We’re back with Sportskeeda Wrestling’s daily WWE News Roundup, where we compile the trending stories of the day.
Today we watch a former WWE star reveal that AEW turned him down for a backstage role. A veteran personality also admitted to having a hard time working with Goldberg.
Naomi recently took to Instagram to post for the first time since leaving RAW with Sasha Banks. The roundup ends with the former World Champion Big Show’s interesting comments about Brock Lesnar’s “behind the scenes game”.
#4. Paul London opens up about AEW denying him a backstage role
Fans of the Ruthless Aggression era will have fond memories of Paul London’s run as heavyweight champion. London, who worked for WWE in the mid-2000s, revealed he spoke to AEW last year regarding joining the company.
London was interested in taking on the job as a coach or producer, but his enthusiasm was spurned by AEW officials.
“There had been some very loose talks between me in AEW, and it was more like, ‘Hey, I’d like to help out if there’s any way for me to help from a training standpoint or the production. You know, I feel like I have a lot to offer,” Paul London revealed.
The three-time tag team champion was eager to do business with rivals WWE, but Tony Khan’s team had other ideas. Paul London’s proposal was not received favorably in the promotion as his offer was instantly ‘closed’.
The 42-year-old was told that AEW had no place for him as they already had many coaches and agents.
“So I was hoping, maybe there’s a need for something like this and it was shut down like immediately,” London added. “Like, ‘No, no, no. We’ve got enough coaches, we’ve got enough agents.'” [H/T Sportskeeda Wrestling]
Have you read Booker T’s recent apology to Paul London regarding accidental injury? You can find out more here.
#3. Eric Bishoff comments on his collaboration with Goldberg
Both Eric Bischoff and Goldberg contributed to the rise of WCW in the 90s. Despite their success in the now-defunct promotion, Bischoff said Goldberg was his least favorite superstar to work with.
The WWE Hall of Famer spoke briefly about his relationship with Goldberg during the latest episode of his 83 weeks podcast. Bischoff noted that while he initially “enjoyed” interacting with the superstar, things quickly turned sour between the legends.
Bischoff recalled that Goldberg asked sports agents and lawyers to represent him, which ultimately created problems between the WCW president and the former world champion.
“Business-wise, Bill Goldberg,” Eric Bischoff said. “It wasn’t like that at first, I loved working with him at first. But, once he got his hands on Henry Holmes or Henry Holmes got his hands on him and Barry Bloom, it It was miserable. It was miserable – and there was no fun part.” [H/T Sportskeeda Wrestling]
Eric Bischoff had arguments with many top wrestlers, including Kevin Nash, in his heyday.
#2. Paul Wight says Brock Lesnar has the best backstage game since Hulk Hogan
Brock Lesnar has earned quite an impressive reputation in the wrestling world. Many people in professional wrestling are rightfully intimidated by the Beast Incarnate due to his background in MMA and amateur wrestling.
Speaking on Submission Radio, Paul Wight explained how Brock Lesnar is behind the scenes. The AEW star said his former rival was similar to Hulk Hogan when it came to how they operated behind the scenes.
The former Big Show also said that Brock Lesnar was one of the most straightforward personalities in wrestling who didn’t “smear” people he didn’t like.
“I always tease Brock when I see him; I say he’s got the best backstage game since Hulk Hogan,” Paul Wight said. “…I used to see Brock walking around buildings when he came back from the UFC stuff, and people were flattening themselves against the walls because they were so intimidated by Brock, and Brock is a great guy. one of the most honest people you will meet in your life because if he loves you, he loves you, and if he doesn’t love you, he doesn’t mess with you.” [H/T Sportskeeda Wrestling]
Brock Lesnar hasn’t appeared for WWE since losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 38. The former Universal Champion was first announced for Money in the Bank, but plans are now said to be “on hold”.
#1. Naomi’s first social media post since her WWE RAW walkout with Sasha Banks
It’s been a few weeks since Sasha Banks and Naomi’s act of defiance against WWE, and there’s still no clarity on their future. While Sasha Banks has already been spotted since her suspension, Naomi too was recently spotted having fun on the beach with husband Jimmy Uso.
The caption for Naomi’s last post only contained a few emojis, and there was no indication of her WWE status.
Here’s what the former SmackDown Women’s Champion posted:
Naomi and Sasha Banks are currently serving indefinite suspensions, and reports suggest they are also not being paid during the break. The former Women’s Tag Team Champions have yet to break their silence on their decision to leave RAW. However, it’s safe to say that Naomi and Banks aren’t letting their uncertain WWE careers affect their personal lives.
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