This week’s episodes of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, as the SmackDown fans were in for a rare treat on Tuesday.
The fans that attended Monday Night Raw a day earlier at the same arena seemed to have set off a trend well before WWE Superstars even started. Loud chants of “where’s our network?” was a chant which echoed throughout the arena for the duration of Monday Night Raw and it followed into the Friday Night SmackDown tapings.
Where's our network?
The WWE did their very best to make sure no mentions of the WWE Network were made on UK television and on the tapings as well, as they even had John Cena work his way around his opening promo on Monday Night Raw after the network chants grew and grew.
Even though the WWE edited some of the chants out, it didn't stop the loyal UK fans from doing the exact same the following night.
Whilst some might say the fans are right to display their emotions after a lengthy delay, some will also be annoyed at the fact that the unnecessary chanting did take something away from the show.
One man who also grew frustrated at the loud network chants was none other than the chairman of the board, Vince McMahon.
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The chants prompted a surprise appearance from Vince McMahon – a surprise because Vince wasn’t anywhere to be soon on the flagship show of the WWE after his appearance last week.
There have been various reports online stating that Vince’s promo wasn’t part of any SmackDown script, and he was genuinely angry at the fans and the chants that he decided to come out to address them.
This doesn’t seem to be the case as Vince made his appearance during a commercial break and looked to have fun with the Liverpool crowd
Once he appeared on stage, he poked fun at the people who didn’t look like they were having fun, saying Liverpool sounds like a ‘skin disease’ and told the fans to loosen up, be loud and have some fun.
The fans who attended were Raw were treated to a number of big name superstars competing on the night. Last year Raw took place in Manchester and The Authority were the big absentees; this year they were here and being in the audience it was a special feeling to see them all live. But Monday Night Raw wasn’t a fully stacked event.
Although fans saw promos of Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose, both men weren’t there as they were competing at a live event in Bournemouth.
Both men competed on SmackDown where the likes of Cesaro also competed – missing Monday Night Raw.
The biggest name to appear on SmackDown and not on Raw was Chris Jericho, who teamed up with Ambrose to take on Kane and Bray Wyatt to conclude a very successful taping in the UK.