Here's your fight size update for Friday, April 23, 2021.
- We now know what CM Punk’s character's name will be in the upcoming Starz show, Heels. CM Punk will be playing a character known as Ricky Rabies and he has an accompanying valet Vicky Rabies.
- Nita Strauss reflects on performing the National Anthem at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver
- Per Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW is looking to increase capacity in Daily’s Place to 2,500 for the upcoming ‘Blood & Guts’ episode of Dynamite.
- Check out everything you need to know before SmackDown at this link.
- Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Chris Masters opened up about currently working for the NWA. Chris Van Vliet sent the following quote:
“That’s the wrestling I grew up on. I know that wrestling has evolved over the years, but I think that there are some things that should still stay the same. You know the selling, the storytelling and all that stuff. It’s not to say I don’t love the new stuff too. These guys are doing stuff and high spots that we thought we would never see. When you watch NWA, the guys don’t look contemporary to me.”
- Speaking with Women's Wrestling Talk, Kimber Lee reflected on working with Jazz before her retirement. The team for Women's Wrestling Talk sent the following quote:
“I’ve learned from her from back then all the way to today. And it's hard to see her go and retire... but our bodies can only do this for so long. And I don't think it means she's going to disappear from wrestling period, she's just going to be in a different role. And, she now she gets to be the one who gives the advice and helps out the next generation. And oh my gosh, the girls that are going to get to learn from her are so lucky.”
- A park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been renamed for Bruno Sammartino.
- In celebration of his birthday, James Gunn informed John Cena that he will be eating Empanadas on episode 8 of his upcoming Peacemaker series on HBO Max.
They say timing is everything, and seeing as I may have “borrowed” a FEW #Peacemaker costumes we can now get wardrobe to make new ones in a bigger size, oh and please recommend they install an empanada poop chute #Poopmaker -- https://t.co/9D1aEOSUkG— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 23, 2021
- John Cena is also staying in very good shape for 44 years old.
The world knows @LastWeekTonight John Oliver & myself share a birthday & a disciplined passion for fitness. Another year passes & I continuously struggle to keep up. Both now 44 we’ve agreed to motivate each other by posting our progress. His will be posted on my IG #JohnVJohn pic.twitter.com/w9wxUJ8Uny— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 23, 2021
- Speaking with WrestleZone, Pope explained the importance of cutting a promo in the studio wrestling environment.
“That podium in the NWA Powerrr studio is as prominent, as important as the canvas that is the ring itself so I get that, I understand that. So when we talk about ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, we talk about the Tully Blanchards, the Arn Andersons and the list goes on, those guys, them behind what is almost like such a holy grail, if you will, when it comes to NWA wrestling, to have the honor and the privilege to stand behind that podium and deliver and to convey what it is that is trying to be said,” Pope explained, “it makes that moment mean so much more and again, it makes it an honor. It’s not a challenge for Pope, it’s just simply an honor to be there with NWA Powerrr and to have the ability and the opportunity rather to go out there and then just let it flow, if you understand what I’m saying.”
- On a recent episode of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, Brian Clark, formerly known as Adam Bomb in WWF discussed his quick loss to Earthquake at WrestleMania 10 in 1994. The following quote was sent by TMPTEmpire.
“Yeah, I was surprised by it, because the weeks leading up to it we were wrestling a lot. We did a tour of Europe working longer matches and thought we would bring that match that we practiced back to the States. So I worked Earthquake about 10 nights in a row and we had about a 14-15 minute match laid out, it was a hell of a match. I was looking forward to it. I was really disappointed it was so short and they told us it was due to time constraints on the show. They trimmed out what they could on the show. I almost rather have not been on the card because I got the same payoff of the guys who weren’t on the show. So I got squashed and they didn’t pay me any more than the other guys who weren’t used.”
- WWE stock is down today and closed at $54.23 per share. You can check out full coverage of the Q1 2021 financial earnings at this link.
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