Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’. Today, in part 27, Craig discusses the improvement in NXT while Brian shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
The upwards trajectory of NXT
Up until, perhaps, the last few months, for as long as I can remember it was NXT that produced the most consistent WWE programming.
Sure, it was helped by the one hour format which allowed for all killer and little or no filler.
But they still had to nail it. And nail it they did. Each week we’d be treated to two or three matches and a few promo segments. You were left, at the end of the fifty or so minutes, wishing there was more and looking forward to the next instalment of the hugely successful Takeover series.
NXT was also where many of the current crop of Raw and Smackdown stars first appeared in the WWE, including Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.
For a while, though, there seemed to be a lull in new stars coming through. It was always as if the cupboards had been raided and not replenished.
As a result, there was a downturn in TV with the weekly instalment of NXT coming across very much like filler, several squash matches and a subpar main event.
Mercifully, it appears that NXT has bouncebackability and is once again on an upwards trajectory. The addition of Mauro Ranallo to the announce team has perhaps been the most high profile change. But it doesn’t take too long to find various other positives.
Take the women’s division. Now Asuka, on her record breaking run, has a supporting cast that features the likes of Ruby Riot, Ember Moon and the super talented, and Scotland’s own, Nikki Cross.
There’s also the super booking of Bobby Roode as a heel champion and the parallel strong booking of Roderick Strong that has got the fans firmly behind him. Add in the to be continued programme between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa and the intriguing stuff between Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami, and there’s real reason to be optimistic about the future of NXT.
The recent WWE book on NXT is titled ‘The Future is Now’. For the first time in a while, that proclamation is actually true.
Poll Results from this Week
4-star – 38.46
3-star – 23.08
1-star – 23.08
5-star – 7.69
2-star – 7.69
4-star – 33.33
3-star – 33.33
2-star – 22.22
1-star – 11.11
5-star – 0
4-star – 30.77
3-star – 30.77
5-star – 15.38
2-star – 15.38
1-star – 7.69
2-star – 27.27
4-star – 22.73
3-star – 22.73
1-star – 22.73
5-star – 4.54
This is simply awesome! Kudos to whomever created it!
A candid picture of Steve Austin, Vader and Rick Rude from back in the day…
Andre the Giant holding up quarterback Joe Theisman. FYI, the Washington Redskins wanted to sign Andre to play football for them.
Now that is commitment as a pro wrestling fan!
It’s summer time,so why not celebrate with NXT women poolside.
Here’s a collection of all of Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler’s records that he made during his career.
Never forget Cameron
A pretty cool mash up of Bray Wyatt and Waylon Mercy…
Last Week on the Blog
Last week’s Sunday Sermon looked at the first six months of 2017 in the WWE; on Monday we had part 26 of ‘Meanwhile, in WCW‘; on Tuesday we a ‘Book or Cook‘ looking at Tye Dillinger; on Wednesday we had part 15 of ‘Styles Clash: Clash of the Champions revisited‘; on Thursday we looked at superstars who nearly joined certain factions and we rounded off the week with part 121 of our ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.