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The origin of WWE standing for Walk With Elias, plus the drifter's thoughts on 2K19

Dan Owen 1/10/2018
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Elias at the WWE 2K19 pre-launch event

WWE standing for Walk With Elias is one of the most popular chants in wrestling at the moment – but how did it come about?

We had the chance to quiz the man himself at an exclusive WWE 2K19 pre-launch event, and the answer is pretty simple.

“It was one of those things when I woke up in the middle of the night, like a bolt of lightning had come right to my head and I thought ‘WWE, Walk With Elias’, and it all made sense,” Elias explained.

“I brought it to television the next week, I said it to John Cena, and the whole crowd just took to it right away. The very next week on Monday Night RAW I came out and said ‘WWE stands for’ and everybody said it and have done ever since. It is just perfect, and it makes total sense.”

The drifter has a pretty strong following among the WWE Universe and is soaking up the popularity – even if things don’t always go his way.

There is no better place on Monday Night RAW than the spotlight I have got with my guitar,” he said. “While I do get very upset because I haven’t been able to finish my song, I understand why people like Mike Foley, Trish Stratus and whoever else wants to come out there and be a part of it. They see all the fun I’m having, they’re jealous – I get it.”

As for the future, the message is clear.

“I’ve got to do bigger, better, and more grand performances if you ask me The Universal Championship, and the Intercontinental Championship are goals in my mind I have got to get to them.”

Speaking about WWE 2K19, Elias was impressed with how his character came out, and revealed which legend he would want to play as.

“It looks just like me, which is fantastic,” he said. “I was so surprised as to the detail of the movements, the way I move in the ring, it was so spot on – really impressive.

“I always liked Macho Man Randy Savage, I am sure people could see that sometimes. If I am going as a legend, then I am going as the Macho Man and drop an elbow on somebody.”

The standard edition of WWE 2K19 is released on October 9, with special Deluxe and Woo editions coming four days earlier on October 5.

For more information see https://wwe.2k.com/

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Johnny Gargano - Daniel Bryan match would be a dream - but then so is my whole career

Dan Owen 27/09/2018
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Johnny Gargano tries out WWE 2K19

Johnny Gargano says he pinches himself every day to make sure his WWE journey is real, and heaped praise on one of his dream opponents – Daniel Bryan.

Gargano has had a whirlwind two years in NXT, being part of one of professional wrestling most absorbing storylines alongside Tommaso Ciampa, and winning widespread acclaim for some of the best matches of the last 12-18 months.

But, the humble 31-year-old isn’t letting any of this go to his head. At heart, he is still a fan himself – the living embodiment of so many from all corners of the globe.

“Things don’t seem real, and I need to start living in the moment a little bit more. I am going to look back on 2018 years from now and wonder how all this actually happened,” he said.

“Two years ago I was watching these shows at home hoping to get the chance to be on one Takeover and now to main event four in a row, it doesn’t seem real.”

Speaking to Sport 360 at an exclusive pre-launch event for WWE 2K19, where Gargano got to see his character in the game for the first time, he spoke candidly about his love of the industry and his fortune such a big part of it.

“Every day when I walk into the Performance Centre there is a ‘pinch yourself’ moment – but even more so when it comes to video games and action figures. Just to be included in this is awesome.

“This isn’t a job to me, it’s a dream come true. Walking in this morning and playing as myself in a video game, working for WWE – if you told an eight-year-old Johnny Gargano that was going to happen he would have not believed you, 31-year-old Jonny Gargano still doesn’t believe you – but it’s amazing.”

Sport 360 recently spoke to Daniel Bryan (check out his appearance in 2K19’s Showcase Mode), who said Gargano would be a dream opponent – something that is more than echoed by Johnny Wrestling.

“I have done interviews and people ask who my dream opponent is, and I always say Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles. I got the chance to work with Brian (Danielson) a little on the indies, he is such an amazing human being – and I say human being on purpose. For my money, he’s the best wrestler I have ever been in the ring with. If the best wrestler in the world is that humble, kind and genuine, there is no reason everyone else can’t be like that.

“If I got to work with him again one day, no matter the circumstances, it would be pretty cool.”

He also spoke about his likeness on 2K19 – and how creators have really brought out his good points in the game!

“The tan is amazing – which I’m super pumped about!” he said.

“Last year I got scanned and I have a different body now, I have some abs now! I was hoping my body was different this year, I was kind of bulky last year – this time I am tanned, ripped and I feel great! I look way better than I do in person!

“It’s so wild to see my gear and my hair, the moves I do, and my entrance. I played me versus Shawn Michaels from 1997. Sadly, Sweet Chin Music got me so I didn’t get the win, but I was able to do some of my moves and it was great.”

The standard edition of WWE 2K19 is released on October 9, with special Deluxe and Woo editions coming four days earlier on October 5.

For more information see https://wwe.2k.com/

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WWE Smackdown: Watch highlights as Samoa Joe goes too far, and Lana has a VERY bad night

Dan Owen 26/09/2018
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So what did go on in Milwaukee?

Smackdown came to us live from Denver, Colorado and was a mix of setups for Super ShowDown and a chance for others to grab a bit of the spotlight.

All eyes were expected to be on the contract signing between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.

While the Universe waited with anticipation what Aiden English had to say following his attack on Rusev last week.

Another key line heading into the show was the ongoing Becky Lynch and Charlotte feud, and how hostilities would resume between Daniel Bryan and The Miz.

Here’s the best of the action.

Samoa Joe’s home call

There is a set layout for contract signings.

Calm start. Face-off. Table-flip. Brawl.

That’s just the way it goes. But not today.

Instead Joe decided to show up at AJ’s home in Georgia, leave the champ irate in the ring.

This back and forth has been superb, and this latest twist adds further to the ever-personal nature of the feud.

One of 2018’s highlights.

What’s goes in Milwaukee, stays in Milwaukee

It was always going to be that Rusev wanted answers following the attack from Aiden English last week.

Rusev seemed genuinely upset about the whole scenario, and when English came out to answer his former friend, his reason for the breakdown was clear – Lana.

He showed the good time (without the Ravishing one), and the bad times with her in toe.

Rusev and Lana both looked pretty perplexed in the ring – but the best was yet to come.

English told of how he and Lana will always have Milwaukee. Make of that what you will – but the WWE Universe is already in meltdown with conspiracy theories.

Apparently there is video evidence too – can’t wait for next week!

Lana burned by Straight Fire

Not content with one tough spot, Lana found herself in another – this time in the form of Smackdown Women’s champ, Becky Lynch.

Having already disposed of Charlotte earlier in the day, the Lass Kicker turned her attentions to the Ravishing Russian backstage, which resulted in a match.

Functional enough, this just builds Becky’s reputation as we head towards the Super ShowDown.

Let’s just hope the momentum can stay with her, as Lynch is the best thing in WWE at the moment.

 The best of the rest

Sheamus defeated Big E, and things between The Bar and tag team champs The New Day boil nicely ahead of SSD.

It was nice to see Tye Dillinger in action action US Champ Shinsuke Nakamura – the attack from Randy Orton points to a run of him going after anything that p***** him off.

Truth TV with Daniel Bryan, while fun, didn’t really go anywhere – and even with The Miz emerging you feel there could be so much more that could be done with the rivalry.

Finally, Asuka and Naomi defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. With the Iconics at ringside, this once again headed towards SSD. It should pain everyone to see how far Asuka has fallen. Nice simultaneous head kick with Naomi though.

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