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This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw unfortunately wasn’t just newsworthy for its Superstar Shake Up trades. The show also included several highly dangerous moves.
No, not Jinder Mahal reportedly concussing Finn Balor with a forearm strike, nor Nia Jax dropping Charlotte on her head, but Braun Strowman deadlifting an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside.
In a totally appropriate response, WWE fan Jennifer Kuchler has started an online petition to ‘FIRE BRAUN STROWMAN!’.
“To the WWE we the WWE Universe are not please with Strowman’s Actions tonight on Raw following his brutal attack on Roman Reigns…If this is what you call Entertainment YOU Failed Miserably…out of everything that I have seen happen this was by far the absolute Worst.”
Braun Stowman sensitively replied on Twitter:
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) April 12, 2017
I need a ‘Your Tears Hyrdate Me’ slogan on a t-shirt now.
With the post-Wrestlemania call-ups of Shinsuke Nakamura, The Revival, Tye Dillinger and The Drifter Elias Samson, NXT’s roster has found itself somewhat gutted once again. In response to the talent raid, WWE’s developmental promotion have debuted a new theme song and onscreen graphics.
The redesigned opening montage showcases NXT’s new crop of top stars – Sanity, Ember Moon, Aleister Black, Asuka, Bobby Roode, The Authors of Pain, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, DIY, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose, Kassius Ohno, Liv Morgan and Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Almas was the only majorly reported post-Wrestlemania call-up that didn’t happen, and him being in the opening credits hints he’s not debuting on the main roster anytime soon.
But, then again, one other significant NXT wrestler was absent from the opening, meaning those top stars are still subject to change. Former WWE star Drew McIntyre – who was released from the company in 2014, and then proceeded to become one of the hardest working men on the independent scene as Drew Galloway – made his WWE return / NXT debut (I’m not really sure what to call it, to be honest) on last night’s episode, beating Oney Lorcan in a hard-hitting match.
Despite being called-up to the main roster, Tye Dillinger still can’t get away from NXT. To settle unfinished business, William Regal has announced The Perfect 10 will take on Eric Young in a steel cage match on next week’s episode. A stipulation that actually fits the storyline feud, as Young’s Sanity faction members theoretically won’t be able to interfere.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) April 13, 2017
Sometimes long, well-thought out storylines don’t necessarily culminate in brilliant payoff matches. Sadly, that was the case with Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 33.
Speaking at a Wizard World Q+A last weekend, however, Orton was most upset about his entrance for WWE’s biggest show of the year.
As reported by Bleeding Cool, while The Viper was pleased with his actual match against Wyatt, he complained about the entrance ramp’s Playstation 2 graphic of a snake as he walked down to the ring, saying “The snake looked like a giant sperm”. He then revealed he has no say whatsoever in how he comes down to the ring at Wrestlemania, and while he’d love an elaborate Triple H style one, he is often “screwed out of entrances.”
Randy wasn’t letting the snake thing go, as when a 10-year-old boy asked what The Viper’s favourite pay-per-view was, Orton replied that he loves the Big Four, but Wrestlemania can have its negative side because – to a boy no older than 10, remember – you sometimes have to “ride a giant sperm”.
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