9/4/15 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – New Day
With clever catchphrases, funny dances, and very solid wrestling, New Day became the top tag team in WWE during their first title reign. Now, they have elevated themselves to a whole new level and brought the Tag Team Division with them. If their “save the tables” campaign is any indication, their rivalry with the returned Dudley Boys could be the most exciting WWE tag team program since The Shield faced the Rhodes brothers. Their match with the Dudleys on Raw was very good. They compounded that by highlighting Smackdown, both with a loss to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose and a great turn on commentary during the Dudleys’ match with the Prime Time players.
Match of the Week – Kevin Owens def. Cesaro
There were several very good matches this week and none of them reached a level of true greatness. Owens and Cesaro have quickly shown that they have undeniable chemistry and the sort of creative minds for wrestling that will guarantee fun matches any time their paths cross. Owens got another win over Cesaro on Raw, which seemingly sent Cesaro packing from their brief rivalry. Sure enough, Cesaro found himself in a match against Sheamus on Smackdown, which was very good in its own right. I particularly appreciated that Cesaro’s rib injury from the Owens match was a major factor in his match with Sheamus, as well.
Quote of the Week – Bo Dallas
“I Bo-lieve I’m about to be a lot more humorous in the future,” Dallas, as he explained the more aggressive attitude that could help him finally become a viable main roster competitor.
Must See Wrestling
- Seth Rollins Prepares for Double Duty
As a double champion, Rollins is already in rarified air, but his position became even more unique on Raw. He already had a WWE Title defense scheduled against Sting and John Cena invoked his rematch clause for the US Title as well. Wrestling two main event-type matches at a PPV is rare for any wrestler. Doing it as a heel is especially distinctive.
- GFW Invades for Real
After a few weeks of an uncomfortable alliance between TNA and GFW, the rivalry became much more intense on the heels of Karen Jarrett revealing herself as the force behind attacks on Drew Galloway and Bully Ray. There are a lot of questions left in the program- from the reason why Dixie Carter would put the company on the line for no obvious reason to the inevitable collision between the heel invaders and heel champion EC3. In the meantime, the TNA team of Lashley, Bobby Roode, and The Wolves showcases some of the company’s top talent.
- Jay Lethal Passes First Test
As ROH slowly acclimates itself to a weekly cable show, it has slowly started to introduce storylines that hook viewers for more than one week at a time. One well-developed storyline has been Lethal’s challenge in defending both the World and TV titles from week to week. His main event win over Hanson was merely the opening salvo with Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roddy Strong still to come. The only issue with Lethal is that it will be hard to keep him a true heel if he looks this good against such difficult odds week after week.