It’s safe to say that a large portion of WWE fans and critics were disappointed with the Raw 25th Anniversary show. Lackluster matches, a handful of meaningless promos (like that of The Undertaker’s and D-Generation X), and a notable amount of absent legends made up for plenty of disappointments.

One of the segments saw WWE bring back a number of past female superstars, including Trish Stratus, Maria Kanellis, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool and Terri Runnels – among many others. These women were introduced by JoJo, and only came out for three minutes – where they waved to the crowd before walking out.

In the latest episode of her Cigars, Scars And Superstars, Runnels explained why she wasn’t pleased with the segment involving the females (transcriptions via

“To be honest, I was very disappointed, I really was. We were misused. I wanted for a brief moment some sincerity, and I didn’t like that it went straight to this cartoon crap.

I felt like you’ve got a lot of talent and we are just standing there waving. We were misused, is the best way to say it, there is a better way for us to be used. It was disappointing because I loved my WWE/WWF family. It was a letdown…We all kind of dropped our jaws and were like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me. I didnt hear anyone express anything different than what I just said to you.”

Considering all the memories and great moments the women provided, it’s safe to say that they didn’t get the screen time and proper segments they deserved. However, a large portion of them – including Stratus and the Bella Twins – did get to appear in the very first 30-women Royal Rumble this past Sunday.


Former WWE writer Tom Casiello felt the same way as Runnels did:

Triple H did say before the show that it was going to be tough to take 25 years of Monday Night Raw history and turn it into a three-hour show. But the WWE did let down a large number of the WWE Universe with too many anti-climatic moments, and not enough time to honour some of the past legends.

The good news is that WWE gave fans what they wanted at the Royal Rumble, as Shinsuke Nakamura finally got the major push by winning the event. Having a large number of past female superstars appear in the Royal Rumble also provided great excitement and entertainment. To top it off, Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut, and announced she signed a full-time contract with the company.

At least the WWE somewhat redeemed themselves after the disappointment that was Raw 25.


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