Backstage Notes On Keith Lee Following WWE Raw Return


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“Finally, we can come back and cheer together. And boo together. And make some noise and connect with people that love this,” Cena said to the energized crowd in Dallas, Texas.

And even though the actor side of Cena is quite busy with F9 already in theaters and The Suicide Squad coming on August 6, the now part-time wrestler side of him has officially made plans for the summer as well. After merely announcing his presence while cutting short the celebration of Roman Reigns at Money In The Bank, where Reigns defeated Edge to retain the Universal Championship belt, Cena officially explained his return to the WWE on Monday.

“What am I here for? The WWE Universal Championship,” Cena said. “When? About five weeks from now. A little event called SummerSlam.”

“Roman Reigns is an arrogant, self absorbed, over-hyped, over-protected, over-exposed gimmick,” Cena said. “And that, that is coming from me.”

Cena is no longer a full-time wrestler because of his rapidly growing career in Hollywood, so he hasn’t wrestled in a high-profile match in front of fans since WrestleMania 34 in 2018 when he lost to The Undertaker. But the occasional guest co-anchor on Today has made it clear that this is not a one-and-done appearance in the WWE. In fact, he plans on seeing Reigns again very soon.

“I'm telling you right now. I'm going to be at Smackdown on Friday,” Cena said, directing his comments toward Reigns. “And I can't wait to see you there.”

WWE Monday Night Raw airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on USA.

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Former women's champion reportedly switching brands

PWTorch 21 July, 2021 - 04:10am

Naomi is heading to WWE’s blue brand.

PWInsider is reporting that Naomi was moved from Raw to Smackdown, but that the shift is not public at this time. Naomi is a former WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion. Since being drafted to Monday Night Raw, Naomi formed a short-lived tag team with Lana and wrestled for the women’s tag team titles.

Most recently, she competed in this year’s Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

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Triple H Gives His Take on a Successful ‘Money in the Bank’

Sports Illustrated 21 July, 2021 - 04:10am

Max-capacity crowds over the weekend brought a must-see factor to WWE, even helping to significantly boost TV ratings for Friday’s SmackDown. Sunday’s show evoked the sort of passion and exuberance that WWE programming so sorely missed while performing without live audiences during the pandemic.

“The crowd was gone, and that’s our bloodline,” Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s executive vice president of global talent strategy and development, says. “It was taken away from us. Now it’s back, and there is new life in WWE.”

Beginning with Friday’s SmackDown, WWE’s shows have been permeated by a distinct spirit and energy thanks to the return of a live crowd. This was palpable during Cena’s return at Money in the Bank, which was perfectly timed to take place after a lengthy match—and its aftermath—featuring Reigns, Edge, and Seth Rollins.

“There are lots of moving parts in a match like that,” Levesque says, speaking with Sports Illustrated on Monday afternoon. “Roman Reigns and Edge needed time for their story to play out, and you want people to invest to the point where they forget about anything else. Seth Rollins needed time to make his point. You need to allow all the moments time to breathe. The goal for everyone involved is to be so good you make people forget about everything else.

“Those rumors you might have heard about who could show up, or what may happen, our goal is to make you forget about those. Be so captivating out there that you make people focus only on you. Get everyone so caught up in the moment, and that’s what Roman, Edge and Rollins did. Then, in this case, when you’re focused entirely on what’s happening in the ring, that’s when Cena comes out.”

The Cena return was done spectacularly. The crowd erupted, and it came off as a genuinely significant moment.

“If you ask John, I’m sure it felt right in the ring,” Levesque says. “It was magic.”

Levesque was impressed with how Reigns helped elevate that moment for Cena with his reaction to the surprise appearance. The scene saw Reigns, who has been carrying the company throughout the pandemic as its champion, watch Cena, this returning conquering hero, staring on with a perfect blend of exhaustion and frustration in the ring.

“Roman is the biggest star in WWE, he’s the biggest star in the industry,” Levesque says. “He perfected his craft at a really hard time to do so with no fans. He put so much into his character work, and his reaction to Cena was as powerful as the moment itself.

“Watching that, I couldn’t help but think back to how long he’s been doing this and some of the tougher times he’s been through. Right now, he’s performing on a whole other level. He’s at the point where he is no longer thinking about the character, he just is.”

“Nikki’s win, that captured the beauty of what we do,” Levesque says. “You get lost in the moment and maybe you never saw it coming.”

The finish of the match saw her climb the ladder and grab the briefcase when her opponents were each dangerously close to snatching it, in the same way she has continually defied the odds throughout her career.

“It was great to give that surprise, but it’s no surprise to us that people love Nikki,” Levesque says. “She has an intimate connection to her fans. You could see it was overwhelming to her on Sunday night. That was real emotion.”

Big E was the men’s winner, victorious in an outrageously compelling ladder match. This allows him to take the next step toward becoming world champion, a position where he will add immense value as he continues to become an even bigger star.

“Big E created a real identity while maintaining his alliance in The New Day, which is remarkable,” Levesque says. “We are just beginning to see his next gear. The ultimate potential with Big E exists at a whole other level.”

Why WWE Put The Raw Women's Title On Nikki A.S.H So Quickly [Theory]

TheSportster 20 July, 2021 - 03:15pm

If you're like many and asking why would WWE do this, there are a few reasons.

First off, Vince McMahon is apparently a big fan of the new gimmick. He's loving the new look and feel of the character and when Vince gets behind something, it tends to go places and rather quickly. Second, Nikki is beloved by everyone in the locker room. She's a hard worker, doesn't complain, gets along with everyone. Third, this was Nikki's gimmick.

Cross took the time to come up with and pitch this character change to WWE. She hired someone to work with her on the concept art and then make the idea a reality. That goes a long way in WWE and when it works, Vince isn't shy about rewarding people for good ideas, thus dangling a carrot out to other WWE Superstars that they should be taking notes.

Vince McMahon is happy that Nikki really thought outside of the box and she's being rewarded for it. According to, “Vince loves the gimmick and feels that she has opened up a world of opportunities to sell more merchandise and for her to do some community outreach with the kids. She took the initiative and she got rewarded last night.”

One of the other things to consider here is that this character probably has a shelf life. It's over with the fans now and people are fully behind Nikki Cross getting her opportunity, but superhero gimmicks rarely last a long time. They're entertaining while they're hot, but they become stale after a while.

The best thing to do is get the title on her while WWE can maximize the popularity of the character, sell the most product and ride the wave of the gimmick until fans are tired of it. The hope is that Nikki can pull it off for the long haul, but the odds aren't stacked in her favor.

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