Jake Roberts Felt Slighted By 1996 Return Angle, Ric Flair Talks Big Show In AEW | Fight-Size Update

Here is your fight-size update for Sunday, February 28, 2021:

- In an interview with Inside The Ropes, Jake Roberts gave his thoughts on his 1996 angle in the WWF where he addressed his issues with addiction.

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"Well, I thought it was a horrible thing for McMahon to ask me to do. It was cheap, it was disrespectful, it didn’t prove a damn thing other than the fact that Vince McMahon’s an asshole, so there you go. Lawler, he’s in the same boat. Both assholes."

A highlight of that run for Jake with his 1996 King of the Ring match against Steve Austin. After the match, Austin coined the phrase Austin 316 and elevated his career. Jake would remark that Austin was a smart man for doing things the way he did.

"It was very smart. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and he did it, man. He took the pieces that were on the table and he made them go together. He was a great worker, he twisted and turned. As far as the 3:16 thing, man, that had been it’s been coming for a long time. I mean, in the States mostly, you saw it at all the football games, there was always somebody with that sign, so it was just Stone Cold doing it at the right time because there was a lot of focus on the match."

- Recently, Paul Wight, formerly known as The Big Show in WWE, joined AEW. Ric Flair, a regular on WWE television gave his thoughts about Paul jumping ship in an interview with Busted Open Radio. (h/t: Sportskeeda)

"He was just a wonderful kid, and he's still a wonderful guy, but I don't know what happened. I try not to ask, you know like we'd come in there where we'd all used to be aware, we're there all the time, and I have been there a lot. But I find now that it's a different world, and I'm better off not asking. Instead of watching and trying to catch up, I just pretend like I'm there, say hi, and all that. To answer your question, I was just with him, and I did not see it happening. He did not mention a word to me, and I was with him, what two weeks ago, three weeks ago, and whenever they had the Legends Runion, he was there."

He added, “I would like to see everybody stay with us, but if not, that it's not going to be the way it's going to be, so, you know, I hated Sting leaving. Personally, we are good friends, but you know, it's just not the way life works out. So, I wish him well, and you know, he and I would be friends no matter where he is and what he does."

- Speaking on The Angle podcast, Moose discussed rededicating himself to fitness during the pandemic.

“It’s funny because they still announce me as being 300lbs when I wrestle, but I’m not anywhere near that. I’m at 254 this morning. I’ve dropped around 30lbs just in the last 3 months. When EC3 and I did the Control Your Narrative storyline, it wasn’t just about the in-ring aspect of things. It was a lifestyle change. Getting your food right. Getting your faith closer to God. It was a total transformation in and out of the ring. EC3 is a good buddy of mine.”

- Mick Foley recently stated on Twitter that he may sell his flannel from the 2000 Hell in a Cell match against Triple H.

- Adam Cole would like a match against Shawn Michaels.

- Shane Taylor recently did an interview with TV Insider. Check it out here.

- In case you missed it, you can see the full card for the upcoming episode of AEW Dark here.

- Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Deonna Purrazzo talks about the WrestleMania 24 match with Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair inspiring her.

"So many matches come to mind, but the one that was it for me was Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24,” Purrazzo says. “I was in the crowd for it, which made it even more special. My mom had got tickets for my brother and me for Christmas, and I’ll never forget the feeling right before that match started. I was in tears after Shawn said, ‘I’m sorry, I love you,’ and ended Ric’s WWE career.”

She added, "I was so surprised to get those tickets,” Purrazzo says. “Every year our mom would do a scavenger hunt where we needed to follow clues and it would lead us to our gift. When we finally found this one, it was amazing—it was the WrestleMania tickets and WrestleMania shirts. It’s all I had ever wanted, so it was such a shock. I got to meet Chris Jericho at a signing, and that weekend was everything I dreamed it would be. At the time I thought that was going to be the best moment of my life.”

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