WWE: Bo Dallas WWE Return Plans Update, Piper Niven Confirms Broken Hand Injury, More News

Update on WWE’s Return Plans for Bo Dallas – Multiple Teases Appear at Monday’s RAW Show

As noted before, WWE is currently working on plans for Bo Dallas’ and the Uncle Howdy character potential return to the company. Dallas’ potential return was first teased in WWE’s Bray Wyatt: Becoming Immortal documentary that was released earlier this month.

Monday’s WWE RAW After Mania show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was notable for featuring a “Hello” message screen glitch that took place during Bronson Reed’s backstage promo segment. Besides the screen glitch for the television audience, cryptic music played and the lights went off and came back on for the live audience.

Fightful Select reported that the clues given by WWE during Monday’s show were from the recently released Wyatt documentary hinting at Dallas’ upcoming return to the company. It was reported that it is currently not known what version of Dallas will be returning in regards to being simply just Dallas, Uncle Howdy, or something else.

Piper Niven Confirms Broken Hand Injury

As noted before, Piper Niven has been absent from in-ring action for WWE since this past February due to an injury that is currently believed to be a broken hand injury.

A recent episode of the Gorilla Position podcast featured Niven as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Niven confirming that she had suffered a broken hand injury and is currently recovering from it.

“Who wants to see my gross hand? I broke my hand (she laughed). Training, trying to be a better performer. So obviously, the universe was like, no, no, no, you’re too good. They was like, hey bro, you can’t — come on, you gotta give everybody else a chance. So yeah, broke my hand unfortunately… This happened the 7th of February. So, just over two months. Just over two months but it’s getting a little better. So, and now I have this gnarly little bone callus that I can’t wait to backfist people with. So yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing.

Not as of just yet but hopefully soon, hopefully soon (I’ll be cleared)… Honestly, I feel like this was kind of necessary. I’ve never broken a bone or really had — I’ve been out before, especially with COVID and stuff, but I never had any real injury and I kind of feel like this was a very necessary learning experience for me and so, even though I’ve been injured with a broken bone and rehabbing that and everything that comes with that, I have been doing so much work. Inner work, ring work, learning about myself and my profession and honestly, I really think this was a necessary setback to be better as a performer. So I’m very, very excited to show everyone that when I get back.”

Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com

WWE News & Notes

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that WWE officials made a late change to their original plans for Monday’s RAW show in Philadelphia as the show was in progress. Johnson reported that WWE officials original plans were for the Chelsea Green vs. Jade Cargill match to take place during RAW’s commercial free first hour but this was moved to the third hour due to the Triple H, Cody Rhodes, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opening segment going well beyond its allocated time.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson also reported that his sources stated that someone was seen outside of the Wells Fargo Center handing out Cody Rhodes signs to people who were attending Monday’s RAW show.

WWE held two dark matches prior to the start of Monday’s RAW show in Philadelphia for the tapings of this week’s Main Event show. These matches were Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark defeating Kayden Carter & Katana Chance in a tag team match and Ivar defeating Julius Creed in a singles match.

Cody Rhodes recently revealed on Twitter his full schedule of WWE events for the month of April.

WWE’s two-night WrestleMania 40 event on April 6-7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania reportedly generated a combined 1.35 million searches on Google, according to the Wrestling Observer.

During this past Sunday’s WrestleMania 40 post-show press conference, WWE CCO Paul “Triple H” Levesque gave his thoughts about his wife and former WWE co-CEO Stephanie McMahon making a surprise appearance at the event. Levesque stated “So great to have her back home. I get her home all the time, but to have her back here. To see the doubt leave her by being here the last few days. To see her confidence come back and to know that this is her home. All of you, all of us, all this business, it’s her home. As much as anybody on the planet, she belongs here. Hopefully she knows that now. Happy to have her back.” (Transcript h/t: Fightful.com)

Legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer recently praised WWE ring announcer Samantha Irvin on Twitter about her ring announcing work during thsi past weekend’s WrestleMania 40 events. Buffer statedRing announcer Samantha Irvin ruled @WrestleMania last night & her emotional final announcement was awesome! She was featured on camera-ring center-that was a smart production move & she was just brilliant! Her timing, pace, drama, energy was perfect! @SamanthaTheBomb @WWE

In a recent interview with NBC’s TODAY Show, Cody Rhodes gave his thoughts about his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship victory at this past Sunday’s WWE WrestleMania 40 Night 2 event. Rhodes stated “What was fun was at the point of the match when John (Cena) comes down, it was like lightning struck in the arena. Just, he brings an energy that’s very John Cena, very special. Also, he’s been the quarterback of the WWE, he’s been the champion. Then to have The Undertaker, which is a different level of energy. 40 years of WrestleMania was basically celebrated in one match and then The People’s Champ as he likes to call himself, The Rock. Just again, 40 years and I think the fans felt every bit of that.” (Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com)

WWE announced one new match for the card of Tuesday’s NXT show:

  • NXT Tag Team Championship – Axiom & Nathan Frazer vs. Wolf Dogs (Baron Corbin & Bron Breakker) (c)

WWE also announced two new matches for the card of their WWE RAW show on April 15th in Montreal, Canada:

  • Intercontinental Championship – Chad Gable vs. Sami Zayn (c)
  • Andrade vs. Dominik Mysterio