WWE News Roundup: Goldberg feels jealous, Stephanie McMahon apologizes for major controversy, Daniel Bryan unsure about his WWE future? (April 23, 2021)

Stephanie McMahon and Goldberg
Stephanie McMahon and Goldberg
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We are back with another exciting WWE News Roundup to look at the top stories that recently made headlines. WWE's latest controversy involving Mickie James has grabbed the attention of fans and various famous personalities.

Goldberg talked about the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 37. Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan spoke about his WrestleMania experience and contemplated his future in WWE.

Roman Reigns fired shots at a current SmackDown talent. Also, John Cena revealed his thoughts on transitioning into a part-time star.

In addition to a few other top stories, let's dive straight into the latest WWE News Roundup.

#1 Stephanie McMahon apologizes for WWE's treatment of Mickie James

WWE recently released Mickie James along with a few other Superstars last week. Several hours ago, James took to Twitter to share a surprising image with an interesting caption.

The photo and the caption revealed that WWE sent the veteran's belongings back to her in a trash bag.

"Dear @VinceMcMahon Im not sure if you're aware, I did receive my @WWE care package today. Thank you. #AlwaysBlessedandGrateful #WomensWrestlingMatters *lip print emoji*," said Mickie James in her tweet.

Maria Kanellis and Gail Kim reacted to the situation and disclosed that this wasn't the first time WWE had sent back Superstars' belongings in the same manner.

Triple H also commented on the controversy on social media, saying that the person responsible for such disrespectful treatment has been fired from WWE. Meanwhile, Stephanie McMahon personally apologized to Mickie James on behalf of the company via a tweet.

".@MickieJames I am embarrassed you or anyone else would be treated this way. I apologize personally and on behalf of @WWE. The person responsible is no longer with our company," said Stephanie McMahon.

Wrestling Inc. later reported that WWE had fired their Senior Director of Talent Relations β€” Mark Carrano.

The entire incident with Mickie James has caused an uproar on social media. James also detailed her last two years in WWE during a recent interview, saying it was "comfortably uncomfortable."

#2 "I'm very, very jealous" β€” Goldberg's reaction to Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre's WWE WrestleMania clash

Goldberg did not take part in WWE WrestleMania 37. However, he witnessed Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre's WWE Championship match on the first night of the pay-per-view.

Appearing on the latest edition of WWE's The Bump, the WCW icon praised both men and was impressed with their performances. Additionally, Goldberg felt "jealous" over Lashley and McIntyre's WrestleMania match, connecting their bright future to the remaining portion of his own professional wrestling career.

"Once I realized that I'm still part of the roster and those guys are still potential opponents of mine, how do I stack up? Now I get to see them punching each other in the face, I'm very, very jealous," Goldberg admitted. "Still a conundrum of mine, you also have to figure out when enough is enough and when to hand it over. And I'm telling you, the future looks pretty damn bright looking at these guys."

Goldberg last wrestled against Drew McIntyre at WWE Royal Rumble 2021. During their clash, McIntyre defeated the veteran to achieve one of his career-best wins.

Despite the loss, Goldberg is expected to wrestle once again at some point this year. He is contracted to wrestle in limited matches per year, and in 2021, he has only fought on one occasion thus far.

#3 Daniel Bryan contemplates his WWE future after a "bizarre" WrestleMania 37 experience

Daniel Bryan fought Edge and Roman Reigns in a triple threat main event on the second night of WWE WrestleMania 37. Although Bryan did not win the Universal Championship, the match ended up being a critically acclaimed affair.

Speaking to BT Sport a few days ago, Bryan revealed that his WrestleMania experience was quite strange.

"It was really bizarre," Bryan said. "It's taken me time to fully process what the experience was like because it wasn't like a normal thing. I felt very out of body in it. When I'm wrestling, I feel everything and feel like I'm enjoying it. This was weird, I was out there, and it felt like I was detached. It was so strange that before the match started, I got this strange feeling like, 'Oh no, is this what it's like before you die? Am I going to die? Huh, well, okay.' I don't know why or how it happened, but it was unlike anything I've felt while wrestling."

Daniel Bryan's odd experience at WrestleMania prompted him to contemplate his future as a full-time competitor in WWE.

Bryan's WWE contract is rumored to expire this September, and he briefly mentioned his contract status during the same interview.

"Maybe it was a sign that it's time to let go of being a full-time wrestler," Bryan added. "The odd detachment, I was like, 'Woah.' Like I said, I'm either gonna die [laughs] or maybe it's a sign that this isn't it and it isn't the same type of fulfillment that it was before. I've been trying to meditate on it and talk to my friends that I'm close with, like, 'what is that?' My contract is up relatively soon. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing with my life."

Daniel Bryan's post-WrestleMania creative direction on WWE SmackDown remains unclear. Judging by his recent storyline, Bryan could continue his Universal Championship pursuits or engage in a one-on-one feud against Edge.

#4 WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns fires shots at King Corbin and Sheamus

In a fun Twitter exchange, Roman Reigns took some shots at WWE SmackDown's King Corbin and WWE United States Champion Sheamus.

It all began when Sheamus issued an open challenge to WWE Superstars via Twitter. Corbin responded to the United States Champion's tweet:

Roman Reigns then took a shot at Corbin and Sheamus, saying that they both drink flavored vodka.

Corbin and Reigns engaged in further exchanges on social media. You can check out the series of tweets below:

As embedded above, Roman Reigns did not let King Corbin have the last word. Even on Twitter, it looks like The Head of the Table demands a lot of respect.

Reigns and Corbin were embroiled in a long feud between 2019-2020. At the time, Reigns was still a babyface. He eventually defeated Corbin to set his sights on bigger goals.

He achieved those goals and became a two-time Universal Champion in 2020, with a major difference being that he established himself as WWE's biggest modern villain in the process.

Interestingly, King Corbin teamed up with Sheamus the last time he faced Roman Reigns in a tag team match (Samoan Street Fight). Jey Uso wrestled as Reigns' partner in that bout, which took place on September 18, 2020.

#5 John Cena seems happy with transitioning into the role of a part-time WWE performer

John Cena last fought in a Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt at WWE WrestleMania 36. Lately, he has been more focused on film and television projects outside of WWE.

Cena recently spoke to Bleacher Report about various topics. The 16-time World Champion seemed at peace with becoming a part-time WWE star.

β€œWe all have a window,” Cena said. β€œAnd I love listening to 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin talk about his window. My goal when I stepped foot in WWE was to leave it better than I found it, and it’s really great to be able to see an event. I almost had the best transition you can possibly have.”

John Cena had previously appeared on every WrestleMania pay-per-view since 2004. However, he missed this year's WWE WrestleMania event in Tampa, Florida.

While Cena has been off WWE television for a long period of time, he will most likely return to the company in the future.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more WWE news and updates.

Edited by Zaid Khan

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