This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 26

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Craig Wilson & Brian Damage

It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about Roman Reigns’ wellness violation while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.

The Fall of the Roman Empire?
Craig

Roman ReignsIn the world of wrestling, there’s only one big story this week: the suspension of now former WWE Champion Roman Reigns.

The suspension came after a failed wellness test and was announced to the world on Tuesday evening. Had certainly been a hectic few days for him after losing the title on the Sunday night and the ex-Shield member triple threat announced for Battleground the next day.

It’s certainly been the talk of everyone, including the IWC, and will no doubt continue to be discussed by the time that suspension comes to an end in, now, less than 30 days.

What does it mean for Roman Reigns and his position at the top of the card? It’s difficult to imagine that this blip will see him drift back down to the card, particularly with the upcoming brand split.

Post-brand split, there is little doubt that Reigns will be there or thereabouts at the top of the card, despite the failings that many fans and some commentators see in his place at the top of the card. And it’s not that the WWE hasn’t tried hard to get Reigns over as a legit star.

Triple H Roman Reigns

This wellness violation will hurt Reigns. In his pocket he will lose around six figures over the course of the next four weeks. Will we see a change in Reigns when he comes back? I don’t think it will change the perception amongst many of the fans but it should see a change in Reigns attitude.

Wade Keller, on his PW Torch shows, has often criticised some of the comments Reigns has made about being champion or being at the top, often coming across as it’s just a job and not really caring what the WWE fans think/say.

Under Reigns with the title, the house show attendances have been down. There’s always a mixture of reasons for that. However, the ‘b’ show ones, often headlined by Ambrose, performed strongly – albeit it in smaller markets. The real test of Ambrose’s run at the top will be the house shows. The real test for Roman Reigns is his attitude when he gets back and whether Vince and the WWE still have faith in him – I still don’t see this as anything other than a minor blip in the Roman Empire.

Picture Gallery
Brian

I don’t know exactly where this photo is from, but I assume it is some sort of advert for World Class Championship Wrestling…

WCCW

A classic pic of Stunning Steve Austin vs. Keiji Mutoh aka the Great Muta.

Steve Austin vs. Keiji Mutoh

Speaking of Japan, McDonald’s in the land of the rising sun celebrates their rich pro wrestling history with cardboard cutouts of New Japan wrestling stars…

NJPW

The WWF graphics department having a little fun with ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund back in the 1980s…

Gene Okerlund

CM Punk on athletes using drugs…

CM Punk

Professional wrestling has always had a place in American culture. As seen by this stat back in the early 1970s…

Wrestling

Is that Abbey Road or Indy Road? Adam Cole, Sami Callihan, El Generico and Kyle O’Reilly.

Adam Cole, Sami Callihan, El Generico and Kyle O'Reilly.

A random pic of Hulk Hogan and Chris Jericho…errrr, I mean Jon Bon Jovi…

Hulk Hogan, Jon Bon Jovi

Break away pants 1 and the Luchador nil!

Luchador

Video Gallery
Brian

This clip is the first time the Intercontinental title was ever mentioned in 1979….yet no IC title was showed.

Last Week on the Blog

Last Sunday we shared our predictions for Money in the Bank; on Monday we looked at real life heat between wrestling announcers; Tuesday saw us ‘Book or Cook‘ the Big Show; we had pt. 75 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ and we rounded up the week with a two-part ‘The Way We Was‘ looking at the WCW Great American Bash 1996 on Thursday and Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week on Friday.

Next Week on the Blog

Tomorrow we look at the Dean Ambrose era; have the next ‘Book or Cook‘; we have a Stone Cold Steve Austin themed Top Five and more.

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

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