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In a rare case of a wrestling wedding going right – which is to say, Eric Bischoff didn’t reveal himself as the secret vicar to start a brand war on your show – Renee Young has revealed her and Dean Ambrose are now married with the tweet:
Marriage is nice. Thanks for all the love ☺️❤️
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) April 12, 2017
The two have been in a relationship since 2013, and reportedly actually tied the knot in September last year. They gave the game away by both wearing wedding rings on WWE TV this week, and when Kevin Owens seemingly referenced their marriage on Talking Smack.
Vince McMahon’s gift to the happy couple? Send them to different brands in the Superstar Shake-Up.
If only they waited until next week, where Big E could have conducted the ceremony. The New Day star has tweeted:
I may be officiating weddings in LA April 20-22. Hit me if you're weird. MarriedbyBigE@gmail.com. I'm actually not joking. For once.
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) April 12, 2017
Whatever your thoughts on how poorly the Superstar Shake-Up concept was executed, it certainly translated into ratings, with Raw doing an impressive 3.43 million average, and Smackdown getting its highest figure since last year’s brand split with a massive 3.11, way up from the post-Wrestlemania episode average of 2.89.
But far more important, of course, are your ratings, where 73% agreed with me at SmackTastic, while 14% thought it even better at SmackDamn.
Following the Superstar Shake-Up edition of Raw, Kevin Owens teamed up with Samoa Joe to face Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho in the show’s dark match.
Rollins won the bout, with Owens taking his second pinfall loss that night, but not with the Pedigree. It seems following the Wrestlemania blow-off to his Triple H feud, The Architect will start using a different finisher, which is being described as Kazuchika Okada’s Rainmaker, but with a jumping knee to the face instead of a lariat.
YearBookThrowAway1 on Reddit has suggested Rollins call it The Kingslayer – which is a great name.
It looks like the Superstar Shake-Up wasn’t the long-term booking, intricately planned out operation we all assumed it would be. The widely reported key moves were Roman Reigns to Smackdown and AJ Styles to Raw, but that apparently changed last week when WWE realised moving Roman to Smackdown would mean his planned future opponents Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar would have to follow. On top of that, the WWE Trading Card game app showed AJ Styles’ silhouette on Raw as part of their post-Superstar Shake-Up preview up until the weekend.
PWInsider are reporting Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship was originally scheduled for the Smackdown-exclusive pay-per-view Backlash in Chicago. Following the Superstar Shake-Up, their House of Horrors match has now been announced for Raw’s April 30th show Payback – strongly hinting Wyatt’s move to Monday nights was a last-minute change.
Wrestling News World – so take this with a pinch of salt – are reporting “the distrust between Bray Wyatt and WWE continues to grow. Bray was caught very off guard when he was told he was being moved to Raw as he’d just been told the week before he’d be feuding with Orton and regaining the title this summer.”
The site mentions Wyatt had previously ‘lost his cool’ when finding out the change of plans for their Wrestlemania match finish, and it “continues a pattern of him being told one thing, only for something else to happen.”
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