Friday Fifteen – 14th July 2017

From Roman to Noam, Derek Harmsworth runs through the last week in wrestling in the latest edition of the ‘Friday Fifteen’!


  • I know I wasn’t the only one uncomfortable watching Roman Reigns, a supposed face (and actually the guy WWE continuously pushes as THE face of the company) attempt to murder someone. While the fan petition to have him charged is obviously a little much, it was still not exactly a move one would expect from a “good guy” (and yes I am aware that he doesn’t classify himself as good or bad.  Please don’t remind me, I am trying to block it from memory).  If anything I thought the moment ended up looking like a double-turn, though Monday Night RAW didn’t quite move forward with that.


  • I know it has been rumoured, and is also the most obvious move, but Braun Strowman is totally interfering in the upcoming number one contenders match, right? The idea of Brock defending against Joe, Reigns, and Strowman at SummerSlam is a money maker as far as this writer is concerned.


  • Last week I praised the recent work of The Miz. I still stand by that, as I feel he’s done spectacular work on the mic toward building his character even further.  Still, please put us out of our misery as far as the Dean Ambrose feud is concerned.  There’s really not much else the two can do, and including the Miz-tourage and Seth Rollins seems like a lateral move at best.


  • Is Kevin Owens injured? Is AJ Styles being pushed heavily in conjunction with a DVD release?  Or is this a case of WWE simply wanting to do something a little special in Madison Square Garden?  Sometimes rumours are just that, and sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one.  Guess time will tell.


  • Triple H has been seen at Evolve shows. Kota Ibushi has wrestled on the WWE Network.  Dixie Carter is working alongside World Wrestling Entertainment.  Professional wrestling in 2017 is the most oddly fascinating it has been in years.


  • Really enjoyed the work of Josh “The Goods” Woods on ROH television against former champion Jay Briscoe. It’s been great to see him rebound from a release from him WWE developmental deal and continue to push forward in a positive way.


  • Like a good football club, it’s actually great to see Ring Of Honor continually have to lose their top guys and simply retool on the fly in a nearly seamless way. Jay White and Jonathan Gresham are just two of the names who will be leading the way over the next few years.


  • Global Force Wrestling have their first big problem on their hands with the disturbing behaviour of Alberto El Patron. Kudos to the management for the quick and appropriate response.  What will be interesting now is seeing how they handle it logistically wise as it relates to the television product, etc.


  • Sami Zayn is my favourite wrestler. His in-ring work is fantastic.  The only thing that surpasses it is amazing things he does out of the ring.  His latest, #SamiForSyria is just another in a long list of examples of the type of quality human being he is.

  • The field for the “Mae Young Classic” is set and it is stacked to say the very least. Lots of options for a deserving winner here.  One name to keep an eye on? Shayna Baszler.  She may not go all the way, but the member of Ronda Rousey’s four horsewomen has picked up professional wrestling incredibly quick.  Her future is bright.


  • NXT has added Bobby Fish, and [SPOILER ALERT] Kyle O’Reilly to their roster. For my money ReDRagon is the best tag-team of the last half decade, so this is a massive addition.  The fact they’ve both lost to Aleister Black is intriguing.  Be interesting to see where that goes moving forward.

  • I miss TM-61.


  • I love Nigel McGuiness, and surely he’s only doing what he’s told. But his over-the-top reaction to the flamboyance of Velveteen Dream seems out of place in this day and age, no?


  • GFW has announced Impact Wrestling will go on tour this summer, hitting up the New York and Connecticut. Great move as far as I am concerned.  Don’t know the economics of it, but the show feels different when it isn’t in the same location each week, which in my opinion is a good thing.

  • The match between Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander from 205 Live this past week is worthy of your viewing. If you didn’t see it live, you owe it to yourself to catch it at some point this weekend.


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