Saturday 4/2 Torch Today – Can Saturday top Friday?, tons of WWE stars video interviews, Cena big WM32 teaser, UFC 197, Taker as not-Taker, Ricochet talks Ospreay, NXT to U.K. updates, Reigns talks Da Bears, Graves interview, Galloway to defend TNA Title overseas, Owens vows ladder match smash, Menounos preps for HOF Red Carpet, Renee Young, Rowan visits sick child, person behind Chikara costumes, Schamberger, Video of the Day – Ziggler & McCarthy Comedy Central sketch
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TORCH TODAY – Saturday, April 2, 2016
– Wow. What a start to WrestleMania Weekend on Friday with Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. Will Ospreay at EVOLVE 58 and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn and NXT Takeover. Unbelievable five-star and ten-star matches, respectively. It keeps going Saturday with three WWNLive iPPVs, a big NXT TV taping at Axxess, Jim Ross Live, ROH Supercard, WrestleCon Supershow, and the WWE Hall of Fame. (Full Saturday Schedule)
– At PWPodcasts.com: Full Recap of the Cheap Heat podcast interviewing WWE stars Bray Wyatt, Sasha Banks, New Day, A.J. Styles, and Samoa Joe on WrestleMania Weekend. Of note, Bray said he hopes for a Wyatt Family reset after WrestleMania. Plus, Styles and Joe talked about being part of WWE’s WrestleMania Weekend for the first time.
– At MMATorch.com: Jon Jones’s UFC 197 return fight against Daniel Cormier is reportedly off, not because of Jones’s legal issues, but because Cormier was injured training.
– Brian Fritz of Between The Ropes talked on-camera with A.J. Styles, Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, New Day, and Apollo Crews at WrestleMania Media on Friday. Fritz also interviewed Pete Gas about Shane McMahon’s WWE return for Sporting News and Ryback about his WWE positioning for the Orlando Sentinel.
– John Cena teased WrestleMania involvement tomorrow in his latest in a series of teasers during WM Season.
Very excited about @WWE #HallOfFame tonight. And a HUGE day tomorrow for @WWEUniverse at #WrestleMania on @WWENetwork (never say never)
— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 2, 2016
– Ahead of WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium, The Undertaker received a custom Dallas Cowboys jersey. Interestingly, the number of the jersey is 33. Also, a photo of Taker holding the jersey shows Taker appearing to sport a swollen left eye.
Yep, The Undertaker is a huge Cowboys fan! Good luck at @WrestleMania Sunday! #WrestleMania32 pic.twitter.com/p7SPCiWydn
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 1, 2016
– Ricochet talked up his feud with international star Will Ospreay ahead of their big EVOLVE 59 match this afternoon. (Full Interview with Total Wrestling Magazine)
– TNA Hvt. champion Drew Galloway is set to defend TNA’s top title in England later this month. Galloway is scheduled for British Championship Wrestling’s next big show on April 15. (Daily Record Report)
– NXT’s return to the U.K. market in June for the Download Festival will be head-to-head with the European Championships. It is possible the English football team will be playing the same as the NXT shows, creating a potential scheduling conflict. (More Details via TalkSport.com) (Venues & Dates reported by The Mirror)
– NXT announcer Corey Graves talked to CBS Pittsburgh about his post-wrestling role with NXT. Notably, Graves said he was set to be called up to the main roster before his concussion situation ended his in-ring career.
– IC champion Kevin Owens talked to BBC Radio about planning to “just smash everybody” in the IC Title ladder match at WrestleMania. “The match itself is a little nerve wracking as there are seven guys, everyone’s looking to steal the show, everyone’s looking to make Wrestlemania the big moment for themselves,” Owens said.
– Roman Reigns talked to CSN Chicago about wanting to play for the Chicago Bears NFL team when he was coming out of college. “I actually came up to Chicago and took a trip. I got to meet the head coach Lovie (Smith) at the time and I was sold. I wanted to be a Chicago Bear immediately. But unfortunately it didn’t work out, but we found the right team,” Reigns said in a WM32/Snickers promotional interview.
– Maria Menounos released a YouTube video showing how she got prepared to host the Red Carpet portion of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony tonight.
– Renee Young talked to Jan Murphy of The Whig about her journey to WWE and reuniting with Mauro Ranallo after their initial run on The Score’s “Aftermath” show.
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– WWE star Erick Rowan visited a terminally-ill 13-year-old boy to invite him to WrestleMania at AT&T Stadium. WWE is arranging for the boy and his family to travel to Mania to lift his spirits during his cancer battle. (Fox 4 Dallas TV Report)
– Philly.com profiled Kate Nyx, the costume designer behind many of Chikara’s wild outfits. Notably, Chikara is running two shows in Philadelphia on Saturday.
– Wrestling artist Rob Schamberger talked to Crave Online about his WrestleMania Axxess paintings, artwork inspiration, and other topics from years of experience painting top wrestling stars.
– Video of the Day: Dolph Ziggler and former WWE writer Matt McCarthy did a Comedy Central sketch called “Wrestling Is Real (with Dolph Ziggler). McCarthy wrote the skit and starred with Ziggler.