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One of the Internet’s longest running wrestling in-jokes is the size of Batista’s…Animal. He’s called Big Dave for a reason. While doing a Q+A on Twitter, CM Punk referenced Batista’s endowment when answering why he’s never done an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit:
— Coach (@CMPunk) April 19, 2017
The tweet found its way to Punk’s fellow disgruntled ex-WWE wrestler:
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 19, 2017
Last night’s episode of NXT started Hideo Itami’s feud with NXT Champion Bobby Roode, and thanks to the TV tapings that also took place last night, we have an idea of what the next NXT TakeOver special will look like. These are spoilers for NXT episodes that haven’t aired yet, so skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to hear them.
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The TV tapings have confirmed Itami will challenge Roode for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, after Hideo beat Roderick Strong to become the No. 1 contender. Also, the Authors of Pain will defend their tag team titles against DIY in a ladder match, and Asuka will take on Ember Moon, Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross in a Fatal 4 Way match for the Women’s Championship.
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Also from the TV taping live reports, Ember Moon might have been injured in the battle royal to decide Asuka’s No. 1 contender. Apparently Moon was knocked outside off the top rope and appeared to hit the guardrail shoulder-first. WrestleZone’s live report notes she was seen crying at ringside before trainers attended to her, and she was helped to the back by medical staff.
NXT Champion Bobby Roode has gotten over with one of the catchiest entrance themes around, but the Glorious song was never originally intended for him. In a piece of fascinating NXT trivia, the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed the entrance music was first written for Shinsuke Nakamura, but he turned it down because he “felt the song didn’t fit him, and [he] was a big part of putting together the song ‘The Rising Son’, which is the most played of all the current WWE themes”. Roode ended up doing pretty well with the leftovers.
After reports that WWE are planning to use the Broken Matt Hardy character on Raw – providing the gimmick’s ownership dispute can be settled with Impact Wrestling – Wrestling News World are reporting that Vince wants to make Jeff a solo act “sooner than later” to give him “a main event singles run”. The article points out that not only does McMahon “love” Jeff, but that Triple H “has always been big on him as well.” The main feuds Vince reportedly wants to book The Charismatic Enigma in are against Finn Balor and Brock Lesnar.
Nostalgia pops have a tendency to fizzle out over time, and Jeff transitioning into a solo run is presumably a way to recapture his main event run in the late 00s. Hopefully WWE and Anthem can settle the Hardyz’ gimmick dispute, because without his Broken Brilliance, Matt is in danger of quickly dropping down the card.
Wrestling News World also note that Jeff “has been working banged up since he arrived in WWE.” It’s said to be nothing serious, but he hasn’t had a break to heal up since his run in TNA and Ring of Honor.
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