You guys know by now that I'm not afraid to use a little hyperbole in my blogging from time to time. So this may fall into that category again but last night's Nakamura vs Roode match for the NXT Championship may have been the best 1 on 1 professional wrestling match I've seen in the last 5 years. I didn't watch the Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom match from earlier this month that people lost their minds over and Meltzer gave 6 stars but if it was even half as good as the match I saw last night then WWE should be bending over backwards to get Omega to WWE if they aren't already.
I would put this match last night on the same level as the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania matches and the Ric Flair WrestleMania retirement match. It was a beautiful display of what professional wrestling can be. It was a championship match that had been built up for over a month against two wrestlers who had never wrestled each other before in the company. Going into the PPV it had the "big match feel" before either's entrance hit.
And then their entrances hit. Two phenomenal entrances with all the pomp and circumstances, without going overboard and coming off poorly. So entertaining. No one in the WWE has a better entrance than Nakamura or Roode and they each added a nice enhancement to their own since this was a Takeover PPV. Compelling and entertaining content before the bell even rang.
Then the match itself was a classic. Great wrestling, great charisma, great story telling. Then you had believable near falls and a crowd that was into the match. And then a ending that allowed Roode to win clean while still protecting Nakamura as well. Bobby Roode got his championship moment and it came off like a big deal. Outstanding stuff.
Woke up this morning to see that Roger Federer won another major at the Australian Open today. Congratulations and praise are in order after that accomplishment. I'm not even a Roger Federer guy; I think he's a smug jerk, but to win a tennis major at the age of 35 is impressive. Then you add in that he was out with an injury for the past 6 months and it's almost incredible.
If anyone knows how hard it is to overcome injury when you start getting older, it's me. Faithful readers of this blog know that even though I'm a #NaturalAthlete, the injury bug and age hits us all. I'm only 31 and I hurt myself playing in 4-on-4 co-ed basketball tournament this week and thought I broke my foot. And that's while only being a month removed from an intense 10-week session at Farrell's that put me in pretty great shape. That stuff happens when you get older but the greats of our time like Federer and myself just keep going. Congratulations Roger.
One last Royal Rumble thought before the big event tonight. Early in the week Triple H was being interviewed about The Royal Rumble this wee and said something interesting. He said something along the lines of "I think this year's Royal Rumble match will be incredible and will be something nobody sees coming." I'm not sure if that was the exact quote but something along the lines of teasing a big surprise.
Now I'm sure that was just corporate talk to hype up the event and create some buzz but it's had me dreaming scenarios all week. Here's my crazy thought that is probably based on 95% dreams and 5% reality. And I have stayed off wrestling websites and dirt sheets so there's no spoilers or rumors here, just silly day dreaming.
What if Sting wins the Royal Rumble tonight?
We haven't heard from Sting in quite some time. And I get that it's probably just because he's retired and said he probably would never wrestle again. But what if it's all a work, it is wrestling after all. Sting gave an interview about 6 months back that I read that really sounded like he hadn't given up on the Sting/Undertaker WrestleMania dream match yet. What if Sting has 1 match left in him.
Here's my scenario. About 5-6 guys left in the Royal Rumble match when #30 hits. The lights go out and Sting appears. Crowd loses its mind and Sting wins the Royal Rumble. Three weeks later at Elimination Chamber The Undertaker wins the WWE Championship. Dream match set up: Sting vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship.
I know there are a lot of holes in that story
- They'd both be on SmackDown and that feels like a match WWE would want to build on RAW.
- Leaves AJ Styles without a non-John Cena opponent at WrestleMania.....and possibly vice-versa.
- Sting is probably retired for life with a career ending injury.
- A Sting/Undertaker match probably doesn't need a Championship on the line, and may even be better without it.
- Not sure either Sting or Undertaker would wrestle leading into Mania.
I don't care. I'm talking myself into it. Enjoy the Rumble everyone.