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Randy Orton helped create a new wrestling meme from outta nowhere at the weekend, when he retweeted a critique of the indy match formula – handshake, drawn out move exchange, this is awesome chant, strike exchange, dive, no sell Indy strongstyle, dive, more strikes, no sells, dive, flippy floppy sequence, dive, etc.
Just got this …. pic.twitter.com/S8Vczlmbew
— Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) May 13, 2017
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 13, 2017
This initially drew responses from a seemingly angry TJP, a surprisingly agreeable Ricochet, and a merchandise potential realising Will Ospreay.
The Viper didn’t strike again until Bubba Ray Dudley jokingly tweeted about his own version of the ‘…dive’ – a belly flop from the top rope.
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) May 13, 2017
To which Orton harshly responded:
Lol there is a difference between a young hungry talent diving and an old outta shape 'vet' …….falling https://t.co/RE81C5sm3z
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 14, 2017
With a gif of an overweight man falling into an inflatable pool.
Bully himself has now replied:
Dear @RandyOrton … my tweet had ZERO to do with you. Looks like you were wrong…again. You're still awesome ?
Falling > House of Horrors https://t.co/IMG4O59wYo
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) May 14, 2017
Bubba Ray then addressed the Twitter beef on Busted Open Radio, explaining the two have had heat with each other for over a decade and a half:
“About 15 years ago there was a live event, a house show match, between me and D-Von and Randy Orton and Batista. It was just one of those matches that did not go the right way…I wound up hurting my back, Randy wound up hurting his leg and his shoulder, Dave wound up hurting his tricep. It was just one of those nights. But those guys held a little bit of a grudge from that night, and it went on for a long, long, long time.”
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Bubba thought they had buried that particular hatchet in his last WWE run, so he’s unsure why Randy singled him out amongst all the initial Twitter replies. But it’s a theory given more weight when you see who else has tweeted in support of Orton – the other Evolution member in that story, Dave Batista:
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) May 15, 2017
But in defence of …dives, after Ricochet pointed out there are many different kinds of wrestling – and all styles won’t appeal to everybody – CM Punk offered these words of encouragement:
— Coach (@CMPunk) May 15, 2017
But of all the wrestlers – past and present – who’ve contributed to this debate, the real last word goes to one of the most eloquent speakers of his, or any, generation. The Iron Sheik:
GO AHEAD AND DIVE, I BEAT THE FUCK OUT OF YOU EITHER WAY.
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 15, 2017
He’s class act.
Kurt Angle revealed on last night’s episode of Raw that Braun Strowman will be out with injury much longer than the originally reported 4-8 weeks.
An article on WWE.com reveals that Strowman underwent surgery last Thursday, where doctors discovered his injuries were far more significant, realising his elbow had been shattered. According to the site, Braun “…is expected to miss up to six months of action as a result”. This means not only would he be absent for his planned Great Balls of Fire – still a PPV name – Universal Championship opportunity against Brock Lesnar, but also Summerslam, and possibly even Survivor Series.
Unless – it’s all a fake wrestling storyline! …dive.
Pro Wrestling Sheet’s James McKenna – a writer for the site that first broke Strowman was injured and would be out of action for 1-2 months, has tweeted:
to be more straightforward – fear not my friends, I have it on good intel that he is still only projected for 4 to 8 weeks for recovery. https://t.co/Ea3EJM6F7w
— james mckenna (@chillhartman) May 15, 2017
WWE are well known for exaggerating the recovery time of their injured wrestlers to make their eventual early returns appear even more impressive.
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