Regardless of our own political leanings, I think we can all agree that this election process has been an especially arduous and grueling one. We’re all eager to move forward, and past the generally horrible experience that US politics in 2016 has been.

Which is why we’re delighted to learn that WWE is going all presidential with a Network special following Raw tonight, with a “State of the WWE Universe Address” scheduled to come on after the show featuring a knock-down drag-out battle between the red state of Raw and the blue party of SmackDown.


Stephanie McMahon, Mick Foley, Shane McMahon, and Daniel Bryan will come together for a civil discussion of the ongoing rivalry between WWE’s two top brands–just kidding. That’s not how it works in wrestling or politics. With the two shows set to go to war this Sunday, it should be a knock-down, drag-out war of the words between the two sides.

The question is whether it will be the breathlessly banal drama of a Raw pre-show, or the legitimately entertaining incendiary commentary of Talking Smack. Bryan has been a shining bright spot in WWE’s commentary-based programming, giving unexpected charm and earnestness to the shows he’s appeared on, while taking some serious stabs at Raw every night.

If everyone can avoid tasteless political jokes–never a given, as recent events have proved–it should be an entertaining lead-in to Survivor Series this weekend.

The State of the WWE Universe Address will air on the WWE Network tonight immediately following Raw.


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