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.
In case you missed it, Raw was live from Los Angeles this week and featured a few celebrity guest appearances. Most notably, recent L.A. Laker draft pick Lonzo Ball showed up with his little brother LaMelo and his somewhat-crazy father LaVar. With a bizarre segment that featured a 48-year-old LaVar taking off his shirt and threatening to fight The Miz, along with with LaMelo dropping some racist slurs into a live mic (which the WWE immediately issued an apology for), the WWE hoped that the the additional star power of the Big Baller Brand trio would spike the ratings a little bit.
Daniel Bryan, former WWE champion and leader of the YES! Movement, has never been shy about his desire to continue wrestling. However, after numerous head and neck injuries, the WWE medical team refuses to clear him for in-ring action. Bryan even went as far as getting numerous second opinions, but the WWE refused to budge, fearing the worst if Bryan somehow became seriously injured (or worse) if he returned to action.
It wasn’t that long ago that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk were at the very top of the wrestling world. They were both considered by fans to be among the most talented superstars in the WWE, and both had world title runs to show for it. Things are a little different now, though.
Seth Rollins got a nice little treat this week when it was announced he would the cover athlete for the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game, which comes out later this year. As part of that announcement, Rollins appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter to promote the game. During the interview, Rollins was asked about the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, which is easily the biggest sports announcement of the year so far. Whether it lives up to the hype or not, well, that’s another story still to be told.