- Ahead of his 25th anniversary celebration kicking off on SmackDown this Friday, Paul "Triple H" Levesque made an appearance on this morning's episode of WWE's The Bump.
The appearance included Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sending in a video message congratulating Triple H on 25 years with WWE:
Nia Jax, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella, and Drake Maverick also appeared on The Bump this morning. Maverick is still taking part in NXT's interim Cruiserweight Championship tournament despite being released by WWE. He's facing Jake Atlas in a Group A match on NXT tonight.
- Rey Mysterio has been announced as a guest for next Wednesday's episode of The Bump.
- "25 Years of Triple H: The Game Changing Matches" will air on the WWE Network at 10 a.m. Eastern time this Friday, with "Live to Win: A Conversation with Triple H and Lemmy" then airing at noon.
- WWE issued a storyline injury update on Elias after he was attacked by Baron Corbin on SmackDown last week:
As first reported on WWE’s The Bump, Elias suffered a bruised larynx and broken middle and pinky fingers following the latest attack by King Corbin. The injuries have put Elias’ musical performances on hold, as they’ve hampered his ability to sing and play guitar.
King Corbin has targeted the songbird multiple times in the last few weeks, as the most recent attack on Friday Night SmackDown followed his assault ahead of WrestleMania that sent his rival flying from the WWE Performance Center perch. Elias had drawn the ire of Corbin with repeated songs mocking the regal competitor through song.
Stay locked in to WWE digital and social platforms for the latest updates on Elias’ status.
- Dakota Kai spoke to Sports Illustrated about her heel turn and working with Raquel Gonzalez:
After WarGames, there was a lot of pressure for me to perform. I needed another element to take it to the next level, and Raquel was that piece. She’s the muscle, and that gave me so much more to play with inside the ring.
Initially, this was such a big change for me. Being a babyface came so naturally to me, and it’s what I’d done in NXT and on the independent scene. It was terrifying to me to completely change, but it was also the best for me. I didn’t want to become stagnant—this has allowed me to let my creativity flow. And adding Raquel has been such a huge help. I wouldn’t say it has been easy, but it’s been creatively fulfilling.