Nature Boy Ric Flair’s incomparable wrestling career

Ric Flair went out stylin’ and profilin’ as only he could in his final match

Wrestling legend Ric Flair went out with one last match — again — Sunday in Nashville. The Nature Boy was bloody but unbowed as he put his patented figure-four leglock on Jeff Jarrett to end his career triumphantly. A look at Flair’s wild and crazy run through the decades of professional wrestling and sports entertainment.

Stephanie McMahon is taking over as WWE interim CEO and wrestling fans all had the same Triple H jokes

Vince McMahon stepped down, Stephanie McMahon stepped up, and wrestling fans had a lot to say about it.

Vince McMahon, longtime leader of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is stepping back from his duties as Chief Executive Officer, at least temporarily. It’s the result of an ongoing investigation into misconduct across the top levels of management, spurred by reports of a secret $3 million settlement to a former employee with whom he allegedly had an affair.

His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, will take over his role as Interim Chairwoman and CEO.

McMahon, like her father, is no stranger to wrestling fans. She’s maintained an on-screen presence for large parts of the past two decades of WWE programming, often alongside her real-life husband Paul Levesque, better known as 14-time world champion Triple H.

Neither McMahon nor Levesque are strangers to the inner workings of the sports entertainment machine. Before stepping back from her role recently, she served as Chief Brand Officer during a period in which the company inked deals with multiple major networks and extended its reach across the globe.

Levesque’s official title with the company was Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development. He’s largely credited for the rise of the WWE’s developmental brand NXT, which stood as the most entertaining and unique vessel within the McMahon universe for a long stretch in the late 2010s and produced future stars like Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Big E and Prince Pretty himself, Tyler Breeze.

So when the McMahon news broke Friday morning, the online wrestling universe had so many jokes they made Triple H — the guy who wasn’t even mentioned in the WWE’s official press release on the matter — trend.

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle gives update after double knee replacement surgery

If there was ever a WWE Superstar who would maintain a positive attitude after surgery to have both knees replaced, it’s Kurt Angle.

If there was ever a WWE Superstar who would maintain a positive attitude after surgery to have both knees replaced, it’s Kurt Angle.

That’s exactly the procedure that the WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist had on Tuesday. Angle suffered a number of injuries during his wrestling career (both amateur and professional), famously winning his Olympic medal with a broken bone in his neck. But his knees have been particularly troublesome over the past few years, and as Angle revealed on his podcast last month, he figured it was better to get both of them out of the way at once.

Today, Angle gave an update on his recovery from the surgery on his Twitter account.

“I’m recovering pretty well, but I’m in a lot of pain, I’m not going to lie to you. I start PT, physical training today, and if I do well with the physical training, the doctors will release me to go home and spend time with my family.

“I want to thank all of you for all your kind messages that you sent on social media. I love you all dearly, God bless.”

Angle added in his tweet that he faced a lot of hard work to get back to normal, but he wanted to go beyond that and reach “exceptional,” adding, “I’m always aiming higher to better myself, even at the age of 53.”

Angle’s last professional wrestling match to date came at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, when he lost to Baron Corbin. His final victory, at least for now, came a few weeks earlier over Samoa Joe on an episode of Raw.

Any thoughts of Angle returning for one last match are obviously far away at the current time, but if there’s anyone determined enough to come all the way back from double knee replacement surgery to climb between ropes just to say he pulled it off, he’d be right at the top of the list. Oh it’s true.

Instead of a tournament, WWE should just get rid of the Women’s Tag Team Championship

Focusing on more women’s singles titles seems smarter for WWE.

When WWE champions are unavailable for an indeterminate or extended period of time, it’s pretty common for the company to have a tournament to crown new titleholders. In that respect, the announcement that WWE would hold a tourney for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship after Sasha Banks and Naomi abandoned their titles is standard operating procedure.

(Of course the reason for a vacant championship is usually injury, not acute workplace dissatisfaction, but we’ll circle back to that in a bit.)

That would be all well and good if there was a thriving women’s tag team scene in WWE, but the truth is that it’s pretty barren. There are basically two tag teams on both Raw and SmackDown right now: Shayna Baszler and Natalya, who recently failed to win the titles but would be considered by most the No. 1 contenders by default, and Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H., who only recently joined forces and have been portrayed as not quite being on the same page. That’s seriously it.

To fill out a bracket, Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live has reported (h/t to WrestlingNews.co) that WWE plans to bring teams from NXT into the mix. That’s good for them, and additional opportunities for up and coming talent are always welcome.

The necessity of this move, however, proves one of Sasha and Naomi’s points, if behind the scenes sources are on the money: WWE has done a terrible job making the Women’s Tag Team Championship meaningful, leaving it up to the titleholders to elevate the belts instead of the other way around. That’s fine when stars like Banks and Naomi are holding them, but problematic when a championship tournament is being held — because in this case, the prize is supposed to be the thing.

WWE hasn’t always been great about promoting or caring about men’s tag team wrestling either, as evidenced by the steady stream of teams that got over in NXT only to die on the vine on the main roster (with a few notable exceptions, like the Street Profits). But the tag team title unification saga between RK-Bro and The Usos had been the main storyline running through Raw and SmackDown for weeks until it paid off this past Monday, so it’s possible, at least, for men’s teams to be in the spotlight.

That simply hasn’t been the case in the women’s division. Without looking, can you even name who are the longest reigning women’s tag team champs? Did you know that Baszler and Nia Jax held the titles for the most combined days? It’s easy to argue that WWE hasn’t had even one championship team that will be remembered forever like legendary men’s tag teams through the years.

What WWE has shown the ability and desire to do is weave compelling narratives around its women’s singles champions. So that leads us to an obvious solution: Ditch the Women’s Tag Team Championship and create more women’s singles titles instead. Give them the equivalent of the Intercontinental and United States Championships to chase, and spend time and energy on them instead of paying lip service to tag team wrestling without giving the fans a reason to care about it.

That sounds better than scrambling to flesh out a tournament bracket to find champions who will have a hard time filling the shoes of the ones who just left.

WWE Raw results: Lashley challenges Omos, Cody vs. Miz

Check out WWE Raw results for the May 23, 2022 episode from Evansville, IN, with Cody Rhodes in action against The Miz.

Even though every episode of WWE Raw has the potential to be unpredictable, we’re guessing tonight’s show from Evansville will be … um, somewhat less talked about than last week’s show.

But hey, we’re not here to talk about what won’t happen, but rather what WWE says will take place. Tonight, the previews suggest we’ll see Bobby Lashley challenging Omos to something. What, exactly? Who knows? They’ve already wrestled twice and had an arm wrestling contest. Maybe it’ll be ping pong, though hopefully not for Lashley’s sake because Omos has been practicing.

Cody Rhodes, a.k.a. the man who warrants his own countdown timer, will take on a Superstar who already has tried to corner the market on being must-see TV on Monday nights, The Miz. And Becky Lynch will address her loss to Asuka, the one that meant she isn’t the No. 1 contender for the championship held by Bianca Belair. Thems the breaks.

There will be other stuff too, and maybe not even segments that need to be rewritten spur of the moment. We’ll be updating this post with live WWE Raw results as they take place, so check out our quick bullet points below or keep scrolling or more details on the matches and extended segments.