Big Show is really taking that get fit in January New Year optimism seriously. He looked in pretty good shape when he came back to fight Seth Rollins last month, but there’s being in shape, and then there’s having abdominal muscles the same size and shape as a Honda Civic Hatchback.
Yeah, that’s Big Show in what looks like an empty gym. Presumably because he’s now lifts the entire gym on leg days.
John Cena was on hand to give some encouraging personal trainer-like motivation:
“Holy S***! AMAZING transformation! THAT is how you #EarnTheDay @WWE keep up the great work Show!! #Wrestlemania”
Whereas Ryback had a rather strong-worded message for the WWE stars who don’t keep themselves in such good condition.
“Somebody needs to say it. If you wrestle at the elite level and don’t workout and push yourself physically fuck you, you are a pussy. #FMM”
Let me just run that through my Google Translator app. Set language to Ryback. Translate to Real Talk.
Ah, it means ‘I’ve got a book out’.
This was all in response to Shaq’s workout video post ahead of his and Big Show’s Wrestlemania 33 match. Which although not yet announced, looks to be pretty set in stone. The same can’t be said for The Undertaker.
The plan was always for Taker to face John Cena at Wrestlemania 33, which is why the Deadman originally turned up on Smackdown on the Survivor Series go-home show. Now the plan is for him to face someone on the Raw roster, but despite the onscreen Braun Strowman tease, he’s not Taker’s opponent either.
Dave Meltzer has tweeted about the recent change in plans:
“Vince has a different vision for the show and thinking longterm picture not short-term.”
Thinking about the ‘long term picture’ to me sounds like using Undertaker to make a new WWE star. Finn Balor is the obvious choice here, just for the entrances alone, but I’m sticking with Samoa Joe – who will reportedly be receiving a monster push leading up to Wrestlemania.
According to CageSideSeats’ rumour section, the current plan is for Goldberg and Brock Lesnar to close Wrestlemania 33, and that The Rock will be making an appearance, but not in a wrestling capacity. Someone who definitely is slotted for a match, though – but take this with a pinch of salt – is Shane McMahon against a Smackdown star, with the main idea at the moment being AJ Styles.
WrestlingNewsWorld supports this, and adds that Vince McMahon’s preferred opponent for Roman Reigns right now is Braun Strowman.
Brock Lesnar will return to WWE on Raw tonight, and he’s also been added to almost every Monday night episode leading up to Wrestlemania 33. ‘Almost’ because he’s going to miss one: the 13th February date where Raw is broadcast live from Las Vegas.
It’s being reported that this is because Lesnar is currently banned from competing in Las Vegas by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, because of his drug test failures last year. The event for which he was suspended for – UFC 200 – was in Nevada, and their ban also applies to professional wrestling.
And finally, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka passed away on Sunday aged 73 after suffering stomach cancer. This comes two weeks after a judge ruled he was mentally incompetent to stand trial over the 1983 death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino.
How would you book Brock Lesnar in all his Raw appearances leading up to Wrestlemania 33? Tell me how you can’t wait to see him wrestle the same three guys for several months in the comments below.