Imagine my delight the other day when – on browsing the website for my favourite Chilean nightclub Justos y Pecadores – I found current WWE tag team champion Cesaro advertised for one of their ‘Sensual Parties’. I knew Cesaro spoke many languages. I didn’t know one of them was SEXINESS.
A fan pointed out the presumably quite misleading photo to Cesaro on Twitter, who had a three letter reply: “lol?!”
And Cesaro isn’t the only WWE superstar to have been misidentified as a stripper.
MTV personality Cara Maria has taken aim at the WWE female roster, tweeting:
“Is it a requirement for @wwe women to dress and act like strippers? I cant tell any of them apart. Try something new ladies ?”
To which Paige replied:
“Yet.. we do everything in our power off the stripper pole to empower women/men, encourage female athletes, work with charities..”
WWE didn’t quite fit in with Paige’s noble tone, though, when they posted their latest poll, asking “Which Superstar would you most like to see on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s upcoming Swimsuit Issue?”
Come on, WWE! It’s 2017, get with the times. These are incredible female athletes that should be judged on their awe-inspiring in-ring talents, not ‘how good they look in a bikini.’ Society has moved on a lot, and for the better, since the Attitude Era. And every poll like this. Every time WWE reduces women to mere objects of the male gaze, is another step backwards for wrestling as a progressive art form.
Having said that…Nikki Bella.
I tell you a poll I’d much rather see on WWE.com – should Roman Reigns turn heel?
I’m pretty confident in saying Vince McMahon’s obsession over pushing Reigns as the face of the company hasn’t worked. He’s greeted with boos when he comes out on TV, cheers when he loses titles, and his position at the top hasn’t done anything to stop the steadily declining house show attendance and overall viewership figures. People want him to be a bad guy.
“I’ve been successful and whatever we’ve been doing, it seems to be working and it seems to continue to have loud reactions…”
The wrong reactions, mind you.
Reigns’ reply sounds like a ‘no’ on turning heel, with him very much taking John Cena’s old company line of loving the duelling chants. So next time he comes out, just stay silent. There’s nothing louder in wrestling than indifference.
If Reigns wins the Universal Title from Kevin Owens this Sunday, he might have to defend it against the Royal Rumble winner. And going by recent reports, it looks like Finn Balor could be one of the 30 men in contention.
Balor had to relinquish the Universal Title the night after becoming its inaugural champion at Summerslam, where he tore the labrum cartilage in his shoulder. It was estimated he’d be out for 4-6 months, putting his return about now.
So it’s pretty teasing, on Royal Rumble week, that Balor has posted a video of him looking pretty good in rehab, and PWInsider reporting that he’s “slated to undergo medical testing this week that could clear him to return to the ring…With the Royal Rumble about to kick off the official build to Wrestlemania, obviously WWE wants Balor back in the mix.”
There’s no word yet on how Balor’s medical testing has gone, but it hints there are plans to get him back in time. So that’s another potential winner you can add to arguably the most unpredictable Rumble in years.
If Roman Reigns was to turn heel at the Royal Rumble, how would you book it? Tell me, for once, this Sunday probably isn’t the time to do it in the comments down below.
You can still buy tickets for Dominant Wrestling this Saturday on the 28th January, and you can watch it broadcast live at the same time with Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo, Drew Galloway and more in action on Spike TV in the UK, which can be found on channel 31 on Freeview, 160 on Sky and 154 on Virgin.