Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Summerslam Weekend - Present)

I skipped a week on the Wroundup because there was simultaneously too much to write about and not enough to write about. Because for all the content WWE produced over Summerslam weekend and the following week on Raw and Smackdown, very little actually changed. Summerslam itself essentially settled nothing and changed nothing. Sure, Seth Rollins is now the US Champ, but only for a month. Everyone knows it's only for a month. The upside is, I get to use almost all my rivalry headers over again.

The Tag Division vs. The Dudley Boyz

The Dudleyz returned the night after Summerslam, presumably because too many of TNA's checks bounced. They're already in the thick of the tag title picture, with an instant feud against new champs The New Day. Nostalgia aside, the big draw here is Xavier Woods, whose mic work, hair work, and most notably, trombone work make everything except the actual matches a delight to watch. Prime Time Players keep getting put on commentary for reasons that elude me. Then they got beat by the Dudleys on Smackdown because everyone gets to lose to the Dudleys. Also the New Day gets to lose to Ambrose and Reigns to further a totally different feud on Smackdown because...?

Ryback vs. Big Show vs. The Miz

Ryback is still wrestling Big Show and Miz is still commenting and interfering. I assume Ryback will be wrestling one or both of them at Night of Champions and beating them.

The Wyatt Family's New Member Vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and the Curse of the Monster Heel.

Braun Strowman, the Black Sheep of the Wyatt family, debuted the night after Summerslam and has been destroying and choking out Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose ever since. The good news is, this adds some desperately-needed menace to Wyatt's crew, which has become a midcard joke in the past year. The better news is, he's not Erick Rowan. The bad news is, we've seen the Giant Unstoppable Guy playbook before, and once the unstoppable gets stopped, he has to rely on his charm and talent. And even with charm and talent, you could end up being like Rusev. Speaking of. Anyway, there's gonna be a match at Night of Champions and it seems like Reigns and Ambrose ought to get demolished for any of this to mean anything.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

This keeps going, thanks to a double countout at Summerslam and also the WWE's reluctance to move on. The latest twist is that Lana has had a lobotomy. Well, technically, she's believing the Evil Woman who says Ziggler tried to seduce her, even though she's EVIL and also even though the extremely jealous Rusev doesn't seem to have anything to say about Ziggler trying to fuck Summer Rae and Summer Rae kind of liking it. So the lobotomy is implied. There was more shit on Smackdown during MizTV, but my DVR failed and I had to figure out Smackdown from Internet recaps and none of it made sense because complicated infidelity ruses are duuuuuuumb.

Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team PCB

In a retcon, the match at Summerslam was to determine which team would get the title shot at Night of Champions, and Charlotte got it of course so that she can dethrone Nikki Bella after Bella dethrones A.J. Lee and then we can backburner the Bellas and Alicia Fox and Tamina Snuka and have Charlotte, Lynch, Paige, and Banks form the title picture in the Diva's division. Smackdown gave some hints that Charlotte is trying to end Nikki's reign before the record gets broken, but I don't see that happening.

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

They keep wrestling with no story other than "they don't like each other" and no reinforcement of that story other than Michael Cole saying "they don't like each other" at the start of their matches. Which is a goddamned shame, because they're putting on great matches with great stories that nobody cares about because they have no fucking context. Oh, and then Cesaro lost to motherfucking Sheamus on Smackdown clean for no goddamned reason at all.

Seth Rollins Vs. John Cena

I have to say, the Jon Stewart interference at Summerslam and subsequent explanation on Raw (he didn't want Cena to beat Flair's record) worked really well. But now Cena's got to win his belt back, so that's this month for you.

Seth Rollins Vs. Sting

If you love the 90's, the past two weeks have been great, with the returns of Sting and the Dudleys. Sure, Neville was only on TV for like five minutes in the entire last two weeks, but STING IS MAD ABOUT STUFF. Anyway, Sting appeared instead of Seth Rollins' life-size bronze statue the night after Summerslam, and the next week, Rollins was all "GIVE ME BACK MY STATUE" like Sting put it in the trunk of his car and drove it all the way from Brooklyn to Tampa. Also, apparently Seth Rollins comparing himself to HHH is at the center of the Sting-Rollins storyline, because reasons.

Neville vs. Stardust

Stardust has been joined by The Ascension, who beat up Neville on Smackdown. I do not approve of this development, because it means Neville's going to have to find two guys to help him out, and those two guys will inevitably be the Lucha Dragons, and Neville and the Dragons should be doing more than farting around with The Ascension.

Meanwhile on the NXT side...

NXT Takeover Brooklyn was a great, great show. That settled a lot of things. Bayley is the new women's champion. Finn Balor has beaten Kevin Owens once and for all. Baron Corbin can't wrestle. The Vaudevillains won the tag belts with the help of BLUE PANTS. You can get 15,000 Brooklyn wrestling fans to chant "BLUE PANTS CITY". Apollo Crews is a pretty good wrestler.

Then they had an also-rans episode of NXT taped right after Takeover in Brooklyn mostly so that Big Cass and Enzo could get the biggest pop and crowd chant of their careers. Didn't make for much of a TV show, but it certainly filled 90 minutes thanks to copious recaps and ads.

This week's NXT put a lot of stuff on hold to start the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which features a mix of existing teams (The Ascension, Jordan and Gable), mishmosh teams (Neville and Crowe, Corbin and Rhyno), NXT standards (Jordan and Gable, Corbin and Rhyno, Crowe) and returning NXT stars (The Ascension, Neville). Other teams will include Tyler Breeze and Bull Dempsey, samoa Joe and Finn Balor, and Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, who may or may not have been signed by NXT. If they lose to Breeze and Dempsey next week, they haven't been signed.

Also on tap this week, three brief non-feud-related singles matches. Another win over a jobber for Eva Marie, something similar for Apollo Crews, and then a match where Alexa Bliss beats up Blue Pants for helping the Villains win the tag belts, which is fine if it goes somewhere, like the Villains taking OBP under their wing and training her in the Olde Timey Wrestling Ways, and shitty if it's just a squash for Alexa to get her heat back.

A lot of feuds are going to be on hold while the Tag Team Classic unfolds, it seems.