I haven't been the best with keeping this weekly in the month of July, but we will be getting back on track starting now.
At Extreme Rules, Rey Mysterio lost his match against Seth Rollins and it seemed like this will be the last time we see him in WWE for the foreseeable future. According to recent news the reason for writing him off is he has been working without a contract recently. Right now his contract has officially expired and is working on finishing a new contract with the promotion. Mysterio wanted more money and at first Vince denied the request, but it has been reported that Mysterio will be meeting with WWE in the next couple of weeks to try and finalize the contract. Clearly one of the main reasons Rey would resign with WWE to try and give his son Dominik the best chance to get his foot in the door as a wrestler.
According a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at this time Vince McMahon has suddenly wanted to start pushing new stars due to the current environment in society and Wrestlemania in the past it's time to build for the future. The puzzling part about this is Randy Orton vs Big Show being a focus of programming in recent weeks and them seemingly not even trying to build new talent up at all. Even with a number of veterans on the shelf right now it seems like the only time WWE is interested in putting someone new a main event spot is if they need a challenger for the World Champion, because they don't have a long term plan. I don't mean this to rip on WWE it's just ironic how they say one thing and then end up doing the exact opposite even when they know they have a problem that needs fixing!
Another week is done and some interesting events took place including more bad press for WWE that doesn't seem to want to end.
I came across a report that said Kairi Sane will be returning to Japan with her husband and will only wrestle in Japan for another year or so before retiring. If this does turn out to be true it will be an unfortunate turn of events considering she defeated Charlotte and Rhea for the title and just started getting her shot on top of NXT. Fact is though with the current situation and her earlier desire to return to Japan after being miss used by WWE it was clear Sane wasn't long for the WWE or NXT.
Consider this at Fyer Fest the match between Cody and Jack Swagger ends with an interesting turn of events after Swagger jumps the referee for the poor job he did in the match. Swagger would get suspended 10 days for his actions and joining a list of talent that disappeared. Swagger's suspension reeks of inconsistency though, because they take better care of the referees then the refs enforce the rules. One of my minor gripes with AEW and in some cases WWE is that if a referee doesn't look like he knows what he is doing we as fans notice and it happens often it can take you out of the match. Especially if from inconsistent enforcement of the pre-existing rules that the company had made the official rules (for example: 10 count outside the ring).
Often in tag matches especially previously enforced rules were not enforced as a tool to keep the action going. The reality is if you don't enforce a rule or twice it's fine, but if you do it over and over then the fans will begin to think "okay that rule doesn't matter." Rules are in place in wrestling to help with the immersion and is ways for heels to make you hate them. The way things use to be is that it was up to the referee to know when to look and not for plausible deniability would sometimes help get the match back on track if needed. A good referee is as important to a wrestling show as wrestlers that know the craft. I dig to deep to find a gripe sometimes, but the fact is if a rule worked once and it was established as a rule then it must be for enforced time and again to prove it matters and isn't something that is changed at a moments notice cause it fit shortsighted thinking. In wrestling though it needs to be look at from a bigger picture and not a shortsighted lens, because then you'd only see part of the picture and may not know how to proceed.