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WWE’s Dexter Lumis reveals new shaggy look ahead of rumored return

It’s been more than a year since Dexter Lumis has appeared in any WWE programming, but the 40-year-old wrestling star is rumored to be on his way back to the ring, where he may be hard to recognize.

Lumis (real name: Sam Shaw) has appeared in several social media photos sporting scruffy facial hair and a longer mane atop his head. He had previously been known to have a neatly trimmed mustache with a well-maintained fade.

This may seem innocuous to non-wrestling fans, but the new look appears to be part of a bigger plan by the WWE to reintroduce Lumis as part of the new ‘Uncle Howdy’ faction, which is expected to debut at Saturday’s King and Queen of the Ring Tournament in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The WWE gave a major Uncle Howdy clue to fans recently with the use of a QR code that revealed the postal code in Jeddah: 22423. 

WWE stars such as Randy Orton, Bianca Belair, and GUNTHER will participate in the event, where the men’s and women’s winners are expected to be given a shot at a title.

Lumis has appeared in  social media photos sporting scruffy facial hair and a longer mane

Lumis was known to sport a neatly trimmed mustache with a well-maintained fade

But the biggest buzz may center around the return of Bo Dallas as Uncle Howdy, who is expected to lead a new faction that will likely include Lumis, according to multiple reports.

Lumis was a regular with WWE until May of 2023, when he mysteriously vanished from promotion broadcasts. There had been reports that the WWE simply had no creative plans for Lumis.

The 37th annual SummerSlam will be held on Saturday at the Jeddah Super Dome, which comes during a resurgent year for the wrestling circuit following the Vince McMahon’s sudden resignation over accusations of sex trafficking.

McMahon, a long-time wrestling promoter, is being sued by a former WWE employee over several accusations, including the claim that he trafficked her to other men in the company.

Lumis’ one-time signature look (pictured) is being replaced with a more casual aesthetic 

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