Wrestling is an incredibly dynamic industry where everything can change in a matter of days – if not hours – and 2017 has really typified that in WWE. From wholesale roster changes, to walk outs and injuries, you can never predict what’s going to happen next, not that I won’t keep trying. As the year draws to a close, what better opportunity than to look back and reflect on the memorable moments WWE gave us in 2017?
This is the second part of this look back at 2017, read the first here: January – March
NXT TakeOver: Orlando – The Authors of Pain eliminate the competition
2017 has seen a real resurgence of a tag team division in NXT. American Alpha, The Revival and DIY had been having great feature matches, but there was no real depth to the divisions. There is now. And on Wrestlemania weekend, once again the tag team stars shone bright. The Authors of Pain, The Revival and DIY put on one hell of a match that went for 20 minutes before the first elimination. They told a wonderful story of DIY and The Revival, bitter rivals in 2016, needing to team up to take out the defending champions. This may have been WWE’s match of the weekend, which was no mean feat.
The main subject of my wrestling thoughts these last few weeks has been Bray Wyatt. I essentially turned the Payback Spotlight into one long extended rant about how little his move to Raw was going to do for him. But it feels like years that there has been a feeling that WWE are holding Bray back – he has been in championship pictures for a miniscule part of his run, and he always seems to lose the big feuds.
It looked like WWE might have changed their ways with Bray earlier this year, as he put away SmackDown’s top two stars in AJ Styles and John Cena with one Sister Abigail each inside the Elimination Chamber to become the WWE Champion for the first time. He then defended the title two days later against the same two men in a triple threat match. But WWE’s Eater of Worlds, and their current darkest, creepiest superstar, quickly and too easily succumbed to Randy Orton at Wrestlemania.
Wrestlemania – and the weeks since – have not gone particularly well for Bray
Day five. Wrestlemania is just two nights away, and the excitement is definitely building. We have the Hall of Fame ceremony tonight, NXT TakeOver tomorrow night, and then the big one. This time of the year, and this show in particular, has almost become synonymous with one man over the decades. That man’s match on Sunday night is today’s spotlight match: Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker.
The Undertaker will be competing in his 25th, and possibly final, Wrestlemania match, with a win-loss record of 23-1. Roman Reigns will be competing in his 5th, and definitely not final, Wrestlemania match, with a record of 3-1. There are twenty years worth of difference between their Wrestlemania appearances, twenty years worth of wins between their records, and twenty years difference between their ages. Passing of the torch anyone? Continue reading
The Road to Wrestlemania begins… tonight. It’s the Royal Rumble, where 30 men battle to throw each other over an obstacle. There is a rumoured Wrestlemania card out there online right now, but excitingly nobody seems to be sure where the titles will be. So the question on everyone’s lips tonight is, who will stand victorious having won the Royal Rumble match? That’s what I’m focusing on here by picking the Rumble match itself for my PPV Spotlight. And if you ask me…
I have absolutely no earthly idea.
This is the most open Royal Rumble… possibly ever. You actually need two hands to count the potential winners in 2017, instead of there just being two options. Let’s go through the apparent contenders. Continue reading
This is essentially in reaction to a news article. Is it about Rey Mysterio being backstage at Raw this week to apparently discuss his future? No. Is it about the return of Vince McMahon to TV, and what that might mean? No. Is it about the shambolic frustration that has become the WWE Network in the UK? No. It’s about something that very few people have been talking about. It about Wrestlemania 31.
In case you didn’t know, tickets for next year’s showcase went on sale last weekend. And the poster was released alongside it. If you haven’t already seen it, here it is.
Now you might think that’s fairly run of the mill stuff, just about what you would expect. But looking at the poster, there is one thing that immediately jumped out at me, and has been playing on my mind ever since. Continue reading
The Undertaker went 21-0 at Wrestlemania. That is a feat that will never, and can never, and should never, be replicated. But last night at Wrestlemania, it all came crashing down in the most controversial moment since the Montreal Screwjob…
21-1. Still a remarkable record, and itself is highly unlikely to ever be replicated. But that doesn’t matter. The streak is over. And for years I’ve thought that when the streak was over, Undertaker’s career would be over. It was something most of us never thought we would ever see. And you could tell. When Brock Lesnar got that three count, everyone watching was stunned into silence. It was an appropriately deathly quiet for the Deadman, and the death of the streak.
Personally? I get sucked in to his matches at Mania. I thought Triple H had done it after a Sweet Chin Music into the Pedigree. I thought Triple H had done it after a Tombstone. There were countless times I thought Shawn Michaels had done it. I remember when I was younger not being able to take not knowing who won between Taker and Edge as I watched it the next day. And last night, with that F5, I instinctively thought it was all over.
Little did I know I was right. 3 seconds later, it was.