Irish stars impress at NXT Unstoppable. Vacant Intercontinental title among those to be decided at Elimination Chamber. Kevin Owens makes big impact on RAW. Samoa Joe debuts in NXT. TNA’s problems continue.
The big news coming out of last week was the debut of former TNA World Champion Samoa Joe at NXT Unstoppable as he emerged to confront current NXT Champion Kevin Owens after the main event. In said main event Owens retained his title against Sami Zayn via no contest in a reasonable bout. Joe’s NXT deal is said to be similar to Rhyno’s in that he can still take independent dates including a dream tag team match next month for Ring of Honor alongside AJ Styles taking on Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. With their similar styles the Joe vs Owens bout should be a cracker.
In other results from the event Bray native Finn Balor defeated the underrated Tyler Breeze in a good contest. This should place Balor near the top contenders for Owens’ title. Bayley and Charlotte defeated Emma and Dana Brooke in a Divas tag match. Baron Corbin pinned Rhyno to continue his slow ascent up the card. Tag team champions Blake and Murphy retained their titles over Enzo Amore and Big Cass in an entertaining match. Dubliner Becky Lynch may have came up short in her bid to dethrone NXT Divas champion Sasha Banks but entered her strongest performance yet, earning a standing ovation after what was a genuine match of the year contender and possibly the greatest ladies match in WWE history.
The main WWE roster present their second big event in two weeks with the Elimination Chamber this Sunday. The vacant Intercontinental title will be decided as Rusev, Ryback, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, King Barrett and R-Truth will enter the chamber. Why the irrelevant Truth is being included in the match is a mystery. Sheamus is the favorite but a Rusev win with shenanigans involving Lana and Ziggler can’t be discounted. Seth Rollins will defend the WWE title against Dean Ambrose in a collision between former Shield members. In recent weeks Ambrose has had the upper hand over his former stablemate but expect a Rollins retention here in a good match. The most intriguing match on the card pits John Cena against Kevin Owens. Owens made a stunning debut on the May 18th edition of RAW confronting Cena then leveling him with a pop up powerbomb. As this is Owens debut you’d imagine he will win this one.
In the first ever tag team elimination chamber match The New Day will defend against Kidd & Cesaro, Los Matadores, The Prime Time Players, The Lucha Dragons and The Ascension. With 12 men in the chamber this has the potential to be a massive disaster or tremendously entertaining. Either way the success of this match will decide whether a tag chamber match will ever happen again. A retention by The New Day would be my prediction here but Luke Harper and Erick Rowan winning as surprise entrants wouldn’t be a total shock either. Paige, Naomi and Nikki Bella will also compete in a Divas title match, I can see Paige winning the title.
TNA’s troubles are continuing with the news that Destination America has cancelled Impact amid reports they are disappointed with the ratings. The station never seemed behind the company moving the show to Wednesday night and forcing the company to make Kurt Angle their world champion. With Spike dropping TNA last year it seems that TV options for the company are dwindling. Some of the wrestlers also seem to be losing confidence in the company with Christy Hemme leaving the company and rumors that Austin Aries will be following her out the door.
Chris Jericho has recently had his Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked.
Rumors continue to abound about former WWE Diva Sunny signing with adult video site Vivid to partake in hardcore erotic films. Sunny is yet to confirm or deny these reports.
Finally it was announced by Vince McMahon in front of the crowd that Monday’s episode of RAW was the last WWE show that will emanate from the Nassau Coliseum. The New York venue has hosted many important moments in WWE history including part of Wreslemania II, the first ever Saturday Night’s Main Event and Summerslam 2002.