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Aretha Franklin To Perform At WrestleMania 23

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Looking back 20 years ago, Aretha Franklin was one of the premiere divas in the music world. Now, two decades later, she’s become a legend. The theme for WrestleMania 23 is “All Grown Up,” and as such, it’s only fitting that the 19-time Grammy Award winner who opened WrestleMania III with a stunning rendition of “America the Beautiful,” will return to the Motor City to kick off this year’s edition of sports-entertainment’s biggest showcase.

“We are honored to have Miss Aretha Franklin perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 23, which is just days away,” said Neil Lawi, GM of WWE Music Group. “She will kick off the greatest night in sports-entertainment history with an exquisite rendition of the song, proving again, as she did at WrestleMania III, that she is the voice of American soul, gospel and R&B.

The “Queen of Soul” has been part of the WWE family for more than 20 years, and will once again be part of history as millions around the world tune into this spectacular event.”

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade

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WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .

“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.

“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”

Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.

“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”

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Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT

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WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.

Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.

Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.

Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.

 

 

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