BARBARIAN WWE NETWORK INTERVIEWS
Name
Barbarian
Real Name
Sione Vailahi
Date of Birth
September 6, 1958
Place of Birth
...
Hometown
...
Debut
1980
Jim Ross
"There's nothing unresolved. My relationship with WWE is exactly what we want it to be. I'm staying very busy and doing something for WWE Network on an ongoing basis would be challenging. They've moved on and so have I with no regrets." - Jim Ross on his backstage heat with Vince McMahon and WWE
April 1, 2014
Steve Austin
"I was actually a bit pissed off that I had to be there, because I had just gotten back from Texas, I was out of shape, I hadn't really unpacked my bags from being at the ranch for two months. But I was so proud and happy that I went. Way back in the day when I started out in 1990, I would have never envisioned that the business would ever turn to this or someone would have the vision to do it. Vince McMahon was standing right in front of me, about two feet away, and I slapped him on the back two times and I said, 'That's impressive.' And I left that thing being extremely impressed with what WWE has come up with now." - Steve Austin discusses his appearance during the WWE Network announcement
February 15, 2014
Vince McMahon

"It's ridiculous. I hate to sound like I'm attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want -- and he's always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE -- this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn't do over and over and over again. Now I'm older I don't get the whole thing, it doesn't work for me, but what he's able to do, the ratings he's able to pull and the things he's done ... And when I look at his model and he's basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn't make sense to me," White said during a media luncheon on Monday. If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he's crushing it. So it's a risky move, it's a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it."

- UFC president Dana White on Vince McMahon and WWE Network

January 29, 2014
Bully Ray

"I think it's great for wrestling fans. As a wrestling fan and personally I am a wrestling fan. There are a lot of things that I would like to see. If I know that I can go to the WWE Network and just order something up and check out a match from back in the day that I want to see; that's awesome. So I think it's good for all of wrestling. It keeps wrestling out there. It keeps wrestling in the public's eye. And now fans have access to whatever they want to see. It's all about entertainment, guys. KISS goes up there every night; plays the same songs; Gene spits the same blood; they do the same pyro and people pay to see them. Because people love KISS. People love rock and roll; drinking whiskey; naked girls and partying. And that's the same reason why people will always love pro wrestling."

January 15, 2014
Tara

"I am ecstatic to hear the news about the WWE Network for many reasons. People don't come to The Squared Circle because they can't get WWE programming in their home. They come to The Squared Circle to share the experience with fellow wrestling fans. It's the reason a University of Michigan fan, for example, goes to a U of M bar to watch a U of M football game."

January 15, 2014
Eric Bischoff

"Direct TV dropping WWE PPVs would open up some programming and promotional real estate for other producers (TNA, Bellator) who havent gotten a lot of promotional love. Could be a win/win/win. Interesting to watch this unfold"

January 11, 2014
Steve Blackman
A familiar face made an appearance backstage at the Smackdown taping this week. Steve Blackman, who has been rumored for a brand new show on WWE Network, was visiting with friends in Pennsylvania, where he lives. The belief is that he spent some time talking briefly with management about hosting his own show, which is rumored to focus around Blackman as a bounty hunter.
April 23, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
During a WWE Business Partner Summit, Stephanie McMahon revealed that the company will be completely shifting over to a new logo, which happens to be the current one used for the WWE Network, by Summerslam 2014. Management has been slowly replacing the logos over the last several weeks and will keep doing so until August.
April 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
WWE has issued a statement touting the fact that a record number of households watched Wrestlemania 30 this year. That total comes from both the WWE Network and traditional pay per view buys. One of the reasons why Vince McMahon wanted to launch the online service was to draw in more people for the pay per view with the lower monthly pricing.
April 16, 2014
Sting
A picture of Sting being interviewed on WWE Network last night, where the former world heavyweight champion talked about one of his favorite Ultimate Warrior moments.
April 16, 2014
Sting
A buzz was created in the world of professional wrestling earlier tonight when Sting made his official debut on the WWE Network. The former world heavyweight did an interview segment, where he talked about his former tag team partner, the Ultimate Warrior. Sting revealed that Warrior used to blend tuna and orange juice into a drink.
April 15, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company was not exactly pleased with the amount of subscribers that have already signed up, Vince McMahon and company are offering another free trial for the WWE Network. Management wants to get a lot closer to the one million mark before the year ends, so that they can tout the project as a success. A replay of Wrestlemania 30 is being included with the free trial.
April 14, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since all the important monthly shows have been moved to the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company have decided that they will no longer use the term "pay per view". Instead, WWE will be calling them "special events". PPV buy rate is no longer a vital thing for the company because they can now tell investors that the business has shifted to the WWE Network.
April 11, 2014
Vince McMahon
Earlier this week, Vince McMahon and company revealed that they had fewer than 700,000 subscribers for the WWE Network. Those numbers were lower than what investors expected, so many of them abandoned the company. That caused WWE stocks to plummets. Since Monday, the drop has been approximately 21%, as people do not feel as confident in the company now.
April 10, 2014
Sting
Even though he did not show up at Wrestlemania 30 or the following Monday Night Raw, things between Sting and WWE are not over and done with. There are many backstage that believe that management will still continue to negotiate with Sting, as they feel that he can be a valuable marketing asset for the WCW library that they currently air on the WWE Network.
April 9, 2014
Vince McMahon
Strategically, there are some concerns backstage in WWE on how Vince McMahon and the company would handle the Wrestlemania 30 replay rates. While it would make sense to appease WWE Network subscribers by making it readily available, there are those that are concerned that it might have an adverse effect on Wrestlemania 30 DVD and Blu Ray sales.
April 8, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the monthly price for the WWE Network is so low, Vince McMahon and company are expecting a lot fewer people to look for Wrestlemania 30 download links online this year. The hope is that fans will simply just purchase the WWE Network and watch Wrestlemania 30 through there instead. Pay per view downloads have been a problem for the company for quite some time now.
April 8, 2014
Vince McMahon
When the company gave away free trials of the WWE Network, there were a lot of concerns because of the amount of technical issues that were being reported. Vince McMahon put an emphasis on resolving those issues before Wrestlemania 30. Considering how smooth things went this past weekend, the CEO has to be quite pleased with the efforts of the technology side of the company.
April 7, 2014
Vince McMahon
As promised, Vince McMahon revealed the amount of subscribers that the WWE Network has amassed. After just six weeks of being launched, the online service has garnered 667,287 subscribers. WWE set a goal of acquiring a million subscribers for the Network before the end of 2014, and it looks like the company is well on their way of accomplishing that.
April 7, 2014
Vince McMahon
For years, buyrate was always an indicator of how successful a pay per view was, but the WWE Network has now changed that. No longer does Vince McMahon and his company need to worry about that figure because it is not something that he needs to tout to investors. Instead, WWE can tell shareholders that the customers have shifted to the online service instead.
April 7, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the pay per view game has now been changed thanks to the arrival of the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and his staff will be keeping a close eye to see just how many fans attempt to watch Wrestlemania 30 again throughout the next few weeks. The focus will be on seeing how many fans look for the full show instead of just clips.
April 7, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since they have now launched his WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company are keeping a close eye on the Wrestlemania 30 stream activities today. WWE wants to know if the low monthly cost of their online service is enough to curb the amount of people who go online to look for free streams of Wrestlemania 30 to watch.
April 6, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Depending on how well the show draws in the audience, there might be a second season of Legends House on the WWE Network. If it were to happen, then Hulk Hogan becomes a candidate to become the star of the show. Management wants to keep on using him after Wrestlemania 30 since he is under contract, so several ideas are being discussed currently.
April 5, 2014
Vince McMahon
Despite convincing a lot of fans to pay a monthly fee to watch pay per view events on the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company are still concerned about fans going online to find a Wrestlemania 30 live stream to watch. The company believes that a lot of WWE fans will still resort to live streams to watch Wrestlemania this Sunday.
April 5, 2014
Jerry Lawler
While the company already owns much of the coveted tape libraries over the last couple of decades, WWE is looking to finalize a deal to purchase the Memphis area footage from Jerry Lawler. Some of the best wrestlers and moments went through that territory back during the 1980s, and those segments would be great additions to the WWE Network.
April 3, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Millions of fans are rooting for him to receive his big moment at Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like Daniel Bryan might actually be given that opportunity by WWE, as the company has a camera crew following Bryan around this week. A special feature will be airing on the WWE Network next week, which has heated up rumors about him walking away as the champion on Sunday.
April 2, 2014
Meng
As a youth, Meng was one of a handful of children who were handpicked by the King of Tonga and sent to Japan to learn sumo. He would end up spending a couple of years there training and competing in the sport until the stable master passed away. Former WWE star Barbarian was another person that was sent with Meng.
February 18, 2014
Barbarian

When Barbarian and Warlord left the NWA while in the midst of a high profile feud against the Road Warriors, a lot of people were puzzled. It was later discovered that the Powers of Pain had backstage heat with the company because they did not want to work a series of scaffold matches.

January 29, 2014
Barbarian

During the 1970s, the King of Tonga chose five teenagers to go study sumo in Japan. One of the lucky ones was Sione Vailahi, who would someday become known as the Barbarian in the NWA and WWE. The training would provide him a little boost as a professional wrestler.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Billy Gunn on the death of the WWE legend
April 25, 2014
Batista
"I've always considered myself a WWE fan first and foremost, but I'm completely confused why some fans can't differentiate between show and reality. Also noticed that most critical fans don't have pictures of themselves posted. Need to take a good look in the mirror, people in glass houses. Anyways, peace to all my positive people. Looking forward to the day when I can go back to interacting with Twitter without all the negativity." - Batista discusses WWE fans
April 24, 2014
Trevor Murdoch
"I'm grateful. WWE gave me an opportunity to do a number of things, to fulfill career goals and dreams, but also the opportunity to get in front of a national audience. I have nothing but good things to say about WWE and a lot of fond memories of being a champion, wrestling overseas and learning about the business from a different perspective." - Trevor Murdoch looking back on his career
April 24, 2014
Steve Austin
"Which one of these motherfuckers talked to god, and god said that same sex marriage was a no can do? Can you verify? Can you give me some 411 on that background? I've got some damn good friends that are gay. I'm absolutely for same sex marriage. I don't think that there is a god that says you cannot do this, you cannot do that. If two cats can't get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest 5 kids, then go to fucking prison and then accept god, he's going to let him into heaven. After the fact that he did all that shit? See, that's all horse shit to me. That don't jive with me." - Steve Austin on gay marriage
April 23, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"My condolences to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. I am happy to have met him, even if only briefly. The man truly had a presence." - Kofi Kingston the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"Warrior girls and I will put our toes back in the pond of life. To honor Warrior do something brave today too. He'd tell us all we can be sad but not lazy :) join a gym and put down that chocolate bunny. I'm going for my first run since I lost him; support us by doing something bold, brave and awesome." - Ultimate Warrior's wife tells wrestling fans on his Twitter account that she is moving on after his death
April 22, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
Chris Sabin
"After breaking my hand playing soccer, I emailed the Ultimate Warrior looking for inspiration and motivation, telling him of my dream of wanting to be a professional wrestler when I grew up. He actually emailed me back with super positive encouragement and told me I could do it." - Chris Sabin reveals how Ultimate Warrior motivated him early on in his career
April 22, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"No way! I'm really shocked and saddened to hear the passing of one of my heroes, the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Yoshi Tatsu comments about the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
AJ Styles
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior." - AJ Styles posting a quick message after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 21, 2014
Jack Swagger
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
John Cena
"All relationships have ups and downs. Love is strange. Just make sure you love someone for who they are and not who you want them to be." - John Cena posting a message on Twitter that might explain his relationship with Nikki Bella
April 21, 2014
Camacho
"Dominance. I know that my opponent doesn't hit harder than me. Heck, my opponent probably doesn't even hit harder than my mom. I plan to accomplish my goals of being the No. 1 contender for the WWE NXT Title, becoming NXT Champion and then ridding this place of the circus characters that annoy me. After that, I'm gonna reconstruct the foundation of NXT and rebuild this place the right way. I'm gonna make NXT respectable again." - Camacho talking about his stint in developmental
April 20, 2014
Jim Ross
"Where did the info come from that ESPN was interested in Renee Young? Not saying it's true or not but it certainly made the rounds quickly within the IWC. Renee is a talented, young woman, without question, and I wish her the best no matter what she decides to do long term with her career. Renee has skills, a great look and isn't a high maintenance talent but is easy to produce." - Jim Ross on rumors about ESPN being interested in WWE interviewer Renee Young
April 20, 2014
Kevin Nash
"I love Roddy Piper and respect him. What I did was disrespectable. He was a legend. I was a raw Detroit guy. Wish it didn't happen. I fucked up. When you strike a man and see fear in his face at my size, you realize you're playing the bully. I was bullied as a 6'10, 212 pound 14 year old." - Kevin Nash apologizing to Roddy Piper
April 20, 2014
Eric Bischoff
"Roddy Piper is a deranged old fool. He got bitch slapped to the floor. Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff were in the room. Let it go, Rod. Pod cast invite?" - Kevin Nash telling a backstage story about Roddy Piper and mockingly asks for an invitation to do a podcast interview
April 20, 2014
Manik
"My contract was started midway thru the year last year but altogether with salary+appearances I was on pace for roughly $75,000-$84,000 for a year period. That's if my schedule is as busy as it was last summer/fall. Also that's only counting TNA. I'd make a lot more if I kept up with other bookings outside but I just don't. I'm also guaranteed a huge chunk of that regardless of if I wrestle or not. So it's pretty ok considering I do what I love. I'm on the low end on the roster too. Most guys do way better than me." - Manik reveals salary in TNA
April 19, 2014
Mick Foley
"Honestly, I'm probably not going to sign my Legends deal with WWE because I don't think they did the right thing by the guys with the video game. The check was a little low. Last year, there was a bankruptcy, but this year there wasn't. So, I don't see the upside to signing the Legends deal when the carrot isn't there dangling. So, I'm not going to sign my Legends deal." - Mick Foley reveals why he is not signing a new contract with WWE
April 19, 2014
Corey Graves
"When I was in first grade, I was Ultimate Warrior for Halloween. I just watched his hall of fame speech two hours ago. I don't even have words." - WWE developmental star Corey Graves on the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 19, 2014
Tamina Snuka
"I'm in shock and can't believe it, but my heart goes out to Ultimate Warrior and his family. He was one of my favorites. Rest in peace, Warrior." - Tamina Snuka on the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 19, 2014