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Kevin Owens: The Face Of DVD Sales
Independence Day didn’t just see the return of John Cena to WWE, the Smackdown Live debut of Rusev and Will Smith overcoming an alien invasion. July 4th also saw the official release of Kevin Owens’ first WWE DVD, quite fitting for the current United States champion and self-proclaimed Face of America.
Kevin Owens allowed himself a moment of reflection on Twitter:
In 1995, my dad rented a VHS of WrestleMania 11 at this video store in my hometown of Marieville. Today, my parents bought my DVD there. pic.twitter.com/cVtXGiHoiF
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) July 4, 2017
PWInsider is reporting KO’s Digital Versatile Disc is “already a massive hit,” selling out in several stores already and on Amazon even for fans who’ve ordered in advance. The article notes this level of demand hasn’t been seen since the Rise and Fall of ECW DVD.
While this is great news for Owens’ position in the company, as nothing speaks to Vince McMahon like ALL THE MONEY, this could be a case of WWE and various stores underestimating demand and not ordering enough copies.
Usos ‘Sex Tape’ Smackdown Joke Unscripted?
July 4th had another reason to celebrate, though: Smackdown’s New Day vs Usos Rap Battle was better than it had any right to be – with some calling it one of the best segments of the year so far.
Each team drew their lines from reality just as much as kayfabe, like these two from Xavier Woods:
“You and your brother – you’re tag champs, you turned the Universe into believers…
…but please always remember you were absolutely nothing until your wife put you on Total Divas”
“We don’t use our cell phones when we’re international, ‘cos that’s roaming…
…y’all should get back to what you do best, and that’s carrying bags for who? That’s carrying bags for Roman.”
Which are references to Jimmy Uso being married to Total Divas star (and current Smackdown Women’s Champion) Naomi, and the brothers belonging to the same Anoa’i family as Roman Reigns in real life.
But it was the Usos who won the rap battle in the first round, with their line to Big E:
“Let’s just keep it PG, you know what’s good… don’t get all Rated R like ya boy Xavier Woods.”
A reference to Xavier’s alleged sex tape cameo with fellow WWE wrestler Paige in a hack from several months ago.
The New Day are said to have relatively free reign when it comes to scripting their own promos, and considering how differently the Usos sound compared to the rest of the roster, they might have the same – hinting the sex tape joke was an unscripted line.
The version of this segment uploaded to WWE’s YouTube channel seems to support this, with the Usos’ ‘Rated R’ gag – which got the biggest crowd reaction of the night – edited out of the Smackdown clip.
I would argue the Usos joke is an example of unscripted promos going very, very well, injecting a much-needed spark of spontaneity and realism into WWE TV. Sadly, that doesn’t always go to plan…
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Booker T Unhappy With New Day Joke
The Miz TV segment on last Monday’s Raw was cut short after LaMelo Ball said the N-word into a live mic, which reportedly sent the backstage area with Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn into “chaos”. On the following night’s Smackdown, The New Day made fun of the segment, referencing Booker T’s infamous N-word promo, when Big E told The Usos “We comin’ for you-” before being cut off.
On his Heated Conversations podcast, Raw commentator Booker T revealed he wasn’t pleased with the gag:
“I don’t appreciate it. I don’t know if [WWE] knew that the parody was gonna go down, because I knew [The New Day] write and do a lot of their own stuff…I think that parody should have never been shown on television, because it wasn’t a great moment for us as black people. For us as black people, it was one of our worst moments.”
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