Looks like not all things are as they seem.
WWE has sent out the following press release.
WWE® Promotes George Barrios and Michelle Wilson to Co-Presidents
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In recognition of their contributions to four years of record revenues and the successful transformation to a multiplatform business model, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon announced today that George Barrios and Michelle Wilson have been promoted to Co-Presidents and appointed to WWE’s Board of Directors. Barrios and Wilson will continue to report directly to McMahon.
“The successful transformation of our business model has put us in a position to capitalize on all that the changing global media landscape has to offer,” said WWE Chairman & CEO, Vince McMahon. “I am confident that our executive management team, led by Michelle and George, will achieve continued success across key strategic initiatives and ensure our long-term growth.”
Commentary: This is HUGE news for Barrios and Wilson. These two have been a driving force in WWE’s transformation in business.
RAW was live from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa tonight. Here are my favorites moments from tonight’s broadcast:
5. Elias vs. John Cena vs. Braun Strowman– The winner of this match snags a coveted spot in the Men’s Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25th. I loved seeing Cena and Elias gang up on Strowman, and I thought Cena was going to win this match, but was pleasantly surprised when Elias got the pinfall over John Cena.
4. Cesaro/Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins– This match was originally supposed to have Jason Jordan teaming with Seth Rollins, and earlier in the show we saw Jordan convincing Rollins that he was medically cleared to wrestle and that Rollins shouldn’t worry. Rollins goes with it and says they’ll take their tag team belts back together. Later in the show however, and conveniently right before the match, Jordan confronts Rollins to tell him he injured himself once again and the medical team will not allow him to perform. Kurt Angle who is standing by tells Rollins he’s going to have to forfeit the match. That is, until Roman Reigns appears and without even saying a word, just a knowing glance, it’s now Seth Rollins teaming up with Roman Reigns in a tag match against Cesaro and Sheamus. Jason Jordan finds himself in some hot water with Rollins and Reigns after he comes out to ringside appearing to help his would-be teammates, but manages to do exactly the opposite. Cesaro and Sheamus grab their tag team belts while outside of the ring and try to walk off with them, Jason Jordan gets into it with them and starts throwing punches, therefore getting Reigns and Rollins disqualified from the match. Rollins is livid, you can see him yelling to Jordan from the ring “What are you doing??”, while Jordan is standing there trying to apologize and explain himself. Backstage Rollins is still yelling at Jordan, when Kurt Angle interferes and tells Jordan he needs to go home and not come back until he is completely healed.
WWE has signed Jeremy Borash!
Borash has been with IMPACT Wrestling since 2002 and hadn’t had real desires to be with WWE. Borash gave his notice a few weeks ago that he was leaving the company.
Rumor has it that Borash has been hired to work exclusively on the Woken Matt Hardy angle.
Bonus: Check out MultiMediaMouth’s interview with Jeremy Borash!
We’ve just experienced the first-ever highly anticipated Women’s Royal Rumble, and now less than one month away, WWE will make history again with the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match! It will take place at the pay-per-view with the same name in Las Vegas on February 25.
The announcement was made on last night’s opening segment of Monday Night RAW by WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon, confirming that 5 female superstars will challenge RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss for her title.
The WWE women’s division continues to make huge strides, and this just seems like the next natural step, now that we’ve experienced a women’s Hell in a Cell match, a women’s Money in the Bank match and an unprecedented women’s Royal Rumble.
If you’re not familiar with the Elimination Chamber Match, it’s one of the most barbaric matches in WWE. It’s a variation of a steel cage match, but instead of a standard steel cage, the Elimination Chamber is circular and has four inner chambers or ‘pods’ with platforms on the apron to hold the 4 participants that are waiting to participate in the match. The match starts with 2 superstars in the ring, then every five minutes one of the four remaining participants is released at random from their chamber into the match. This continues until all four have been released from their chambers into the ring, for a total of six participants in the match. The goal is to eliminate each participant by pinfall or submission, there is no disqualification in an Elimination Chamber match. After all other participants have been eliminated, the last remaining one is declared the winner of the match.
It’ll be interesting to see which 5 superstars will be brave enough to enter the chamber for a chance to be the next RAW Women’s Champion! The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place live from Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena on February 25.
If you were an avid viewer of Monday Night Raw during the Attitude Era, you probably remember Jonathan Coachman as part of the RAW announce team. He left WWE in 2008 to work for ESPN. Well now, ‘The Coach’ is back! We saw Coach last Monday night when he made a surprise appearance on the RAW 25th Anniversary Show, and now we’ll be seeing him every Monday night, as he has signed a contract with WWE to once again join the RAW announce team.
Coach isn’t wasting any time getting back into the swing of things, he starts his new gig tonight! He’ll be joining Corey Graves and Michael Cole at the announce table. If you’re wondering, what happened to Booker T? Booker remains a part of WWE as a panelist for pay-per-view Kickoff broadcasts, as well as a Brand Ambassador for the company.
Don’t miss Coach’s RAW debut the second time around, tonight live on USA at 8pm!
“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.’”
“It’s funny — it’s kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me. And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn’t take it.”
Vince McMahon has officially announced the launch of the XFL. Check out the press release an announcement video.
STAMFORD, CONN. – Professional football will be reimagined when the new XFL kicks off in early 2020, Vince McMahon announced in a live stream event today.
The XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including shorter, fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
Plans for the XFL at launch include eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.
“The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America’s favorite sport,” said McMahon. “As we move towards kickoff, we look forward to listening and implementing innovative ideas from players, coaches, medical experts, technology executives, the media and most importantly football fans.”
McMahon, a visionary and an accomplished business executive, is personally funding this venture through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity. McMahon will continue as WWE Chairman & CEO.
Relive the full streamed announcement at XFL.com and YouTube (youtube.com/xflofficial). For the latest updates, follow the XFL on Facebook (facebook.com/xfl), Twitter (@xfl2020) and Instagram (@xfl), and be sure to join in on the conversation using #XFL2020.
Commentary: Vince McMahon is taking his time this time around. He is waiting two years before launching the official game. 10 game season, and a 3 game post season. What do you think?
Following a massive rape allegation, WWE has released the Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore. On WWE.com, the company released this statement:
WWE has come to terms on the release of Eric Arndt (Enzo Amore).
He wasn’t even future endeavored.
Commentary: If the allegations are true, good for WWE for not putting up with it. Even if the allegations are false, this is a good move for WWE to act swiftly.
January 11, 1993, Monday Night RAW airs for the very first time on the USA Network. January 22, 2018, RAW celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary and 1,287th episode on the same channel, at the very same venue it first debuted, the beautiful and intimate Manhattan Center in New York City. It also took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, yup, two venues for this special show!
I don’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure my 11-year-old self watched the very first episode of Monday Night RAW, and I was a loyal viewer every single week for years. If you told me at 11 that Monday Night RAW would still be on the air 25 years later and that I’d still be watching it, I’m not sure I’d believe you. There’s not a lot of things I was doing at 11 that I am still doing today, but my love for wrestling has never faltered.
During the 3+ hour show tonight, there were some amazing moments, some great nostalgia and some disappointing moments as well. Most of the time when I watch RAW, I focus on the matches, but tonight, the matches were secondary for me, I really wanted to see the superstars from years past.
My favorite moments of the night were as follows:
Stone Cold Steve Austin coming out and stunning Shane and Vince McMahon. I will ALWAYS pop when I hear that glass break! It’s never not going to be entertaining as hell to watch the rattlesnake put back a couple of Miller Lites, deliver a stunner and throw up a couple of middle fingers. By the way, Steve Austin is now 53-years-old and looks great, he looks exactly the same as he did in the 90’s! I think Reby Hardy said what we were all thinking in her tweet tonight:
I want the whole show to just be Austin stunning everybody. The whole 3 hours. #RAW25
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) January 23, 2018
Another great moment was when the Undertaker came out at the Manhattan Center and cut a promo in the ring. I was kind of disappointed with his entrance though, the venue didn’t go dark like it usually does before he comes out. All the lights remained on when his music hit, kind of a buzzkill. However, I still got chills hearing his music hit, the man is an icon, a legend and arguably the very best character ever created by the WWE. When I was a kid, I was terrified of the Undertaker and wouldn’t go to a show if he was advertised on the card. Now, I kick myself because he’s legendary, I would love to see him live, maybe one day I’ll get to!
My favorite part of RAW 25 was when Degeneration X came out, hands down, they brought back the most memories for me. I was (and still am) a huge Shawn Michaels fan. I always loved HHH and have followed his career since his debut in WWF/E. The same goes for X-PAC, I was a fan of his since the days of the 1-2-3 Kid back in the 90’s, so I was patiently waiting for him to come out at the Manhattan Center, joining the rest of the DX crew in the ring. Oh! And then Razor Ramon came out! I had heard he’d be at RAW tonight, but good ol’ Scotty Hall has had some issues in the past, so I wasn’t sure if he’d show and/or be coherent. He’s aged, that’s for sure, but The Bad Guy was back in the ring tonight, woo hoo! I also loved that Triple H mentioned Chyna. She was a major part of the WWE, paved the way for a lot of others, and was taken from us far too soon. I’m glad she was not forgotten tonight and was properly recognized.
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) January 23, 2018
Now onto the disappointments, there were a few, mostly stemming from certain people not being on the show for one reason or another.
Where was my girl Lita?! Ok, so I’m not even going to sugar coat it, I love Lita, she was my favorite diva, she’s the reason I got into the wrestling business, I idolize her in a totally non-creepy ‘I wish we were friends in real life’ kind of way. When the divas were being brought out to be recognized one by one (or two by two in the case of the Bella’s), I was eagerly awaiting Lita’s music to hit (and was ready to cry when it did), but was so stinkin’ disappointed when the last name was called and they moved on to the next segment (or went to a commercial for Hardee’s, that sounds more likely). I was happy to see Trish Stratus though, looking amazing as always, I was always a big fan of hers as well. So, I tweeted my lack of Lita disappointment by the way, and LITA LIKED MY TWEET! Day. Made.
— Loren Petisce (@RadioLoren) January 23, 2018
I’m kind of bummed that Kevin Nash wasn’t on RAW 25, but at least he said he wasn’t coming ahead of time, so I was prepared. He said he wouldn’t be able to make the show because he recently had knee replacement surgery and wanted to avoid any issues he may incur while flying. Understandable.
We saw Christian, but you know who we didn’t see? His best buddy, Edge! I was curious if there was a legit reason as to why Edge wasn’t there, so I googled it. Turns out, he said he wanted to be there, but was on location in Ireland, so he couldn’t make it. Boo.
A few of you wondering if I’ll be at #RAW25 tonight. If you listen to the non award winning @EandCPod you know the answer. So start listening dammit! And no, I’m on location in Ireland so I won’t be there as much as I’d love to be. I will be there in spirit.
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) January 22, 2018
Bret Hart, my ALL TIME FAVORITE WRESTLER (besides Lita)…I got a chance to meet The Hitman in 2014 and I cried like a child when I did…yes, it’s true. I was so damn excited to meet my idol that I couldn’t make words, just tears. Anyway, would have loved to see him on the show, but read somewhere that he wasn’t able to make it because he had a meeting with a hand surgeon who was flying in from Paris, and he couldn’t postpone. I wasn’t sure if Bret still had heat with the WWE, I thought it had been squashed, but didn’t know for sure…either way, I’m sad that the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be, wasn’t at RAW 25.
Last by not least, where in the world was The People’s Champion? The Great One? The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment? The Rock! He’s been a massive part of WWE and Monday Night Raw, it seems wrong that he wasn’t there! In fact, after the show was over, I went over all the segments in my head, assuming I’d just missed his…nope, he was not there. I don’t know why The Rock wasn’t there, but I imagine it has something to do with his ridiculously busy schedule. What a shame, he’s been such an integral part of wrestling, it felt like something was missing without him.
In closing, I read a lot of comments online about what people thought of tonight’s show, some were good, some were bad, some were in the middle. For me, tonight’s show brought me back to a simpler time in life, when I was just a kid and these performers were everything to me. WWE has always been a huge part of my life and these people were my heroes growing up. I believed what they said on TV, I cried when they lost the belt or turned heel, I was invested! I know more about the insides of the business now, but WWE, you always made me feel something and I was always entertained, still am…thank you.