6/3/16 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – AJ Styles
It’s easy to come up with reasons for why AJ Styles should not turn heel so early in his WWE run, but the execution so far has been solid. The moment he shared with John Cena in the ring before The Club joined him was electric and memorable on an otherwise forgettable episode of Raw. He had a match with Kofi Kingston on Smackdown that showcased his athleticism. He used a Pele kick and a Styles Clash off of a distraction to win a very fun match. Styles was a truly despised heel as the head of the Bullet Club in NJPW. If he can translate some of that heat to WWE, it might end up being a worthwhile heel turn. Starting in a rivalry with John Cena is a great jumping off point.
Match of the Week – Matanza def. Cage
Cage turned in the Gift of the Gods Title a week after he won it in order to obtain a Lucha Underground Title shot. The two men share a unique combination of size and athleticism, which made for a very unique title match. Cage was the first wrestler to have sustained success against Matanza and came very close to winning on several occasions. Finally, he ran into the Wrath of the Gods powerslam to finish the match. Cage looked amazing, even in defeat. It was not realistic to expect him to be the one to conquer Matanza, but he made the most of his opportunity in the main event.
Must See Wrestling
- NXT Tag Upset
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa got a rare opportunity to main event the last NXT episode before Takeover against #1 Tag Contenders The Revival. They pulled off a surprise win, which raises the question of whether they might be next in line for a title shot. Although their personalities have been largely generic in NXT, both indy darlings really know how to wrestle and it’s fun to see them carve out a niche for themselves.
- TNA Prepares for Slammiversary
Although there is still lots of filler on every episode of Impact, there are at least three interesting feuds at the top of the card. The Hardys are finally having the sibling rivalry that hasn’t clicked in the past, Mike Bennett vs. EC3 feels personal and relevant in the semi-main, and the title feud between Drew Galloway and Bobby Lashley has finally legitimized Galloway in the way he deserves.
- Bullet Club on ROH
ROH has deferred a huge portion of its storytelling to its talent exchange with NJPW. This week’s main event featured Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks of the Bullet Club against Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Yoshi Tatsu. Omega got the pin for his team with a One-Winged Angel on Tatsu.