Rikishi Opens Up To Sean Waltman About Training Rusev, His Sons’ WWE Work, Working w/ Steve Austin, Thinking His Gear Was A Rib, More

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SEAN ‘X-PAC’ WALTMAN TALKS ABOUT NEW JAPAN RUNNING AT THE COW PALACE AND ANTHONY ANZALDO. WITH TODAY’S SHOW FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST RIKISHI.

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X-PAC 12360 has shared the following transcribed quotes with WrestleZone from the most recent episode with Rikishi.

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Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman Says He Suggested New Japan to Run the Cow Palace:

I was the one that suggested that they run the Cow Palace. I was on a show up there for APW, Marcus from APW that runs great shows. And I suggested to George Caroll from New Japan. I said to him ‘Hey you guys should run the Cow Palace, I mean it’s perfect, the history there and everything’ and I said I think you should reach out to Marcus the local promoter there, that’s the right thing to do in my opinion.  And that’s what they did. They figured something out. There’s a difference when you run a show like APW is doing than when you try to film something there, shoot it for broadcast it changes everything. I am pretty confident that it will be a sell out.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman Talks About Anthony Anzaldo, the man who claimed to be raising money for a funeral plot for Chyna:

I had communication with Anthony yesterday about everything. When I see things on Twitter I try not to react anymore but you know sometimes I kinda can’t help it. My initial reaction is we dumped the ashes out, I was there. I helped dump the ashes out into the ocean. Here’s the thing everyone involved is flawed in this situation, no one is perfect in this and Anthony doesn’t come off in a good light a lot of the time, he does have a quarter of the ashes left. Honestly thinking about it I don’t have a problem if people want to donate to get her a spot in the Hollywood cemetery.

Rikishi Talks About The Time He Was Badly Injured In The Ring With Mabel:

It was a simple splash, it was all his {Mabel} weight. Normally if you don’t see a guy in the right position, obviously I was selling something that was given to me so you want to let that marinate for a second. I think I was on my side and he came out of nowhere, and his timing was just…I think it was 50 pounds, landed on the side of my ribs and cracked, but the show goes on.

Rikishi Talks About Training Rusev:

We had myself, my cousin Reno and Gangrel …all had a big part in training Rusev. As a trainer when you see your students graduate to the next level and kinda stay there is because that tells me that he was listening. You see Rusev doing his thing now and to be able to finally live his dream. What he came to seek. The training was given, it’s validated, its verified , it’s confirmed . That the training we teach our kids works. All we have to do is have your ear and do the work. Say less and just listen what we’re trying to teach you.

Rikishi On His Sons Working In The WWE:

I feel safe with my boys {Usos} there honestly. Number one, because I know them, I know what type of kids I raised. I’m solid with the choices that they make as far as that. But also, with the industry and the vibe now with the WWE I’m okay with it… They’ve got all the goods. They’ve got a high-performance center, they’ve got doctors that are willing to look after them, they’ve got a drug rehab place for them. These kids are in good hands.

Rikishi On Thinking His Gear Was A Rib:

The birth of Rikishi, when I came back I thought it was a rib. I kinda felt like it was a rib. Who goes out there in a thong? And the thing was it was an idea he {Vince McMahon} wanted to do with Yoko {Yokozuna} right. But Yoko came out with the long red tights and I didn’t want to bite off of Rodney {Yoko} and so I was thinking maybe I just want to switch a few things up. Maybe I want to dye my hair blond. I want to do something at the end like entertainment something different that Rodney {Yoko} doesn’t do. And then the most important thing for me was I wanted to get the okay from my family, meaning my kids and my wife at the time. My kids were younger at the time… you know how vicious kids could be. I showed them the drawing. I showed them the first part they see the whole front part but when I flipped it around it was like, “Ahhh Dad.” (Disappointed!) Go for it!” And I never looked back after that.

Rikishi On Working With Steve Austin And The One Thing He Wanted:

Steve was the best man. The one thing that I do miss in my career and especially working with Steve that opportunity where I was the guy. Steve was a pro man. Steve was the man, and whenever you got an opportunity to work with Steve I mean it was just one of those opportunities like you are going to enjoy that ride for however long and I wanted it to be long. Trust me. I wanted to have that loop with Steve. One thing that I wanted was to have a chance to be able to become world champion in the WWE. And that never happened. But working with those guys like Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H… it was crazy.

Rikishi Talks About The Samoan Dynasty Family Reunion At Wrestle Fair April 29th:

Wrestle Fair, it’s going down this weekend  April, 29th on Sunday. The doors open at 9:00 am. This is our second annual going back to Perris, California… We’re going to have a VIP signing Mil Mascaras, icon, WWE Hall of Famer is going to be there. Candice Michelle is going to be there. The first time ever… there has never ever been a Samoan Dynasty signing together. And so I’m having well over thirteen, fourteen, family members. All the way from uncle Sika WWE Hall Of Famer, uncle Rocky Johnson is going to be there. My tag-team partner who I learned a lot and just thank him for carrying me for the years Samu is going to be there. So we’re going to have the first family reunion. It’s going to be the past, present, and the future. Check out WrestleFair.Com

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