So far as MMA in wrestling goes, Josh Barnett is the true deal.
WWE debuted a brand new idea final week referred to as RAW Underground which primarily featured scripted fights in an MMA/shoot-style setting.
Nevertheless, many followers will know that it’s eerily reminiscent – in idea at the very least – to Barnett’s Bloodsport.
He’s a former heavyweight champion in UFC – he fought now UFC heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier within the finals for the Strikeforce heavyweight title again in 2012 – and has wrestled for New Japan however his Bloodsport reveals with GCW are what have created a ton of buzz within the trade.
Scorching on the heels of RAW Underground’s debut, Barnett joined Alex McCarthy and Will Gavin on talkWRESTLING on talkSPORT 2 this previous Monday (6pm-8pm weekly) to debate it.
On his preliminary ideas of RAW Underground
It clearly is one thing in the direction of a extra actuality based mostly wrestling and hinting within the vein of a shoot, I suppose, as they’d name it. It does have a greater than passing resemblance to what we’re doing at Bloodsport though I’d say, and to not actually take a dig at them as a result of you possibly can solely work with what you’ve acquired and it takes a very long time to develop this sort of stuff, however it’s to not our stage. However, I do admire it.
On if WWE have taken notes from Bloodsport
I haven’t seen Shane McMahon there, however I do know WWE persons are very accustomed to Bloodsport they usually have been at our reveals earlier than – and welcomed, really! We’re glad to have them there.
William Regal was on the first present we did. I used to be proud to have the ability to host him and I’d be completely happy to have Shane, or anyone from the WWE to certainly one of our reveals.
It takes a particular type of understanding and data to place such a factor collectively and to seek out the best athletes. Nowadays of wrestling, there simply aren’t that many guys, even on the wrestler facet of issues, which have the best coaching or know the robust model and road model parts in addition to I do. I used to be coaching below the likes of Billy Robinson and Karl Gotch as a shooter.
I don’t blame them for not placing one thing collectively on the stage we do, however I prefer it that it exists at the very least.
On WWE having the blokes to make RAW Underground work
[Timothy] Thatcher discovered immediately beneath me, he’s certainly one of my boys. So in fact he can do it! Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, proper?
However, right here’s the factor: even for WWE guys who’re simply identified for being WWE guys, I may simply round-up a pair handfuls of individuals there and given three months I may have them trying like whole dangerous asses and capable of work the model.
If I used to be given the flexibility to coach them and agent their matches, I may give them precisely what they needed.
On who he believes would excel in a shoot-style wrestling atmosphere
I believe Jonah [Bronson Reed] from NXT is unquestionably one. Erik from Viking Raiders – he’s already finished one [but he’s got the potential] – Bobby [Lashley], Shelton [Benjamin] clearly.
Dolph Ziggler is a man I’d take, Daniel Bryan as properly however, actually, I don’t suppose it could take a lot coaching to get him prepared! He’s been doing this for a really very long time.
One other one could be Chad Gable. Even Eric Bugenhagen. Walter for certain, and Alexander Wolfe. Each guys which have frolicked coaching with me.
On what enhancements he’d wish to see made to RAW Underground
They should eliminate all of the strippers and Perspective Period stuff – that should go.
For it to look extra professional in my eyes, they actually simply want guys who must go on the market and know the best way to make it appear like a professional, straight-up, sincerely intent wrestling match.
Most individuals are skilled in the best way to do a paint-by-numbers, choreographed wrestling match. You want folks past that and permit them to go at it.
MMA has been infused into wrestling for some time, however principally it’s simply the strikes. 90 % of MMA in wrestling is simply the strikes and it’s attempting to appear like the product on the surface of the field however not really be the factor. It’s worthwhile to be the factor to get folks to imagine it.
What now we have going at GCW, in my view, is the hardest-hitting product in skilled wrestling. There’s no one on the market who can reproduce what we do, they’ll’t recreate it they usually don’t have the important parts to make what we do. It simply isn’t honest.
On comparisons between Bloodsport and RAW Underground
If you wish to say RAW Underground is a rip-off of it, they’re not the primary [to try] and folks have finished worse jobs than them. And it’s as a result of they’re lacking the important thing ingredient – me! [laughs].
I’m not keen to do that for different firms, however I’d work with WWE as a result of I’ve good relationships there, I do know a whole lot of athletes there and after I say relationships, I’ve some relationships with folks within the workplace and in the event that they needed to legitimately and sincerely let me go to work – then I’d be keen.
If not, cool. However that’s the place it lies.
On when Bloodsport will run a present once more
I don’t have a timeline, however I can say we’re at present working very arduous to try to determine a option to get Bloodsport to audiences this yr, if not a number of [shows].
You possibly can catch earlier Bloodsport reveals on FITE proper now