Here is your fight size update for Thursday, April 26, 2021:
- Last night on AEW Dynamite, CM Punk ended his promo by saying hi to his wife, April (AJ Lee), saying that he loved her. On Twitter, AJ reacted to being mentioned on AEW TV for the first time ever.
wasn’t expecting to hear my government name tonight https://t.co/3JVLL0TQxw— AJ Mendez (@TheAJMendez) August 26, 2021
- Speaking of CM Punk, R-Truth responded to a TikTok about CM Punk by airing some grievances he has with the former WWE Champion.
CM Punk you lost to me and Miz cause we were HOTTER than you sorry, and I neva thought you were impressive at all, just typical entitlement.”
I don't know if Ive legit ever seen R truth say something bad about someone lmao pic.twitter.com/hcwztw0tb7— Rampage Jackson (@JacksackPhD) August 25, 2021
Yo momma a joke— WWE R-TRUTH (@RonKillings) August 26, 2021
- Continuing on with reactions to CM Punk, Ric Flair had some thoughts regarding CM Punk's promo last night. The WWE Hall of Famer playfully tweeted that he would need to have a chat with CM Punk about who is the true Best in the World.
@CMPunk, We Need To Talk About BEST IN THE WORLD!!!— Ric Flair (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 26, 2021
- Arab News published a column that was written by Mansoor. In the article, he talked about his transition to Monday Night Raw as well as some of his reactions to SummerSlam.
I was always hoping I would get to work with him, and when I was elevated to RAW, the opportunity presented itself. He had gone through a lot of changes, and his character took a much darker turn. I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to work and there is a very stark contrast between us; he is very serious and is trying to get things done. He doesn’t really want to have fun, but I’ve managed to get him to crack a smile on a few occasions.
Now that we’re part of a tag team, and an alliance, I’m trying to get him to have fun. That feeling of making people happy, and seeing kids in the crowd rooting for you, is more rewarding than anything else in the world.
Being on RAW has certainly been a learning process. It’s a weekly show and things are so hectic because there are three hours of programming to organize, but every week I feel more comfortable in terms of knowing and being aware of who I am.
- Poor Baron Corbin cannot catch a break.
- Chris Sabin vs. Sami Callihan will open this week's edition of Impact Wrestling on AXS TV.
- Mario Lopez recapped his experience at SummerSlam on Access Daily.
- Titus O’Neil is going to be a part of the Orange County Blossom Festival. He’ll be one of many Black men in sports being honored.
- Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Paul Wight touched upon the possibility of retiring after leaving WWE:
"I didn't know if I was going to get a job after leaving WWE, and I didn't know if I was going to be in wrestling again. I was working on some TV stuff and some movie stuff, so I didn't pursue talking to anybody until after my WWE stuff. I had some conversations with [Chris] Jericho, who is a dear friend. I said 'Do you think they [AEW] would be interested in talking to me?' He said 'Well, you should talk to Tony Khan.' I met Tony a long time ago, so I had got his number from Chris. I shot Tony a text after my deal was done and we talked on the phone for a couple of hours. Tony Khan has weird hours, he's one of those guys who can be up from 1am until 4am.
That conversation was exciting, we talked about the future of wrestling and psychology and helping the younger talent. Also character building and plans for AEW, all those things. He actually got me super excited on the phone, which I haven't been for a long time. I have been a good cog in the machine and been a good solider, fought long and hard and through pain. So it was hard for me to have someone else who owns and runs a company to inspire you further. I am the luckiest man on the planet right now. I get the chance to be part of an organization that is growing, which is great. I get to have input and build something, which is important. And I get to have fun and I get paid."
- When the market closed today, WWE stock was trading at $51.34 per share.
- Fightful Select has an interesting note about the Dexter Lumis-Indi Hartwell segments you saw on the August 11 episode of the show -- we're told that all of those were actually filmed the day before NXT. Each of the segments were edited, put together and made for air within a day.
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- Thunder Rosa joined The Bunny in tasting different Oreo flavors on her YouTube channel: