It was the last episode of Raw before Survivor Series. As usual, the WWE did their best to promote the annual Novemer pay-per-view, considered one of the “Big Four,” as much as possible. Part of that was the return of Roman Reigns, fresh off a bout with the mumps and returning to reunite The Shield.
Former bitter enemies and now apparent best friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are in hot water after a recent incident saw them unceremoniously sent home while the WWE is in the middle of a European tour.
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.
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.
We’ve been loosely covering the ongoing legal drama between Matt and Jeff Hardy, Impact Wrestling, and the WWE when it comes to who owns the rights to the Hardy “Broken Universe,” a collection of wrestling gimmicks and phrases that include Broken Matt, Brother Nero, and #BRILLIANT.
It’s only been a week since LaVar Ball and his basketball playing sons visited Raw and basically had a train wreck on live TV, which included 15-year-old LaMelo uttering a racial slur into a live microphone. The WWE immediately apologized, but that didn’t stop The New Day from poking fun at accidental N-bombs just a day later.
Alberto Del Rio is a former WWE champion, but doesn’t always get along the biggest wrestling company in the world. He was fired in 2014 when he punched a (non-wrestling) co-worker for making a racist joke. He returned a year later, but only lasted a few months before walking out in October 2015. Officially, it was a “mutual parting of ways,” but basically Del Rio wanted to quit and the WWE allowed him to do so (Del Rio’s then-girlfriend and now wife Paige was also suspended at the time for a violation of the Wellness Policy).
Long before the era of PG wrestling that the WWE currently uses, pro wrestling was something that couldn’t exactly be described as family friendly. Not only did the Attitude Era of the (then) WWF push the boundaries of sex and violence when it came to what was acceptable television, but Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was actually pioneering the same concepts in bingo halls and dimly lit arenas years prior.