8/28/15 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – Seth Rollins
I have often written that a wrestler makes his way into this column by making the most of his opportunities. It’s amazing to me how often Rollins takes full advantage of the situation in front of him. Since he won the WWE Title, he has not wrestled a bad match and has continually improved his promos to the point that it’s a pleasure to hear his smarmy, arrogant speeches. The match between Rollins and Cena was about as strong as it could have been with Jon Stewart’s interference as the finish. Rollins then went from exuberant to terrified when Sting showed up in place of what was supposed to be a statue. Rollins has pulled out so many consistently good matches that I have no doubt he will do the same with Sting, and the aura around the challenger will make the angle very fun.
Match of the Week – Bayley def. Sasha Banks to Become NXT Women’s Champion
I was not sure if Bayley had the wrestling chops to live up to some of the excellent NXT Women’s Title matches from the likes of Charlotte, Paige, and Sasha over the last year. My doubts could not have been more misplaced. What Bayley lacks in pure athleticism, she makes up for with a creative and advanced feel for ring psychology. The transitions within this match were entertaining and sensible, so much that it was hard to imagine we were watching anything other than a legitimate competition. When Bayley finally got the win, it was at the perfect moment of emotional crescendo and left her looking like a major star on the rise.
Quote of the Week – Xavier Woods
I don’t know how to translate a trombone sound into text, but better noise emanated from a wrestling show in the last week than the trombone solo that served as New Day’s championship coronation.
Must See Wrestling
- Undertaker Turns Back the Clock
Rumors of Undertaker’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. While neither of his last two Wrestlemania matches have lived up to his own standard, his own injury and Bray Wyatt’s injury likely had a lot to do with those performances. The SummerSlam match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar fits right into the pantheon of Undertaker’s great matches with the likes of Shawn Michaels, HHH, and CM Punk. Say what you will about the finish- I was fine with the screwjob, but thought someone other than the timekeeper should have provided the distraction-, everything that led up to it was outstanding.
- Balor Retains his NXT Title
Even if Finn Balor ripped himself off with his new Balor/Bullet club t-shirt, his stock remains high in NXT. There was no way for the rematch with Kevin Owens to live up to the Bayley-Sasha match that preceded it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Balor has wrestled consistently good matches in NXT. What I would like to see next is one transcendent, classic performance that reaches the heights that made Prince Devitt a Japanese star.
- Smaller Promotions Take Their Shots
In a week dominated by three memorable nights of WWE/NXT in Brooklyn, both TNA and ROH submitted strong offerings, as well. TNA swerved its invasion storyline by announcing Karen Jarrett was behind the attacks on TNA mainstays, added depth to The Dollhouse and their good heel work, and put four of their top wrestlers in a King of the Mountain #1 Contender match that Bobby Roode ultimately won. Not to be outdone, ROH featured a reunited Future Shock in an indy-dream Tag Title match with The Addiction, Roderick Strong against Donovan Dijak, and a Briscoe squash over a team ripping off The Ascension (ripping off the Powers of Pain, ripping off Demolition, ripping off the Road Warriors).