11/28/15 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – Dean Ambrose
While he came out of it empty-handed, it was a busy and distinguished week for Ambrose that reaffirmed his main event potential. He wrestled the best match on the Survivor Series PPV against Kevin Owens in the semifinals before a good, yet abbreviated, finals lost to Roman Reigns. He wrestled a bizarre tag team match with Dolph Ziggler against Owens and Tyler Breeze on Raw before beating Ziggler and Breeze in an Intercontinental #1 Contender match on Smackdown. That win sets the stage for the anticipated Owens-Ambrose program that could truly get Ambrose to the next level.
Match of the Week – Roderick Strong def. Jay Lethal to Become ROH TV Champion
Strong and Lethal have had a series of very good matches for the ROH World Title, but the final match in the series for the TV Title took the cake. They worked up to a stiff, powerful style very quickly. Strong kicked out after a Lethal Injection and countered a second one into a schoolboy for a near fall. He hit a series of running knees that appeared to have Lethal against the ropes. Instead, Lethal blocked a superplex and hit a cutter off the top rope for a very near fall. Strong fought back powerfully with a sick kick, gut-buster, back-breaker, and a Strong Hold. The cumulative effect forced Lethal to tap out for his first loss in a very long time. Lethal could never hold the company’s top two titles for too long, and the way he lost the secondary title to Strong maintained its premium value that Lethal created.
Quote of the Week – Sheamus
“This Roman Empire only lasted for five minutes and fifteen seconds.”
Must See Wrestling
- Undertaker Dominates Match in His Honor
At first, it felt like the feud between the Wyatt Family and the Brothers of Destruction was a way to rekindle the Wyatt-Undertaker feud from Wrestlemania and eventually pass the torch to Wyatt. Instead it became a tribute to Undertaker’s 25 year WWE career. He and Kane plowed through the Wyatts and made them look like chumps. But it wasn’t a problem because the sentimentality of the match made it worthwhile.
- The Authority Reloads
When Seth Rollins went down, it looked like there would be a major shakeup in WWE’s pecking order. Instead, The Authority replaced the supreme quality of Rollins with the quantity of new champion Sheamus, Rusev, and King Barrett. Those three heels were a fun, interesting team when they languished in the mid-card. Giving them a chance near the top of the card should be different if nothing else.
- Bayley Retains Women’s Title
Eva Marie has become one of the most genuinely hated heels in professional wrestling. As a result the fans at the NXT arena were truly dismayed when she came close to beating Bayley on a couple of occasions. Bayley fought back and got the win to retain her title after some referee hijinks.