Remember Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell? If you don’t, that’s fine too. You’re not missing much.
The WWE are already missing the likes of Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns due to some sort of contagious virus spreading around the locker room, had Neville basically walk out of the company, and Nia Jax currently written out of the storyline for some undisclosed reason. To make matters worse, they are now without former United States and Universal champion Kevin Owens.
The Undertaker had one of the greatest retirements in wrestling history. Whether you like Roman Reigns or not, most wrestling fans will agree that watching The Undertaker lose at WrestleMania 33, passing the torch to someone else, and then leaving his trademark hat and coat in the ring as we walked off to a standing ovation was one of the most iconic moments in the history of the business.
Hulk Hogan. The Rock. Steve Austin. John Cena.
The hottest tag team on the planet right now is probably the Young Bucks, who aren’t even in the world’s most popular wrestling promotion. Matt and Nick Jackson, real life brothers, are tearing it up in Ring of Honor and New Japan, and have managed to attract a large number of fans for a team that doesn’t get the mainstream WWE exposure.
Ever since the Hardy Boyz made their surprise return to the WWE back at WrestleMania, fans have been hoping they would unleash their Broken Brilliance. While a legal battle over the gimmick’s intellectual property rights has kept that from happening so far, the Hardys did enjoy a lengthy run as Tag Team champions. Now, however, the Hardyz are being derailed — temporarily at least — by the news that Jeff has a major shoulder injury that will require surgery to repair.
On Sunday night at No Mercy, the Raw Tag Team titles were on the line in a match between champions (and reunited Shield members) Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and challengers (and former champs) Cesaro and Sheamus. The Swiss Superman and the Celtic Warrior failed to recapture the titles, but Cesaro also left No Mercy missing major portions of his front teeth after a spot went wrong.
The exact medical situation of former WWE champion Daniel Bryan is anything but clear. He has claimed on multiple occasions that he is healthy enough to compete in the ring, but WWE doctors refuse to clear him after he suffered multiple concussions over the course of his career. All that eventually led to a tearful retirement speech on Raw and then a role for Bryan as the General Manager of SmackDown Live.
The wrestling world poured out many a tribute this week after Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away on the weekend. Everyone from fans, former wrestlers, and current WWE superstars took to social media to express their fondest memories of the man known as “The Weasel.” A touching tribute video even aired on Raw, featuring plenty of classic moments between Heenan and his commentary partner, Gorilla Monsoon.