– After saying farewell to WWE at SummerSlam, Renee Young made an appearance on WWE’s The Bump this morning. Young revealed that the title of her upcoming cookbook is “Messy in the Kitchen: My Guide to Eating Deliciously, Hosting Fabulously and Drinking Copiously.” She said the book will probably be coming out “closer to the spring.”
JBL, Mandy Rose, The Viking Raiders, and Sarah Logan were the other guests on The Bump this morning.
It was announced that Kofi Kingston and Cesaro will appear on Sunday’s pre-Payback edition of The Bump. That Bump episode will stream on the WWE Network and WWE’s digital platforms starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.
– In a feature story for People, Nikki and Brie Bella revealed the names of their newborn sons. Nikki and her fiance Artem Chigvintsev’s son is named Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev. Brie and Daniel Bryan’s son is named Buddy Dessert Danielson.
– WWE officially confirmed that Wade Barrett is doing commentary for tonight’s episode of NXT.
– Drake Maverick posted a video challenging any member of the Undisputed Era to face him on NXT tonight.
– New NXT North American Champion Damian Priest told Sports Illustrated about how he prepared for his first-ever ladder match at TakeOver XXX: “This was my first-ever ladder match, so I made sure I did my homework. A big part of that was reaching out to people who have been in ladder matches, and I spoke with Edge for an hour about it. For me, the main thing I took out of our conversation was that the match was not going to play out the way I thought it would. And he was right, because that’s exactly what happened. Very little happened the way I thought it would, but I was able to adapt. And he told me to stay in the moment, and that stuck with me, too.”
Priest also spoke about his hot tub celebration after winning the North American title: “Jumping in, even in all my gear, I’ve never felt better in my entire life. That wasn’t fake, that wasn’t acting, that was real. I could have changed, but I didn’t care. It felt like a ray of energy exploding inside me full of enjoyment and accomplishment.”
– TVInsider and Pro Wrestling Sheet also have interviews with Priest.
– On Twitter, Keith Lee wrote about the fan reaction to his music being changed for his Raw debut on Monday: “Music is out of my hands. Period. Leave it be. I’ll sort it out later.” He also responded to someone about his ring gear: “Leave it be and have some patience. Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. I promise. Let ME handle that stuff.”
Lee wrote in response to someone who said he didn’t have to explain the situation: “Of course I don’t *have* to. I don’t owe anyone an explanation. It is simply my way of showing respect to the people who have supported me. I don’t want people caught up on small things when what *should* be acknowledged is on my DEBUT, I mixed it up with Orton. WAY bigger deal”
– Shelton Benjamin tweeted about indie promotions returning with their first events since the COVID-19 pandemic began: “Great seeing lots of Indy promotions getting back to business glad to have you all back, the Industry NEEDS you. Stay safe and tear the house down. #supportindywrestling”
– Bray Wyatt tweeted today: “Dearest @Goldberg, Don’t worry old friend we fixed it. Don’t listen to what they say, you and I know they’re wrong. I forgive you! But please, if you see the red walk away from it.”
– Pat McAfee will be the guest on Thursday’s episode of Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast.
– WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Paige vs. Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship from Payback 2014, Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman from Payback 2017, and Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels for the World Heavyweight Championship from the October 20, 2003 episode of Raw.