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. Undertaker and Lesnar on Raw
I thought the structure of the segments involving Taker/Lesnar was very well done this past Monday on Raw. I like the way that they built this up as the show went. We didn’t just jump right in to them brawling. We had the promo from The Undertaker which revealed his motives quite nicely, then we had Triple H and Stephanie’s backstage reaction, then we had Paul Heyman’s arrival to the building followed by his promo (which was also excellent) and then we had Undertaker confronting Heyman followed by The Beast’s arrival and THEN the brawl began. See how that just stacked up there?
I’m hoping that as we get closer to SummerSlam we get more verbal exchanges in order to really set the foundation of this feud. I like what Undertaker did in his first promo as well as what Paul Heyman did in his rebuttal and I’m hoping that this story is allowed to advance via these same means.
Now that the two have had their initial physical encounters, I’m hoping that neither man gets at the other until the actual SummerSlam match. I feel like this would grow the anticipation for this match and leave the fans waiting anxiously to see who will come out on top. This feud really made for some entertaining segments Monday and I’m hopeful that, with the parties involved, it will continue to be a positive as the weeks roll on.
Brian and Michael had plenty to say about this angle and much more on this week’s Raw Review:
2. G1 Climax Kicks Off
New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked off their annual G1 Climax tournament this past Monday. For those who are unfamiliar with G1, NJPW holds a round-robin tournament every year over the course of several days. This year, the tournament will take place over the course of 19 shows, the most in G1 history.
The competition is almost like a mini-season of wrestling. With 22 participants, half of the wrestlers are put into Block A and the other half in Block B. Each wrestler faces off with all other participants in their Block over the course of the tournament, gaining points for victories. A wrestler will face the other members of their Block once and only once. After all members of the Block face each other, those with the highest points from each Block square off to crown the G1 Champion.
I hope I didn’t just confuse everyone with that. I promise it’s fun and a major positive for wrestling. Do some research on the history of the tourney and I promise you’ll like it (if you enjoy wrestling). I’m predicting that AJ Styles will win Block A and face Okada who I believe will win Block B. Time will tell if I’m right.
3. John Cena in “Trainwreck”
This movie has already been out for a week, so technically I should’ve included it in last week’s AtP but since I didn’t see the movie until Thursday night I’m including it this week. Regardless of the week, it’s good for the wrestling business as it casts a positive light on the “face that runs the place.”
The movie as a whole is absolutely hilarious and refreshingly featured smartly written comedy from start to finish. The reason it’s included in this article is because of John Cena. For my money Cena absolutely stole the scenes that he was featured in and, as I left the theater, I heard many people talking about Cena’s role.
I won’t give too much away about about the film here but just know that if you see the movie you will never look at protein shakes the same again…
Anyway, go and see the movie as Cena’s performance is a total positive for wrestling fans and movie fans alike. If this interview doesn’t leave you curious to see more, nothing will:
Well, that’s it for this week. Until next time, stay positive!