Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage
Today’s Sunday Sermon looks at wrestlers whom we would like to see leave WWE and where we would like to see them go. So, a little like our Book or Cook series but we will not limit ourselves to fringe players. Fantasy booking hats on folks…
Jamie: With the excitement and hype around AEW, this type of fantasy booking becomes a lot more interesting and a little more plausible. My first thoughts on this topic actually went towards seeing the likes of Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles return to Japan. Modern-day Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe in New Japan would step right into the main event scene without even missing a beat, while a returning AJ Styles would also add intrigue to the Bullet Club storyline. Imagine these guys added to a G1 Climax field? For some reason I’m not that interested in seeing Finn Balor, Gallows and Anderson return though. I just feel that Balor, in particular, is too well suited to WWE at this moment in time that I cannot picture him anywhere else. What do the rest of you think? Who could you picture working in New Japan, AEW, ROH or elsewhere?
Brian: I was actually thinking about doing a Book or Cook on this guy and might still, but Shinsuke Nakamura needs to return to New Japan. If he would go back now, I could easily see him winning the G1 tournament and challenging his good friend Okada for the IWGP heavyweight title. Since Kenny Omega decided to join AEW instead of WWE…AJ Styles would fit in perfectly over at the new promotion. A feud with Omega could write itself and would certainly be a dream match. Charlotte Flair could go to Impact Wrestling and start a ‘daughters of the Four Horsemen’ feud with Tessa Blanchard.
Jamie: Nakamura to New Japan is a no-brainer. I’m hoping this is a case of when rather than if too. Seeing him in NXT and WWE is actually part of the reason why I started watching NJPW because I figured that if they can produce a guy that good there must be more… and there is. But yeah, while New Japan’s future looks pretty healthy, they could probably use one more established megastar to fill the void left by Omega, and Nakamura would walk right into that spot and then some.
I like Charlotte to Impact because if we fantasy booked the other way and had Tessa Blanchard go to/back to WWE there’s much less of chance that WWE would book such an angle.
Having just listened to Tony Khan on the Steve Austin podcast talking about tag team wrestling being taken seriously in AEW it got me thinking of just how well The Usos and The Revival would fit in there. Both of those teams against the Young Bucks or Lucha Brothers sounds out of this world. I’d also love to see The Usos in New Japan and Ring of Honor in order to get dream matches against the Briscoes and Guerillas of Destiny.
Brian: Guerrillas of Destiny versus the Usos definitely has dream match potential. The Briscoes as great as they have been in Ring of Honor and New Japan would never be welcome in the WWE…so Briscoes vs The Revival in ROH, Impact Wrestling or AEW would be fine by me. What about Samoa Joe go to New Japan and fight Ishii or Evil? Talk about stiff, hard-hitting matches.
I’d also love to see Buddy Murphy, Cedric Alexander and Ali compete in the Super J tournament in New Japan. Imagine all the classic matches those guys could have with countless wrestlers like Will Ospreay, Dragon Lee and others.
Jamie: Speaking of 205 Live, is Drew Gulak still there or is he on NXT? Either way, him in New Japan makes perfect sense. Gulak against Zack Sabre Jr. is a match I’d pay to see. I think they wrestled in the Cruiserweight Classic, but both guys have come on leaps and bounds since then.
Here’s one, all of Undisputed Era to AEW. There’s a lot of history and potential there. Firstly, I love them in NXT and would not want to take them away, especially when they are teasing an angle that will potentially see them hold all the gold. I have faith in the creative at NXT to pay that off. However, when they get to the main roster my sad expectation is that they’ll probably get split up and none of them will prosper, even Adam Cole. However, who was it that literally kicked Cole out of Bullet Club and The Elite? The Young Bucks, with the go-ahead from Kenny Omega. Imagine Adam Cole and Undisputed Era ‘invading’ AEW to exact revenge. The potential matches involving all four of those guys is mouth-watering.
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