Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (June 23-27)

My goal, always, is to write about wrestling the way I'm thinking about wrestling, not think about wrestling the way I've decided to write about wrestling. So it's another format change for the Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup, looking at characters, feuds, stories, and matches across the week.

LUCHA UNDERGROUND IS STILL AWESOME

We saw five stories move forward on this week's Lucha Underground. First, Superfly, now maskless due to Sexy Star, defeated Star clean as revenge for her taking his mask, even though it was really Dario Cueto's fault. I can't imagine this is the end, given the post-match beatdown on Star, but Superfly's a bit lower on the totem pole than Pentagon Jr., so maybe an opening match at Ultima Lucha?

Pentagon Jr., meanwhile, seems to be headed for a showdown with announcer Vampiro at Ultima Lucha. I don't know how Vampiro can go in the ring, but they've done a great job of making me want to see the match anyway, with great intensity from both guys.

The third MYSTICAL AZTEC MEDALLION went to Aerostar. Jack Evans, Fenix, and now Aerostar, with four medallions left. I'm thinking we're heading for a match at Ultima Lucha, though not for the title or a shot at the title. But it's looking like they're giving the medallions to high-fliers, so any match between them should be insane.

The final two storylines involve Mil Muertes, as his Disciples of Death rose out of an otherworldly earth portal (!) to leave our Trios champs laid out, and Muertes defeated Drago to earn the title match at Ultima Lucha. The Drago match wasn't as good as I'd hoped - actually all three matches this week didn't live up to their potential, but the show still worked as part of the larger Lucha Underground narrative.

WWE

We've got a double build going on, as we build towards the mixed NXT/WWE Tokyo show on July 4, and Battleground later in the month. On the main roster, here are the big feuds, ranked by their importance to me:

KEVIN OWENS VS. JOHN CENA
It's official - Owens-Cena III for the US Title at Battleground. Owens delibarately speaking French to turn the crowd against him on Raw was awesome, but Cena going multilingual on him? Fucking amazing. Credit where credit is due. All we got on Smackdown was a recap video package, though. Boo. Owens better take the title, though.

SETH ROLLINS VS. BROCK LESNAR
Hey, Seth Rollins made up with the Authority, the latest zag in a storyline that's largely bored me for most of this year. Whether HHH and Steph, J&J Security, and especially Kane are with or against Seth Rollins this week has been drawn out forever, and I'm sick of being jerked around. On the other hand, Paul Heyman's RAW promo was delectable. Rollins and Ambrose had a nice long good-for-TV main event on Smackdown before the inevitable bullshit interference ending.

PRIME TIME PLAYERS VS. NEW DAY
I don't know what's going on here. For two weeks, Neville's been the defacto third member of the Prime Time Players evening up the numbers against the New Day. And that pattern continued on Raw. But on Smackdown, Bo Dallas attached himself to The New Day, which at least makes sense, and the Prime Time Players teamed with... the Lucha Dragons. Now, I don't mind seeing the Dragons wrestle, and pick up the win, but where's Neville?

ROMAN REIGNS VS. BRAY WYATT:
This feud is the epitome of the Spaceballs line "Evil will always triumph over good, because good is dumb." Reigns goes chasing backstage thinking Reigns has his daughter when his daughter is vey deliberately not panned to on camera. Reigns is dumb. This feud is dumb. At least it was kept to a recap on Smackdown.

DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. THE BOOKING TEAM:
He wrestled Adam Rose, who they seem to be trying to maybe do something with again. Something that will probably mostly take place on the undercard shows. And he played second fiddle to Angry Lovelorn Rusev in a match against Sheamus. Poor guy.

RYBACK VS. BIG SHOW:
This feud was moved forward on Raw by Ryback wrestling Mark Henry on Raw and Kane on Smackdown, presumably as a test to see if my interest level could go any lower. Guess what? IT CAN!

And the NXT Roster Feuds/Stories:

KEVIN OWENS VS. FINN BALOR:
Fairly basic stuff here. Rhyno's being evil and sort of allied with Owens. Balor rescues Itami from Owens at the top of the show and falls victim to Rhyno, Balor beats Rhyno at the end of the show and falls victim to Owens after Owens puts on a one-man clinic on how to sit in on commentary during the match. I'm predicting Balor will win the title in Japan on the 4th, and on a related note, the multipart doc they've been running on Balor in the last few NXT's has been great. Dude loves Lego!

KEVIN OWENS VS. SAMOA JOE:
Joe saves Balor from Owens. No idea where this is going or can go. It's Owens' third simultaneous feud and the least compelling, although points to Joe for his "Let Me Fight" promo backstage. Good stuff.

JUSTIN JORDAN VS. HIS POTENTIAL TAG PARTNERS
Justin Jordan continues to try out tag partners and lose, this time to Enzo and Cass. Sylvestor LeFort, the Frenchy Who Still Has His Hair, was this week's victim.

ENZO AND CASS VS. BLAKE AND MURPHY:
No forward momentum as the challengers spin their heels in a generic match against Jordan and LeFort

DANA BROOKE VS. MY APATHY
Dana wins a basic match, but I still don't give a shit.

EVA MARIE VS. CREDIBILITY:
Backstage, she promises to show William Regal she's serious about wrestling, and not even Eva Marie is convinced.

HYPE BROS VS. MY SANITY:
Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley are still a tag team and jumping around insisting I be excited. I demur.