Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
In ‘This Week in Wrestling’ Jamie shares what Raw taught him this week, the team predict NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn while Brian shares with us the best wrestling related images and videos he’s come across this week. All that and much much more in the latest edition of This Week in Wrestling…
“Hold On A Minute Playa…”
- Was the opening segment of Raw really just a Summerslam commercial, only without Todd Pettengill?
- “Summerslam is only on the WWE Network” Michael Cole, before JBL told us how much it will cost should we decide to watch on pay per view…
- Mark Henry is unlikely feature in one of our ‘Many Faces Of…‘ series
- A sore throat can put a wrestler on the shelf… apparently
- Ric Flair won the WCW Title 8 times. Add that to his 8 NWA Titles and 2 WWE Titles and you get…..
- On a show that lasted over 185 minutes, precisely 5 of those minutes were allocated to the entire tag team division (New Day Promo plus match). Incidentally, that awful Authority segment/Summerslam commercial at the start of Raw lasted 7 minutes…. and only made mention of 3 matches
- Has Wade/Bad News/ King Barrett stolen The Ascension’s shoulder gimmicks?
- To see who the “boss” really is, Stephanie McMahon booked an NXT Women’s Champion vs. WWE Divas Champion match. Well it certainly wasn’t Sasha Banks, who was not afforded an entrance and did not even have her title with her at ringside
This evening we have the latest NXT TakeOver show on SummerSlam weekend as NXT take over Brooklyn. The show is headlined by NXT Champion putting the gold on the line against former champion Kevin Owens while Sasha Banks defends the women’s title against Bayley, Murphy and Blake put the NXT tag titles on the line against the hugely entertaining Vaudevillains, Baron Corbin battles Samoa Joe and Tyler Breeze battles the debuting Japanese legend Jushin Thunder Liger. Elsewhere we also have the debut of Apollo Crews, the man formerly known as Uhaa Nation.
- Ladder Match for the NXT Title: Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor
- NXT Tag Team Title Match: The Vaudevillians vs. Blake and Murphy
- NXT Women’s Title Match: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
- Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Tyler Breeze
- Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin
- Bull Dempsey vs. Elias Samson
- Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger
- Eva Marie vs. Carmella
- Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley vs. Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson
- Charlotte vs. Emma vs. Becky Lynch vs. Dana Brooke
Craig: Well it’s fair to say that there is something for everyone there. The main event will be a stellar encounter between two top talents, we have the intrigue of the debut of not only Jushin Thunder Liger but also Apollo Crews – the former Uhaa Nation, a tag title match, a battle between Corbin and Joe and what, on paper, looks to be a very good women’s match.
I know my optimism was evidently misplaced when it came to our discussion on SummerSlam last weekend but looking at this NXT show, it’s going to be pretty good. I don’t think the main event will be quite what we hoped as Owens is surely likely to hold something back for SummerSlam but that’s a good card and should follow in the tradition of NXT TakeOver shows being very good, right?
Brian: Indeed it does sound very good and if I am not mistaken…this will be the largest venue NXT has had a show in. So the crowd will be jumping from start to finish. I’m really looking forward to Apollo Crews NXT debut and of course…it is always a treat to see Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger.
Craig: The Liger stuff is intriguing. Is it to give the rub to Breeze? If so, hadn’t quite realised that the company were that big on him.
Brian: Tyler Breeze is definitely getting a rub by getting a match with the legendary Liger. Much deservedly so as well. He doesn’t get all the hype and praise that guys like Finn Balor and Kevin Owens gets…but is a multi talented performer. His match at Takeover should be exceptional.
Craig: You’re right. He really doesn’t get the credit he deserves, he sort of sails under the radar. This is definitely his chance to shine. Good to see also that it looks like virtually all of the roster will get a chance to perform what with the four person divas match and the big 8 man tag.
It’s obviously worth noting that not every match on that card will be shown on the Network version. Weird, as it’s a Network only thing, why they can’t just broadcast it all… I’d rather watch, say, the four hour NXT show than whatever is scheduled before it on Saturday night, presumably something from the archive.
Check out these super cool chalk board advertisements for a restaurant in California called…”Not A Burger Stand.” You always have to give business to a proprietor who respects pro wrestling. Sadly, we have learned that Not A Burger Stand is closing its doors after August 30th. So if you are in the Burbank, California area…please give them your business.
Check out a coupon book TJ (Tyson Kidd) Wilson made for Nattie Neidhart back in 2002. TJ was 22 and Nattie was 20 years old…
Here’s a pic of Lex Luger running for no apparent reason…
Here’s Harley Race holding the old King of the Ring trophy when it was a house show event back in 1986…
Looking for a good brew to drink? How about you look for this one called “Hop Suplex Ale?” Of course, you must be of age to drink it but if you are, you can purchase it here.
Truly an end of an era as Dave Brown will retire from WMC in Memphis after a career that spanned over 50 years. Many of those years were spent as a weatherman…but old time wrestling fans cannot forget he was also the play by play sidekick of Lance Russell calling Memphis wrestling for many years. God speed Dave Brown and enjoy your much deserved retirement.
Further to the above King Harley Race photograph, here’s an old promo hyping the 1986 KOTR event…
A pretty cool look at how WCW Monday Nitro use to get ready every Monday Night. This is back in 1999…
This Past Week on the Blog
Last Sunday our Sermon looked ahead to SummerSlam 2015, on Monday our focus was on superstars that didn’t get the farewell they deserved when their characters came to an end, on Tuesday we asked Whatever Happened to Nicole Bass, we had part 46 of Wrestling with Sin on Wednesday, Thursday we looked at the Lions Den matches that featured on SummerSlams during the Attitude Era and we rounded off the week by looking back to the infamous Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels SummerSlam 2005 match.
Next Week on the Blog
Tomorrow we share our SummerSlam 2015 predictions, we look at the failure of The New Rockers, ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last‘ covers WWE Confidential and more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.