It’s that time of the week again, as another group of wrestlers has been unveiled for WWE 2K17, the latest edition of the long-running wrestling video game franchise. Among the new names announced, AJ Styles, Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke and final member of the Four Horsewomen to be revealed, Becky Lynch, are all making their debuts, along with a long list of legends and current Superstars making their returns. 2K is expected to release one more wave of roster announcements next week, so stay tuned for the final list!
Day: August 16, 2016
While doing promotional work for the upcoming SummerSlam Pay Per View, Smackdown GM and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan shared some candid thoughts on his retirement, and the entire process that led up to the end of his in-ring career. It’s quite clear that Bryan misses being able to get in the ring and wrestle, but the interview also shows that if doctors and WWE hadn’t stepped in, it’s very likely that things could have gone much worse for Bryan, who talks about how dedicated he was to not changing his high intensity, hard-hitting style despite the advice of everyone around him. Here’s Bryan on what happened to him in the days after he retired on Raw, then headed off to film episodes of Total Bellas immediately afterwards.
It might have gotten lost in the chaos last night, but for the second straight year, retired former host of The Daily Show and noted huge wrestling fan Jon Stewart will be appearing at the SummerSlam PPV, this time as a guest of Mick Foley. Hopefully this year he won’t show up looking like a homeless man in poorly-fitting clothing, but more importantly, what are the chances that Stewart has as big of an effect on SummerSlam as he did last year, when he singlehandedly prevented John Cena from defeating Seth Rollins and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for a record-tying 16th time?
While everything obviously went off without a hitch (give or take a fan jumping the barricade), there was a serious chance that last night’s Raw could have been delayed or even cancelled. In the hours right before the show, a huge rainstorm led to lightning struck somewhere around the arena and caused a blackout, bringing setup and production to a near-standstill. Fortunately, the power was restored in time to finish setting up, and the show went on the air as normal, but given how WWE has reacted in similarly disastrous situations in the past (such as the post-Rumble Raw that aired during a blizzard, or when that Icelandic volcanic eruption stranded the Raw crew in Europe), we would have been interested to see what kind of show we might have gotten had the power stayed off, especially given that it was the final Raw before SummerSlam.
If you were watching Seth Rollins’ in-ring promo last night when he called out the Demon King, you might have briefly noticed someone appear in front of him before disappearing just as quickly, with Rollins staring off-screen for a while (Michael Cole attempted to cover by claiming Rollins was “in a trance”). Apparently, a fan got it in his head to rush the ring, and got within feet of Rollins before being dragged away by referees and ringside security. Some footage captured by another fan’s cellphone shows what happened to him immmediately after he was subdued, in case anyone needed a reminder of why you absolutely, positively, never jump the railing and attempt to attack WWE Superstars.
It’s the go-home Raw before SummerSlam, so this was the final chance for any new matches to be made, and for any SummerSlam opponents to try and get the upper hand headed into the big show! Here’s everything that went down on the last Raw before the PPV!