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William Shatner says Star Trek and WWE fans are all ‘nuts’

Star Wars and Star Trek fans have long been pitched against each other in the battle for sci-fi supremacy – but William Shatner thinks another group can match them for tenacious adoration.

The Star Trek legend appeared on WWE Backstage this week, and he admitted it was tough to choose between his own fanbase and the WWE Universe when it comes to ‘passion’.

Asked by former world champion Christian to compare the two, he said: ‘Ooh, that’s a good question. Well, I gotta tell you – the fanbase of WWE are… they’re crazy, I mean, with passion. They want the winner and they’re nuts!

‘Now, the Star Trek group are equally nuts, but their passion is for Star Trek and me!’

In the end, the personal connection there means Shatner – who married wife Elizabeth in 2011 – gave his own fans the edge, although there’s admittedly some bias there.

That said, the 88-year-old actor is certainly no stranger to the world of sports entertainment, having once treated fans to a video of him delivering renditions of top entrance songs in his own signature spoken word style.

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Shatner first became a fan after watching the Silver Age of Wrestling at the Forum in Montreal, and years later his clash with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler – who he went on to induct into the Hall of Fame in 2007 – on a 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw.

Elsewhere on WWE Backstage – hosted this week but Renee Young, Booker T, Christian and Ember Moon – the show also welcomed Alexa Bliss, who was given the chance to respond to a Twitter hater in the best way.

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She blasted: ‘So, most of the people that say that I suck, I don’t deserve to be here, I’m not a wrestling, they’re normally keyboard warriors who think I didn’t pay my dues. I trained my entire life as a gymnast, track, kickboxing, softball, all star cheerleader. I won multiple national titles, one of the youngest people to ever get a pro card in bodybuilding, spent 40 hours a week in the gym training.

‘I respect everyone’s background, but I don’t deserve to be here because I didn’t wrestle in a backyard in front of 10 people? I was performing in front of thousands every single week growing up, sacrificing my childhood.

‘So yeah, maybe my pretty face got me to the door, but my work ethic knocked the damn thing down. No one can ever take that from me.’

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