"Weekly" Wrasslin' Wroundup (The End Of The Beginning Edition)

In the past two weeks, a total of two things have happened in ten hours of WWE main roster programming. AJ Styles turned heel, beat up John Cena and joined The Clerb, and The Clerb set its sights on the tag team champions.

Everything else has been treading water. The six Money in the Bank contestants keep tag teaming and singles matching in various combinations that often leads to good wrestling but accomplishes nothing. The tag titles are a Fatal Four Way with New Day and The Clerb being joined by the Vaudevillains and Enzo/Cass. Ruses and Titus O'Neill are having their inevitable time-killing match at MitB. Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin are still entangled and probably destined for pre-shows. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have been completely AWOL for three shows after their weird failed face off on Raw two weeks ago. Speaking of AWOL, Miz and the IC belt have also vanished. Apollo Crews finally got Sheamus back for a thing that happened like three weeks ago, so maybe it'll be a long pre-show. It's just a big pile of nothing.

NXT, on the other hand, had Takeover: The End Of The Beginning, which was a weird show. Like most NXT shows, the bottom of the card outperformed the top, with American Alpha and The Revival tearing up the building in an amazing match that led to a surprising title change and The Revival becoming the first ever two-time NXT tag champs. After the match, a couple of giant monster dudes appeared (WWE style monsters - giant guys. Not Lucha Underground actual monsters), destroyed American Alpha, and left with an old guy the announcers were sure to tell us was a legendary tag team manager.

Andrade Cien Almas debuted with a strong win over Ty Dillinger, the designated jobber to debuting stars. Dillinger showed up wearing something that looked like Nightwing's 1970's collar, only silver.

Shinsuke Nakamura beat Austin Aries in a match that wasn't as good as Nakamura-Zayn because what could be, but was still very good.

Asuka's successful title defense against Nia Jax was pretty good. When you take into account Jax' limitations, it was pretty fine. And the right person won, obviously.

Samoa Joe got his second consecutive win over Finn Balor in the steel cage to hopefully end this feud. Word on the street is that they're building to Nakamura-Joe, with Nakamura-Balor as an interim step. I'll be honest, Finn as champion and his running battles with Joe have done very little for me, and this match didn't change anything.

We'll need to see where NXT goes from here. They need to elevate some people and establish a new status quo and maybe work with that status quo for a while after whatever call ups they need to do to bolster the new brand split on the main roster.