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Tonight’s WWE SmackDown Matches, Miz Arrives In London, DiBiase Posse, The Rock, DH Smith Interview, CM Punk Interview: Royal Rumble Plans, the UFC in Chicago Appearance and More

January 27, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– After doing media appearances for WWE in Abu Dhabi this week, The Miz is now in London for more media. He will be doing a photoshoot with Men’s Fitness this morning.

– While The Miz is in London, The Rock arrived in Mexico today to do media appearances for “Journey 2.”

– Matches for tonight’s WWE SmackDown include Justin Gabriel vs. Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus, Epico & Primo vs. Santino Marella & Yoshi Tatsu in a non-title match, Ted DiBiase vs. Hunico, Alex Riley vs. Brodus Clay, Aksana vs. Natalya and Big Show vs. Mark Henry in the main event.

– A WWE film crew will be present for the “DiBiase Posse” party in St. Louis this Sunday before the Royal Rumble. Ted DiBiase, who is injured, will also be present.

Former WWE Superstar David Hart Smith recently spoke with Slam Wrestling. Here are a few highlights:

Staying busy since leaving WWE:
“That is certainly a very accurate statement. I’ve been more busy now than my last 6 months to year with WWE. I usually train during the week with strength and conditioning in the morning, or running. Then at night is kickboxing, wrestling, or jiu jitsu. Sometimes all three in the day. Then on the weekends it’s shows or overseas trips to Japan or India It’s been a lot of hard work, but great!”

TNA’s Ring Ka King in India and Chavo Guerrero:
“Ring Ka King was a good experience. Teaming with Chavo was great, both being apart of wrestling families, I think we had good chemistry and formed a good team. My first tour of India I came home and got sick, and this tour I got food poisoning. The Indian people are so friendly and have great hearts, but the food and surroundings I’m not so sure about.”

Holding several titles on the independent scene:
“I guess you could say it is a form of redemption. WWE never did give me a full and fair chance. Even when Tyson Kidd and I were tag team champions, everything we were involved in was sort of meant to not get over. I felt more times then not, we looked like a couple of cowards hiding behind Uncle Bret (Hart). I think WWE missed out on a big chance to make money with me, with my families name in Canada, and the UK too. Now, I’m champion in several promotions, doing mixed martial arts, more busy now than ever. So it’s WWE’s loss, not mine.”

Doing MMA:
“Yes I like to use a variety of submission holds and suplexes I’ve learned from Billy Robinson and Josh Barnett in my pro wrestling. Mixed martial arts could very well be a new career for me actually. I don’t want to take any chances though, so I want to make sure my skills are 100 per cent there. There’s a lot of great fighters out there, and with my name and being a pro wrestler once I start taking fights I’m going have a lot of heavyweights wanting to take me on. So once I start I have to 100 per cent ready. It’s going to take some more time though. I’d say on average to learn mixed martial arts good, you need 2 years of training. Striking, grappling, wrestling, conditioning, strength etc. Everything has to become second nature. Like Billy Robinson says ‘If you think about doing a move when your shooting you’ve missed it, and it’s too late.'”

– WWE Champion CM Punk recently spoke with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com going into this weekend’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The video and a few highlights are below:

* Punk says he removed himself from appearing at the UFC event with Chael Sonnen in Chicago this weekend and didn’t want to overshadow the main event.

* Punk says he would like to maybe give MMA a try.

* He says he will not be in the 30-man Royal Rumble match but put over Dolph Ziggler and says he is looking forward to making that match more entertaining than the Rumble.

* Punk joked about rumors of Chris Jericho, Triple H and The Undertaker being WrestleMania 28 opponents.

Dolph Ziggler was interviewed on the Between The Ropes radio show this week and spoke about Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, his look and style, how much of what we see on TV is really him, becoming a bigger star in the company, The Rock coming back to WWE and more. Here are some highlights of what WWE’s #1 #HEEL said about:

His Plans To “Show Off” At The Royal Rumble:

“I am working on something special for the Rumble. I can’t say what it is. Hopefully, it will be perfected by then because I don’t do things halfway. I go all the way with it.”

Taking Pride In The Quality Of His Matches: 

“That is a huge point for me. I really want everyone looking at me at all times. I really want to be the best. I want to show people that I can do two matches in a night in a pay-per-view and not just go through the motions but have better matches than everybody else. It’s not just to prove to everyone else, it’s to me. If I don’t do that and deliver every night, I lay in bed awake waiting for the next show so I can get back out there and switch it around.”

Stories Of Him Getting Pumped Up & Pumping Others Up Backstage Before Matches:

“That’s absolutely true because I love it. I’m still a fan and I always will be. I’m always excited for the show. I’m excited for people to do well. I want people to do great so I can push myself that much more to be the best match and I think competition makes everyone else work a little bit harder. So I’m constantly pushing for everyone to do well and giving pointers where I can and just hoping that everyone does well so they can kind of start to hang with me and that pushes me to be even better on the show.”

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