WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
Following Extreme Rules 2013, WWE-related social media featured victors from that event displaying their new trophies along with the weirdness and humor one has come to expect from all things WWE on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Curtis Axel's surprise arrival on Monday's WWE Raw created major buzz. He took to Twitter to help usher in his arrival.
Elsewhere, WWE dressed up dogs, Miguel played a part in alternate history and WWE fans and alum remembered a legend.
From AJ Lee showing off her body to Big E. Langston offering to show more of his, here are the most intriguing and amusing WWE items from social media this week.
May 19: The Shield Show off Their Gold
Extreme Rules 2013 turned out to be the night of The Shield.
After Dean Ambrose took the United States title from Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Team Hell No to become the tag team champions.
WWE posted a photo on its Instagram page of The Shield gathering in the darkness and showing off the shine of their newly-acquired championship gold. The next few months will be interesting as the dominant squad moves forward as champs.
Who will be able to take those titles out of their hands?
May 20: AJ Lee Models Her New T-Shirt
Tying in with her now using the Black Widow (Octopus hold) as her finishing move, AJ Lee's newest T-shirt features a spider web and the words, "love bites."
WWE's Instagram page featured a photo that shows off the new gear as well as her midriff. As usual, AJ has customized her clothes with the help of scissors. Fans who buy the shirt on WWEShop.com won't get this sliced-up version, right?
Dolph Ziggler modeled a new T-shirt this week as well. He doesn't look half as good as AJ though.
May 21: Curtis Axel Arrives
The talk after Monday's WWE Raw was largely about Paul Heyman's newest client. A repackaged Michael McGillicutty walked out to a remix of his father's music. His new name and allegiance with Heyman gives his career a second genesis.
Axel was busy on Twitter. He used the medium to announce his arrival in emphatic fashion.
Do you see me now??? Curtis Axel has arrived! I am the GAMEchanger!— Curtis Axel (@RealCurtisAxel) May 21, 2013
He later tweeted that it was good to be a Heyman guy and fellow Heymanite CM Punk corrected his grammar.
May 22: Miguel and the Art of the Leg Drop
Singer Miguel's now-famous fall and unintentional leg drop at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards won't be compared to the Undertaker’s impressive version of the move. It has, however, become fodder for the Internet's most creative folks.
Chris Jericho posted a picture on his Instagram account that someone spliced together. Jericho added the caption, "What a double team!! #ShawnMiguels."
Suddenly Miguel is inserted into a match with Jericho and Shawn Michaels. Hopefully, this image doesn't inspire WWE to ask Miguel what his availability is for WrestleMania XXX.
— Cody Prince (@CP_145) May 22, 2013
May 22: Zack Ryder in Muscle and Fitness
Joining men like Sheamus, John Morrison, The Rock and others, Zack Ryder is the latest WWE Superstar to be featured in Muscle and Fitness Magazine.
The magazine interviewed Ryder about his role on Saturday Morning Slam and what he would do if he were GM of that show. The piece feels dated now that Saturday Morning Slam isn't guaranteed to continue running (h/t WrestlingInc.com) and the show's GM search is long over.
Still, Ryder was clearly proud to be featured somewhere, so he posted a photo of his interview on his Instagram page.
May 22: Big E. Langston Has More to Share
Big E. Langston is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining WWE personalities on Twitter.
Apparently he's gotten wind of folks talking about his singlet riding up and clinging to his body. He responded with the following tweet:
So there's some internet chatter about my singlet? Haven't read it, but was told there's a call to reveal more cheek. Well, if you insist...— Big E Langston (@BigELangston) May 22, 2013
Kudos to Langston for handling the rumblings so well, deflecting it with his underappreciated sense of humor. His unflattering ring gear is an easy fix and a distraction, though, and should he change it, he won't have to answer to questions about it anymore.
May 23: R.I.P. Owen Hart
Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999.
It's hard to believe that 14 years have already passed since that tragic moment. Judging by the Owen-centered tributes and discussions still happening on Twitter and elsewhere, it's clear that fans have not forgotten him.
Jay Hunter of OSWReview.com tweeted a flashback photo of Owen with Trish Stratus.
Remembering Owen Hart (who passed away 14 years ago today), pictured here with Trish Stratus. Pretty cool, eh? twitter.com/OSWreview/stat…— Jay Hunter (@OSWreview) May 23, 2013
Ring of Honor wrestler, Mike Bennett shared a touching thought:
I remember being 14 and watching the ppv when Owen Hart passed away.I cried myself to sleep that night.I'll never forget it #OwenWasAwesome— Mike Bennett (@ROHMikeBennett) May 23, 2013
Beth Phoenix joined in the online tribute as well.
Owen's brother Bret had the following heartfelt words to share about him:
my life has forever changed after losing you Owen, it's been an incredibly sad and lonesome world without you and it surely can't be fair ..— Bret Hart (@BretHart) May 23, 2013
To lighten the mood and turn a few of our tears to smiles, Kayfabe News wrote a funny, fictional piece about Owen playing a rib on God.
May 24: Superstar Dogs
Personalities from the past and present are represented in canine form. Everyone from Ricardo Rodriguez to Chief Jay Strongbow is imitated. A creepy dog version of Kane is one that stands out.
Whether fans laugh or cringe at these images, they will at least get them talking.
NBC producer Josh Dodd proposed that TV personality and WWE fan Michelle Beadle feature the WWE dogs on her new show.