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A quick note on that: Absolutely, Hogan should be condemned for his remarks. Whether they were made eight years ago while drunk or eight days ago sober, there’s no excuse for that kind of bigotry. Should he be fired? Most likely yes. Should he be erased from WWE history? That’s not as easy of a question. WWE obviously did what it felt was right.
However, there are plenty of other superstars with checkered histories (and not within storylines like Triple H and Booker T in 2003). Steve Austin immediately comes to mind given his domestic abuse arrest and the fact that WWE now has a zero tolerance policy for such behavior. »
- Scott Carlson
This week’s edition of Monday night Raw takes place in Oklahoma City and it’s not expected that Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker will be there., even after they had a very memorable brawl on Raw last week.
Lesnar is expected back on Raw next Monday August 3 in San Jose and Minneapolis on August 17. The Undertaker’s schedule isn’t known, but it’s entirely possible he would be on those same shows as Lesnar. Even though Undertaker and Lesnar won’t appear, they will still likely feature in some capacity because WWE will run video packages celebrating last week. Plus, Paul Heyman could be there to do a promo to help further the storyline as well.
- John Canton
WWE are the masters of pro wrestling history, owning a monopoly over the industry and its past. That unique domination has allowed Vince McMahon to present a version of the past that isn’t necessarily the true picture.
He changes history for several reasons. Sometimes it is down to personal animosity, with a wrestler leaving on bad terms and disrespecting the family business. In those instances, major characters have then been misrepresented as bit part players.
Other times, McMahon has to deal with situations that reflected badly on the WWE. In those cases, he doesn’t want to associate any of the company’s greatest moments with a wrestler who proved to be a social or cultural pariah
- Grahame Herbert
Schwarzenegger was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Scripted programming continues to take a backseat this summer, with reality series and a trio of sports specials dominating the top of the Nielsen program rankings in key demos.
Tuesday’s coverage of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on Fox (3.1 rating/11 share) and the previous night’s “Home Run Derby” (2.5/11) were the week’s top two primetime telecasts in 18-49. While the former was within 4% of last year’s average audience, the latter was up about 30% and drew the event’s largest overall crowd (7.13 million) in six years.
The Espn-presented “Espy Awards,” airing on ABC for the first time, hit record highs on Wednesday (2.2/8 in 18-49, 7.75 million viewers overall), more than tripling its year-ago audience on the sports network. With heightened interest due to an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner as recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the three-hour show gave the Alphabet its top-rated Wednesday in young adults »
- Rick Kissell
The main event of SummerSlam was announced during Monday night Raw: The Undertaker will face Brock Lesnar on August 23rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a rematch of their memorable encounter at WrestleMania 30 when Lesnar conquered the The Undertaker’s undefeated streak.
It was an announcement that was expected following Sunday’s Battleground main event when Undertaker attacked Lesnar during his WWE Title match against Seth Rollins. Undertaker started Raw, said he was sick of Lesnar (and Paul Heyman) bragging about beating him, so he was going to make them pay. Later in the show, Undertaker stalked Heyman in the ring, which brought out Lesnar.
When Lesnar confronted Undertaker, they got into a massive brawl that saw them fight all around the ringside area while security guards, police officers and the majority of the WWE roster were out there to try to break them up. »
- John Canton
Third time’s the charm for WWE Battleground.
When Battleground debuted in 2013, the first incarnation of the PPV was widely-heralded as a failure. For its Monday Night Raw-level matches, and the woeful non-finish to its main event, the Wrestling Observer voted it the Worst Major Wrestling Show of the Year, and it racked up the second-lowest number of buys for a WWE PPV (pre-Network) in the last 17 years, beating only the infamous December to Dismember.
Last year’s Battleground wasn’t a huge improvement, suffering from a predictable main event, half-cooked Summerslam-lite feuds and the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins match being pulled at the last minute. Never Forget, Never Forgive.
All eyes were on this year’s showing to buck the trend and produce a Battleground worth remembering. Well, it certainly did that.
The Undertaker returned to finally exact a measure of vengeance on the »
- Adam Blampied
The Sheild team up once again to take on Sheamus and Big Show in a match no one could possibly care about, we get a Raw re-match and the debut of Team Bad – it’s this week’s Smackdown report…
With Battleground, and his clash with the Eater of Worlds, looming on the horizon, Smackdown began with the Samoan-powerhouse Roman Reigns talking in-ring. The Samoan was in a focused mood, claiming that Bray Wyatt has failed to get inside his head. Wyatt interrupted Roman’s motivational battle-cry, saying that Roman is the “unattainable” good. An odd hammer metaphor then flew between the two men before Wyatt claimed that their game had “only just begun”, teasing an anticipated SummerSlam match between the pair.
1. Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
- Jake Wilson
The Undertaker will be on WWE Raw this Monday, reports PWInsider. The show will be airing live from Kansas City and takes place the day after Battleground. That would seem to indicate that the rumours of Taker returning at Battleground are true. His comeback at Sunday’s event looks almost certain now.
The reason for his return is to build a major match at SummerSlam. Dave Meltzer on wrestling observer radio said that Taker will be appearing on the August 23rd show, with his comeback being built in the weeks beforehand.
There’s no word on his opponent yet, although Meltzer indicated that a reasonable guess might be Brock Lesnar. The thinking behind that guess is Paul Heyman’s mentioning The Undertaker in recent Raw episodes.
Sting is also booked for the SummerSlam show. There’s no word on who his opponent is either, so it is always »
- Grahame Herbert
By the time Monday Night Raw went off the air, the talking-point of the evening was not Wyatt vs Reigns or Cena vs Owens, it wasn’t even Lesnar vs Rollins. Earlier this week the Divas Division grabbed the fans’ attention with both hands and wrenched it back, torquing the spine and screaming We Are Here. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks finally debuted on the main roster to huge acclaim.
And their momentum hasn’t stopped there. Lynch may be temporarily on the bench with a hip flexor sprain, but last night Charlotte and Sasha Banks solidified their status as bonafide division revolutionaries by tearing the house down with a magnificent main event contest for the Nxt Women’s Championship.
All in all, it was a solid showing from Nxt. The tag champs were in action, as was Samoa Joe, and the tag division saw the emergence of an exciting new pairing, »
- Adam Blampied
There were mixed reactions to his return as the Stardust character with some fans being very vocal about wanting him to return with the Rhodes name instead, in honour of his dad.
Cody’s wife Brandi, who performs for WWE as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer named Eden, wrote a blog responding to the critics.
Here’s part of what she had to say:
Last night my husband returned to Raw to finish what he started and some “fans” we’re peeved with him Angry because they wanted something else. They wanted him to use what happened to his father as a “stepping stone”. Not for Cody, but for themselves. Maybe that’s to feel better about everything or maybe they are just that selfish. »
- John Canton
Monday’s WWE Raw episode did 3.54 million viewers. That’s the second lowest number in the last seventeen years, for an episode that wasn’t on a holiday date or football game. It is down from last week’s 3.647 million viewers.
However, the numbers were expected to be down, due to the Mlb coverage of the All Star Game Home Run Derby. That event ended up doing 7.162 million viewers over on Espn.
The positive for WWE is that the numbers increased by the hour –
8 p.m. 3.43 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.51 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.65 million viewers
But the bad news is that this was a heavily promoted go-home show for Battleground. It had been announced in advance that Brock Lesnar was going to be there, with the idea that he’s a draw for viewers. Yet the number of people watching continues to be depressingly low for WWE. »
- Grahame Herbert
You may recall that Stephen Amell recently appeared in the audience of WWE Raw and had an altercation of sorts with Stardust. The two made a real impact on Twitter going back and forth, and rumours quickly sprung up that the two will square off at SummerSlam next month in an actual wrestling match with Amell in character as Green Arrow. When Cody Rhodes/Stardust's father (the great Dusty Rhodes) sadly passed away, it seemed like any plans had been put on hold, but it looks like they've now been reignited thanks once again to these guys going at it on social media. Asked about the chances of that happening during Comic-Con, the actor said: "I’m not not gonna wrestle Stardust at SummerSlam. I know that double negatives in the English language are a no-no. I’m probably gonna do some stuff with the WWE. I don’t know »
Okay, so it’s time for one of those B-shows of the annual WWE calendar, Payback, a show that, on-paper, sounds okay, but isn’t offering too much in terms of fresh or exciting new feuds in my view. We’ll see how the matches go, shall we?
The opening match of Payback sees Sheamus taking on Dolph Ziggler. These two top-class workers wrestled at the Extreme Rules pay per view too, and I’ve seen them wrestle so many times over the years, yet I was happy to see it again here at Payback. The two of them have chemistry that is undeniable, and in my view, this match, along with the tag team title match that I’ll talk about shortly, stole the show. Just a great back and forth contest that saw the heel Sheamus defeat a bloody Ziggler with his brogue kick. Excellent match.
Sheamus defeated »
- Chris Cummings
Pro wrestling has never been reticent to hop on a bandwagon, which makes it something of a cultural barometer, capturing the wider trends and happenings of any given era. At the height of the Gulf War, Sergeant Slaughter teamed up with General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa only to be defeated by Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and a wave of fervent patriotism from the stands; The Hardy Boyz’ ascent coincided with the mainstreaming of alternative culture, all finger gestures, cargo pants and moody expressions; and in a particularly memorable 1998 episode of Monday Night Raw, Val Venis almost suffered the same fate as John Wayne Bobbit (though, in fairness, Bobbit’s ordeal was five years beforehand).
But the haircuts… Nothing encapsulates a time and place like a bowl cut, a faux hawk or frosted tips. Pro wrestling is no exception, especially the Attitude Era. Beyond the headlines and storylines, there »
- David Welsh
Maybe it’s just a matter of changing the faces a bit? Certainly that’s the answer to WWE Raw’s woes, right?
With Brock Lesnar back, Seth Rollins on top and Nxt talent like Kevin Owens on the show, WWE’s Monday Night Raw’s ratings are still dipping. A solution? Well, what about bringing back names that were familiar and beloved when they were employed by the company, but in not being on TV in quite some time, forgotten.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. As well, we’re currently in an era where there’s certainly an explosion of pro wrestling companies, but with a caveat attached. For as many companies as there are existing, there’s the possibility that all of these companies are running with such minimal chances for success that WWE could suddenly have a ton of former talent at their signing disposal in relatively short order. »
- Marcus K. Dowling
It’s a ‘good champion’ vs. a ‘bad champion’ as The Big Guy vows shows Rollins how he should act, Reigns tries to cut the Big Show down to size (again) and Bo Dallas put on a very decent match, in this week’s Smackdown Report…
The “God of violent retribution” was intentionally provoked by the squirming rodent that is Seth Rollins on Monday Night Raw. It did not go well for Seth or that brand new Cadillac he’d given J & J, as you can see here. Smackdown began recapping this action, and under the heavy spectre of the Beast Incarnate.
Rollins starts Smackdown in-ring, berating his misfortune at the hands of Lesnar. He calls the former-ufc Heavyweight Champion a “coward”, and warned that he would humiliate Brock after messing with his “family”. As he rants, a vehicle reverses into the arena towing the destroyed car from Raw, interrupting the champ. »
- Jake Wilson
The television ratings for WWE Tough Enough are down this season from where they were at in 2011 and according to the Wrestling Observer, the belief from people at USA Network is that wrestling’s popularity is cycling downward.
Considering that the ratings for Monday night Raw are down this year as well, that seems to be a fair assessment by the network that airs Raw, Tough Enough and will also air Smackdown in January 2016.
This Tuesday’s edition of Tough Enough was at 1.22 million viewers, which is up 17% from the previous week. Those numbers pale in comparison to the 2011 season average of 2.4 million viewers when Steve Austin was the host and the format of the show was different.
- John Canton
Americans’ interest in soccer — at least at World Cup time — continues to grow, with Sunday’s victory by USA over Japan for the Women’s World Cup title setting a U.S. ratings record for the sport.
Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s game averaged a whopping 26.7 million viewers, with 25.4 million watching the English-language telecast on Fox and another 1.3 million checking out the Spanish-language airing on Telemundo. The total audience is larger than that for every NBA Finals basketball game since 2010 and every World Series baseball game since 2004.
The English-language audience of 25.4 million far exceeded the previous soccer high in the U.S. of 18.2 million on Espn last year for the United States-Portugal early-round Men’s World Cup contest. The previous high for women’s soccer in the States was the 1999 World Cup final on Espn between the United States and China (18 million).
The big tune-in for soccer on Sunday, along »
- Rick Kissell
On USA Network, WWE Raw is the longest running weekly episodic television program in U.S. history. Not USA Network history and not basic cable history, but the history of the medium. Also on USA, WWE Tough Enough is currently in the middle of its sixth season, featuring WWE Superstars Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan with WWE Diva Paige. And tonight, season four of Total Divas premieres on E!, so that's four seasons of a rather popular reality show about female wrestlers! Over the last 30 years, wrasslin' has risen to pop culture prominence. It began with the rise of Hulkamania in the 80s. It continued with the Monday Night Wars in the 90s—when more than 10 million viewers »
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