4/15/16 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
Wrestler of the Week – AJ Styles
Styles continued his rapid ascent through the ranks of WWE. It was a bit of a surprise that he lost to Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania, but he has not missed a beat since that match. He doubled down on his #1 Contender accomplishment this week with two fantasy booking matches- Sami Zayn on Raw and Alberto Del Rio on Smackdown. Both matches allowed him to showcase his versatile style and expert ability to pace matches at an optimal speed. He beat Zayn with his Phenomenal Forearm (which has quickly become one of three finishing options, with the Calf Crusher and Styles Clash). He had more trouble with Del Rio, but pulled out a victory with an Oklahoma Roll. Styles and his popularity have been so good in WWE that anything is possible. He could lose to Reigns by virtue of a rekindled feud with Jericho, or he could even take the title for a short reign of his own.
Match of the Week – Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca Jr, and Prince Puma def. Johnny Mundo, Taya, and Cage
The Lucha Underground Trios Tournament was one of the fun features that kept the first season feeling so fresh and different. The same tournament in season two has had a similar effect, with a variety of different match styles that have been interesting across the board. This week’s main event was the best one yet. Puma did the most work on his team as they saved Mysterio for big spots. The tenuous alliance across the ring repeatedly fractured and caused problems. When Mysterio finally got the hot tag, The Temple went crazy and he ran through his adversaries. Puma got the pin in the end, which is a great way to transition him out of the LU Title picture and into another meaningful endeavor.
Must See Wrestling
- Cesaro Gets on Track
The Intercontinental Title picture became very interesting in the last week. Cesaro earned a title shot with a very good win over Kevin Owens. Meanwhile, Baron Corbin beat presumptive rematch challenger Zack Ryder. Could we be in line for a fourway between Miz, Corbin, Ryder, and Cesaro?
- NXT Regroups
With half of its roster now departed, NXT started the process of building new stars. Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, and Bayley all won relatively easy matches, and the Tommaso Ciampa-Johnny Gargano pairing got a surprise pin against the exiting Vaudevillains.
- Dalton Castle Beats Silas Young
This week’s episode of ROH was built around a Fight Without Honor between Castle and Young. It represented the culmination of the lengthy feud. Castle got the win when he hit Bangarang on a chair. Castle has serious potential. The enormous reaction he got at Supercard of Honor is an example of how popular he has quickly become in ROH.