This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 36

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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 the real test for Kevin Owens’ title reign while Brian discusses CM Punk and Colt Cabana while also sharing some of the more interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon this week and more.

The Real Test for Kevin Owens
Craig

Kevin-Owens-as-WWE-Universal-Champion-1This past Monday on WWE Raw Kevin Owens won a fatal fourway, with more than a little help from Triple H, to win the WWE Universal Championship.

Obviously, since winning the title he has gone on to become the longest reigning holder of the title!

However, like many things in wrestling at the moment, the reaction has been somewhat mixed.

Sure, there was joy at Kevin Owens, a long-term indy worker, reaching the top of the WWE mountain. But there was also issues over the way that he won the title, thanks to the interference from Triple H.

It also saw many wonder, as is also the norm, about the motivation of the WWE booking. Was this an indication that the company was going to go with Owens? Was it a sign that they weren’t yet prepared to go full throttle with him? Or was it more a case of Owens being at the right place, at the right time to cover for the injured Finn Balor.

One thing is for sure and that is that Owens is a hugely talented character. Whatever misgivings, wrongly in this instance, that the company had over Owens’ build, he has been able to move on from that and carve out and already very successful run with the WWE.

A stellar performer in NXT, Owens was destined to quickly move up to the main roster and hit the ground running when he did. An early win over John Cena cemented him in the position of a worker that was only going to go from strength to strength.

With a talent on the mic, a connection with the WWe fanbase and a moveset that set him apart from his colleagues, the future was always going to be bright for the former Kevin Steen.

And here we are. A few years after a promotion from NXT, Kevin Owens is in possession of the main title on the WWE’s flagship show, Raw.

But is Owens the man? I like to think he is, for all of the reasons detailed above.

Is he, however, a stop gap fill-in for Balor? Let’s be frank, had it not been for Rollins’ powerbomb onto the barricade at SummerSlam then Owens wouldn’t be in possession of the gold. There is also a strong chance that the subsequent programme would have been between Rollins and Finn Balor.

But whatever your thoughts on Rollins’ actions that have seen Balor benched for the medium term, it has presetned Owens with the chance of a lifetime.

As it stands, I hope the WWE see in Owens what us fans do. A strong in-ring worker that is also great on the mic. Owens deserves, after years working away for this opportunity, his chance at the top. For this to work, however, the WWE need to be fully bought in and committed, regardless of their previous feelings, to make Owens the man.

The key here is this, however, is Kevin Owens the guy, or did they just put the title on him? That is the real test. And, as a fan of Owens, one I hope he passes with flying colours.

Bye Colt Cabana!
Brian

CM Punk Colt CobanaIt is being reported that the 15 plus year friendship between CM Punk and Colt Cabana has ended. It all apparently soured quickly when Cabana allegedly showed up backstage at a Raw show and took pictures with the talent. Punk reportedly felt betrayed by that because there is a lawsuit filed by WWE ringside physician Dr. Christopher Amann against both Punk and Cabana for 1 million dollars for remarks made by Punk about Amann during a Cabana podcast.

CM Punk does have a history of repeatedly blocking fans on Twitter for comments he deems offensive and cutting ties with friends who Punk feels disrespected him. For example, Dylan Postl aka Hornswoggle was cut off by Punk for allegedly asking Punk for a mutual friends phone number. CM Punk seems to keep his his circle of friends small and close to him but each relationship is extremely fragile.

If the rumors are true and Punk did end a long 15 year friendship with Colt Cabana over this seems sad in many ways. I understand Punk had a rough childhood that formed his personality to what it is today…but good friends are hard to come by. I can only imagine if AJ Lee accidentally messed up some way what would he do?

Picture Gallery
Brian

The headlines from a Dallas newspaper about the demolition of the famed Dallas Sportatorium…

Dallas Sportatorium

The future Big Poppa Pump with one of his earliest “freaks.”

Scott Steiner

“The ticking time bomb” “Loose Cannon” The Miz

Loose Cannon The Miz

If the WWE title belts were Doritos…

WWE Doritos

Shawn Michaels always knew how to sell an opponents move set….even if he was over the top at times.

Shawn Michaels Sid

A young Mick Foley on the same high school wrestling team as a young comedian named Kevin James…

Mick Foley

That Raw main event this past Monday…

Becky Lynch

Video Gallery
Brian

Former AWA star Greg Gagne wasn’t exactly the most charismatic wrestling personality in the world…so why not have him do used car commercials?

Last Week on the Blog

Last week’s Sunday Sermon looked at the best tag teams in wrestling history; on Monday we had pt. 81 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘, on Tuesday Samoa Joe got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; on Wednesday we had the next ‘Remember When‘ looking at when a match between Earthquake and Kōji Kitao turned into a shoot; Thursday’s Top Five looked at the most iconic images 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’s Sunday Sermon looks , we have another ‘Book or Cook‘, a look back at a previous ‘Backlash’ PPV, a John Cena themed Top Five and more.

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

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