Ruminations on TV Shows, Comics, And Music
This season sees an exciting evolution in wrestling. We start with with the rise of NXT, WWE's developmental division. We introduced it last season, and saw The Shield graduate on to the main roster, but this season, the entire future of WWE goes through NXT. Current and future headliners, get their start, and Most Importantly, the womens' revolution gets underway as The Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch) put on some of the best wrestling matches of the year, regardless of gender.
We also get our first glimpse of Japanese wrestling in a while. I understand that there are a ton of American fans of New Japan, Pro Wrestling Noah, All-Japan and more. I am unfamiliar with Japanese promotions' American commentary, so I've mostly avoided it. But this season, we see the birth of Bullet Club, which will not only include even more future WWE headliners, it's also the genesis for AEW, which is only a couple of seasons away. So we see a few episodes in Japanese this season, but we also see Bullet Club cross into Ring Of Honor, giving it a shot in the arm it desperately needed.
Impact fades out for a bit this season, as their best stars scatter to other promotions, and their pay-per-view events go from monthly to semi-annually. And the quality does not increase with the decrease in quantity.
I was torn by how to properly close out this season, as there aren't any real Super Touchstone Moments, so I went for what appeared to be Sting's last match. He's barely in this season, as his WWE run was incredibly short, but will give him a wave see-you-later here, knowing that he'll be back soon when AEW gets going.