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WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN: Bray Wyatt Delivers Emotional Return; Rey Mysterio Moves Back to the Blue Brand

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In an incredibly effective moment of television, Bray Wyatt made his emotional return to Friday Night Smackdown. While the sold-out crowd held up their lighters all over the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Wyatt walked to the ring with his signature lantern in the dark.

However, when he stepped through the ring ropes with mic in hand, it was a different side of Wyatt that had ever been shown to the WWE Universe.  As he began to address the crowd, Wyatt poured his inner-most thoughts out to them.  Bray began: “I am incredibly grateful. I’m really, really nervous to be here. I never thought this would happen. This right here, this is just me, OK? This is a version of me I never got to introduce to you guys before. This is just me being me, genuine me, for the first time.”

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Bray shared what the best year has been like … a year which included him being let-go by the WWE: “I lost my career. I lost my self-confidence. I lost two people who were very, very close to me. I lost my way.  I got to a point where I thought that everything that I’ve ever done here or otherwise, it was all meaningless. Nothing I’ve ever did has ever mattered to anyone. And I was wrong. Once I was done feeling sorry for myself, I decided to go out in the world again and …. people everywhere that would say, ‘Thank you Bray, man. When you coming back home?’ And then every once in a while there would be someone I would meet that would be truly remarkable, and you know who you are. But these people they would come to me. They would come to me, and they would say, ‘Bray, I just wanted to thank you, man, because I was in a time of need, and I lost people that were close to me, and I lost my self-confidence, and I felt weak, and I felt vulnerable, and in this weakened state I found your words, Bray. I found your words, and I just wanted to thank you, man. You saved my life, Bray.’

Wyatt was ending his promo/speech with: “The truth is, I don’t think about stuff like that. And the thing about that is, is that I can sit here right now today, and I can look all of you in the eyes, and I can say you were there when I was weak, when I was vulnerable, when I was down, and I just wanted to say, ‘Thank you, you all saved my life.’”

All of a sudden in true Bray Wyatt fashion, he was cut off as the lights went dark and the screen began to play frightening and harrowing images of the rumored storyline, which will have Wyatt in a group, possibly called Wyatt 6, which is Bray’s latest Twitter handle name.  The person speaking was clearly on the dark side as evil lurked.  The voice ended with a threatening message: “You got no idea who you’re dealing with, do you? Oh, but you will.”  Is this another personality of Wyatt’s? ( such as The Fiend’s friend?) or could it be someone who will be in charge of the reported new wrestling faction? Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, Rey Mysterio Jr. who has been torn to pieces over his son Dominic’s turn to the dark side with The Judgement Day on RAW, when to see Triple H backstage.  Rey told his boss, that he will not go up against his son and he is quitting wrestling and the company.  Triple H asked him to come into his backstage office/dressing room to discuss this.

Viewers did not know how it all turned out UNTIL Rey was announced as part of the main event, the fatal four-way with the winner getting a shot at Gunther and the Intercontinental Championship.  The slot in the main event was open once Drew McIntyre took out Karrion Kross in the show opener when he attacked him outside of the arena. Mysterio pinned Ricochet to get his shot at the title.  Many believe, that the decision to bring Rey back to the blue brand, was to not play out the son vs. father plotline further, but then to drive into high ear in early 2023 leading to a huge match at Wrestlemania in April between the two.

So, what did you think of Bray’s return? Mysterio switching to Smackdown? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, but first watch the memorable moments from the episode below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Trends on ‘X’ after Finn Puts His Hand in Sheila’s Blood

We got to give it up for fans of The Bold and the Beautiful, who during and after the CBS daytime drama series aired its Thursday, February 29th, took to X (formerly Twitter) to let their feelings be known on what they just witnessed. B&B is still trending on the social media platform as of this posing

In story, Finn (Tanner Novlan) is reeling from Sheila’s (Kimberlin Brown) death. He seems more pre-occupied that he lost his mother (who previously shot him, and his wife Steffy, and kept him hostage for months and separated from his family) than he is his wife. Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is also in shock and upset that she had to act in self-defense when Sheila broke into their home and was there to harm her.

The end of the line for Sheila came when Steffy stabbed the supervillain and is now presumed dead; after the paramedics and the cops arrived on the scene. (That is if you believe everyone who showed up from the first responders is legit.)

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At the cliff house, Finn becomes emotional over the thought of something happening to Steffy or the kids. Steffy tells Finn that she truly thought Sheila was going to shoot her.

Finn fires back, “So you plunged a knife into her?” Steffy explains she had to protect herself, and that she is “sorry!” Finn snarls, “You’re sorry? You’re sorry for killing my mom?”

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Next, in what can only be defined as Finn showing his ‘inner-Sheila’ he walks over to the blood stained carpet. He kneels down and touches it and put his hand it it, and cries.

A startled Steffy says, “What are you doing?” With his blood-soaked hand, Finn stands up and as Steffy steps toward him to attempt to comfort him, he backs away. In the tag of the episode, Finn says to Steffy, “My mom’s blood is on my hand. And yours, Steffy.”

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Meanwhile, Hope (Annika Noelle) is flummoxed when she learned from Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) that Sheila died when Steffy in self-defense grabbed a knife and stabbed her. Hope’s first reaction was, “Does Finn know?! Does Finn know that Steffy killed his birth mom?!” Many a viewer believes this is all leading to Hope ‘comforting’ Finn.

Take a look below and just some of the gifs, memes and comments that are making The Bold and the Beautiful still trend on X today below.

Now let us know, what did you think of Finn’s reaction to Sheila’s death, his blood-stained hands and how he seems to be blaming Steffy for his mother’s death? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.

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However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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AMERICAN IDOL: Ziggy Krassenberg and Abi Carter Impress the Judges and Bring the Tears

On Sunday night’s February 25th episode of American Idol, there were several strong performances by young talent. However, when the smoke cleared, two will remain most memorable. Just how far they will go as the competition progresses no one knows, but in the case of one of them, two of the Idol judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, think they found the season’s winner.

First, viewers met Holland’s Ziggy Krassenberg. Previously, Ziggy revealed he competed on the Dutch version of ‘Idol’ and came in at seventh place. A social media influencer, Ziggy is known for his blue and pink-tinged hair.

Fans of the show on social media seemed split on Ziggy, including those that felt he should not compete in the American-version of ‘Idol’, since he comes from The Netherlands. But a cautionary tale here folks! Nutsa made it into the Top 25 and beyond on last season of ‘Idol’ and she hailed from the country of Georgia.

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Once in the audition room, when Katy, Lionel and Luke asked Ziggy about his background, he said people don’t like him in his home country because of his “big personality” and call him “cotton candy.”

Next, Ziggy let out a beautiful rendition of Lady Gaga’s “A Million Reasons.” Following his performance, he was asked about his mother, who he said was a drug addict and not around, and his father, who he had a difficult relationship passed away last year, and so he raised himself. Lionel noted that Ziggy had been trying to be accepted by people his whole life, now it’s their turn to help raise him up. Ziggy was in tears and received a golden ticket. Watch went down below.

Later in the episode, we meet 21-year-old Abi Carter from Indio, California. She is about to play the piano and sing “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish from the Barbie movie. As she does, members of her family – brother, sisters and mom, listen in the doorway, while the brother tries to watch Abi’s audition looking through a crack of the door on the floor.

Inside, Carter delivered her own rendition of the Eilish Grammy-award winning Song of the Year. The judges fell in love with her perfect performance and how unique her voice was juxtaposed with her rendition of the tune. Afterwards, Abi is in tears.

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Katy Perry stepped out from behind the judges desk and walked over to a Carter, praising her for singing from the heart and asking “What were you made for for? You were made for this, 100-percent.” Next, Abi’s family ran into the room for a group hug, bringing everyone to even more tears.

Watch Abi’s performance below.

What did you think of Ziggy and Abi’s performances on American Idol and the emotional moments that their auditions brought with it? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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