Wrestle Review by Andy Sullivan: Falling Flat

The AEW/New Japan joint thing they’ve been doing this past month has fallen flat for me. I know I’m not alone in this because I’ve gotten replies on Twitter from fellow wrestling fans who agree with me. Then there are the fans who think it’s the greatest thing because (in their opinion) New Japan is the best. If CM Punk and Bryan Danielson weren’t injured, I might be a little more interested. As is, well I’m looking more forward to Money In The Bank a week from tonight.

Drew McIntyre and Sheamus defeated the Usos to qualify for Money In The Bank. Obviously neither is winning this. So, I have an idea. You know how the reluctant teammates deal is a thing a lot in wrestling? Well, I say team Drew and Sheamus up and have them eventually win the tag titles. It could be another Sheamus and Cesaro deal. They beat the crap out of each other for months before finally being put together as a great team. Speaking of the former Cesaro, word is he’s Bryan Danielson’s hand-picked replacement for Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts Wednesday.

Sami Zayn qualified for Money In The Bank Friday. The Viking Raiders made a return in heel form, laying waste to New Day. Those guys are much more effective as heels. Of course, they won the tag titles as babyfaces so…. Natalya mocked Ronda Rousey in a pretty embarrassing segment. Gunther defeated Ricochet again in defense of the IC title. Shotzi defeated Tamina to qualify for Money In The Bank.

The past few Dynamite and Rampage episodes, I’ve sped through. AEW has been losing its luster for me and this New Japan infusion hasn’t helped my interest. It’s great if this is for you. It’s just not for me.

A week from tonight is Money In The Bank. I’ll be back in a week’s time with my predictions for the show as well as a post-show podcast that night. You can find my podcast Blendertainment at the links below: