Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Spoiler: Despite being eternal enemies in professional wrestling, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are Best Friends Forever in real-life, starting in the business together in the early 00s. Unfortunately, family members sometimes forget the fake wrestling side of things.
In response to Sami Zayn tweeting about the hockey playoffs, Kevin Owens’ dad Terry Steen offered a supportive message:
@iLikeSamiZayn Hang on Sami!
— Terry Steen (@steen_terry) April 22, 2017
Obviously mortified at his father’s babyface turn, KO tweeted:
Dad, no! What is this?! https://t.co/nxjUjr7I0t
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) April 22, 2017
And Owens isn’t the only WWE wrestler struggling with kayfabe.
Real-life husband and wife duo Rusev and Lana might have been traded to the same brand in the recent Superstar Shake-Up, but it looks as though their characters will be taking different paths.
Because Rusev is still recovering from shoulder surgery, Lana has started appearing at NXT house shows to develop her new character that’s been teased on Smackdown. Jerk The Curtain have posted a video of the new gimmick, which appears to be The Ravishing Russian doing a raunchy burlesque dance on a chair during her ring entrance. Many are speculating this gimmick has been adapted from the abandoned overly sexualised Emmalina character, which WWE still want to make work.
Lana retweeted a fan joking about her new dancing gimmick, which Rusev quickly replied to, keeping kayfabe alive:
What's a gimmick !? https://t.co/Epo99hwUa4
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) April 24, 2017
Well, Rusev, a gimmick is one’s character – how they talk, their personality traits, their look, and, sometimes, their haircut.
Sportskeeda are reporting “Rusev may be in hot water with WWE, who are said to very unhappy with Rusev’s decision to cut his hair.”
This is in reference to Rusev’s haircut Instagram post on February 28th:
The article points out that WWE superstars are expected to ask permission from company officials if they want to make any large changes to their appearance, because action figure designs, DVD covers, marketing, etc all become dated if something drastic is changed. Sportskeeda specifically mention the Rusev and Lana action figure double pack that Mattel will release in the next few months. As The Bulgarian Brute’s hair has now changed dating the designs – it’s more likely the sales will be weak.
WWE cruiserweight competitor Tajiri has been out with a knee injury since January, but unlike The Bulgarian Brute, The Japanese Buzzsaw won’t be returning to WWE TV.
Tajiri first returned to WWE last year to compete in the Cruiserweight Classic, and he made his 205 Live debut on January 3rd. Unfortunately he injured his knee not long after at an NXT house show.
Tajiri has now announced on Twitter that he is done with WWE in Japanese.
— TAJIRI (@TajiriBuzzsaw) April 23, 2017
Thankfully – because I have no idea what that means – Chris Charlton has translated the tweets, which reveal that Tajiri was medically cleared to return a while ago and has been coaching at the Performance Center while waiting to return to television, but eventually WWE decided not to use him because of his 47 years of age. Because WWE is a young man’s game now.
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