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– After months of build-up and announcements and roster reveals, 2K Sports officially releases “WWE 2K16” today. The game is available on Amazon for $59.99 on Playstation 4 and on Xbox with the Deluxe Edition for $89.99.
– Who served as Tyler Breeze’s bodyguard/VIP bouncer on Raw? It was West Coast independent wrestler Alexander Hammerstone, who mainly wrestles for FSW and Paragon Pro. (Thanks to VIP member Sam in Calif.)
– Dolph Ziggler was interviewed at-length by the Phoenix New Times promoting Tuesday’s Smackdown TV taping in Phoenix. Included were Ziggler’s thoughts on his new program with Tyler Breeze.
“I look forward to anything, any kind of challenge, anybody new coming to the roster, anybody that wants to say, ‘Hey, I’m better than you,’ or younger or faster. Well, let’s see what you got and let’s see if you can hang with me. I’m someone who’s very open to new challenges, down to do whatever. And it seems like he’s pretty good, good head on his shoulders, seems like he knows what he’s doing and he’s been working really hard for a long time. He used to pick my brain, actually. So I gave him a couple pointers and I hope he can hang in the ring with me, and if he can, he’ll be on his way to a hell of a start.”
Ziggler added that he has not watched “Trainwreck” starring ex-girlfriend Amy Schumer, is not sure if John Cena’s character was based on their relationship, and Cena did not ask him for advice on the role.
– Sheamus continues to tough talk about a hypothetical fight with UFC star Connor McGregor. TMZ caught up with Sheamus at the airport to discuss fighting his countryman. “I can kick anybody’s arse,” Sheamus declared. (Video of Sheamus’s Comments)
– Curtis Axel made interesting comments about his future in the latest edition of WWE’s “Table for 3” Network series. Sitting down with The Miz and R-Truth for dinner, Axel said he’s already thinking about moving to Florida to train the next crop of WWE talent at the Performance Center… once his in-ring career is over.