WWE News Roundup: Reason why former world champion almost broke kayfabe, current champion wants to retire John Cena, missing RAW Superstar breaks silence (April 19, 2021)

It was an interesting week in the WWE Universe
It was an interesting week in the WWE Universe
Shruti Sadbhav

We're back with another edition of WWE News Roundup, where we bring you the top stories of the week. A lot has happened in the last week, including the WrestleMania pay-per-view and some unexpected releases. The WWE Universe has now moved on to other developments involving several former and current WWE Superstars.

Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the biggest news that have dominated the WWE headlines over the last few weeks.

#1 Reason why Braun Strowman almost broke character during a match in WWE

Sin Cara loved working with Braun Strowman in WWE
Sin Cara loved working with Braun Strowman in WWE

Former WWE Superstar Sin Cara recently revealed details about his backstage relationship with Braun Strowman. Cara stated that The Monster Among Men is a ‘fun guy,’ and that they enjoyed working together.

He also revealed an incident when he almost made Braun Strowman laugh during a WWE match; the latter had to try hard to stop himself from breaking character in that moment. Here’s what he had to say:

"I'm a funny guy if you get to know me I like to have fun and even when I used to wrestle I used to say things to the boys because you couldn't see my mouth move. With Braun it was a lot of fun because he wanted to learn, he wanted to become better. He knew he had an amazing opportunity in his hands and now you can see he's doing great so it's fun to be able to see somebody grow from where I started with him to where he is now.”
“We had a match, on one of the tours, I can't remember where and we do the face off and he's huge. So we do the face-off and that day was cold. Me being me. I told him, 'You know your nipples are really hard, right?' and he's like 'Shut up, don't make me laugh'.”

Sin Cara is happy to see Strowman’s current run in WWE. They have known each other for a long time, and the former Universal Champion has come a long way in the promotion. Cara stated that he has great memories of his matches with Strowman and revealed that The Monster Among Men is a ‘great guy to be around'.

Braun Strowman was recently involved in a feud with Shane McMahon on WWE RAW. The two then faced each other in a Steel Cage match at WrestleMania 37 that ended in victory for Strowman. He has now made it clear that he is targeting the WWE Championship on the Red brand. Strowman is expected to mark a strong presence for himself in the world title picture.

#2 John Cena reacts to current WWE Superstar wanting to retire him

Karrion Kross and John Cena shared these pictures of each other
Karrion Kross and John Cena shared these pictures of each other

WWE NXT Champion Karrion Kross recently posted a picture of John Cena on his social media account. The latter quickly responded with a picture of Kross, which sent WWE fans into a frenzy.

The chain of events started when a fan commented that Cena should retire after facing Kross. The Twitter user argued that the WWE legend has never faced someone like Kross, and that he can put young talent over on his way out.

To everyone’s surprise, John Cena responded by posting a photo of Karrion Kross on his Instagram account. Fans have often wondered if Cena will return for one final in-ring encounter, and it appears that the 16-time world champion wants to face an NXT Superstar. If booked, this could be huge for the Black and Gold brand.

Karrion Kross had a dream start to his WWE career, winning the NXT Championship shortly after his debut. Unfortunately, he had to relinquish the title as he sustained a serious injury on the same night. Kross recently returned and defeated Finn Balor for the coveted prize at WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

#3 WWE RAW Superstar Keith Lee breaks silence on his prolonged absence

Keith Lee is expected to return soon
Keith Lee is expected to return soon

WWE Superstar Keith Lee has been missing from television for almost two months. He was initially expected to be a part of a triple-threat match for the United States Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. However, Lee had to miss the show, and Riddle defeated John Morrison and Bobby Lashley for the gold. The Original Bro eventually lost the title to Sheamus at WrestleMania.

Keith Lee recently addressed his absence and said that he misses the fans. Here’s what Lee had to say:

"I miss you guys, as well as all the others that expressed this sentiment... whether in dm's, tweets, or comments. I miss you all. But do not fret. I will fight like no other to return...and when I do, we got a LOT of ground to cover. 💜 #Leegion”

Backstage reports suggest that Lee was initially supposed to beat Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship. However, he was forced to maintain distance from the ring due to health concerns. He is expected to return on WWE RAW as soon as he is medically cleared.

#4 Kurt Angle hails current WWE Superstar for his brute strength

The Alpha Academy have been ruthless on SmackDown lately
The Alpha Academy have been ruthless on SmackDown lately

WWE legend Kurt Angle recently stated that SmackDown Superstar Chad Gable could ‘whoop’ his peers in real life. He hailed Gable as ‘amazing’ and praised his technical wrestling skills.

Angle further insisted that the WWE creative should be more consistent with Gable’s push. Here’s what Kurt Angle had to say about Chad Gable on the Kurt Angle Show:

“Chad Gable... I think this kid has so much potential. And I know the company started pushing him, and then they laid off, and pushed him and laid off. I don’t know if it has anything to do with his size, but the guy is amazing. You know, in real life, he could whoop any of those wrestlers’ a**es. So, you know, he’s a real-life badass. To not have him go to the main event level where he deserves to be just blows my mind. Because he is very talented. Great technical wrestler, former Olympian, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Chas Gable recently turned heel alongside his tag team partner, Otis. They have gained a lot of momentum on SmackDown, especially since they started feuding with Rey and Dominik Mysterio.

Both The Alpha Academy and The Mysterios are looking to climb the ladder in the WWE SmackDown tag team division and have delivered entertaining matches over the last few weeks.

#5 WWE Superstar Nia Jax takes a shot at her family

Nia Jax no longer trusts Tamina
Nia Jax no longer trusts Tamina

WWE Superstar Nia Jax recently took a shot at her family on Twitter. She belongs to the iconic Anoa'i family, which has given the pro wrestling business many superstars across generations. However, Jax stated that she stopped expecting anything from her family long back. Instead, she is determined to create her own path in WWE. Here’s what she tweeted:

“I stopped trying to gain any approval from the family a long time ago; I realized it was pointless. The only one I thought I could count on is Tamina. I was wrong. My partner Shayna Baszler has been there more for me in this business than my family has. That’s the truth! F*ck this family shit! “They say blood is thicker than water”, but I remember plenty of times when water was there & blood wasn’t!”

Nia Jax is currently the reigning Women’s Tag Team Champion alongside Shayna Baszler. Natalya pinned the latter on last week's episode of WWE SmackDown.

Jax and Baszler could soon have to defend their tag team titles against Natalya and Tamina. The champions successfully defended their tag team gold when the two WWE teams last met at WrestleMania 37.

Edited by Kaushik Das
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