Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
National Beat Up John Cena Day is often attributed to AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. But really, the year’s best holiday was actually founded by Kevin Owens on his main roster debut – which KO celebrated yesterday with an anniversary tweet:
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) May 18, 2017
Owens is such a good dad. It’s a significant moment in anyone’s childhood, when their father rips apart their beloved icons to reveal the world isn’t populated by superheroes, but just hordes of confused, morally compromised adults who have no idea what they’re doing…
Yesterday was also notable for British promotion 5 Star Wrestling publicly offering CM Punk $1 million to return to the ring for their 128-man tournament starting next month.
Punk left WWE in 2014 under very heated circumstances and is currently under an exclusive contract with UFC. 5 Star owner Daniel Hinkles said he’s been trying to contact The Straightedge Superstar since 2015 with the offer, but hasn’t been able to get through.
Although Punk hasn’t made an official response, he now seems to be aware of 5 Star’s advances, replying to a fan’s joke tweet:
— Coach (@CMPunk) May 18, 2017
A quick Google tells me a Wawa Hoagie is a form of fast food sandwich. Punk doesn’t appear to be on the ‘No Carbs’ Jinder Mahal diet.
5 Star Wrestling’s tournament starts on the 10th June, so hopefully we’ll find out soon if Punk really is interested.
DIY and the Authors of Pain are currently set to supercollide in an NXT tag team title ladder match at this Saturday’s TakeOver: Chicago show, but one half of the challengers Tommaso Ciampa was reportedly injured at an NXT live event last night.
— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) May 19, 2017
Fans at the show have tweeted that the referee threw up the ‘X’ hand sign – the signal to notify backstage officials an injury is legitimate – while Ciampa yelled “get me outta here”. He was then helped to the back while his tag team partner Johnny Gargano looked confused.
The plot around this, however, is potentially rather thick.
A singer called Hope Vista posted recently in a since-deleted tweet: “Tomorrow I am recording lead vocals for WWE star @JohnnyGargano‘s theme for when he enters the ring. Shall be interesting.”
This might mean she’s just recording new entrance music for DIY, but it has, of course, also led to speculation Ciampa and Gargano might soon be splitting up. So it’s a lose/lose. Either Ciampa really is injured, or it’s a work for DIY to split up.
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