Ricochet’s First Major NXT Feud, Ric Flair To Make Feature Film Acting Debut, The Revival Focused On Becoming Champions

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– Scott Dawson of The Revival tweeted the following about how he and Dash Wilder are staying focused on becoming RAW Tag Team Champions. The comments were made after The Revival failed to earn a WrestleMania 34 title shot from The Bar on this week’s RAW.

– As speculated, NXT Superstar The Velveteen Dream’s recent negative comments on the indies are apparently building to a feud with newcomer Ricochet. We now know that Dream, Ricochet, Adam Cole, Lars Sullivan, Killian Dain and Ethan Carter III will compete in a Ladder Match at “Takeover: New Orleans” to crown the first-ever NXT North American Champion.

WWE picked up on recent social media jabs between Dream and Ricochet, as seen below:

Velveteen Dream takes aim at Ricochet on Twitter

It’s hard to tell which is bigger: The spotlight over Ricochet’s head, or the target on his back. The acclaimed NXT newcomer hasn’t even debuted on WWE Network yet, but he’s already the subject of massive praise, precipitously high expectations and, now, a seemingly menacing tweet from Velveteen Dream.

Dream tagged @KingRicochet earlier this week when he tweeted a GIF of “The Lion King’s” most traumatizing scene. You know the one, where Scar — driven by the desire to become king — betrays his brother Mufasa and lets him plummet to his death. The GIF included a caption of Scar’s infamous line, “Long live the king.”

While it’s possible Dream was innocently sharing a snippet of Disney’s animated classic with his fellow NXT Superstar, it seems more plausible that the tweet was a not-so-subtle jab at the man nicknamed “King.” Ricochet replied with a “Lion King” GIF of his own on Tuesday.

The curious tagging of Ricochet comes on the heels of several recent inflammatory posts by Dream. The outspoken Superstar called out NXT’s “indy guys” in a now-deleted tweet two weeks ago, then followed up with a notepad missive that simultaneously took up the cause of “Entertainer Empowerment” and underscored Dream’s hatred of all things independent wrestling.

It’s unclear whether Dream had Ricochet, a veritable legend of the independent wrestling scene, in mind all this time. However, following Dream’s latest tweet, it’s safe to say that Ricochet has his attention now.

– The Wrap reports that WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has signed on to make his feature film acting debut.

The Nature Boy will play the president of a pro wrestling promotion in a R-rated movie titled “Uncle Steamroller & Champion Rabbit,” which is currently in development. The movie was written by Brian Kowalchuk, who is also serving as supervising producer.

The movie will focus on the World Wrestling Union, a Las Vegas syndicate that owns the wrestling tour that Uncle Steamroller attempts to stage his comeback on. Uncle Steamroller is a “dejected Iraq war veteran” who is struggling to regain his Heavyweight Title while being managed by a failed motivational speaker. Flair will play the president of WWU.

Flair and fiancee Wendy Barlow will also executive produce the movie.

“I really like this wonderfully written script and find it to be very entertaining,” Flair told The Wrap. “The edgy sense of humor is great, but the story also has a good heart. I’m expecting the inspirational story line will appeal to fans that extend beyond my loyal core wrestling base, and I am seriously looking forward to getting this film in front of worldwide audiences. Wooooooooooooooooo!”


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