It’s Saturday so time for the latest installment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 16th of 2019. Today, Craig discusses The Shield while Brian asks what’s in a name for the Viking Experience and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
So, after this Sunday’s WWE Network special that will be it for the trio of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose as the Shield.
This will be the grand finale for Dean Ambrose ahead of his contract reportedly set to expire. It’s sure as hell been a long run since the trio debuted at the 2012 instalment of Survivor Series. That night, they assisted CM Punk in retaining his WWE title against John Cena and Ryback after tripe powerbombing the latter through the broadcast table at ringside.
That run lasted until the night after Payback in 2014 when Rollins turned on his partners and sided with Triple H and The Authority. From 2017 onwards, a reunion was teased at various stages until the trio finally buried the hatchet and the ‘Hounds of Justice’ were back together.
However, tomorrow night’s Network special will be, by all accounts, the final farewell for The Shield. Since announcing that Ambrose was leaving, unsurprisingly he’s spent much of his farewell run staring at the ceiling as opponent after opponent claimed victory.
In the opposite corner will be the make-shift team of Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. So will it really be the last time? Well, according to Seth on Twitter it is…
That said, the inclusion of ‘for a while’ is pretty interesting, don’t you think?
What’s in a Name Anyway?
On this past week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, fans were treated to the main roster debut of the War Machine…err I mean War Raiders…I actually meant The Viking Experience. The name alone immediately was received by a lot of moans and groans and understandably so. The new name is just plain stupid. I mean here you have an amazing tag team that will certainly help elevate the RAW tag team division and they saddle them with a horrid team name.
Why the change? According to reports, Vince McMahon and WWE corporate feel the term ‘War’ is too archaic for their programming. You just gotta love their PG views don’t ya? As horrible as the name is, however, does it really make a difference in the long run? My bet says absolutely not.
Vince and the WWE corporate machine will drill the name into our subconcious for weeks and months until it simply becomes their name and we will probably all just get used to it. The Viking Experience isn’t the first stupid name the WWE has come up with and it will definitely not be the last.
I mean the great independent sensation known as Bryan Danielson was christened Daniel Bryan when he signed with WWE. Fans were up in arms, but now Daniel Bryan is ingrained into our brains. He is indeed now Daniel Bryan. The same could be said about Rock Star Spud who was renamed the very generic Drake Maverick. As much as the name sounds reminiscent of a porn star, fans now identify him as Drake Maverick.
The legendary Japanese star KENTA was re-branded Hideo Itami. People winced and rolled their eyes, but eventually, most fans simply got used to the name change. WWE does this often, more so than you may realize. For the longest time, the iconic Road Warriors were referred to as The Legion Of Doom. While that name still had a semblance of who Hawk and Animal were….it wasn’t completely who most fans knew them as.
There are also stars who were given full names and then suddenly lost a part of their names that were given to them. I mean, who remembers that Cesaro’s first name was Antonio, Rusev’s first name was Alexander or Elias’ last name was Sampson? WWE has a knack for stuff like that.
Getting back to The Viking Experience, as bad as the name is, in a few months or even a year…will it really matter anymore. WWE’s corporate spin machine will make us forget the name War Raiders ever existed. That may not necessarily be a good thing, but that is what will most likely happen. As long as the team is pushed right and given every opportunity to shine, ultimately that is what will matter the most.
The Simpsons characters as WWF/WWE Superstars!
Very cool Dallas Sportatorium T-Shirt…
Andrade with the ill-advised selfie!
The Starbucks logo looks a lot like Becky Lynch…MIND BLOWN! Starbecks, anybody?
Jeff Hardy has been deleted. All hail King Maxel!
Charlotte Flair, with two big birds
Very cool Jushin Liger painting…
NXT’s Bianca Belair
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