Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Happy ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ Day
A happy belated Father’s Day for yesterday to any man who’s produced another human being. WWE celebrated the day in its own time-honoured, special way – beating someone in their hometown while their father sat looking on at ringside. So thoughtful.
Someone who didn’t get a Happy Father’s Day wish, though, was currently injured NXT wrestler Tommaso Ciampa – who had recently turned on his best friend forever Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.
— Tommaso Ciampa (@ProjectCiampa) June 18, 2017
Jinder Mahal Denies Steroid Use
Back to Money in the Bank in St. Louis, Jinder Mahal looked very strong beating Orton in the middle of the ring. And according to some, maybe too strong.
Since the Modern Day Maharaja returned to WWE last August, his body has been increasing in muscle mass and decreasing in body fat. His body fat percentage now actually stands at Finn Balor percent.
This has brought accusations of steroid use against the current WWE Champion. ‘No Carbs’ Jinder has made his latest response to these, posting a workout video – where he trains with Sheamus – and the caption:
Here it is … Part 2 of yesterdays workout. Would you like to see more of the work and training that goes into being The WWE Champion?? Thinking of making this a regular occurrence. • I'm sure some of you will suggest I don't, just so you can continue making "steroid" and "wellness policy" comments, without seeing the work that goes in. In an attempt to temporarily make yourselves feel better about the discomfort you have with your self, as a result of all the work you are NOT doing… • But please, if it makes you feel significant in any way, keep them coming.. I know I look good! Just know that it will not improve your body or confidence, only getting off the couch and doing the work will.👊🏽 #MainEventMahal #fitness #wwe #jindermahal #bodybuilding #motivation #WWEMITB #wwechampionship **vid credit : @mattgirard – dude is amazing!**
Mae Young Classic Competitors Announced
The first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match might have been a history-making botch – it was kind of won by a man – but at least the upcoming Mae Young Classic still looks promising.
WWE have officially announced its first four competitors – current Progress Women’s Champion Toni Storm, NXT wrestlers Lacey Evans and Sarah Logan and lucha libre star Princesa Sugehit. In addition to these, PWInsider are reporting former TNA wrestler Rosie Lottalove – now called Mary Kate – Danielle Kamela, who was trained at Rikishi’s school, Canadian model and MMA fighter Julia Ho, former Chikara GRAND Champion Kimber Lee, Brazilian black-belt Taynara Melo, and WWE developmental talents Bianca Blair, Zhao Xia and Victoria Gonzales will join them.
Becky Lynch might have let another name slip during an interview to the Hindustan Times, where she talked about how excited she is to see UFC fighter Shayna Baszler in the tournament.
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, someone else is in talks to return for the event, former WWE wrestler Serena Deeb. To quell the New Day ‘who?’ chants in the comments section below, Serena Deeb is best known for her role in CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society faction with Luke Gallows and Joey Mercury in 2010, where she infamously shaved her head for the group’s initiation ceremony.
While she only wrestled one match on the main roster, Deeb wrestled in OVW for four years beforehand, where she won the Women’s Championship six times. She wrestled on the indies following her WWE release in 2010, and eventually retired in 2015. If she does return, hers could be the veteran redemption storyline for the tournament.
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