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In what comes as a rather big surprise, it was revealed today via Fred Rosser (FKA Darren Young) that WWE is working on a documentary about The Nexus.

The Nexus was a popular faction formed on WWE RAW back in June 2010. It consisted of the wrestlers that made up season one of the original NXT television show that aired on the SyFy channel.

Led by season one winner and current NXT commentator Wade Barrett, the group crashed the main event of WWE RAW by attacking John Cena and CM Punk.

It was unlike anything else seen in WWE programming and led to a fun summer of WWE programming based around the faction.

Rosser, who was part of the stable, took to Twitter this evening to announce the documentary. He also made sure to put over his current employer, New Japan Pro Wrestling, simultaneously.

“Today, I proudly wore my New Japan track jacket during the filming of @WWE’s Network Docs: Untold Nexus because I wanted to represent the best hour of pure professional wrestling on the planet #NJPWStrong @njpwworld *100 emoji* @njpw1972 @njpwglobal @NJPWofAmerica #blockthehate #wwenexus,” Young tweeted.

Only two members of the original Nexus are currently in WWE

It will be interesting to see who is interviewed for the upcoming documentary. Other than Wade Barrett and David Otunga, no other member of the original Nexus is currently employed by WWE.

Some would argue for Daniel Bryan, but he was only part of The Nexus on its initial debut. Later that week, he was released for choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with a tie. So if he’s part of the documentary, it will probably be minimal.

Heath Slater is currently employed by IMPACT Wrestling, and PJ Black (FKA Justin Gabriel) works at Ring of Honor.

A national wrestling company does not currently employ the remaining members of the original Nexus. But given their outspoken nature at times, it would be surprising to see WWE reach out to them for this special.

Are you surprised that WWE is working on a Nexus documentary? Is this something you’ll go out of your way to watch? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below.






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Indian Wrestling Champion Arjan Bhullar, MMA Fighter Ritu Phogat To Feature In “ONE: DANGAL” From Singapore | Other Sports News

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As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Indian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes feel that having sporting events in these times helps recreate and rebuild the positive environment which is actually a key ingredient for people to stay positive in these testing times. Indian wrestling champion Arjan Bhullar, MMA fighter Ritu Phogat, Gurdarshan Mangat and Roshan Mainam will be featuring in the upcoming ONE: DANGAL a tape-delayed event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium that airs on Saturday.

In an interaction with ANI ahead of the fight, the MMA stars opened up about the challenges they faced last year, their training amid the pandemic and how sports gives people the option to look forward to something during the gloom.

“I think in a challenging time, people need hope they need something to be happy, they need heroes. Sports bring everyone together, sports makes people happy, it distracts from everyday routine. So I am always pro-sports especially in these trying times,” said Arjan.

“I have family and friends dealing with this, we are helping out as much as we can as family. Everyone must come together at these difficult time, help your neighbour out, help your community out. Our heart is with everyone dealing with COVID in India,” he added.

Commonwealth wrestling gold medalist Ritu admitted that the COVID situation has affected her but the MMA fighter is happy to bring a smile to the face of her fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Yes, the COVID situation does affect us but I am focusing on my fight. Overthinking about the pandemic can divert our concentration. So my whole focus is on my fight right now,” said Ritu.

“I know how the situation in India is right now, so I try to spread positivity on my social media amid these testing times,” Ritu said.

“Sports should go ahead in these testing times as it brings a lot of positivity among people. Also, it would be nice to see smiles on the face of our people during these times,” she opined.

Gurdarshan, who would be locking horns with compatriot Roshan Mainam, admitted that sports cannot solve the COVID problem but he knows it can help people develop an everlasting bond.

“If you could get something for a moment whether an hour or a couple of hours of escape, it would be nice and I guess that’s what sports does,” Gurdarshan, who is also known as Saint Lion, told ANI.

“It can bring a nation together for a moment, I am not saying it can solve COVID, it’s not gonna save lives but it could give moments where you can come together and celebrate something. We need sports,” Gurdarshan, said.

In the showpiece event, Ritu, who will square off against experienced veteran Bi Nguyen, will bank on her improved form over the last year.

“My opponent is very experienced and she has good standing game but I have confidence in my training and I am ready to take her on,” Ritu said.

“It would be interesting to see the toss-up between striking and wrestling. I learnt a lot of things during the lockdown and improved my striking. I used the time to hone my skills,” Ritu added.

Arjan will be challenging Filipino-American superstar Brandon Vera for the ONE Heavyweight World Title and the Indian athlete is looking to be “more dangerous” than his opponent to get over the line.

“This is a world championship fight, this the most important fight of my life so that’s enough to get the required motivation I need. I’ll be more dangerous than him,” said Arjan.

Talking about the upcoming fight, Gurdarshan said he was “shocked” to know that he has to face his friend Roshan Mainam in the showpiece event.

“Roshan is a friend of mine. He is somebody whom I speak to, he is somebody who I have mentored and given advice to. I have known him before the ONE Championship,” Gurdarshan said.

“I was kind of shocked to know that I would be fighting with him, not because I am afraid of him but because of the friendship we have,” Gurdarshan added.

Having contracted COVID in October last year, Gurdarshan revealed that he took up fasting to build on the endurance.

“I trained hard last year amid the pandemic. I am proud of the endurance I have built. I also fasted a lot more, I took up intermittent fasting and fasted more than 15 hours,” Gurdarshan told ANI.

Meanwhile, Roshan will be relying on submission techniques to dominate the game as he gears up for the fight on Saturday.

“Gary is more like my big brother and we’ve been supporting each other for years now. He is way more experienced than me and I’ve learnt a lot from him,” said Roshan.

“For this match especially, I’ll leverage my ground game and rely on submission techniques to finish at a dominant position. My grappling experience will enable me to withstand Gary’s power-packed striking and may the best man win,” Roshan added.

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Further talking about his training for the upcoming fight, Roshan said, “COVID has been a testing time for us athletes as well people in general. Yes, one has had to be a lot more cautious while training but where there is a will, there definitely will be a way.”

“So I have made sure that I’ve been on the ball with my training by exploring ways to socially distance myself and yet focus on the game. As they say, adversity breaks some and makes some break records, I am prepping up for the latter,” he signed off.

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Tokyo Games: How Coach Paramjeet Yadav Changed Olympic-Bound Seema Bisla’s Wrestling Career | Wrestling News

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Qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics was an unimaginable dream realised for Seema Bisla, who did not even think of winning a national title until she bumped into a “guru” who believed in her talent more than anyone else. Disheartened and dejected at her repeated failures and lack of support from coaches, all Seema wanted was a job that would help her sustain in a tough sport. Competing at the Olympics never crossed her mind. Daughter of a cancer-stricken farmer father, she did not want to be a burden on the family.

With the help of Paramjeet Yadav she appeared in trials for a sports vacancy in the Indian Railways and landed a clerk’s job in 2017. Little did she know that a casual help taken from Paramjeet would change her life and goals forever.

She expressed her desire to train under him after getting the job and shifted base to his academy, first in Gurugram and then in Farrukh Nagar. Now she is only the fourth Indian woman to have made the cut for the Tokyo Games. She won the 50kg quota last week at the World Qualifiers in Sofia.

“Main to kabhi ye bhi nahi socha tha ki National jeetungi (I did not even think of winning the national championship). Abhi bhi Vishwas nahi ho raha hai maine Olympic ke liye qualify kar liya hai (It has not sunk in yet),” Seema told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Someone who had not even won a national title till 2017, earning the right to compete at the biggest stage was even beyond dreams. Paramjeet, himself a former wrestler, says that despite having fire in her belly, a decent technique and a big heart for fight, Seema did not have enough strength in her body.

“It’s the body with which you make moves. Your mind only strategises but execution has to be done by the body. She had everything but not strength. Lack of proper diet was the reason behind it,” Paramjeet said.

“She would just take milk and home made food. How she would have competed with stronger rivals. She came from a humble family, which could not afford the required, yet expensive, diet for this sport.

“Now that she had a job to support her, I suggested adding supplements, dry-fruits and multi-vitamins to her diet and her game started to change,” he shared.

Seema, 27, says it was the first time in her career that someone was taking interest in her game. She was dying to get some attention and guidance but got nothing when she trained at Chhotu Ram stadium in Rohtak.

“I wanted the coaches to train me hard like they did with other girls but my sessions would not last more than a few minutes. Most of my training was outside the mat. I would get irritated, lose focus easily but no one paid attention to me. I don’t know why.

“You can’t do anything if you do not have support of an able ‘guru’ (coach). And I found mine in Paramjeet sir. Diet is something which is basic but no one told me what I needed to do.

“The day when I had to take the mat for Olympic qualification in Sofia, sir called me that morning and said I just needed to execute what I do in practice and the quota is mine. He has so much confidence in my ability that it surprises me. And each time he has been proved right,” she said.

The turning point came Seema wrestled with Divya Kakran in a Mat-Dangal in 2017 and despite being severely underweight (Seema was 55kg and Divya 70kg) and under-skilled, she forced her experienced rival to use all her might to prevail against her. When Seema sent the clip of that bout to Paramjeet, she had something “strange” to hear from her coach.

“Coach sir told me that I will win the nationals with ease. I did not believe him. I thought he has gone crazy. But I actually won the title in Indore with ease and we have not looked back after that,” she said.

Paramjeet says what struck him about Seema in that bout was that she had no fear in her eyes. Divya was already an established name in Indian wrestling but Seema did not care for reputation. Seema also revealed that she had almost given up when WFI held trials in February for Asian Qualifiers but Paramjeet lifted her spirit.

“I could have lost the first round when I injured my left foot. I was not able to move. But sir told me, no wrestler in this world is 100 per cent fit. He asked me apply ice pack and get ready.”

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Where is she in terms of Olympic preparations?

“She needs to work more on technique. If she can repeat her performance of Yasar Dogu (Istanbul) and Sassari (Italy), winning an Olympic medal is no big deal,” said the 42-year-old coach. Seema, who has five international medals, does not have a contract with the WFI and is without any sponsorship deal but would not mind one now so that her coach is by her side when she competes at the biggest stage.

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Winning Gold At Beijing Olympics “Created Large Void In My Life”: Abhinav Bindra | Shooting News

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Former Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has revealed how he wanted to quit the sport after bagging a medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. he shooting great also talked about how he faced depression after witnessing the greatest high in his career. “Absolutely, I think that during a course of my career, I had a long career in sport, I had many ups and downs. You know, it’s pretty ironic that my biggest mental crisis in my life came when I actually succeeded,” said Bindra in a YouTube interview for Mind Matters.

“For me, dealing with success was probably the hardest time in my life. Up until Beijing (when) I had my greatest victory, I had trained for 16 years of life with a singular goal and I wanted to win a gold medal at the Olympics,” he said.

“One fine day, this dream was achieved but it created a very large void in my life. I think that to me, was very challenging. I was depressed and I was really lost. I did not know what to do with my life. That was probably the toughest moment of my life. My energies were depleted, it took a lot out of me to win. But more than anything, when you are goalless, you are listless in your life,” he added.

Bindra also opened up on how he sought professional help after witnessing a dip in his mental health.

“I reached out for help, professional help. But post my victory in Beijing, I actually wanted to quit sport and move on to something else in life. I decided that I will go on a 110-day silent retreat where I wanted to find myself,” said Bindra.

When asked about his decision to retire, Bindra said: “I was at peace with my decision. I left my sport when I knew I had nothing more to give. From that day to this particular day, I have never gotten back to the shooting range.”

Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal on August 11, 2008 in Beijing Olympics. The 10-metre air rifle shooter was seen at the top of his craft.

The shooter had shot a 10.8 on his last shot and this sealed the gold medal for the Indian. Before this shot, he was tied with Finland’s Henri Hakkinen and if he had shot anything less than 10.8, he would not have won the gold medal.

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Having started his Olympic journey in Sydney back in 2000, the 37-year-old shooter qualified in three Olympic finals including his golden journey of Beijing in 2008 (Athens and Brazil being the other ones) in his pet 10m air rifle.

Bindra, India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, in 2017 had officially announced his retirement from shooting, saying it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation. The shooter had missed a near second Olympic medal in the Rio Olympics 2016.

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