You might have noticed that despite running well over 19 hours, the Wrestlemania 33 broadcast never referred to the venue by its actual name – The Camping World Stadium. Which, admittedly, is a stupid name.
The most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting the funniest ‘Vince-ism’ of Wrestlemania weekend, where McMahon decided the Camping World Stadium name couldn’t be used, so everyone referred to the site by its old name, The Citrus Bowl. For once, I’m actually on Vince’s side there.
Also according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, a six-man Cruiserweight match was scheduled for Wrestlemania, with the competitors even being present backstage, but they were told just hours before the event that they weren’t going to be used. It could be worse. They could’ve been put in the 87 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal instead, and jobbed out in seconds.
According to Sean Waltman on his X-Pac 12360 show, at least one wrestler was very unhappy with how that Battle Royal turned out:
“Before the thing was even over, Big Show and a bunch of guys that were in the Battle Royal in the back and he was going off. I think it was over stopping him and Strowman, because they had a moment, and I think the moment got taken from them too quick.”
Big Show has strongly hinted that this was his last Wrestlemania, as his WWE contract expires in February next year, where he intends to transition into an ambassador role for the company. Hopefully he can sign a one month extension to get a better send-off at Wrestlemania 34.
Former three-time Divas Champion – I forgot that belt was a thing too – AJ Lee released her new book this week, Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules.
In the book, AJ reveals that she suffers from bipolar II disorder – a condition similar to bipolar I, but more prone to bouts of depression – which she’s described as being “like a Chihuahua during a thunderstorm…Every second, I felt like I was on edge.”
Unintentionally or not, AJ found success in WWE with a ‘crazy ex-girlfriend’ type of character. In 2012, WWE came up with a series of wacky skits – where “her character hallucinated, kissed a leprechaun [what is it with McMahons and leprechauns!?] and danced with dinosaurs from outer space”. Although Lee had kept her Bipolar disorder a secret, her mother’s mental illness was well known. And those skits are where AJ drew a line, as she told the New York Post:
“It felt like it disrespected both me and my mother. It was a joke, but, to me, it wasn’t something to laugh at.”
Lee goes onto say that as punishment for refusing to do the skits, she was taken off TV for two months. This news comes out at the same time Smackdown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo has had to take a break from WWE due to his bipolar disorder, which the Wrestling Observer has blamed on JBL’s reported bullying attitude backstage.
Coincidentally, former ring announcer Justin Roberts published his book last week – called Best Seat in the House – which also “talks extensively about being bullied by John Layfield for no apparent reason.”
Be a star, kids.