“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Undertaker, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBease, DX, APA and a few others were nice to see. Seeing old videos of the Ultimate Warrior, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Miss Elizabeth and others made me miss them more. This past Monday, WWE put together their 25th Anniversary show from two separate locations. The main show taking place at the Barclay’s Arena in Brooklyn and at the original location in Manhattan. We had Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler calling shots at the original spot, which was awesome to see them together again. Despite it being the go-home show for the Royal Rumble, this was all about nostalgia. Below were my biggest highlights of the evening, which made me log in some serious time on the WWE Network.
“Stone Cold” Invading the McMahons One More Time
We kicked things off with Shane & Stephanie hyping up the crowd before introducing Mr. McMahon. Mr. McMahon started out playing with the crowd and acted like he was going to leave before Stephanie & Shane told him not to leave. They gave him a plaque and then Mr. McMahon went into full heel mode by going off on everybody. After Mr. McMahon said he done everything by himself, the music of Austin hit, and the crowd went absolutely NUTS!! After Austin hit the ring, Mr. McMahon knew exactly was coming so he told Austin that Shane was in great shape so beat his ass. Shane & Austin embraced, which lead to the Stunner and some beer that he toasted with Mr. McMahon. Austin eventually stunned Mr. McMahon, then Shane again before drinking some Steveweisers before leaving.
Return of the Undertaker
There was so much speculation about the return of the Undertaker. Was he going to call someone out, enter the Royal Rumble or maybe drop a hint about his WWE future. Undertaker entered the Manhattan Center and he looked great. It’s hard to believe that Undertaker participated in the very first Monday Night Raw and was in the main event. Undertaker hit the ring and named some of the huge names that he laid to rest throughout the years. Before leaving, Undertaker proclaimed that everyone who he’s laid to rest can finally rest in peace.
Return of the APA
Ron Simmons and John Bradshaw Layfield aka JBL reunited like they should, playing cards in the back. These two got together as part of the Ministry by the Undertaker as the Acolytes. Later on, they became the APA where they kicked ass for money, gambled and drink a lot of beer. Throughout the night they had several different guests from the past like MVP and Ted DiBease. They were also joined by Heath Slater, Rhyno, Jeff Hardy, Usos and New Day.
Return of Christian and the Peep Show
Christian is one of the most underrated superstars the WWE have ever had. Actually, I was a bigger fan of Christian than Edge throughout their careers. The guest on the show was Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins ahead of their tag title match against Cesaro & Sheamus. All four got into it, but in the end Seth Rollins accidentally nailed Jordan with a knee off the top rope as he tried to hit Cesaro.
Before the Women’s Revolution, the WWE had its fair share of great ladies who appeared on Raw. The Bella Twins, Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Torrie Wilson, Lillian Garcia, Michelle McCool, Teri Runnels, Maria Kanellis, Trish Stratus appeared. All the ladies still looked great and it’s great to see Maryse & Maria Kanellis are expecting soon. Torrie Wilson was one of my favorite going back to the WCW years and man she looked so damn good. When Trish Stratus hit the stage, the crowd went nuts and she still is one of the sexiest women alive.
Return of the Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Boyz hit the ring during the match between Titus Worldwide, Rhyno and Heath Slater. The crowd went crazy as they hit the ring and tried to bait the guys to come to the ring. Rhyno, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews tossed Heath Slater in the ring. The Dudley Boyz hit a couple moves on Slater and it lead to Bubba Ray telling D-Von to get the table. The Dudley Boyz hit the 3-D through the table on Heath Slater to end the segment.
DX with Scott Hall Meet the Balor Club
At the Manhattan Center, we saw the reunion of Degeneration-X with Triple H and Shawn Michaels. They weren’t alone as they introduced the New Aged Outlaws and they brought out X-Pac. X-Pac got in the ring and said they couldn’t reunite without Scott Hall. Hall hit the ring and done his thing before the Balor Club hit the ring. They came face-to-face with DX and they all done the Too Sweet gesture, but was interrupted by the Revival. Gallows & Anderson beat them quickly and DX along with the Balor Club disposed of them afterwards. The Balor Club and DX got together to pose for picture as it seems like they passed the torch to them.
With all the nostalgia going on throughout Raw, Miz captured his 8th Intercontinental title from Roman Reigns. Before that took place, Miz and Daniel Bryan kind of had a confrontation when they introduced all the past General Managers. During that segment of past General Managers, we saw another appearance from Eric Bischoff. Throughout the night, the WWE done a great job by showing some of the all-time great moments through videos or pictures.