4 items from 2016
Following a pretty lacklustre episode last week (read my review here), and a rather impressive PPV from the Smackdown brand over weekend (read my review here), Raw needed to step up its game in a big way, especially with the next PPV on the horizon, Clash of Champions. Could it regain its footing as we saw the WWE Universal Champion face one of the most polarising figures in the current climate of WWE?
Raw General Manager Mick Foley addressed the Raw Women’s Championship situation
Mick Foley kicked off the evening’s broadcast and introduced fans to women’s champion Charlotte.
Frustrated by the loss suffered at the hands of Bayley last week, she attempted to force Dana Brooke to apologizse to her for the defeat. Sasha Banks interrupted, soon followed by the aforementioned Bayley. The segment broke down »
- Shaun Eddleston
As well as the announcement of the new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon also announced that the Cruiserweight Division would be returning to the company.
However, unlike its last run in WWE, the Cruiserweight Division will be exclusive to Raw and not Smackdown.
The announcement comes off the back of the successful debut of the Cruiserweight Classic, which is currently airing exclusively on the WWE Network. The show is presented very differently to the current WWE product and is more evocative of Mma, which could be transferred over to Raw.
This also builds on the rumours that WWE have signed several of the competitors in the tournament, including Roh’s Cedric Alexander and New Japan’s Kota Ibushii.
See Also: WWE Cruiserweight Classic – Week 1 Review
- Luke Owen
I’ve often said that I find the history WWE Blu-Ray releases the best, so when one was released celebrating the Us Championship I was obviously looking forward to it. Although we often see people like John Cena dominating the belt these days it has one of the more interesting histories of any of the belts. WWE – The Us Championship: A Legacy of Greatness reveals just how varied this history is.
The fact that WWE now has a huge library of footage from all kinds of wrestling federations from the past allows them to pull out some real gems. These include matches that aren’t even complete, and don’t feature commentary. This is the case of Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat with Andre the Giant as guest referee. Filmed in 1978 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling it is a nice addition for the history loving wrestling fan, especially those who love Andre. »
- Paul Metcalf
In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…
The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan
WWF Hardcore Title Match: Tazz vs. Viscera vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney vs. Joey Abs vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Taka Michinoku vs. Funaki vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Bradshaw vs. Faarooq vs. Crash Holly (Hardcore Battle Royal)
WWF Tag Title Match: Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (Triangle Ladder Match)
X-Pac & Road Dogg w/Tori vs Rikishi »
- Jackson Ball
4 items from 2016
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