RAW Preview, Stan Hansen Confirmed, Sting Not Retiring? Dusty Rhodes Classic To Be Annual?
What To Expect Tonight
Tonight’s RAW is live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. WWE.com are hyping the following 5 points for the show:
– Will Dolph Ziggler instigate himself into another all-or-nothing match?
– Expect the Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch rivalry to kick into gear in a big way.
– How will Lana and Team BAD make their presence known?
– Who will enter in the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
– Will The Authority settle their Roman Reigns problem in the ring or with a mountain of litigation?
Vince McMahon is advertised locally, and Eva Marie has been posting on social media about her arrival in Philadelphia, so she may appear in some form as well.
Meanwhile WWE have officially announced Stan Hansen for this year’s Hall of Fame, so look out for his video package during the show:
Stan Hansen, Borger, Texas’ nastiest resident, will take his place in sports-entertainment history on the eve of WrestleMania 32, when he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. The news was reported by Tokyo Sports in Japan, the country where Hansen spent most of his storied career. They got exclusive comments from the man known as “The Lariat.”
Hansen’s journey to the ring began in an unusual place: On the gridiron at West Texas State University, a factory for future wrestlers. When his football days came to an end, Hansen stepped into the squared circle and quickly earned a reputation as one of the most vicious competitors in the sport. Hansen’s style of wrestling wasn’t technically proficient or beautiful by any stretch of the imagination. It was dirty, gritty and ferocious. And it worked.
With an ever-present scowl on his face and his bull rope in hand, The Bad Man from Borger made his way to WWE in 1976. Hansen immediately set his sights on then-WWE Champion Bruno Sammartino. The double-tough Texan stunned fans when he broke The Living Legend’s neck with a devastating clothesline that would become known as the Lariat.
After a rematch with Sammartino at Shea Stadium, Hansen traversed across the Pacific Ocean to Japan, where he became a legend. One of the most feared foreigners in Japanese wrestling history, Hansen was the first gaijin to earn victories over the country’s most revered grapplers, Giant Baba and WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki. While in Japan, Hansen also formed one of the most devastating tag teams in wrestling history with an old college friend, the unhinged Bruiser Brody. The cowboy and the fur-clad wildman had Japanese fans running from them as they entered the ring, and their opponents begging for mercy.
In between trips to Japan, Hansen returned to the U.S. to unleash his brand of brutality on American soil. The Bad Man from Borger won the AWA World Championship by defeating Rick Martel in 1985. He never lost the title, choosing to vacate it by running it over with his truck. In 1990, he ended Lex Luger’s record-setting reign as United States Champion. By 1991, he exclusively competed in Japan for the next 10 years, retiring in 2001 as a decorated champion and a legend in The Land of the Rising Sun.
Now, the surly outlaw will receive sports-entertainment’s highest honor, when he takes his place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Sting Says His Neck Is OK
Despite TMZ reporting that Sting has been advised never to wrestle again and that he would announce his retirement at the Hall of Fame, TMZ themselves caught up with him over the weekend and he said his neck was ok:
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Returning?
It’s rumored that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic may be turned in to an annual summer event at NXT. Cody Rhodes said he’d like to see it every year when recently asked on Twitter:
Each year. You can't build enough trophies or monuments high enough for Dad. He was a hero and he was my hero. https://t.co/4ezDgXyKwL
— Hyrule Husky (@PrinceCGR) March 16, 2016