WWE Hall of Famer who inspired an entire generation of fans living by his mantra of “always believe.” With his colorful face paint and equally colorful interviews, Ultimate Warrior is perhaps best remembered for defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become both the WWE Champion and the Intercontinental Champion.

“Biography: Mick Foley” – Directed by Thomas Odelfelt (24/7 “Mayweather-Marquez,” 24/7 “Penguins-Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” HBO “Courtside At The NBA Finals”) and Executive Produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film follows the unique, multifaceted career of Mick Foley, a 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee better known as “Mankind.” A fan favorite during WWE’s “Attitude Era,” Foley shocked audiences in 1998 during a career defining match as he was thrown off the top of the Hell in a Cell by Undertaker.

“Biography: Bret “Hitman” Hart” – Directed by George Roy (“Booker T,” “The Curse of the Bambino,” “Mayweather,” HBO “Mantle”), this film tells the story of Bret Hart, one of the greatest technical athletes in WWE history, earning him nicknames “The Hit Man” and “The Excellence of Execution.” Throughout his storied career, the five-time WWE title holder famously defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Yokozuna, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Candice Michelle Reveals Who She’d Like To Induct Her Into The WWE HOF

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Candice Michelle recently spoke about the possibility of being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, and who would induct her.

Michelle had a great run during her time with WWE, where she worked with the company from 2004-2009 after being part of the Raw Diva Search. During her time she had a run with the Women’s Championship and enjoyed a memorable feud with Beth Phoenix as well.


Michelle is also a former WWE 24/7 Champion, which she won during the Raw Reunion show. During the interview with The DropKick Podcast Michelle spoke about how Phoenix was her favorite in-ring opponent, but she also discussed what she hated doing in WWE.

“Beth Phoenix was my favorite match. Both Tori Wilson and Victoria are my dearest friends and my dearest friends to this day so working with them – you know, Vince’s Devils, the playboy matches – we hated doing but at the same time it was our era. It’s just what we did and what we were known for but then having that opportunity to work for House of Hardcore for my retirement match with Victoria, she’s an incredible wrestler. I feel like she’s been very underrated and I’m really happy she came back for that appearance on WWE,” said Michelle.

When it came to a possible WWE Hall Of Fame induction, Michelle revealed that Hulk Hogan would be the person she’d like to induct her.

“I would want to be inducted by Hulk Hogan because the truth is that’s where it started for me. In my book, he’s arguably one of the most famous superstars of all time but that’s where my love for it began. I didn’t know that back then, you know? Every time I see him and his famous moves it’s like when the music hits, there’s something about it that lights up your insides and you couldn’t wait to see what happens. So, if I had an opportunity, and if he was willing, I would 100 percent pick him.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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Bianca Belair Reflects On Her First Year On The Main Roster

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Bianca Belair debuted on the main roster at WWE WrestleMania 36 last year, and has now almost spent a full year competing.

It’s been a fantastic year for Belair so far, which has seen her become one of the top stars on the roster, having a WWE WrestleMania 37 main event around the corner where she will challenge Sasha Banks for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.


Belair recently appeared on Notsam Wrestling where she and Sam Roberts patched things up following Roberts’ comments about her in the past at NXT Takeover: Phoenix, and Belair reflected on the year that she’s had.

“I definitely didn’t see my first year going like this, especially with what’s going on in the world,” Belair admitted. “I had no idea, and I always say I focus on the things that I can control. There’s so many things you can’t control, so I just always try to do my part and do more than my part. I always say I don’t do the bare minimum. I go out there, and I do as much as I can.

“And I always stay ready, so I don’t have to get ready because here, opportunities, they just show, and they come out of nowhere. And if you’re not ready, then it’s going to on to someone else. It’s been a wild wild year. I was talking to someone last night and I was saying how I haven’t even been on SmackDown for whole year, and being in WWE, the goal is to go to WrestleMania. That’s the biggest thing you can do, and I’m going to WrestleMania.I could possibly be walking out as a champion. It’s been a wild, fast ride, but I’m staying ready.”

Belair went on to speak about how her time on the main roster has been without any fans, and that she’s had to work hard in order to get noticed and connect with them.

“I feel like that didn’t really cross my mind. I feel like if you’re trying, in my opinion, if you’re trying to get people to like you, if you’re trying to get people invested in you, it’s not genuine,” Belair noted. “I think people love when someone’s genuine. It’s more relatable, and for me, you know there’s no fans, but I will say that the ThunderDome, even though it’s not the same as having fans, WWE has done an amazing job with the ThunderDome.

“Having fans come out and seeing their faces virtually, it gives them the experience as if they’re still there. What we do is so much of being a part of the fans, and our job, our whole purpose is to put a smile on fans’ faces, but the fans have actually put a smile on our faces. They can give us a purpose of what we’re doing, and so the ThunderDome provides us with an environment as if the fans are still there too. We have the pyro. We have the crowd noise, but for me, in my mind, I went to the Royal Rumble trying to win, and that was my goal. That was in my brain.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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Chris Jericho Comments On If AEW Is Signing Too Many Former WWE Stars

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With former WWE Superstar, Paul Wight making his AEW debut this week, Chris Jericho has spoken about if AEW is signing too many ex-WWE stars.

Jericho jumping ship to AEW was a huge move at the start of AEW’s journey, and he spoke about enjoying the risk and the pressure during an interview with Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker


“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it because it was a real risk to go to AEW, and we all knew it, but for me, I knew what would happen if I went back to WWE, because I wasn’t there at the time,” Jericho said. “I don’t know if I would have wanted that, but the fact that AEW was a big challenge, and if you look at the first three months of Dynamite, it was resting on my shoulders because I was the most recognizable name on that show besides Jim Ross, who you hear his voice, but you don’t see him a lot.

“And I knew it was my job to make sure that people saw how good Cody was, and The Young Bucks, and Kenny [Omega], and Darby [Allin], and Scorpio Sky and all these guys that I worked with, Jungle Boy, in the first two or three months of that show. I wanted people to see, as quickly as possible, how good these guys are, all the guys in The Inner Circle, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy [Guevara and] Jake Hager. So I tried to put as many people around me as possible so that people would see these guys are really good.”

Since that point, AEW has signed plenty of former WWE Stars from Jon Moxley and Dustin Rhodes to Shawn Spears and Paul Wight, and Jericho discussed that.

“It’s funny because some people are like, ‘Well, you can’t sign all these WWE castoffs or the guys from that generation,’ and we really haven’t,” Jericho pointed out. “When there was a big purge last year when they let a bunch of people go, I don’t think we hired any of those guys and nothing against them. But a guy like Big Show transcends that. He’s one of the most recognizable pro wrestlers in the world, and when you’re dealing with a new company, because it’s only been a year and a half, and if we want to try and go get a TV deal in India for example, who’s on the show, Chris Jericho. We know him. Sting, I know him. Paul Wight. Oh, really? We know him.

“Same thing as I said before, those are the guys that can open the door to get people’s eyeballs on Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks, and Darby, and Cody, and Ricky Starks etc, etc, etc. So he is super valuable, and also, he has the one thing that you can’t teach. Well, two things obviously. You can’t teach someone to be a giant, but you can’t see teach someone experience, and Paul’s got almost as much experience as I do, probably 25 years at this point.

“We’ve got a lot of big guys on our roster who need to think more like big guys. Paul can help with that. Paul can also be very funny. He’s very charming, and I know more than anybody. A motivated Big Show, a motivated Paul Wight is very dangerous. He doesn’t have to wrestle every week nor should he, but when he gets the call, and he wants to be there and he wants to prove what he can do, he’s one of the best big men workers that’s ever lived. So he’s got that side of the coin as well. He’s a great sign for AEW, and I think anybody that doesn’t know for sure will have their minds changed very very quickly.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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