Cesaro Confirmed for Upcoming WWE Tour, Jim Ross on How He Would Book Roman Reigns, The Rock
– We noted before that Cesaro was announced in Germany for the four WWE live events next week in that country. WWE’s website has confirmed Cesaro will be appearing. Others advertised include Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, The Usos, Lana, Rusev, Paige and WWE Divas Champion Charlotte. Cesaro is not expected to wrestle.
– Vin Diesel announced that the final two films in the Fast & Furious franchise will be Fast 9, which comes out on April 19th, 2019, and Fast 10, which comes out on April 2nd, 2021. The Rock has not been confirmed for the final two movies but he likely will be featured. As noted, Fast & Furious 8 comes out on April 14th, 2017.
– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross did a Q&A with Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard website. The full Q&A is at this link. Ross commented on how he would have booked Roman Reigns at the 2016 Royal Rumble:
“Roman Reigns took more heat than he ever deserved for how he was booked at the Royal Rumble. He was a nose tackle in the ACC at Georgia Tech at 300-plus pounds, and then decided to go into the family business of pro wrestling. The thing we told him was, ‘You’ve got to work on your body,’ and I’m sure The Rock probably had some influence on that, too, but Reigns worked extremely hard and is very dedicated. The way he was booked in the Royal Rumble was decided by management. It was executed poorly. There should have been medical staff trying to help him and he could have pushed them away, refusing a ride to the trainer’s room. But the damn story was not told. And I’m not lashing out at anyone, because I don’t know if that was by design or not.
In hindsight, instead of sprinting and running to do anything, Reigns should have walked very deliberately and used his facial expressions to tell a great story. But we have the luxury of re-booking something we’ve already seen. I understand the intent of the storyline, but we never got a medical update on Reigns. It might have been a philosophical thing from upper management to have fans forget about Roman for a while, so it wasn’t the announcers’ fault and it damn sure wasn’t Roman Reigns’ fault.”
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