NEWS: Ric Flair medical update, Kurt Angle says Reigns-Cena turned into a shoot, Cena’s latest new project announced

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Kurt Angle talks potential return to the ring


-The news on Ric Flair’s condition has been limited, with his family releasing details as they’ve felt comfortable. Good news came this week from Ric Flair’s fiancee Wendy Barlow, who on Facebook, wrote: “He is doing very well for man who has been through so much! He will begin physical therapy shortly and will be stronger than ever and back out enjoying all the fans sooner than you would think.” Ric Flair’s Twitter page yesterday also posted this:

-Kurt Angle wrote on Instagram: “That look on your fave when you realize the in-ring promo has turned into a ‘legit shoot’ promo… and you’re enjoying it, and it was Awesome.” For what it’s worth, the promo was, of course, scripted, but as one former WWE Creative Team member told me, no Cena promos are ever adhered to 100 percent. Not only does he work with a writer on revising his scripts, sometimes overhauling them, but he clearly broke from script somewhat during Monday’s promo. That said, it doesn’t mean he was “shooting” in a way that Vince McMahon didn’t like or that didn’t fit the spirit of the intended goal of the segment.

-WWE issued a press release to PWTorch announcing John Cena will be voicing “Dallas & Robo,” a new animated series for YouTube Red. Press release excerpt:

YouTube Red continues to add some of the biggest names in Hollywood to its all-star comedy roster. On a packed slate showcasing inventive new Originals, comes DALLAS & ROBO — a hilarious animated space adventure and buddy-comedy from the producers behind Robot Chicken. The YouTube Red series features the voices of 16-time WWE champion John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters”) and Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls,” “Thor”).

DALLAS & ROBO centers around sassy space-trucker “Dallas” (Kat Dennings) and self-proclaimed warrior-poet ”Robo” (John Cena) who have to navigate their way around cannibal bikers, rival space truckers, and vending machine burritos as they try to make a buck in the seedy world of interplanetary big rigging.

Rounding out the all-star voice cast are Jane Lynch, Dana Snyder, Giancarlo Esposito, Clancy Brown, Bree Williamson, Nat Faxon, Taran Killam and Milana Vayntraub.

The eight episode series will be produced by Shadowmachine (“Robot Chicken,” “BoJack Horseman”). Mike Roberts (“Final Space”) is the creator of the series and also serves as an executive producer. Matt Mariska (“Robot Chicken”) and Andy Sipes (“Archer”) serve as writers and executive producers. John Cena also serves as an executive producer. DALLAS & ROBO will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2018.

“With Kat Dennings and John Cena bringing these animated characters to life, I have no doubt viewers are going to have fun watching this imaginative, new outer space comedy from Shadowmachine,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube.

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