A lot happened during the course of this past week, whether it was on air or announcements that came from behind the scenes. The following is a recap and review of some of the highlights of moments you may have seen and some you may have missed for the week of 2/21/16 to 2/27/16.
In a major blockbuster move, it was the return of Shane McMahon that took the world by storm this past week. Monday Night Raw kicked off with what was supposed to be an award presentation to Stephanie McMahon only to see it interrupted by the return of her brother. Shane returned to arguably one of the largest pops on television in the last decade. His return led to Vince creating a match between Shane and the Undertaker for Wrestlemania 32. Whether Shane actually competes or has someone compete for him remains to be seen. Check out the video above for the reaction during his return.
This week also saw AJ Styles and Chris Jericho team up for both Raw and Smackdown. It was on Smackdown that Jericho shoved Styles out of the way and took a kick to the face, allowing Styles to remain unscathed and in turn pick up the victory for their team. It was after the show aired that Styles sent out a tweet in response to Jericho claiming, “That’s what future tag champs do for each other.” After a phenomenal (no pun intended) debut could we really see Styles relegated to tag team action? No disrespect to Jericho, but this is meant to be the time the world finally sees the star that AJ Styles truly is and it seems WWE Creative has already become unsure where to go with him. Let’s hope they figure it out and talent is not wasted.
This past week TNA aired its special “Lockdown” show for TNA Impact on Pop. The show is highlighted by every match being inside the ‘Six Sides of Steel’ cage. As the name of the brand suggests it was Total Nonstop Action. The show was capped off by Matt Hardy defeating Ethan Carter III and retaining the World Heavyweight Championship, courtesy of an assistance by Rockstar Spud, who turned on EC3 at the end of the match.
Perhaps the bigger new for TNA happened off-air as it was announced over their social media that AT&T U-verse will now be a provider of the Pop network which broadcasts Impact each week. The news was tweeted out by both Dixie Carter and the TNA brand Twitter accounts. That may not sound like much, but it now adds significantly more potential viewers thanks to a network that at this time last year had approximately 6 million subscribers.
Just a few weeks removed from its announcement that a Season 3 would in fact take place; this week’s big announcement from the brand was that it would take part in a live event at the ever popular SXSW festival in Austin, TX this year.
The show itself again provided constant fun and action weaving matches along with backstage storylines in cinematic form. The show does an excellent job of keeping storylines present and relevant, moving forward even when matches pertinent to those storylines may not take place. This week’s main event saw Johnny Mundo defeat Cage, with a bit of an assist of course. However, another week in to Season 2 and fans are still left clamoring for a chance to see Rey Mysterio in competition, though it should happen soon enough.
On Friday, ROH aired it’s 14th Anniversary PPV special which is a high accomplishment for a brand that has existed with very little TV broadcast. The brand continues to produce stars and excite its loyal fanbase. From the city of sin, Las Vegas, the show was highlighted by a Kenny Omega & Young Bucks victory in 6-man tag action, successful tag title defense by War Machine, a triple threat title match victory for Jay Lethal in the main event, and a mid-show reunion of the Motor City Machine Guns – Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin.