24th Sep2018

WWE Week in Review (9/17/18 – 9/23/18)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this edition of the WWE Week In Review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have lots of great matches to cover in the “Top 10”, so let’s get right in here before Vince McMahon makes a deal with Saudi Arabia to have all of his wrestling cards in the desert. By the way, we will talk about the hypocrisy and other problems with the Saudi Arabia deal, very soon in a column that I’ll write this upcoming week.

Worst Promo

Deadman’s Dead Delivery (Raw) – This was another dull Undertaker promo that cut the Deadman off at the legs, which he must be used to by now. I get why this worked in the early 1990s, but watching a 50-some-thing year old man pretend to be George A Romero’s idea of a professional athlete is losing its appeal. It was a mistake to trap him in this gimmick when the he re-debuted at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004 and it’s only getting worse now. This feels like a large elephant in a very small room, in regards to the Undertaker as a corpse that talks, especially when the corpse talks like he got dropped on his head as a child. I remember when the Undertaker cut promos like a normal fighter back in 2003. The Undertaker cut better promos when he was allowed to put his personality into them. I wanted to pay to see the American Bad-Ass beat the hell out of people when he promised to do just that. Paul Bearer is dead and so should this method of cutting promos.

Best Promo

Becky Lynch’s Coronation (Smackdown) – Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair had a clash of words and wills that ended in an intense brawl. Lynch was made to look like a heel, but it just made her more of a face. In real people talk, Lynch is champion and Flair wanted to steal her spot-light… with passive aggression. Needless to say, every-body was very happy to see Flair get knocked down and out by Lynch, who comes across like she’s had enough of sharing her accolades with greedy people. It’s not hard to see why the crowds hate Flair and love Lynch and promos like this one will only serve to further, not halt, Lynch’s appeal as a hero.

Worst Moment

Universal Title/Dusty Finish (Hell in a Cell) – A good match was ruined by so much interference that it made it impossible to even let the Pay Per View continue after Brock Lesnar was booked to attack both Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman at the bout’s climax. That’s what Vince gets for screwing with the formula in favor of his ego.

Best Moment

Becky Lynch Wins Glory (Hell in a Cell) – This may not have been the best match, but it was the best moment of the week. When Becky Lynch won the Women’s Title, she got to have the moment that almost wasn’t even afforded to Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30. People were thrilled Lynch won and she is a true star now.

Worst Trend

Dusty Finish Blues (Hell in a Cell, Raw) – There were far too many lame endings in far too many matches between these two cards. Does Vince get curious as to why people don’t watch his shows?

Best Trend

Great Title Matches (Hell in a Cell, Smackdown, 205 Live) – There were lots of title matches that got the blood pumping, especially the Raw Tag Team Title match. It was a good week to be a champion in the WWE.

Worst Match:

AOP versus Gregory James & Barrett Brown (Raw) – I gave this match a .5 out of 5. There’s only one rating lower than that. I rest my case… like an idiot.

Best Match:

10. Becky Lynch versus Charlotte Flair – SmackDown Women’s Championship (Hell in a Cell)
9. WWE World Champion AJ Styles versus Andrade “Cien” Almas (Smackdown)
8. Cesaro versus Kofi Kingston (Smackdown)
7. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura versus Rusev (Smackdown)
6. Mia Yim versus Allysin Kay (Mae Young Classic)
5. WWE Champion AJ Styles versus Samoa Joe – WWE World Title Match (Hell in a Cell)
4. Ricochet versus Pete Dunne – Champion Versus Champion (NXT)
3. Cedric Alexander versus Drew Gulak – Cruiserweight Title Match (205 Live)
2. Randy Orton versus Jeff Hardy – Hell in a Cell Match (Hell in a Cell)

1. Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntrye versus Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – Raw Tag Team Title Match (Hell in a Cell)

Phil said this might be the best WWE match of the year and it just might be. I’ve even amending my rating of 4.5 out of 5 to be 5 out of 5, for this match. This bout is that good. Think of the 2002 No Mercy Smackdown WWE Tag Team Title match with Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit fighting Edge and Rey Mysterio if you want an idea of how good this one is.

Worst Wrestler:

Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell) – Lesnar came across as a bad booking strategy here, rather than the great star that he is.

Best Wrestler:

Becky Lynch (Hell in a Cell, Smackdown) – Lynch had her banner week, by both winning the title and breaking through as a major star.

Worst Show:

Raw – Surprise!

Best Show:

205 Live – Not only did this card have excellent wrestling, but it didn’t have bad booking.

Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a mixed bag of good and bad this week, with one of the worst WWE matches of the year being met by possibly the best WWE match of the year. Vince sure does know how to have his cake and eat shit too, doesn’t he?


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