After a brief hiatus, I’m back to find all the good stuff from the week that was in wrestling!
It’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity that exists online when it comes to the world of professional wrestling. Let’s put a pause on the bad stuff, all the complaints, criticisms, rants, and rundowns. Instead, let’s come up for a breath of fresh air, sift through the week that was, and accentuate the positives.
Here are your top 3 positives from the week that was:
1. SummerSlam Fallout
We are about a week removed from WWE’s second biggest show of the year, and after taking the time to reflect on both the show itself as well as the following night’s Raw, I’ve found a big ole bunch of positives.
For starters, I liked the show from start to finish, even if I would have booked things a bit differently. But, no one has ever asked me to book a wrestling show before, so I have little credibility on that front. Nevertheless, I thought everyone on the card turned in an excellent performance in the ring and I got the feeling that everyone stepped up their game, making me believe for the first time in a long time that SummerSlam really is the second biggest show of the year.
The biggest news coming out of the show was the finish to the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match. I know there are plenty of people who didn’t like the finish, but as I listened to Paul Heyman’s post-match promo, I started to like it more and more. Both men gave their all between the ropes (no pun intended… well maybe a little intended) and the finish allowed Brock to lose without being hurt and Taker to win without ending the feud. The finish may not have been what people were expecting, but that’s the beauty of pro wrestling! The finish left questions of whether or not Taker turned heel, what the future holds for both men, and when the rubber match is held (let’s not kid ourselves here, it’ll be WrestleMania) what will the stipulations and ramifications be for that match.
Unlike many, I was fine with Jon Stewart’s involvement in the WWE/US Title match. I thought we would see some sort of non-finish (IE double count out, DQ, etc.) so to see WWE actually go through with putting both titles on someone, regardless of the circumstances, was a great surprise. Also, WWE got the headlines they were looking for via Stewart’s involvement and any positive mainstream media is a good thing for wrestling. I’m left wondering what the future holds for the US Title while Rollins holds it and I’m looking forward to his run as double champion, regardless of how long that run lasts.
This leads me to Sting’s appearance on Raw and the subsequent announcement that he’ll challenge Rollins for the WWE Title. It’s almost surreal to think that Sting is in a WWE Championship match. I’m very curious and excited to see how this match is put together and what the outcome is. Imagine Sting, in 2015, being the WWE Champion… that’s worth seeing. The hype will kick in full gear Monday, as WWE has announced that Sting will open the show (provided Mother Nature doesn’t interfere).
— WWE (@WWE) August 29, 2015
Rollins’ twitter reaction to this news:
Also, I’d be remiss not to mention the hilarity and awesomeness of The New Day and the surprise return of the Dudley Boys to WWE. I’m pumped to see the tag division get this shot in the arm and I’m hoping this is the thing that finally gets the tag division up and moving (NXT’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic gives me hope as well). Also, anytime a trombone is used in a promo, said promo is immediately 100% more awesome. Like I said, a big ole bunch of positives coming out of SummerSlam.
2. NXT UK Live Show
During the amazing NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show, Triple H (aka, the one that loves us) announced that NXT would be touring the UK this December for the first time ever. I was excited to hear of the tour, despite the fact that the closest I’ll get to UK is the 2 hour drive to the University of Kentucky (or “just an hour” according to Michael Cole). Seriously though, I’m excited that my friends and fellow wrestling fans over in the UK get this tour as its not only a cool opportunity for them to see NXT, but it’s yet another chance for the NXT folks to get a spotlight thrown on them and allow them to showcase their talents.
What makes this even bigger and better news is the fact that Triple H announced via Twitter on Thursday that the December 16th London show would air live on the Network as a full fledged TakeOver show.
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 27, 2015
I mentioned a few months ago when WWE announced the July 4th Tokyo Show that I was hopeful this could lead to the UK eventually getting a real PPV show, that would air live on the Network. This is obviously a HUGE step in that direction. I’m sure there are some kinks to work out as far as actual pay-per-view distribution is concerned, but this move shows that WWE is ready, willing, and Gable… er, able to produce live wrestling from the UK and broadcast it globally. It may take another year, but I’m still hopeful that a show like, say, SurvivorSeries might air live from the UK, airing 9pm to midnight GMTand 6pm to 9pm EST. I won’t repeat my past sentiments here, but suffice it to say, the UK crowd is always a fun bunch and it would be great to see a big event held live in front of them.
3. CHIKARA King of Trios Kicks Off
One of my favorite events of the year kicks off this Friday, September 4(unrelated note, that happens to be my dad’s birthday) and runs the weekend, culminating on Sunday, September 6th. If you’ve never seen a King of Trios show, you really need to head over to Smart Mark Video and watch one. I’ve said before that CHIKARA isn’t for everyone, but if you consider yourself a wrestling nerd, like myself, then you’ll love it.
In addition to the three night, trios tournament, night 2 will feature the annual Rey de Voladores match and Night 3 has the annual Tag Team Gauntlet match. CHIKARA always puts on entertaining shows with a mix of fun in ring action and humor that actually makes you laugh instead of groan. I was informed earlier today that each night’s show will be uploaded to stream on-demand the next day and I encourage everyone to check it out at ChikaraPro.com.
Well, that’s it for this week. Until next time, stay positive!