Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about the debut of Bobby Roode while Brian discusses Lillian Garcia’s departure and shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
Is Bobby Roode the New Face of NXT?
Some solid booking between Asuka and Bayley, Hideo Itami returned from injury and, in my personal favourite segment, Johnny Gargano and Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa had a great piece that showed more humour than we’ve seen from the pair yet.
Oh and Bobby Roode made his on-screen debut, well, he’s been shown in the crowd but still..
For many wrestling fans he’ll be best known for his 12 year spell with TNA where he was one of the most popular acts and an eight time TNA tag and two time world heavyweight champion.
However, now he finds himself in NXT, 12 years since his initial appearances in the WWE predominantly as an enhancement talent.
Roode joins a host of established acts joining NXT – including his TNA alumni Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and Eric Young – bringing a wealth of experience and further name recognition to the WWE’s third brand.
And I have to say, I enjoyed Roode’s debut. His theme song, ‘Glorious Domination’, suits him perfectly, the way he was dressed and help himself in the ring made him look like a star and he cut a promo lambasting the NXT audience – becoming a heel in the process.
His debut gives me a lot of hope. For me, NXT are nailing virtually everything. The mix of old and new works so well and adding such an established act to the roster can only help keep NXT moving onwards and upwards. It will be interesting to see who he gets paired with in a programme.
With Samoa Joe being a heel, I’d struggle to imagine him being slotted straight into the main event picture. But there are more than enough top babyfaces in NXT to provide him with new and challenging opponents and turn out some quality match-ups on TV.
Gracias, Lillian Garcia
Many times when a wrestler walks away from the global juggernaut that is the WWE…fans start scratching their heads wondering why. Why would they leave such a huge promotion to wrestle elsewhere? Sometimes it is about money…while other times it is about creative differences on the direction of the wrestler’s character. Often times, it leaves fans arguing with one another taking sides whether they are for or against the decision.
In the case of ring announcer Lillian Garcia, there is no argument or at least there shouldn’t be. After 15 years with the WWE, Garcia is walking away and it isn’t about money or creative differences….but rather the love she has for her ailing father. This is what she said…
“I’ve been getting a lot of tweets and messages asking where I have been and if I’m coming back to WWE, so I wanted to let you know what has been going on and why I have been silent. I’ve been through so many emotions lately that they literally have kept me up at night. As most of you know, my father has been battling with two different types of cancer. He hasn’t been doing as well as we hoped, THEREFORE, I will not be traveling weekly with WWE any longer. I will be looking to take on work closer to where I live so that I don’t have to be on the road weekly away from him. He truly needs me, and I need this time with him. I ask that you please continue prayers for my father and my family.”
Lillian Garcia is walking away from a high profile job with the WWE to take care of her Dad who may or may not make it much longer. So while we as fans can argue and debate whether guys like CM Punk, Cody Rhodes and Ryback made wise decisions quitting perhaps the biggest wrestling promotion in the world…there is no denying that Garcia made the right choice. Say what you want about her as a ring announcer, but as a daughter and human being…she is top notch.
Gracias, Lillian Garcia
My Week in Wrestling
Watched Raw (average), Smackdown (quite good) and NXT (typically solid). It was great to see Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa get some speaking time on NXT. Those guys are good on the mic and pretty funny.
Listened to Stone Cold talk to Ricky Morton.
Is this Jimin Marvinlooter that Chris Jericho was referring to on Raw?
So *this* is what they mean by a Triple H squash…
Wrong person…”You Stupid Idiot!”
Former President Bill Clinton…a proud supporter of Booty O’s cereal!
Your inspirational quote for the week…
“In a sea of pro wrestlers…be an Austin Aries!”
Remember that jobber James Ellsworth who Braun Strowman destroyed in about 10 seconds two weeks ago? He’s a pretty big deal now because of his one time appearance. Truth is…he looks like he was doing pretty well beforehand too.
Here’s a random pic of Scott Norton and Bill Murray.
Forget the fact that this dude is playing an “air violin,” his Kamala shirt is epic!
Remember when Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine was a big deal?
Last Week on the Blog
Last week’s Sunday Sermon looked at the first week of WWE TV after the brand split; on Monday we looked at the issues between Paul Boesch and the WWF; Tuesday saw The Rock get the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; on Wednesday we looked back at the brief WWF run of Baron Von Raschke; Thursday’s Top Five looked at the best SummerSlam main events 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.