We publish a whole lot of content here at Cageside Seats. We’re also [looks around and whispers so the bosses can’t hear] not the only place producing wrestling content on the internet. So, as a service to you on the weekdays, we’ll be producing a wrestling newsletter, "Rude Awakening." Well, it will be a newsletter eventually: for now, it’ll just be part of your experience here at Cageside, collecting the news, recaps, and social moments from the greater wrestling universe daily so you won’t fall behind, with a newsletter format to come.
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Well here’s a story you probably weren’t expecting to read about: model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kendall Jenner wore an nWo Wolfpac shirt during a Michael Kors fashion show, and then donned the shirt once again after the event was over. nWo shirts have been popping up again in the world lately, thanks to society’s reliable love of all things retro combined with the incessant march of time that puts the WCW stable right in the sweet spot for nostalgia and reuse. Aziz Ansari recently repped the Wolfpac on Saturday Night Live — with WWE even putting a story up on their site to mark it — and now Kendall Jenner is out here making it a fashion statement. Hey, if you’ve still got an nWo shirt lying around, they’re what the cool kids are wearing these days.
The nWo itself is into it. Kevin Nash said she’s “rocking the red and black” in a post on Twitter, while Konnan went a step further and invited her to join the nWo. Of course, not everyone is excited that Jenner is wearing it, because wrestling fans — like fans anywhere else — need to play gatekeeper and are upset that Kendall Jenner is wearing this shirt when there is a chance she might not know anything about the nWo. The truth, though, is that you don’t know if she does like wrestling, if she’s familiar with the nWo, or if she just likes the way the shirt looks. And, more importantly, it doesn’t matter which it is! If she digs the shirt, cool. If she’s secretly waking up early to watch New Japan matches before her work day begins, great! If her only knowledge of Kevin Nash is that he’s in the Magic Mike movies, what does it matter? Let the woman wear a shirt.
Who knows? Maybe someone with little exposure to wrestling who is a huge Kendall Jenner fan will see the shirt and wonder what its origins are, opening up a whole new world of entertainment. Just think: a few months from now, after signing up for a WWE Network subscription and going back to watch the nWo in action, that Jenner fan will be furious about all of the same terrible booking decisions we are.
- The tag team scene is the most compelling part of NXT right now, and this week’s episode was another reminder of that.
- Thursday’s Rumor Roundup includes hope for Luke Harper at WrestleMania, as well as what might be going on with AJ Styles’s direction.
- Remember Wrestling Society X? Whether you do or not, this look back at the short-lived MTV promotion is worth your time, and not just because it tells the story of a space occupied by Vampiro and pre-WWE Seth Rollins.
- A number of Mexican celebrities impersonated Conan O’Brien prior to his visit to Mexico, including Lucha Underground’s Aerostar. These impersonations, of course, include rubbing of nipples.
- Kassius Ohno is getting video packages, and he has a new theme song. Kassius is coming, y’all.
- The NBA didn’t invite Rusev to play in their Celebrity All-Star Game. Here’s hoping Rusev shows up anyway and tosses the Accolade on a few celebs the NBA did deem worthy.
- With the Andre the Giant documentary in the works, wrestlers are sharing some stories in advance, including one from Randy Savage’s brother that details baby oil as the reason for heat between the two legends.
- Naomi got her custom side plates for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and they’re fitting, even if they don’t necessarily glow in the dark.
- Lana recently shared that the idea for her and Rusev’s kayfabe relationship came from Vince McMahon’s and Dusty Rhodes’ shared love for Game of Thrones.
- Finn Bálor is even rehabbing his entrance. Hey, it’s not easy work, crawling around on all fours like that.
- Here’s the prelude to a history of Combat Zone Wrestling, with a focus on its founder.
- WWE is planning to publish an official rule book, which is sure to start arguments and make people mad. So, it’s a perfect idea.
- Josh Matthews is still tweeting about being the best, so Shark Boy is laying into him and it is very good.