WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
The social media highlights for the first week of July were as much about WWE showing its patriotism as they were about Japan showing us how fandom is done.
WWE showed us a bit of Roddy Piper and Ric Flair's appearance on Celebrity Wife Swap. The company also helped fans relive flag matches of the past and the night that WCW invaded WWE Raw.
One WWE legend is appearing in a comedy. An NXT prospect is on his way to the main roster.
Beating out WWE's links to a story about Lex Luger during his patriotic gimmicks and photos of Divas in patriotic outfits was how passionately Japanese fans welcomed WWE to Tokyo. Imitation versions of CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt were among the best of the bunch.
From those Tokyo fans to Rob Van Dam's dramatically interrupted meal, here are the most intriguing WWE-related tidbits on Twitter, Facebook and more.
June 30: Rob Van Dam Usually Does the Crashing
On July 14, WWE fans will see Rob Van Dam return and proceed to fly about the ring and likely crash into a few ladders and tables as he attempts to win the Money in the Bank ladder match.
While eating with his family, someone else apparently had a Van Dam-like daredevil streak to them.
Enjoyed the Ocala Comic Con today, then came this restaurant w/my parents and look what just happened 30 feet away! pic.twitter.com/D78QMtCszR— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) June 30, 2013
July 1: They're Coming and We Now Know When
Monday's WWE Raw made it official: Bray Wyatt and his unsettling family are coming to the main roster on July 8 in Baltimore.
Those following the world-eater on Twitter knew of his impending arrival before the episode began. He tweeted a clear message on when he'd be bringing his family to WWE.
Wyatt has managed to transfer the bizarre energy of his character to the world of tweets, mixing lyricism and creepiness to perfection.
Hopefully the Wyatt Family can live up to the hype it's been receiving from both fans and WWE.
Time to remove the veil..... Forget everything you thought was real. Next week it begins. #FollowTheBuzzards— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) July 1, 2013
July 1: Wife Swap, WWE Legend Style
If a fan wanted to see Roddy Piper and Ric Flair in action this weekend, they had choices. One, check out old footage of the two Hall of Famers in their prime or two, see them appear on Celebrity Wife Swap.
As cheesy as the show is, it can certainly suck you in.
Flair's wife is just used to an extravagant lifestyle from living with The Nature Boy. Piper's wife, on the other hand, is used to a simpler, quieter life. Care to take a guess what happens when they switch homes with the camera rolling?
Most fans are at least a little curious about seeing these icons on reality TV. Luckily WWE.com tweeted a clip of the episode to give us a taste.
July 2: Steve Austin, Still Not Grown Up
Steve Austin will join Chris Rock. Kevin James, David Spade and Adam Sandler in the upcoming comedy Grown Ups 2.
WWE's Instagram page shared a promotional photo of Austin, including a shot of him as a young boy. He certainly looked a lot more Hollywood Blonde and lot less Texas Rattlesnake back then.
Movieweb.com interviewed Austin about his cameo and the former WWE champ said it was outstanding working with Sandler and talked up how funny the movie is.
July 3: Reliving WCW on WWE Raw
WWE doesn't hesitate to remind us of WCW's worst moments. On its Facebook page, WWE relived the night that WCW main evented WWE Raw.
Booker T defended his WCW title against Buff Bagwell to a largely uninterested crowd. As Jim Ross said in the story on WWE.com, "Why wouldn't you perceive them to be the villains? They were playing for the other team."
Fans can check out video of the full match. Booker T said of the bout, "I was just trying to get as much as I could out of Buff." His effort in this is obvious, but it was a bad idea to put this at the end of a WWE show, and the result is extreme awkwardness.
July 5: Flag Matches
In celebration of the Fourth of July, WWE stirred up memories of flag matches of the past on its Facebook page.
Merge the game capture the flag with pro wrestling, pit two opposing nations against each other and you have a flag match.
The video playlist WWE shared features stars like Rob Van Dam, Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Nikita Koloff and Ricky Steamboat battling for country and for pride in these gimmick matches. A battle of Canada vs. America had The Hart Foundation clash with Dude Love, while the Undertaker took on Steve Austin in 1997.
It's a type of match that has been contested more often than most fans might remember. Take a look back at some of the more notable versions.
We may see Zeb Colter and his militia revive the stipulation against some willing patriotic souls.
July 5: WWE in Tokyo
WWE traveled to Tokyo this week and both the wrestlers and the fans had a great time.
Twitter allowed us access to what the Superstars were up to while they were over there and showed us just how passionate that fanbase is.
Natalya seemed to be revived from the trip to a place that respects women's wrestling.
Headed to Tokyo! Japan was one of the first places I went to start my journey to the WWE. So much respect... pic.twitter.com/5wawPWuSo7— Natalya (@NatbyNature) July 2, 2013
Seth Rollins let us in on how much food Roman Reigns can put away.
Chris Jericho and a number of other Superstars put on their steak-eating jackets.
The most fun element of the trip has been the photos of the fans. Many of them took to dressing up as various members of WWE's roster. The only question is, which imitation Superstar is the best?