9/18/15 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – Kevin Owens
It wasn’t a bad week for wrestling, but it wasn’t one of the most memorable of the year. Owens stood out on Raw with a must-see segment in which he mocked Ryback’s positive view of the world and threw the book The Secret in The Big Guy’s face. It’s a time honored tradition for a heel to make fun of a babyface for an overly optimistic view of the world and Owens put his own spin on that story. He went on to pick of a DQ victory over Dolph Ziggler when Ryback interfered to save Ziggler from an apron powerbomb. It was a strange matchup and result, though Owens looked very get against yet another different sort of opponent.
Match of the Week – Charlotte def. Nikki Bella by DQ
Say what you will about the schmozz finish to Charlotte’s attempt to end Nikki’s title reign; the match itself was very good. Nikki works better in and out of the ring when she embraces a purely heelish mindset. She did that in this match and it gave her character more focus and intensity. Charlotte, as always, showed that she is one of the most athletic and physically imposing women in professional wrestling history. There are two ways to view the finish- on one hand, maybe Charlotte doesn’t get the same pop if she wins the title without the stakes of Nikki trying to become the longest reigning Divas champion. On the other hand, the fact that there were high stakes on the match and Nikki cheated to win only gets her more heat as a heel. I can see both sides of the argument, but the match provoked a genuine reaction, and that’s always a good thing.
Quote of the Week – Xavier Woods
“A table is a terrible thing to waste.” It’s hard to believe how much New Day has made out of a feud with the Dudley Boys built on tables.
Must See Wrestling
- TNA Keeps Control of What’s Left of TNA
From the start of the GFW invasion until the end, I never quite understood why they wanted to invade TNA. Conversely, it didn’t make any sense for Dixie Carter to put her company on the line with nothing to gain. When the teams finally met in the ring, domestic abuser Bram inexplicably served as his team’s surprise partner to even the teams when Eric Young joined GFW. Drew Galloway eventually pinned Jeff Jarrett to save the company and send them into a new era… of not having a TV deal.
- Sting Wrestles on Raw
We speculated for years about Sting’s eventual debut in WWE. When it finally happened at Wrestlemania XXXI, it hardly felt like a surprise. On the other hand, Sting wrestling Big Show on an episode of Raw building up to an off-month PPV is something I never thought I would see. The match was a set-up for Sting to team with John Cena against Big Show and Seth Rollins. Nonetheless, we have become so conditioned to special attraction-style wrestlers not wrestling on Raw that it stood out to see it happen.
- ROH Tag Division Draws Attention
With a little help from the Young Bucks, War Machine got a surprise win over The Kingdom in the main event of ROH’s go-home show for All-Star Extravaganza. The Addiction ran in after the conclusion to take out their rivals in the title defense. With War Machine clearly now in the mix and the Briscoes reunited more regularly, ROH’s tag division remains robust. The Addiction defending against The Kingdom and the Young Bucks should be a great highlight of the PPV.