Welcome to the first edition of hot topics where I’ll be analyzing and giving my quick thoughts on some of the hottest topics in wrestling today.
1. Shield reunion vs the Wyatts at Summerslam
Over the past several months WWE has rekindled Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns’ friendship with the two having each others backs in feuds. Most recently, Reigns’ feud with Bray Wyatt. It appears that at Summerslam the two Shield alumni will reunite to take on Wyatt and his once again colleague Luke Harper.
Originally I was a bit put off by WWE teaming Ambrose and Reigns together so often on Raw because I thought it would take away from the spectacle of their Summerslam reunion. The way around that though is to make the match at Summerslam a tornado tag. The Shield was probably best known for their many great tornado tag team matches, so a reunion tornado tag would be perfect and would differentiate the match from their Raw tag team bouts. I would even go so far as to have Ambrose and Reigns come out in full Shield attire.
If WWE does that, this Summerslam match could be very special and if they sell a new Shield reunion shirt, they could make some money off of me and everyone else.
2. Arrow Actor, Stephen Amell’s Summerslam feud with Stardust
Last week on Raw it was made official, The Arrow AKA Stephen Amell will team with Neville to take on Stardust and King Barrett at Summerslam. It’s great to hear that this match is on the card because for a while there after Dusty Rhodes passing, it looked like it wasn’t going to happen. I’m a big fan of Arrow (I recommend checking out the second season if you haven’t seen it before) so it will be very cool to see Stephen Amell in the ring. Main stream involvement is always great for WWE and with the current superhero craze, along with Amell being a huge wrestling fan, this seems like the perfect fit.
So far Amell has been great. Last week’s Raw segment in particular is one of the best segments that I’ve seen in a long time. (Excluding Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker’s brawl) It’s quite obvious that Amell is doing his best to make this one of the few celebrity angles that’s remembered fondly. His match at Summerslam is one the most anticipated matches on the card for me and I’m very interested to see what he can bring. While he’s not a trained wrestler, he is the Arrow, in regards to the physical training at least. If you don’t believe me, just check out his youtube channel.
While I would’ve preferred a one on one match, the tag actually makes more sense. Whenever you have someone that is not proficient as a wrestler, a tag match is smart booking. That way you can work around that person’s abilities or lack there of.
Stardust has been excellent in this angle. The comic book villain promos that he’s been cutting have been wildly entertaining and unique. I’ve always thought that if given the platform Rhodes could make the Stardust character work and these past few weeks have proved that.
Whether it was Amell’s decision or WWE’s, I’m glad to see him working with up and coming talents instead of say John Cena. It sets up the opportunity for WWE to capitalize off of the momentum Stardust, Neville (and Barrett, for what it’s worth) will have coming out of this angle. I hope they do so for each of them but especially Stardust. This guy is uber talented and the fact that after so many years he is still in the midcard is a travesty. Whether it’s for Stardust or Cody Rhodes, it’s high time that WWE sends a massive push his way.
3. Tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper
To close out this edition of Hot Topics, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of the late, great, Roddy Piper. I wasn’t watching WWF nor was I even born during Piper’s prime in 1980s. So I am by no means an aficionado of his career. What I can say though is that I enjoyed every thing that I’ve watched from him on youtube or the WWE Network.
If there’s one word I would use to describe Piper, it would be entertainer. Entering the business at age 13, the Hot Rod went on to become one of the most entertaining superstars of all time. In fact, it’s almost impossible to watch something from his career and not come out of it entertained. From Piper’s Pit, to wrestling Mr T and Hulk H@&#% in the main event of the first ever Wrestlemania, to his movie career including They Live, and later on to his podcast, Roddy Piper was entertaining people his entire life.
RIP Hot Rod.