With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live! along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest. One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match. It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match. That match will be featured in this blog segment titled Match of the Month!
August’s Match of the Month takes place on Smackdown Live, August 23rd. AJ Styles boasted about how phenomenal he was at Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view as he beat John Cena. While speaking with some members of the locker room, Dolph Ziggler had his head down in defeat, not saying a word. AJ noticed and commented on Dolph’s unsuccessful attempt at obtaining the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam, continuing to press Dolph’s buttons until Dolph rightfully snapped. This continued throughout the show until Daniel Bryan found a resolution to the problem: Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles would take place as the main event that night. If AJ won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE World Championship and if Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to the Championship match which would make it a Triple Threat Match.
Dean Ambrose accompanied JBL, Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga on commentary to watch AJ Styles take on Dolph Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler did a lot of technical wrestling in this match which took AJ down -and by surprise – each time. Styles interrupted Ziggler’s hot streak by throwing him face first – and hard – into the top turnbuckle followed by a Pendulum Backbreaker. AJ tried to pin Dolph but he kicked out at two. Shortly after, Dolph resumes his advantage in the match and moments later, hits AJ Styles with his signature Famouser maneuver twice but unfortunately for Dolph, AJ kicked both times. After taking a knee to the back followed by a Body Slam, Dolph hits AJ with an incredible Satellite DDT and pins AJ who kicks out at two. As AJ Styles tries to connect his Styles Classic maneuver on Ziggler, Ziggler counters into his own maneuver, the Zig Zag and tries to pin Styles again but again, kicks out at two. It was until AJ hit Dolph with the Styles Clash that we saw a pin successfully make it to the three count.
Winner: AJ Styles
Ugh, my poor Dolph. He fought so hard to advance in this Championship match, just like he did at SummerSlam with unfortunately the same result. There is a plan for Dolph, I just know it, but what it is I’m not sure. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be pushing The Show Off this hard if they didn’t see something special and something Championship-worthy in him. As much as I would have loved to have seen a Triple Threat Match at Backlash, this singles competition between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship is going to be awesome!
With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live! along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest. One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match. It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match. That match will be featured in this *NEW* blog segment titled Match of the Month!
July’s Match of the Month occurred on Monday Night Raw which happened to fall on our country’s 240th birthday! That’s right; it was the 4th of July edition of Monday Night Raw! The most gorgeous tag team in WWE Tyler Breeze and Fandango, known as Breezango, watched in their VIP section next to commentary as their rivals, The Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth) faced The Vaudevillians, Aiden English and Simon Gotch.
The Vaudevillians are already in the ring waiting for their opponents. The music hits, with Goldust being the first to come out announcing “The Golden Truth”. R-Truth comes out to his music which is “The Golden Truth Remix” and he and Goldust make their way to the ring, dancing as R-Truth raps. After their entertaining entrance is finished, the match begins with R-Truth and Gotch locking arms. Gotch hits Truth with chops to the chest followed by a kick to the mid-section. Gotch bumps the ropes and Truth jumps and kicks Gotch in the face. Gotch makes his way to his corner where he tags in Aiden English and Truth tags in Goldust. English tries to hit Goldust with a Clothesline which Goldust ducks and bumps the ropes to connect an elbow to English’s face followed by a Clothesline. Goldust is about to swing English into the ropes but English halts and swings Goldust instead. As Goldust bumps the ropes, English bends his upper body to throw Goldust over but Goldust stops short, drops to his knees and slaps English in the face. At this time, Simon Gotch is up on the top turnbuckle about to leap onto Goldust who turns around in time to hit a flying Gotch with a knee in between the legs. Goldust bumps the ropes and English sets up for a Power Slam but Goldust counters and plants English face first into the mat. Goldust puts English in the corner of the ring and hits English with chops to the chest. After two chops have been delivered, the referee orders Goldust to stop. Goldust then takes English and swings him into the opposite corner of the ring which English hits and stumbles his way back into the center which Goldust then hits English with a Power Slam. Goldust attempts to pin English but Gotch breaks ups the pin.
At this time, R-Truth makes his way into the ring which Gotch grabs Truth by the head and throws him over the top rope. As soon as this occurs, Goldust throws Gotch over the top rope who lands on his feet and Truth immediately runs his shoulder into Gotch’s mid-section. Goldust swings English into the ropes and as Goldust bends his upper body to flip English over him, English kicks Goldust in the face. Goldust goes flying back into the ropes which R-Truth tags in by slight slap to Goldust’s back. Unaware of the tag, English goes in for the Clothesline on Goldust who ducks and R-Truth and Goldust immediately set up and hit English with their signature move, Solid Gold. R-Truth pins English.
Winner: The Golden Truth
This was the second time The Golden Truth had won as a Tag Team and they celebrated just like they did their first victory. I absolutely love the goofiness and the bond Goldust and R-Truth have with one another. Regardless if they’re wrestling together or the camera is focused on whatever they are getting into backstage, they always provided quality entertainment. Each and every time!
With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest. One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match. It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match. That match will be featured in this *NEW* blog segment titled Match of the Month!
June’s Match of the Month takes place on the June 16th edition of Smackdown. This match resulted in AJ Styles being at the receiving end of Xavier Woods’ insults regarding his style (or lack their of) and haircut. AJ challenged Xavier to a match, in which originally Kofi and Big E laughed it off but Xavier said he hadn’t had a one-on-one match “in a minute” and happily accepted the challenge. Later that night, we would witness AJ Styles vs Xavier Woods.
AJ Styles made his way out to the ring followed by Xavier Woods. Xavier was accompanied by his brothers in The New Day as they were seeing him off to his first solo match in several months. In the beginning of the match, AJ had primary control. During this time, Styles made trash talking remarks about John Cena, who he would meet in the ring for his match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view that Sunday. He did the “You can’t see me” hand gesture along with comments that he was better than Cena and everyone else. Styles threw punches at Woods and even tried to hit him with a Clothesline twice, but Woods was able to dodge them both. At this time, Woods was able to pick up a little momentum by slapping Styles across the face while Styles attempted to connect the second Clothesline. Woods took Styles into the corner of the ring and began hitting him with chops to the chest. Woods tried to flip Styles over the rope but Styles is able to land on the apron feet first instead. Styles flips back in and attempts to throw Woods into the corner of the ring which Woods flips over Styles when Styles went to tackle him in the corner. Woods then goes to attack Styles but Styles connects his shoulder into Woods’ knee which sends Woods down immediately. It was obvious Woods was in a significant amount of pain which Styles tried to take advantage of but the referee kept pushing him away. The referee at one point became very angry as he was trying to check on Woods to make sure he could continue to compete and Styles was trying to get his hands on him. Once Woods gave the okay that he was able to continue the match, Styles did an immediate Leg Sweep on Woods, sending him right back down to the mat. AJ kicks the injured knee and grabs Woods’ ankle to pull him into the center of the ring, but Woods is able to grab onto the bottom rope and kick Styles’ off of him. Woods gets up and kicks Styles in the face with Woods landing awkwardly due to the injury to his knee. As The WWE Universe got behind Woods, chanting “New Days Rocks!”, Woods picked up a little bit of momentum before Styles is able to get Woods into the corner of the ring. Styles threw chops to Woods before the ref began to count and Styles stopped at three, immediately grabbing Woods’ head by his hair and slamming his head into the top turnbuckle. Styles hits Woods with a Corner Clotheslines and attempts to pin Woods but Woods kicks out at two. Styles locks in a Sleeperhold which Woods is able to get out of by kicking Styles in the mid-section. Styles hits Woods with a Pendulum Backbreaker and then places Woods on the top turnbuckle. Woods hits Styles with several punches to his mid-section before pushing him off the top turnbuckle. At this time, Woods is able to gain control of the match, connecting a Crossbody Splash to Styles. Woods hits Styles with several elbows to the face and kicks AJ’s leg, which sends him landing in between the ropes. A Reverted Suplex was connected to AJ and an attempt to throw him over the top rope resulted in AJ landing feet first on the apron. Woods runs and kicks AJ which then sends Styles flying off the apron. Woods then runs, flips over the top rope and successfully lands on Styles. Wood throws Styles back into the ring and attempts to pin him for the win but Styles kicks out at two. Woods then attempts to put Styles on the top turnbuckle but AJ throws several punches at Woods and is able to get his feet on the apron. Styles takes Woods’ head and snaps it on the top rope. AJ connects a Phenomenal Forearm to Woods then announces to The WWE Universe “This is what I’m going to do to John Cena” and rolls Woods into a Calf Crusher on the injured knee resulting in Woods tapping out in incredible pain.
Winner: AJ Styles
It really has been a minute since Xavier Woods has wrestled independently and this match against AJ Styles was a wonderful reminder as to the reason why Woods is a member of the WWE roster. If you have HuluPlus and have the opportunity to re-watch it, I highly recommend you do. It was not only entertaining but you really see the athletic agility of Woods shine.
What match would YOU choose as June’s Match of the Month? Let me know by leaving a comment below!