NEWS ITEMS: The original backstory of Sister Abigail revealed, Cena says torch has been passed, Owens’ dream opponent, Gail Kim update

By Andrew Soucek, PWTorch Specialist

John Cena (photo credit Wade Keller © PWTorch)

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The following are the latest news items stemming from quotes highlighted at our sister website, www.PWPodcasts.com, which chronicles what wrestlers are saying on the record on a daily basis, including newsworthy quick quotes and longer detailed written recaps of wrestling-personality-hosted podcasts.

For years, Bray Wyatt fans have been wondering if we’ll ever see Sister Abigail on TV. According to former WWE creative team member Kevin Eck, that is unlikely to happen. Why? Because Bray didn’t envision the character to be his actual sister. On the PWTorch Livecast, he laid out the mysterious character’s backstory. “From what I know about how Bray Wyatt envisioned that character, I don’t think that character is ever going to be seen, because the way Bray explained it, and I don’t think it’s ever come out on TV, he speaks in riddles, so maybe if you read in-between the lines, but Bray Wyatt was apparently a young man and Sister Abigail was an old, black woman, in I believe, the swamps of Louisiana who had some supernatural powers, and you know, the history of voodoo and such in New Orleans. I believe she took him under her wing and kind of taught him the secrets of what she knows of the dark arts and things like that.” Read the full story here: MORE: Former WWE creative team member reveals the origin story of the Sister Abigail character

John Cena has been the biggest star in WWE for over a decade now. That has left some fans wondering who he will eventually “pass the torch” to. Cena thinks it has already happened, as he revealed in an interview with Chris Van Vliet. “I think it’s been passed without me,” he said. “There’s a lot of folks who are currently doing a lot of damage on the roster. The show is thriving in my absence. I think it’s extremely competitive. I did win the 16th Championship at the Rumble but I was unfortunate in my first defense at Elimination Chamber and before that I hadn’t really been in the Championship picture for a while. I think the company is moving on quite well. I don’t know if there needs to be a formal anointment but they’re really doing well without me.” Check out the full story: MORE: John Cena reveals Ric Flair’s reaction to tying his world title record, his impending return, who he should pass the torch to

In an interview with nola.com, Kevin Owens talked about which wrestler is his WrestleMania dream opponent. He revealed that right now, it would be one of the top stars on Raw. “If you say past, it’s Shawn Michaels hands down,” he said. “If you say present, Sami Zayn and I have had such a rich history, I feel like a one-on-one match at WrestleMania would be so perfect. But there’s also Finn Balor. He’s my best friend. He’s probably the one guy if I could sit across from in the ring at WrestleMania, that would make my career. Finn and I got to WWE at the same time, and we dived into an unknown territory. We gravitated toward each other very quickly. He’s like a brother to me now.” Owens also discussed his all-time favorite WrestleMania match and what he hopes to be doing at ‘Mania 34. Get the full details here: MORE: Kevin Owens on his favorite WrestleMania match, dream WrestleMania opponent, who his real best friend is

Gail Kim has been noticeably absent from Impact for months and Kevin Eck with PressBox asked her when she’ll return from her back injury. “My back was injured just basically from wear and tear over the years,” she said. “Luckily, Impact has been so good to me in terms of letting me take time off to make sure I’m healthy and never making me feel bad about it. I’ve been ready to come back for a little while but [Impact Wrestling] has had some time off because we film a bunch of shows once a month or once every other month, so that’s the only reason why I haven’t been back in the ring, but I’m going to be back shortly.” Kim also talked about being the “elder statesman” of the division and if she’s currently under contract to Impact. Get the full details: MORE: Gail Kim talks about her back injury, if she’s under contract to Impact, being the “elder statesman” of the Knockouts Division

There is much more available at www.PWPodcasts.com, which just might be YOUR NEXT NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE to visit every day. New detailed written podcast recaps include:

-Cheap Heat’s thoughts on Extreme Rules

-Colt Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” with Tyson Dux

-Sam Roberts with Cody Rhodes

-Steve Austin Unleashed! with Pat Militech

-X-Pac 1,2,360 with Road Dogg

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