3/18/16 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – HHH
It used to be that when a special attraction wrestler came back for Wrestlemania, we only got to see him wrestle that one night. HHH has done his part-time schedule a little differently. First, he retained his title against Dean Ambrose at the Roadblock house show/PPV in a very good match. Ambrose had several opportunities to win, including a pin broken up with his own foot under the ropes. HHH finally hit Ambrose with a Pedigree as he reentered the ring. On Raw, he gave a pointed, villainous promo about fans as lifelong failures. Later in the night, he won a really good match against Dolph Ziggler and took a bloody walloping from the returning Roman Reigns. It was an exceptionally high activity level for a part-time wrestler and all of it was very good.
Match of the Week – Fenix def. Mil Muertes
The Lucha Underground Title match recaptured the brilliant rivalry between Fenix and Mil Muertes from season one. As in their previous matches, Mil inflicted loads of punishment and Fenix staggered through with just enough hope to keep it close. In the end, he kicked out of several near falls and countered Mil’s Flatliner into a jackknife for a huge upset victory. Fenix became the third LU Champion, but will have to defend the belt immediately in Aztec Warfare next week.
Must See Wrestling
- ROH Revolves around Tag Teams
The entire hour of ROH was a gauntlet match between seven tag teams vying to become #1 Contenders. With names like the Young Bucks and Redragon in the mix, it comes as a bit of a surprise that Rappongi Vice emerged as the top challengers to War Machine. It was a creative way to book the show and keeps fans on their toes.
- Drew Galloway Wins TNA Title
Galloway cashed in his Feast or Fired briefcase to join the triple threat title match against Matt Hardy and Eric Young. Although Hardy’s title run has mainly focused on his rivalries with EC3 and his brother Jeff, Galloway came out as the new babyface champion. Galloway has been described as a superstar since he came to TNA, but this win is the first main event-level achievement. It will be interesting to see how he handles the spotlight.
- American Alpha Elevates
NXT’s Tag Team #1 Contender match was a bit more traditional, but also very entertaining. American Alpha took down the Vaudevillains with a variety of stiff suplexes. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable have quickly gelled as an excellent tag team with a high ceiling. It would not surprise me to see them capture the Tag Team Titles that have eluded Enzo and Cass for so long.