Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about last week’s WWE Battleground while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
Thoughts on Battleground
We previewed, and predicted, Battleground last Sunday on the blog but I must say, six days on, that it really was a very good show.
It was by no means flawless but it was very strong indeed. Every match got, at least, pass works. Like most, I didn’t like the finish to the IC title bout, which seemed a waste, and like nearly everyone on the internet, I thought the best match was Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn.
But everything else was in between that low and high point. And that bodes well.
Tomorrow we’ll talk in detail about this week’s Raw and Smackdown live, there’ll be no spoilers here, but Background was a very good start.
It had a feeling of ‘will this be the last time we see these two compete?’ to it and, nearly always, delivered on the match front. This show was an easy thumbs up.
You had your nice crowd popping spots: the debut of Bayley, your top class match: Zayn vs. Owens and, in the Chris Jericho segment with Randy Orton, an excellent way to reintroduce a returning superstar.
This show set up nicely the last week in wrestling. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see whether or not we thought that week delivered, but there’s no doubting this event did. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
That said, the show confirmed more than ever that Big E. should stop the suicide dive, that was nearly very, very sick.
Sticking with Big E…
I love this clip of Big E. making fun of Finn Balor from this week’s episode of Raw. He also does something similar with the ‘Swiss Superman’ Cesaro.
My Week in Wrestling
Started watching SummerSlam 1996 for the Wrestling 20 Years Ago podcast.
Listening wise: Bayley on last week’s Talk is Jericho, Bruce Mitchell on Jim Ross’ and JR on the PW Torch livecast with Wade Keller – all excellent.
I think we got to the bottom of who or what inspired Raw’s new logo. Vinnie Mac might have some explaining to do to the Dodge motor company.
A rare original poster advertising the infamous wrestling/boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki.
This is a real street in Italy…
TNA’s answer to the WWE’s New Day breakfast cereal…
Gee, I have no idea why Al Snow’s Shinobi gimmick didn’t work out…
A classic ESPN commercial with WWF wrestlers…
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we shared our predictions for Battleground 2016; Monday was part 78 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; on Tuesday Triple H got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; on Wednesday we asked ‘Whatever Happened to?‘ The Godwinns; Thursday’s Top Five looked at the best vehicle spots in wrestling history and we rounded off the week looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
Tomorrow we discuss the first week of the new era after the brand split; have another ‘Book or Cook‘, look at the relationship between Paul Boesch and the WWE and more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.