Support for Daniel Bryan from an unlikely source and a tease of a long-anticipated dream match highlights WWE's social media this week.
Steve Austin, NXT's Bayley, Evolution and JTG also star in the most intriguing recent WWE-related tweets, Instagram photos and viral videos. Austin received some mainstream media coverage thanks to his no-holds-barred answer to the question of gay marriage.
"Stone Cold" has never been known as bashful whether it be in real life or with a live mic on Raw. It's not surprising then how uncompromisingly he approached the issue of gay marriage on his podcast.
WWE star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin slams gay marriage opponents in epic rant http://t.co/4dapzDAZmH— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 24, 2014
As backward as some folks erroneously view wrestling and its fans, the industry has been progressive in regard to gay rights. Darren Young coming out was largely met with his peers in full support of him.
Austin then full-on backed gay marriage rights and it took a good while before it became a headline.
Bryan has been compared to Austin several times over. He has reached an elite level of popularity much like "The Texas Rattlesnake" achieved. Austin helped make wrestling something a bigger audience accepted.
Bryan is appealing to unexpected pockets of the population as well.
In Pittsburgh, fans in support of the Penguins celebrated a goal the way Bryan has been celebrating for years. Bleacher Report's own Jonathan Fisher caught a "Yes!" chant breaking out:
WWE recently produced a video that traced Bryan's long journey to WrestleMania 30. The slickly produced clip, set to "Monster" by Imagine Dragons, is infectious.
It was shown a while back, including at WrestleMania itself, but WWE just uploaded it on its YouTube channel on April 21:
Many folks expected to see Sting debut at WrestleMania, only to be disappointed. Ever since he left TNA, fans were hoping to see him pop up in a WWE ring somewhere. Rumblings of whether he will actually compete for WWE have more weight now.
He commented on The Ultimate Warrior's early career after the Hall of Famer's recent passing:
It was a heartfelt and insightful look into how Warrior started out, but many fans are more interested in the fact that Sting was speaking in a WWE-produced video. Before one says that this is just a one-time thing and there's no reason to get excited, consider the question recently WWE asked.
WWE tweeted about what fans think would happen if The Undertaker and Sting had a match:
Is this a tease of something the company is considering? Is someone in charge just trolling fans? Either way, the discussion about this bout will certainly pick up now.
Another popular point of discussion on wrestling chat boards is whether WWE will bring back the War Games match. With Evolution back and charging toward a showdown with The Shield, it certainly would be a good time to do so.
This collision of a team from the past colliding with a trio of emerging stars is filled with the star power and animosity that made past War Games so great.
Evolution certainly looks as if it is 2004 again. The group went back to their suit-wearing ways on Monday's Raw. WWE took a great shot of them backstage and posted it on Instagram:
When those three men meet with The Shield, be it as part of War Games or not, it's a guarantee there will be no hugging. It would, though, if Bayley were involved somehow.
The NXT Diva shared a video of her attacking Big E with a hug:
Eric Minnesota, WWE mashup artist, created an interesting pairing of his own. He crammed JTG and Kharma's entrance music together in his latest video:
This song is good enough that it makes one wish that these two were on a team together. At the very least, it's a reminder of how chilling Kharma could be.
Having her back now that AJ Lee and Paige are part of the division would be mighty fun. She's not likely to have people chanting outside of a hockey game, but it would be a welcome sight.