Ric Flair proves why he still is the dirtiest player in the game. Meanwhile, Randy Orton makes a surprise return to add more salt to Shawn Michaels' wounds.05/25/2017 - 18:00
See exclusive slow-motion footage from intense Monday Night Raw battle between the teams of Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt & Samoa Joe.05/23/2017 - 17:30
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's Monday Night Raw to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/23/2017 - 14:15
Time slows down as Finn Bálor goes to battle against his former "good brother."05/23/2017 - 12:45
Though the Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules will be every man for himself, Raw's turbulent main event features a tag team showdown between a pair of shaky partnerships.05/23/2017 - 00:00
Following his loss to Kalisto, Titus O'Neil claims Apollo Crews' let down the Titus Brand.05/22/2017 - 23:45
The Wicked Witch of WWE looks to send a painful message to Bayley ahead of their Raw Women's Title Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Matt Hardy battles The Celtic Warrior for the right to choose the stipulation for their upcoming Raw Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Ahead of his Submission Match at Extreme Rules against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, Austin Aries goes head-to-head against Tony Nese.05/22/2017 - 23:30
Vic Joseph gives a special shout-out to his fellow WWE announcers for all their help, as he becomes the newest voice of WWE.05/22/2017 - 22:45
Apollo Crews takes on a high-flying masked adversary with Titus O'Neil keeping close watch.05/22/2017 - 22:45
The Boss will look to take charge of Alicia Fox in an explosive Raw showdown.05/22/2017 - 22:45
In anticipation of the imminent Street Fight on WWE 205 Live, The Brian Kendrick attacks Akira Tozawa and ignites an absolute melee.05/22/2017 - 22:45
It's lights, camera, action as Goldust talks about the flickering light that is his former cohort R-Truth.05/22/2017 - 22:30
The Advocate to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes forth to give Bálor the edge in Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contender's Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 22:15
Finn Bálor goes to war against his former friend Karl Anderson.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Elias Samson makes his in-ring Raw debut against the reigning Intercontinental Champion.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Laurinaitis recognizes ref's questionable call
There is no instant replay in WWE, but that’s not stopping Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis from righting a questionable call made on Monday’s Raw SuperShow.
In a competitive match between WWE Champion CM Punk and Jack Swagger, Punk was awarded a pinfall victory – although Swagger’s left shoulder was visibly off the canvas when WWE referee Jack Doan issued the three-count. CLICK HERE to see the call.
“Clearly, the referee made an incorrect call,” Laurinaitis said when a WWE.com reporter caught up with him immediately after the match in the locker room. “To be fair, I’m giving Swagger a title match next week.”
Later on Raw SuperShow, viewers learned it's United States Champion Zack Ryder who The All-American American will challenge for his title. But by night’s end – things took an evil turn for Ryder – who was chokeslammed by The Big Red Monster Kane and seriously injured. (WATCH | MORE ON RYDER’S CONDITION)
Considering Ryder’s injuries, if Monday's U.S. Title Match does indeed take place, Swagger could be poised to get out of his current funk in a big way by capturing championship gold. And, Vickie Guerrero is no doubt salivating at the chance of having a champion in her stable once again.
But Vickie's pride and joy, Dolph Ziggler, will have his work cut out for him against Punk at Royal Rumble now that Punk's controversial Raw SuperShow win ensured she and Swagger are banned from ringside during the match – all as a result of the stipulation put in place by Laurinaitis to be fair.
Why do it?
Even with the referee’s poor decision, it begs the question: Why would Laurinaitis offer such an opportunity to Swagger? Ever since his brief two-month reign as World Heavyweight Champion in 2010, what has Swagger done to earn such a chance? Certainly, his name has not been mentioned among those worthy of challenging World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan for his title.
And in hindsight – after witnessing Kane’s hellacious attack on Ryder – is it truly fair for the United States Champion to have to defend his title? If Laurinaitis is truly interested in being fair, why hasn’t he already called off the match for Monday’s Raw SuperShow? One could argue that Laurinaitis is setting up Ryder to lose his title.
Finally, what might Laurinaitis’ decision to let this match go on say about the judgments he may make when he himself is special guest referee for the WWE Championship Match between CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler at the 25th anniversary of Royal Rumble? If he can’t be impartial as the interim Raw GM in this instance, how is he supposed to be fair as a referee with the WWE Championship on the line?