Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
Welcome to the fifth edition of This Week in Wrestling in 2017. Today, Craig discusses Bobby Roode winning the NXT title while Brian asks what’s in a number when it comes to the WrestleMania logo and shares some of the most interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon over the last seven days.
A ‘Glorious’ New NXT Regime
It’s certainly not every time that an NXT Takeover is overshadowed by the events the following night. But that’s exactly what happened last weekend in no small part due to a very, very good Royal Rumble event.
As for NXT Takeover, it has quickly become one of the most consistently strong parts of the company’s output, constantly delivering match of the year contenders. This past NXT Takeover, deep in the heart of Texas at San Antonio won’t make many wrestling fan’s lists of their favourites and doesn’t stand up to the last few shows from the series.
That said, it did have one very important moment: the rise of Robert Roode Jr. to the top of the NXT mountain.
NXT Takeover: San Antonio featured two very good matches: the tag team title match, which was a lot better than it looked on paper, and the sensational main event which saw Nakamura defend the gold against Roode.
As much of a fan of Roode as I am, he hadn’t until last Saturday evening blown us fans away with his in-ring work. However, his performance against Nakamura was out of this world. Helped, to a great degree, by the excellent selling of Nakamura which led to me, and no doubt many others, believing that the knee injury he sold was the real deal.
In previewing the show this time last week, I had suggested that Roode vs. Nakamura had a great deal of potential but, even with that in mind, I was blown away by the match.
A continued programme between the two is now likely, leading to a rematch at ‘NXT Takeover: Orlando’, the evening before WrestleMania 33 where the good money is on Roode retaining and Nakamura heading to pastures Raw or Smackdown.
The challenge, now, for NXT is to create its next top babyface challenger. Beyond Nakamura, the face-side isn’t the strongest at the moment. The popularity of Tye Dillinger presents an option while others are far, far off being in the position to be a viable contender.
As is the norm for NXT, it’s come around the time to replace the men at the top of the roster. After all, within the next two months, it’s not inconceivable that both Nakamura and Samoa Joe are on the main roster, with the latter already there.
How ‘glorious’ Roode’s reign will come down to the strength of his opposition. Time will tell as to who will step up to the plate.
What’s in a number?
This may be a small complaint, or maybe it is actually a bigger one. I have noticed that the last few years, the WWE has dropped the numbers when promoting WrestleMania. For so many years, the WWF/E has named every WrestleMania with a number behind it.
Whether it be a modern number or a Roman numeral, WrestleMania was always identified with a number. That is, until they seemingly dropped the numbers and just refer to the pay per view as simply ‘WrestleMania.’ It may not seem like a big deal to most but to me personally it irks me. I mean why change something that doesn’t need fixing?
Traditionally, there WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of pro wrestling/Sports Entertainment. Just like the Super Bowl, there was always a number that followed it. For instance, this year’s Super Bowl is the 51st annual event and have used the Roman numerals LI to accentuate it. Yet the WWE has seemingly dropped the numbers and will just call it WrestleMania moving forward.
As a matter of fact, the WWE already showed what the logo will be for WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans for 2018 and no mention of a number on it. Numbers, in my view, give the show a little extra prestige and importance. Granted, fans will always know that WrestleMania is the biggest WWE event of the year, it just adds a little extra to it. A small complaint I know, but I will miss the numbers.
10 years later
Tyler Black, errr I mean Seth Rollins, and Jimmy Jacobs strike the same pose.
Move over Mick Foley, Chris Jericho is catching up to you. His 4th book is due out this August.
Kane aka Glenn Jacobs with his grandson
This is what the WWE title is rumored to look like next. Notice the blue background to make sure fans know it is a Smackdown exclusive title…
Ok trivia time!
Who is this wrestler?
*Hint* He was the self-proclaimed greatest ____of all time!
RIP Mary Tyler Moore
Did you know that she was ringside for Wrestlemania 6?
How many sexual harassment lawsuits can we get in one night???
Jeff Jarrett is a bit delusional…
By the way, the answer to that trivia question above is ‘The Honkytonk Man!’
Now a little Freebirds music video
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we predicted the Royal Rumble; on Monday we had pt.4 of ‘Meanwhile, in WCW‘; on Tuesday we had part 100 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; Wednesday’s ‘Tag Team of Yesteryear‘ looked at The Quebecers; Thursday’s Top Five featured PPVs that could be brought back and we rounded off the week by looking at the WWE career of Howard Finkel.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.