Joey Styles Talks Rock & Lesnar Headlining WrestleMania, Flair Back In WWE, Heyman-HOF

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WWE.com personality , known worldwide as the Voice of ECW, joined the VOC Nation Radio Network to discuss Wrestlemania, Ric Flair, the state of the industry, and much more.

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Here are some highlights of what Joey had on his mind:

On the current state of wrestling commentary: “If I was able to (feed lines to the announcers), do you think that the announcing would sound like it does? (When I quit Raw) that was absolutely straight shooting at its finest. That was exactly how I felt.”

On Paul Heyman going into the Hall of Fame: “I don’t think (it will happen this year at Madison Square Gardern). Because Paul is now an active performer on the WWE roster, managing the top heel in the company, it would be hard to separate the person that he is from the character he plays on TV. I can’t think of a person who deserves it more. He has one hell of a hall of fame resume.”

On Ric Flair’s recent WWE TV appearances: “I think Ric is a little toned down. He is at least 60 years old. He doesn’t like to follow scripts either. When I interviewed Ric on WWE.com a few weeks ago, it was the most low key, relaxed, Ric Flair that I’ve ever seen. Maybe he’s slowing down and just starting to enjoy himself a little.”

On the Honkytonk Man’s accusations that Flair sold the Rolex that Shawn Michaels gave him: “Did you see on Monday Night Raw that Ric made sure to point out the watch (that Michaels gave him)?”

On whether or not Flair will wrestle again in WWE: “Oh God no. They can get around the storyline retirement by calling it an “unsanctioned street fight” similar to what Hogan did, but I certainly don’t want to see Ric in the ring with guys who are a third of his age. I don’t want to see him get hurt.”

On part time talent headlining Wrestlemania: “You can make an argument for or against anything; it may take the spotlight off of some younger people, but you can also argue that the overall spotlight may not be as bright without The Rock or Brock Lesnar. You cannot overstate the effect that the Rock has on the audience watching WWE. Since the Rock has been on the show, the traffic on WWE.com is up, and the ratings have averaged over 3.0 both weeks. He brings a whole other audience in that may not normally watch WWE, and helps put more of a spotlight on everybody. It’s not like he left on bad terms, he left to become one of the biggest stars in the world.”

On his role in the WWE: “I am part of a team at WWE.com; I don’t run WWE.com. A lot of people think that I’m in charge there and I’m not.”

On the WWE embracing social media: “Whatever new technology or technique is developed for connecting with your fans, we jump into it. It’s very interesting and makes things busy for all of us.”

On whether Stone Cold Steve Austin will be at Wrestlemania: To my knowledge he is not going to be at Wrestlemania, but then again, I’m not privy to those conversations.

  • Pozessed

    One of the best in wrestling commentary. This guy used to call shows by himself during ECW days. But his shoot he did was epic, I suggest people search it up if they haven’t seen it.

    • Steve

      and one of a, probably, very few people that Vince hate very much, but still working for WWE

      • HunterHearst Mustard

        Vince doesn’t hate Joey because he wouldn’t be working their then. Jesus!! If half of you googly eyed nerds just shut the fuck and think sometimes

  • http://www.facebook.com/johrdann.miller Johrdann Miller

    did you just spoil the WM main event ?

    • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

      no, he didn’t. read my comment to Kaos.

  • Guest

    I swear if it’s Rock vs Brock at ‘Mania this will be the first ‘Mania I don’t buy (or stream) and I hope the crowd shits on it like Goldberg/Lesnar was

    • Mitt Romney

      Shut up like your pathetic streaming ass really has a say so in the wwe

      • Guest

        I won’t shut up I have my right to my opinion like everyone else on this site except I don’t resort to name calling like most of you

        • Guest

          I’ll never call you names like dumb nigger jigaboo or even goofball.

      • Guest

        You’re right I am an idiot. I’ll admitt I’m wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

      where the fuck did it say it WAS going to be Rock Vs. Brock @ ‘Mania, anyways? he was saying that those two may bring more viewers, not that the two were gonna have a match. learn to read. dipshit.

      • Guest

        Mad bro?

        • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

          nah, not at all. makes me happier knowing there are people online even more stupid than i am.

          • Guest

            Nice. resort to name calling when you can’t provide a valid argument as I said I was stating my opinion I never said the article said it was going to happen so I will quote you “learn to read dipshit” it’s really no wonder Solo kicked you off his page and now I won’t dignify anything else you have to say with a response I have wasted enough of my time on you

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            He did have a valid argument! He said…”Where does it say that it says “Rock vs. Brock” and the best you could say was “Mad bro?”

          • Guest

            Can I just suck your dick and we’ll call it even.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      Why would that match be a bad thing? It would certainly be better than Hunter and Lesnar again. And I’d rather see that than Rock and Cena again.

      • Guest

        I’m just against 2 part timers that don’t give a damn about the business and will both be gone after ‘Mania Main eventing against each other it could be a good match I just don’t want to see it and I agree I don’t want to see either rematch again either

        • Bushwald Sexyface

          I completely disagree that Rock doesn’t give a damn about the business. The guy has like 5 or 6 movies coming out by July and is still making tons of appearances between now and WM. Do you think he needs the money? No, he doesn’t. So why else do it? Becase you love to.

          As for Lesnar, he’s ONLY in it for the money. So I can’t disagree with you about that entirely. But, you still have to love it at least somewhat to even wanna do it.

          • Macc Frost

            i agree …joey is too scared to admit that guys like cena and hunter is shitting on the younger talents especially cena all these fuccin year’s putting no one over , if rock and brock was full time i bet you guys like cena or hhh would be bitching to vince , probably be messing with there storylines, i have no problem with rock being a part-timer fucc the wwe it’s to corrupted , backstage politic’s is something rock doesn’t like nor lesnar im not defending them i call it like i see it smh . i bet you theres a real reason why rock probably doesnt wanna work full time besides the fact he’s to doing movies maybe it’s hunter hearse homo politicing Cough cough who knows whats in rock”s or brock’s head helll i don’t even know whats goes on the wwe im juss guessing shit or it because of the interviews i herd

          • vadertime33

            news flash smart guys everyone is in this for the money.. the same reason you 2 go to work.. you don’t work cause you love it … its a check.. what do you think austin in his prime would say if they went up to him like hey man we are kinda broke, is it ok we pay you 100 grand this year.?? he would quit.. its all about the money ..

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            A guy making at least 40-50 million total this year for the movies he has coming out is not doing this wrestling shit for 5 million bucks unless he loves to do it. You really think he’d risk a serious injury JUST for the money, especially when he’s making 10 times more doing the movies this year? If you do, you’re delusional.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            Thank God! Someone else gets it!

        • vadertime33

          don’t give a damn about the biz huh?? like you care more?? shut up .. you sit at home on a cpu and you questions guys love for the biz who still do it??? shut up.. cause people move on to better things does not mean they don’t care .. shut up you know nothing

          • Guest

            news flash smart guy Brock basically said in his book that he didn’t give a damn about the business now Rock that’s a different and I should have made it clear I was talking about Brock when I commented

  • wweguy

    i would really love to see some of yu run a buissness where yu have to keep a very good ratings for ya show every week thats all yu people do is complain shut that shit up and let these kids enjoy the wrestling like we did

    • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

      Grammar, and Spelling.
      go back to school and learn those subjects.

      however, you make a DAMN good point.
      i agree, even though your comment gave me a headache trying to decipher it and all….

    • askbillmitchell

      You mean kind of like how Paul Heyman didn’t?

  • Guest

    part timer’s hogging the spotlight huh ? taking the spotlight of the younger talents huh ? or maybe he’s too scared to admit that guys like cena and hunter is shitting on the younger talents especially cena allthese fuccin year’s , if rock and brock was full time i bet you guys like cena or hhh would be bitching to vince about probably be messing with there storylines, i have no problem with rock being a part-timer fucc the wwe it’s to corrupted , backstage politic’s is something rock doesn’t like nor lesnar im not defending them i call it like i see it smh . i bet you theres a real reason why rock probably doesnt wanna work full time besides the fact he’s to doing movies hunter hearse homo Cough cough who knows whats in rock”s or brock’s head helll i don’t even know whats goes on the wwe im juss guessing shit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Foley/1326585777 Josh Foley

    what ever happened to charlie sheen calling out daniel brian last summer lol

  • http://wrestledirect.com/ Kaos

    wtf happened to my comments?