It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to sit down and put some positivity down on virtual paper. But believe me when I say that is NOT because of the lack of positive action in the world of pro-wrestling. Now I don’t delude myself in thinking everything is all sunshine and rainbows but there truly is a lot to be excited about in wrestling today. As the leaves begin turn and the weather gets colder, let’s take a look at a few things to be excited for during the fall season.
WWE finally did it. They’ve created their own competition as well as a streamlined farm system. NXT has to be considered the success story of 2015 and it just keeps getting better. Finn Balor has cemented himself as NXT Champion and after Bayley & Sasha stole the show at TakeOver: Brooklyn, the women’s division is in good hands. Plus, NXT isn’t only for newly-signed young talent, established stars such as Samoa Joe, Rhyno and Brian Kendrick have all chosen to work in WWE’s “developmental” system rather than ply their trade on the independent scene. Who could really blame them? If Balor’s recent interviews are any indication, the mindset of the NXT locker room is that they are the best and are ready to defend that claim against anyone on the main roster. It’s been said for years that the wrestling product is made better with competition. Well, WWE has to look no further than Full Sail University for their stiffest competition on the American market and damn is it fun to watch.
WOMEN’S WRESTLING IN THE WWE
Divas Revolution or women’s wrestling? I know what my preference is but whatever terminology you want to use, the result is the same: the females performing in the WWE are now WRESTLING! Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nattie, Paige, Becky Lynch, Bayley and the Bellas (yes, the Bellas) are all redefining exactly what it means to be a WWE Diva & they’re doing a damn good job of it too. Bayley versus Sasha Banks in a 30 minute IronWoman match as the main event of the next TakeOver event? If that doesn’t scream progress, I don’t know what will.
SETH ROLLINS IS STILL THE WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
Seth Rollins is going on 6 months as the World Heavyweight Champion, a championship he won from Brock Lesnar (technically) at WrestleMania 31. Since then he’s defended his championship against Randy Orton in a cage, Orton, Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns in a Fatal Four Way, Ambrose again in a ladder match, John Cena (while also winning the United States Championship) and finally “The Beast” Brock Lesnar & “The Icon” Sting. That’s AT LEAST 4 future WWE Hall of Famers in 6 title defenses. So despite the complaints of a vocal minority that it’s the “same old faces” in the main event, Rollins is the exception to the rule while consistently having one of the best matches of the night.
There’s certainly more to be excited for in the coming months that just what I wrote about here, you just have to look for it. Keep your eyes open, your spirits up and your cynicism saved for TNA’s next “huge announcement”.