Back in 2017, veteran trainer Rip Rogers posted a mocking description of “every Indy match now.” It started a whole lot of conversation in the wrestling community, and turned into a Twitter feud between Randy Orton and pretty much everyone associated with independent wrestling (and Bully Ray).
The thing most people remember from the whole flap is Roger’s sign-off - “...dive”
It was at the center of The Viper’s beef with Bubba. Will Ospreay made a shirt out of it. And Orton put his own spin on it with a mocking apology he ended with “...headlock”
Now he’s back with a follow-up. This time he’s “reviewing” NXT’s latest event, June 7’s TakeOver: In Your House, and taking aim at another modern wrestling trope - the superkick sound effect known as the leg slap.
Not sure how Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, or any of the other NXT Superstars who utilize the leg slap will feel about this. But a former NXT Superstar and Orton ally’s made his feelings pretty clear on it recently.
Things you probably won’t see in our debut match with @AEWrestling:— Dax FTR (@DaxHarwood) June 7, 2020
Jumping knee strike
Hand prints on our thighs
Jump off the top, miss, land on my feet & do a roll
Diamond cutter variation, but call it “(fancy name) Cutter”
FTR’s Dax Harwood is unsurprisingly completely behind Randy on this one.
I give it about three hours before someone puts a #LegSlap shirt up on ProWrestlingTees.com.
UPDATE: Tommaso Ciampa offered a retort.