As Dave Meltzer mentions over at today's F4Wonline update, the advertised eight-person tag team match was dropped from Sunday's WrestleMania pay-per-view due to time constraints.
The bout was due to feature Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins taking on Brodus Clay, Tensai and the Funkadactyls.
OK, so it was probably not some great loss to the fans in attendance or at home. At best, the match was a throwaway comedy bout that would serve to calm the crowd down between main events.
But nonetheless, you have to feel for the wrestlers involved, who were seemingly caught off guard by the move. The stars had geared up to have their big WrestleMania moment only to have it torn away from them.
Heck, during the actual show, the Bella Twins tweeted a picture of her team hugging and noting they were getting ready for the bout—meaning they probably weren't told the news until late on.
Over at their account, the two siblings were gracious about the matter, saying they were disappointed, but noting that the eight-person tag would likely happen on this evening's Raw instead.
Nikki & Brie @BellaTwins
Sad & disappointed there wasn't enough time to see The Rhode Scholars & Bella's #Wrestlemania victory! But there's always #RAW tonight! B&N4/8/2013, 2:50:51 PM
Brodus Clay, meanwhile, was clearly troubled by the decision to take the match off of WrestleMania, but resolved on Twitter to use it as a motivational tool for the future.
His tag team partner Tensai, whose WWE career over the past year has left a lot to be desired, also sounded philosophical over at his Twitter.
Matt Bloom @NXTMattBloom
Everything happens for reason.4/8/2013, 5:35:40 AM
Neither Damien Sandow or Cody Rhodes have commented on the matter yet. Although interestingly, Rhodes' fiance Brandi Reed, formerly WWE Diva Eden Stiles, made the following cryptic remark on her Twitter earlier today:
Brandi Rhodes @TheBrandiRhodes
... @CodyRhodesWWE will be off of twitter until further notice, as will I. Warmest Regards to you all.4/8/2013, 6:08:26 PM
Well, what does this mean? Is Rhodes genuinely irate here?
Heck, even popular wrestling journalist Arda Ocal wondered if this was some sort of "silent protest" over the cancelled WrestleMania match. It could also be some sort of work/shoot storyline, as well. We'll have to wait and see.
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