– According to Dave Meltzer, Gunther was given a slimming job prior to his main roster debut. The background should be that Vince McMahon only wants to see well-trained talent in his shows. This was already fatal for Keith Lee, who, in contrast to the earlier WALTER, did not comply with the request to lose some weight. Gunther spoke to Nick Hausman (wrestlingInc.) during the WrestleMania media session about his body transformation and name change, among other things.
“I think I eat less. I’ve always exercised a lot, but for the first time I’m really paying attention to my diet. I’m being pushed a lot here. […] [Die Kritik an der Namensänderung] didn’t bother me at all. People often react negatively to change, but it’s normal in life. It’s part of the game, we have to get used to it.”
– “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke on the “BrewBound Podcast” about his return to the ring at WrestleMania 38. He confirmed that he is currently in top form and “at 100%”. The WrestleMania edition quickly became a topic in the coming year. Austin stated that he wanted to be there as well.
“Never say Never. […] I think I’m really through with wrestling now, but I can’t imagine not being a part of the shows at all. I don’t book myself into the shows, nor have I this year. Vince does that [McMahon]. We have a great relationship and if he calls I’ll be there.”
– Aside from an appearance at the Women’s Royal Rumble match earlier this year, Nikki Bella has not stepped into a wrestling ring since 2018. At that time she was defeated by Ronda Rousey at a WWE event in Italy. In a Q&A video from America’s Got Talent: Extreme, where she serves as a judge, she was asked about a potential return. She stated that she would always consider the plan as long as the doctors gave her the green light, but only wanted to make a comeback with her sister Brie. But she is not in a hurry and would rather wait until her son is a little older.
“I want to show the best matches of my career while my son sits in the front row and ‘That’s my mom!’ can say. Winning the tag team titles with my sister in front of our kids would be awesome.”
Quellen: America’s Got Talent, Brew Bound Podcast, wrestlingINC, Wrestling Observer.