Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Sept. 7-10)

Energy is everything in pro wrestling. Whether it's narrative energy or in-ring energy, keeping the energy up is key to an entertaining program. WWE and NXT are both having serious energy shortages on the way to Night of Champions and the October NXT Takeover.

The Tag Division vs. The Dudley Boyz

The bad news is, the tag division has been reduced to fighting over who gets to drop the belts to the Dudleys at Night of Champions. The good news is that on Monday's Raw, the single greatest breakout star of the WWE in 2015 made a triumphant return. I'm speaking, of course, about Xavier Woods' trombone. Best thing going on in the company right now. Anyway, there's gonna be a championship match between New Day and PTP on the "season premiere" of Raw tonight.

Ryback vs. Kevin Owens

With a confrontation on Raw and a post-match beatdown on Smackdown, looks like they're leading up to Owens facing, and, gods willing, beating Ryback for the Intercontinental Title in a couple of weeks, keeping it the fuck away from Miz and Big Show and the Big Guy. Bonus points to Owens for one of my favorite bits of the week. He was a lumberjack during the Rollins-Ryback lumberjack main event on Smackdown. He positioned himself near the upper left ringpost, and did NOTHING for the entire match. Did not engage in a single piece of lumberjack shenanigans. Just hung out and waited for his chance to attack Ryback.

The Wyatt Family Vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Whoever Survives

So they're doing a thing where anyone who allies themselves with Reigns and Ambrose gets taken out by the Wyatt's, which is a perfectly fine bit of drama. This week's victims were Randy Orton and Reigns' relative and injured-twin-wheel-spinner Jimmy Uso. No idea where this is going.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

This is still going on.

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

Charlotte vs. Nikki for the title on tonight. I can only assume Bella wins via shenanigans to set up the rematch at Night of Champions so that everything happens the way it should.

Seth Rollins Vs. John Cena and Sting

John Cena took a back seat to Sting this week, with more taunting and statue shenanigans and long promos and tired-ass bullshit. The statue got crushed in a garbage truck after Sting carried it to a third city for some reason. Rollins lost twice on Raw then won on Smackdown setting up more of the endless conversations between Rollins, HHH, and Steph about Rollins' value and his relationship with them.

Neville vs. Stardust

Whatever's happening here is happening slowly and very sporadically, but Smackdown points to a six-man between Nevilee and the Lucha Dragons vs. Stardust and The Ascension. None of these other four people need to be involved here.

Paige vs. Sasha Banks

The feud established last week during the Beat The Clock challenge continues, and since it's relegating the rest of Team BAD to cheat-enablers, I'm happy with it.

Loose Ends

Cesaro got punched out by Big Show instead of wrestling The Miz on Monday, then beat Miz on Thursday, so who the fuck knows what the plans for him are. Sheamus, meanwhile, keeps threatening to use his Money int he Bank briefcase because he has it and he's Sheamus and he can only wrestle Randy Orton once every week .

Meanwhile on the NXT side...

The big surprise this week was Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa beating Tyler Breeze and Bull Dempsey, meaning that we'll see Gargano and Ciampa at least one more time and Breeze and Dempsey will be feuding. Poor Tyler Breeze.

Anyway, midcard women beat jobber women to establish themselves as possible future threats to Bayley. and Joe and Balor advanced in the Dusty tournament, and that was about it because most of this show was taped before Takeover Brooklyn except the Balor-Joe-Lucha Dragons match, which was jarringly taped as part of some other WWE taping. Hoping this week's show picks up.