I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! This past week closed 2014 and opened the door to 2015. The biggest surprise to end 2014 is that The Authority is back in power in the WWE. Last week on RAW Edge & Christian were the guest hosts and to close the show they hosted “The Cutting Edge Peep Show” with Seth Rollins. Rollins then attacked Edge and Christian and threatened to break Edge’s neck if John Cena didn’t give The Authority their power back.
So John Cena reluctantly said The Authority can return. Did anyone else feel like this was just thrown on at the last minute? I really thought The Authority returning could’ve been more impactful. Why couldn’t John Cena and Seth Rollins had a match where if Seth Rollins won The Authority returned? Cena could’ve been screwed out of the match or something and the story would’ve continued. Oh well, The Authority will officially return to power starting tonight on RAW. It will be interesting to see if The Authority changes their ways or are we going back to business as usual.
The other big story from Monday Night RAW was that Daniel Bryan announced he is returning! Daniel Bryan came out kind of making it seem like he may announce his retirement, but instead announced that he will be entering the Royal Rumble match. With both The Authority and Daniel Bryan back it should be interesting to see what happens at the Royal Rumble in 3 weeks. Odds on favorite lately has been Roman Reigns, but with Daniel Bryan in it will plans change? Daniel Bryan didn’t get a real run with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship last year, will 2015 be Daniel Bryan’s year or will Roman reign supreme?
The Ascension finally made their main roster debut in the main event of RAW. The WWE has made them a little more cartoonish rather than keep their NXT look, many fans even think they resemble the Legion of Doom now. Maybe that is the look WWE was going for. I liked The Ascension in NXT and wish the WWE would’ve just kept them the way they were, but that isn’t what the main roster does…sigh… Too early to tell The Ascensions future, I think if WWE just uses them in squash matches for the next few weeks they will be built up just fine. I don’t think I want to see them in a serious angle until after the Royal Rumble.
Yesterday was NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9, an event that I have been looking forward to since Jim Ross was announced to be the announcer. I have watched a few matches since this event was announced to air in the states, however I am nowhere near an expert on NJPW or the majority of it’s talent. I could tell you a lot about Shelton X Benjamin and AJ Styles, and that is about it. Here are the quick results…
Yuji Nagata wins 15-man New Japan Rumble
reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (c) def. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero), Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Tomoaki Honma def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Jeff Jarrett and Yujiro Takahashi)
Mikey Nicholls, Naomichi Marufuji, Shane Haste and Toru Yano def. Suzukigun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton X Benjamin and Takashi Iizuka)
Minoru Suzuki def. Kazushi Sakuraba (knockout or submission only to win)
Togi Makabe def. Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Kenny Omega def. Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata) def. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship
A.J. Styles def. Tetsuya Naito
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) def. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
I’m not sure how much money Global Force Wrestling invested into this event, I’m sure the most money spent was on Jim Ross and Matt Striker. However, it was worth it just to hear great English commentary for the NJPW matches. I’ve watched clips and matches of NJPW over the past few months and while the action in the ring tells a good story, having commentary I understood and enjoyed listening to made the event so much better.
The card of Wrestle Kingdom 9 really progressed as the night went on. Each match on the card built more and more until the main event. I loved that all 6 of the IWGP titles were on the line which made the event feel that much bigger. That is one thing that WrestleMania lacks is the championship matches being on the line every year. When WWE had 8 or 9 titles I understood why Night of Champions was made, but now every title should be on the line at WrestleMania.
One match that I was surprised at how good the competitors were was the NEVER Openweight Championship featuring Togi Makabe & Tomohiro Ishii. For 2 big guys they actually brought a good fight to the ring. I thought Togi deserved the win as he was pretty brutal in the match. Overall I enjoyed the card from start to finish, I can’t say that there was 1 match that went down as an instant classic for me to watch over and over again, but I am still glad I purchased the PPV and if GFW or NJPW continues to air these events in the future I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing one again.
If you want pure wrestling to watch in the states I recommend watching NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9, right now they are WWE NXT’s best competition. Here are a couple gif’s from Wrestle Kingdom 9…