This Week in Wrestling 2015 week 40

Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson & Brian Damage

In ‘This Week in Wrestling’ Jamie shares what Raw taught him this week, the team share their predictions for tonight’s Network MSG special and Brian has all the week’s best viral content. All that and much much more in the latest edition of This Week in Wrestling

“Let Me Tell You Something, Brother…”

By "please retire" I don't think fans meant 'please give Big Show another push'

By “please retire” I don’t think fans meant ‘please give Big Show another push’

  • Hell can’t be that bad. Seth Rollins was dragged their last week, but you would never know that from watching WWE this week
  • The Prime Time Players half-hearted push is over…
  • Yet another one month Big Show monster push is in full swing…
  • WWE have an HR department? They sure fell asleep at the wheel during the Attitude Era… and every subsequent era until now
  • But Rollins statue was crushed… head first… we saw it crumple!
  • And bad guy Seth Rollins did not try to sweet talk the attractive Ashley from HR why?
  • As tonight’s MSG live show is being broadcast “only” on the WWE Network, I assume that means it will also be available on pay per view…
  • WWE are so sneaky that it took the return of the US Open Challenge for me to realise that we never got the logical pay off it should have delivered first time around, i.e. someone beating Cena for the title
  • Corporate Kane is always sweaty. Either his wet, messy hair shows very subtle attention to detail regarding his split personality… or Glen Jacobs is just a sweaty beast
  • And the best part of all WWE TV this week was… a DuckTails reference!

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Craig, Brian & Jamie

Tonight the WWE Network will air a special WWE show from the Iconic Madison Square Garden. Ahead of that event, we share our thoughts and predictions on the card.



* Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
* Steel Cage US Title Match: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
* WWE Tag Team Title Match: New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz
* WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
* Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
* Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Also appearing: Charlotte, Team Bella, Stardust, Kane and Mark Henry. The show will not feature Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and others because they are on the other house show loop and will be in Maine.

Craig: This show does nothing for me. It’s Orton vs Sheamus again, Rusev vs Ziggler again, New Day vs Dudley Boys again, Seth Rollins vs John Cena again – but hopefully for the last time – and Brock Lesnar taking on Big Show in what is likely to be a squash match.

Advertised, but as I write this unannounced, matches for the likes of the Bellas, Kane and Mark Henry manage to get me even less excited about this one.

I really don’t think I’ll be staying up to watch this MSG houseshow…

Brian: Yeah…I’m with you Craig, it doesn’t sound appealing in the least. I mean it is a glorified house I wasn’t expecting much…but I was hoping for something a little more. All I have to say is…how the mighty have fallen as it pertains to Madison Square Garden. That use to be the place where so many of the the WWE’s biggest angles, wrestlers debuted and events took place. Now, it is just a place to run a house show at once in awhile.

Jamie: Full house, I’m not remotely interested. Will I stay up to watch it? No chance? Catch it on Sunday perhaps? No chance, there’s football to watch. I might give the Jericho/Owens match a look at some point next week because I don’t think I’ve ever seen them wrestle each other before. I know I’ve seen the other matches though, most in the very recent past. I mean, seriously, Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show?! Who gives a f……

Craig: You see I was expecting more. As someone that reads house show results on websites to keep up to date I wouldn’t necessarily have high expectations but this is at MSG. One of my favourite things on Network is the old MSG shows. Sure it’s largely about the nostalgia but still.

I get that the WWE has outgrown MSG and no longer holds the historic venue in the way that it once did but what’s the point in this show being on the Network if it’s as dull looking as it is. Where’s the attraction for fans? I know for every killer thing on network there will be a couple of bits of filler but this show is being hyped as a big deal, with mentions on Raw, yet it’s repeat after repeat match up.

Jamie: Apparently this show is worthy of having Big Show flatten Cesaro and Mark Henry so that we take him seriously against Lesnar. Does anyone now think Show will win? Exactly…

I do like the touch of Rollins vs. Cena in a cage at MSG though, that’s a nice touch. That’s assuming this is a feud ender. Sadly for those hoping WWE would book Rollins to look strong just once, there’s no way Cena drops his title on a house show and there’s no way Kane doesn’t get involved.

Brian: I do expect something…not sure what…but something to come out of this show that’ll get people buzzing. Am I being too optimistic? A title change , a heel turn or a debut..something that will make this worthwhile.

Craig: A title change would make sense and the WWE can market it as ‘anything can happen on the Network’ but do we really need to see Rollins having the US title again? Maybe the WWE could have saved the switch back to Cena until this event. Give the crowd at MSG a big moment and give these Network special shows a big selling point in the future.

Brian: My guess…it’ll be the Dudley Boyz winning the tag team titles against New Day. It’s in New York City…where Bubba Ray and Devon are from…so it makes a little sense I guess.

Jamie: My thoughts too until I had this thought…

Does anybody truly believe Sheamus will cash-in and become WWE Champion?! Saturday will be the last time for a while that the WWE Champion will face the US Champion. My theory is that Sheamus will cash in, creating a Triple Threat. Sheamus will win this match by pinning John Cena. However, as Cena is the US Champ Sheamus will win that title and not the WWE Title. Either that or Sheamus will come down mid-match and accidentally cover Cena instead of Rollins somehow…

Picture Gallery

Mick Foley going for the “cheap pop” with a balloon made in his likeness. The man who made the balloon is nicknamed Mr. Poppin’ Twist and instead of just making your typical balloon animals…Mr. Poppin’ Twist makes balloon wrestlers…like Mick Foley and Sheamus…

Ballon wrestlers

Somebody actually TP’d (Toilet Papered) the Undertaker’s home. Undertaker’s wife, Michelle McCool took these photos of the prank….


Forget Mickey Mouse…Donald Duck or anything else cartoonish…nothing says coolest baby ever than dressing them up in New Japan licensed baby clothes.


In the commonwealth of Puerto Rico…to be able to wrestle must have a valid wrestling license. Here is Rosa Mendes’ wrestling license from 2013…


This place looks like Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan’s favorite place to eat…


“Wrestling is fake!” “All you do is fall on a trampoline and bounce back up!” Lesson of the day folks….


Somebody on Twitter asked if Taz would return to commentating for TNA wrestling…this was his response…


Video Gallery

A PSA (Public Service Announcement) from Bobby Heenan back in the early 1980’s…

Well, if this wrestling thing doesn’t work out for Emma…there is always a future as a host of a cooking show!

This Week on the Blog

Last Sunday we discussed where the WWE go after Night of Champions 2015, Monday saw us ask Whatever Happened to nWo Sting, on Tuesday we started our hype towards Hell in a Cell by revisiting the Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker match from Badd Blood 1997, Wednesday’s piece looked at the various commentators and announcers that have graced WWE TV, Thursday saw us look at Bret Hart’s WCW run and we rounded off the week with part 51 of Wrestling with Sin.

Next Week on the Blog

Tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon looks at potential contenders to Seth Rollins’ title, we have the many faces of Steve Lombardi, the next Wrestling with Sin and debut a new feature on the blog.

All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.


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