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.
It wasn’t that long ago that Anthem, the company that ended up owning TNA Wrestling after a strange power struggle that included former Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan, announced they were not only getting rid of the immature “TNA” moniker (which technically stood for Total Nonstop Action) and adopting the new moniker of Global Force Wrestling (GFW).
One of the legends of old school wrestling passed away on the weekend, as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan died at the age of 72. Fans and wrestlers alike flocked to social media to pay their respects to one of the best managers in the history of the business. On Monday night, the WWE aired a tribute video their fallen Hall of Famer.
Let’s just get one thing out of the way, right off the top. Yes, you can gamble on pro wrestling, a “sport” that is entirely fake and predetermined. You may be asking yourself, what kind of stupid betting establishment would take bets on something where the outcome is already known? The answer is: well, a lot of them.
A weird thing happened last weekend. The WWE United States champion A.J. Styles made a surprise appearance at a NWA Wildside reunion event in Georgia, which is basically a small independent wrestling promotion. Typically, the WWE never allows their wrestlers to appear elsewhere, so it was a strange sight to behold.
Last week, the commissioner of SmackDown Live Shane McMahon snapped and assaulted Kevin Owens, who had been insulting the entire McMahon family name. Owens threatened to press charges (all kayfabe, of course) and general manager Daniel Bryan was told by Vince McMahon that he had to suspend Shane.
Hulk Hogan hasn’t been seen on any wrestling programming since the WWE cut ties with him after leaked audio from a sex tape revealed the Hulkster making racist comments. One multi-million dollar lawsuit later, which Hogan won against online blog Gawker Media, and the story has mostly faded away.
Brock Lesnar currently has a sweet deal with the WWE. He makes millions of dollars a year, but only has to show up a couple of times a month. He has to actually wrestle even less, usually only at major PPV shows or specially advertised appearances on Raw (plus the odd house show at places like Madison Square Garden). And his exclusive contract doesn’t even stop him from doing whatever else he might want, like show up at UFC 200 to battle Mark Hunt.