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CM Punk Praises AJ Lee for All-Time Promo List
The anniversary of CM Punk's pipe bomb promo led to recent discussions regarding the greatest promos in wrestling history. While many view Punk's promo as the greatest in the modern era, he took time to praise his wife, AJ Lee, for being the only women's promo recognized among the all-time greats by BT Sport:
Lee's 2013 promo ripping the cast of Total Divas is seen as one of the seminal moments that helped change women's wrestling. While she left the company before the so-called "revolution," Lee planted the seeds of real character work, along with in-ring bona fides that would help the likes of Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair ascend to the top of the card.
Still only 33 years old, it's fair to wonder whether she might be more likely to return for a one-off appearance than Punk on WWE television.
Reigns Opens Up on Decision to Not Participate in WWE Events During Pandemic
Roman Reigns hasn't been seen on WWE programming since March, and it's unlikely he will be back anytime soon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reigns has a compromised immune system after twice being diagnosed with cancer, and he recently told the Hindu MetroPlus that he made a decision to withdraw from competition for his family.
"For me, I just had to make a choice for my family. [WWE] has done everything that they can to make it the safest work environment possible," Roman said. "It is not the workplace that I was necessarily concerned about. The decision was taken mainly because each performer travels so much, and we are all such a diverse group and from all over the place. I'm not convinced, and I can't trust the fact that everybody is taking it as seriously and locking themselves down at home like I am.
"I trust my life with my co-workers every time I step foot in the ring, but I just can't put the same trust when it has my children, my wife and my family involved. But I don't want it to come off as I am taking a stand against the company at all, because I love the WWE. I've been a part of this company since I was a little boy. That's why I always take it so personally when I represent them."
WWE was not testing its employees for COVID-19 until earlier this month when a developmental talent who had been at the Performance Center tested positive. Several employees have since tested positive for the virus.
Other talent, including Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, have opted out of appearing as well.
Becky Lynch to Appear on Game On!
A recently released preview of this week's episode of Game On! features Becky Lynch taking on a team led by comedian Joel McHale.
Lynch has been off WWE programming since the night after Money in the Bank, when she announced her pregnancy and relinquished the Raw women's championship. The filming of Game On! took place before the pandemic.
The show is hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and features Venus Williams, Rob Gronkowski and comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel.