Vince McMahon returns to the show to announce the new leader of Monday Night Raw, Baron Corbin receives a final chance to become Raw GM, Dean Ambrose and Ronda Rousey issue Open Challenges, and a number of NXT call-ups are announced on this “new” and “fresh” edition of Raw. With John Pollock feeling under the weather, Wai Ting is joined by Nate Milton to review the show!
Episode 26 sees Chris Charlton and Juan Torres from The Lion Marks look at 2014. NJPW have a grandiose card with spectacular entrances, Great Muta has his last Tokyo Dome match, and a controversial poll sees Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura edge out Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito to take the main event spot.
John Pollock and Wai Ting preview Sunday’s WWE TLC PPV featuring Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte vs. Asuka in a TLC match. We’re also joined by Smash Wrestling promoter Sebastian Suave to discuss the current state of independent wrestling as major companies begin to sign available talent to exclusive deals.
Monday’s Raw took place from San Diego heading into TLC this Sunday. The show featured Seth Rollins’ announcement that “Raw sucks” because of Baron Corbin to set up a show-closing TLC match for the IC title, plus a “Face-to-Face” between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable challenging for the Raw tag titles, Drew McIntyre downplays being undefeated & more.
SmackDown took place from Austin, Texas with the “new” Daniel Bryan explaining his disdain for polluters and socially unconscionable fans, the TLC contract signing went down involving Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka. Plus: Samoa Joe rented out a bar, Shane McMahon is taking the Survivor Series loss remarkably well, and AJ Styles took on The Miz in the main event.
The Target Center in Minneapolis was the site of SmackDown Live Tuesday with a Battle Royal to determine the third member of the first women’s TLC match next month involving Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio continued their feud with another attack, and Jeff Hardy’s 20th anniversary celebration was ruined by Samoa Joe.
WWE was in Milwaukee for Raw and featured Baron Corbin’s heel unit destroying babyfaces Finn Balor and Elias, Dean Ambrose gets vaccinated from the audience, Seth Rollins held an Open Challenge for the Intercontinental title. We also discuss WWE making several big moves with the NXT UK brand and the passing of Larry Matysik.