The long awaited debut of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows finally happened last night on Raw.
After the Usos defeated The Social Outcasts in the First Round of the WWE Tag Team Tournament (more on that later), Anderson and Gallows emerged from the crowd and proceeded to decimate the Usos. After the beatdown, Gallows and Anderson went back through the crowd, happy with the devastation they had left behind. Check out the video below:
Immediately after their debut, the Internet went crazy! What does this mean? Will Finn Balor be called up to join the pair and create the much talked about Balor Club? Will they stay as a two-some? Who knows? All I do know is that I’m happy that they’ve finally debuted and shown just a taste of what’s to come. More please WWE!
WWE Tag Team Number One Tournament Created On Raw
As I alluded to in my story above, on last night’s WWE Raw, Shane McMahon (temporary GM for the second week running) announced there would be a Tag Team tournament to decide the number one contenders to the titles that are currently held by The New Day, with the match itself taking place at the Payback PPV on May 1st.
Here are the brackets, so elegantly made by The New Day and presented by Booty O’s:
With the last round one matches taking place on tonight’s Smackdown tapings (Golden Truth v The Vaudevillians and Enzo/Cass v The Ascension), next week’s Raw could keep up the standard of quality from the last two weeks, with a possible Enzo/Cass v The Dudley Boyz matchup (seriously, if The Ascension defeat Enzo and Cass, I’ll eat my hat).
Updated Payback PPV Card
As things stand right now, this is the current card for Payback on May 1, emanating from the Allstate Arena in Chicago.
WWE World Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs AJ Styles
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz (c) vs Cesaro
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs TBD
Undertaker Pulled From UK Tour
It has been widely reported that The Undertaker was still booked for the WWE European tour that kicks off this week. F4Wonline.com are reporting that officials in WWE say The Undertaker will now not be on the tour and that Kane will be replacing him on all shows he was booked for.
There is no official word yet on why he’s apparently not going on the tour, but The Undertaker was telling people at the WrestleMania 32 after-party that his Hell In A Cell match against Shane McMahon was his last match.
The Undertaker was recently pulled from most of the live events on the tour, but still advertised for the April 19th SmackDown tapings at The O2 in London and the April 20th live event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
Is this really the end of The Undertaker, or is he using his stroke backstage so he doesn’t have to go on a lengthy, energy sapping tour? My opinion is that he doesn’t want to go to Europe when he hasn’t got much left in the tank. We will definitely see him again as I don’t think he wants his swan song match to be the Hell In A Cell at this year’s WrestleMania 32. It could be the much rumored match against John Cena, or maybe a passing of the torch match against a younger talent. With the way Uncle Vince is pushing him, I could see Roman Reigns sending Taker on his way to retirement and the Hall Of Fame.
In Other News
*F4WOnline.com reported that there were plans in place before last weeks Raw, to have Shane McMahon run Raw again this week. The story line was meant to be that ratings went through the roof for the post-Mania Raw, so Shane was in charge again this week. But unfortunately the ratings for last week’s show ended up being nothing special and pretty much par for the course recently. So WWE officials went with the story line explanation that Shane received tons of social media support from the fans this week, with Vince deciding to allow him to run Raw again last night.
*WWE recently added three new entrance videos to their YouTube channel. The videos are for Shane McMahon, Apollo Crews and Emma, and can be seen below:
Apollo Crews and Emma, now on the main roster, needed new entrance videos as their old ones showed their time down in NXT and the stars down there. Shane O Mac definitely needed a new one as his old one was before the grey hair set in!
*Talking of WWE adding new things, they recently added over 100 more Raw episodes to the WWE Network. Here is their press release:
“More than 100 recently added episodes of Raw are now available on demand, anytime and anywhere on the award-winning WWE Network. Watch Mr. McMahon deliver a lethal dose of poison to WWE in the form of The nWo, Goldberg’s WWE debut and subsequent rivalry with The Rock and much more. Relive more than 155 hours of Raw episodes from 2002 and 2003, only on WWE Network.”
*It looks like TNA Wrestling will be dramatically downscaling their corporate headquarters later this month, according to PWInsider.
The company is in the process of moving out of their long time offices at Cummins Station in Nashville, Tennessee. All business operations are to be moved to a warehouse the company uses for their ShopTNA.com store. This latest cost-cutting venture has reportedly been planned for some time.
TNA has been at Cummins Station since Dixie Carter and Panda Energy got involved and invested in the company. Before running TNA, Dixie’s public relations company had been based out of the same Cummins Station office.
Seriously, how many more times are we going to hear that everything in TNA is perfectly fine and ship shape? We’ve all heard that TNA have been late in paying their talents, even Taz has said before on his radio show that talents were paid late. It’s public knowledge. And now their own HQ is downsizing into a warehouse? Imagine if WWE did that and kept telling the fans and public alike that everything in the company is fine and dandy? It wouldn’t wash.
Read Our Stuff
John Canton wrote his Raw Deal live last night, and I’m thinking he’s glad that he did. The score he gave the show was the best of the year so far. So do yourself a favor, sit down for five minutes and give it a read!
Ron Pascari is back with a look at how disappointing the Lesnar v Ambrose match was at WrestleMania 32. I whole heartedly agree with him too. Click the link above to read his thoughts.
With two solid, if not great Raw’s in a row, have WWE turned a corner? Are they finally listening to what some of us fans want from the product? Obviously Roman is still champ but I, like many of you, smell a slow heel turn. If it’s done right it could be a major point in WWE history. If done wrong, it’ll be another facepalm moment for us all.
Anyway, Mark McAllen will be here tomorrow with all the day’s news as usual, maybe with some news coming out of the Smackdown tapings.
John Canton will be here on Thursday, if his fingers haven’t fallen off due to the amount of writing he has done since he got back from Dallas last Monday!
I will be back here once again on Friday giving you not only the news you need, but maybe some news you didn’t know you needed. So until see ya until then guys and gals!