Monday night’s episode of Raw was noteworthy for several reasons. It was the company’s first show since Seth Rollins tore his entire knee up last week working a match with Kane on WWE’s live tour of England. It was also the first night of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament, which will see 16 men whittled down to a new champion at Survivor Series. Alas, it was also noteworthy because we saw the reemergence of Kane and the Undertaker after Bray Wyatt and his minions had supposedly eaten their souls and stolen their cartoon powers.
The Manchester crowd certainly popped for the Brothers of Destruction, who proceeded to clean house of all four members of the Wyatt Family, leaving Bray laid out in the middle of the ring, and leaving to a thunderous ovation, arms raised in victory.
If I didn’t know better, I would think the feud was over.
Why do we need to see these two factions battle again? Clearly four men are no match for Undertaker and Kane, or at least that’s how WWE booked it Monday night. With only one Raw left until Survivor Series and heavy promotion of Undertaker’s 25th anniversary at the event taking place, he clearly has a place on the card and it obviously has to be pairing with his “brother” Kane to take on the Wyatt Family, but what are the stakes?
WWE could add two men to the mix and make it a four-on-four traditional Survivor Series elimination match but that doesn’t really make sense at this point. For one, the story has gone on for several weeks without anyone coming to the add of Taker and Kane. Also, why do they need help when they can easily dispatch of the Wyatt Family, as evidenced last night?
While the four-on-two will be fun, it could have been so much better, and how now become just a match as opposed to Taker and Kane seeking their ultimate revenge.
Bleacher Report released the above clip of several NFL rookies cutting pro wrestling-style promos. Included in the video are “The Jaboo” Jameis Winston, “The Wolverine” Devin Funchess, “Hulk” Melvin Gordon, “Brock” Ty Montgomery, Brett “The Hitman” Hundley, “Maverick” Bryce Petty, and “The Big Cat” Leonard Williams.
Another day, another return. This time it was Randy Orton coming to the aid of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose and helping them fend off the Wyatt Family. This segment uncharacteristically opened Raw instead of an Authority or Seth Rollins promo and it was a nice change of pace.
During the celebration for Charlotte’s Divas Championship win on last night episode of Raw, Paige had enough of the theatrics and seemingly turned heel on her PCB-mates. Whether or not you considered it a “pipebomb” promo, it certainly had shades of AJ Lee’s anti-diva rant in it.
My one nitpick with how this all went down was Charlotte’s overreactions while Paige was talking, distracting from the promo. I know in real life that’s how it would go down but in the land of kayfabe the rule is generally to take turns doing the talking.
Either way, it’s nice to see this side of Paige. She plays the brat character so well and hopefully – once Charlotte is done with Nikki Bella – we quickly move into a Paige v. Charlotte program and the excellent matches that will follow.
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WWE Network is really turning it up when it comes to original network content and the company’s newest show takes us behind the scenes and follows NXT hopefuls. Take a look at the preview for “Breaking Ground.”
After a fan entered the ring to try to be Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose’s mystery partner, the true man was revealed to be Chris Jericho. Unfortunately, the distraction of the fan in the ring seemed to take away from the crowd’s reaction to Y2J, but he got a solid pop nonetheless.
Jericho would end up costing Reigns and Ambrose the match when he tagged himself in as Reigns was about to win, and then was put out cold by Braun Strowman. Following the match, he bumped shoulders with Ambrose and walked to the back without talking to his teammates.
We’ll see where this one goes. Generally the “tag myself in” trope isn’t used in wrestling unless it’s to set up a heel turn, and the post-match incident seems to say that’s what’s happening, but we don’t know for sure if Jericho is sticking around for a bit. My guess would be he stays at least through his MSG house show match and has a mini-feud with Ambrose or Reigns in the process.
We have to wait until Sunday night to see Sting challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career but, thanks to the WWE 2K16 dev team, we can get a simulated version of the action right now. They’ve uploaded some 2K16 gameplay to the WWE2Kdev YouTube channel, which features the “Franchise of WCW” v. the “future of the WWE.” Take a look.
Hulk Hogan spoke with ABC News’ Amy Robach in an interview which aired on this morning’s episode of “Good Morning America.” In the video, Hogan addresses the comments from his Gawker sex tape video and the backlash since.