I just read the WWE Raw preview, and the first sentence made me a little happier. Here it is:
Last week on RAW, Federation co-owner Ric Flair wanted to right a wrong.
So, despite no "WWF" references on the sight, at least they are still reffering to the company as "the Federation." Maybe "WWE" will be be an umbrella name afterall, and we will still get the words "World Wrestling FEDERATION" on the air on occasion. My money, though, is on them reffering to it as "Smackdown" and "Raw" more than "WWE." Ie, "Smackdown superstar Triple H" instead of "WWE superstar Triple H."
Bro, I hope you're right. I don't think I'll ever get used to the idea of referring to the wrestlers as WWE Superstars.
It's gotten me to thinking that maybe the wrong team won at Survivor Series. Of course, I thought that as soon as it happened, but now more than ever. And dammit all... the WWF should have seen this coming, too. They knew the World Wildlife Fund was going to give 'em hell over the initials sooner or later. Why not build up WCW as being a legitimate brand-name, and then have the Alliance win at Survivor Series?
“What is this, Monday Night RAW? You gonna talk for twenty minutes?”
--Wild Bill Logsdon to Tarantula, WCWO House Show, 5/4/02
I thought that they only had to change the initials on all internet related issues.. so why couldn't they still use the term WWF on air? (It could of changed, but initially I thought that was the terms of the deal)
The WWE Title is only traditionally defended on PPV these days, so he only really "has to" defend it once. Very rarely is the title defended on TV. Things like Reigns/Sheamus the night after TLC are rare and only done to bump ratings.