NEWS QUOTES: Bischoff on Hogan’s heel turn struggles, Sasha Banks tired of a certain question, Regal on favorite NXT talents, more

By Andrew Soucek, PWTorch Specialist


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The following are the latest news items stemming from quotes highlighted at our sister website, www.PWPodcasts.com, which chronicles what wrestlers are saying on the record on a daily basis, including newsworthy quick quotes and longer detailed written recaps of wrestling-personality-hosted podcasts.

William Regal has been instrumental in helping NXT sign talent from around the globe. But which wrestlers is he most proud of bringing in? In an interview with Metro, he revealed a couple names. “I don’t really like singling anyone out, but Sasha Banks. I’ve known her since she was 18, and the previous people that were doing what I’m doing now wouldn’t even give her the time of day. When I was asked by Triple H to be part of that team, of which there is nobody still here who was in the team at the time, I kept asking to bring her in, to which people replied ‘oh no, there is nothing in her, she’s useless.’Sasha was the first person I went to bat for, and her development is a great thing to see.” He also revealed another name he’s proud of bringing in and talked about the type of athletes NXT is looking to sign. Read the full details here: MORE: William Regal reveals the types of athletes he’s looking for to join NXT, the wrestlers he’s most proud of helping get signed

Don’t ask Sasha Banks when she’s turning heel! Apparently, she’s getting pretty sick of the question, as she revealed on The Masked Man podcast. “A lot of people ask me ‘when are you going to turn heel?’ When are you going to turn heel?’ Like, I don’t care. Because guess what? I’m going to be in the WWE for a very long time, so you’re going to see both versions of myself. For a while. So people need to shut up. That’s what I’m sick of hearing. When are you going to turn heel? And then once I turn heel, ‘when are you going to turn babyface?’ You guys just need to shut up and let me do me, okay? Check out the full story: MORE: Sasha Banks thinks people asking when she’ll turn heel need to “shut up”

According to Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan’s heel turn in 1996 wasn’t too easy of a transition for him, as the former WCW President told Sports Illustrated. “Hulk got very comfortable in that heel role, but initially, it was very hard for him. He was so unsure how the fans would react after being so familiar seeing him as a babyface for so long. There was a big part of Hulk Hogan that loved being a heel, and once he connected to that character, and once the audience connected to that character, he thoroughly enjoyed it.” Eric also talked about some of Hogan’s heel inspirations as well as why The Great Muta joined the NWO. Get the full details here: MORE: Eric Bischoff on why The Great Muta joined the NWO, how being a heel was initially “very hard” for Hulk Hogan

Baby Doll spoke with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast and talked about why the Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. feud was so intense. “Both men wanted to have the number one spot on the card so neither one is going to back down from one another and whenever you watch the promo of where Magnum grabs me and gives me a kiss, when Tully comes out you actually feel how physical those punches are because they are literally knocking the crap out of each other just for the build up to Starrcade. Once they had the match at Starrcade you could feel that it had to end at that time because one of them was going to kill the other one.” She also spoke about Charlotte Flair, how working with Dusty Rhodes could be difficult, and more. Get the full details: MORE: Baby Doll on Charlotte Flair’s role in WWE, why Dusty Rhodes could be difficult to work with, the intensity of Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A.

Eric Bischoff briefly had one of the most successful runs a wrestling promoter has ever experienced. So when WWE signed him, did Vince McMahon have any plan in using him as more than an on-air talent? On Something to Wrestle With, Bruce Prichard said the idea was absolutely not even considered. “Nope. It was ‘let’s bring him in as a talent, let’s see how he does, let’s get to know him and find out what’s there.’ He had a lot of baggage. Unequivocally, that was ruled out. That was made clear to Eric, it was also made clear to us that he’s coming in as a talent only, he has no creative say so in anything. He’d be an on-air talent, that’s it.” Bruce also talked about who let Eric know a call from Vince was coming, which member of management warned him of the heat he had in the locker room, and more. Check out more highlights: MORE: Bruce Prichard reveals Vince McMahon’s thoughts on bringing Eric Bischoff into WWE and the feeling behind the scenes

There is much more available at www.PWPodcasts.com, which just might be YOUR NEXT NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE to visit every day. New detailed written podcast recaps include:

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-Part 2 of Colt Cabana’s WrestleCon special

-Talk Is Jericho with Dean Ambrose and Jeff Hardy

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