The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast welcomed Matt Sydal recently where he sat down with Wrestling Inc. President Raj Giri to talk about his pursuit for the ROH Pure Title and his former tag team partner Ricochet. The interview was recorded before Sydal’s appearance at the AEW All Out pay-per-view this past Saturday.
Ricochet came up in conversation when Sydal pointed out that many indie wrestlers today are primarily focused on getting signed to a big company. While he understands that ambition, he noted that someone like Ricochet developed on the indies for years before signing with WWE.
“Now I think a lot of wrestlers want to get signed so that way they can be with a company where they can learn, but they’re really kind of looking for a contract, and I do think that makes sense,” Sydal said. “But I really think wrestling with pure intentions just wrestling to be a better wrestler, eventually you will get there when the time is right. For example, someone like Ricochet could have been signed to WWE at any time.
“From, let’s say, 2012-15, he was an indie star having the best matches, but it just wasn’t the right time for him to go because he was still growing and maturing on the indies. He might have gone to WWE too early like some other people and made a handful of mistakes that could have kept him from being a millionaire, and I’ll tell you what, Ricochet’s well on his way to doing that. And it just shows by not trying to get a contract too soon, he waited it out and had ideal timing.”
Sydal also named Trevor Lee, a.k.a. Cameron Grimes on NXT, as someone else who did the same thing. He said it’s important for wrestlers to not be a big fish in small pond citing why he tries to “be the worst wrestler on shows” he’s on.
“Another guy, as an example, Trevor Lee, both these guys are insanely talented, but they just had to wait for the right moment before they went to a larger organization,” Sydal noted. “You don’t want to end up being an indie wrestler who wants to be the big fish in a small pond. I always wanted to be the worst wrestler on the shows I was on so I could just learn from the guys above me, and that’s a great way to be in your first few years of wrestling. Then your contract will come because the cream always rises to the top.”
Many fans hope Ricochet can attain a high spot in the RAW main event scene and be treated as a top star, although he hasn’t been used in a significant role lately. On the podcast, Sydal noted that WWE typically only likes a handful of people in the main event scene and rarely gives new people big pushes like they did with Sheamus. He also noted that it took Kofi Kingston 10 years to finally become a world champion.
“I mean the WWE, it’s like there’s only room for two people at the top or four people at the top, and those are guys with 20-25 years invested in WWE time,” Sydal pointed out. “So as an investment grows over time, you look over, for example, a gentleman like Kofi Kingston, it may have taken 10 years for him to become champion, but that’s the exact right amount of time it takes.
“I mean they used to love to boost people to the moon like Sheamus. Come in, boom, OK, you’re the star, force feed him people but really what builds fandom is having fans fall in love with you when they’re 10 years old. And by the time those fans are 22, you’ve built this body of work, and then when you finally do win the belt, Tommy Dreamer style, people lose their minds and go crazy and that enthusiasm is really there.”
Sydal said there is no rush for guys like Ricochet. He believes the most important thing to do is to consistently perform well in front of an audience. He said that while Ricochet is being fed to the top guys in WWE now, there will be a time when it’s time for Ricochet to be the top guy that will be fed. He notes that Ricochet can be a Daniel Bryan top guy who can gain a strong, grassroots following to the point that they are pressuring WWE to the put that the title on him.
“I just think there’s there’s really no rush with these guys as long as you’re working and you’re performing in front of the crowd, there’s no difference to me between if you’re the first match or the last match,” Sydal stated. “It’s more important that you’re in front of the audience. It’s not necessarily as important that you’re the top actor. You’re booked in some crazy way where you never take a loss.
“But in WWE, Ricochet, he’s gonna get fed and fed and fed, but then eventually, it’ll be his his time to eat. And he’s the kind of guy who can fight through these times like really get a really strong grassroots following that will support him. When that time comes when they’re like, ‘oh, we could put the title on him,’ and then his fandom will essentially assault the office. And then, they’ll have no choice, as they did with Daniel Bryan, but to just give him the ball and let them run with it.”
Before teaming up with Ricochet in NJPW, Sydal was tag teaming with Kingston. He talked about how easy it was to team up with Kingston and how fun it was as well citing Kingston’s light-hearted approach in the ring that gained a lot of appreciation from fans.
“We had so much fun. I remember when Kofi and [CM] Punk were tag champions. I remember just thinking, ‘man, me and Kofi, we could do this too, like we would have really good tag team.’ Sort of the three of us travel together a little bit. Tagging with Kofi was easy, and he was just so open to all the ideas. I would just be in the corner during the match, we would be wrestling Primo and Epico, and I would just be shouting ideas. ‘Hey, hey, hang him up on the ropes like this. I’m going to jump up.’ We would have that nonverbal communication as well.
“So in addition to the verbal communication, we also had this nonverbal communication where you would know where your partner is without really having to look back. We weren’t missing tags, unless we met too. Then we missed by a tip, but we really had fun, and the best thing about teaming with Kofi was sort of his light-hearted approach to it, just the way he would bring joy to fans.
“I mean really, when we went out there, we were going out there to put smiles on faces, to get the kids in the crowd, the excitement that they wanted and it’s always been about delivering for the fans, and Kofi and I were really able to get that going especially at a time where it was sort of an underrepresented idea of having kind of two smaller guys tagging together in a world where there were a lot of big heavyweights in the tag division.”
Sydal was also asked to name three of the top high-flyers right now other than himself. Ricochet and PAC were easy answers for Sydal, but then he named many other high-flyers as his favorites.
“Ricochet [and] PAC,” Sydal started off. “All three of the Rascalz, I think, are awesome. You know what, let’s go Ricochet, PAC and Rey Fenix. Rey Fenix is just in a league of his own. He’s for sure at the top of my list. Morrison has got to be up there. So OK, we’ll do four. Morrison’s got to be up there with Ricochet and PAC and Rey Fenix. And Jack Evans, of all time. Jack Evans is possibly the best of all time.”
Sydal’s full interview aired as part of today’s episode of our podcast, The Wrestling Inc. Daily. In the interview, Sydal also discussed how it was working with Randy Orton, the infamous RKO spot, returning to ROH for the Pure Tournament and much more. You can listen to the full interview below. Subscribe to get the latest episodes as soon as it’s released Monday – Friday afternoon by clicking here.
Demi Lovato’s Ex Max Ehrich Is ‘Very Sad’ Amid Split: ‘It’s Been Hard for Him to Keep It Together’
Broken-hearted. Max Ehrich is “devastated” amid his split from Demi Lovato, a source close to the couple tells Life & Style. “He was so in love with her.”
In Touch confirmed Max, 29, and Demi, 28, broke up and called off their engagement on September 24 after six months together. The former couple looked smitten in their posts on social media, but things quickly went south.
“This breakup is completely out of left field,” the source continues. “A week ago their relationship was seemingly fine. Max and Demi were completely head over heels for each other, they were looking at homes to move into and already planning the wedding. Just last week they were meeting with vendors to look at their wedding flowers!”
Close friends and family were also “blindsided” by their decision to separate, the insider reveals. “Max thought Demi was The One, a perfect and genuine person, he spoke very highly of her always,” the source adds. “They both loved each other very much. Demi’s family loved and supported Max, too.”
The Young and the Restless alum and Demi started dating in March and immediately began to self-quarantine together amid the coronavirus pandemic. They went public with their romance in May while appearing in Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s “Stuck With U” music video. “They had a deep intense connection and were so in love, like soulmates,” the source reveals.
By July, the pair were already engaged after Max proposed to the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, but that was the beginning of the end. An insider previously revealed to In Touch Demi had “a lot riding” on her engagement and she was feeling tons of “pressure.” The Under the Dome actor was also “feeling overwhelmed” in their relationship.
Even with the issues they were facing, Max seemed clearly hurt after he revealed he found out about their breakup on the internet in a series of posts on his Instagram Story on September 26. After breaking his silence during a break from filming his upcoming movie, Southern Gospel, the 100 Things to Do Before High School alum “disconnected” his phone to “center himself and process everything,” the source says.
“He’s very sad. It’s been hard for him to keep it together and talk about it. He is currently working and living on the set of his new movie in Atlanta and has been there for a few weeks. He’s not sure what he is going to do when he comes back,” the insider explains. “I’m not sure if he rents out a place in Los Angeles, but I do know that he was mostly living with Demi, some of his stuff is still at her house and they were recently looking for homes to move into together.”
The American Princess star returned to social media on September 27 to double down on the details of how he found out about their split. “He needs a support system right now. His friends want him to know that they are here for him,” the source adds.
In the early hours of Monday, September 28, Max took to his Instagram Story again and claimed his engagement with Demi had not been called off yet and their relationship wasn’t over because they had not spoken to each other over the phone. Hours later, the Sweet/Vicious star confirmed their “chapter finally closed” and he was ready to move on.
“Right now, he is focusing on his movie and his music to heal,” the insider adds. “They both deserve to have happiness and love.”
Diana French, woman accused of stealing Kyle Richards’ ring, speaks out
Diana French has a bone to pick with Kyle Richards. And Diane Keaton, for that matter.
French, a retired pharmacy clerk from Los Angeles, wound up an unwitting viral star when “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards saw a picture of French’s hands on Diane Keaton’s Instagram and thought she recognized a ring that had been stolen from her home in a 2018 burglary.
For some reason, Keaton identified French in the picture as a psychic from Santa Monica, which may have been why Richards’ subsequent attempt to find French through a private investigator came to no avail.
This week, however, a TikTok user identified French as her grandmother from her hands and attempted to clear her name, saying that the ring had been in her possession for decades while offering photographic proof.
French, however, is fed up, telling “Inside Edition” during her Sept. 28 appearance that she wants an apology from Richards and Keaton.
“I don’t deserve this,” she told the show. “My twin sister called and said, ‘Diana, you’re on Google.”
“My mother was killed 40 years ago and my dad gave me her band,” French explained of the ring, noting that she has appraisal papers from 1980 that set the ring’s value at $2,500, along with a trove of family photos showing her wearing the item for decades.
As for the nails, French said she’s always had them: “I am totally lost without them.”
And while she doesn’t remember the particular date Keaton took the pic, she does remember the actress was her customer.
“That picture of my hands was taken on the counter of the pharmacy,” she said.
Reached by Page Six, Richards’ team had no comment; Keaton’s has yet to respond.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Ending Explained
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Dirty John is a crime-based show that focuses on the true events for each season. The first season of the dirty john franchise depicted the harrowing true story of John Mehan, a man who tricked his wife Debra and abused her emotionally.
It received great appreciation from the public who said that it was the most impactful show and is a must-watch for women all over the globe.
The dirty john season two focused on the story of Betty Broderic, the true crazy crime enthusiasts have binged watch the whole season and it all comes down to what happened to Betty Broderic at the end? The dirty John season 2 is adopted and imitated like the 1989 murder case of Dan and Linda Broderick.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Ending Explained
The season is 8 episodes long and some of the characters and the scenes have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. The killer was Betty Broderic the ex-wife of Dan Broderick who murdered Dan and his wife Linda and is still in prison today.
In the eighth and the final episode of Betty Broderick titled “perception is reality” we see that Betty Broderick goes on trial for the double murder. She had shot and killed not only her ex-husband but also his new wife. On being confronted by the jury Betty did not deny committing the murders. The prosecutor argued that she had pre-planned the murders.
The first trial ends with a hung jury. Betty was receiving hundreds of letters from the woman across the world standing in her favor. She remained confident that the outcome of her second trial would lead to the same as the first one.
At the second trial, the prosecutor brought her former friends to the stand who explained the anger of the housewife and her obsession with Dan and Linda. On the stand, Betty claimed that she had no idea how she ended up committing murders as she was planning to go to the beach and kill herself, she also claimed that she pulled the trigger on the revolver 5 times because she had “tensed up”.
The prosecution argued that the pulling of the trigger was deliberate as she would have had to change the aim to kill Dan after Linda, also Dan and Linda were left helpless as Betty had also unplugged their phones.
The jury pronounces her guilty of murder on double counts and sentences her to 35 to life years in prison.
The end of the episode shows Betty looking over all the key points in Betty and Dan’s relationship while sitting in her prison cell where she could see adult Dan and Linda smiling at each other.
Today Betty Broderic, now 72 has been denied parole 3 times and has no chances of getting another parole hearing till January 2032.
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