This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 33

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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 how well Raw is doing elevating a secondary title while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.

That Is How You Elevate a Secondary Title
Craig

Rusev_US_Champ When, after Battleground, the WWE Champion remained on Smackdown Live it became abundantly obvious that the powers that be on Raw would need a replacement to that title.

We’ll come back to whether or not it was needed but Ambrose remaining on Smackdown meant that Raw had the US, tag and women’s championships whilst Smackdown had the big one and the IC.

Whilst we’ve talked previously about the over reliance on titles to get guys, and gals, over as well as there generally being too many titles, it makes little sense in having a tag and women’s division on Smackdown when they have nothing to compete for.

It’s obvious that more titles will be introduced and the first to be announced in the appallingly named ‘Universal Title’. This will supposedly be the big one on Raw with the inaugural champion being either Finn Balor or Seth Rollins and will be crowned next weekend at SummerSlam.

Also taking place on SummerSlam is a bout between US Champion Rusev and Roman Reigns for that title. This past week’s Raw also contained a segment which showed how easy it is to elevate a secondary title to lofty heights. The fact that Roman Reigns, who has spent the best part of two years at the top of the WWE card, is fighting for the gold already lifted it up a notch. But it was the segment on Raw that really made the US title feel a big deal.

In truth. It was an excellent final fifteen minutes fifteen minute to Raw and I absolutely loved Rusev stating the WWE didn’t need another champion because he was the champ. It’s statements like that that really make a title feel important, makes it sound like something the wrestler is proud to hold. Plus it makes sense that everyone not fighting for the Universe Championship match, i.e. Cesaro and Roman Reigns, should get involved.

It showed that the US title could have a main event feel about it. Sadly, with it being Raw, it was never going to be enough but credit where credit is due, the WWE didn’t half make the US title feel important this past week on Raw.

Factor in the fact that the ratings fell below 3m, it’s unlikely the US title is going to be considered main event long-term. Doesn’t mean they didn’t book this segment right, though. They almost certainly did.

My Week in Wrestling
Craig

This week has mostly been sound-tracked by Bobby Roode’s excellent NXT theme.

Watched Raw (good), Smackdown (average) and NXT (OK).

Listening wise it was a light week with only Bill Apter on Vince Russo taking my fancy.

Picture Gallery
Brian

Jack Daniels not on the menu…

Freebirds

In case you didn’t know…the great NBA interviewer Craig Sager once appeared on NWA television!

Craig Sager

No words needed…

Chris Jericho Kevin Owens

Charlie Cena or John Sheena?

John Cena

In honor of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: here is Naomi, Lana and Rene Young dressed for Carnival. Oh yeah, Rusev is there too.

Naomi Renee Young Rusev Lana

Drake the Snake

TNA’s Barf For Glory

TNA Bound for Glory

Video Gallery
Brian

 

Last Week on the Blog

Last week’s Sunday Sermon looked at whether Finn Balor was the future face of the WWE; on Monday we had part 79 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; Tuesday saw The Shining Stars get the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; on Wednesday we looked at partying scene stories from wrestling history; Thursday’s saw us ask ‘Whatever Happened toHillbilly Jim?; and we rounded off the week looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.

Next Week on the Blog

Tomorrow we look ahead to SummerSlam, we have another ‘Book or Cook‘, have a NXT themed Top Five and more.

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

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