The 13 Greatest Things About WWE’s New Generation Era

With each passing mention of WWE’s ‘New Era’, which is said without shame several times per episode every Monday and Thursday night, it harkens back to a previous time WWE tried to aggressively promote a New Era. Back in 1992, the WWE roster went through a massive undertaking and ridded itself of many of the stars of the 80s for various reasons. Whether they were stars who just couldn’t cut the mustard anymore, didn’t fit Vince’s vision, or were synthetically enhanced; there were gaping holes and a bleak outlook for the future of the promotion.

 

While the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, and Ric Flair were no longer around, WWE developed a brand new nucleus built around Bret Hart, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels who each put away stalwarts of the previous era at WrestleMania VIII, when Roddy Piper, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, and Tito Santana bowed in defeat to the aforementioned stars. Bret Hart would later win the WWE Championship in October ’92 from Ric Flair, but the era didn’t officially change over until the next summer which we’ll be looking at shortly.

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12 MAJOR Questions About The New WWE Brand Split

It’s finally here, WWE has decided to institute a brand split. Starting July 19th, the roster will be divided and SmackDown will be its own live show on Tuesday nights. This comes at a time when many Superstars will be returning from injuries, as WWE will look to further define their New Era. Nevertheless, there are several major questions and concerns about this new brand split.

The last time WWE engaged in splitting their roster, it never felt like a level playing field. No matter how good the wrestling was on SmackDown, it was always about Raw. Monday Night Raw is the flagship show and it will be interesting to see if WWE continues to refer to it as such. This new development brings not only superstars into question, but announcers, title belts, PPVs, and everyone’s favorite; the part-time wrestlers. Regardless of what side of this debate you fall on, whether you think the roster is fine the way it is or you would like to see a return to whatever 2002 through 2011 was, the news of this will affect how you choose to view wrestling from this point forward.

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Top 12 Matches Triple H NEEDS To Have Before He Ends His Career

 

In 2014, prior to Triple H‘s WrestleMania XXX showdown against Daniel Bryan, Stephanie McMahon narrated a video package where she emphatically declared, “In the end, all that lasts is The Game!” Looking at this past year, with Triple H winning the Royal Rumble along the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and adding to his WrestleMania main event resume with his battle against Roman Reigns, it may have been the truest thing Stephanie’s ever stated. At 46 years old, he’s not as athletically gifted as he once was, but physically he’s still in a league of his own. Triple H’s many years in the ring have turned him into the ultimate ring general, capable of thinking his way to great a match to compensate for any decline in his physical ability.

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Why Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Should Main Event Summerslam

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While most fans I’ve conversed with would have liked Sasha Banks to win the championship, this sets up WWE to really see where they stand on how much they want to push the women. If it’s not just all talk, Charlotte vs Sasha Banks should headline Summerslam 2016.

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Spoilers From NXT Tapings Including Dusty Rhodes Tribute (June 18)

WWE taped four episodes of NXT at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on Thursday. Here are some notes on what happened at the tapings.

In a dark match, Uhaa Nation beat Johnny Gargano. They both used those names, so maybe Nation will keep that name after using it in the indies. Gargano tried out for WWE this past week and also works for Evolve/DGUSA, so this was likely a tryout match for him unless they already saw enough to sign him.

There was a special tribute done for the late great Dusty Rhodes, who died last week. He was a coach for the NXT talent and was beloved by so many of them, so Triple H said a few words about how Dusty thought of the talent as his NXT kids while Hunter added that the fans are part of the NXT family.

Week 1 airing June 24

Hideo Itami entered for a promo saying he’ll be back in 3-4 months. He said he’ll be at the show in Tokyo on July 4 and he wants to challenge the winner of the Kevin Owens/Finn Balor NXT Title match. Owens showed up saying he wanted an apology from Itami for saying that Owens was a bad man. Itami said no, so Owens tried an attack only to be stopped by Finn Balor. After Owens ran away, Rhyno showed up to attack Balor.

The matches were: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady d. Jason Jordan & Sylvester Lefort, Dana Brooke d. Cassie, Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawly d. Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins.

In the main event, Balor beat Rhyno with Owens on commentary. After the match, Samoa Joe saved Balor from an attack.

Week 2 airing July 1

The matches were: The Vaudevillains d. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder, Baron Corbin d. Tucker Knight, Emma d. Carmella, Tyler Breeze d. Tye Dillinger.

In the main event, Balor teamed up with Joe to defeat Owens and Rhyno with Balor pinning Owens.

Week 3 airing July 8

This will air after the July 4 show in Japan where it’s expected that Finn Balor will beat Kevin Owens for the NXT Title. Because of that, neither man appeared in front of the live crowd on the final two shows.

Charlotte & Sasha Banks d. Emma & Dana Brooke. Following the match, Charlotte challenged Sasha to a NXT Women’s Title match and Sasha accepted.

The Vaudevillains d. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady to become the #1 contenders to the NXT Tag Team Titles.

Other matches: Solomon Crowe d. Marcus Louis, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable d. Elias Sampson & Steve Cutler, Samoa Joe d. Axel Tischer

Week 4 airing July 15

Eva Marie did a promo saying she’ll make her in-ring debut the following week, which would be the next taping in July.

Blake & Murphy d. Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins

Sami Zayn did a promo with a sling on his arm because of his recent shoulder surgery. He said 2014 was the best year of his career and 2015 has been the worst. He added that he will likely not be back before the end of the year, but when he does come back he’s going to win back the NXT Title. He added that he’s going after Kevin Owens because their careers have been connected and it will be that way for the next dozen years as well.

NXT Women’s Sasha Banks d. Charlotte to retain her title. It was said to be a long match that was very good like usual for them. They ended the show with a hug, which could make it Charlotte’s last NXT match.

Thanks to ProWrestling.net for the results.

via Spoilers From NXT Tapings Including Dusty Rhodes Tribute (June 18).